Lumberton wins $500k grant for medical training center


LUMBERTON - Lumberton was awarded a $500,000 grant in June to help renovate part of Southeastern Regional Medical Center for the hospital's new medical residency program.

The money, from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority, goes toward a $1.5 million renovation of the fourth floor of the hospital with 10,000 square feet with classrooms, a lecture hall, study areas and staff offices.

Southeastern Health and Campbell University's School of Osteopathic Medicine plan to start a residency program to train doctors in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, and orthopedic surgery, and there also will be a traditional rotating medical internship, a news release says.

The program will create 50 full-time jobs, the announcement says.

In addition to training medical residents and medical students, the space is to be used to train nurses and other health-care providers from area colleges and universities.

The program is expected to begin operating in 2015.