Gibson center’s oncology unit reopens Monday

LUMBERTON — Parts of Gibson Cancer Center, which was damaged by a fire in June, are set to re-open to patients on Monday.

The center will hold a celebration in its lobby as the medical oncology unit and blood disorder clinic reopen, according to a statement from Southeastern Health. Refreshments will be served in the main lobby.

The June 27 fire, which was determined to have been caused by lightning, destroyed the cancer center’s radiation oncology unit. The medical oncology unit suffered smoke and water damage during the blaze.

Employees with the radiation oncology unit will be able to move back to the original location for consultation and care planning until that portion of the facility is rebuilt and radiation treatments can resume.

After the fire, a temporary facility was set up on Oakridge Drive and patients in need of radiation treatments were transported to other medical facilities. The city of Lumberton approved a certificate of occupancy for Gibson Cancer Center on Wednesday, the statement said.

The burned portion of the facility has been demolished and preparations are underway to being rebuilding the radiation oncology unit later this month, the statement said. Although there are no estimates available on the damage caused to the building and its contents, a $3 million Versa HD radiation treatment system cannot be salvaged, a hospital spokesperson said. The destroyed portion of the cancer center was built to accommodate the high-tech equipment.

Gibson Cancer Center is an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Those who would like to support the center may make a donation to the Southeastern Health Foundation for Gibson Cancer Center. For information about donating, call the SeHealth Foundation at 910-671-5583.

Was damaged in June fire

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