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Atrium Health begins $893M bed tower construction in Charlotte

Charlotte-based healthcare provider Atrium Health has embarked on the construction of a $893M 448-bed tower, a 12-story building on the main campus Midtown Charlotte, North Carolina. With a massive 1.1-million-square-foot area.  Chan Roush, the executive for Atrium Health at Carolinas Medical Center, expressed his satisfaction with this milestone, emphasizing the extensive planning process for the new bed tower that preceded it. “It’s been a comprehensive planning journey involving our dedicated design, construction, and architecture teams, culminating in this ground-breaking event,”  Roush remarked. “This facility represents an expansion of the services we provide at CMC. Establishing a cutting-edge medical center that benefits the people of Charlotte and the entire region.”

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Atrium Health submitted a building permit application to Mecklenburg County in November, estimating the tower’s total cost at $892.9 million. Situated on the main campus at 1000 Blythe Boulevard, the tower is being constructed in an area previously occupied by the Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital and the Blythe parking deck.

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The new bed tower building will have cutting-edge operating rooms, surgery and procedure suites, cardiac cath laboratories, interventional radiology suites, diagnostics and imaging facilities, inpatient beds, and even a helipad. This tower aims to enhance patient care and cater to the community’s growing needs. This impressive structure signifies Atrium’s substantial $1.4 billion investment in expanding its healthcare capabilities.

The addition of 448 beds in the new tower will significantly boost the healthcare system’s capacity in Charlotte, as explained by Dr. Dan Handel, chief medical officer for Atrium’s central region. “We are dedicated to caring for North Carolina’s most critically ill patients. And the construction of this tower presents a tremendous opportunity to expand our mission and capabilities,” Dr. Handel stated. “We continuously seek innovative approaches to increase our capacity. And following the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have made notable progress in reducing wait times. However, there comes a point where the demand for more beds and facilities becomes inevitable.”

The Rush S. Dickson Tower, Atrium’s health primary bed tower in Charlotte, will continue to operate until the new facility opens. Plans are underway for collaboration between Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital to further boost capacity and provide comprehensive care to the community.

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