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Clinic for high-risk pregnancies opens in Summerville

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Summerville Medical Center has opened a new clinic for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.

Patients who are deemed at high risk by their obstetrician can receive care five days a week at the Summerville Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic, located in the medical office building beside the hospital at 295A Midland Parkway in Summerville, according to a news release.

“We will be able to take care of mothers with conditions like hypertension and diabetes, mothers pregnant with multiple babies and women giving birth at a later age,” Deona Bien, director of Women’s and Children’s services for Trident Health, said in the news release. Summerville Medical Center is under the Trident Health umbrella along with Trident Medical Center, Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center.

“Access to care is critical. Prior to our opening, women had to drive more than 20 miles to receive the high-level services and care they need to have a healthy pregnancy,” Bien said. “Now, it’s conveniently located close to home.”

The clinic, which opened last month, offers advanced ultrasound services, genetic testing, serial testing and fetal MRI, the news release said.

“Fetal MRI services will allow parents and physicians to receive a much more detailed image of their baby,” Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine said in the news release. “We are thrilled our maternal fetal medicine and radiology physicians are collaborating to offer this advanced service to local mothers.”

Earlier this year, Summerville Medical Center announced a $53 million expansion and renovation project that will include labor and delivery services. The project is expected to start next year and be completed in early 2019.

An open house will be held for the new maternal fetal medicine clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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