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Atrium Health Proposes $85M Satellite Hospital in North Carolina

Analysis  |  By Amanda Schiavo  
   September 28, 2022

If approved, Atrium Health expects the satellite hospital to open on January 1, 2026.

Atrium Health—a Charlotte, North Carolina-based healthcare network with over 40 hospitals and $2 billion in net operating revenue—wants to turn its Harrisburg, North Carolina-based emergency room into a satellite hospital.

The health system submitted a "certificate of need" proposal to the Cabarrus County authorities for the $85.5 million expansion and is waiting on the state to approve the project.

"In an effort to bring high quality, convenient access to care to the residents of southern Cabarrus County that are already choosing AH Harrisburg for their health care needs, AH Cabarrus proposes to relocate 24 acute care beds and one operating room from its main campus to its existing Harrisburg hospital campus," Atrium said in a press release shared with HealthLeaders. "The proposed project also involves the replacement and relocation of an existing fixed MRI scanner to Atrium Health Harrisburg from Atrium Health MRI at its Concord Mills/Speedway location."

Additional inpatient, imaging, and surgical services will include 20 medical and surgical acute care beds, four ICU beds, a replacement CT scanner, a relocated and repaired MRI machine, fluoroscopy services, and the addition of a C-arm (a large, mobile imaging device) in the operating room.

The decision date for this project is set for the end of January. If approved, Atrium Health expects the satellite hospital to open on January 1, 2026.


Amanda Schiavo is the Finance Editor for HealthLeaders.

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