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Sept. 20, 2012

DHEC consolidates some operations in three Midlands counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three public health facilities in Chester, Lancaster and Lexington counties will be consolidated into nearby facilities after December 2012, the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"These small health centers offered only limited services that can be provided more efficiently at other locations," said Ernie Bell, Ph.D. and health director for DHEC's Region 3 Public Health, which includes Chester, Lancaster and Lexington counties. "We regret the inconvenience that this consolidation might cause for a small number of our clients, but we will continue to offer the services at other nearby offices."

Bell said the following service changes would take effect January 1, 2013:

  • Services provided at the Great Falls Health Center, located at 404 Chester Ave. in Great Falls will be moved to the main Chester County Public Health Department, located at 129 Wylie St. in Chester.
  • Services provided at the Kershaw Health Center, located at 3855 Fork Hill Drive in Kershaw, will be moved to the main Lancaster County Public Health Department, located at 1833 Pageland Highway in Lancaster.
  • Services provided at the Swansea Health Center, located at 500 Charlie Rast Road in Swansea, will be moved to the main Lexington County Public Health Department, located at 1070-B S. Lake Drive in Lexington.

"To help make this change as convenient as possible for our clients, we will offer to transfer their medical records to public health offices in a neighboring county if that site would be closer or more convenient," said Bell. "We will make every effort to ensure the changes have as little impact as we can while helping our clients continue to receive competent and efficient healthcare."

For additional information and to make appointments, clients are encouraged to call 1-800-403-4047 toll-free.


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