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Johnston Health seeks to add Clayton hospital

Posted January 1, 2013

— Johnston Health wants to build a 50-bed hospital in Clayton to accommodate growing demand in the northwest portion of the county.

The Smithfield-based health system opened a medical center on N.C. Highway 42 in Clayton three years ago that includes an emergency room, two operating rooms and imaging and lab services. Officials said they expected the facility to treat 27 patients on an average day, but about 80 people a day now visit the ER there.

"It's very hard to see everyone as fast as you want to see them and as fast as the patient wants to be seen," said Dr. Eric Manring, director of the Clayton ER. "The growth is far exceeding what Johnston Health could have imagined."

About 7 percent of the patients have to be admitted to the hospital, which means transferring them to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield – 17 miles away.

Clayton ER for Johnston Health Demand exceeding projections for Clayton ER

That's why Johnston Health wants to build a second hospital next to its Clayton operation. The system has already asked state regulators permission to shift 27 acute-care beds from Smithfield to Clayton.

Johnston Health wants to start construction of the $50 million hospital by the summer, and it its considering partnering with WakeMed or Rex Healthcare in Raleigh or Vidant Health in Greenville on the project.

"We can go forward and borrow the funds, or perhaps one of our other options is to affiliate with a larger organization," said Chuck Elliott, chief executive of Johnston Health.

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  • FromClayton Jan 3, 2013

    folks be careful about going to johnston medical center in smithfield. they are not up to par with the rest of the area hospitals. if you are unlucky to find yourself there look over everything they do and advocate for yourself and loved ones. Take care.

  • proverbial Jan 2, 2013

    I think the "government intrusion" statement is referring to the fact that hospitals must recieve permission from state/local govt to expand/build.

  • davidk_at_unc Jan 2, 2013

    "Government intrusion. If the demand is there for the facilities, then they should be built. It is a shame we can not get Government out of health care and actually allow TRUE demand from PAYING customers drive the industry. It would be much cheaper all the way around including taxes." -- whatelseisnew

    What in the WORLD are you talking about??? I see nothing at all in the article about "government intrusion". Would you please point that reference out for the rest of us? I think your problem is more with "personal delusion" rather than "government intrusion"!

  • whatelseisnew Jan 2, 2013

    Government intrusion. If the demand is there for the facilities, then they should be built. It is a shame we can not get Government out of health care and actually allow TRUE demand from PAYING customers drive the industry. It would be much cheaper all the way around including taxes.