Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital shows off new facility tower

Novant Health Orthopedic Hospital.

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By the Numbers:

1 There is one Starbucks kiosk in the new facility tower.

3 Number of floors in the new facility tower.

84,000 Feet of pipe in the new facility tower.

170,000 Number of pounds of steel used to construct the new tower facility.

250,000 Square feet of paint used in the new tower facility.

Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital showed off its new facility tower with a ribbon cutting, tours and community open house last week.

Novant Health celebrated their new facility with a ribbon cutting.

Novant Health unveiled the completion of its new three-story, 89,000-square-foot facility tower to its existing Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital on Oct. 5. The nearly 46-year-old facility, located at 1901 Randolph Road at the corner of Fifth Street and Caswell Road, is the region’s only hospital dedicated entirely to orthopedics and spine and is one of a few of its kind in the nation.

The first surgery is scheduled for Oct. 16.

“Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital has a long history of providing innovative, world-class orthopedic care for residents of Charlotte and surrounding communities,” said Jason Bernd, vice president of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. “This new state-of-the-art facility tower continues this tradition by allowing us to upgrade our facilities to mirror the caliber of specialized care our staff and physicians provide.”

Patient room at the new facility.

With the completion of the tower, Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital now has 48 patient beds. Additionally, the new facility tower houses seven leading-edge operating rooms, a rehabilitation gym, a pre-surgical wellness unit and a new sterile processing department.

“We really worked to create a very safe, high-quality environment for our patients,” said Michele Gobble, director of nursing for Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. “The building incorporates features for quality and safety such as UV lights in the air duct system, antimicrobial paint throughout the facility, and silver-infused hardware to destroy bacteria and microorganisms that could cause infections.

Architects drawing of the new facility.

“In Charlotte, it is important to meet the needs of our community. High-quality, safe care is very important. We have worked to have a very safe environment for our patients.”

Amenities for patients and guests include valet parking, a Starbucks kiosk, free Wi-Fi, comfortable waiting rooms for family and friends, wide doors and hallways for wheelchairs and walkers, and spacious, private patient rooms that include a sleeper sofa for an overnight guest.

Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in the country for surgical care and orthopedic programs. The orthopedic surgeons utilize the latest surgical techniques including robotic-based technology in spine and joint replacement. The radiologists use the most sophisticated technology, such as 3-D imaging, to diagnose conditions.

Operating room at the new facility.

Originally developed as an extended care facility in 1971, the building transformed into a dedicated orthopedic hospital in 1976. Now, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital offers care and services in the areas of total joint replacement, spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, hand and wrist surgery and sports medicine. The surgeons, who include physician partners at both Novant Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and OrthoCarolina, are board-certified and specialty or fellowship trained in orthopedic surgery and are supported by a care team with advanced training in orthopedics.

The hospital has earned some of the nation’s top honors in quality care, including The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for five of its joint and spine programs: total knee replacement, total hip replacement, hip fracture, spinal laminectomy and spinal fusion. It has been named in Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Orthopedic Hospitals” in 2015 and 2016, and ranked by CareChex as No. 33 in the country for medical excellence for orthopedic surgery in 2017.

A cake in the shape of the new facility.

The facility tower is the first phase of a total renovation for the hospital. The second phase will include renovating 85,000-square-feet of existing space for a new outpatient surgery center to open in August 2018. The renovation of the entire hospital is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. Vannoy Construction is the general contractor for the projects and Wright McGraw Beyer Architects is behind the design.

In 2016, Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital performed 7,481 surgical cases. The hospital employs 300 care team members.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
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