From left, Chief Executive Officer Roland J. Gardner, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Faith L. Polkey, Rep. William “Bill” Herbkersman and Rep. Weston Newton. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Local legislators secure BJHCHS supplemental construction grant 


From staff reports 

Representatives, William “Bill” Herbkersman and Weston Newton and the Beaufort Jasper Legislative Delegation were instrumental in securing $375,000 of State funding for Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (BJHCHS) to expand medical and dental services at Ruth P. Field Medical Center in Okatie. 

The 27,000 square foot facility will use this funding for additional exam rooms to accommodate the growing population within the Okatie, Bluffton and Hilton Head areas. In the event of an emergency BJHCHS will be able to consolidate operations from its other locations to the Ruth P. Field Medical Center. BJHCHS will receive the remaining $1,029,000 from The Department of Health & Human Services to complete this project. 

The two elected officials started working to support the health center’s request in 2020 prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic and kept it on the radar through the current legislative sessions. 

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