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Construction starts on hospital for Mint Hill area

Presbyterian Healthcare broke ground Tuesday afternoon on a new community hospital to be built on the outskirts of Mint Hill at Albemarle Road and I-485.

Presbyterian Hospital Mint Hill (the working name – the formal name isn't final) will serve Mint Hill and surrounding areas including Cabarrus, Stanly and Union counties.

It's expected to open in fall 2010.

The $90 million hospital will have an emergency department with 16 treatment rooms, 38 acute medical-surgical beds, 10 observation beds, four intensive care unit beds, four operating rooms, imaging services and a full-service laboratory and pharmacy.

When fully staffed, the hospital is expected to have more than 300 full-time employees.

Amy Vance, president of the new hospital, said she's pleased to bring the medical facility into an area that has been underserved.

“The most exciting thing for me is the fact that the residents of these communities will now have their own community hospital,” Vance said.

Presbyterian Healthcare received state approval for the hospital in December 2006. Carolinas Medical Center filed a competing request at about the same time, but its request to build a hospital in the town was denied.

The hospital was designed by McCullough England Architects and will be built by Brasfield & Gorrie Construction.