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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Conditional approval reached for $10 million Lexington hospital expansion [Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.] - November 28, 2014

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 1/11/13 - Conditional approval reached for $10 million Lexington hospital expansion [Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.]

Jan. 10Lexington Medical Center has received conditional approval for a $10 million expansion of its emergency department from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

The hospital, operated by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, filed a certificate-of-need application in September for the emergency department expansion.

The hospital also received conditional approval for a $2 million CT scanner.

The Lexington health care projects were two of seven in the Triad to gain state approval during December, in-cluding one in Forsyth County.

If there are no appeals filed, and industry officials say appeals are unlikely, the Lexington hospital expects to get its certificates within 30 days and have the renovations completed in April.

Certificate-of-need applications typically draw opposition in urban areas because another health care organiza-tion has similar plans or doesn't want to lose market share or patients.

"This plan was developed to meet our long-term needs," said Steve Snelgrove, president of the Lexington hospi-tal.

"Currently, we are completing a short-term project that will expand the emergency department by 70 percent and meet our most urgent needs for the immediate future."

The hospital plans to add 7,500 square feet and renovate 2,600 square feet to connect the addition to the current emergency department. The expansion would include treatment and triage rooms and double the size of the wait-ing room. Site grading and parking would be reconfigured to allow better access to entrances.

Lexington said its current emergency department opened in 1979 and was meant to handle about 23,000 patient visits a year. The hospital said it had 36,500 patient visits in 2011. It projects having more than 45,000 by 2017.

The CT scanner will be used to diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease and other disorders, in addition to trauma. Snelgrove said demand for CT scans at the hospital has increased by 15 percent since 2008.

These Triad groups also received conditional approval for their projects: Salem Kidney Center, for three dialysis stations for a total of 39; Thomasville Dialysis Center, to relocate six dialysis stations from Lexington Dialysis Center; Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes, to develop eight geriatric inpatient psychiatric beds; High Point Regional Health System, to renovate six inpatient units; and Alamance Regional Medical Center, to replace a lin-ear accelerator.

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