JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. –
RALEIGH, N.C. – Johnston Health and Rex Healthcare today announced that they have joined together to enhance the services offered to cancer patients in eastern Wake and Johnston counties. Under the partnership, patients will be able to receive radiation therapy in two locations: the Johnston Health Medical Mall in Smithfield, and the medical office building on the campus of Johnston Medical Center-Clayton, now under construction on N.C. 42 West.
Until now, radiation therapy was not offered by Johnston Health cancer services-only chemotherapy treatment was provided. “Now patients who require radiation therapy who live in and around Johnston County will not have to travel longer distances to receive the services they need,” says Kevin Rogols, president and CEO of Johnston Health.
“Patients sometimes need daily treatments over an eight-week or longer period. And that often means family members have to take time off from work or make other arrangements to drive loved ones to distant appointments,” Rogols said. “In partnership with Rex Healthcare-the region’s premier provider of cancer services, our hospital will deliver the very best cancer care to area residents.”
“Providing quality care in a community setting has been a strong Rex tradition for more than 115 years,” said David Strong, president of Rex Healthcare. “The Rex Cancer Center is well known for caring for patients, not only through the latest technology and treatments for cancer, but also with compassion and support throughout each patient’s journey. Rex Healthcare’s affiliation with the nationally recognized N.C. Cancer Hospital and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill means the highest level of care for patients. Through Rex and UNC, patients will have access to all the latest treatment options and clinical trials available.”
About Johnston Health
Johnston Health is a new health care system that includes Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield (formerly Johnston Memorial Hospital) and Johnston Medical Center-Clayton, which is opening this fall. The public, nonprofit hospital is licensed for 199 beds. With a mission to improve the health of the people in our communities, Johnston Health operates an outpatient surgical center in Clayton as well as specialty and primary care doctors’ practices in Clayton, Kenly and the communities of Cleveland and McGee’s Crossroads.
About Rex Healthcare
Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system, with 4,400 employees. Rex Healthcare has 665 beds (433 general acute beds, six inpatient hospice and 226 skilled nursing) and treats more than 26,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for women, cancer, post acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, heart and vascular, same-day surgery and wellness, plus dedicated clinics for pain management, heartburn, wound care, sleep disorders, diabetes education and state-of-the-art emergency services. Rex provides various healthcare services throughout Wake County with facilities in Cary, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex is also the first hospital in the Triangle, and one of only 10 in North Carolina, to receive Magnet Recognition, which places Rex nurses among the top 2 percent in the country. In 2008, Rex was listed as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters Healthcare. In addition, Rex was named a Thomson Reuters Performance Improvement Leader — one of only 16 hospitals in the country to make both Thomson Reuters lists. Rex also was named one of the top 100 (#15) Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.