Providing Two Free Total Hip Replacement Surgeries for Needy Patients

On November 30th and December 1st, two Carteret County residents will receive free orthopedic surgery as part of Operation Walk USA. All aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – are provided at no cost to the patients. 

Together Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Robert Coles and Dr. Thomas Bates will be leading the Carteret team involved with this project that is giving back to our community during the start of the holiday season. Dr. Coles will perform a total hip replacement on a male patient and Dr. Thomas Bates will provide a total hip replacement on a female patient as part of Operation Walk USA. Both patients are from Morehead City and this is the third year in which Carolinas Center for Surgery and Carteret Health Care have participated.

“It is our honor and privilege to be able to help people regain their mobility,” said Dr. Coles. “I am proud to lead the local effort again which unites our medical community for the benefit of patients. These patients can look forward to having relief from pain so they can enjoy spending time with their family and friends.” 

Together, Carteret Health Care and Carolinas Center for Surgery are donating physician fees and hospital services at no cost to the patients. Stryker has donated the surgical hip implants. Carteret Health Care Rehabilitation Services will be donating rehabilitation services for patients and the Pharmacy will be donating all post-operative pain medication required. Anesthesia services are provided by Mosaic and radiology professional services are donated by Eastern Radiology.

Currently, in its sixth year, Operation Walk USA, an independent medical charitable organization, provides all aspects of knee and hip replacement treatment at no cost to patients who may not qualify for government assistance, have insurance or afford surgery on their own. This year, an estimated 85 orthopedic surgeons will provide hip and joint replacements, free of charge, to 120 patients. 
While more than one million hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S., each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.

“The most common cause of disability is arthritic disease and Carteret Health Care is pleased that these two individuals will not have to suffer anymore.” says Cindy Jones, Vice President Patient Care Services.   “With the start of the holiday month, the surgeries are a timely way for the hospital and the orthopedic surgeons to give back to the community and help patients improve their quality of life and mobility” 

Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the nation, affecting approximately 46 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. The debilitating pain of end-stage hip or knee degenerative disease often makes working, or completing even the simplest of daily tasks, excruciatingly painful or impossible. Hip or knee replacement surgeries are the most-effective and successful of all orthopedic procedures, eliminating pain and allowing patients to resume active, productive lives. 

Diabetes Education and Classes in Sea Level

Diabetes affects nearly 10% of the population in the United States and in Carteret County.  Up to a quarter of these individuals may not even know they have it. With more than 30 million people in the U.S. today being effected by diabetes, the often silent disease costs Americans an estimated $245 billion each year in medical cost. Diabetes is at an all-time high and medical professional advise that the rates are likely to continue to climb in the years ahead.

Unlike routine illnesses that can be solved with a visit or two to the doctor and a prescribed course of treatment, diabetes is a lifelong journey that often requires regular monitoring and lifestyle changes.

At Carteret Health Care, education is a top priority when diabetes or pre-diabetes are diagnosed.

“What we know from experience is that if people with diabetes get the right educational material, ideally right after their diagnosis, they have fewer chronic complications during their lifetime,” said Betsy Lane, BSN, RN, and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Carteret Health Care Learning Center. “We know that educating patients on prevention is also extremely important.”

Putting that information into the hands of those diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of how long they have lived with the disease, is exactly what the Diabetes Learning Center, 3722 Bridges Street Suite 203, aims to do. And there has never been a better time to make that first step than during November – American Diabetes Month. 

With proper treatment and monitoring, patients can avoid many of the chronic complications that frequently accompany diabetes. Hospitalization rates for heart attack are 1.8 times higher among those with diabetes, more than 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in diabetic patients and more than 4 million diabetes patients suffer from retinopathy.

“Many patients aren’t even aware that there are a host of other medical conditions that are often caused or exacerbated when diabetes is present,” said Lane. “This makes it so much more important that we educate patients as soon as possible after their diagnosis.”

According to the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, 10.3% of Carteret County residents have diabetes, a slight uptick from the national average. In keeping its commitment to meeting the health care needs of the community, Carteret Health Care has continued to expand its free diabetes education.

“We do see a lot of it in the area,” said Lane. “Referrals to the Learning Center have gone up quite a bit.”

Referrals come from the hospital, as well as providers in the community. At the Learning Center, patients can expect one-on-one counseling to discuss diet, exercise and both acute and chronic concerns.

