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Hospital systems expand programs to meet the region’s growing care needs.


Cape Fear Valley Health, which has eight hospitals in the region, continues to expand its health care services. In the past year, it has opened a five-story education tower and announced plans to establish a medical school in a partnership with Methodist University.
Overall, the system has more than 1,000 beds and sees more than 1 million patients annually.
The private, not-for-profit health system has 7,400 employees and 1,300 providers on its medical staff. Its main campus is Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Other facilities include Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care, Bladen County Hospital, Hoke Hospital, Health Pavilion North off Ramsey Street, Health Pavilion Hoke and Harnett Health.
“Cape Fear Valley Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care for every patient, and our goal is to improve the quality of every life we touch,” says Mike Nagowski, CEO of the health system. “We are proud to be part of the communities that we serve across the region.”
Since Cape Fear Valley Medical Center opened in 1956, it has grown to become North Carolina’s eighth-largest hospital. It specializes in cardiac care, cancer treatment and surgical services as well as neuroscience, pediatrics, rehabilitation, orthopedics and more.
Cape Fear Valley’s Center for Medical Education and Neuroscience Institute opened in January 2023. The five-story, 120,000-square-foot tower will house as many as 300 residents each year. The growing residency program is expected to add more than 900 jobs and generate nearly $580 million in economic impact in the region over the next 10 years. The institute hosts a state-of-the-art simulation center to provide medical residents with hands-on surgery experience.
Earlier this year, Cape Fear Valley Health and Methodist University unveiled a partnership establishing the state-of-the-art Methodist University College of Medicine to train the next generation of health care professionals. It will be located on the campus of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Medical education veteran Hershey Bell was named the founding dean of the college and will oversee the accreditation process and develop the curriculum. Classes are set to begin in July 2026. 
The health system is also building a cancer center and medical arts building at Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington.
For more information, call 910-615-4000.

Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System
The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Fayetteville VA Health Care Center are part of the Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System, one of the fastest-growing veteran health care systems in the nation with an enrollment of 80,000 veterans.
The system includes one medical center in Fayetteville; two health-care centers in Fayetteville and Wilmington; 16 community-based outpatient clinics in outlying counties; and one jointly funded Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Rehabilitation Center serving active-duty military members and veterans in Fayetteville.
In Cumberland County, veterans can receive care at one of several VA facilities that provide primary care, women’s health services, mental health care, pharmacy services, surgery, imaging services, and medical and specialty services.
The system partners with the North Carolina State Veterans Home, which operates a 150-bed, long-term nursing home behind Fayetteville VA Medical Center on Ramsey Street.
Health care services offered at the Ramsey Street and Raeford Road locations include cardiology; dermatology; neurology; gastrointestinal, pulmonary, gynecological, urological, and orthopedic care; and general surgery. The Fayetteville VA Dialysis Center, at 2301 Robeson St., provides kidney care.
For more information, call the VA Medical Center on Ramsey Street at 910-488-2120, the Raeford Road facility at 910-488-2120 or 800-771-6106, or the VA Dialysis Center at 910-483-9727.

Womack Army Medical Center
Located in the heart of Fort Liberty, Womack Army Medical Center serves the health care needs of active-duty service members, their dependents, and military retirees. Womack provides health care to about 200,000 Tricare beneficiaries.
Womack offers most specialty referral services and has five primary care clinics on Fort Liberty and two others off post. The medical center offers a number of health care services, including cardiology, hematology-oncology, obstetrics-gynecology, inpatient behavioral health services, pulmonology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, a mild traumatic brain injury clinic, pain management, services for substance abuse, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, preventive medicine, physical therapy-occupational therapy care and pharmacy, gastroenterology, allergy care, physiatry, podiatry, optometry, physical exams and refractive eye surgery.
Other health care resources available are the Fayetteville Rehabilitation Center, Fort Liberty Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Liberty Blood Donor Center, and Womack Health and Support Center. The on-post clinics include Byars Health Clinic, Clark Health Clinic, Joel Pediatric Clinic, Robinson Health Clinic and Womack Family Medicine Residency Clinic. The two primary care clinics for family members and retirees are Hope Mills Medical Home and Linden Oaks Medical Home.
For more information, call 910-907-6000.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, not-for-profit facility headquartered in Pinehurst that includes four hospitals: FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst; FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Hoke in Raeford; FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond in Rockingham; and FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial in Troy.
These hospitals provide care in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, oncology, neonatology, behavioral services and bariatric surgery. They serve patients throughout 15 counties in southeastern North Carolina.
The health system includes facilities for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, hospice, palliative care, home care, community outreach, behavioral health, physical fitness, primary and convenient care practices, a hospitality house, emergency medical and critical care transport services, a philanthropic foundation and a host of other health care services.
For more information, call 800-213-3284.