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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 8, 2016 – Carolinas HealthCare System announced today the significant expansion of Levine Cancer Institute, including a second outpatient center, renovations to the existing research and administration headquarters, and related renovations to Carolinas Medical Center. The new and expanded facilities will allow for further development of several cancer treatment areas, including heightened research efforts around novel treatments, as well as improvements to existing survivorship, palliative and rehabilitation programs that will support patients and their families throughout their care journey.
The new $150 million investment would include the construction of a seven-floor 260,000 square-foot advanced outpatient center adjacent to the Institute’s research and administration headquarters. This will expand hematologic, thoracic and gastrointestinal oncology practices available in the region. The Institute will also expand hematologic oncology, infusion capacity and specialty pharmacy capabilities, and will continue to grow its survivorship programs, fully integrated palliative services, rehabilitation and telemedicine services.
“The need for comprehensive cancer care in this region continues to grow, and this expansion will help ensure that we can meet that need, through providing the very best care to patients regardless of where they live,” said Derek Raghavan, MD, president of Levine Cancer Institute. “This growth supports our ongoing mission to build a world-class, system-wide network anchored by advanced treatments here in Charlotte and extensive collaboration with hospitals and outpatient centers in North and South Carolina.”
In addition to the new building, enhancements will include the brachytherapy and urological programs. A portion of the funding will also be used to create a 32-bed advanced clinical unit in Carolinas Medical Center capable of treating all advanced cancer patients, which will support the Institute's blood and marrow transplant unit, which has surpassed expectations since its opening in January 2014.
The Institute’s continued growth has been significant over recent years, with additional clinical space at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson, Carolinas HealthCare System Union, Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville, Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast, Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly, Levine Cancer Institute - Rock HIll, Levine Cancer Institute - Carolinas Lakes, a new Phase I clinical trials unit at Roper Hospital, and expansion into Cleveland and Columbus counties. Levine Cancer Institute currently has 25 sites within the System’s geographic footprint.
“It’s one thing to talk about expanding cancer care outside of metropolitan areas and into isolated communities but it’s quite another to actually execute on such a vision with great success” said Michael C. Tarwater, president and CEO, Carolinas HealthCare System. “What has been developed at Levine Cancer Institute over a relatively short period of time is truly incredible. Under Dr. Raghavan’s leadership and with the dedication and commitment of hundreds of others, we are providing broader and deeper treatment options that focus on the whole patient across an entire region while changing the course of cancer care.”
Access to cancer treatment is a crucial measurement to assess cancer care across the region and the country and is driving the expansion for Levine Cancer Institute. The Institute is a leading voice in a narrative that underscores the fact that access to world-class care, clinical trials and innovative research is foundational to transforming cancer care in this country.
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.