One department at a time, Beaufort Memorial Hospital administration is moving into the nearly completed $17-million Medical and Administrative Center, across Ribaut Road from the main campus.
The moves started last week and will continue for about one more week, hospital spokeswoman Courtney McDermott said.
More than two dozen offices will be on the third and fourth floors of the 80,000-square-foot building at 990 Ribaut Road. They include human resources, accounting and financial services, and additional space to back up patient medical records.
The first and second floors, where the LifeFit Wellness Center will be, are under construction, she said. It is being expanded from 10,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet and will share the first two floors with outpatient, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
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Beaufort Memorial has been renting three offices around the community for the wellness center and other departments, at an annual cost of $521,820.
Administrative-building employees will park on that side of Ribaut Road, freeing up parking on the main campus. Several small offices that have been used by administrative departments will be demolished to create 250 more parking spaces.
In other changes about town:
- Last Chance Bait and Tackle Shop has opened at 901 8th St., Port Royal. Owners Bonnie and Bryan Green have spent about a year renovating the former daycare building into a bait and convenience store. They carry frozen bait and are building a live well. They take custom bait orders and sell assorted groceries, beer and wine. A grand opening will be May 11. Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week Information: 843-575-9185, facebook.com/LastChanceBaitTackle
- Buck Bass n Beyond will celebrate its grand opening 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Center Stage at Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St. The fishing, hunting, archery and outdoors store has an indoor archery range. Information: 843-524-2825, facebook.com/BuckBassNBeyond