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7:11 PM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Two medical centers are putting brand new facilities on the outskirts of Columbia to serve more residents.

"That area has been identified as a business corridor with incredible potential in the next five to 10 years for growth," Roger Sipe said.

Although Lexington Medical Center Vice President Sipe is excited for the economy growing in Cayce, he's much more excited to serve the working class.

"For occupational medicine itself we serve the businesses, so what better opportunity than to be a neighbor with the businesses that are going to locate there," Sipe said.

Lexington Medical will be opening a new medical office complex focusing on occupational and primary health care.

But Lexington Medical Park-Congraree won't be the only expansion near Columbia. Right past the busy Harbison Exit off Interstate 26 in Irmo, another project is coming.

"Well, if you haven't had a chance drive past [Interstate] 26 because it is a spectacular campus that is coming to life," Sarah Richter said.  

Richter with Palmetto Health's Parkridge campus says the new $99 million hospital will save folks time and money.

"It's about meeting the needs of the community and making care accessible to community members right there in the space where folks live and not have to travel," Richter said.

And while both health care providers will have differing facilities, the goal is common.

"We've included community members in our planning all along the way and all of our team meetings," Richter said. " And, yes, have gotten feedback on how can we best serve the community and what services are important."  

"It's just created out of a need for growth because our client base is growing," Sipe said.

Lexington Medical Park-Congaree should be open sometime next year with a groundbreaking on June 28. The opening date for the Parkridge expansion of Palmetto Health is still being decided.

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