LUMBERTON — Sixty-three years after it was first built, the fourth floor of the Southeastern Regional Medical Center will be receiving a major face-lift thanks in part to a recently announced $500,000 grant.
The Building Reuse Grant, which has been awarded to Southeastern Health and the City of Lumberton from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and was announced during a conference at the medical center on Friday, will be used to renovate a portion of the medical center’s fourth floor for use in Southeastern Health’s medical education program.
“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal [of] improving our community,” said Joann Anderson, Southeastern Health’s CEO, said in a statement. “I appreciate Lumberton city leadership working with Southeastern Health to obtain this funding.”
The newly renovated 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 space will also feature a 100-seat auditorium within a flexible classroom design as well as several “green” initiatives.
According to Dr. Robert Hasty, vice president of medical education and associate dean for postgraduate affairs for Campbell University, the grant is expected to bring about some big changes at the medical center as well as create unique learning opportunities for future physicians.
“We are ecstatic to be the recipient of the Building Reuse Grant,” Hasty said. “The grant will help to renovate a 60-year-old building into a facility that will help train the next generation of physicians and health-care providers. In collaboration with Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, Southeastern Health is being transformed into a teaching organization that will create caring and competent expert physicians that will make a big difference in the physician shortage of Robeson County and beyond.”
The grant application was written and coordinated by a collaborative team. including Samantha Bennett, Southeastern Health governmental affairs and policy management secretary, Beth Wilkerson, University of North Carolina at Pembroke assistant regional director for the Small Business and Technology Center; Teresa Johnson, Lumberton community development administrator; and Millicent Collins, Robeson County grants administrator.
“The city of Lumberton welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with Southeastern Health to help create jobs and investment opportunities that ultimately will provide a higher level of health-care service to the citizens of our community and the surrounding area,” City Manager Wayne Horne said.