Novant Health Franklin Medical Center was opened in 1951 as Franklin Memorial Hospital. In 1986, the hospital was purchased by Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) based in Naples, Florida. HMA owns and operates facilities primarily in the southeast and southwest of the United States and is a privately-held, publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Franklin Medical Center underwent major renovations in 1988 and 1989 adding an intensive care unit, exterior facade, a cafeteria and additional services.
In 1999, Franklin Medical Center added a new state-of-the-art emergency department and outpatient area. This 8,500 square foot addition houses eight treatment bays with two full trauma suites as well as an orthopedic procedure room and a room for the care of pediatric patients. In addition, the 3,000 feet of renovated space houses additional space for the diagnostic imaging department and cardiopulmonary services.
In 2001, Franklin Medical Center renovated the surgical services department to accommodate the growing demand for outpatient surgery.
In 2008, Novant Health joint-ventured with HMA to hold a minority interest in Franklin Medical Center as well as assume full responsibility of their employed physician clinics. In October 2009, Novant Health took over controlling interest of Franklin Medical Center and the hospital began full integration into Novant Health. It is currently under the leadership of Jody Morris, President and COO.
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