Tuesday, June 8, 2021
CaroMont Health President & CEO Chris Peek (center) prepares to break ground for the new hospital in Belmont with members of the CaroMont Health Board and Belmont Abbey College President Bill Theirfelder and Belmont Abbey Chancellor Abbot Placid Solari. In the photos below are several renderings showing exterior and interior views of the new facility. (Banner News photo by Alan Hodge.)
“We are building more than a hospital, more than a medical campus, we are building the future.”
- CaroMont President & CEO Chris Peek
CaroMont Health marked the beginning of construction of a new hospital and medical campus in Belmont on June 8, 2021. Part of CaroMont Health’s commitment to invest more than $300 million in new and expanded facilities in and around Gaston County over the next three years, CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont is scheduled to open in mid-2023.
“We are building more than a hospital, more than a medical campus, we are building the future,” said Chris Peek, President and CEO of CaroMont Health. “In three short years, this will be the site of so much hope and promise – where new life is welcomed, where patients heal and where the next generation of healthcare professionals find their purpose.”
Located off Interstate 85 in Gaston County, the 28-acre medical campus will include a 66-bed hospital (54-acute care beds and 12 observation beds), 16-room emergency department, labor and delivery unit, operating rooms and surgical capabilities, and robust diagnostic testing and imaging services. Also planned is a medical office building and parking deck. Early estimates suggest the hospital alone could create as many as 150 new jobs in the region and see as many as 16,000 patients in the first year.
"With the insight and guidance of medical and clinical leadership, CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont has been designed with an intense focus on the patient, both their care and their experience,” said Richard Blackburn, Vice President of Facilities and Support Services. “This medical campus, and the hospital that will anchor it, will extend our clinical network to better serve communities in the eastern part of Gaston County and continue to provide exceptional medical care to the region.”
In September 2020, CaroMont Health and Belmont Abbey College entered into a long-term partnership to allow CaroMont Health to build the new hospital and medical campus on land owned by the college and monastic community since the late 1800s. The proximity of CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont to the college campus will offer educational opportunities for students in Belmont Abbey College’s health science programs.
Ariel view of the planned Belmont hospital, medical building and parking deck at I-85 exit 27, with the interstate shown in the background.