Trident Health is spending $3.5 million to upgrade its pediatric facilities at the Summerville Medical Center. The project includes a new 4,000-square-foot space attached to the hospital’s emergency department and a 3,500-square-foot in-patient suite on the second floor for children and teens under 17.

The new facilities will allow minors to be processed separately from adults when they arrive at the hospital.

“We need to invest more in our pediatric care,” said Summerville Medical Center CEO Lou Caputo.“We need to improve our facilities. We need to invest in great training for our nurses and physicians and really make an investment in this community for kids so they can receive this care locally and not have to travel to MUSC or other children’s hospitals.”

The upgrades are expected to be complete by late fall.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.