Carolinas HealthCare System
Spring 2012

CMC-NorthEast Batte Cancer Center

Batte Cancer Center
Batte Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art treatments and therapies.
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE WAS established in 1937, when Charles A. Cannon and a group of local businessmen founded Cabarrus County Hospital. Their mission was to bring a higher level of healthcare to local textile workers and their families as well as the entire community. Over the past 75 years, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast (CMC-NorthEast) has evolved from a small, county-owned hospital into a tertiary care facility with 457 acute care beds, a comprehensive mix of outpatient services, a large physician network with more than 60 clinics and a Level 3 trauma center.

As one of several Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) locations, CMC-NorthEast offers patients access to a vast network of medical expertise and advanced technology. We actively promote healthy lifestyles by contributing to local organizations and schools and offer a range of outreach programs and health seminars.

We’ve introduced new services and technologies and brought major facility expansion and renovation projects to accommodate a growing community, including a pediatric pavilion a rehabilitation facility; a breast health center and mobile mammography unit; a renovated surgery center and radiation oncology unit; and a new inpatient pharmacy distribution system.

Access to Leading-Edge Cancer Care

Garry Schwartz, MD
Garry Schwartz, MD
Director of Research,
CHS’ Levine Cancer Institute is changing the course of cancer care by removing the barriers that separate patients from world-class research, breakthrough treatments and quality cancer care. The Institute and Batte Cancer Center are working together to offer patients from Cabarrus, Rowan and surrounding counties access to national and international cancer clinical trials.

NorthEast Oncology Associates is a part of the Institute’s team of experts. This highly trained staff consists of seven board-certified physicians and four advanced oncology-certified nurse practitioners. Garry Schwartz, MD, has been Director of Research at NorthEast Oncology Associates since 2005, upon completion of his U.S. Army commitment. During his time at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz ran the Investigational Drug Development Unit, focusing on Phase I and Phase II trials. “I was both anxious and excited about offering patients investigational drug therapies,” says Dr. Schwartz. “It was during this time that I realized the importance of clinical research.” Today, Dr. Schwartz partners with the Institute, Duke University, UNC at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University to offer patients at Batte Cancer Center treatment that offers hope for tomorrow. “Our research team is now integrated with Carolinas Medical Center to offer our patients an even more dynamic choice of investigational therapies than ever before,” adds Rebecca Witkowski, RN, BSN, supervisor of the clinical research staff at Batte Cancer Center.

Our Growth for Your Future

To meet the community’s growing need for our services, CMC-NorthEast is building a new eight-story patient tower and adding a second story to the Surgery Center, located on the hospital’s campus. The patient tower will house the cardiology, maternity, oncology, interventional radiology and nuclear medicine, nephrology and medical/surgical departments. Renovations to the first and second floors of the Mariam Cannon Hayes Family Center will make room for the neurosciences department as well as medical/surgical and patient observation units.

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