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Monday, May 3, 2021

Franklin community celebrates groundbreaking of new Angel Medical Center

From left to right are Becky Dahl, Med Surg ICU Patient Care Technician; Peggy Ramey Operating Room RN; Leslie Vanhook, Radiology, David Franks, MD, Hospitalist and Chief of Staff; Tim Layman, Manager of Clinical Operations; Karen Gorby, CEO; Johnny Mira-Knipple, Board Chair.

Press Release from Angel Medical Center regarding their groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. Macon Media coverage of the event can be seen by clicking [here


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Franklin community celebrates groundbreaking of new Angel Medical Center

Franklin, NC - April 30, 2021 – With an eye on the future and supporting healthcare throughout the Western North Carolina region, Mission Health on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking for its 82,500 square foot Angel Medical Center.

“This construction project builds on and supports the vision for healthcare in our communities. A new facility here in Franklin will allow us to provide current patient care services while focusing on the health of the community for years to come,” said Karen Gorby, CEO of Angel Medical Center, during remarks at the ceremony.

Located at One Center Court, Franklin, the new 30-bed facility will be 1.5 miles from the current facility. The new hospital will have 3 operating rooms, 1 endoscopy suite, and a 17-bed ER that will include 3 dedicated behavioral health beds.

“We are proud to be here to celebrate a true investment in rural healthcare and in the Franklin community,” said Greg Lowe, President, HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division, who also spoke at the event.

This new 68 million dollar state-of-the-art healthcare facility offers the most up-to-date clinical services and integrates the latest wireless technology available. It will provide larger rooms, better lighting and healing views, and the capacity to allow for the latest technologies to be incorporated into the hospital.

Among community members in attendance were Jack Horton and Dinah Mashburn, Franklin Town Council Members; Warren Cabe and Gary Shields, Macon County Commission Members; Justin Setser, Franklin Town Planner; Kevin Corbin, NC State Senator; Karl Gillespie, NC State Representative District 120; and Chief Bill Harrell, Franklin Police.

Angel Medical Center engaged local businesses for all aspects of the event including: the tent, chairs, flowers, and food.

The new Angel Medical Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022.


Mission Health, located in Asheville, North Carolina, serves as the regional tertiary and quaternary care center in Western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is licensed for 815 beds and is the region’s only Level II trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and includes the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina. Mission Hospital is also a Magnet® designated hospital for nursing excellence. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.


Angel Medical Center, a member of Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is a full- service community hospital serving Macon and the surrounding counties. Located in Franklin, North Carolina, Angel Medical Center is a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital offering inpatient services that include an intensive care unit, and a medical and surgical unit. Angel Medical Center has also been named an Acute Stroke Ready hospital by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy, as well as surgical and endoscopy services. The hospital also operates Mission My Care Now Franklin and CarePartners Hospice & Home Health. For more information, please visit


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Published at 2:00pm on Monday, May 03, 2021