South Carolina Department of Mental Health
May 28, 2004
John Hutto, SCDMH
Robert Weaver, SCVA
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.”