10-06-10 – Cherry Hospital, a new psychiatric care facility, is slated to be fully operational by early 2013. The new facility will replace an older hospital of the same name; though some advocates argue new buildings are not what patients need.
News of a new Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro comes as mental health advocates are asking Gov. Bev Perdue to reverse the scheduled closing of Raleigh's Dorthea Dix Hospital at the end of this year.
Despite opposing claims that closing one hospital and building another doesn't serve patient interests, Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Renee McCoy says the new facility will provide state-of-the-art healthcare.
"In any case there may be those that question building and structures at this time of the economy, but we feel very confident that we're getting the most bang for the buck."
The facility will serve 38 counties in eastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. New Hanover Regional Medical Center transferred 23 patients to Cherry in September alone.