125 Hospital Drive Spruce Pine, NC

Project Details:

The NMTC project involves the construction of a 30,000-square foot, stand-alone medical office building and ambulatory care center on the southeast corner of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (“BRRH” or “Hospital”) campus located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The new facility will allow BRRH to lower wait times, better serve the acute needs of the community, provide a lower cost alternative for ambulatory and routine primary care, and serve as a recruiting tool for primary care physicians and specialists. The Hospital is a major employer in the area with 380 employees, and the new project will add 46 new jobs.

The facility will be owned by a joint venture between The Keith Corporation, the developer and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. This joint-venture relationship enables a master-lease structure that is anticipated to support the growth of the regional healthcare provider and the extension of services to over 14,250 low-income persons annually.

Distress Criteria:

  • Non Metropolitan
  • 69% of Area Median Income
  • Medically Underserved Area

Community Impacts:

  • Created 46 jobs
  • 380 retained jobs
  • 77 construction jobs
  • 14,290 LIPs served annually

Community Alignment
The project is part of BRRH’s 2013-2015 Hospital Implementation Strategy (the “Strategy”). The Strategy was developed through a collaborative community health needs assessment process conducted with local and regional partners in western North Carolina and further supported by a sixteen county region in western North Carolina to improve community Health, WNC Health Impact. Through outreach efforts conducted in partnership with Toe River Health District, Mitchell Community Health Partnership, Health Yancey and other non-profit community organizations an assessment was conducted of the Hospital’s service area to identify the current resources available to the community and the health needs and priorities of the community. The assessment was based on conducting phone and written health survey’s and having community meetings with residents of Mitchell and Yancey Counties. The information was reviewed and prioritized at an April 2013 Community Health Forum and the Community Heath Needs Assessment report was drafted.