Presbyterian’s Mint Hill facility set to open 2 years early in 2016
Mint Hill residents may get a new hospital two years earlier than expected.
Officials of Presbyterian Healthcare announced Friday they have changed their plan to build the hospital in three phases, starting with a freestanding emergency room in 2013 and completing the entire hospital in 2018.
Instead, they now plan to open the full-service hospital all at once in 2016.
Presbyterian, which is owned by the Winston-Salem-based Novant Health, won approval in 2006 to build a hospital on an 80-acre site at the northeast corner of the intersection of Albemarle Road and 485, in Mint Hill.
Ground was broken for the hospital in August 2008, and officials initially projected an opening date in 2009. Delays pushed back the opening date several times. Officials blamed the 2008 recession and a double-digit increase in the amount of charity care provided by the hospital.