WILMINGTON, NC – 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, on the northern side of New Hanover County.

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.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement,” said John Gizdic, Novant Health executive vice president and chief business development officer. “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 opening around 2024.

About New Hanover Regional Medical Center

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit 800-bed teaching hospital, regional referral center and UNC School of Medicine branch campus. We offer specialty medical and surgical care, which includes women’s and children’s, orthopedic, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals, and a level II trauma center. NHRMC is part of Novant Health, an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,400 physicians and over 37,000 employees who provide care at more than 800 locations, including 18 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” In 2020, Novant Health provided more than $1.02 billion in community benefit, including financial assistance and services.

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