NHRMC announces plans for new hospital

An artist's rendering of NHRMC's proposed Orthopedic and Spine hospital. (Photo: NHRMC)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center is planning to build a new Orthopedic and Spine Hospital.

The hospital filed a Certificate of Need (CON) with the state on June 15th to relocate 68 beds from the current NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital to a new patient tower above the Surgical Pavilion at the 17th Street main campus.

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Hospital representatives say this move will give the Orthopedic team and their patients easier access to all the resources and support offered by the hospital.

Officials say the current location at the Cape Fear Campus on Wrightsville Avenue is in need of extensive updating. However, the Surgical Pavilion was designed to allow upward expansion, so is an ideal place for the new center. The proposal includes 108 rooms and 134,000 square feet of space on three floors.

The Orthopedic team does around 9,000 procedures each year and has been recognized by as a Five-Star recipient for total knee replacement by Healthgrades 12 years in a row. It has also been recognized as a Top 10 U.S. hospital for hip and knee replacement by ‘Orthopedic News Networks’, and Women’s Choice has called it one of America’s Top 100 hospitals for patient experience.

If the CON is approved, construction could start as early as 2017 and last three to five years. The project cost is estimated to be $87 million.


The emergency department and Health & Diagnostics locations at the Cape Fear Campus will remain open until further plans for relocation are determined. The hospital is evaluating outpatient care options, expanding parking at the 17th Street campus, and future use of the Cape Fear Campus.

Officials say, a team of physicians, clinicians, leadership, architects, and construction teams are ensuring patients needs are at the center of the planning.