Planning for UNC Health Care’s new medical campus is now underway, replacing the Eastowne office complex near US 15-501.

The new compact medical campus known as the Eastowne project will consolidate healthcare service lines while simultaneously improving patient access.

“Planning for Eastowne is ramping up and as we gain a better understanding of timelines and processes, we’ll be sharing information with everyone,” said Linda Raftery, department of medicine vice chair of administration. “This is not simply a relocation of clinics–there will be challenges to work through–but this is quite an opportunity. Thanks to the leadership of our faculty and medicine staff, we have a lot to look forward to.”

Eastowne-Rendering
Eastowne rendering published in the News and Observer.

The department of medicine has appointed John Vargas project manager and primary point of contact to coordinate data requests for architects and other requirements. At this time, four working groups have been identified to guide the project.

  • Eastowne MOB steering committee will be chaired by Simon George (vice president for UNC Health Care System real estate development), Drs. David Zvarra and Ian Buchanan, have representation from the department of medicine, along with ambulatory administration, lab, radiology, urology, anesthesia and IT.
  • Eastowne Project committee: Simon George is leading the strategic planning, working with IT, architectural firm and John Vargas.
  • Department of Medicine Steering committee includes Dr. Ron Falk, Dr. Cristin Colford, Dr. Spencer Dorn, John Vargas, Scott Keller and Linda Raftery.
  • Department of Medicine operational committee: The OP medical directors and operational leads will work with John Vargas.

The department will communicate more information as Eastowne progresses, and many more people will be called upon for input as the cadence and constituency of ongoing planning groups change.

Following are links to recent news about the project:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article198065534.html

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article195773294.html