Since opening in 2004, the hospital has nearly tripled its number of beds to address the sharp rise in patients. During the last year, as construction on the addition progressed, at times patients were placed in “non-traditional” spaces, President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Riley said.
“We can put them in a patient room now,” Riley said, noting patients were staying in the emergency room or observational unit longer than necessary. “The care is the same, but when you’re sick, you want to stay in a nice place.”
The $50 million, 60,000-square-foot expansion to the Gilead Road campus adds 44 beds, bringing the total number of patient beds to 139, including two in the intensive care unit as well as two more in the natal intensive care unit – where Novant provides Level III care for babies born at less than 32 weeks’ gestation.