Micro-hospital plan advances in Bluffton

A plan for a micro-hospital in Bluffton received initial approval by Bluffton Town Council in March. South of the Broad Healthcare is a joint venture between Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina and the first of its kind in the state. If approved, the facility will be 65,000 square feet on about 12.5 acres near the intersection of Bluffton Parkway, Innovation Drive and Buckwalter Parkway, according to the plan submitted to the town’s department of growth management.

Developer Witmer, Jones, Keefer LTD said the facility is expected to create about 125 jobs and include a 15-bed emergency room and 20 beds for acute care. It will include outpatient surgery, orthopedic and cardiology care, along with labs, imaging and general surgery. A new traffic light at Bluffton Parkway and Innovation Drive must also be installed before the hospital can open.