Issue 4 – June 2014

A Message from Roger Ray, MD, EVP, CMO

Roger Ray, MD

The din of radical industry change can often distract us from paying proper attention to the great achievements of our medical peers throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. When you skim through this issue, I think you will find a common theme, one that points to how our providers continue to humbly persevere with impressive success.

Each of you is helping to create the new reality of healthcare. We talk about ‘change’ almost daily in our profession. So what does that mean?

Tangible Change

Tangible change is here at Carolinas HealthCare System. For example, the old perception of our System was that our organization was primarily a network of acute care hospitals. The new reality is that we are a comprehensive, fully integrated continuum of care with a wide range of other bricks-and-mortar facilities with a highly diverse network of ambulatory services, including more than 200 physician practices.

How we determine ‘growth’ of our organization has changed, too. In fact, the growth of our organization over the past few years has depended very little on the creation of new acute care hospitals. The main growth trend in acute care has been providing additions and upgrades that cater to growing consumer demand for specialized services such as trauma, cancer, cardiac and more.

Read the entire message from Roger Ray, MD

System Updates

To keep you up-to-date about the changing healthcare landscape and Carolinas HealthCare System initiatives, this section will feature System-wide announcements.

Clinical Highlights

The articles in this section will feature recent updates from various service lines throughout the System, allowing you to stay informed about your specific specialties. Read more...

Around the System

Learn more about what's going on across Carolinas HealthCare System. Read more...


Physicians in the Spotlight

Physicians in the Sptolight Physician Named Master Fellow of Wilderness Medicine: Honor is First of its Kind in the World
Practicing emergency medicine in Burke County is much like anywhere else until something happens in the Linville Gorge – called the Grand Canyon of the East – or South Mountains State Park – North Carolina's largest state park. Read more...
Blue Ridge Oncologist Goes to the Top of the World – Literally!
For his latest marathon, Doug Thompson, MD, ran past armed guards stationed along the route for protection. But he wasn't worried about terrorists or bombs. Read more...
 Physicians in the Spotlight