Novant Health today announced its seven-story cardiovascular and cancer outpatient facility in the greater Charlotte market is complete. Officially named the Novant Health Claudia W. and John M. Belk Heart & Vascular Institute and Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute, the $165.9 million, 260,000-square-foot investment consolidates all outpatient cardiac and cancer specialists, treatment services and support programs in one location. The building welcomed patients Monday, Oct. 12.
“Novant Health is proud to open the doors of this premier facility offering leading-edge treatments, groundbreaking clinical research and personalized, whole-person care for patients with cardiovascular conditions and cancer,” said Eric Eskioglu, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health. “This is a historic moment for our entire Carolina community to celebrate.”
The medical journey for cardiac and cancer issues is often long and complicated, requiring patients to visit multiple providers at different locations, at different times. This new centralized location on the corner of Fourth Street and Queens Road in midtown Charlotte is designed to streamline care and improve the patient experience.
“Two of the major leading causes of death in North Carolina are cancer and heart disease. This state-of-the-art facility will house expert clinical care teams at the forefront of detecting, treating and curing both – and all under one roof,” said Saad Ehtisham, president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Novant Health greater Charlotte market. “Patients and their families now have one home where they can access the most advanced care right here in the heart of Charlotte.”
Every detail of the building is designed with the patient in mind and reflects an environment of healing, including the nature-inspired color choices, the modern artwork, the comfortable furniture and the use of natural light throughout the facility.
The facility’s first floor features services and amenities, intended to support both cardiac and cancer patients and their families, include:
Belk Heart & Vascular Institute
The Belk Heart & Vascular Institute brings together 32 cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons offering innovative and life-changing care for patients with heart and vascular diseases in one location. The specialty clinics include noninvasive cardiac testing, electrophysiology, cardiac rehabilitation, cardio-oncology, heart failure, interventional cardiology, preventive cardiology, structural heart intervention, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, valve replacement, noninvasive vascular lab and peripheral arterial disease.
“In the past, a patient may have had to walk as many as 7,000 steps in one day during their care journey from testing sites to clinics to a treatment center,” said Gary Niess, MD, system physician executive, Novant Health Belk Heart & Vascular Institute. “Thanks to the Claudia W. and John M. Belk family, and a host of dedicated community members, we’ll now be able to deliver the whole-journey care our patients need all in one place, saving those 7,000 steps for rehabilitation and recovery.”
Weisiger Cancer Institute
The Weisiger Cancer Institute brings together 32 cancer specialists representing 12 specialty clinics, including gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary, genitourinary, head and neck, gynecologic, breast, hematology and thoracic oncology. Additionally, the institute offers advanced treatments, radiation oncology, breast cancer care, cellular therapy and developmental therapeutics. The institute provides high-level treatment technology, including two linear accelerators.
“At Novant Health, we take cancer care personally,” said Matt McDonald, MD, gynecologic oncologist and physician lead for the greater Charlotte market. “The Weisiger Cancer Institute will not only bring the patient experience to the next level, it will give our physicians the space they need to advance clinical trials, research and innovation. Our patients deserve, and will have, access to life-giving care right here in our region.”
The Novant Health Claudia W. and John M. Belk Heart & Vascular Institute and Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute is located at 125 Queens Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204 and has an eight-story dedicated parking deck for patients and visitors. Vannoy Construction is the lead contractor and McCulloch England Associates is the architect.