Commissioners approve rezoning for new hospital

A new hospital in Anson County will be located at 2261 U.S. Hwy. 74 in Wadesboro, after the Anson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request for Carolinas HealthCare System earlier this month.

The hospital will be located on 10 acres on U.S. 74, between Anson High School and the dialysis center, said Peggy Hey, director of real estate development for Carolinas HealthCare System. The 15-bed, 45,000-square-foot hospital will replace the current Anson Community Hospital on Morven Road, which is nearly 100 years old.

The facility is a single-story design, Hey said, because just one floor will allow for better transport of patients. There will also be a therapy garden, which will feature small trees, shrubs, flowers and benches. “It will be a peaceful place for stressful times,” Hey said.

The new hospital will provide patient-centered medical care, an emergency department, inpatient and observation unit, surgery, digital imaging, pharmacy, laboratory and community room. There are also plans to re-establish the Healthy Ansonians Task Force and the parish nurse program.

The healthcare system is also considering adding a family practice residency program at Anson, and improving the number of specialists in the county as well. “This will still be a patient-centered medical home,” Lane said. “We’re just reducing the size of its footprint.” 

During the public hearing on the rezoning request, county planner Josie Lodder reported that the planning board had unanimously approved the request to rezone the 10 acres from Highway Business (HB) and Residential Agricultural (RA) to General Business (GB).

Commissioner Ross Streater motioned to approve the rezoning request, and it passed 7-0. “We are thrilled with your confidence and investment in Anson County,” Commission Chair Anna Baucom said.

Acknowledgement:  The Anson Record for its contribution to this news report.

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