2013 Cape Fear Valley Health News

Blood Donor Center Vessel Gets New Look

Jul. 22, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – It’s back and looking better than ever.

The Vessel, Cape Fear Valley’s Blood Donor Center bloodmobile, is back on the road after receiving an exterior facelift. The makeover includes bold new graphics to help remind people it takes an entire community to save lives locally.

The converted bus is more than just a rolling billboard, however. It goes to businesses, churches, events and schools in the community to collect blood directly from donors. The donations account for almost 80 percent of Cape Fear Valley Health’s blood supply.

The blood is eventually used for surgery patients, premature babies, trauma patients and hospitalized patients who need transfusions.

To schedule a blood drive with The Vessel, call (910) 615-LIFE or visit www.savingliveslocally.org to learn more.

Doctors Hold Free Health Clinic For Community

Jul. 19, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley’s Take Charge of Your Health program and African Physician’s Association of Fayetteville will again partner to provide a free health clinic at this year’s Umoja Festival.

The health fair and clinic will be on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Recreation Center at Seabrook Park, 1520 Slater Ave., near Fayetteville State University.

Uninsured and underinsured adults can receive screenings for cholesterol, glucose, Body Mass Index (BMI), lung function, blood pressure, HIV and more, as well as 12-lead EKGs, if needed. Participants can then meet with a physician to discuss results.

State and local agencies will attend, including the Cumberland County Department of Health, Cumberland HealthNet, Community Health Interventions, and Better Health of Cumberland County. Students from Miller-Motte College will be assisting at the clinic.

New for this year, will be mental health experts to discuss everything from childhood depression to suicide prevention and ADHD.

The public may park at the Fayetteville State University lot across the street from Seabrook Park. A free shuttle will take attendees to the health fair.

To schedule a screening appointment, call (910) 615-5465. Better act fast; last year’s event drew more than 1,000 attendees. The free health clinic is limited to the first 200 who register.

Bladen Medical Associates Earns Workplace Award

Jul. 6, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) named Bladen Medical Associates a recipient of its Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces award in recognition for creating a positive work environment for nurses.

"We are so pleased that our Bladen Medical Associates Division has been recognized as an exceptional workplace," said Lisa Byrd, Executive Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations for Bladen Healthcare. "It is an honor to work with nurses who exemplify a strong commitment to teamwork and integrity while providing excellent customer service with passion and dedication."

“I am pleased to work with such an extraordinary group of nurses,” said Joy Skipper, R.N., Patient Care Manager for Bladen Medical Associates. “They make Bladen Medical Associates a wonderful place for nurses to work.”

Created in 2006, The Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces recognition is based on three criteria: support of nursing professional development, system support for nurses to provide quality service, and integration of nursing into operations and governance.

Bladen Medical Associates’ main office is located in Elizabethtown, with satellite offices in Bladenboro and Dublin, as well as an ExpressCare, also in Elizabethtown. Their staff includes three family practice and four internal medicine physicians. To learn more, visit www.bladenhealthcare.org.

Cape Fear Valley EMS Wins Regional Paramedic Competition

Jun. 30, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – A paramedic team from Cape Fear Valley Emergency Medical Services (EMS) earned top honors by winning the NC Office of EMS Regional Paramedic Competition for Region 5 held recently in Wilmington.

The team will now advance to the state finals at the Emergency Medicine Today Annual Conference in Greensboro on Sept. 29. Cape Fear Valley’s entry will face off against four other regional winners, as well as last year’s champion, Leland Fire and Rescue.

Kellie Rhoton, EMT-P, and Rickey Garason, EMT-P, were the winning duo from Cape Fear Valley. The pair competed against seven other Region 5 teams to take the win. They won by responding the best during a timed emergency response simulation.

Forty EMS teams representing five regions competed during the preliminary round. They were vying for the chance to win the 23rd Annual NC Paramedic Competition trophy.

Paramedic competitions offer a unique training experience and improve the quality of emergency response care across the state. Cape Fear Valley EMS consistently performs well in competition. A team representing LifeLink and Cape Fear Valley EMS placed first and second, respectively, at a trauma competition held in May at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Cape Fear Valley has also twice won the Journal of Emergency Medicine Games in recent years. The international competition is the biggest and most renowned, often attracting powerhouse teams from NYFD, Las Vegas and Miami-Dade.

Look Before You Lock To Prevent Tragedy

Jun. 30, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – It's the summer, so temperatures are on the rise.

