CarolinaEast prepares to open a new cancer center

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - CarolinaEast is getting ready to open a new cancer center.

The $37-million State Employees Credit Union Cancer Center is opening in New Bern.

The multi-million dollar, 80,000 square foot center will provide treatment that cancer patients don't currently get in the area. The new facility will serve the entire region.

CarolinaEast CEO Ray Leggett says the center was designed with heavy input from those who have battled cancer and they tried to use that advice. "They came in and talked to us about what they needed and what they wished they would have had when they were going through their treatment."

Leaders at CarolinaEast say the hospital partnered with UNC Cancer Care to offer to the same clinical trials, protocols and treatments that a person could get if they were in Chapel Hill.

A community ribbon cutting and open house are set for next Saturday, January 25th for the public to check out the new facility.