Carolinas HealthCare System hosts event celebrating new hospital

Abby Cavenaugh Editor

September 24, 2013

Carolinas HealthCare System hosted a “community celebration” event on Saturday in recognition of the new hospital facility currently being constructed.

The celebration was held at Anson High School, with shuttles providing tours of the new facility, which is adjacent to the high school campus on U.S. 74 and scheduled for completion by December 2014. The new hospital will be called Carolinas HealthCare System — Anson.

Anson County Board of Commissioners Chair Anna Baucom thanked the CHS employees and staff and Anson Community Hospital president Dr. Fred Thompson for investing in the future of the county with this new facility. Rep. Mark Brody (N.C. District 55) and Sen. Gene McLaurin (N.C. District 25) were both on hand for the ceremony.

In addition to a formal ceremony, the event featured tours of the Hampton B. Allen Library’s Bookmobile, free books for the kids from the Anson County Partnership for Children, and bouncy slides and houses also for the younger ones in attendance. Various healthcare providers from Anson and surrounding counties also set up booths for the event. There was musical entertainment as well, from local gospel singers and groups. Carolinas HealthCare System provided free screenings and yoga, and had its mobile emergency department, Med-1, available for walk-through tours.

Med-1 was developed and first used by Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte to respond to natural disaster areas, explained Scott White, who works in marketing and public relations for CHS. “In fact, our first deployment was to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.”

The mobile unit is also used for dental clinics, vaccine clinics and other events. It has four intensive care beds, one dental chair for eye, ear, nose and throat care, a low-dose X-ray, a two-bed operating room, its own pharmacy and lab, and 13 regular beds.

The current Anson Community Hospital was constructed in 1913, and is outdated. The new facility will include improved access to primary care, triage and treatment for urgent care, inpatient beds, and observation beds, as well as multi-purpose patient rooms, 24-hour emergency services, surgery, digital imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanner), pharmacy and laboratory, and better access to primary care.

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