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UNC Health Care hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of its Eastowne Medical Office Building at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

The six-story, 150,000-square-foot Eastowne building and parking structure is scheduled to open in 2020. The building will house specialty practices such as cardiology, pulmonary, endocrinology, hematology and more. There will be a urology clinic, outpatient imaging and laboratory. Other amenities will include a café kiosk and retail pharmacy.

The project is part of a wider expansion across the Triangle by UNC Health Care that’s aimed at improving care and access for our patients and their families.

The Eastowne medical office building is the first phase of a larger redevelopment of the 48-acre site at the intersection of I-40 and US 15-501, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive master planning process with the Town of Chapel Hill. The goal is to relocate more outpatient services from the congested main campus at UNC Medical Center to a setting with easier parking and access. The Eastowne master plan partnership is expected to result in a visionary transformation of a gateway used by thousands of residents, employees and visitors every day.

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Speakers at the groundbreaking event included:

  • Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health Care
  • Pam Hemminger, Mayor of Chapel Hill
  • Creighton Blackwell, Chair, Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce
  • Regina Jones, a former patient and a volunteer with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council
  • Penny Rich, Orange County Commissioner

About UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care is an integrated health care system comprised of UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians, UNC Physicians Network, the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine. Additional hospital entities and health care systems include UNC REX Healthcare, Chatham Hospital, Johnston Health, Pardee Hospital, Caldwell Memorial, Nash Health Care, Onslow Memorial Hospital, Wayne Memorial, UNC Lenoir Health Care, and UNC Rockingham Health Care.

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