The year 2012 concluded with the grand opening of Levine Cancer Institute's research and administrative headquarters. The Institute's new building, which occupies more than 170,000 square feet, now serves as a hub for communication, research, administration and patient care.
To support the survivorship journey for patients being treated in Charlotte, the new facility includes a rooftop healing garden, gift shop, patient image boutique and family resource center. Nonetheless, the true mission of the Institute is to leverage expertise and resources available throughout the system to deliver care closer to where patients live.
This decentralized approach to cancer care removes the barriers that separate patients from access to breakthrough research and treatments. The Institute has expanded to the point where, after only two years, it is serving more than 11,000 new cancer patients annually.
In the fall, the Institute announced its list of charter members:
Also, the Institute received state approval to create a new 16-bed hematology/oncology unit that can accommodate adult bone marrow transplant patients. The new unit, expected to be fully operational by early 2014, will provide enhanced access to highly specialized procedures not currently available at Carolinas HealthCare System facilities. Plans call for the new adult bone marrow transplant program to be able to handle up to 100 patients per year.