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Patients Cut the Ribbons for N.C. Cancer Hospital

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UNC dedicated the state’s only public cancer hospital on Tuesday, hailing the 315,000-square-foot facility as a long step up in research and patient care in North Carolina.

The hospital, which sits among the other hospitals and medical research buildings on Carolina’s campus, was funded by a $180 million authorization of funds from the N.C. General Assembly. It triples the previous patient care space and significantly increases the number of patients that can be served.

The hospital is a part of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and was designed with input from patients, doctors and nurses to have a welcoming atmosphere of abundant natural light, indoor courtyards, gardens, public art and other amenities. It includes space for patients to be accompanied by a family member or caregiver in both the treatment areas and patient rooms. Patients helped the University and dignitaries such as Gov. Beverly Perdue, Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand ’61 and UNC System President Erskine Bowles ’67 officially open the hospital.

Other features include:

  • dedicated spaces for pediatric patients
  • a dedicated clinical trials unit with the advantages of proximity of laboratories and patients
  • a telemedicine conference center designed to enable real-time collaboration with doctors and oncologists across the state through participation in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • 101 examination, treatment, consultation and procedure rooms
  • state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment, including the latest advances in mammography, ultrasound and imaging-guided treatment
  • 50 inpatient beds for medical oncology and bone marrow transplant
  • 72 chemotherapy infusion stations for adults and children, and for clinical trials
  • three linear accelerators for radiation therapy.

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