Health Care in Laurens County
Laurens County is blessed with an excellent healthcare system and an expanding hospital staffed with excellent physicians is only the beginning. From the new Kids Klinic to Senior Options, young and old alike will find a commitment to quality and a level of caring unmatched in the Southeast.
In today’s world of healthcare delivery, the Laurens County Health Care System is changing and growing, but never forgetting our true commitment to serve the community. Since the hospital opened in 1989, it has kept its promise to provide quality healthcare with a personal touch. Because we know and care about our patients, we feel a deep responsibility to offer personal attention the Laurens County community deserves.
In addition to caring for patients, the Laurens County Health Care System is a state leader in providing innovative and informative education programs in an effort to teach the community how to stay well. Because we believe good health is everyone’s business, the hospital and community are at the forefront of redesigning and redirecting the way we work together as partners for a healthier Laurens County. In continuing this tradition, the Laurens County Hospital has just expanded its facilities to include a state-of-the-art Women’s Life Center as well as an enlarged Emergency Room to meet the growing healthcare needs in our county.
Today, Laurens County Hospital operates at a capacity of 76 acute-care beds and 14 skilled nursing beds. The hospital retains more than 460 full- and part-time employees and 60 volunteers, in addition to an active medical staff of 55 physicians and 35 consulting physicians.
- 19 individual treatment rooms that are actual rooms. Each room has four walls, a real door that closes, and a much larger space to accommodate the emergency team and family members. This is a great step forward when reflecting on former treatment areas divided only by a privacy curtains.
- Trauma treatment rooms
- Pediatric resuscitate rooms
- Dedicated decontamination rooms
- Gynecological and sexual trauma rooms
- Cardiac treatment rooms
- Behavioral Health Treatment Rooms for mental health patients.
In addition, the new Women’s Life Center is designed to provide a warm, supportive experience for new moms and their families, with five spacious, warmly appointed labor/delivery/recovery birthing suites adjacent to 10 well-equipped suites for post-partum care and other ob-gyn needs. Post-partum rooms will be conveniently located adjacent to the new Birthing Center. There are two additional triage/treatment rooms in the same area and a special c-section/GYN surgical suite right on the premises, ready for immediate access.
A special facility within the walls of The Women’s Life Center offers educational programs of special interest to women of all ages. Ongoing programs for preadolescent girls, prepared childbirth classes, breastfeeding classes, maternal child programs and even a sibling class top the list.
Recognized as one of South Carolina’s progressive community hospitals, Laurens County Health Care System has a mission to “deliver progressive healthcare in an atmosphere of continuous improvements to ensure ‘we do the right thing’ for all we serve.”
The Laurens County Health Care System is fully credited by The Joint Commission, a nationwide seal of approval that indicates we meet a high performance of standards. The healthcare system is also a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association. The hospital is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Medicare and Medicaid).
MEDICAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Our mission to meet the health needs of our community has grown into the 21st century with an outstanding network of care, from people who care about you. Our growth into the community, with outpatient rehabilitation, wound healing and skilled care, shows our determination to be there for Laurens County for generations to come.
Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic provides free medical care to citizens who are without private insurance, government assistance or the financial resources to afford such care. The clinic is staffed by volunteers and funded by several other sources, including private donations.
The Whitten Center, located in Clinton, is the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs’ largest residential services facility for those individuals who are mentally handicapped or have behavioral problems.
Senior Options is a private, nonprofit agency focusing on serving the needs of senior adults in order to delay the need for nursing home care. Senior Options relies on support from the county, donations from the community and volunteer support.
The Laurens County Health Department and Laurens County Department of Social Services provide numerous health-related programs, from training to temporary aid for limited-income families.
Laurens County has a fine selection of local nursing homes, retirement homes and assisted-living facilities, including Bailey Manor, Langston House, Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center, NHC Healthcare, Agapé Senior, Clinton Presbyterian Community and the Hospice of Laurens County. For a complete listing, please call the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.
The Hospice of Laurens County was started in 1987 to provide medical, psychosocial and spiritual support to those patients and families in our area dealing with end-of-life issues. In 2008, a new 12-bed Hospice Inpatient Facility was built to provide hospice care to those patients who are unable to stay at home. This $5.5 million facility provides state-of-the-art hospice care in an environment that is comfortable, serene and family-friendly. Each large, spacious patient room opens out to a private patio. Family areas include a comfortable family living area, dining area, children’s room, library and chapel. The meditation garden includes outside seating and a relaxing waterfall. Other hospice services are also available to Laurens County residents: Agapé Hospice, Hospice Care of SC and Hospice of Laurens County,