The US Duke University Health System has begun its $700m expansion project in North Carolina to meet the nation’s current and projected healthcare needs.

The project includes construction of a state-of-the-art cancer centre, a Duke Medicine Pavilion Centre and the expansion of Duke University Hospital’s surgery and critical care services.

The Duke Medicine Pavilion will be an eight-storey building spread across 580,000ft², and will feature 16 new operating suites, 96 critical care beds and 64 intermediate care beds. The building is expected to be completed by 2013.

The new 267,000ft² seven-storey cancer centre will integrate outpatient cancer services and clinical research from across the organisation. The facility is expected to be completed by 2012 and will be equipped with 140 examination rooms, 75 infusion stations and a pharmacy.