When it opens in March, the six-story, $174 million facility will provide in-patients with cancer care at the tertiary level, including intermediate- and general-level medical and surgical care for inpatients, as well as the possibility for intensive care in the future. Grant funds will be used to purchase 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanners, which offer increased image clarity that is beneficial for identifying pathological conditions involving the brain, spine, and musculoskeletal system; a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) scanner; mammography, bone density, and ultrasound equipment for screening and early detection of breast cancer; and video conference equipment. Patients and their families also will benefit from special features throughout the building that have been designed to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery and improve the patient experience.
"We are honored and thrilled that the Golden LEAF Foundation board of directors decided to support this project that is so vital for the people of eastern North Carolina," said Vidant Health CEO Michael Waldrum. "Vidant Health has recognized that the numbers are not improving, so we have dedicated significant resources to build a premier cancer program, focusing on developing a sustainable, regionally connected system-of-care."