LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to renovate a part of Southeastern Regional Medical Center that will be used for new residency programs.
The medical education center will accommodate students, including those enrolled in Campbell University’s Jerry Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Beginning on July 1, 2015, about 39 Campbell University students and staff are expected to head to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for an internal medicine residency program and about 24 students and staff for a family medicine residency program.
“The health care community in the Carolinas is fortunate to have The Duke Endowment,” said Joann Anderson, Southeastern Health’s president and CEO. “For Southeastern Health, this grant will make a huge difference in our ability to offer a high-quality educational and training experience for students and medical residents. It is a game-changer for us.”
The grant will be used to renovate approximately 10,000 square feet of space that was built more than 60 years ago as part of the original hospital. The renovated space will be developed into a health education center, which will include a 100-seat auditorium.
“We are thrilled for the Duke Endowment grant,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, Southeastern Health vice president of Medical Education and regional associate dean for Campbell University. “This endowment helps make the vision of transforming Southeastern Health into a world-class teaching health care organization and will make a major impact on enhancing the patient experience, improving the health while decreasing costs for our patient population as well as positively affecting the economic growth for the region.”
Dr. Donald Morando has been appointed program director of the family medicine residency program and Dr. Pranav Jain has been appointed program director of the internal medicine residency program.
Southeastern Regional Medical Center has also applied for a $500,000 Building Reuse Grant to renovate the hospital’s fourth floor in anticipation of the residency program.
The medical center currently is licensed for 452 beds and offers a combination of acute care, intensive care and psychiatric services to more than 16,000 inpatients and 68,000 emergency patients annually.
Established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that promotes health and education in North Carolina and South Carolina. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants.