New hospital coming to Cape Fear River valley
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FAYETTEVILLE -- The Cape Fear Valley Health Pavilion North saw more than 76,000 patients last year. For many, the idea of extending this property with a hospital offering full-service care is exciting.
"Think its very much a plus for our side of town because we are really growing and expanding,” said Mildred Melton, Fayetteville resident.
Tuesday, Cape Fear Valley Health announced they will be building a new 65-bed hospital. The planned hospital will include a 20-bed emergency department, two operating rooms, and laboratory and imagining services.
"You know, with us building a facility out in Hoke County, and a future built of this facility in northern Cumberland, what we get is a lot of the pressure taken off of our medical facility here,” says, Vincent Benbenek, VP of Marketing and Outreach for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
Benbenek said their facility off Owen Drive sees more than 350 patients a day in their emergency department alone. Residents in the area say one of the biggest benefits will be having a hospital 15 to 20 minutes away from home, as opposed to 30 to 45.
"And even by ambulance in a real emergency, you would still have at least a good 30-minute haul, so it's very quick for me to get here,” said Michelle Swenson, Wade resident.
Not only will this facility bring care closer to home for so many people, but also possible job opportunities.
"This is an economic engine. It drives a lot of jobs. I think Cape Fear Valley will have at least 200 new jobs out in that facility,” said Benbenek