Johnston Health is Johnston’s County health care system. It includes Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield, an acute care hospital on North Bright Leaf Boulevard, and Johnston Medical Center-Clayton, an outpatient center on N.C. 42 West near Amelia Church Road.
Formerly known as Johnston Memorial, the hospital is licensed for 179 medical/surgical beds and 20 behavioral health beds. Its emergency department is open 24/7 and sees about 55,000 patients a year.
More than 200 doctors are on the medical staff of JMC-Smithfield. Their specialties include internal medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, urology, general surgery, pulmonology, orthopedics, psychiatry, radiology, pediatrics, endoscopy, obstetrics and gynecology.
In February of 2010, Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield opened a five-story patient tower that includes 101 patient suites, food court, modern operating rooms and 16-bed intensive care unit. The $62 million addition, which includes new furnishings, equipment and advanced technology, is the largest in the hospital’s history.
In addition, the hospital recently expanded and updated its birthing center, which includes four labor and delivery suites, 16 postpartum-care rooms and a nursery. The experienced staff of the Women’s Pavilion cares for both the mother and infant and offers support as new moms learn to breastfeed.
Johnston Memorial Hospital opened in 1951. In 2008, the hospital’s governing board changed the name of the hospital to Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield and put into place the umbrella corporation, Johnston Health.
Johnston Medical Center-Clayton opened in September of 2009. The $30 million outpatient center has a freestanding 24/7 emergency department, same-day surgery, and diagnostic imaging and lab services. In surveys, patients consistently give the center high marks for quality and service.
In the future, Johnston Health has plans to relocate 27 beds from Smithfield, add more space and expand into full-service hospital.
On the same campus, the three-story Johnston Professional Plaza has primary care physicians and specialists. A covered sidewalk connects the office building to the outpatient center.
Johnston Health’s mission is “to improve the health of the people in our communities.” Toward that end, the health care system operates primary care offices in Kenly and Clayton and an urgent care center in Smithfield. Also, Johnston Health assists established medical practices in recruiting primary care doctors and specialists.
A capital campaign of the Johnston Health Foundation recently raised more than $4.5 million to build and equip a 16-bed hospice care center for the terminally ill. The SECU Hospice House will open to patients in May of this year. It is located on Hospital Road a short distance from Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.
509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577