Readers will recall that Atrium Wake Forest Baptist advanced a proposal to build a small hospital on Horse Pen Creek Road in Greensboro. This proposal was approved by the state according to the Triad Business Journal.
This is great news because Greensboro has lacked real hospital competition for nearly thirty years ever since Cone Health took over Wesley Long Hospital.
Cone Health is already making a bit of a fuss pointing out that Atrium is seeking profit with the location it had selected which is an affluent area. Their people– and local elected officials– had previously pointed out this should have been located in a more underserved area like east Greensboro. However, they all should know that hospital systems will be less likely to build facilities in areas with high levels of Medicaid penetration because it is much more difficult to make things work financially.
Cone can still appeal. Atrium Wake Forest Baptist likely will still have to secure zoning approvals from the city; and as noted above, they might run into some wrongheaded resistance from our corrupt local elected officials who appear to be “in bed” with Cone.
Once again, Atrium is not stellar. It behaved like nearly all other hospital systems during the pandemic
But the state granting the Certificate of Need is excellent news because choice and competition is needed in Greensboro and northern Guilford County.