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Release Date: October 1, 2010
Contact: Mark Van Sciver (919) 733-9190

GOLDSBORO – The recent rains may have dampened the ground but not the spirits as Gov. Bev Perdue led the groundbreaking ceremonies on Fri., Oct. 1, for the construction of a new state-of-the-art Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

“This is a milestone for North Carolina’s mental health system — as we break ground on a new, state-of-the-art Cherry Hospital — a hospital which will be well equipped to serve the people of our state,” said Gov. Perdue. “It will embody a 21st century model for helping the mentally ill — and I believe will be a step toward safer and healthier communities for North Carolina.”

Construction is expected to begin officially on Oct. 4 and the facility is expected to be completed in December 2012 and fully operational by March 2013. 

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.

“To those who would say that North Carolina lacks the will or the ability to carve a new path for mental health services – I say look at Cherry Hospital. The site might look empty now, but already I can see the possibilities that this new hospital represents to this community, to the eastern region, and to our state,” said Sec. Cansler. “Cherry has risen anew from the problems of its past and with new leadership and the dedicated commitment of its staff, has reinvented itself as the new Cherry Hospital even before the first brick of this new facility has been laid.”

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.