University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles says a new cancer hospital will provide citizens statewide the most innovative treatments in the nation.
Bowles and other university and state leaders spoke at Tuesday's dedication of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.
The 315,000 square-foot hospital replaces an aging building originally used as a tuberculosis sanitarium. The General Assembly authorized $180 million in debt for the project in 2004. It took four years to build before the first patients arrived a few weeks ago.
Gov. Beverly Perdue also attended, wearing red in honor of Kay Yow, the North Carolina State University women's basketball coach who died earlier this year after a long fight against breast cancer.