07/14/2017 in: Health
By Taylor Crouch
Abbeville Area Medical Center is remotely located, over an hour from two larger South Carolina hubs, Greenville and Columbia. Inside the hospital, there are less than 25 beds. Remote access and quantity of beds quailify Abbeville Area Medical Center as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), making it one of five in South Carolina.
Even though this hospital provides emergent care 24/7, it is unfeasible to staff certain specialists full-time for services that are seldom needed, like a psychiatrist.