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To build the optimal healing environment for the region’s women and children and fill it with some of medicine’s finest healthcare professionals – that was the vision for the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Today, as the hospital’s second anniversary approaches and with the full support of Wilmington’s medical and surgical community, that vision continues with the arrival of the hospital’s first, full-time, board-certified pediatric surgeon, Dr. Deborah Albert.

“Dr. Albert’s skills and expertise are perfectly matched with the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital mission of delivering comprehensive, high-quality, family-centered medical care to the region’s infants, children and teens,” said Barbara Buechler, administrator of the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. “We are so fortunate to have her join our pediatric care team and make her new home here with us in Wilmington.”

A subspecialty of general surgery, pediatric surgery focuses on the surgical care of infants and children up to age 18. Pediatric surgeons have four years of medical school training, five years of surgery residency and two years of training in pediatric surgery. Conditions commonly treated by pediatric surgeons range from the simple to the complex, including appendicitis, hernia, birth defects, traumatic injury, and malignant and benign tumors.

“I am thrilled to be caring for patients in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Albert who, having recently relocated from Tampa, Fla., began work at NHRMC on June 14.  “The team here is so wonderful and passionate about what



they do, and I’m looking forward to contributing to this level of care.”

One area of care immediately affected by Dr. Albert’s presence will be the hospital’s six-bed, technically-advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or PICU, home to some of the region’s most critically ill and injured children.

“Because of the nature of their illness or injury, children in the PICU can have a variety of unique and urgent medical needs, including surgical intervention,” said Dr. Joseph Pino, Director of Pediatrics at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Albert will significantly enhance the level of care these children receive by virtue of her extensive training in the techniques of pediatric surgical care.”

Additionally, Dr. Albert’s arrival means families and children of the Lower Cape Fear will no longer have to be transferred out of the area for pediatric surgical care and endure long separations from loved ones who provide healing support.

“Children in this region have gained a tremendous new ally in the fight against illness and injury,” said Buechler. “Dr. Albert’s highly specialized training means parents in our area can rest assured knowing the very best pediatric surgical care is available right here in our own community.”

For more information on the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital, visit



Pictured at left are some of the more than 500 residents from Brunswick County who helped celebrate the opening of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Health & Diagnostics - Brunswick Forest at an open house held Saturday, April 24. The event included guided tours, food, music and live entertainment.

Located in The Villages at Brunswick Forest in Leland, the 40,000-square-foot facility offers Brunswick County residents easier access to the comprehensive, high quality services of New Hanover Regional Medical Center much closer to home, including primary care and specialty physicians, as well as laboratory, imaging and diagnostic services, and convenient care services.

For more information on New Hanover Regional Medical Center Health & Diagnostics – Brunswick Forest, visit

2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000