Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center | Currently Under Construction
Coming Fall 2018

Freestanding Emergency Center to Serve Local Communities

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) of Orangeburg, the Medical University of South Carolina, and SouthernCarolina Alliance have announced that RMC will build an $8.63 million, 20,500 square-foot, freestanding 24/7 Emergency Department to serve Bamberg and Barnwell Counties, a facility being made possible by the leadership of Senators Brad Hutto and John Matthews.

RMC officials and members of the Orangeburg County legislative delegation met with Bamberg County and Barnwell County Councils the week of June 12 to make the announcement.

“We are excited to provide local, around-the-clock emergency care services for Bamberg and Barnwell Counties with this new facility,” said RMC Board of Trustees Chairman Melvin Seabrooks. “We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Senator Brad Hutto and Senator John Matthews as well as Representative Lonnie Hosey and Representative Justin Bamberg and the entire area legislative delegation for helping the Regional Medical Center secure state funding for this much-needed facility. The SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance led by Danny Black has also been instrumental in this project.

The project is funded by the State of South Carolina through a one-time, $3.6 million Transformation Fund Grant and additional funds resulting from the region's designation as a persistent poverty area. Other funding has been committed by local community stakeholders.

The freestanding Emergency Department will include 24-hour emergency care including CT scan, X-Ray 
and ultrasound diagnostic imaging, lab and observation services. The facility will be located on 10 acres of land adjacent to Highway 70 between the cities of Denmark and Barnwell to be easily accessible for the populations of both Bamberg and Barnwell Counties.

Plans call for architects to complete design work and begin construction before the end of the summer. It is projected that construction will take 12 months.

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties, the Regional Medical Center healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital and 22 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the largest academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.

Recent News

Sep 19, 2018  |  Construction Progress Update at the Regional Emergency Center

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Aug 16, 2018  |  Bamberg and Neighboring Counties Win Barrett Lawrimore Regional Cooperation Award

(Bamberg, SC) -  At the SCAC Annual Conference on August 7, 2018, The South Carolina Association of Counties announced the 2018 Barrett Lawrimore Regional Cooperation award has been presented to the counties of Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg for the Regional Medical Center’s Bamberg-Barnwell Regional Free-Standing Emergency Center, currently under construction in Denmark, SC.
“The Bamberg-Barnwell Emergency Medical Center has been a wonderful collaboration not only among Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, but numerous partners including the legislative delegation, the City of Denmark, and SouthernCarolina Alliance, who are all working together to bring emergency healthcare back to this medical dessert,” said Regional Medical Center President and CEO… read more 

Jun 27, 2018  |  Construction Progress Update at the Regional Emergency Center


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May 14, 2018  |  Construction Progress Update at the Regional Emergency Center


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Apr 20, 2018  |  Construction Progress Update at the Regional Emergency Center


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Apr 19, 2018  |  Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center Receives USDA Funding for Equipment


ORANGEBURG, S.C.  – April 10, 2018 - The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has received three grants totaling $148,140 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help fund equipment for the new Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center that will be located outside of Denmark.

The funds, awarded by the USDA’s South Carolina Office of Rural Development, will be used to purchase ultrasound and information technologies equipment. Judy Capehart, an area specialist for the USDA Rural Development office in Orangeburg, presented the grants to the RMC Board of Trustees at recent board meetings.

“Receiving these three grants from the USDA will help RMC purchase cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality and efficient care to the citizens of Bamberg and Barnwell counties. We… read more 

Mar 8, 2018  |  The facility is well under construction, and the frame of the building is is now visible.

Here are photos from the morning of March 8th:


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Feb 27, 2018  |  Construction Progress at the Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center


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Feb 9, 2018  |  Construction Progress Update at the Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center



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Jan 17, 2018  |  Aerials of the construction progress at the Emergency Center on Hwy 70, just outside of Denmark, SC



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