Michael F. Easley

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North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: November 6, 2007


North Carolina Special Care Center Acquires New Name

      WILSON – Acquiring a new name but holding fast to its core mission, the North Carolina Special Care Center has officially changed its name to the Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center.

      According to Center Director Rusty Benton, the staff at Longleaf will continue to deliver specialized services to patients from the state psychiatric hospitals who continue to have complex mental and physical health issues, but do not need continued long term or acute care hospitalization in state or private hospitals.

      “We are proud of our new name and remain committed to our core mission,” Benton said.  “But this is more than just a name change; there is a lot going on here at Longleaf that enhances our ability to provide services to the people of eastern North Carolina.”

      According to Benton, 100 new staff positions were approved by the General Assembly in the last budget to be added over the next 18 months to help with the needs of patients whose complex mental and physical health needs require more care than other types of community care facilities.  The newly created positions will allow the Center to serve more patients who need a higher level of care.

      Also already under way is a more than $5.5 million renovation project focusing first on renovating patient’s rooms and including new front and ambulance entrances as well as additional parking capacity for staff.  Benton estimates the renovations will be completed by the end of 2008.

      Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center provides specialized services to patients from the state’s four psychiatric hospitals who, due to their complex mental, physical and behavioral needs, are not able to receive services in facilities in their home communities.  Longleaf will also continue to provide treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia if their behavior prohibits these patients from being served in community facilities.  These patients may be referred directly from their communities in the eastern region of the state.



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