Construction of a condition-of-the artwork healthcare clinic is proposed on 26 acres of undeveloped forestland at Maritime Corps Air Station Beaufort, which the base states will increase professional medical care for its 5,000 personnel and avert a potential overall health-care scarcity.

It is proposed south of the primary gate at the base off of U.S. Freeway 21 north of Beaufort .

“We in fact have a healthcare clinic on MCAS Beaufort,” Capt. Thomas Jones mentioned, “but it is outdated.”

A draft duplicate of an environmental evaluation (EA) of the work is out and MCAS Beaufort, the place fighter jets and 4,931 active responsibility and civilian staff are dependent, is asking the public to remark on it at [email protected] An open up property is planned from 4-7 p.m. April 12 at Tabby Location at the Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St.

A exact expense estimate will not be accessible until eventually the facility has been built, but the tough estimate is $150 million, Jones claimed. That estimate could adjust, he famous, as construction is not anticipated to start until finally 2027. The envisioned completion day is approximately 2029.

A two-story, 155,189-sq.-foot ambulatory care centre — which is unique from a military services hospital — would deliver most important treatment, flight medication, dental, behavioral health, orthopedics/podiatry, actual physical remedy, occupational health/audiology, optometry, pharmacy, radiology, outpatient, ambulatory surgery and health care administration.

Jones called it “state-of-the-art.”

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A new medical facility is prepared on 26 acres at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

5 structures that are element of the present clinic, which are in lousy situation, would be demolished.

With out the new centre, a area shortage for overall health care will manifest in the foreseeable future at the foundation, the EA states.

The middle would make it possible for for expected long run growth and expansion and modernize outpatient treatment support for active-responsibility staff, household customers, and other suitable beneficiaries within just the Beaufort armed forces community, MCAS Beaufort states.

In 2028, the environmental assessment claims, 11,885 eligible beneficiaries would be enrolled for treatment at the new clinic, which would require a team of 382.

Forest would be cleared from 15 acres of the 26-acre internet site. The project might have an affect on northern long-eared bats, a threatened species less than the Endangered Species Act, according to the draft EA, but is not likely to adversely have an affect on them.

The job contains 323 areas for workers parking and 237 areas for client parking in two different loads.

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The gold signifies the area of the recent clinic. The inexperienced represents the proposed new ambulatory treatment heart. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

This tale was originally posted April 1, 2022 4:55 AM.

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Karl Puckett handles the metropolis of Beaufort, town of Port Royal and other communities north of the Broad River for The Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet. The Minnesota indigenous also has labored at newspapers in his dwelling state, Alaska, Wisconsin and Montana.