A national reputation for research continued to grow during 2012. For example, the federal government's "Innovation Center" (a division of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) chose Carolinas HealthCare System as one of only five healthcare systems in the country to participate in the Hospital Engagement Network or HEN. Hospitals nationwide will follow in the footsteps of HEN partners as they develop their own best practices to improve patient safety, quality and cost reduction.
The Department of Oral Medicine received a unique $8 million grant, the largest of its type ever awarded to Carolinas HealthCare System. The grant will support a comprehensive study of outcomes by patients who have undergone radiation therapy. Head and neck cancer patients often have serious side effects from radiation therapy, and it is hoped that data from the study will lead to better outcomes for cancer patients.
Oral medicine research staff members will be collaborating with colleagues at several prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.