Bladen County Hospital wants everyone - especially new parents - to know the importance of NEVER leaving your child unattended in a vehicle. The consequences can be deadly.

As a result, Bladen County Hospital and KidsAndCars.org are teaming up to promote the "Look Before You Lock" campaign to prevent any local tragedies.

Every year, unattended children die when parents errantly leave them in their cars, where temperatures can quickly reach scorching levels. New parents often suffer from exhaustion, due to lack of sleep, hormone changes, stress and other factors, which can lead to the possibly fatal mistake.

Bladen County Hospital is giving new parents Look Before You Lock reminder cards to help prevent these devastating tragedies. The public can download printable versions online, as well as learn more about the safety awareness program, at www.kidsandcars.org.

Cape Fear Valley Designated As UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center

Jun. 12, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – United Healthcare has designated Cape Fear Valley as a UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center for the following:

  • Premium Cardiac Surgery Center with a Three-Star Quality Rating and a Cost Efficiency assessment of Average
  • Premium Rhythm Management Center with a Three-Star Quality Rating and a Cost Efficiency assessment of Average
  • Premium Interventional Cardiac Care Center with a Two-Star Quality Rating and a Cost Efficiency assessment of Average

The quality results were based on assessments from completed quality surveys and patient outcome data from each respective specialty. Three Stars is the highest rating possible. The cost efficiency results are based on comparisons of Cape Fear Valley's episodes to the expected rank for comparable hospitals in the local market.

United Healthcare is one of the nation's largest healthcare insurance providers. Cape Fear Valley's three Premium Specialty Center designations will be listed in United Healthcare's online directories, as well as in marketing materials sent to consumers, employers and physicians.

Urgent! Local Blood Supply Low

Jul. 11, 2013

Where: Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center, 3357 Village Drive, Suite 150, Bordeaux Shopping Center
What: Urgent Need for Blood

The Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center has an URGENT need for blood. Though all blood types are needed, supplies of blood types O, B and AB are dangerously low!

Currently, the Blood Donor Center has less than a seven-day supply of blood for the community. Without volunteer blood donations from our community, our ability to adequately serve our patients may be compromised.

Patients and their families depend on healthy, volunteer blood donors to provide the blood needed for their treatment. All blood donated to the Blood Donor Center remains in the community to serve the needs of patients at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Bladen County Hospital. In response to this urgent need, the Blood Donor Center has extended their hours this week:

  • Thursday, until 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood donors will receive a Summer Blood Donor T-shirt and water bottle, while supplies last.

For more information, please call (910) 615-LIFE. Please help save a life locally!

Binkley Named Volunteer Of The Year

Jun. 11, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – Anne Binkley has been named Bladen Healthcare’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year by working more than 1,000 hours last year.

The Winston-Salem native began volunteering with Bladen County Hospital in December 2011. Her original goal was to help the medical records department catch up on paperwork. She attained the goal while also working in the hospital mailroom on Tuesdays and Fridays and the gift shop on Friday mornings.

Binkley’s enthusiasm and willingness to work wherever needed helped her win the award. She also always smiles and provides friendly conversation to patients, family members and staff members alike.

Fetters Appointed 3 South Manager

Jun. 11, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Rhonda Fetters, RN, has been appointed 3 South Patient Care Manager at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

The Fayetteville native joined Cape Fear Valley Health in 2005 as an Emergency Department Nursing Assistant II. After receiving her associate’s degree in nursing from Sampson Community College, she worked as a staff nurse, lead charge nurse and clinical educator in the Emergency Department.

Fetters is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Olive College.

Keasling Named Cardiac Services Director

May 9, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Michelle Keasling, RN, BSN, MSN, has been appointed Service Line Director for Cardiac Services at Cape Fear Valley Health.

The Hope Mills resident has been with the health system for 25 years. She previously served as Cape Fear Valley’s AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Coordinator since 2008. Prior to that, she was responsible for cardiac services improvement and served as Patient Care Manager for 8 South at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Keasling received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University in Durham.

As Cardiac Service Line Director, she will oversee the following units: Cardiac Services Administration, Chest Pain Center, Cardiac Vascular Recovery Unit and Holding Area, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cardiac Diagnostics, Electrophysiology Lab, Pacemaker Clinic, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit, 3 Valley Pavilion South, and Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cape Fear Valley To Hold Asthma Action Fair

May 6, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Does your child suffer from asthma?

