Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Center’s name?

Our new state-of-the-art facility will be called the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center, in recognition of North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union investing 10% of the project, thereby securing naming rights for the Center.

Q: What is the Center’s structure and the working relationship with UNC?

CarolinaEast will own and operate the Cancer Center. Initially, UNC will provide assistance through administrative and clinical expertise, research, prevention programs, and telehealth opportunities. Over time, UNC will provide residents, clinical trials, and other support.

CarolinaEast and UNC Health Care System have agreed to form a unique strategic collaboration to provide consultation, programs, resources, and other support to improve the cancer care provided to North Carolinians residing within the areas served by CarolinaEast.

CarolinaEast has an agreement with UNC Health Care which not only provides access to clinical trials, outreach, and telehealth, but also provides ongoing collaboration in the design and construction of the cancer center and program enhancements for expanded delivery of cancer care at CarolinaEast.

CarolinaEast cancer services offered to patients will be expanded through coordination with medical professionals within our organization and our community, and through collaboration with UNC Cancer Care to include:  patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening, nutrition support, patient financial advocate support, and patient navigation; options for genetic assessment and counseling; palliative care services; expanded options for clinical trials and new treatment choices; and follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including survivorship care plans.  The result will be enhanced quality care close to home using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available.

Q: What is the relationship with independent community physicians?

CarolinaEast Health System is committed to working with all of the existing local physicians in this center, including oncologists, pathologists, and local surgeons.

Many of these doctors have been involved as active members of the design and planning of this cancer center since its inception and continue to work with our staff to ensure that we have the very best design and all of the “extras” that our patients need and deserve.

These physicians have worked hard in the design and planning of the cancer center and are excited with what this center will mean for this region and for their patients.

Q: What are the project details?

There is a $35M construction cost. The Center will be an 79,938 sq ft, three-story facility on the west side of CarolinaEast Medical Center’s main campus. A new $15M diagnostic center will be constructed adjacent to the Center.

The Center will include:
• Radiation oncology – two linear accelerators
• Medical oncology – 27 semi-private and six private infusion bays
• Patient navigators
• Nutrition services
• Visiting physician space
• Specialty pharmacy
• Chemotherapy mixing pharmacy
• Image center boutique for oncology-related supplies
• Chapel
• Café
• Teaching kitchen
• Community and group rooms
• Social worker and psychological support services
• Palliative care and survivorship program
• Genetic counseling
• Cancer center administration

Q: How will it be funded?

The funding plan includes an investment from the Health System’s reserves combined with philanthropic support.

Q: Why is philanthropy necessary?

CarolinaEast is the premier health care system and one of the leading employers in our region. As a major economic engine of our region, we strive to work from the strongest possible financial position. Philanthropic support will enable us to work proactively to meet the health care needs of our community not just today but in the future.

CarolinaEast’s operating budget is approximately $1 million per day. Like other healthy organizations, we work hard to ensure 6-12 months of operating reserves. We believe that this is an important part of upholding our responsibility as both health care provider and employer. In addition, we are constantly evaluating the needs of the community and investing in world class providers, equipment and facilities. When we are financially strong, we are able to make many of the investments our community needs.

We also know that the community is an important partner of our healthcare system. We support not only individual patients, but the community as a whole through the services of our staff as volunteers with countless organizations, through our support of community events, for our participation in economic development and so much more.

A natural outcome of such a strong community partnership is shared ownership in the health of our community. It is from this lens of shared ownership that we invite the community to partner with us philanthropically in the building of the Cancer Center and in future projects.

Cancer has touched nearly every family in our region in some way. We know that adding a state of the art, comprehensive cancer center is a critical addition to the continuum of cancer care in our region and we know that individuals, families, churches, and business want to be a part of providing this important legacy for our community.

Like other healthy organizations, we work hard to diversify our revenue streams. Philanthropy is an important part of that diversification, but more importantly it is a meaningful way for our community to celebrate loved ones, neighbors and friends through a community resource that they have come to admire and value.

As we look around the country to healthcare systems who are leaders at the national level, we see a trend of financial strength in all areas, including philanthropy. We are working hard to earn our place among those leaders and are following the examples they have set.

Q: Who is leading the philanthropic effort?

The community campaign to support the Cancer Center is led by the boards of CarolinaEast Health System and the CarolinaEast Foundation.

In addition, a Campaign Cabinet comprised of well-respected community leaders has been assembled to create and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies throughout the community.

Q: What is the pledge period?

Most investors are fulfilling their commitments over 3-5 years. Specific fulfillment schedules can be drafted on an individual basis as needed.

Q: Can gifts be made in honor or memory of a loved one?

Absolutely! We recognize that cancer has touched almost every member of our community. We are honored to join with friends and neighbors to celebrate their loved ones through an investment in, or gift to, the Center.

Q: Are gifts to the campaign tax-deductible?

Yes! All gifts to the campaign are fully tax-deductible. We encourage individual donors to consult their personal tax advisors with specific questions.

Q: How will the Hospital be impacted during construction?

Our cancer diagnostic and treatment programs will not be affected during the Center’s construction.

The new facility will be situated on the west side of our hospital’s campus and will adjoin our current Radiation Oncology / Minor Emergency building. During construction, special accommodations will be made to provide safe access to these departments for patients and staff.

Q: What other additions to the Hospital are planned?

CarolinaEast Medical Center currently has a building expansion and renovation program underway to enlarge and modernize the Maternal Child and Emergency Departments.

This series of projects will be completed by January 2019.  The SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center construction is anticipated to take place concurrently. Beyond this, there are no other additions planned at this time.

Q: Will there be other campaigns to support these additions?

There are no formal philanthropic campaigns to support these additions. However, if a donor desires to be recognized in another area of the hospital, we will gladly have that conversation.