Ballantyne Magazine

FALL 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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W alk into the Levine Cancer Institute in Ballantyne and what might strike you most is what you see and smell: Aromatherapy scents the air while ceiling-tile murals of clouds let patients imagine they're relaxing under the sky. Top medical providers and services have existed in Ballantyne since the community was developed in the 1990s. But as the community has grown so have the number and quality of providers, as well as on-site services available to people who live and work in the area. At Levine Cancer Institute-Ballantyne, for example, patients can access services once avail- able only at the institute's main location near uptown, services such as chemotherapy and clinical trials. A sign of how things have changed: The number of people employed in health care in ZIP code 28277 has grown significantly during the past seven years. In 2010, about 1,455 health care jobs existed in the ZIP code. In 2017, that number had grown to 2,265 — a 56 percent increase, ac- cording to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of Levine Cancer Institute, says the medical provider's goal is to minimize travel and discomfort for patients by adding services at locations in addition to hospital campuses. "The whole idea is to try to produce and present really top-quality cancer care with all the facilities of a major cancer institute as close to home as we can," he says. "The quality (in Ballantyne) was always really high. We've added people; we've added com- plexity; we've added subspecialty expertise." Easier Access An internationally renowned cancer researcher and medical oncologist, Raghavan was recruited seven years ago by Carolinas HealthCare System (now Atrium Health) from the Cleveland Clinic, where he headed the Taussig Cancer Center. His mission: create a university-style comprehensive Close to Home GROWING MEDICAL SERVICES INCLUDE CANCER, VEIN AND VISION CARE By Kerry Singe Photos by Kim Hummel Photography Dr. Derek Raghavan Christina Villa helps a patient at Levine Cancer Institute-Ballantyne. Courtesy of Dr. Derek Raghavan BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 59 Feature

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