GASTON, N.C. — CaroMont Health announced Friday that it plans to build a second hospital in Belmont as part of a $300 million investment in Gaston County over the next five years.

Projects included in the investment will be a critical care tower at the main CaroMont Medical Center and the renovation of several medical offices. 

“CaroMont Health has provided life-changing and life-saving medical care to the citizens of Gaston County for nearly 75 years,” said Chris Peek, President and Chief Executive Officer at CaroMont Health.  “This investment is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to this community and the thousands of patients who trust us to care for them.” 

Peek said CaroMont Regional Medical Center cares for 250,000 patients each year and has seen a very steady increase in patients the last several years. A new hospital will help CaroMont better serve eastern Gaston County and CaroMont hopes to hope the new facility as early as 2023.

The new hospital will be located near the crossing of Highway 273 and Interstate 85 next to Belmont Abbey College. 

The critical care tower expansion with provide an additional 50 hospital rooms and is estimated to open as early as 2022. 

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