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As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County experiences a lot of boom and bust from its growing population.
While its impact on roads and other infrastructure can be negative, growth also brings a number of positive things.
For example, many new businesses, stores and restaurants that would have previously overlooked Brunswick are stopping to set up shop here. That means more jobs for area workers. In some cases, it also means bringing more workers into the area, which in turn spurs on increased home building and sales.
As Brunswick moves forward with this growth, residents have patiently been waiting for improved health and medical services. Many improvements have been made in the last several years, and more are expected.
But few are as exciting as the plan to build a new hospital in Brunswick County.
On Monday, hospital officials and community supporters gathered together to break ground on this new, cutting-edge facility. It's encouraging to see the dream of a new state-of-the-art hospital start to become more of a reality.
In previous years, many Brunswick County residents have opted to travel beyond this county to seek quality medical care. We hope this new hospital, and other new and improved facilities spurred on by the hospital's operators—Novant Health—will encourage county residents to go no further than their own community to seek quality healthcare.
When completed in 2010, the new hospital will bring 74-acute care beds for patients, four observation beds, four surgical operating rooms, one C-section room, a 24-hour emergency department, a maternity center, an intensive care unit, imaging services, a full-service laboratory and pharmacy and various outpatient services.
The new hospital will be named Brunswick Novant Medical Center, tying the community and its leading health agency together for what we hope is a bright, growing future.
As Brunswick County continues to grow, so too will the need for additional medical services. We look forward to watching progress on the new facility and anxiously await the day when the doors officially open.
Growth can be both positive and hard to deal with, but with improvements planned such as this, it should make the growing pains a little easier to deal with.