The establishment of a freestanding emergency department after the loss of the hospitals in two South Carolina counties is being heralded as a way to provide health care to rural residents in the region.

The Bamberg County Hospital closed its doors in April 2012, and Southern Palmetto Hospital announced its closure in January 2016.

The new 24/7 facility, located between the cities of Denmark and Barnwell, will be funded by the state through a one-time, $3.6 million Transformation Fund Grant and additional funds from the region’s designation as a persistent poverty area. Other funding has been committed by local community stakeholders.


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