Atrium secures approval to build $154M hospital

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Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health received approval to build a $154 million, 30-bed hospital in Cornelius, N.C., the system said July 12.

In addition to the inpatient beds, the 160,000-square-foot hospital will house eight observation beds, two operating rooms and a C-section operating room, eight emergency department bays and a helipad. It also will offer pharmacy, imaging and lab services. Atrium said the 30 inpatient beds and two operating rooms will be relocated from existing Atrium Health facilities. 

The hospital will be named Atrium Health Lake Norman, slated to open in 2024. 

A certificate of need for the Cornelius hospital initially was denied by state regulators. However, state regulators allowed Atrium to move forward with the project after it submitted additional information as part of an appeal process. 

"We are thrilled to be able to move forward with plans to build this new, state-of-the-art hospital and provide the highest quality care to residents in and around the Lake Norman area with convenient access, close to home," said Ken Haynes, president of the Greater Charlotte Region for Atrium Health. "With the population growth that has been taking place, this new hospital is a key piece of our mission to better meet the needs of residents in the area. Whether someone is having a baby, undergoing surgery or needs emergency care at any hour of the day or night, our expert physicians, nurses and support staff will be close-at-hand."

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