CaroMont Health Earns Full Support to Build Second Hospital in Belmont
GASTONIA, NC – CaroMont Health today announced it has full approval to build a new hospital in Belmont. The Gastonia-based health system recently learned the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offered final approval of its request to open and operate a second hospital and medical campus near the crossing of Highway 273 and Interstate 85 in Gaston County.
“We are pleased the Department of Health and Human Services agrees CaroMont Health is the best choice to build and operate this hospital,” said Chris Peek, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The significant growth happening in the eastern part of the county and the advancing age of the patient population means CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont is critical for the future of our community.”
While clinical programs and services are still being planned for CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont, the facility will offer an emergency department, a 66-bed inpatient unit for patients requiring admission or observation, operating rooms and surgical capabilities, a labor and delivery unit, and a full suite of diagnostic testing and imaging services. Medical office buildings for outpatient services and physician offices are also planned for the campus.
The approval of CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont also clears the way for plans to expand critical care services at the main hospital in Gastonia. The addition of a four-floor, 78-room tower will streamline care delivery for patients requiring critical care services, improve patient flow within the hospital, and firmly establish CaroMont Regional Medical Center as a central hub for advanced medical and surgical care in the region.
“From the beginning, executive leaders and clinical teams have collaborated on integrated programming and detailed planning of these projects,” said Peek. “This fine balance of clinical expertise and operational excellence will ensure we are positioned to provide exceptional care across the health system.”
Collaboration has been a central theme in the 10 months since CaroMont Health announced plans to invest more than $300 million in capital projects in and around Gaston County. The journey to state approval required not only support from the health system, but from across the community.
“We are fortunate to be part of a community that has championed our efforts to expand healthcare services,” said Peek. “These projects are possible only through the unwavering support of the more than 4,000 members of the CaroMont Health team, our Board of Directors, the medical community, and the network of business and civic leaders who share our vision for a brighter, healthier future.”
Current projections suggest CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont could open as earlier as 2023, which coincidentally would also mark the 50-year anniversary of CaroMont Regional Medical Center’s opening at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia.
“This is an extraordinarily exciting time for CaroMont Health, but more importantly, it is a monumental moment for our community,” said Peek. “These projects are a reflection of our steadfast commitment to the thousands of patients who trust us to care for them.”