Nash Health Care Systems today announced that it will affiliate with UNC Health Care. This management services agreement allows Nash Health Care to acquire managerial and operational resources from UNC Health Care. This agreement does not involve any sale or exchange of assets. Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners members say the agreement can help achieve cost savings and increased hospital-based clinical services for area patients. The agreement will go into effect on April 1, 2014.
Today's agreement follows many months of careful consideration by the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners on how to strengthen its position as a regional medical center provider while responding to the turbulent health care environment. In June 2013, the Board issued a Request for Proposal to five pre-selected regional tertiary hospitals for evaluation of an expanded affiliation relationship.
"After review of the proposals, it was clear that UNC Health Care is the right partner to help strengthen and guide our organization into the future," said Vincent C. Andracchio II, Chairman of the Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners. "Nash Health Care has enjoyed growth and success throughout its history. However, we know that it will be virtually impossible for community hospitals to operate independently in the ever changing health care environment. We are joining a strong and growing hospital system with experience in working in communities across our state. UNC Health Care has an excellent track record of improving the quality of the local health care delivery system. In addition, keeping local hospital leadership, governance and traditions intact is vitally important."
The expanded affiliation agreement will allow Nash Health Care to provide a broader scope of resources to benefit patients in its four county service areas. Some of the primary benefits include:
· Expansion of locally-available patient care services
· Measured improvements in patient care quality outcome indicators
· Enhancements to patient satisfaction and patient experience
· Lowering the cost of operations
· Improving the revenue and collections cycle to strengthen financial performance
· Recruitment of additional highly-trained and skilled physicians
· Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care
"Since 1971, Nash Health Care has successfully pursued its mission to provide superior quality health care services and to help improve the health of the community in a caring, efficient and financially sound manner," said Larry Chewning, Nash Health Care CEO. "By affiliating with UNC Health Care, we become clinically and financially stronger, and better prepared to meet the challenges of the future. UNC Health Care has a strong history of working in communities like ours, and I anticipate that our relationship will lead to even higher quality care, improved access and enhanced patient experiences."
The Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners will maintain ownership of Nash Health Care, and CEO Larry Chewning will continue to report to the Nash Health Care Board, as well as to UNC Health Care.
"We are pleased to welcome Nash Health Care into our system," said David Strong, chief operating officer of system affiliations for UNC Health Care. "This agreement combines the successful health care delivery at Nash Health Care with the managerial experience and capabilities of our system. Nash Health Care will help advance our system's mission of providing excellent care, training the next generation of North Carolina's physicians, and conducting groundbreaking research."
ABOUT NASH HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Nash Health Care is a non-profit hospital authority comprised of five licensed hospitals totaling 403 beds: Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital and Coastal Plain Hospital.
ABOUT UNC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. UNC Health Care is comprised of UNC Hospitals, ranked consistently among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; community practices; home health and hospice services in seven central North Carolina counties; Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC; Chatham Hospital in Siler City, NC; High Point Regional Medical Center in High Point, NC; Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC; and Rex Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County.
The community is invited to hear Lori Hart, MSPT, present "Using Exercise to Battle Cancer Related Fatigue." This Lunch and Learn workshop is from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, at Pardee Signature Care, located at 1800 Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. This talk will introduce the principles behind the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) program at Pardee Hospital.
Key topics of discussion for the event will include:
What is cancer related fatigue?
How can I feel better?
Is it really safe to exercise?
What exercise should I do?
How can I feel like I did before the cancer diagnosis?
What does it mean to be treated by a STAR trained clinician?
Lori Hart, MSPT, completed her master's degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She has been practicing physical therapy for 17 years in multiple health care settings including inpatient acute care, skilled nursing rehab, outpatient rehab and aquatic rehab. She has also served as adjunct professor at Western Carolina University. Lori has been working with cancer patients for the last five years and is STAR certified. Her passions include working with cancer patients and amputees.
Victoria Power, MSN , CNM, IBCLC, of Pardee Center for Women's Health, recently received a certificate of competency in lactation consultation from the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBLCE). Power is now in a select group of professionals who are both nationally certified in nurse-midwifery and internationally certified in lactation.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. To receive this certification, Power provided at least 1,000 hours of lactation support services, completed 90 hours of lactation-specific continuing education and passed a rigorous examination.
Breastfeeding support for new families was spotlighted in 2011 by the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding challenges the entire nation to work toward removing obstacles that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and serves as a model roadmap for governments across the world to robustly address similar challenges.
"As a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant, my goal is to support the Surgeon General's call to action and to do my part to ensure that the women of Western North Carolina have the care and support they need during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum," said Power. Victoria Power serves as a certified nurse midwife at the Pardee Center for Women's Health providing gynecological, prenatal, delivery, postpartum and lactation care. To Schedule an appointment with Victoria Power, call (828) 698-7181.
The IBLCE is a non-profit organization established to develop and administer the certification examination for lactation consultants. The IBLCE examination is the premier, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. Founded in 1985, the IBLCE has administered annual examinations, in multiple languages and at numerous sites around the world. IBLCE is fully accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the body which sets stringent standards for certifying organizations.
Kenmure Fights Cancer donates more than $31,000 to local cancer programs
Hendersonville, N.C. (December 5, 2013) – Kenmure Fights Cancer of Flat Rock donated more than $31,000 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital on October 16 at a luncheon held at Kenmure Country Club. Each hospital received a check for $15,662 specifically designated to support their respective cancer programs.
In five years, Kenmure Fights Cancer has donated $145,668 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital. Beginning in January of each year, the Kenmure Fights Cancer committee hosts a series of fundraising events and activities targeting a wide variety of interests. The culmination is a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction in late May.
With the help of Kenmure Fights Cancer, in recent years, Pardee has been able to upgrade digital mammography equipment to state-of-the-art at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center, purchase patient tracking software for the cancer center, and purchase blanket warmers which add to the comfort of patients daily. In 2013, Kenmure Fights Cancer gifts have been used to purchase a high-definition, flexible video nasoscope which will be used to examine the nasal passages and voicebox to evaluate for cancers and follow up after treatment. This device has the added capability of recording high-definition still or video images to share with patients or other medical personnel, bringing to Henderson County an innovative diagnostic tool.
At Park Ridge Health, recent contributions from Kenmure Fights Cancer helped provide an electronic door opener at Park Ridge Health's Oncology & Infusion Center for enhanced wheelchair access, and technology to aid in locating patients' veins for more comfortable treatment. This year, Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are allocated toward the purchase of a stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Stereotactic biopsy is extensively used by radiologists and breast surgeons specializing in breast imaging to obtain tissue samples containing microcalcifications, which can be an early sign of breast cancer. Patients benefit greatly from this advanced technology because it identifies the exact location of the abnormality by using a computer and X-rays taken from at least two different angles.
About Kenmure Fights Cancer:Kenmure Fights Cancer is a community-focused initiative that raises money exclusively for cancer programs offered by hospitals in the Hendersonville area. All of Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are earmarked specifically for equipment and technology to enhance patient care in the realm of cancer treatment. The committee's mission is to "Remember" those we have lost to cancer; "Honor" those who have survived the battle; and "Support" those who are struggling against the disease. Kenmure Fights Cancer's motto is, "Cancer Doesn't Take a Day Off."
Pardee Urgent Care, located off Four Seasons Road, will be open on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. We are here for all your minor illness or injuries all year long.