Issue 4 – June 2014
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 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.
Our newly built hospitals and freestanding facilities have almost exclusively been those that provide niche or specialized services such as pediatrics, oncology, behavioral health, rehabilitation or emergency care.
There are also new trends in how we deliver care. For example, Advanced Clinical Practitioners will play a stronger role in partnership with physicians. We will be leveraging more multi-disciplinary care teams. Patient navigators, case managers and others with a niche skill set will support physicians and patients, too.
You will read examples of this ‘tangible change’ in this issue, and future issues as well. The stories featured here convey just how your colleagues are working to continually raise the standards of care delivery – both for our own patients and patients throughout the nation.
Given that the pace of our industry is unlike anything we have ever experienced, I think it is important not to lose site of the progress we are making every day. As Henry Ford said: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Thank you for working together every day, on behalf of our patients, colleagues and communities.
To keep you up-to-date about the changing healthcare landscape and Carolinas HealthCare System initiatives, this section will feature System-wide announcements.
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...
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