Atrium Health to Build Hospital at Lake Norman

07.12.2021 Atrium Health News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 12, 2021 – A new, 30-bed hospital will soon be built in northern Mecklenburg County. State officials have approved a certificate of need request from Atrium Health to construct a 160,000 square-foot facility in Cornelius, North Carolina. Atrium Health Lake Norman, as the facility will be known, will be built at the southwest corner of the intersection of Westmoreland Road and state highway 21, in Cornelius. 

“We are thrilled to be able to move forward with plans to build this new, state-of-the-art hospital and provide the highest quality care to residents in and around the Lake Norman area with convenient access, close to home,” said Ken Haynes, president of the Greater Charlotte Region for Atrium Health. “With the population growth that has been taking place, this new hospital is a key piece of our mission to better meet the needs of residents in the area. Whether someone is having a baby, undergoing surgery or needs emergency care at any hour of the day or night, our expert physicians, nurses and support staff will be close-at-hand.”  

When completed, Atrium Health Lake Norman will offer: 

  • Thirty licensed acute care beds 
  • Twenty medical/surgical acute care beds 
  • Six maternity suites
  • Four intensive care unit beds
  • Eight observation beds
  • Two operating rooms, plus a C-section operating room 
  • Eight emergency department bays – including two for trauma cases – open 24/7, and a helipad
  • Imaging services, including
    • Mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Computerized tomography (CT) 
    • Digital radiography
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Two mobile x-ray units
    • Ultrasound
    • Nuclear medicine
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy services

The 30 licensed beds and two operating rooms are being relocated from existing Atrium Health facilities. 

Atrium Health received certificate of need approval in late May. The state initially declined the health system’s application to build the facility, but agreed to allow Atrium Health to move forward after additional information was made available as part of an appeal process settlement that resolved the matter. 

The projected project cost for Atrium Health Lake Norman is approximately $154 million. If all goes according to current plans, the hospital would open in early 2024. 

About Atrium Health

Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Atrium Health is an integrated, nonprofit health system with nearly 70,000 teammates serving patients at 37 hospitals and more than 1,350 care locations. It provides care under the Wake Forest Baptist Health name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region and Atrium Health Navicent in Georgia. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest School of Medicine is the academic core of the enterprise, including Wake Forest Innovations, which is advancing new medical technologies and biomedical discoveries. Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for cancer treatment and in eight pediatric specialties, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and was the recipient of the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing more than $2 billion per year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.