University Hospital is making its first big foray into Aiken County with a $20.2 million assisted living center.
University’s boards voted Thursday to pursue the 88-bed, 86,000-square-foot project at The Village at Woodside neighborhood in Aiken.
Jim Davis, the University CEO, said the hospital was approached by developers of Woodside to create the new assisted living center, similar to facilities University operates at Brandon Wilde.
“This would give us a nice presence in Aiken,” Davis said.
University previously pursued a medical office building in south Aiken in 2008 but that project fell through when the needed zoning was delayed and the main anchor physician practice decided against moving to that location, Davis said.
Having the assisted living center attached to the large residential development would give residents another option as they age and need different services, Davis said.
“It gives them more flexibility,” he said. “There’s getting to be a pretty good demand for that now in the Woodside area.” About a third of University’s business comes from Aiken County now, Davis said.
“We get a lot of patients from North Augusta,” he said. “We have a sizable amount of people who do come from Aiken itself. We have a lot of people encouraging us to get into the Aiken market. We’re looking at opportunities over there.”