Local & State
McBee water bottling plant to bring 40-50 jobs
Something sweet is in the water in McBee. Nestle Waters North America said it will build a $40 million water bottling facility in the tiny Chesterfield County town. The 200,000-square-foot facility will produce bottled water under the company’s Deer Park and Nestle Pure Life brands for distribution in the Southeast. The company spent three years analyzing an underground spring that will supply the plant. It will open in 2016, creating between 40 and 50 jobs. Hiring will begin in the summer.
Moore Orthopedics to open new facility in Palmetto Health Complex
Moore Center for Orthopedics will open a new pediatric orthopedic facility on Dec. 1 at 3 Medical Park Drive in the Palmetto Health complex. This seventh Moore facility in the Midlands will be convenient to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. It will have pediatric orthopedists on call 24-7 and rehabilitation facilities specially designed for two groups – children ages 0-8 and 9-17. Moore also will kick off a Toys for Tots campaign at the new facility on Dec. 1.
Dorn VA Medical Centers earns top performer award
Dorn VA Medical Centers has been recognized as “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by the Joint Commission for the fourth consecutive year. Dorn is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. to get top performer recognition in 2013 for excellence in surgical care and in treating heart failure and pneumonia.
Providence Hospitals’ coronary, orthopedics programs honored
Providence Hospitals has received top grades for quality of its coronary and orthopedics programs from the national organization Healthgrades. Providence earned a five-star rating for coronary bypass, valve surgery and pacemaker procedures in the latest Healthgrades report. The hospital also earned a top rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for the 16th reporting period in a row. The hospital also was honored by Healthgrades for its orthopedic surgery and joint replacement programs.
First Myrtle Beach high-rise tower since recession opening this summer
The first new high-rise tower built in Myrtle Beach since the Great Recession plans to open this summer. The Sun News reports that the Ocean 22 Hilton Grand Vacations Club, a timeshare tower, plans to get a certificate of occupancy in May and open to guests in early July. The 24-story complex has already been topped off. It will be the first high-rise to open in Myrtle Beach since 2009.
Nation & World
Prosecutor: U.S. faces ‘epidemic’ of debt collection abuse practices
A New York prosecutor says the nation is facing an “absolute epidemic of debt collection abuse practices” so widespread that even one of the FBI’s top officials got a call. Prosecutor Preet Bharara made the comment as he announced the arrest Tuesday of seven members of a Norcross, Ga., debt collection agency. He said the defendants were “ruthlessly persistent” as they threatened people with imminent arrest.
Joey Holleman and The Associated Press contributed.