New emergency department approved

by Andrew Batten

MOUNT HOLLY – The state has granted CaroMont Health permission to build an emergency department in Mount Holly.

CaroMont Health received its Certificate of Need for the emergency department from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, Nov. 19.

The department is planned for a site near East Charlotte Avenue and Alexander Street. The $24-million project will be an expansion of Gaston Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, which CaroMont Health operates, and will include six triage bays, at least 10 treatment rooms, one trauma room, and one resuscitation room.

“We are pleased with this determination, which will allow us to meet the growing needs of this region,” Valinda Rutledge, president and CEO of CaroMont Health, said. “We have received overwhelming support from the Mount Holly community, which only reinforced our decision to pursue this issue to the end.

Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System and CaroMont Health had been vying for certificate, which the state requires to limit duplication of services in an area, for several years. The state originally awarded CaroMont Health the certificate in 2009 but Carolinas HealthCare System appealed the decision. The state ultimately determined CaroMont Health should operate the department.

Carolinas Healthcare System has 30 days to appeal this decision to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

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