groundbreaking ceremony

Atrium Health leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation hospital on Sept. 24. Pictured, from left, Robbie Parks, Dr. William Bockenek, Robert Larrison, Ken Haynes, Todd Bennett, Armando Chardiet, Vicki Block and Colin Lane.

Atrium Health is celebrating a milestone of caring for patients throughout the Carolinas and Southeast region. Sept. 24 marked the official groundbreaking of the new Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation hospital, in Charlotte.

The new facility will be a regional rehabilitation hospital.

“This is a big day for all of us,” Ken Haynes, president of the Greater Charlotte Region of Atrium Health, said in a statement. “A bricks and mortar milestone with a scope, scale and size that is not only significant, but is truly fulfilling our mission of hope, health, and healing — for all.”

It will include a 150,000-square-foot replacement hospital, 70 private patient rooms, a 9,300-square-foot outpatient clinic, and an outdoor therapy challenge, according to the statement.

“Our new rehabilitation hospital will provide an environment with a focus on patient experience, enhanced quality of care and be a state-of-the-art hospital that will allow for recruitment of the best and the brightest providers,” Dr. William Bockenek, chief medical officer of Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation, said in the statement.

Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation was the first Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, the first integrated hospital in Charlotte and the first rehabilitation hospital in the nation to win the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Award.

According to the statement, construction on the new rehabilitation hospital is expected to take just over a year with a grand opening anticipated in the next 18-24 months.