Angel Medical Center receives Certificate of Need, will build replacement hospital

Press release from Mission Health:

FRANKLIN, N.C. (April 23, 2018) – Angel Medical Center today announced that its Certificate of Need (CON) application for a new replacement facility has been approved, clearing the way to begin planning for construction.

“We are so pleased to have successfully completed the regulatory phase and look forward to our project team moving forward with acquiring the selected site and preparing for construction of our new facility,” said Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE, President and Chief Nursing Officer of Angel Medical Center.  “As we’ve said before, renovation of Angel Medical Center’s current, outdated structure was simply financially irresponsible and the constrained location was not in the best interest of the community.  Mission Health’s strategic investment for this new facility is a testament to our commitment to the health and well-being of Macon County residents and is sure to meet our County’s future health needs for decades to come,” Ms. Gorby added.

As part of the regulatory approval process, a Certificate of Need was required and an official review of Angel Medical Center’s application began on November 1, 2017.  A public hearing was later held on December 19, 2017, and given the demonstrated need for a replacement facility, close proximity to the current hospital location, and obvious community benefits, the Certificate of Need was approved.

The approval provided by the Certificate of Need Section of the NC Department of Health Services Regulation included a maximum capital expenditure of $45 million for the replacement hospital with no more than 30 acute beds, three shared operating rooms, and one gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure room.  The timetable provided plans for construction to begin in February 2019 with a projected completion date of September 2021.  The selected site of 1 Center Court in Franklin for the new Angel Medical Center will offer a more centrally located and easier-to-access location for patients, visitors and staff and will also allow for potential future expansion.

“Mission Health is investing in communities throughout our 18-county region through our Mission Future Ready initiative, a more than half billion dollar investment in the future of healthcare in western North Carolina,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health.  “A new state-of-the-art Angel Medical Center, which will be the single largest investment in the history of Macon County, represents another example of our relentless pursuit towards Mission’s BIG(GER) Aim: to get each person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for every patient, family and team member.”


Angel Medical Center, a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Macon and the surrounding counties. Located in Franklin, North Carolina, Angel Medical Center is a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital offering inpatient services that include an intensive care unit, and a medical and surgical unit. Angel Medical Center has also been named an Acute Stroke Ready hospital by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy, as well as surgical and endoscopy services. The hospital also operates Mission My Care Now Angel and CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care. For more information, please visit


Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2017, for the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

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