Bamberg, South Carolina (January 2020) – On January 23, 2020, Department of Health and Environmental Control staff presented Bamberg County Councilwoman Sharon Hammond, Councilman Trent Kinard, and Administrator Joey Preston with a $250,000 check to be used for the construction costs of a new office for the Bamberg County Health Department. The new Bamberg County Health Department office will be in the former Bamberg County Hospital building which is currently being renovated.
“Bamberg County Council thanks DHEC for this vital financial support,” remarked Sharon Hammond, Council Chairwoman. “This new facility is necessary to provide adequate health care and services for all county citizens.”
The former Bamberg County Hospital is currently being prepared for the upcoming construction project to include demolition of unsafe or outdated structures, ensure the facility meets ADA standards, improving fire protection, among other upgrades.
“For small, rural counties like Bamberg, partnerships and support from state departments such as DHEC is crucial to make progress and provide the needed health care services to county citizens,” stated Joey Preston, County Administrator.
DHEC representatives R. Taylor Lee, Lowcountry Public Health Director, Sheryl Gardner, Allendale/Bamberg Site Supervisor, Stacie Walling, Lowcountry Operations Director, and Deb Beach, Lowcounty Business Manager visited Bamberg County to deliver the check and tour the future office space. “DHEC appreciates that Bamberg County will provide improved office space for our employees and patients,” stated Taylor Lee, DHEC Lowcountry Public Health Director. “DHEC is pleased to provide financial support for this construction project that will benefit the Bamberg County community.”