UNC Health Southeastern held a ribbon cutting for its newly expanded Gibson Cancer Center on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Cutting the ribbon, from left, were UNC Health Southeastern Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lori Dove, Lumberton Chamber of Commerce Chair Maureen Metzger, Golden LEAF Foundation President/CEO Scott Hamilton, Golden LEAF Foundation Chair Bo Biggs, UNC Health Southeastern President/CEO Chris Ellington, Gibson Cancer Center Administrative Director Steve Elgin and Gibson Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist Dr. Tom Walden.
The 10,000 square-foot expansion included the addition of a second linear accelerator, or LINAC, which delivers radiation therapy doses through a beam directly to tumors while preserving the surrounding cells, and a fixed positron emission tomography, or PET, imaging scanner used for treatment planning. Funding for the expansion and equipment was provided, in part, through grants from The Golden LEAF Foundation, The Cannon Foundation, Inc., and the NC Rural Building Reuse Program. To learn more about the center and cancer services provided by UNC Health Southeastern, visit srmc.org/care-treatment/cancer/.