Join Cape Fear Valley Health and the Cumberland County Asthma Action Group for the annual Asthma Action Fair on Saturday, May 11. The free event is from 9 a.m. to noon at Cape Fear Valley HealthPlex, at 1930 Skibo Road, and is open to the public.

Learn helpful tips on how to better control your child’s asthma, as well as enjoy free giveaways, refreshments and activities for all ages. Free lung function screenings will be available and peak flow meters and spacers will be provided, while supplies last.

Medical professionals will be available to answer questions. Educational seminars begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call Holly Lawing, Pediatric Asthma Program Coordinator, at (910) 615-3185.

Bladen County RN Wins Daisy Award

May 2, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – Patricia Smith, RN, has won the Daisy Award for her commitment and compassion toward nursing.

The Clarkton native won the Daisy Award for always going above and beyond normal duties to lend a hand to coworkers and always caring for patients. She works as a Staff Nurse with the Birth Center at Bladen County Hospital.

Smith has more than 20 years of nursing experience, joining Bladen Healthcare in 1993. She received her associate’s degree in Nursing from Southeastern Community College in Whiteville. She previously worked for Bladen County Hospital in the Surgical Services Department.

The Daisy Award Foundation was created in 1999 to commemorate the death of J. Patrick Barnes, 33, who died following an eight-week hospitalization. The family wanted to show their gratitude to the nurses who cared for Barnes. Today, the foundation partners with hospitals across the U.S. to identify and honor exceptional nurses who provide quality and compassionate care.

Health Pavilion Hoke Opens

Apr. 17, 2013

RAEFORD – Cape Fear Valley Health held a grand opening ceremony in March to officially open its new diagnostic outpatient center, Health Pavilion Hoke.

Several hundred area residents and dignitaries braved chilly temperatures to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and then tour the new facility, which is located at 300 Medical Pavilion Drive. They were greeted by staff members and administration officials who led the tours.

The new facility houses primary care, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy and ExpressCare services, all in one convenient location. The family care practice is located on the ground floor of the three-story building, as is the ExpressCare, pharmacy and a medical laboratory.

The OB-GYN and diagnostic imaging departments are on the second floor. Imaging services include x-ray, ultrasound and digital mammography.

Health Pavilion Hoke’s campus will eventually house a two-story, 41-bed hospital. It will include a 16-bed Emergency Department, nine observation beds, two operating rooms, birthing suites and a dedicated C-section room.

Combined, Health Pavilion Hoke and the new hospital represent a $100 million invest into Hoke County and is expected to directly create 350 new jobs.

Cape Fear Valley Attains Stroke Certification

Mar. 28, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – The Joint Commission announced that Cape Fear Valley achieved Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center under The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program.

Disease-specific programs that successfully demonstrate compliance with national standards for care, evidence-based clinical care, and taking an organizational approach toward performance improvement are awarded the certification.

“This is another example of our nationally recognized commitment to patient care,” said Michael Nagowski, Chief Executive Officer of Cape Fear Valley Health System. “As many people know, the incidence of stroke is very high in this region. We are determined to provide the highest level of care possible for patients impacted by this terrible disease.”

This is Cape Fear Valley’s fourth Disease-Specific Care Certification. Other certifications include Hip Joint Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement and Heart Failure. Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certifications demonstrate and validate hospitals’ commitment to quality care.

Benefits of The Joint Commission certification include patient care quality improvement, better staff recruitment and development, and recognition by health insurers.

U.S. Rep. Ellmers Visits Cape Fear Valley Health

Mar. 25, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers visited with Cape Fear Valley leadership on Monday, March 25, to discuss Washington budget cuts and the changing healthcare landscape.

Congresswoman Ellmers, (R-NC) of Harnett County, and Cape Fear Valley CEO Mike Nagowski talked about everything from sequestration and Medicare/Medicaid funding cuts to legal tort reform and Cape Fear Valley’s nationally-recognized quality awards in orthopedics, heart and cancer care.

Ellmers worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years before entering national politics in 2010. She currently sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, serving on the Health, Communications and Technology, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees.

“We’re always dealing with many issues in Washington,” she said, “but healthcare is the most important thing I will deal with.”

Nagowski briefed Ellmers on how Medicare and Medicaid cuts can affect safety net hospitals like Cape Fear Valley.

