Dec 7, 2016 - Business

Healthcare lending startup renovating part of a historic FreeMoreWest building

A startup company that specializes in lending for non-essential medical procedures is expanding in Charlotte.

Health Credit Services was founded three years ago, lending to consumers but partnering with medical practices. Say you want something like cosmetic surgery, LASIK or fertility treatments. HCS is the company that will finance the procedure.

Co-founders Hans Zandhuis, Matt McKenna, Clark Burget (from left to right in the above photo) all came from Bank of America.

The company started this year with 5 employees and is now at 35.

They expect to get to 55 to 60 in the next six months. Job categories in demand are across the board, from finance to operations to risk to sales to marketing. HCS lists 9 open positions on its website right now.

To keep up with growth, they’re expanding to a new office on West Morehead Street.

They’ll be in 15,000 square feet upstairs in the historic Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company Plant, built in 1930. The company is currently in the Fowler building in South End, and the co-founders said they asked themselves how to find some historic space for their new location.

“Instead of going to a corporate office Uptown, how can you find something that has character?” Zandhuis said.

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They’re renovating it to be more of an open-office floor plan, but keeping a lot of historic touches.

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The railing here is original, as is the safe (below).

HCS hopes to be in its new office in Q1 2017.

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