GASTONIA – CaroMont Health will invest more than $300 million in capital projects and facility improvements in Gaston County over the next five years, including the construction of a hospital in Belmont.
Other projects include the addition of a critical care tower on the main campus of CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia as well as as the construction and renovation of several medical office buildings.
“CaroMont Health has provided life-changing and life-saving medical care to the citizens of Gaston County for nearly 75 years,” said Chris Peek, CaroMont president and chief executive officer, in a press release announcing the projects. “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 health care in areas where population totals are expected to increase, the release states.
“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,” Peek said. “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.”
While services are still being planned for CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont, the new facility is expected to offer an emergency department, inpatient units for patients requiring admission or observation, a labor and delivery unit and a full complement of diagnostic services.
The hospital, to be built on the west side of N.C. 73 just north of Interstate 85, could open as early as 2023. The property is owned by Belmont Abbey, the founder and sponsor of Belmont Abbey College, and is adjacent to the school’s campus.
The health system will enter into a long-term agreement to lease the land and plans to support Belmont Abbey College’s future establishment of a health sciences program.
“Belmont Abbey College exemplifies the true spirit of our community – one of progress, integrity, excellence and virtue – and shares many of our core values,” Peek said.