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Zimmer Cancer Center receives federal dollars to help fight cancer

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Nearly two million federal dollars will be used to help fight cancer in underserved members of the community. Congressman Mike McIntyre presented the Zimmer Cancer Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center a check for $450,000 from the National Cancer Institute Tuesday. The cancer center will receive a total of $1.9 million over the next five years. The hospital will use the money to hire additional research staff and guide cancer patients through obstacles in the health care system. New Hanover Regional Medical Center President and CEO Jack Barto said, "In these tough economic times, receiving this grant right now allows us to continue a program for the underserved. And I think clearly, with everything going on, the underserved population is always at risk, and this is a good opportunity for us to continue this and get more and more minorities and underserved people involved in good clinical trials for cancer which obviously we hope will result in better outcomes for people." The grant is a continuation of a $3.8 million grant the hospital received over the last five years. That money was used to purchase equipment that helps video-conference with researchers at UNC and Wake Forest.

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