New hospital is welcome addition

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Finding quality healthcare in a rural community can sometimes be difficult. It’s not uncommon for people in such areas to have to travel beyond their communities to access high quality, state-of-the-art healthcare.

But not so in Brunswick County.

On Saturday, the community will get its first chance to take a sneak peak inside the new Brunswick Novant Medical Facility during a 1-4 p.m. public tour.

At the end of the month, the new facility on U.S. 17 in Bolivia will officially open and replace the older Brunswick County Hospital just down the road.

The opening means those who require inpatient care will no longer have to share a room with someone else recovering from illness or surgery. The new facility boasts 74 acute-care beds—14 more than in the current hospital.

Friends and family who need to stay overnight with a patient will also have a nice, comfy place to sleep, instead of trying to curl up in a hard chair.

The opening of the new facility means immediate access to top-of-the-line medical equipment and trained staff. The new hospital will pick up an additional operating room, bringing its total to four.

The new hospital will have a 24-hour emergency department, maternity center, intensive and progressive care units, surgical services, and imaging and laboratory services, as well as physical therapy, speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.

All of this is good news especially when you consider how quickly this community is growing and how hopefully more people will seek medical care right here in Brunswick County instead of going elsewhere.

The new hospital means more jobs, new jobs and sustained jobs for our community during a time when unemployment levels are far too high.

The opening of the new medical facility is a celebration of a long list of accomplishments. From a vision that began more than five years ago to the reality of a new, beautiful hospital, Brunswick Novant Medical Center is not only a testament to the commitment Novant has made to this county, but it also exemplifies the spirit of a community that rallies together to improve the quality of life for all who live here.

The old hospital has served the community well, but it will soon be time to say goodbye and open a page in a new book about Brunswick County’s healthcare.

 If you get a chance, come out to the new facility on Saturday and take a look around. Check out the new facility before you need it, and maybe then, if you have to go there for treatment, you’ll be a little more comfortable knowing about the type of high-quality care this hospital is expected to provide for our community.