Hillsborough Certificate of Need update

As you may know, in April 2009 UNC Health Care applied for a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a new hospital on 83.4 acres of land we purchased in Hillsborough. Please read the following message about CON approval from Gary L. Park, President, UNC Hospitals.

This CON, along with an additional CON required for planning purposes, was approved by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation in late 2009. However, Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) appealed our CON approvals, which meant that all planning, development and design for the Hillsborough Hospital had to stop until the appeals process was finalized.

I’m happy to inform you that ARMC has agreed to drop its appeal of our CON approvals. This means that we are now free to move forward with the Hillsborough Hospital.

In the short term, Ray Lafrenaye, Vice President of Facilities Planning and Development, will develop an updated timetable and restart our planning and design process for the Hillsborough Hospital.  We plan to begin building outpatient facilities on the Hillsborough medical campus within the year and our long-term goal is to open the Hillsborough Hospital in 2015.

The Hillsborough Hospital will include the following:

•    A Level II Emergency Department
•    68 licensed beds and 15 observation beds
•    Six shared operating rooms
•    A wide range of support services

I will update you on the Hillsborough medical campus when we develop a firmer timeline. Please contact Amy Bragg, who is leading our strategic planning effort, with your ideas and suggestions for development of the campus.

This is an exciting time for us as we plan for the future of UNC Health Care. I look forward to working with you to serve the people of North Carolina.


Gary L. Park
President, UNC Hospitals

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