UNC Health Rex Holly Springs Hospital plans to open in September, with a public open house on Sept. 11 and the official ribbon-cutting slated for Sept. 14.
At its June 1 meeting, the Town Council received an update on hospital construction as a two-decades effort to bring hospital care to the community nears fruition.
“We’re anticipating a high volume of patients,” Chief Operating Officer Roy Tempke said. “We already have 90 births scheduled between September and early January, so we already have our first occupants planned.”
Holly Springs’ hospital will open with 50 beds. It has capacity for an additional 24 beds if hospital officials seek and receive state approval to add them.
Tempke said he hopes to have 400 employees at UNC Health Rex Holly Springs, having requested an additional 58 staff members last month.
“We’ve taken, I think, over a hundred employees from Rex to come work at this hospital, which is a good thing because you want that experience to bring that Rex culture forward,” he said.
The hospital continues looking for prospective employees to fill positions, Tempke said, citing a nationwide shortage of nurses.
“The other thing that’s interesting is we need facilities workers,” he added. “We need electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians.”
Also at its June 1 meeting, the Council received an update on the Complete 540 highway project. Construction from N.C. 55 at Holly Springs eastward to Interstate 40 is expected to be complete in the latter half of 2023.
In other action June 1, the Council:
- Approved the 2021-22 Town budget with a couple of amendments to the recommended budget announced last month. The new budget leaves the property tax rate unchanged at 42.16 cents per $100 in property valuation.
The approved amendments included retaining two School Resource Officers at Holly Springs High School and adding one new Investigations position to the Police Department. The Council made those additions to the recommended budget at its May 25 budget workshop.
The new budget year starts July 1.
- The Council also awarded contracts totaling more than $1.1 million for resurfacing on about a dozen streets totaling 3.25 miles.
The funding comes from the Town’s share of state gasoline taxes. The contract covers a total of 13 roadway sections on 11 different streets. The work will start this summer and is expected to take about five months to complete.
This year’s street selection is based on a consultant’s town-wide survey of road conditions that occurs every five years. A new survey is planned in time for next year’s resurfacing project.