Palmetto Medical Group, a Bluffton primary care practice established in 2008, will join Beaufort Memorial Hospital's (BMH) growing network of health care providers serving patients south of the Broad.
The six providers, internist Dr. Scott Cummings, family medicine physicians Dr. Lynn Goetze and Dr. Kamal Patel, physician assistants Stephanie Lovato and Erica Roper, and family nurse practitioner Jennifer Stokes, will become official members of Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners effective July 1.
"We're very excited to add such experienced physicians and advanced practice providers to our team," said Russell Baxley, BMH president and CEO. "Providing access to high quality primary care is critical to Beaufort Memorial's mission to enhance the quality of life in the Lowcountry through improved health, innovative partnerships and superior care."
The practice, which will be renamed Beaufort Memorial Palmetto Medical Group, will remain at its current location at 4818 Bluffton Parkway and can still be reached at 843-706-0600.
"Recognizing the growing need for health care services in the southern part of Beaufort County, Beaufort Memorial has stepped up to meet the demand with an ambitious expansion plan that will benefit us all," said Dr. Cummings, who moved to the Lowcountry with his family in 2004. "Our patients will now have access to the specialist care available through the hospital and its affiliation with MUSC Health, as well as the ancillary services only a hospital can provide."
BMH opened its first medical office in southern Beaufort County - the 4,000-square-foot Bluffton Medical Services - in July 2006. Within three years, it tripled the size of the facility, adding a dozen new exam rooms for physicians, a rehab center and diagnostic technology. In 2011, it added another 4,000 square feet of office space to accommodate more exam rooms and a full-time OB/Gyn practice.
As part of its south-of-the-Broad capital improvement plan, the nonprofit hospital added May River Medical Pavilion last fall, featuring both a primary care practice and walk-in clinic. Later this year, it will complete construction of its new Okatie Medical Pavilion, a three-story, 70,000-square-foot complex that will offer full-time primary and OB/Gyn care and appointments with specialists, a cancer center, women's breast health services, outpatient rehabilitation, laboratory and imaging services, and another walk-in clinic.
The facility will replace the current multispecialty offices in Westbury Park.
In addition, BMH has partnered with MUSC Health to build a $44 million micro hospital - the first of its kind in South Carolina - on 13 acres near the corner of Buckwalter and Bluffton parkways.