“Unfortunately, patients without insurance coverage have no options for care other than hospital emergency departments.” Nagowski said. “The result is that we’re seeing increasing patient volumes. For example, for the first 24 days of March, we saw 9,398 patients in our ED. That’s 470 more than last year and an average of 391 patients per day.

“We know things have got to change, and we are prepared for change. All we’re asking is that Congress not forget about the patient.”

Before departing, Ellmers expressed hope Medicare reimbursement cuts implemented under federal sequestration can either be revamped or repealed through new legislation on Capitol Hill.

Health Pavilion Hoke Grand Opening

Mar. 22, 2013

NOTE TO MEDIA – You are invited to cover this event. For more information, please call Donnie Byers at (910) 286-7177.

RAEFORD - Cape Fear Valley will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new Health Pavilion Hoke outpatient center on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be at the Health Pavilion Hoke medical campus, located at 300 Medical Pavilion Drive, Raeford, near the intersection of U.S. 401 and Johnson Mill Road.

The new facility houses primary care, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy and ExpressCare services. Tours and refreshments will be available for the public and media.

Parking will be available for media near the front parking lot, facing U.S. 401.

Cape Fear Valley Neurosurgery Named Among Top 100 Neurosurgery Programs

Mar. 13, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Neurosurgery has been named among the best Neurosurgery programs in the U.S.

The designation was announced in the "100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs" list published by Becker's Hospital Review on March 11, 2013. The publication's editorial team selected winners based on nominations, clinical accolades, quality care and other spine and neurosurgical proficiencies.

Cape Fear Valley Neurosurgery was cited for its four full-time neurosurgeons, who "offer some of the most expansive treatments in the Fayetteville area for brain tumors, aneurysms, spine trauma, complex spine disorders, neurosurgical pain management, movement disorders and epilepsy, among others."

The award highlights Cape Fear Valley's rapid rise within the neurosurgery field in a relatively short time. The department was created in 2008 with a staff of two neurosurgeons. The practice now has four neurosurgeons and a full staff of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

"Our world-class neurosurgeons perform every type of neurosurgery procedure possible," said Inad Atassi, M.D., Medical Director for Cape Fear Valley Neuroscience.

Becker's Hospital Review is a leading national healthcare publication, delivering hospital and healthcare news, best practice advice and legal guidance to primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

Pedersen Receives Heart Failure Nurse Certification

Mar. 12, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health today announced that Heart Failure Coordinator Jay Pedersen, RN, BNSc., CHFN, has become a Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) through the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Pedersen is one of just a handful of CHFNs in the state.

The AAHFN created the certification program to promote the highest standards of practice within the heart failure nursing field, to validate specialized knowledge and training of recipients, and to promote continued educational growth.

The Picton, Ontario, Canada native, joined Cape Fear Valley Health in 1997 as a staff nurse in the Coronary Care Step Down Unit. He also served as a Lead Charge Nurse with Cardiac ICU, a Cardio-Pulmonary Nurse Educator and a Clinical Educator. He became Heart Failure Coordinator in 2011, helping the health system achieve Joint Commission Heart Failure Program Certification in 2012.

Byrd Earns Healthcare Management Credential

Mar. 7, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen Healthcare’s director of nursing is now board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lisa Byrd, BSN, MPH, FACHE, is one of just 9,000 healthcare executives internationally to hold fellowship status with the healthcare management credentialing body.

“It’s an honor to become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE),” Byrd said. “I am proud to be recognized by ACHE for achieving this level of professional development.”

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives. It is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs.

Candidates must pass comprehensive testing, meet academic and professional criteria, continue their education and demonstrate professional and community involvement.

Byrd has 18 years of nursing experience, including 10 years in healthcare administration. She joined Cape Fear Valley Health in 2012 as Director of Nursing for Bladen Healthcare. Byrd received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Regents College in Albany, N.Y., and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duncan Receives Board Certification

Mar. 7, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – Terri Duncan, RN, MSN-BC, has passed the Nursing Professional Development Certification Examination.

The registered-nurse board certification is offered through the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. Once certified, RNs have nationally recognized credentials similar to board certification for physicians.

The ANCC has been credentialing RNs for 35 years to help protect the public by:

  • Helping identify employees with certain knowledge and skills.
  • Assuring patients their caretaker meet standards of practice.
  • Demonstrating the RNs commitment to the profession and to lifelong learning.

