Novant unveils investment project expansion plans
Nearly a year after the New Hanover Regional Medical Center became part of Novant Health, officials announced several major new capital projects on Friday and confirmed plans for some already underway.
The new facilities are part of Novant’s requirement to invest more than $3 billion in “the growth and advancement of NHRMC services in the region,” a stipulation of its nearly $2 billion purchase of the NHRMC in New Hanover County, which closed February 1, 2021.
Shelbourn Stevens, chairman of the NHRMC and coastal region of Novant Health, said an architect and design firm had been chosen for the largest project, a 66-bed hospital in Scotts Hill, located in the growing area. rapid from northern New Hanover County and southern Pender County.
Services currently provided at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital on Wrightsville Avenue will be transferred to Scotts Hill Hospital, Stevens said.
“It will have an orthopedic focus, but it will also be a community hospital, taking care of other needs of that community,” Stevens said.
He said the architect and designers are meeting with the NHRMC team to determine how best to meet the needs of patients, providers and other staff.
“We hope to break new ground this spring or summer with an opening in late 2024,” Stevens said.
He added that the rebranding of the hospital is underway and residents will soon see the Novant logo on NHRMC sites.
After damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018 caused a construction setback, the new patient tower on NHRMC’s main campus on 17th Street will serve as a 108-bed neuroscience institute.
“This is going to bring a brand new neurological intensive care unit as well as a dedicated stroke unit to the area that we didn’t have before,” said Laurie Whalin, president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Brunswick Medical. Center, which plays a role in the expansion of neuro services in the Coastal Health System market.
“The goal is really to serve a seven-county area of patients to make sure they don’t have to leave the area to go to Duke or Raleigh or wherever,” she said. “We can keep them here and they can get the treatment they need.”
Elsewhere, Philip Brown, community impact manager at Novant, is leading efforts to find a location for a community clinic, one of two funded by the retired basketball star’s $10million donation. NBA and UNC Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington. Jordan funded similar Novant clinics in Charlotte.
One will be at 15th and Greenfield streets on land donated by New Hanover County.
“We are undergoing due diligence in purchasing land for the second site, also in Wilmington,” NHRMC spokesman Julian March said.
Although the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia is not part of the purchase – Novant already owned the hospital – it is now part of Novant Coastal and closely tied to the NHRMC.
Whalin joined Stevens on Friday to announce Novant’s expansion of services to Brunswick.
“We have two medical office buildings that we’re expanding,” Whalin said. “One of them is on our campus, and we expect to have the first groundbreaking in February. It will be a 35,000 square foot medical office building that is sort of parallel to the building of current medical offices that we have, so it will be very accessible to the main campus.
Whalin said it will house Brunswick Medical Center’s expanded cardiac and vascular services.
“There’s going to be state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation, and we’re going to be able to expand our orthopedic and surgical services in this suite,” she said. “It will also allow us to expand our urology and OBGYN services into our other medical office buildings.”
Whalin also announced that Novant is constructing a 30,000 square foot medical office building in Shallotte that will serve as a multi-specialty medical office building.
“It’s right next to Novant Health Oceanside, which is one of Novant Health’s busiest primary care centers. It will provide neurological, psychiatric and endocrine care and facilitate the expansion of outpatient physiotherapy,” said “There’s going to be kind of an open green gym concept for physiotherapy services there as well as neurology and potentially even a partnership to bring some neurosurgery services to the area.”
As part of the purchase agreement, Novant will also expand NHRMC’s relationship with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine, expand a children’s clinical service line partnership with UNC Children’s Hospital, and develop clinical trials population health research and programs.