From New Bern Sun Journal
By Todd Wetherington, Jan 17, 2020
City officials, donors and members of the media got a first hand look at the new SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center at CarolinaEast Medical Center Thursday.
Located on the west side of the Medical Center’s main campus in New Bern, the three-story Cancer Center will offer radiation oncology, medical oncology, nutrition services, social worker and psychological support services, and a palliative care and survivorship program, among other services.
In November 2014, CarolinaEast Medical Center and UNC Cancer Care announced a collaboration to bring comprehensive cancer services previously available only in the Raleigh/Durham Triangle region to the eastern part of the state. Ground was broken on the 80,000 square feet, $37 million Cancer Center in January 2017. The first floor features a radiation oncology clinic and treatment areas, an infusion suite with six semi-private infusion bays and two private rooms, a specialty pharmacy, a cafe, a boutique with oncology-related supplies, group support session rooms, and palliative care. The Cancer Center’s second floor includes a medical oncology clinic with 12 exam rooms and six patient assessment bays, an infusion suite with both semi-private and private rooms, and a chemotherapy mixing pharmacy. The third floor is devoted to administration offices and an education department with classrooms and computer labs.
According to Brandy Popp, CarolinaEast Health System public relations and outreach manager, the Cancer Center will begin receiving patients on Monday, Jan. 20. Popp said an open house, ribbon cutting ceremony for the public is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25.
A new $13 million diagnostic center is also nearing completion adjacent to the Cancer Center to facilitate efficient imaging services related to cancer prevention, treatment and diagnosis. UNC Health System will collaborate to provide access to clinical trials, outreach, and telehealth.