Carolinas HealthCare System

The articles in this section will feature recent updates from various service lines across the System. If you would like to suggest your service line news for future issues, please submit your ideas for consideration to the Corporate Communications Team.

In this issue you will learn about:

Behavioral Health

Early Adoption of Telepsychiatry Expands Reach to Patients in Need.
Telepsychiatry services expand to multiple facilities via telemedicine, a virtual care platform that is an effective and practical way for physicians to provide access to highly specialized care across a large geography. Read more...

Behavioral Health Looks to Add More Screenings across the System for Substance Abuse.
Bob Martin
, director of the substance abuse program at Carolinas Medical Center Mercy Horizons, is working with behavioral health to implement an improved screening process for substance abuse. Read more...


Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Expands with Newly Recruited Specialist.
Jorge R. Alegría, MD,
recently joined Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute as the first formally trained adult congenital heart disease specialist in the greater Charlotte region. Read more...

Emergency Medicine

Physicians Help Shape Tanzania’s Future in Emergency Medicine.
Carolinas HealthCare System physicians assisted providers in Tanzania in developing a successful emergency medicine program in Dar es Salaam. Read more...

HPB &Transplant

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Linked to Dire Liver Health Consequences.
The consumption of herbal and dietary supplements may lead to liver disease, liver failure and in some cases death, according to research presented recently at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Read more...


Benjamin Brooks, MD, Leads Study Published in Prestigious PLOS One Journal.
Benjamin Brooks, MD,
director of the Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Center at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Neurosciences Institute, was the senior author and one of the lead investigators tapped to create a prospective registry. Read more...


Levine Cancer Institute to Expand Its Hematology-Oncology Program.
Levine Cancer Institute is expanding its hematology-oncology program, in an effort to give patients with aggressive types of blood cancer increased access to comprehensive treatment options. Read more...


Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Helps RESTORE Central America.
Joseph R. Hsu, MD,
orthopedic trauma surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center, is helping bring hospitals in Central America sustainable surgical capabilities through the organization RESTORE. Read more...


Carolinas HealthCare System Researcher Shares Instrumental Knowledge about a Newborn’s Cries.
Philip Sanford Zeskind, MD, PhD,
currently director of neurodevelopmental research at Levine Children’s Hospital, is a world-renowned researcher and psychologist who has spent nearly 40 years studying the cries of infants to learn about a baby’s general health and well-being. Read more...

Levine Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Hospitalist Program Expands to Three Campuses.
Levine Children's Hospital is expanding its pediatric hospitalist program to facilities across the System to offer a higher level of care to young patients and to keep families close to home. Read more...

Primary Care

Carolinas HealthCare System Awarded $2 Million for Research in Shared Medical Decision Making.
A Carolinas HealthCare System researcher was recently awarded $2.1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study shared medical decision making between providers and patients. Read more...


Stress in the OR: New Curriculum Aimed at Enhancing Surgical Performance and Patient Safety.
To help reduce negative effects from stress in the OR, Carolinas HealthCare System researchers are leading a three-year study focused on enhancing physician concentration during surgery. Read more...


Trauma Surgeon Takes a Stand against Youth Violence.
David G. Jacobs, MD,
associate medical director of trauma services at Carolinas Medical Center, is striving to reactivate SAVE, an international youth violence prevention program. Read more...


New Ultrasound Technique Improves Endometriosis Detection and Treatment.
Physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, a facility of CMC-Mercy, are now offering an extremely effective and unique ultrasound procedure to help women with endometriosis. Read more...