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Carolinas Medical Center-University proposes new hospital-within-hospital

Carolinas HealthCare System has asked the state for approval to open a $3.2 million long-term acute-care hospital within Carolinas Medical Center-University.

Plans are to renovate 12,880 square feet on the fourth floor of CMC-University to create a 35-bed hospital-within-a-hospital called Carolinas ContinueCARE Hospital at University. If approved, the project will be a joint venture between Carolinas HealthCare and Carolinas Community Care, a subsidiary of Community Hospital Corp. of Plano, Tex. Carolinas HealthCare would contribute $2,5 million; Carolinas Community Care, $723,452.

State officials are expected to rule on the hospital’s certificate-of-need application early next year. If approved, the long-term acute-care hospital would be completed in mid-2015.

Carolinas HealthCare already operates a long-term acute-care hospital, adjacent to CMC-Pineville. This will be Community Hospital Corp.’s first hospital in North Carolina.

Karen Garloch

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