BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County residents celebrated the crowning placement of the last two steel beams inside the Brunswick Community Hospital Thursday.
Installing these beams means the hospital is ready for the next phase of construction, and that the most dangerous part is over.
Now, Brunswick Community Hospital President and CEO Denise Mihal is one step closer to saying out with the old and in with the new.
"70,000 square feet to 270 square feet," said Mihal. "We're going from 60 beds to 78 beds, we have 3 operating now going to 4 and a C-section room."
A larger hospital and more patients means more jobs.
"From environmental to plant operation, to radiology, having larger departments, larger ER rooms, we'll have more staff," said Mihal.
With the new hospital being built between Bolivia and Supply, Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue said it will expand growth in the county.
"Right at the central part if the county, Supply in the future will be a hub," said Sue. "So they're in the right place."
The hospital is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011.
County commissioner said they're looking at several options for the old hospital, including turning it into a veteran's clinic or using it to house county departments.