Battle For More Mountain Hospital Beds

The battle to bring more hospital beds to the mountains has been decided. A spokesperson for AdventHealth Hendersonville said Tuesday the hospital received notification from state health officials that its Certificate of Need application had been approved, meaning the hospital has been awarded the opportunity to fill the need for 67 more acute care beds in the Buncombe-Madison-Yancey-Graham service area that was identified in the state’s 2022 Medical Facilities Plan.

The plans for the hospital AdventHealth Hendersonville intends to build in Buncombe County  is referred to as “AdventHealth Asheville”: The facility has plans to include:

  • 67 beds
  • 13 labor and delivery rooms with a dedicated C-section operating room
  • Surgery services
  • Emergency department and more

The hospital would be in Enka Center off Smokey Park Highway and Sand Hill Road in the Enka-Candler community.The goal is to have the hospital open and accepting patients in January 2025.

Two other healthcare systems also had offer to fill the need: HCA-owned Mission Health and Novant Health. Mission Health’s application involved adding the beds to its existing Mission Hospital campus. Novant Health’s application proposed building a new hospital in south Asheville.