Carolinas HealthCare System is committed to the idea that everyone deserves high quality care close to home, no matter where they live. Throughout 2011, CHS continued to expand access for the broadest possible range of patients by opening new facilities and forming strategic partnerships.
Without question, one of the year's highlights was the awarding of a Certificate of Need from the state of South Carolina to build a new 64-bed hospital in Fort Mill, SC. This important development followed a period of phenomenal growth in the use of CHS facilities by York County residents.
For example, from 2005 to 2010 the number of patient discharges involving York County residents at CHS hospitals increased from 3,700 to 6,400. During that same period, CHS market share in York County increased by more than a dozen points to 57 percent. Physician practices and other medical offices staffed by CHS personnel provided care to more than 105,000 patients.
These trends, coupled with high quality outcomes and overwhelming community support, led to the York County CON approval in September.
Another 2011 milestone was the 50-year lease extension that will allow CHS to continue operating Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe, NC. This achievement solidifies CHS's role as a long-term community partner in Union County.
CHS also improved access for Union County residents by opening CMC-Waxhaw in December. This innovative outpatient facility provides more convenient emergency services while reducing congestion at area hospitals. CMC-Waxhaw was the second "healthcare pavilion" to be opened by CHS in suburban Charlotte.
Given the positive public response to such facilities, CHS filed two additional CON applications during 2011 to build new healthcare pavilions in Mecklenburg County.* The first, CMC-Morrocroft, will be built on property in SouthPark that currently has two medical office buildings and an urgent care. The second, CMC-Providence, will be built on Providence Road south of I-485.
*Note: Both CONs were subsequently approved in February 2012.