If anyone knows about needs in the city of Greer, it’s Mayor Rick Danner. When it comes to the health of his citizens, he says having plenty of options for medical care is a must as the population grows nearly 7 percent a year in Greer.
Pelham Medical Center leaders are trying to meet this need as they expand their emergency room and surgery services.
"We have had occasions to use it sometimes with my family,” said Mayor Danner.
Currently they have 14 beds in their emergency wing. The expansion will nearly double that number so they can go from treating about 90 people a day to several hundred a day.
"At the time, maybe five years ago, it was probably five minutes 80 percent of the time,” explained PMC President, Tony Kouskolekas, “It's probably five minutes 30 percent of the time now. Hopefully we'll get back to that five minutes wait time."
The 55,000 sqft. building will not only give them more space, but add about 50 jobs and house an MRI machine.
"When people need the testing, particularly inpatients, we can transport them right there and get the image and go right back up to their bed instead of putting them into an ambulance,” explained Kouskolekas.
Doctor Wesley Alexander says the benefits from the expansion will undoubtedly save lives.
"The waiting room is the crucial part,” said Dr. Alexander, “It factors into when we can see and treat our people and bring them back into the hospital. That means the sicker ones can get seen faster and be admitted faster."
"With our growing population, this is a huge part of the quality of life for this community,” said Mayor Danner.
The expansion is expected to be completed by March of 2019.
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