UNC Hospitals wants to expand its Hillsborough hospital

UNC Hospitals is once again seeking to expand a satellite hospital in Hillsborough that opened in 2015 and has been under ongoing expansion.

The Chapel Hill health care system asked state regulators Friday for permission to add 32 beds to the Hillsborough campus, after winning approval last year to add 29 beds to the same hospital. The Hillsborough facility is developing a 4-story wing to house the extra beds next to the original 3-story hospital that opened two years ago with 72 beds.

Additionally, UNC Hospitals is asking the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for approval to add nine beds at its flagship campus, which currently has 727 beds. UNC’s total request is for 41 acute care beds, which is the specified need in Orange County, according to the state’s 2107 State Medical Facilities Plan.

UNC said the nine beds are expected to cost $9.7 million, with completion in July 2020. The 32 beds for Hillsborough are slated to cost $160,000, with completion expected in October 2020. The UNC beds cost more because they will require extensive renovation.

The two facilities are about eight miles apart.

“UNC Hospitals recognizes that it cannot continue to meet the increasing demand for inpatient services in Orange County with its existing capacity,” UNC said in its filing.

Also on Friday, Liberty Healthcare Group asked state regulators for permission to construct 28 nursing facility beds and 82 adult care home beds. The retirement community, called Brightmore Healthcare Center of Cary, is expected to cost $36 million and is slated for completion in June 2021.

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