WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover Regional Medical Center has filed an application with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to relocate five operating rooms and 68 acute care beds from its Orthopedic Hospital to a new patient tower above the Surgical Pavilion at its main campus.
According to hospital officials, the move was necessitated by the extensive updating needed at the Cape Fear Campus.
"Our concept is to build a hospital within a hospital, so that we can replicate the personalized service that we are able to provide at the orthopedic campus at the main campus on 17th Street," said Vice President for Specialty Hospitals Donna Bost.
The Surgical Pavilion was designed to allow upward expansion, making it the ideal place for the proposed facility. If approved, it would include 108 rooms and 134,000 square feet of space on three floors.
"We don't expect a lot of new jobs with the transition, but certainly everyone that works with us today will move with the change to orthopedics," said Bost. "No one will lose a job with the transition."
If the application is approved, construction on the $86.9 million project would begin in 2017, with an estimated completion date in October 2019.
A public hearing on the project is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. in Room 527-U on the fifth floor of Union Station at Cape Fear Community College (502 N. Front St.).
Those wishing to file written comments about the proposal must do so no later than 5:30 p.m. on Aug, 1.
Comments may be submitted as an attachment to an email sent to DHSR.CON.Comments@dhhs.nc.gov. Comments also can be mailed to:
Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section
Division of Health Service Regulation
2704 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-2704
The emergency department and NHRMC Health & Diagnostics locations at the Cape Fear Campus will remain open until future plans for relocation are determined. NHRMC is evaluating outpatient care options, opportunities to expand parking on the 17th Street campus, and future use of the Cape Fear Campus, pending approval of the submitted application.