Roger Ray, MD

A Message from Roger Ray, MD, EVP, CPE

Doctors’ Day will be recognized around the nation on March 30, an event often marked by special luncheons and other gestures of appreciation.  Long after this day ends, one of the most important ways we will continue to honor physicians year-round is through our System’s focus on physician wellness.

We’ve all read troubling statistics clearly indicating that our profession is struggling with “burn out.” This is a psychological state defined by emotional exhaustion, de-personalization and decreased feelings of personal accomplishment. Even more disheartening are studies that reveal our profession is the most prone to suicides, compared to any other.

No, this is not an easy topic to address, but we must and we are.

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System Offering Access to Your Behavioral Health Patients

With more and more patients needing behavioral healthcare, it's easy for a primary care physician to get overwhelmed. Carolinas HealthCare System has put together a virtual network of providers giving patients quicker, easier access to behavioral health experts who can be accessed at the primary care doctor's offices.


Same Day Appointments Now Available for Heart Patients

If you have a heart condition, you don't want to wait months for an appointment. Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute understands and has started offering guaranteed appointments to patients either within the same or next day of seeking treatment.


Free Heart Screening Saves Teen's Life

Traevon Lytle is a valuable member of his middle school's wrestling team in Morganton. Less than a year ago, doctors were uncertain if he would ever play sports again. But this 14-year-old Liberty Middle School student survived open-heart surgery in September and is back to his typical activities, including winning the Foothills Athletic Conference wrestling championship in his weight class.


System Takes Aggressive Efforts Against CRE

Hospital systems across the nation are fighting infections, including the most deadly – MRSA, Ebola and the latest superbug, CRE. Carolinas HealthCare System continually implements strategies based on best practices and clinical guidelines to decrease the risk of infection caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.


Some Things Have Gotten Better Over Time

The challenge? Getting patients to have a colonoscopy screening. To answer the challenge, Carolinas HealthCare System launched a dedicated campaign last year to show how the procedure has improved over the years. The result? An increase in the number of screenings.


Alzheimer's Trial Now Accepting Patients

Oleg V. Tcheremissine, MD, director of research, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Charlotte, is one of those scientists who works tirelessly to help patients with Alzheimer's. And now he wants your Alzheimer's patients for a new trial.


Far From Charlotte, Our System is Making a Difference

Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach (IMO) program continues its long history of delivering medical assistance globally with its latest contributions in Antigua, Belize and Guatemala.


Device A Game-Changer for Brain Cancer Patients

Patients with a deadly type of brain cancer may now receive an innovative treatment at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. The institute is one of only 150 cancer centers in the nation to offer NovoTTF to treat glioblastoma. See if the device will work for your patients.



Physician in the Spotlight

Physicians in the Sptolight

Carolinas MED-1, Carolinas HealthCare System’s mobile hospital, was part of a multi-state disaster exercise in early March. Seven thousand United States Army and Air National Guard troops and civilian emergency management personnel centered most of their efforts in Georgetown, SC.