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Medical Facilities Underway In Region

By Vicky Janowski and Cece Nunn, posted Jun 3, 2022
A grand opening for Wilmington Health's Ambulatory Surgery Center is expected to be held June 6. (Photo c/o Wilmington Health)
Plans for a couple of medical building projects are progressing in the area.
 
Wilmington Health is readying to open its first Ambulatory Surgery Center this month. Meanwhile, construction continues on medical offices in Brunswick County for Novant Health.
 
A grand opening for Wilmington Health’s 20,000-square-foot facility at 1305 Glen Meade Road is scheduled for June 6.
 
The physician-owned facility is licensed for one new operating room and three procedure rooms and will allow the practice to perform sameday preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic surgical procedures, according to officials
 
“Their procedures vary across several specialties and are generally less complicated than procedures requiring hospitalization,” a news release stated.
 
The Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) is slated to be used to start treating patients June 13, said Robert Colon, the center’s director.
 
Some of the procedures planned to be done at the facility, Colon said, are general procedures, orthopedics including total joints, gynecology including endoscopic procedures, urology including endoscopic procedures, podiatry, plastic surgery, pain management and ENT.
 
Specialties being served at the center are bariatric, cardiology, colorectal, foot and ankle, general, gynecology, interventional pain and regenerative medicine, orthopedic, plastic, urology and vascular.
 
Previously Wilmington Health would have done these types of outpatient procedures at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Novant Health New Hanover Orthopedic Hospital or Wilmington SurgCare facilities, Colon said.
 
Wilmington Health leaders have previously said the project helps create more choice in the local market.
 
“This aligns with our Vision Statement,” Wilmington Health spokesperson Desirae Hrynko said in an email, “and most importantly aligns with our priority of providing accessible, affordable and high-quality care to this region.”
 
A $12 million medical office building at Novant Health’s Brunswick County campus is anticipated to be open in the spring of 2023.
 
Thomas Construction Group, which broke ground on the two-story, 34,000-square-foot structure earlier this year, was originally contracted to provide preconstruction and design assistance for the building and later contracted for full construction services by developer Trask Land Co. and Novant Health.
 
Tenants within the new building, designed in conjunction with LS3P Associates, include Cape Fear Heart Associates, Oceanside Family Medicine, Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Novant Health Cardiac Rehab, Novant Health Surgical Associates & Plastics and an outpatient infusion space.
 
“Design and upfit plans for the individual offices have been finalized, and Thomas has been contracted to complete these projects, in addition to the core and shell of the building,” Thomas Construction officials said in a recent news release.
 
Trask Land Co. announced in 2020 that they had entered into a development agreement with Novant Health for the Brunswick center’s campus.
 
The agreement means that Trask Land, a Wilmington-based commercial real estate and land development firm, will provide development services for Novant at the medical center and on the campus’ surrounding land, which includes nearly 100 acres in Bolivia.
 
Thomas also said the facility “will allow for expanded services and hours and will have a trickle effect in the Bolivia area, allowing other practices to take over these tenants’ previous medical offices.”
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