Carolinas HealthCare System

The articles in this section feature recent updates from across the System. Please submit future story ideas for consideration to Physician Communications.

 

Advanced Clinical Practitioners Utilizing an ACP-woven method in clinical settings can help fill gaps.
It's no secret healthcare is evolving and much of the focus has been on getting more people insured and increasing access to treatment. Read more...

 

Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists Enhance Patient Experience at Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center
Shawn Caldwell and Joseph Swafford, peer support specialists at Carolinas HealthCare System's Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center in Davidson, are in a unique position – former patients who are now using their experience and knowledge to motivate and assist current patients who are undergoing treatment for behavioral health diagnosis. Read more...

Virtual Care Helps Behavioral Health Alleviate Length of Stay in EDs
Across the country, the volume of psychiatric patients seeking treatment in emergency is on the rise. As demand for urgent mental health services has increased, it’s become necessary to create a delivery model that properly places behavioral health patients, frees beds for medical emergencies and cuts costs in one of the most expensive parts of the healthcare system. Read more...

 

Cardiology Doctors Researching Methods to Improve Stent Placement
Paul Campbell, MD
, and the team of interventional cardiologists at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute-Concord are studying refined ways to improve the accuracy for patients in need of a stent placement. Read more...

Program Focusing on Reducing Renal Failure Post-Surgery Excels
To reduce acute renal failure rates in patients after cardiac surgery, teams from Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute developed a multidisciplinary, data-driven Adult Cardiac Surgery Quality Improvement Program, that was again recognized as one of the best in the country. Read more...

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinics Help Put Patients on the Right Track
For patients with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that often goes misdiagnosed and requires highly specialized and comprehensive care, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s multi-disciplinary clinics can help them breathe a little easier. Read more...

 

Emergent Care ED Faculty Member Honored by American College of Emergency Physicians
Sean Fox, MD
, associate professor for adult and pediatric emergency medicine (EM) at Carolinas Medical Center, is one of only three academic emergency physicians nationwide to receive the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award. Read more...

Grant Worth $3.7 Million to Study Poor Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease Correlation
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Department of Oral Medicine has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the role of poor oral hygiene and periodontal (gum) disease in patients who develop an infection of the heart valves, known as infective endocarditis. Read more...

 

Medical Education UNC School of Medicine Names Associate Dean
The University of North Carolina appointed Mary Nolan Hall, MD, FAAFP, as associate dean for the UNC School of Medicine Charlotte Campus. Dr. Hall serves as Carolinas HealthCare System’s chief academic officer. Read more...

 

Neurology Renovations and Expansion of Epilepsy Unit at Carolinas Medical Center Complete
After years of planning and months of construction, the new epilepsy unit at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center is complete. The construction began in February and by mid-July, the team and patients were seamlessly transferred to the new unit, located on 9 E at CMC. Read more...

Neurosciences Institute Adapts new Technology to Enhance Patient Care
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Neurosciences Institute has recently invested in a state-of-the art medical device that will assist surgeons in the removal of tumors or diseased brain tissue that may have been previously considered inoperable. NeuroBlate is one of the few systems that uses light energy from a laser to burn and destroy the abnormal tissue with precise accuracy, guided by MRI-imaging (laser guided ablation). The device monitors the brain using 3D, real-time procedural imaging to support the surgeon's clinical decision-making. Read more...

 

Oncology Levine Cancer Institute Practice Opens in Cleveland County
Two years ago, Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland in Shelby, NC, joined Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute as one of its 12 charter member locations. In August 2014, that relationship expanded when a new physician practice, Levine Cancer Institute-Cleveland, opened within the cancer center at Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland. Read more...

New Radiation Therapy Center Doubles in Size, Features New Technology
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute recently opened a new 11,000 square-foot expanded radiation therapy center at Carolinas Medical Center-University complete with a 16-slice CT scanner and an advanced linear accelerator that provides volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Read more...

Biospecimen Repository Will Enhance Research Capabilities
Carolinas HealthCare System has created a BioSpecimen Repository that will be used to analyze blood, tissue, DNA and other samples drawn from patients across the System in an effort to understand how to target and more effectively treat a broad range of diseases. Read more...

 

Orthopaedics Orthopedic Surgeons Establish Region’s First Limb Lengthening Service
Carolinas HealthCare System recently opened the region’s first comprehensive Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service at Carolinas Medical Center to provide advanced surgical treatments for the correction of upper and lower-limb deformities in adults and children. Carolinas HealthCare System is just one of just a handful of system’s in the nation to offer the service. Read more...

