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$135M Health Care Campus Announced in Summerville

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians Picks Equity Inc. to Develop and Build New Health and Wellness Hub
February 19, 2014
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians announced plans to develop a medical campus in the 4,500-acre Nexton master development at I-26 and Highway 17A in Summerville, SC.

Columbus, OH-based Equity Inc. will built out the project over several phases, with a July groundbreaking for two 150,000-square-foot medical office buildings, an ambulatory surgery center, a 24-hour urgent care unit and rehabilitation services. The project is estimated to cost $135 million and will create more than 1,500 jobs.

"This project will set a new national standard for the delivery of affordable healthcare," according to Equity’s CEO, Steve Wathen.

Dubbed the Nexton Health & Wellness Campus, the Palmetto complex will also feature a seniors housing community, initially with 170 residences, and a clinically integrated hotel. The hotel and housing projects will break ground at the end of this year.

Palmetto has the option of expanding as much as 35 acres over the next several years.

Equity and Palmetto chose Nexton because of its location and its technology focus. The community recently announced it would provide one gigabit Internet capacity, positioning Nexton "to be the most technologically advanced community in the state," Palmetto CEO Jeff Lehrich said.

Every part of the site near Interstate 26 and Highway 17A will be wired with fiber-optic GigaFi service at speeds 100 times faster than average Internet access, a clear benefit to Palmetto’s physicians with real-time access to results, updates and health records for improved and more efficient patient care.
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