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East Carolina Heart Institute Project Update

"Anyone passing Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Health) these days see the obvious changes that are taking place on the exterior grounds of the medical facility. The new East Carolina Heart Institute's construction is well under way, and is actually two weeks ahead of schedule. The completion date is set for January 2009.

Almost 26,000 people died of cardiovascular disease last year in North Carolina. These numbers are not statistics... they are lives. Most residents in eastern North Carolina have either experienced cardiovascular disease themselves, or know of a friend, neighbor or loved one that this illness has touched.

Cardiac disease is extremely prominent in our region and the new East Carolina Heart Institute will be able to provide the medical technology that is needed to combat this disease-bringing the most advanced cardiac healthcare to the area by way of education, wellness and prevention.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital and East Carolina University have developed a new cardiovascular institute to provide clinical care and research for cardiovascular disease. Pitt County Memorial Hospital's portion of the project is the six-story, 375,000 square foot heart institute currently being constructed that connects to the main Pitt County Memorial Hospital building. The institute will feature 6 operating rooms, 12 invasive labs, and 120 acute care beds. At a cost of $150 million, this new facility will also employ 375 additional staff from all areas of the workforce (dietary, nursing, housekeeping, physicians and other work areas.) These jobs will result in a significant growth factor for eastern North Carolina's economic development.

The Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation has been involved for the past several months in the silent phase of a major gifts initiative to raise funds to purchase additional equipment for the East Carolina Heart Institute. An event held in March of this year served as the kick-off for the public phase of this initiative. This event brought together physicians, community leaders and Pitt County Memorial Hospital's executive staff to learn more about the heart institute and the progress of the construction.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to take an active part in providing advanced cardiovascular heathcare to the residents of eastern North Carolina," said Kelly Barnhill, chairman of the UHS/Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundations. "The heart institute will allow people close access to some of the finest healthcare in the country."

If you would like more information about giving opportunities, memorials and investing in the East Carolina Heart Institute, please call the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation at (252) 847-5626"

(Above article from the summer 2007 issue of "The Gift", the newsletter from Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation.)

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