New Hanover Regional Medical Center began caring for patients at its new medical tower on Monday, June 29, 2020. The new 108-bed tower was officially opened during a small dedication ceremony on Monday and will begin with 36 beds of the 5th floor open to general medical patients of New Hanover Hospitalists. Additional floors and patient beds in the new tower will be opened on a phased approach based on care needs.
Construction of the $87 million medical tower began in 2017. Originally envisioned as an orthopedic tower, plans shifted to a heart and vascular center in the fall of 2020. To best serve our community in today's environment, NHRMC leadership changed the plans to a general medical floor. This switch allows flexibility in patient care operations as a more definitive direction is determined for long-term use.
“This is an exciting and proud time for our organization to be able to make this space available for our patients and community,” said Andre Boyd, NHRMC Chief Operating Officer. “Having the new tower open allows us to reposition our current care spaces throughout our campus to better accommodate patient needs."
Susan Cholette will be the nurse manager of the 5th floor, which will be staffed by the team that had occupied the third floor of the South Tower. The administrator is Gabby Pike. Future use of the 32 rooms on the third floor of the South Tower is being evaluated.
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