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Health
8:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mental Health: Holly Hill Hospital's New Children's Campus Is A Step In The Right Direction

NAMI says children with behavioral issues in North Carolina need agencies to work together to provide comprehensive long-term care.
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Holly Hill Hospital is hosting the grand opening of a new children's campus today. The hospital says it's working to meet a growing need for inpatient psychiatric beds that has left many in the community waiting in emergency rooms for behavioral health treatment.

North Carolina's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness supports the creation of the facility. But the group's president, Mike Mayer, says the state has a long way to go.

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Health
12:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Healthcare

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Oniffrey / UNC-TV

  Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be a topic of discussion on the North Carolina campaign trails. 

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Health
7:51 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Two Area Hospitals Penalized For Re-Admitting Too Many Medicare Patients

Medicare reimbursements are being trimmed for hospitals that re-admit too many patients within 30 days of treatment.
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Two Triangle hospitals will lose a portion of their Medicare reimbursements this year. They're being penalized for re-admitting too many patients within a month of hospitalization.

Under the Affordable Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reduce payments to hospitals which re-admit a higher number of patients than they're supposed to. They're looking at data between the summers of 2010 to 2013. Based on the number re-admissions, the CMS determines what percentage of Medicare reimbursement to withhold.

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Military
6:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Fayetteville VA Closing Emergency Room

The Fayetteville VA is closing its ER until further notice.
Credit VA.gov

The Fayetteville VA is closing its emergency room  as of 8:00 a.m. Friday.  The emergency room will be converted to an urgent care clinic until further notice.

The hospital says a lack of doctors is to blame for the cut back.

"If there's a veteran out there in the community, or a family member of a veteran who is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, they should not, and I repeat, should not come to the Fayetteville VA emergency room," said Public Affairs officer Jeffery Melvin.  "They should dial 9-1-1 and ask them to take them to the nearest emergency department."

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Health
8:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Belhaven Mayor Is '100 Percent' That Local Hospital Will Reopen

Mayor Adam O'Neal walked nearly 300 miles from his town of Belhaven, N.C. to Washington, D.C., advocating to reopen the Pungo Hospital.
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Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neill says he's optimistic that the hospital in his town will reopen soon.

The non-profit Vidant Health closed the Pungo hospital there this summer, which served low-income and minority populations. 

Mayor O'Neill walked nearly 300 miles to Washington, D.C. to ask regulators to look into the closure.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate whether Vidant's closing of the hospital has displayed unlawful discrimination based on race and national origin.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health

WakeMed CEO Donald Gintzig
Credit wakemed.org

After a controversial year, WakeMed Health and Hospitals' Donald Gintzig became permanent CEO last month. Gintzig is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy with experience leading non-profit, faith-based and private health systems. 

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency Mooresville NC
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With days full of physical assessments, patient advocacy, connecting with patients' families, and communicating with physicians, a nurse’s work is never done. And when a hospital is understaffed or under-resourced, nurses take on more patients and extra shifts. 

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Business & Economy
8:44 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System

Nash Health Care System in Rocky Mount is the latest hospital to join the UNC Health Care system.
Credit Nash Health Care System

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.

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.

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Nursing homes
7:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Hospitals Frequently, Quickly Readmit Medicare Recipients

A new study shows that many Medicare recipients who rehabilitate at a nursing home after a hospital stay have difficulty transitioning back to home life.
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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.

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.

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Health
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes

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EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down. 

The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.  The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people. 

Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.

"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.

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