Hoke to get two hospitals under agreement

Posted April 5, 2012 4:11 p.m. EDT

— Cape Fear Valley Health and FirstHealth of the Carolinas said Thursday that they have reached an agreement allowing both hospital systems to open hospitals in Hoke County.

The agreement comes after months of mediation between the sides and appeals to state regulators to halt each other's projects, which were both approved in September 2010.

Cape Fear Valley plans to build a 41-bed hospital on U.S. Highway 401, including an emergency room, two operating rooms and a birthing center. The Fayetteville-based hospital system already is building an outpatient center on the site.

FirstHealth plans to build an eight-bed hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, also on U.S. 401.

“We have a longstanding commitment to serve the residents of Hoke County and are excited about bringing the county’s residents their own full-service hospital,” Michael Nagowski, chief executive of Cape Fear Valley Health, said in a statement.

“Hoke County desperately needs access to emergency room care and hospital services. We are excited to start building and look forward to bringing FirstHealth’s quality health care services to Hoke County residents," David J. Kilarski, chief executive of FirstHealth, said in a statement.