Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg will hold a groundbreaking Friday for a new 13-bed geriatric psychiatric unit.
The $2.8 million facility will be adjacent to Franklin Regional's 70-bed hospital.
It will serve patients 55 and old in a five-county area, including Wake, and is expected to open in January.
“As our population ages, we will continue to see an increase in older patients suffering from mental health issues,” said Jody Morris, president of Franklin Regional Medical Center, in a statement.
“Our new unit will provide specialized treatment close to home so families and caregivers can be involved, and it represents our commitment to this hospital, this community, and the people of the greater Franklin region.”
Franklin Regional is one of 13 hospitals owned by Winston-Salem-based Novant Health in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.
Friday's event takes place at noon.