$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
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.
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.
The Eastern Physician
general and interventional cardiology,
The Eastern Physician April-May 2012