Healthcare companies Tidelands Health and Conway Medical Center (CMC) are set to build two separate hospitals in South Carolina, US.

Tidelands plans to seek state approval to construct a new 36-bed hospital in Horry County. The proposed project is yet to receive the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) approval.

The hospital is set to include an emergency department, medical, surgical and critical care, four operating suites, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, among others.

It is estimated that the hospital will employ approximately 140 professionals at opening.

The company will submit a certificate of need application to South Carolina DHEC this week to start the approval process for the new hospital.

Tidelands Health has more than 60 care locations across the region. The new Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital will be the second Tidelands Health hospital in Horry County.

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Tidelands Health president and CEO Bruce Bailey said: “Every day, the people of Horry County choose Tidelands Health for their health and wellness needs at our physician offices, rehabilitation centres and other outpatient locations across Horry County.

“Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital will add to that integrated continuum of care, allowing patients to seamlessly and conveniently access the high-quality health care services they need.”

Meanwhile, Conway Medical Center (CMC) has filed a certificate of need with DHEC to transfer 50 beds to a new hospital that will be constructed on International Drive in Carolina Forest.

The new CMC Carolina Forest hospital will deliver a variety of services, including women’s health, surgical, emergency, cancer care, orthopedics and imaging.

It will house 50 hospital beds, eight labour and delivery rooms, two C-section rooms, six ICU beds, three operating rooms and a six-bay infusion centre. The new hospital is also expected to create more than 250 new jobs.

The beds will be transferred from CMC’s existing 210-bed licensed capacity at its main campus in Conway.