Beaufort Memorial Hospital History: South Carolina Not For Profit Community Hospital | Beaufort Memorial Hospital, SC 29902

Our History

Serving Our Community for 70 Years and Counting

Beaufort Memorial opened with 25 beds in May 1944. Before then, area residents in need of care for serious medical conditions were forced to travel over poor roads, or by boat, to Savannah or Charleston.

In the intervening years, we, like our community, have grown. Today we are a not-for-profit acute-care hospital and a regional referral center with a board of trustees approved by the Beaufort County Council. Although we are a county hospital, we do not receive funding from Beaufort County, and, in accordance with our not-for-profit status, we reinvest all surplus revenues in improvements to our facilities and services.

As we have grown and improved, so has our medical staff: from four general practitioners in 1944 to nearly 230 board-certified or board-eligible providers in 2015. Their expertise and experience enable us to offer to residents of our area and beyond services whose range and quality few could have dreamed of 71 years ago.

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