State approves request for NHRMC to build 66-bed hospital in Scotts Hill

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a part of Novant Health, is being granted a certificate of need to build a new 66-bed acute care hospital in Scotts Hill. (Photo: NHRMC)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a part of Novant Health, is being granted a certificate of need (CON) to build a new 66-bed acute care hospital in Scotts Hill.

According to a news release, the NC Department of Health and Human Services had previously denied the application due to some technical clarifications needed but agreed to approve it after NHRMC filed an appeal “establishing the compelling need for the hospital to serve the growing population in that area.”

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“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement,” John Gizdic, Novant Health executive vice president and chief business development officer, said. “This will allow us to better care for our neighbors with more accessible care and additional services.”

The new acute care hospital will be on the site with NHRMC Emergency Department – North, an existing free-standing emergency department and surgical center. It will include 36 new beds, plus 30 beds relocated from the NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital on Wrightsville Avenue, and eight operating rooms.

Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with an opening around 2024.