GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Those dealing with mental health issues in eastern North Carolina will now have a new facility to receive the necessary treatment.
The new Cherry Hospital held its grand opening Tuesday in Goldsboro.
The psychiatric hospital is 410,000 square feet and operated by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The new facility can hold an additional 116 patients more than the current hospital. This is DHHS’s third psychiatric hospital in the state.
According to the facility’s website, Cherry Hospital is a place of hope, care and recovery. It will also be a teaching site for ECU’s Brody School of Medicine and Campbell University.
Governor Pat McCrory said lack of space for those who need treatment is one of the biggest issues.
“We must take care of those who can’t take care of themselves while encouraging those who can,” said Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina. “And this building behind us, and the people working in this building are doing just that.”
The hospital serves 38 eastern North Carolina counties.
The goal is to have it be a temporary facility for those dealing with mental health issues.
Tuesday’s dedication ceremony took place at 1 p.m.