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Cape Fear Valley seeks to build new Cumberland hospital

Posted May 26, 2011

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— Cape Fear Valley Health System plans to ask state regulators for permission to build a 65-bed hospital north of Fayetteville.

The hospital would adjoin the health system's 5-year-old Health Pavilion North complex, near the Ramsey Street interchange of Interstate 295. The complex already offers cancer treatment, physical and occupational therapy, urgent care and laboratory and imaging services.

“Our goal is to further improve access to health-care services for residents of northern Cumberland County and surrounding areas in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible," Cape Fear Valley Health Chief Executive Mike Nagowski said in a statement. "The I-295 interchange makes Health Pavilion North very accessible to residents living to the north and east and will only enhance its accessibility as construction continues on I-295. We are excited about bringing Cumberland County its first new hospital in more than 50 years.”

The proposed hospital would include 57 inpatient beds, eight intensive care beds, seven observation beds, a 20-bed emergency department, two operating rooms and laboratory and imaging services.

Nagowski said admissions at the system's flagship Cape Fear Valley Medical Center have increased 14 percent in the last three years, and emergency department visits are projected to top 130,000 this year, which would be a 30 percent increase.

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  • bigal02282 May 26, 2011

    @Pseudonym, Cape Fear works in conjunction with Duke and UNC hospitals. They have many fine doctors who are Duke Hospital staff members and the same goes for UNC Hospital staff members. They are also affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic which is one of the most well-respected cardiovascular hospitals in the US. But as far as competition, they are trying to play in the big leagues by buying up as many area hospitals as possible. In their words, they want to create a "Hub & Spoke" system. I'm unsure if they are still wholly owned or run by the county, but if they are, they sure are making a ton of money for the county. As an example, they have over 12 million in their charity care program for assisting low income individuals.

  • bigal02282 May 26, 2011

    teresaengel, they are still planning to add a hospital in Hoke County, assuming they get the go ahead from the state once all of the bickering in court is done. They are also already in Bladen County as well, having bought a hospital there. The full story is over on the fay observer site.

  • CombatMed May 26, 2011

    There should have been a hospital built in that interchange when the road opened. As far as the Hoke County struggle goes.....this looks like the 'ole Good Hope vs Betsy Johnson fight, and we know what happened with that one.

  • BigBangTheorist May 26, 2011

    I hope this means they are giving up on their attempts to build a hospital in the western part of the county, in direct competition with FirstHealth of the Carolinas, to service residents in Hoke County. They need to keep their business in Cumberland County, instead of reaching beyond their service area. Leave Hoke County to FirstHealth of the Carolinas! They will serve the residents better than CFVMC ever could!

  • BKind21Another May 26, 2011

    Sure hope it reduces the 12-15 hour wait in the ER.

  • Pseudonym May 26, 2011

    I wish UNC or Duke would expand into Fayetteville, giving people competition for healthcare services instead of relying on a county-owned monopoly.

  • noturaveragesoccermom May 26, 2011

    JOBS!!!!

  • Glass Half Full May 26, 2011

    Sweet, looking forward to it.