 

Orthopaedics Restructuring palliative care will help better address patients’ needs
A recent addition to the continuing care field has been the non-hospice palliative care movement, which has been proven to reduce pain, lessen common physical symptoms (like shortness of breath) and psychosocial distress, improve overall quality of life and prolong survival for patients with serious or advanced illnesses. Read more...

 

Pediatrics Levine Children's Hospital Completes First Successful Berlin Heart Procedure
Darrian Bailey, at 15 months old, became the first patient at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital to be kept alive by a total artificial heart until he received a new heart. The artificial heart, specifically designed for pediatric patients, is used externally since many infants and children do not have a chest cavity large enough to accommodate an artificial heart. Known as the Berlin Heart, the device will keep a critically ill patient alive until a donor heart becomes available. Read more...

Record-Breaking Number of Kidney Transplants at Levine Children’s Hospital
Levine Children’s Hospital, which operates one of the largest dialysis units in the country, is on track to complete a record breaking number of kidney transplants in 2014. By the end of August of 2014, the pediatric nephrology department had performed 14 transplants. Read more...

Levine Children’s Hospital Recognized by Society of Thoracic Surgery
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons – an organization representing more than 6,800 surgeons, researchers and allied healthcare professionals who work on the heart, lung and esophagus – recently released its latest data with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital receiving outstanding marks. Read more...

 

Quality Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast Receives National Recognition
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast has earned prestigious national recognition for its achievement in the continuous and measurable improvement of quality. The hospital has been named as a 2014 American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality Finalist. The Quest for Quality awards are presented annually to honor leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. Read more....

 

Rehabilitation Oncology Rehabilitation Program Earns World's First Accreditation from Commission
The oncology rehabilitation program at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Rehabilitation recently received the world’s first accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This three-year accreditation recognizes the commitment of Carolinas Rehabilitation and Levine Cancer Institute to providing standardized treatment for cancer patients that includes the highest level of quality care. Read more....

 

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Researchers Study Spinal Cord Injury Device to Improve Recovery After Accidents
Carolinas Medical Center is now the second clinical study site in the United States testing the safety and potential effectiveness of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold, an investigational device intended to improve recovery after a spinal cord injury (SCI) by promoting structural support for spinal cord regeneration. Read more....

CHS Neurosciences Institute Study Finds Link Between Balance Deficits & ALS
Mohammed Sanjak, PhD, PT
, clinical research senior scientist with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Center, is the principal author on a recently reported clinical study that, for the first time, explored specific balance deficits early in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The research team included Mark A. Hirsch, PhD, Elena K. Bravver, MD, William L. Bockenek, MD, H. James Norton, PhD, and Benjamin Rix Brooks, MD, all from Carolinas HealthCare System. Read more....

Molecular-Guided Therapy Now Available for Pediatric Cancer Patients
Levine Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics Program (DVL) is actively recruiting patients from across the region for an innovative clinical trial that  will help researchers discover new ways to understand and better treat several pediatric cancers. Read more....

 

Surgery New General Surgeon Practicing in Stanly County
Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly recently welcomed general surgeon Matthew A. Shaver, MD, who began practicing at Albemarle Surgical Associates in July. Dr. Shaver joins board-certified general surgeons Jason Arru, MD, Dennis Devereux, MD, and Jerry Padrta, MD at Albemarle Surgical Associates. Read more....

 

Trauma Region's Only Level 1 Trauma Center is at Carolinas Medical Center
The F.H. “Sammy” Ross Trauma Center at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center was recently recertified by the American College of Surgeons and the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services as the region’s only Level 1 trauma center – a distinction that it has held since 1989. Read more....

 

Women's Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Team’s Outcomes Demonstrate Excellence
Since opening in November 2013, the newly expanded Carolinas HealthCare System’s Reproductive Medicine and Infertility center has achieved remarkable outcomes. Early pregnancy outcomes are way above the national average. And single embryo transfer has become the routine for good prognosis patients, as it reduces the incidence of twins, which pose a much higher risk and cost 10 times more than a single birth. Read more...

Carolinas HealthCare System Physician Helps Discover Infertility Breakthrough
A Carolinas HealthCare System physician has helped prove a more effective way of treating women with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone imbalance condition that can interfere with normal ovulation.
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