Vidant wants state to approve $43 million hospital bed expansion

Vidant Medical Center is asking state approval to add more hospital beds.

The Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a June public hearing in Greenville on the certificate of need request.

On May 20th, Vidant filed its application to add 85 acute care beds at its Greenville hospital at a cost of $43.1 million. The hospital says the expansion should be completed in October 2019.

Vidant says the new beds will be on the fifth and sixth floors of the new cancer center that's currently being constructed. The beds will be a combination of intensive care and general medical-surgical beds, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The hospital currently is licensed for 909 beds.

The hearing will be at 10:00 a.m. on June 18th in the Pitt County Administration Building on West 5th Street.