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New Angel Medical Center Construction Delayed Untill Spring 2021

Lilly Knoepp
Angel Medical Center CEO says that the new hospital will still open in fall of 2022.

HCA Healthcare has delayed construction of the new Angel Medical Center location in Franklin. The project was scheduled to break ground at the end of 2020.

“While we hoped to begin breaking ground before the end of 2020, events beyond our control have delayed that until spring of 2021,” said Karen Gorby, Angel Medical Center CEO and CNO, in an email.

Gorbysays that construction of the new hospital was held up because of the COVID-19 pandemic and state plan approval.

“We are still on track for an anticipated Fall of 2022 opening of this new facility,” said Gorby.

The new hospital will have the same 30 bed configuration just in a small square footage. It will offer all the same services that are available currently. The hospital’s labor and delivery room was closed in 2017 and there are no plans for the service to return. The new location will be built at the intersection of Hunnicutt Lane and One Center Court. 

The project is expected to cost over $65 million.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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