Hospitals http://wunc.org en Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System http://wunc.org/post/nash-health-joins-unc-s-hospital-system <p></p><p>Nash Health Care in Rocky Mount is the newest hospital to join the UNC Health System. Their affiliation agreement allows UNC to manage operations at Nash.</p><p></p><p>Nash Health CEO Larry Chewning will now be on UNC Health's payroll, but Nash will continue to be governed by its independent board of directors.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:44:47 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33106 at http://wunc.org Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System Hospitals Frequently, Quickly Readmit Medicare Recipients http://wunc.org/post/hospitals-frequently-quickly-readmit-medicare-recipients <p></p><p>After a hospital stay, many seniors on Medicare will go to a nursing facility to rehabilitate before going home. But a new study from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence shows many of them return to the hospital before long.</p><p></p><p>Mark Toles teaches at UNC's Nursing school and is a co-author of the report. He said nursing homes often provide good care, but the transition back home can be difficult.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:56:07 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31057 at http://wunc.org Hospitals Frequently, Quickly Readmit Medicare Recipients Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes http://wunc.org/post/hyde-county-overhauling-emergency-services-hospital-closes <p></p><p>EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down.&nbsp;</p><p>The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.&nbsp; The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people.&nbsp;</p><p>Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.<br /><br />"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:39:53 +0000 Will Michaels 25343 at http://wunc.org Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein http://wunc.org/post/medical-milestone-duke-surgeons-implant-bioengineered-vein <p></p><p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">A team of doctors implanted a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">bioengineered</span><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;blood vessel into a patient with late stage kidney disease at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.dukehealth.org/" style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">Duke University Hospital&nbsp;</a><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">in June.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:50:08 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 18693 at http://wunc.org Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing http://wunc.org/post/state-senate-passes-bill-require-clearer-hospital-billing <p>Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.<br><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=sb+473&amp;submitButton=Go">Senate Bill 473</a> would require hospitals to make the cost of common inpatient and outpatient procedures public. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:30:31 +0000 Jessica Jones 15095 at http://wunc.org State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing Hospital Profits http://wunc.org/post/hospital-profits <p>In a new News &amp; Observer series, reporter Joe Neff uncovered tough, unethical tactics that hospitals use to make money. Neff writes that hospital CEOs get big paydays while poor patients are subject to ruthless harassment from bill collectors. Host Frank Stasio talks to Neff about how North Carolina hospitals are making big profits and driving up the costs of health care for everybody.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 May 2012 14:32:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 4751 at http://wunc.org Simplifying the Search for Hospital Beds http://wunc.org/post/simplifying-search-hospital-beds <p>Hospitals in eastern North Carolina are now using an online message board that lists beds available for patients with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems. Sixteen facilities are using the pilot program designed to streamline the admission process for those patients. Luckey Welsh is the director of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities. He says patients can sometimes spend days in the Emergency Room while the hospital looks for an available bed.<br> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7469 at http://wunc.org