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National Cancer Survivors Workshop at Carteret Health Care Cancer Center

The Oncology team at Carteret Health Care is offering a free program to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Developed by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the program was created to bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer and will be offered in October 2016.

The program is offered at no cost to participants and will provide local cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor.  The program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends.

This is an important health care gap because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. face a heavy physical and psychological burden as they transition from cancer patient to survivor.  In fact, cancer is increasingly being viewed for many as a chronic illness.  A report issued by the Institute of Medicine recognized this paradigm shift of the impact on cancer on the entire family.  The report, entitled Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, states that “Good quality health care must attend to patients’ psychosocial problems and provide services to enable them to better manage their illnesses and underlying health.” This program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™, will be offered in October to help fill this critical gap.

Four Sessions will be held every week on Tuesdays for 4 weeks in October, 5:00pm -7:30pm at Carteret Health Care Meeting Room 1.  Expert panelists at the four sessions will include health care providers, social workers, nutritionists and fitness experts who will discuss various topics. These subjects include:

Get Back to Wellness and Exercise after treatment
Specialized nutrition for people after cancer treatment
The need for continued emotional and social support
Medical effects of cancer treatment and long-term medical management.

"In order to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, it is essential to provide effective and appropriate patient care across the cancer continuum," said Andy Miller, vice president of programs and policy for LIVESTRONG.  "The Cancer Support Community has been an ideal partner to develop this program.  They have a proven track record of implementing evidenced-based programs that are relevant to the needs of communities and highly beneficial for cancer survivors."    

The Cancer Transitions program is a result of Carteret Health Care’s Partnership in Cancer Care with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care that began summer of 2012.  
Last year, the medical oncology Cancer Center relocated to inside the hospital. Conveniently located down the hall from radiation oncology, the new Cancer Center now combines resources allowing oncology patients to have seamless visits, eliminating the need for them to way find to the various buildings and clinics.

With vital tools such as 3-D mammography and a linear accelerator, and expert physicians including a breast cancer surgeon and plastic surgeon and hospital staff, Carteret Health Care provides complete oncology care with the entire care team visible and available throughout the process – from prevention, to diagnosis and wellness.

A nurse navigator program guides patients through the various services and connects them with appropriate resources. Recognized for Excellence in Breast Health, Carteret is now a Pink Ribbon Facility with the addition of the Genius 3D mammography for our women’s breast health services. The oncology team is also nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer and recognized as one of ten facilities in North Carolina by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality care. 

For more information or to register for Cancer Transitions, contact Gail Russell, grussell@ccgh.org, telephone # 252-808-6642.


Carteret's Weight Loss Surgery Center a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center

Carteret Health Care is pleased to announce that its Weight Loss Surgery Center has beenfullyaccredited as a metabolic and bariatric surgical center. The Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). 

Tara Beth Anderson MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Medical, Surgical & Orthopedics shared, “We are proud of our outstanding outcomes and care at Carteret Health Care.  Together with our physicians, we provide comprehensive services for patients to not only lose weight, but to make lifestyle changes to improve their complete quality of life.”

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the eastern North Carolina region. 

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multi-disciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

Physician leaders of the Weight Loss Surgery Center are Dr. John “Ted” Johnson and Dr. Juozas Zavadzkas, both American Board Certified surgeons. Both bariatric surgeons demonstrate the willingness to take the extra step by offering free monthly seminars to ensure that patents are educated and engaged in their overall health. Benefits to patient’s health can include a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and cancer. There is also noted improvement in obesity related diseases such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and sleep apnea. Many patients are able to reduce or even discontinue current medications for these conditions.

Carteret Health Care’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.  They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

Anderson continued, “Attention to quality and patient experience during the weight loss journey are important to our team as we guide patients and help them meet their goals before, during, and after weight loss surgery. We are proud of the entire bariatric team for their efforts to truly change and enhance the quality of life for each and every patient.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Carteret Health Care’s Center for Weight Loss Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
       
After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18. 

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

Anderson concludes, “Our clinical team are proud to support this weight loss program as a fundamental part of our Carteret community.” 

Advancement to a HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 Hospital

Carteret Health Care has again been recognized for exceptional work and quality results. 

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Carteret Quality Recognized with Most GWTG Awards in NC

Carteret Health Care’s commitment to quality is once again recognized in the US News & World Report. 

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Emergency Department Renovation Started

Emergency Care During Renovation

We are renovating Carteret Health Care’s emergency department to better serve you in your greatest time of need. This $1.9 million project is an investment in our community and will create a newly designed Emergency Department to improve the care, flow and services for you and your family. Upon completion in Spring 2017, the benefits of the emergency services project will include:

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Wound Care Awareness Week

The Wound Care Center at Carteret Health Care, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10.  One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; Carteret Health Care’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. 
Carteret’s Wound Care Center will be offering several in-services for clinical staff during the week as well as offering education to the community. Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.

“We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”
Carteret’s Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors, nurses and therapists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds that have resisted traditional treatment. The causes of wounds are complex, and the Center’s team represents expertise in all the major areas necessary to handle varied circumstances and challenges. 

