Lumberton, NC—Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Golden LEAF Foundation to assist with the renovation of a portion of Southeastern Regional Medical Center for the organization’s Medical Education program.
“The Golden LEAF Foundation created a special health care initiative to help reduce deficits in the number of professional and highly skilled health care workers in rural, underserved areas of North Carolina,” said Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach. “Research has shown that residents trained in rural areas are more likely to practice in rural areas. The grant to Southeastern Health will help train approximately 92 physicians in residency and 125 nursing, allied health and mid-level practitioners per year.”
The grant will be used to fund the renovation of an 8,200-square-foot section of the fourth floor of the building which was built in 1952 as part of the original hospital. The space will be used for Southeastern Health’s medical education programs including residency programs through Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine as well as other programs including nursing, allied health and mid-level provider training. The renovated space will be developed into a health education center which will include a 100-seat auditorium within a flexible classroom design as well as several “green” initiatives. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2015.
“This grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation will help make our dream of a health education center at SeHealth a reality,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, vice president of Medical Education for Southeastern Health and associate dean for Postgraduate Affairs for Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. “This is a critical step in our transformation into a teaching hospital and a learning organization. Over the next 20 years, SeHealth will have trained over 1,000 caring and expert physicians.”
Last year, SeHealth announced three additional grants for the renovation project: a building reuse grant of $500,000 by the N.C. Department of Commerce, a grant for $500,000 by The Duke Endowment, as well as a $100,000 grant by The Cannon Foundation, bringing the total project funding through grants to $1.6 million.
Southeastern Health partnered with Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in February 2013 to offer family medicine and internal medicine residency programs at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and other SeHealth affiliates starting in mid-2015. An emergency medicine program was approved in March 2015.
About Southeastern Health
Southeastern Health, a non-profit organization, is a comprehensive health care system which offers a wide array of health care services through its affiliated divisions. The organization is accredited by The Joint Commission and includes Southeastern Regional Medical Center, a Magnet facility. The medical center is licensed for 452 beds and offers a combination of acute care, intensive care and psychiatric services to more than 14,000 inpatients and 63,000 emergency patients annually.
About Golden LEAF
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. Until 2013, the foundation received one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,310 grants worth over $572 million since its inception.