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$57 Million Investment Represents Largest Expansion in Nash’s History More than 40 years ago, community

this is a historic occasion, ” said Vincent

leaders had a dream of combining existing

C. Andracchio II, chairman of the Nash

Center are under the age of 17 – nearly

health care services into one state-of-the-

Health Care Board of Commissioners.

double the amount of pediatric patients in

art medical center. This vision was shared





other North Carolina emergency rooms.

by a group of determined individuals as

This same determination and innovation

At Nash, this 20 percent equates to about

they surveyed a tobacco field off of a dirt

paved the way for Nash Health Care to be

13,000 children a year. The Nash Health

road in Rocky Mount. That dirt road would

one of the leaders in health care. Nash

Care Foundation has been instrumental in

eventually become Winstead Avenue, and

General Hospital was the first hospital

raising funding and community awareness

the dream would materialize and thrive as

in North Carolina to feature all-private

for creating a Pediatric Emergency Care

Nash General Hospital.

rooms. Nash Day Hospital was the first


freestanding hospital in North Carolina Four decades later, Nash Health Care

designed for outpatient surgery, he said.

continues to build on the same promise

“We celebrate today as an investment in our patients; we think our patients deserve

made by those community leaders: to

The building expansion will feature a total

the very best,” said Larry Chewning,

provide superior quality health care

of three new floors. The new emergency

president and chief executive officer of

locally, so patients do not have to leave

department will be located on the

Nash Health Care.

their hometown to receive innovative and

ground floor and the Nash Heart Center

technologically advanced treatments.

will occupy the second and third floors.

“We are proud to be here in Nash County,

The emergency department will have a

said Steve Lawler, president of Vidant

Nash Health Care recently broke ground

separate entrance and treatment area

Health. “We are proud to be a part of

on a new emergency department and

for pediatric patients and will be able to

this project to work together for the

heart center that will transform the

accommodate 90,000 patients a year. For

betterment of the community, allowing

hospital campus, representing the largest

comparison, the previous Emergency

patients to receive care as close to home

expansion since the hospital was built in

Care Center was built to accommodate

as possible.”

1971. The $57 million project is scheduled

40,000 patients a year, but actually treats

for completion in December 2013.

an estimated 65,000 patients a year. The

“We would like to thank each one of you.

new emergency department will have a

The Foundation exists to promote the

“This is an important and historic day.

total of 54 treatment areas, as compared to

health of our community. We are very

Today the story of our growth has

34 in the current Emergency Care Center.

thankful to be able to be here today,” said

another chapter. For our neighbors, for our children, and for all of us here today,

Norma Turnage, chairman of the Nash Twenty percent of the patients at Nash

Health Care Foundation.

Practice News

Coastal Carolina Cardiology Joins Vidant Medical Group

By Beth Anne Atkins

Coastal Carolina Cardiology is now Vid-

Vidant Health is a network of interconnect-

Coastal Carolina Cardiology has been

ant Cardiology since joining Vidant Medi-

ed physician practices, more than 11,000

in existence since April 1999. The

cal Group, a multi-specialty physician

employees, 10 hospitals, home health and

practice has eight physicians and two

and provider group that is part of Vidant

hospice programs and wellness facilities.




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