North Carolina regulators have approved an $85 million certificate of need to build a replacement hospital for Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, Lincolnton, N.C., according to the hospitals parent, Carolinas HealthCare System.
Site work in preparation for construction of the 101-bed hospital may begin as soon as next month, and the hospital may open as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010. Once the new hospital is open, Carolinas plans to return the old hospitals buildings and grounds to Lincoln County, which sold the hospital to Carolinas in 2006 in return for the Charlotte-based systems pledge to spend up to $100 million to build a replacement. -- by Vince Galloro
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