NHRMC to close Midtown Orthopedic Hospital and spend $ 210 million to expand Scotts Hill campus


The Midtown Orthopedic Hospital at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center will close as resources are redirected to a new and expanded campus in northern New Hanover County. (Photo / port city staff)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – The New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) has submitted plans to state regulators, seeking to build a new hospital in the growing area of ​​northern New Hanover County.

The $ 210 million project will connect to Scotts Hill’s permanent emergency service system, adding a two-story addition.

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Scheduled to open in 2024, the new Scotts Hill hospital would create 490 new jobs, according to official NHRMC documents. Some of these positions may be filled by existing downtown staff, but the majority will likely be entirely new hires.

As first reported Per the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, the documents detail the hospital’s long-standing plans to expand into northern New Hanover County and close its downtown orthopedic hospital on Wrightsville Avenue.

The 75-bed downtown facility specializes in orthopedics, but also offers comprehensive emergency, imaging and diagnostic services. Thirty of the beds will be moved to the new Scotts Hill hospital, pending approval; the hospital has already obtained state approval in May to move the remaining 45 beds to its main campus.

Now, NHRMC is asking the state’s green light to add 36 new beds, bringing the Scotts Hill Hospital campus total to 66.

As part of this change, the NHRMC will move half of its current orthopedic volume to its main campus and the other half to Scotts Hill.

The hospital system is shifting resources to the north of the county to reduce overcrowding and stress on its main campus. “The bed capacity of the NHRMC out of the 17e The street campus is limited by high occupancy rates and the hospital is overcrowded and very crowded, ”indicates the September acute care bed request.

The hospital plans to redirect the volume of low-risk patients from its main campus to the new Scotts Hill location, designed to meet the needs of elderly and rural patients “who might find the large and sprawling main campus of NHRMC, in the Crowded downtown Wilmington, intimidating. and overwhelming ”, depending on the application.

For the first few years of operations, NHRMC plans to generate revenues of $ 161 million, spend $ 153 million in operating costs and generate approximately $ 7 million in profit per year at the new Scotts facility. Hill.

NHRMC chief operating officer Andre Boyd said in a statement that the county’s growth prompted the hospital to expand to Scotts Hill.

“The growing and aging population of New Hanover County is driving the need for additional hospital services. Scotts Hill Hospital would provide care closer to home for everyone in the busy corridor of the United States. These plans are exciting because we know that facilities like these will help us take better care of our growing community over the long term. Our partnership with Novant Health, which is under regulatory review, will support these types of investments in improving access to health care. Novant Health is committed to investing more than $ 3 billion in the growth and advancement of NHRMC services in the region, ”Boyd said.

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