Summerville Medical Center opens new emergency pediatric facility

By Gregory Woods

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The ribbon was cut on a new 4,000-square-foot pediatric emergency department at Summerville Medical Center.

People who live in the town said the facility provides them peace of mind.

"It takes off so much stress to know if he or any of my other sons have a problem, we know that the help they need is right around the corner," said Melissa Jerger.

Jerger's 6-year-old son Danick fell off the counter on his second birthday when he was trying to look into his bags of gifts. He fractured his skull in the fall and had to go to Medical University Hospital to get proper medical care.

The facility is for children 17 years old and younger and will be open 24 hours a day. Jerger said this means she will not have to worry about traveling into Charleston when one of her children gets hurt.

"It's nice to know that if something happens they will get immediate attention and we don't have to worry if the drive downtown is going to be the difference between life and death," she said.

And it was concerns like those that encouraged the medical center's CEO to invest in a children's emergency facility.

{}"As a father of four, I certainly don't want to drive 30 or 40 minutes to receive that level of care," Louis Caputo said. "We evaluated the need for care in this community and we've heard the same from families that they would like to have that level of care close to home."

The facility will open Nov. 11.