Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte seeks expansion

CHARLOTTE -- Presbyterian Hospital has asked North Carolina regulators to approve plans for a $48 million expansion and renovation of its main hospital at 200 Hawthorne Lane in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte.

The proposal includes expansion and renovation of the emergency department and surgery services, including the addition of seven operating rooms to be relocated from Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital.

If approved, the project could be complete by 2011.

Regulators have scheduled a public hearing at 1 p.m. March 18 in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

Charlotte's other major hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, has proposed two projects that also will be discussed then.

CMC plans to renovate and consolidate maternity services from four locations to the eighth floor of the hospital. The $13.2 million project would add three labor-delivery-recovery suites to bring the total to 23. Completion is projected for October 2009.

CMC also proposes to relocate its existing radiation therapy department to a new building for outpatient services on the CMC campus.