This week CaroMont Health broke ground on a sprawling new hospital and medical campus in Belmont, part of their plan to invest over $325 million into new facilities throughout Gaston County over the next 5 years.
The massive capital investment will be the largest single capital expenditure by an employer in Gaston County’s history, and one of the largest healthcare undertakings in our region. The plans include a new main campus tower, facilities in Cramerton and Bessemer City, and a new full-scale hospital in Belmont.
According to a press release by CaroMont Health, the new CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont will feature a state-of-the-art emergency department, inpatient units for patients requiring admission or observation, a labor and delivery unit, and a full complement of diagnostic services including laboratory and imaging.
“CaroMont Health has provided life-changing and life-saving medical care to the citizens of Gaston County for nearly 75 years,” said Chris Peek, President and Chief Executive Officer at CaroMont Health. “This investment is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to this community and the thousands of patients who trust us to care for them.”
The new hospital will be built near the intersection of Highway 273 and I-85 next to Belmont Abbey College. The property is owned by the Belmont Abbey (who also own the college, the land under Belmont’s Walmart and Lowes, and several other properties around the area). The hospital plans to enter into a long-term lease and partner with Belmont Abbey to develop a new health sciences program at the college.
The leaders of Belmont Abbey are also excited for the new partnership to develop.
“Bringing together two remarkable and storied institutions, the partnership between CaroMont Health, a leading healthcare provider, and Belmont Abbey College, a leading institution of higher education, is a game changer for the region and beyond. We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with CaroMont Health to provide the highest levels of medical care and academic excellence,” said Dr. Bill Thierfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College