Most Dix psychiatric patients to be transferred by year’s end – Health/Science –

RALEIGH — The state-run Dorothea Dix Hospital will send away most of its psychiatric patients by year’s end, a move that raises questions about what will happen to the 306-acre campus.

Lanier Cansler, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, told hospital staff Tuesday that all but one unit of the hospital will close. Most patients will be moved to the new Central Regional Hospital in Butner and Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, resulting in new assignments for the 803 medical and support staff who work on the campus caring for patients.

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