Greenville Health System announced the potential expansion of their obstetrics unit on Monday.
The board of trustees approved a resolution to build out the low-risk unit at Patewood Memorial Hospital off Pelham Road.
With Greenville Memorial Hospital's high-intensity environment, the board members said the change is needed.
The hospital said the investment would provide more comfort for moms-to-be. That expansion is slated to cost $19 million.
The hospital said they are not moving any of their other childbirth units, but said the build-out would be an expansion of services by offering an additional venue for low-risk deliveries.
Additionally, the expansion plans are not set in stone as additional processes will determine if the plan will take place or not. GHS will apply and demonstrate the need for the expansion through the CON process, and said if the state agrees there is a need, then the system would be granted approval. If they are denied, they could appeal the decision.
NOTE: The story first reported the Patewood expansion was a move of services, which was incorrect.
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