Duncan, a Clarkton native, has more than 25 years of nursing experience and currently serves as a clinical educator at Bladen Healthcare. In 2011, she was named a Great 100 Nurse for nursing excellence.

Cape Fear Valley Lifts Flu Visitor Restrictions

Feb. 19, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley has lifted visitor restrictions due to declining flu cases.

Children ages 12 and younger are now permitted to visit patients at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center when accompanied by an adult. The prior restriction was implemented in December to minimize the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases.

A reported high of 535 patients sought treatment at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for flu-like symptoms in December. The number has since dropped to 29 patients to date for February.

As always, visitors will be asked to wear a mask or refrain from visiting if they show flu or cold symptoms.

Cape Fear Valley Board Elects New Officers

Feb. 6, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health’s Board of Trustees has elected three new officers. Donald Porter has been voted in as the board’s new chairman. He is the Executive Director of the Raeford-Hoke Economic Development Commission. Porter replaces John Henley, M.D., as board chairman.

Jerry Dean replaces Porter as board vice chairman. He is Fayetteville market president of VantageSouth Bank, based in the Triangle.

Marion Gillis-Olion, PhD, continues as the board secretary/treasurer. Gillis-Olion is an education professor at Fayetteville State University.

Dr. Graham-Hoskins Named Bladen Healthcare Physician Of The Year

Jan. 3, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN – Pearly Graham-Hoskins, M.D., has been recognized as Bladen Healthcare’s Physician of the Year for 2012.

The Bladen County native was awarded the 2012 “Golden Stethoscope Award” during a recent medical staff meeting at Bladen County Hospital. Jong Kim, M.D., Bladen’s Medical Staff President, and Donna Bowen, Director of Physician Practices, presented the award.

The award is given to physicians who go above and beyond what is expected and who are held in the highest esteem by staff and colleagues. Winners must also show they put the patient first, provide unsurpassed service and help lead to quality patient outcomes.

Bladen Healthcare’s Medical Staff Services Department sponsors the annual award.

Dr. Graham-Hoskins joined Bladen Medical Associates in 1995 and has more than 30 years of medical experience. She specializes in Internal Medicine and currently serves as Bladen County Hospital’s Quality Committee Chairman.

National Blood Donor Month

Jan. 3, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Approximately every two seconds, someone needs blood. Five million Americans would die each year without it, and the only place to get this precious resource is from volunteer blood donors. Donated blood and platelets to Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center is used to save patients locally with cancer and other diseases, surgical patients, neonatal patients and accident victims.

Mayor Anthony Chavonne will recognize our community’s great need by presenting a proclamation on Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. right outside Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s main lobby. The Blood Donor Center also celebrates 50 years of providing local patients lifesaving blood.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Our community’s blood supply feels the impact of the shortage of donors especially during January. There is a need for additional healthy, volunteer donors to join the ranks of those who already give of themselves so generously to our community.

Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center invites Cumberland, Hoke and Bladen counties to celebrate National Blood Donor Month and 50 years of saving lives locally by giving blood at our Blood Donor Center in the Bordeaux Shopping Center or on our bloodmobile that will be out in our community. Find a drive at www.savingliveslocally.org.

In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, donors will receive a long sleeved T-shirt during January, while supplies last. The Blood Donor Center needs help from 1,100 volunteers each month to maintain a safe supply of blood for our local patients and to be prepared for unforeseen events.

The Blood Donor Center is located at 3357 Village Drive, Suite 150 in Fayetteville. For information on donating or hosting a blood drive, please call (910) 615-LIFE.

Cape Fear Valley Health Implements New Visitor Policy For New Year

Jan. 1, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center will begin a new visitor policy to increase security beginning Jan. 1.

The new guidelines will require all visitors to stop at the medical center’s security desk and show a photo ID. If none is available, a temporary photo ID will be provided on the spot.

The temporary badges will be good for 12 or 24 hours. After that time, the paper the badge is printed on will display a red “VOID” symbol, indicating it has expired. The wearer must then return to the security desk for a new temporary badge.

The medical center has 35 entry points. Visitors will be limited to eight, including:

  • Main lobby
  • Valley Pavilion entrance from parking deck
  • Loading dock rear entrance
  • Melrose Road entrance
  • Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center inpatient entrance
  • Cancer Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Emergency Department.

The medical center’s Children Center and Family Centered Care Unit will have an additional layer of security each time a visitor comes to either unit.

The new visitor management system will be rolled out at Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Bladen County Hospital in the coming months.