It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.  If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. 

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to CHC Wound Healing Center & Hyperbaric. Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment, please call 252-808-6450 or visit www.carterethealth/woundcare.org 


Recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in Nation

Carteret Health Care was recently named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics. For several years iVantage has ranked the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, but this is the first year they have separately named the top small hospitals of 200 beds or less. 

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Cathy Bittner, RN Recognized with Nursing Excellence Award

Cathy Bittner, RN of Carteret Health Care’s Second Medical and 3rd Surgical departments received the Lewis Excellence Award during National Nurses Week and Hospital Week.  Named in honor of Georgia Lewis, RN, the award recognizes the special impact and importance of nursing on patient care. 

Cathy Bittner, RN of Carteret Health Care’s Second Medical and 3rd Surgical departments received the Lewis Excellence Award during National Nurses Week and Hospital Week.  Named in honor of Georgia Lewis, RN, the award recognizes the special impact and importance of nursing on patient care. 

Cathy Bittner, RN of Carteret Health Care’s Second Medical and 3rd Surgical departments received the Lewis Excellence Award during National Nurses Week and Hospital Week.  Named in honor of Georgia Lewis, RN, the award recognizes the special impact and importance of nursing on patient care. 

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Hospital Week Spotlights Carteret County

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message Carteret Health Care is touting with the 2016 National Hospital Week theme “Health Care from the Heart.” 

The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting nearly 5,000 health care facilities across the country during the May 8–14 celebration. 

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Dick Brvenik administrator of Carteret Health Care, said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust and care to our patients and our communities.” 

Health Care from the Heart also means our staff and Carteret Health Care focus on restoring and promoting the health and well-being of our community, friends and neighbors. In this regard, Carteret Health will be opening a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in late July, along with expanded capabilities in interventional radiology. Patients also have new technology and services available to them such as InQuicker which makes it easier for patients to schedule times for non-urgent visits to the Emergency Department.

Carteret Health Care kicked off this year’s celebration with a series of health care screenings for the community on Monday. Staff enjoyed an extra option for lunch when the Dank Burrito Food Truck parked on site and night staff ware saluted with breakfast served by the Administration Team. Special festivities are scheduled each day to recognize staff including Blessing of the Hands, music in the main lobby, picnic on the lawn, a Derby Day contest, ice cream social and a reception for several staff members who are being recognized for being an exceptional Face of Compassion honoree. Carteret’s end of the week will conclude the same as how it began the week, with another opportunity to give back to our community. Baskets will displayed and raffled on Friday to benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life efforts. 

For more information on Carteret Health Care, visit www.CarteretHealth.org. 


Safety at Carteret Health Care Reaffirmed with A Rating

Safety at Carteret Health Care Reaffirmed with A Rating

An announcement released today by an elite national ratings program, The Leapfrog Group, shows Carteret Health Care received another top ranking for safety. Carteret Health Care received a Hospital Safety Score of 3.24 which is an “A” in the latest release for hospitals across the county.  

“Patient safety is a top priority at Carteret Health and today we celebrate our team’s efforts in receiving another A for their persistence in patient safety,” announced Dick Brvenik, Carteret Health Care CEO. “This score is a powerful reflection of our continuous commitment to quality and safe care and is an impressive accomplishment for each and every staff member associated with Carteret Health Care that includes our hospital staff, medical staff and our board.”

For Carteret Health Care, this comes after other achievements such as being recognized for improving more rapidly over the most recent five years than 98.5% of hospitals nationwide by Truven Health Analytics. Equally notable announcements include recognitions by The Joint Commission for our Advanced Primary Stroke Center Disease Specific Certification Program and for Total Hip and Total Knee Disease Specific Certification Programs.

The Leapfrog Group is a not for profit organization that provides free information for the benefit of the public on hospital compliance with process measures, structural measures and outcome measures to help patients make best choices in selecting hospitals.  The report uses some readily available data such as the CMS core measures, data from the American Hospital Association, and the Leapfrog Group’s own surveys. 

The Leapfrog Group website was updated on April 25 with these new Safety Scores. The community is encouraged to visit the website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org to review this fully transparent information in greater detail. The hospital’s website at www.carterethealth.org/quality also contains other quality and safety information regarding Carteret County’s sole community hospital.

Brvenik concludes, “Our Board of Directions, staff and physicians, all take great pride in these independent awards, accomplishments and recognitions, because ultimately it is our patients that benefit from our team’s efforts to preserve and renew a safety first culture for our community.”

About Carteret Health Care

Carteret Health Care is an independent, 135-bed hospital serving Eastern North Carolina. Carteret Health Care leads the way to healthier lives through innovations in safety, quality, service and superior value.  As a not-for-profit Medical Center, we offer a full range of acute care, diagnostic and outpatient services at a level that you would only expect at a larger facility.  While providing quality health care with exceptional compassion and respect, Carteret Health Care achievements and awards include being ranked as one of the Best Hospitals by Business North Carolina in 2015. For additional information about Carteret Health Care, visit our website at www.CarteretHealth.org.

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