Novant Health Matthews Medical Center has broken ground on four-storey, 150,000ft2 tower and 50,000ft2 refurbishment project in North Carolina, US.

Following this $169m expansion, the medical centre will be able to meet the healthcare requirements of the community at the Charlotte suburb.

The new tower, situated on the south side of the hospital campus, will feature 20 new patient beds and  surgical services that will include seven operating rooms, three endoscopy suites, a post-anesthesia care unit and an ambulatory care unit.

Furthermore, the tower will have three cardiac suites.

Novant Health Matthews Medical Center president and chief operating officer Jason Bernd said: “I am proud of Novant Health’s commitment to ensuring our community has access to comprehensive, quality medical care, right here close to home.”

“This investment helps address the medical center’s long-term sustainability and ensures we are able to grow in the clinical areas our patients need.”

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Matthews Medical Center, located at 1500 Matthews-Township Parkway, opened as a 102-bed community hospital in 1994.

Currently, the hospital features 157 licensed beds.

Following this expansion, the hospital will feature 174 beds.     

The first clinical space in the new tower is slated to open in 2024.

The entire project is expected to complete in 2025.

Vannoy Construction has been appointed as general contractor and McCulloch England Associates Architects as the architects.