SC Department of Mental Health News Release

South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29202

 News Release

May 28, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Davis, Colleton County
               Economic Development Board
               843-549-9597

              John Hutto, SCDMH
              803-898-8584

             Robert Weaver, SCVA
             803-734-0200

Groundbreaking Held for Veterans’ Nursing Home

Walterboro, SC – Today in Walterboro, state, county, and federal dignitaries broke ground for South Carolina’s newest veterans’ nursing home. A 220 bed facility, the home will provide services to elderly and handicapped veterans. Financed by the state, Colleton County, and the federal government, the facility will cost about $28 million, and early 2006 is the anticipated completion date.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) will have responsibility for operating the nursing home. SCDMH already operates the Richard Michael Campbell Nursing Home, a 220 bed facility for veterans in Anderson, SC, and a 90 bed facility for veterans in Columbia, SC, part of Tucker Nursing Care Center.

Mr. Bernard Warshaw, Walterboro business and civic leader and South Carolina Mental Health Commissioner Emeritus, will form a committee to name the new facility.

SCDMH State Director George P. Gintoli said that the new nursing home is “needed in South Carolina. Our state has an excellent track record of serving its veterans, and this facility will help to ease some of the demand for quality care.”

Said Robert Weaver, director, South Carolina Office of Veterans’ Affairs, “This nursing home has been sorely needed by the veterans of South Carolina for a long time, and we are pleased and proud that our state, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is able to make this project happen.”

According to Colleton County’s Interim Economic Development Director, Charlotte Heaton, “We are very pleased to have this nursing home in our county because of a large, underserved veteran population within a forty-five mile radius of Walterboro. Further,  other quality healthcare providers are here, and the site is conveniently located near Interstate 95.”

Background

  • Funding: federal government: $18.5 million, State of South Carolina $3.5 million, Colleton County $3.5 million, SCDMH $3 million;
  • Colleton County passed a resolution authorizing a county-wide 2 percent hospitality tax to pay its portion, and the county also donated the land;
  • The nursing home will create about 310 new jobs with a payroll of about $13.5 million per year;
  • The nursing home will create 231 indirect jobs;
  • The nursing home will be located on 20 acres and will contain 135,970 square feet;
  • It’s estimated that South Carolina currently has 400,000 veterans.

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