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St. Joseph’s/Candler breaks ground on regional medical campus in Bluffton that will greatly expand services

Feb 7, 2019

BLUFFTON, S.C.  - St. Joseph’s/Candler will begin construction on a regional medical campus in Bluffton that will greatly expand services and access to healthcare for a rapidly growing community.

“St. Joseph’s/Candler has had a longstanding commitment to the South Carolina Lowcountry. This new medical campus will make that commitment even stronger,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “It will add a wider range of physicians, specialists and services that will expand access to healthcare for the ever growing Bluffton population, and this project will locate all of the services  in one convenient location.”

The campus will be built at Buckwalter Place in two phases. The space will be 40,000 square feet upon completion and will employ a total of 63 people with an estimated annual payroll of $6.6 million. Phase one will cost $28.5 million with an overall cost of $33.5 million. The first phase is expected to be complete in early 2020.

St. Joseph’s/Candler has provided medical services in Bluffton and Hilton Head for more than 16 years. This development will consolidate these medical services in one location that is at the center of growth in the Bluffton market. 

A key component of this project will be the development of a regional oncology campus that will add another linear accelerator for radiation treatment and expand medical oncology services that will virtually eliminate the need for patients to travel to Savannah.

Bluffton is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, expanding by more than 40 percent since 2010. Because of this incredible growth, the demand for convenient, technologically-advanced medical care is growing also.

Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler (center) is surrounded by other St. Joseph's/Candler leaders, members of the Bluffton City Council and others as they turn dirt on the site of the future St. Joseph's/Candler Bluffton Campus.

Existing St. Joseph’s/Candler services in the Lowcountry

  • Primary care services
  • Specialist clinic services such as cardiology, neurology, general surgery, ENT, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology
  • Radiation oncology services
  • Medical oncology services
  • Oncology infusion services
  • Urgent care services
  • Wound care services
  • Lab services
  • Imaging services

Phase I will include additional services

  • Medical oncology services
  • Oncology infusion services
  • Radiation oncology services to include onsite treatment planning with CT
  • Radiation treatment with an advanced linear accelerator
  • Oncology pharmacy services
  • Access to oncology sub-specialists such as thoracic oncology and gyn-oncology
  • Telemedicine services

Phase II

  • Expanded medical oncology space
  • Expanded oncology infusion space
  • Expansion of primary care services
  • Expansion of specialty clinic services
  • Addition new outpatient services (currently being planned) in order to continue growing with the Bluffton community
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