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Novant Health’s Joy Greear to lead new Mint Hill hospital

Joy Greear
Joy Greear

Novant Health’s Joy Greear has been named president and chief operating officer of the future Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.

Greear will continue in her role as vice president of professional and support services for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while overseeing construction of the hospital, to be built on Albermarle Road next to the Interstate 485 interchange near the Mint Hill border.

Greear said she expects to receive state and county permits soon. Once permits are issued, construction on infrastructure will begin; when that part of the project is complete, hopefully in mid 2016, Greear said, the company will start construction of the hospital and medical office buildings.

The 50-bed medical facility will take about two years to complete and offer a 16-bay emergency department, maternity services, rehabilitation, cardiovascular services, a laboratory and a pharmacy. A medical office building will be attached to the hospital with a separate medical office building and retail space at the front of the property on Albemarle Road.

The hospital is required to open by the end of 2018 or Novant will lose its Certificate of Need from the state, the document that gives permission to build a hospital. Officials first announced plans to build a hospital on the site in 2008, but the faltering economy caused them to put those plans on hold.

Greear has worked for Novant for the past 23 years in different capacities. For the last 11 years, she’s been directly involved with the operation of Novant Presbyterian Medical Center in uptown Charlotte.

In her current role, she said, she’s handled a number of building and construction projects, skills that will serve her well in the new position.

“I am really excited about this opportunity. Having been a leader in the organization for a number of years, I know not everyone gets to build a hospital, assemble a team and create a new culture. I’m honored to be chosen for this responsibility,” Greear said.

She said the new campus will create about 400 jobs once finished.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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