Governor Perdue and other state officials broke ground Friday, October 1, for the construction of a new state-of-the-art Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. The facility is expected to be completed in December 2012 and fully operational by March 2013. As part of the design team, Risk Management Associates is designing a site-wide integrated electronic security system for the project.
DHHS Secretary Lanier M. Cansler noted that the construction of the hospital places the state midway through its plans to modernize and upgrade its mental health delivery system. Cherry Hospital will be the second of three state-of-the-art psychiatric facilities that North Carolina has built or will build to replace its aging state-operated psychiatric hospitals. Central Regional Hospital, Butner opened in July 2008. A new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, is scheduled to begin construction in spring 2011.
The hospital will have 316 inpatient beds and will also offer outpatient services. It will serve patients from 38 eastern counties and is expected to employ approximately 1,000 staff. Archer Western Contractors, LTD, Morrisville, is the building contractor. The total cost is estimated at $138,325,814. It was funded through special indebtedness bonds approved by the N.C. General Assembly. The hospital was designed by The Freelon Group, a North Carolina architectural firm based in the Research Triangle Park.
The hospital will be a three-story building containing approximately 410,000 square feet, and will be composed of residential patient care units, therapy and medical facilities, and service and administrative support areas.
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