KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) celebrated a new medical building at a ceremony Tuesday on the North Carolina Research Campus, where community leaders said the facility will help promote community health.
The building, at 201 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, combines internal medicine, pediatrics and radiology in a "convergence" that's "not accidental, but purposeful," said CHS president and COO Joe Piedmont.
"We see how much we can accomplish together as a team," he said.
Cabarrus Pediatrics-Kannapolis and Kannapolis Internal Medicine opened in July, while CHS Imaging-Kannapolis -- a standalone radiology clinic -- is expected to open on Feb. 3.
It will feature X-rays, ultrasounds, a CT scanner and an MRI scanner with "all the bells and whistles," said Dr. Jon Fromke, a physician at the clinic.
Myra Combs, supervisor for CHS Imaging-Kannapolis, said the clinic's status as an independent diagnostic testing facility means it will be more cost-effective for patients.
She added she's waiting for opening day.
"I'm just ready to get open and be able to serve this community," she said. "We're here for the patients. That's our top priority."
Research Campus founder David Murdock said the staff of the new facility and the researchers on the campus are crucial to the future of community health, and he thanked them for coming to Kannapolis.
"We need your interest here for the benefit of the people that are around here and for the relationship of the scientific center that we have," he said. "I travel the world all the time [and] from one end of America to the other, and there's no place I would rather spend my time than working on the campus. And I'm so thrilled because you add to the knowledge. And there is only one power in the world, and that's knowledge."
Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant said the city's "great partners and great stakeholders" -- like Murdock and CHS -- allowed the city to transform from a mill town to a biotech hub in such a short period of time.
He said the location of the new facility on the Research Campus in the middle of Kannapolis adds to the city's new "Healthy Living" brand.
"We believe that that's what this facility is all about," he said.