Danny Talbott Cancer Center Opens
The Danny Talbott Cancer Center officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 1, 2018, introducing a new era of comprehensive cancer care to Rocky Mount and all of eastern North Carolina.
Named in honor of Rocky Mount’s athletic legend and cancer survivor, #10, Danny Talbott, the 11,000-square-foot facility now houses all services under one roof — diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, and infusion therapy, hospice and palliative care, navigation, nutrition support, financial counseling, genetic counseling, clinical research, and social work services. UNC Cancer Care at Nash has been operational since 2015 with treatment facilities located across the Nash UNC Health Care campus.
“The new center provides a beautiful environment and state of the art cancer care in one convenient location,” said Sterling Grimes, director of Cancer Services at Nash UNC Health Care. “With about half of all men and a third of all women experiencing this most despised disease sometime in their lives – not to mention all the family members and friends who are affected – we are overjoyed to be able to offer these services close to home.”
In addition to fresh, brighter surroundings and the convenience of having all cancer services in one location for patients, the new facility also gives oncologists, nurses, and professional staff greater opportunities for real time, face-to-face meetings and improved communications with primary care physicians, clinicians, patients, and families.
The center includes three primary service areas – an oncology clinic, radiation therapy, and infusion therapy. It features state-of-the-art equipment, a dedicated pharmacy, and a spacious lobby for families and friends.
The oncology clinic features 10 examination rooms. The infusion center, for chemotherapy treatments, features 14 semiprivate bays with comfortable recliners, one private room with a bed, a dedicated pharmacy for faster service, and an outdoor garden area for patients to enjoy during treatment.
For radiation treatments, the center utilizes two linear accelerators, plus a CT simulator for precise dosimetry — the determination of radiation doses.
“We are thrilled to serve all cancer patients in the area, whether their cancer was diagnosed here or elsewhere, or even if surgery was performed in another hospital,” said Grimes. “Taking a frequent, exhausting ride for follow-up treatment to another facility is not necessary. We are working closely with other hospitals to be able to offer identical treatment regimens in most cases, saving patients valuable time and cost while eliminating the burden of traveling.”
The Nash UNC Health Care Foundation manages a Cancer Patient Assistance Fund to help patients in need with copays for medication, gift cards for gas and food, nutritional supplements, and a wide range of other expenses.
“In addition to the physical and emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, patients often face tremendous financial burden such as needing to take unpaid leave from work, lacking transportation to and from treatment, and being unable to afford medications for pain or nausea,” said Stacy Jesso, vice president and chief development officer for the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation. “Patients need to focus on hope, health and healing, and should not have to choose between receiving treatment and providing food and shelter for their families.”
To make a charitable donation, visit www.nashhealthcarefoundation.org or contact Stacy Jesso at 252-962-8584.