New Hanover Regional Medical Center's 22-bed Inpatient Oncology Unit, on the 10th floor of the medical center, is dedicated to meeting the special needs of cancer patients. They have worked to build a place where the patient who must be hospitalized can not only find advanced medical care, but also a comforting environment that encourages them to focus on the positive and find the strength they need to move forward through treatment.
The Family Lounge
Located opposite the service evelvators, the family lounge provides a comfortable place for families to visit in an intimate setting. A television and VCR, puzzles, cards, games, magazines and toys for children are all available for families and patients to use at any time.
A kitchen is located adjacent to the family lounge. It is equipped with an ice maker, coffee maker, microwave, stove, cupboard with cooking supplies, refrigerator and a washer/dryer.
The Healing Quilts
"Healing Quilts" hang all around the Unit. Created and donated by members of the Quilters by the Sea Guild and by local artists, quilted wall hangings are permanently installed in the hallways. The quilts provide images of healing, some using a focus-centered "mandala" design, enabling one to focus for a long time on the quilt without tiring of the image. It is believed art of this nature has a calming effect which in turn helps the healing process.
The Healing Arts Network
New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers integrative therapies through the Healing Arts Network (HAN), a group of certified therapists who work with the medical teams to improve the quality of life of our patients. We use a variety of mind and body approaches that complement medical care and promote healing. Patients learn to relax, manage pain, express feelings and try new coping skills. Click here for more information on the Healing Arts Network and the programs offered.
To help ease a patient's final days, the medical center works with Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter to provide hospice or palliative care. Four rooms on the inpatient oncology unit are designated for such patients. A Hospice Care Center, offering a homelike environment for terminally ill patients, is affiliated with and located very near the medical center. For more information, visit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice website at http://hospiceandlifecarecenter.org.