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Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe opens in Tarboro

July 26, 2018 by Erica Mizelle

Tarboro, N.C. – It’s a diagnosis no one wants to receive—“You have cancer.”

Cancer is the leading cause of death in eastern North Carolina, and Vidant Cancer Care is dedicated to changing that. Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe is the latest realization of that commitment and a testament to the importance of providing affordable care close to home.

The new 5,000-square-foot facility will provide outpatient cancer services, featuring healing gardens, eight infusion chairs, two private infusion rooms, private exam rooms and image renewal services to help patients look their best.

“We are delighted to open Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe,” said Wick Baker, president of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital. “We are committed to turning the tide against cancer in eastern North Carolina. This new facility is the latest demonstration of our dedication to this important fight.”

The total cost of construction and equipping Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe is $2.5 million. Approximately $425,000 has been funded through philanthropy for construction, equipment and programmatic support.

Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe is part of the Vidant Cancer Care network. With a core at the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower in Greenville, patients will benefit from access to the latest advances, research and technology with close-to-home options for ongoing treatment. The end result is care that is convenient, comprehensive and current.

“The mission of Vidant Cancer Care is to provide cancer education, screening and early detection, timely intervention and patient coordination to improve cancer outcomes in our region,” said Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, executive director of Vidant Cancer Care. “It is truly exciting to see our strategy in improving cancer outcomes realized in Edgecombe County at this new facility.”

Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe will also be able to connect to teams in Greenville through conference room technology, enabling real-time collaboration with experts who are gathered in one location. They will be able to view scans and patient records to ensure each patient receives the best recommended treatment plan for his or her specific case.

“This state-of-the-art technology means connecting to the core of Vidant Cancer Care has never been easier for us,” said Baker. “We are energized and excited by the improved opportunities to connect across the system and for what our new building means for patients, families and team members in and around Edgecombe County. It’s always been our honor to serve this great community.”

Items to note:

  • A community open house will take place Thursday, July 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join for light refreshments and self-guided tours.
  • The entire facility will open to patients on Aug. 6.
  • A media kit is available at www.vidanthealth.com/Media.

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Preparing to cut the ribbon at Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe in Tarboro on July 26, 2018. 

Pictured left to right: Peggy Wooten, chaplain, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital; Leo Taylor, mayor pro-tem, Town of Tarboro; Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, executive director, Vidant Cancer Care; Myra Bowen, chair, Vidant Health Foundation Board; Kenny Parker, chairman, Vidant Edgecombe Development Council; Dr. Barry Bunn, chief of staff, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital; Wick Baker, president, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital; Dr. Sandeep Pandit, medical oncologist, Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe; Dr. Brooks Peters, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Director’s Council; Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO, Vidant Health; Todd Hickey, chief clinical network development officer, Vidant Health; and Susan Suiter, vice president of patient care services, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

 

Media contact: Erica Mizelle, 252-531-4612 or erica.mizelle@vidanthealth.com

 

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

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