At its April 3 meeting, the Anson County Commission approved a new healthcare facility in Anson.
The Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) facility will “offer residents superior access to healthcare including unique services designed to better address both inpatient and outpatient needs,” according to a statement from CHS.
The project proposal would replace Anson Community Hospital with a new facility at a new location that offers multi-purpose patient rooms, 24-hour emergency services, surgery and imaging, a pharmacy and laboratory. The facility is anticipated to be complete in mid to late 2014.
“The approval of the Commissioners paves the way for CHS to proceed with filing a Certificate of Need application in June with the state of North Carolina for the new facility,” the statement said.
Dennis J. Phillips, executive vice president for CHS, also presented the timeline for completion of the project, including design and construction. If the CON is granted by the state, CHS anticipates the new facility will be completed in mid- to late 2014. The Lillie Bennett Nursing Center will remain in operation as it is now.
The facility is estimated to cost $20 million.
The Commission will begin consulting with the Democratic Party’s executive committee about a replacement for the late Commissioner Claude Spencer.
Two candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, Dale Nelson and Tony Benton, introduced themselves to the Commission and the citizens present at the meeting.
Nelson, a farmer, encouraged people to vote and asked for their support.
“Anson County is a jewel,” he said, and has pointed out in the past the county and its interests get neglected.
Benton, an Ansonville resident, is an electrical contractor. “I want to do good for Anson County,” he said.
The Commission approved a request from the town of Wadesboro to have fireworks at the July 6 Summer Jam.
Bonnie Huntley was appointed to the Wadesboro Planning and Adjustment Board. Frank Richardson was appointed to the ABC Board. Jessica Anderson was appointed to the Tourism Development Authority.