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UNC Dedicates Women And Children's Hospitals

Posted September 10, 2001

— Medical care in the Triangle took a step forward Saturday.

UNC Hospitals dedicated two new state-of-the-art facilities -- The North Carolina Women's and Children's Hospitals. The side-by-side facilities are the only ones in the state to offer complete in-patient and out-patient care for women and children in one location.

Sen. John Edwards (D) served as the keynote speaker.

"I think it's a beautiful place. This Women's and Children's Hospital is something we've been looking forward to for a long time," said Edwards.

The side-by-side hospitals are the only ones in the state to offer complete in-patient and out-patient care for women and children in one location.

"We can now combine the things we were missing in our old location, which was to have families stay together and present a family-centered approach," said Barbara Edson of UNC Hospitals.

The North Carolina Women's Hospital can take care of a woman's needs throughout her life, including general wellness and specialty care.

"There is a real advance in terms of efficiency of patient care, shortening duration of surgical procedures, increasing their safety," said John Steege of UNC Hospitals.

The North Carolina Children's Hospital is one of the best in the Southeast. More children have surgery at UNC Hospitals than any other hospital in the state.

The hospitals are not quite ready for patients yet. It will take about six weeks to get all 1700 employees moved in.

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