Johnston County, NC's Health Choices

Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield, NC
Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield, NC

The health-care system remains in good shape in Johnston County, thanks to providers like Johnston Health and Harnett Health.

Johnston Health

Johnston Health is a provider system anchored by acute care hospital Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield. Also under the Johnson Health umbrella are the Johnston Medical Center-Clayton outpatient facility; Johnston Medical Associates-Kenly; Johnston Medical Associates-Gastroenterology; Johnston Medical Associates-Infectious Disease; and QuikMed Urgent Care.

The main 179-bed Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield also has 20 behavioral health beds, and the hospital recently expanded its Women’s Pavilion birthing center to include four delivery suites, 16 postpartum rooms and a nursery. The staff at Women's Pavilion also offers support as new moms learn to breastfeed.

Officials with Johnston Health say they have several plans for future expansion, including an emergency department expansion at the Smithfield facility and the addition of 50 inpatient beds at Johnston Medical Center-Clayton. Eight inpatient rehabilitation beds as well as chest pain and stroke centers are planned for Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.

Harnett Health System

Harnett Health System (HHS) is a private, not-for-profit, health-care organization based in Dunn that serves many residents in the southwestern portion of Johnston County. The system includes the 101-bed Betsy Johnson Hospital, which employs more than 825 people, and the $56 million Central Harnett Hospital that opened in Lillington in January 2013 with 50 hospital beds and a staff of 225.

HHS also has primary-care offices in Angier, Coats, Dunn and Lillington as well as outpatient centers such as Benson Rehab/Wellness Center, Breast Cancer Center in Dunn, Cardiac Rehabilitation in Dunn, Lillington Rehabilitation, Outpatient Cardiac Testing in Dunn, and a Wound Care Center in Dunn.

Hospice House of Johnston Health

Terminally ill patients needing end-of-life care can find comfort and compassion at the SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health, which focuses on palliative care to reduce pain and suffering rather than curative treatments. The residential and inpatient center opened following a $4.5 million capital campaign by the Johnston Health Foundation and a $1 million grant from the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation.

The Hospice House team provides 24-hour care for patients in a home-like environment. All 18 patient rooms have separate heating and cooling units, in-suite baths, and sleeper sofas for visitors. A chapel and meditation garden, full-service kitchen, and dining and living rooms are also on site. Hospice House is located a short distance from Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.

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