WakeMed http://wunc.org en WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health http://wunc.org/post/wakemeds-new-ceo-talks-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px">After a controversial year, </span><a href="http://www.wakemed.org/" style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px">WakeMed Health and Hospitals</a>'<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px"> Donald </span>Gintzig<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px"> became permanent CEO last month. </span>Gintzig<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px"> is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy with experience leading non-profit, faith-based and private health systems.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:08:49 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37075 at http://wunc.org WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage http://wunc.org/post/hospitals-weather-flu-season-despite-iv-drug-shortage <p></p><p>Medical facilities are facing a national shortage of intravenous drugs, especially saline IV drips. Saline is used to treat dehydrated patients.</p><p></p><p>Manufacturers are stepping up production to meet need, but the shortage has presented problems to hospitals since December, when flu season began.</p><p></p><p>Zack Moore is an infectious disease epidemiologist with he North Carolina Division of Public Health. He said this is an especially bad time of year to have a limited saline supply for two reasons.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31667 at http://wunc.org Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage Why A Federal Judge Rejected WakeMed’s Settlement For A Second Time http://wunc.org/post/why-federal-judge-rejected-wakemed-s-settlement-second-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The federal investigation into <a href="http://www.wakemed.org/">WakeMed </a>over Medicare fraud looked like it was going to end in a settlement. But a federal judge twice rejected the agreement between the hospital and prosecutors, leaving the case unresolved. <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/">News &amp; Observer</a> reporter Joe Neff joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to discuss the case.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:32:51 +0000 Dave DeWitt & Frank Stasio 9829 at http://wunc.org WakeMed And UNC Hospitals Call A Truce http://wunc.org/post/wakemed-and-unc-hospitals-call-truce <p>WakeMed Hospital has withdrawn its takeover bid of UNC-owned Rex Healthcare. The cross-town rivals are putting an end to their public battle that escalated when WakeMed issued an unsuccessful bid to buy Rex last year for 750 million dollars. The announcement comes after state lawmakers helped broker an agreement between the two institutions' officials. Bill Atkinson is the CEO of WakeMed.<br> Tue, 22 May 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2453 at http://wunc.org New Emergency Department Open in Raleigh http://wunc.org/post/new-emergency-department-open-raleigh <p>A new emergency department is open in Raleigh. WakeMed's latest free-standing medical facility is in Brier Creek, near the Wake-Durham county line. WakeMed's Carolyn Knaup says they chose the location based on the area's rapid growth.<br><br><strong>Carolyn Knaup:</strong> It's totally locally driven - i.e., when you need emergency care, you need it close to where you live or where you work. So, in doing our demographic assessment really felt like the Brier Creek area afforded lots of opportunity to be able to meet the need in that community.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:20:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 3521 at http://wunc.org Why UNC and WakeMed Both Want Rex http://wunc.org/post/why-unc-and-wakemed-both-want-rex <p></p><p></p><p>In May, the board of trustees of WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh made an offer to buy Rex Hospital from UNC Healthcare. UNC has owned Rex since 2000.</p><p>Try calling your local hospital to find the price of a procedure, or a surgery. You can’t find it, in part because everybody pays something different. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 8476 at http://wunc.org Why UNC and WakeMed Both Want Rex UNC's Ross Cool to WakeMed Offer for Rex http://wunc.org/post/uncs-ross-cool-wakemed-offer-rex <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">A proposal from WakeMed to buy Rex Healthcare from UNC is getting a chilly response. UNC president Thomas Ross said in a statement selling Rex Healthcare would be damaging to its core mission and not in the best interest of the people of North Carolina. He went on to say UNC Health Care's board of directors will discuss the proposal on Monday. Thu, 12 May 2011 22:45:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8825 at http://wunc.org WakeMed Encouraging Breast Feeding http://wunc.org/post/wakemed-encouraging-breast-feeding <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">WakeMed celebrated Mother's Day by kicking off a campaign to promote breast feeding. The hospital no longer gives out formula or pacifiers to new mothers. WakeMed Women and Children's Services Director Elizabeth Rice says breast feeding is healthier for both infants and mothers. But she says the hospital isn't taking away anyone's right to choose how they feed their baby.</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 09:10:00 +0000 WUNC News 8843 at http://wunc.org WakeMed Hospital Turns 50 http://wunc.org/post/wakemed-hospital-turns-50 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">WakeMed is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The public hospital was built by the county government in response to unfulfilled needs for medical care. Today the WakeMed Health and Hospital system runs two hospitals in the county and plans to break ground on a third that will focus on women. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 8892 at http://wunc.org Medicare Releases Rates For Hospital Acquired Complications http://wunc.org/post/medicare-releases-rates-hospital-acquired-complications <p>New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services shows some higher complication rates than average at several area hospitals.<br><br>The new online data base at the Medicare website shows rates for eight so-called 'never' events.&nbsp; Those are complications Medicare officials believe should never happen in hospitals. Those incidents include patients developing bedsores, or doctors leaving objects inside their surgical patients. Medicare has stopped reimbursing hospitals for many of these hospital acquired complications.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:45:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 9093 at http://wunc.org