Charlotte USA is a leader in health care research and treatment, cementing its reputation as a center of medical innovation by attracting top-level expertise to the region. Among the recent arrivals is Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of the Levine Cancer Institute now being constructed on the Carolinas HealthCare System campus in Charlotte. Before coming to Charlotte, Raghavan spent seven years as chairman and director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center.
“Carolinas HealthCare System wanted a leading center based in the Charlotte region and I was attracted to the challenge of something new,” Raghavan says. “I anticipate that this amazing new building will open in the late summer of 2012.” The $31 million, five-story Levine Cancer Institute will be headquartered in Charlotte and is being constructed as an addition to Carolinas Medical Center’s Morehead Medical Plaza II building. But the Levine Cancer Institute will also have satellite branches at other CHS hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina so that patients won’t necessarily need to travel to Charlotte for top clinical care.
“We’ll have campuses at hospitals in Charleston and Anderson, S.C., and in Concord and Chapel Hill, N.C.,” Raghavan says. “This is an exciting undertaking.” The effort is part of plans by CHS to invest approximately $500 million over the next decade to improve cancer treatment, research and education.
607 Beds at Presbyterian
CHS is just one hospital system in the Charlotte region that has a reputation for excellence. Presbyterian Healthcare, which has four hospitals along with urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers and rehabilitation programs, is anchored by the 607-bed Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte that recently underwent an expansion. Overall, this health system employs more than 9,000 people throughout the region at several sites. Presbyterian offers a variety of services and treatments that address cancer care, heart care, pain management, women’s health, sleep disorders and weight loss.
Strong Regional Hospitals
The region also is served by a network of community medical systems that provide exceptional care, including CaroMont Health in Gaston County, N.C and Iredell County, N.C.-based Iredell Health System, which oversees entities such as Iredell Memorial Hospital, as well as Iredell Home Health and Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. “Our Primary Stroke Center just received a quality achievement award from the American Heart Association, plus we have centers specifically targeted toward women's and children's health, cardiovascular care, cancer care, and wellness and prevention,” says Kelley Daspit, Iredell Health System director of planning and community relations.
“We are nonprofit and receive no tax dollars, so all income is used to maintain and upgrade our services.” And like all health care systems in Charlotte USA, Iredell Health System supports local groups and national nonprofit health organizations, such as the March of Dimes’ March for Babies, the annual United Way campaign, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. With a cadre of quality and committed providers throughout the region, Charlotte USA has the expertise and resources to offer health care at the highest level.