Presbyterian Hospital named among Becker’s 50 best hospitals

Presbyterian Hospital has been named one of the 50 best hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.The Mint Hill Times

Presbyterian is one of only three hospitals in the Carolinas, and the only hospital in the Charlotte region on the “best hospitals” list for 2011. Included among the list are nationally renowned medical centers such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic.

“Each of these organizations has put patients’ needs first, driven a variety of innovations and helped to set the bar for high-quality care,” the publication stated. “Each hospital has an impressive list of achievements and a story to tell.”

Becker’s Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.

Presbyterian won the right to build a hospital in the Mint Hill area four years ago, but because of the economy and design changes, work stalled just after the grading of the land began. The hospital will be built at the corner of Albemarle Road and Interstate 485.


Matthews Fire and EMS Department project almost complete

Parking and landscaping improvements at the Matthews Fire & EMS Department are nearing completion. This is the first major improvement to the site since the parking lot was constructed in the late 1980s. The wear and tear on a 30 year parking lot with 88,000 pound trucks entering and exiting the site had caused the lot to be in disrepair.
The parking lot has been redesigned to allow better turning radius of the fire trucks, 21 new parking spaces gained, curb and gutter and landscaping has been added, an underground stormwater detention area installed, and new concrete poured. Flagpoles are also being added. The underground stormwater detention area is composed of pervious concrete which allows rainwater from storm drains and roof drains to seep into the detention area to better the groundwater. This system is environmentally friendly and will help sustain the life of the parking areas.
The project was budgeted at $440,000 but costs have been lower than expected and $363,000 has spent on the improvements.

Biggers rocks for a good cause at Levine Senior Center

The Mint Hill Times

Mayor Ted Biggers has been a supporter of the Levine Senior Center since it opened five years ago.

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers participated in the Levine Senior Center’s 3rd Annual Rock-a-thon this past Saturday. The Levine Senior Center raised more than $12,000 in this fundraising event. Ted Biggers, Jim Taylor (Matthew mayor) and Lynda Paxton (Stallings mayor) were challenged to see who would raise the most money for the center and be declared the “Mayor who Rocks”. Lynda Paxton was not able to attend so the challenge is between Ted Biggers and Jim Taylor. The winner of the challenge will be announced today.