UNC’s medical office nearly complete in Hillsborough

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

A new office building that will contain UNC Hospital clinics in Hillsborough is expected to be completed in July.

The outside of the three-story physicians’ building is almost finished, along with parking lots, driveways and landscaping for the full facility, which eventually will include a 68-bed hospital.

The construction crews are now working on the interior finishes of the office building, said Raymond Lafrenaye, vice president of UNC Hospitals Facilities Planning and Development.

The three-story 60,000 square foot physician’s office building will house clinics for Uro-GYN, urology, oncology, surgical oncology, oncology fusion, GI medicine, dermatology and procedure rooms.

When the physicians office building is done and up and running, 42 people will work there, with most of those being clinical staff, such as nurses, technicians and phlebotomists, said Mary-Ann Minsley, the administrative director of the UNC Health Care’s Hillsborough Medical Office Building.

UNC Hospitals, which has most of its facilities on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, needed to expand to decrease its number of beds in Chapel Hill, Lafrenaye said.

The hospital only has licenses for so many beds, and by moving some of the beds out of the hospital, it could turn some of its semi-private rooms into private rooms.

Some of the UNC’s less complicated cases can be treated at the clinics and hospital in Hillsborough, which is close to UNC Hospitals and also is easily accessible from I-40 and I-85.

Work already started on the hospital and the patient tower, and they are scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The cost of the office building is $20 million, and the cost of the hospital and patient tower is expected to be $200 million. Funding is in place from the hospital’s operating capital budget, Lafrenaye said.

The office building and the hospital are expected to spur economic growth and development for Hillsborough, and are located in Waterstone, a 330-acre area that has been planned for residential and commercial uses. It is just north of I-40 near Old 86.

Margaret Hauth, planning director for the town of Hillsborough, said the master plan for Waterstone provides space for a hotel and restaurants and other businesses, although, so far, no one has put in an application to build any of those businesses.

“It is certainly our intention in the master plan for restaurants and hotels on the parcels across the street, but we don’t have any applications yet,” she said. “We expect them to come fairly soon.”

Already 134 single-family units and 128 multi-family units have been approved with the possibility of an additional 271 additional multi-family units in the northern sections of Waterstone.

The Little School, a five-star daycare and preschool, has already been built and is in operation on College Park Drive, just north of Orange County’s Durham Tech campus.

UNC also operates UNC Family Medicine in Hillsborough, which is located about a mile north on Old NC 86.

Duke opened the Duke Medical Plaza in Hillsborough on South Churton Street about a year ago, and it contains Duke Primary Care, Duke Physical Therapy and the North Carolina Orthopedic Clinic.