Officials from Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville broke ground on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on property that will be developed into a new 41,450-square-foot health care facility.
The two-story center will sit along Interstate 385 in Simpsonville on Grandview Drive. The facility will house a retail pharmacy, an X-ray and an ultrasound, as well as clinical office space that will house services that include OB/GYN, phlebotomy, orthopedics, primary care, behavioral health and cardiology.
Dr. Marcus Blackson, chief clinical officer at Bon Secours St. Francis, said the new facility will augment Bon Secours’ position in Simpsonville.
“Short-term, it allows us to continue to expand our practices. Long-term, we honestly hope this is the first phase to multiple phases here,” said Blackstone. He said Bon Secours has 15 acres of land around the new site, so there’s room for additional growth.
A key aspect of the new facility is the behavioral health practice that will be available. “This goes back 20-plus years ago; we’ve never had a lot of psychiatry support [in the Upstate]. Our goal is to incorporate that back into the outpatient setting,” said Blackstone.
Simpsonville Mayor Paul Shewmaker said the new facility will help improve the quality of life in Simpsonville and will help bring in business and more people to the area.
“It’s very important to have something like Bon Secours St. Francis come to Simpsonville because it adds to the access that our community has to health care. It adds a richness in and makes the texture of our community better,” said Shewmaker.
Officials believe construction for the project will be completed by early 2022.