Look inside "the hospital of the future"

IRMO, SC (WIS) - Palmetto Health Baptist is about to open its "hospital of the future" at Parkridge.

The hospital group's newest facility was built on 70 acres off Lake Murray Boulevard at Interstate 26. Members of the Palmetto Health team toured the facility for the first time Tuesday.

"We have designed the hospital of the future," said Acute Care Executive Sarah Kirby. "We're taking advantage of great technology."

The 76-bed full service community hospital was built to serve residents of the Irmo, Harbison, Chapin and Dutch Fork communities.  The hospital includes an emergency room, 6 surgical rooms, an intensive care unit and medical and surgical inpatient units.

"We want Parkridge to be a destination, not only for a place to come where you have an acute illness, but a place to come and get a cup of coffee, attend a class," said Kirby. "Take advantage of our walking trails.  Just to come and relax.  It's a totally different experience unlike any other hospital."

A grand opening is planned for mid-March.

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