A private, not-for-profit hospital, Conway Medical Center began in downtown Conway approximately 60 years ago with 6 physicians on staff. Today, the medical staff has grown to more than 200 representing many specialties and sub-specialties. The hospital employs approximately 1400 people and is one of the county’s largest employers.
After more than three years of construction work, Conway Medical Center dedicated its new Patient Bed Tower on July 28th, 2009.
Everything in the Tower has been designed to promote healing. There are streamlined nursing stations, the latest technology, large rooms that can accommodate patients and families, and countless amenities.
“Although we pride ourselves on our people – their care, compassion, professionalism – we also know that patient outcomes are improved when the healing environment is optimized. We have built in many components that will have a positive impact on our patients and help us better meet their needs and expectations,” explained Phil Clayton, Chief Executive Officer.
“The new bed tower contains 64 new patient rooms, bringing the total beds of Conway Medical Center to 210,” Clayton noted. “With a community growing as quickly as Horry County, these additional beds are greatly needed. Yet, there is more to the expansion than just additional space. The new Tower is designed to allow the nursing team to provide care in revolutionary ways.”
“Instead of utilizing the traditional intensive care unit model of care, our critically ill patients will remain in one room for their entire hospital stay, and we will adjust the nursing staff according to the patient’s needs,” explained Ann Sheffield, Chief Nursing Officer. “This model provides for an optimal healing environment.,” Sheffield said.