AnMed Piedmont is under construction to bring life-saving emergency services and more to an area in northeastern Anderson County that’s among the fastest-growing communities in Upstate South Carolina.
Where about 30 miles and a speed-limit drive of about 40 minutes have crossed an area without emergency health care south of Easley in the Powdersville, Pelzer and Williamston areas, the new Piedmont location of AnMed will meet increased demand for health care and the needs of a growing population thanks to an investment of more than $35 million. It's being built at the corner of South Carolina Highway 86 and Old Williamston Road, just off of Interstate 85.
“This facility will make South Carolina better,” said AnMed CEO William Kenley. “It will plant emergency care right in the heart of the I-85 corridor. It will bring other needed services much closer to people’s homes. It will make it so much easier for so many to be healthier. Better starts here.”
“Every second matters when it comes to emergency care,” said AnMed Chief Nursing Officer Shaunda Trotter. “The sooner that expert care and intervention can be provided to a person in need, the more likely that person is to recover and heal. The more likely that person is to overcome, survive and thrive.
“We are thrilled that a new, state-of-the-art emergency department is a major component of AnMed Piedmont – because we know that this facility and our team will save lives. It will protect and help heal thousands of local families and businesses.”
Primary care and specialty physician offices, physical therapy, and laboratory and imaging services that include X-ray, CT and ultrasound will join the emergency department at AnMed Piedmont. The facility will cover at least 40,000 square feet.
“This new facility is coming to the right place at exactly the right time,” said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “We have seen tremendous population growth in recent time in Powdersville and northeastern Anderson County, and I have no doubt that AnMed Piedmont is going to save lives. Plus, the availability of AnMed primary care, physical therapy and laboratory services within a short drive will be welcomed by the many thousands of residents in the community.”
More than 50 high-paying jobs are projected to be created by the facility when AnMed Piedmont opens in early 2025.
“As a native son of Piedmont, I am so excited to see AnMed come to northern Anderson County,” said Anderson County Council member Jimmy Davis. “We are experiencing explosive growth here, and we could not ask for a better partner to further the growth of health, safety and welfare of our community.”
Additionally, AnMed and Anderson County are exploring the development of an EMS substation and an Anderson County Sheriff’s Office substation on the AnMed Piedmont campus. The substations could include living quarters and an ambulance garage for EMS, office facilities and a base of operations for the Sheriff’s Office, and they’d further enhance public safety.
The campus is the first new AnMed location to open since AnMed Young Adult Primary Care opened in August, becoming the first practice in the Upstate to focus on the unique health care needs of people ages 18 to 35.
Founded in 1908, AnMed is an independent, not-for-profit health system serving Upstate South Carolina and northeast Georgia. It is licensed for 601 beds and anchored by AnMed Medical Center, a 508-bed acute-care hospital that has earned the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The system also includes AnMed North Campus and AnMed Rehabilitation Hospital in Anderson, AnMed Cannon in Pickens and more than 60 physician practices. More than 30 specialties are represented on staff.
Named one of the nation’s 153 “Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review, AnMed has more than 370 physicians and 3,600 employees, and it is Anderson County’s largest employer. Learn more at AnMed.org.