CaroMont Health today announced plans to invest more than $300 million in capital projects and facility improvements in Gaston County over the next five years. Projects include the addition of a critical care tower on the main campus of CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, the construction and renovation of several medical office buildings, and the construction of a second hospital in Belmont.
“CaroMont Health has provided life-changing and life-saving medical care to the citizens of Gaston County for nearly 75 years,” said Chris Peek, President and Chief Executive Officer at CaroMont Health. “This investment is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to this community and the thousands of patients who trust us to care for them.”
The most significant financial investment in the history of the health system comes as CaroMont Health looks to offer more convenient access to advanced healthcare in areas where population totals are expected to climb.
“With nearly 250,000 patient encounters every year at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, the hospital has experienced a very steady increase in patient volume over the last several years,” said Peek. “Coupled with the projected growth of our community and the advancing age of our patient population, the need for hospital-based care continues to rise. The construction of a second hospital in Belmont will extend our clinical network to better serve communities in the eastern part of Gaston County, and the expansion of critical care services at CaroMont Regional Medical Center will firmly establish the main hospital as a central hub for advanced medical and surgical care in our region.”
The allocation of healthcare services is guided by the North Carolina State Medical Facilities Plan (SMFP), a document prepared annually at the direction of the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation and the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council. The 2019 SMFP outlines the need for 33 additional hospital beds in Gaston County, with more expected in the 2020 plan.
In the coming months, the health system will seek to obtain the Certificate of Need (CON) required to build and open the new hospital, and will also pursue the necessary regulatory approval to reallocate and add critical care beds to the main campus.