Carolinas HealthCare System
Summer 2012

Stanly Regional Medical Center

A Leader in Patient Navigation

When its founders built the hospital that is now Stanly Regional Medical Center, they built more than a medical facility. They began a legacy of trust, commitment and service to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding areas. Today, more than 60 years later, those roots run deep as Stanly Regional continues to provide advanced medical care not often seen in communities of its size.

Stanly Regional is a 119-bed notfor- profit hospital, located in Albemarle, just 45 miles east of Charlotte, NC. More than 600 employees and a 100-member active medical staff work hand-in-hand to care for patients. In addition to the hospital, the healthcare system, known as Stanly Health Services, includes a skilled nursing facility, a physician network of 15 medical practices, a home health agency and a durable medical equipment company.

Designed with the Patient in Mind

John Green, MD
John Green, MD, is a board-certified radiologist and co-medical director of The Breast Center at Stanly Regional Medical Center.

In 2010, Stanly Regional opened The Breast Center, which is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The Center was built with the patient in mind, from the interior design to the addition of a breast health navigator, helping individuals through their diagnosis and treatment.

The patient navigator is an experienced nurse and breast cancer survivor. Because of her successful efforts, Stanly Regional has now expanded the patient navigator program to include lung cancer patients, and will soon assist those suffering from genitourinary cancer.

John Green, MD, a board-certified radiologist and The Breast Center’s co-medical director, developed a database software solution to streamline the navigation program and facilitate communication among Stanly Regional Medical Center A Leader in Patient Navigation a patient’s healthcare providers. More comprehensive than similar products currently on the market, the software is used by Levine Cancer Institute as a model that will be incorporated throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. As a result of his substantial commitment to the concept and implementation of patient navigation, Dr. Green was appointed as one of the medical directors of the Institute’s patient navigation program.

“Together, these enhancements have standardized patient care and helped Stanly Regional dramatically decrease the interval from a breast cancer diagnosis to definitive surgery, with a target of less than two weeks for patients. This compares favorably with the four-to-six-week wait time or sometimes even longer, as a national average,” says Dr. Green. Stanly Regional is proud to be a charter member of Levine Cancer Institute.

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