Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., announced plans to build an $85 million replacement facility for the children's hospital on its flagship campus, 843-bed Carolinas Medical Center. The system said it plans to file a certificate-of-need application with state regulators by Jan. 15, 2004, and hopes to win approval by year-end. If all goes according to plan, construction on the 230-bed Levine Children's Hospital would begin shortly after CON approval, with a projected opening in 2007. Local philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine have provided $10 million toward the cost of construction. The system plans to seek more donations and to use system funds to pay the remaining cost. Not-for-profit Carolinas owns or operates nine hospitals. -- by Vince Galloro
Carolinas to build $85 million kids' hospital
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