Recently, Brunswick Community Hospital has had a shortage of hospital beds, but with a new facility in the works, the hospital's president is hoping to solve that problem. Since having quadruple bypass surgery, George Cataldo has been working out at Brunswick Community Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Center. He says he loves the facility and that the people are great, but that the hospital and rehab center could be larger. The president of the hospital, Denise Mihal, says the current building is at max capacity, so a larger replacement hospital building is in the works to meet the population growth of Brunswick County. Mihal says “we'll be able to build a larger emergency department, so we're excited about that and yes there is a need and it's all about providing services in Brunswick County so patients don't have to leave to seek health care." The replacement hospital will be three miles north of the hospital's current site on Hwy 17. It will be double the size of the current facility. Currently Brunswick Community Hospital has dozens of rooms that patients have to share. In the new building there will be enough space so that each patient has their own room. Mihal said, “It will be all single rooms and that's nice with a little privacy." In addition to private rooms, there will be 14 additional hospital beds for a total of 74 beds, four operating rooms, and a C-section room. Each area of the hospital will be larger with new equipment. Mihal said, "It’s exciting for the patients and the community, just having a state of the art high technology facility locally." The new building for Brunswick Community Hospital is scheduled to be open by spring of 2010.The new facility is being paid for by a Novant Health, a non profit company. No tax dollars will be used to pay for the building.
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