State officials will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Broughton Hospital this week.
The event is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the hospital campus, located at 1000 S. Sterling St., Morganton. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen and Deputy Secretary Kody Kinsley are expected to attend the event, according to information from the state.
In April, state officials said they expected to move patients to the new hospital in September. That was expected to take a day, officials said at the time.
The new Broughton Hospital will have a total of 382 beds, which is an additional 85 beds to the current 297, Vivian Streater, CEO of Broughton, said in April. Those additional beds mean the hospital will add another 221 positions, she said.
While the state will move patients to the new hospital, it will continue to use the current Lippard Chapel, gym, Moran Building, Hooper Building and the building that houses the pharmacy and the facilities engineer building.
The completion of the hospital has been a long time coming. Construction on it was started in January 2012 and was supposed to be completed September 2014. The completion date was later revised to September 2015. And it continued to be revised multiple times.
The $130 million hospital has been plagued with issues, not least of which were foundation problems and insulation getting wet, as well as completion delays, according to the state.
The state fired AWC in April 2017, citing the delays and saying it had lost trust in the contractor. It cited “non-conforming work, the rework of which alone were sufficient to cause a substantial delay in the progress of the Project” when it fired the contractor.
AWC disputed the state’s claim, arguing it was the best contractor to finish the job. It also threatened a lawsuit for wrongful termination if it was fired.
Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America, the insurance company for the project, took over the Broughton Hospital build but hired back AWC, with the state’s approval, as the completion contractor.
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