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Louisburg Residents Resist Plans to Move Hospital to Youngsville

Posted February 28, 2007

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— Youngsville may soon be home to a state-of-the-art hospital. But the change would mean the downsizing of the Franklin Regional Medical Center, leaving some nearby residents frustrated and gearing up to fight the move.

For 55 years, the hospital on U.S. Highway 401 in Louisburg has treated patients in Franklin and surrounding counties. But if hospital administrators have their way, a 50-acre plot of land at the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96 will be the sight of the new facility. They said it would better serve the needs of the growing population in the Youngsville area.

“We feel like we do a great job on this campus in Louisburg,” said spokesman Brian Gwyn. “We feel like we can have a higher level of health care by getting to a larger facility with room to grow.”

In recent years, the medical center said they have seen a drop in market share of patients. And with their limited eight-acre building, they are not able to compete with hospitals in Wake County.

Louisburg native Ralph Knott has vowed to fight the move.

“I know they need to make money,” Knott said. “I know that's the bottom line. But if they want to do medical service, they can do it here.”

Knott is spearheading a grassroots effort to keep the hospital on U.S. Highway 401. So far, he’s collected 2,000 signatures in a town of 3,500.

Still, Knott said he knows it will be an uphill battle. The new $90 million complex would include all private rooms, better amenities and close to 30 more doctors.

“A pretty, modern, high-tech physical plant really gives patient impression that their care is good and that they are comfortable in the facilty,” Gwyn said.

The new plans would convert the current hospital into an urgent care facility. The state is reviewing that suggestion, which could take several months.

A public hearing on the proposal is planned. Louisburg Town Manager C.L. Gobble told WRAL that the city has hired a lawyer to help challenge the hospital's proposal.

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  • iampostingmyopinion Mar 1, 2007

    I wonder if they move, will they consider delivering babies? Right now, FRMC does not. All Franklin County residents have to go to Duke, Maria Parham, or Raleigh. That's a LONG way when you are in labor!

  • mom2threecld Feb 28, 2007

    they don't have what it takes to be a level 1 trauma center. wake med will continue to have that title for the area. they now have to helicopters to life flight people. wake med has over seven hundred beds and some of the best docs around. franklin is kinda like wilmed, johnston,etc...band aid stations. they even send the sick else where.

  • Wake1 Feb 28, 2007

    If I'm not mistaken, Franklin Regional is either owmned by Health Management Associates (HMA) or managed by them. They are a for-profit company and more focused on their hospitals making money (which isn't necessarily bad as long as you remember the community you serve) than the people they serve.

  • wondermom67 Feb 28, 2007

    The ppl from Wakefield will not frequent Franklin Regional. These ppl want to live, and as so many of us know more ppl die due to Dr's at FR than live. I for one have had family die there...they did not get the treatment that was needed to sustain thier life...it was requested early on that this family member be moved to Wake Med. but were told no, there is noting they could do, they also would not allow the patient Dr. to come to the hospital. It is because they themselves know that they are a 3rd rate hosp. and did not want a Dr. who was actually smarter than anyone they had seen in years in their facility. The hospital also did not want to release information to the Dr. even after the request was signed and sent. Leave FR where it is....the ppl from Wakefield want to live.

  • Trooper Feb 28, 2007

    You poor stupid people, they want to put it in Youngsville to serve the rich people at Wakefield in Wake forest,and the quality of people hired at the Louisburg center is controlled by your county commissioners and the Hospital Brass. You have to pay a decent salary to get qualified people. I know that the residents of Wakefield will appreciate your sacrifice.

  • wondermom67 Feb 28, 2007

    Franklin Regional has a terrible history....A vet knows more about human health than whatever they have hired at that hospital. A level 1 Trauma center, with the staff at this hospital...you have to hire staff that are actually smart, but everyone knows that all they hire are rejects and those who have been fired. Level 1....that is just too funny.

  • farmboy494 Feb 28, 2007

    What would really be nice is if they could upgrade to a Level 1 trauma center. That could benifit the entire region by no having to waste precious minutes of " The Critical Hour". I am on a local fire dept that runs an average of 475-500 calls per year. The nearest Level 1 trauma center is Wake Medical in Raleigh or Duke in Durham. Relocating the hospital to a major road would be very helpful to the visitors, tourists, and people that are unsure or the area.

  • Kriterian Feb 28, 2007

    I grew up in the area and most of my father's side of the family still live in that area. I've always hated Louisburg and didn't like my experience at the hospital.

    I think the hospital benefits everyone in that area by moving to a big and better location. The people of Louisburg are being extremely selfish with their petition mess, and should just be thankful that there will be a bigger and better hospital that doesn't require driving to Raleigh.

  • Joy4u2 Feb 28, 2007

    sounds good to me I live off of Purnell rd. I think a lot of people in Wake Forest would like a hospital close to where they live. I feel sorry for louisburg and I know how they feel