CCHC New Bern Cancer Care (NBCC) has joined CarolinaEast physicians to form a new cancer fighting partnership -- CarolinaEast Hematology and Oncology Associates.
The partnership, which went into effect Oct. 1, will allow NBCC physicians to provide oncology services at the new SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center under construction at CarolinaEast Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in early 2019.
“As development of a new comprehensive cancer center to serve eastern North Carolina advances, this integration is one more step toward comprehensive cancer services in this region,” said Megan McGarvey, director of Public Relations for CarolinaEast Health System.
Ray Leggett, president and CEO of CarolinaEast Health System, said that, while New Bern has long had high quality cancer providers, the integration will help bring together the sometimes fragmented nature of those services.
“As the community gathers together to build the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center at CarolinaEast Medical Center, this move solidifies that we are better together,” added Leggett.
New Bern Cancer Care ‘s three medical oncologists, John Cho, M.D, Rick Gorman, M.D. and Chris Taylor, M.D. have entered into a professional services agreement with CarolinaEast to provide medical oncology services with the goal of providing high-quality, multidisciplinary patient-focused care. The NBCC physicians will continue to provide medical oncology services in their current location at 1010 Medical Park Avenue until construction is complete on the Cancer Center, at which time services will relocate to the new facility on Neuse Boulevard. NBCC’s affiliation with Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) will remain intact.
Taylor said the integration of NBCC and CarolinaEast represents a “leap into the future” for cancer care in the region.
“We are very excited about our alignment with CarolinaEast as it is in the best interest of the health and recovery of those we mutually serve,” said Taylor.
Since the move represents an integration of the practice and not an outright purchase, funding the reorganization has been minimal as employees will assimilate into the CarolinaEast Organization, said Leggett.
“This is yet another game changer for health care in this region,” he commented.