Onslow Memorial Hospital broke ground Tuesday on a new 7-million dollar oncology and radiation center.
The 9,700 square foot building is set to open sometime late next year at the hospital. The center is a partnership with Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and will mainly help patients that need radiation therapy. Currently, many patients drive to Raleigh, New Bern or Wilmington for treatment.
Hospital spokesperson Tim Strickland says, "If you are a cancer patient that gets radiation therapy 7 days a week for many weeks the travel can become a physical, emotional and financial drain, having this facility will have be a huge blessing for patients."
Onslow County is currently the largest populated county in North Carolina without a radiation therapy center.