McCOLL - Wednesday, September 27, was “a hallmark of a day,” according to CareSouth Carolina CEO Ann Lewis, as she welcomed a crowd of interested onlookers to the future site of the McColl Health and Wellness Center on Highway 15-401 East.
The occasion was a groundbreaking ceremony for the new, 28,992 square foot facility, which will house four primary care providers, dental services, x-ray, ultrasound, and a drive-through pharmacy. In addition, it will house a state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation center with a therapy pool and whirlpool, a gym with exercise equipment, a coffee bar and a teaching kitchen.
The project is possible because of the C.W. and Dorothy G. Love Foundation. The Loves, now deceased, were long-time supporters of McColl and Marlboro County, and their foundation now continues that tradition.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, S.C. Rep. Pat Henegan (D-Marlboro County) said the Love Foundation, established in 2005, has supported education, child well being, health and wellness in the community.
“Without this family, Marlboro County would be lost,” she said.
On behalf of the foundation and the family, Charles Love Jr. said the board chose to partner with CareSouth Carolina because the organization cares about the people it serves.
“The board is very pleased to be involved in bringing this facility to the people of McColl, Marlboro County and the surrounding area,” he said.
McColl Mayor Bobby Odom spoke of the many contributions the Love family has made to the community over the years, including a new town hall facility and two new public works trucks, thanking them for what they have done and what they continue to do.
“They don’t give from the pocket; they give from the heart,” he said.
Lewis recalled that Dr. Love, a dentist in McColl for many years, had served on the board of CareSouth Carolina.
“He was so humble, generous of spirit, kind of heart and compassionate of soul,” she said. “His family is now the epitome of that.”
CareSouth Carolina has had a presence in McColl for nearly 30 years. Currently, it employs 13 medical professionals there in family practice and clinical counseling. Current offices will be moved to the new facility.
Lewis said the McColl Health and Wellness Center will have an impact far beyond the town as the concept will be used at other CareSouth locations as well.