“The first visit takes about an hour,” she said. “We go over the disease process, what their particular risk factors are, family history, monitoring, medications, health eating, physical activity and complications of the disease.” In addition, Lane schedules a time for the patient to meet with a dietitian. Patients are also welcome to participate in support group meetings that are held from 6-7:30pm on the second Thursday of each month.

A free screening is scheduled Monday, November 30 from 9am until 11am in Carteret Health Care’s main lobby. Fasting is not required.

The program expands further this month by adding similar services in the rural reaches of Down East Carteret County. Lane and Learning Center staff held a free screening this month and will be meeting with patients beginning in January at Carteret Medical Group in Sea Level. Held the second Tuesday of every month, the group educational class will meet from 10am until 11am. Following the group class, individual classes will be offered in Sea Level by appointment. 

“We do get a lot of patients from the area and it’s definitely more difficult for them to access services just because they’re geographically further away,” said Lane. “Our goal, of course, is to make diabetes education as accessible as possible for everyone who can benefit.”

It’s just one more way Carteret Health Care is raising the level of Health Care and giving back to Carteret County.

The Learning Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. To learn more about its free programs, call 252-808-6689 or visit 

Carteret County's Sole Hospital Scores A for Safety

Carteret Health Care Scores A for Safety Carteret Health Care is excited to share with you that the Leapfrog Group recently released its Hospital Safety Score for hospitals across the country and Carteret Health Care received a score of 3.341 which is an “A” in this latest release.  Dick Brvenik, Carteret Health Care CEO shared, “This score reflects 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.” According to information from The Leapfrog Group, the numerical scores this fall ranged between 1.546 and 3.669.  Carteret Health Care’s 3.341 is well above the average score of 3.0 and is in the top 31% of hospitals. For Carteret Health Care, this comes after other achievements such as being selected as one of the Best Hospitals by Business North Carolina and recognition for improving more rapidly   ...

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Golf Cart Service Added for Patient Convenience

We listened to our patients' suggestions and now have a new Golf Cart Shuttle Service.

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Focus on Affordable Care While Reducing Costs With Novant Health

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Breast Health Spotlighted During October

In October, Carteret Health Care is putting the spotlight on Breast Health by lighting the exterior of the Medical Center in pink. This is a visual reminder for women and men that all cancer screenings can save your life. 

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Carteret Health Care First Hospital in NC To be honored with AFIB Quality Award

Carteret Health Care is the first Hospital in North Carolina to receive the AFIB Bronze Quality Achievement Award. Recognition for this Get With The Guidelines® award is for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation.

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Physician of the Year

William A. Grimsley, DO has been selected as the 2015 Physician of the Year at Carteret Health Care. He was honored during a celebration on Friday, March 27th at Bistro by the Sea, during a celebration of National Doctors Day. Dr. Grimsley grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He and his wife Diane have two sons, Ryan and Todd. He has four grandchildren. Dr. Grimsley has been the sole pathologist for Carteret Health Care’s Clinical Laboratory, and member of the CGH Medical Staff for over 26 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, SC; a Ph.D from University of Oklahoma; and his medical degree from Michigan State University. He is bound to have a winning football team from one of those, he tells his staff. Dr. Grimsley completed his residency at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology. Those who nominated Dr. Grimsley cited his dedication to patients first. Other comments include: ·  & ...

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Two Carteret Nurses To Participate on Expert Panel

Two Carteret Health Care registered nurses have been invited to participate on an expert panel during an upcoming Infection Control Tomorrow summit. Elaine Crittenton, RN, and Katherine Steele, RN, will share their expert knowledge with peers in Scottsdale, AZ on April 29. This event sponsored by Infection Control Today will bring together an elite group of 300 Infection Preventionists to hear from sought-after speakers and to discuss traditional strategies and leading innovative approaches, creating the best of both worlds in infection prevention. The focus of their presentation is Grooming and Growing Infection Preventionists: The Power of Mentoring. This session will define the purpose of mentoring; outline the personal and professional benefits of mentoring; and address its importance among infection preventionists. Infection Control Tomorrow is the industry's most progressive event to discuss traditional strategies and leading innovative approaches, creating the best of both worlds in infection prevent ...

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Carteret Health Care Appoints New Medical Director Leadership for New Orthopedic Hospitalist Team

Dr. Neil Vining has been appointed Medical Director for a new Orthopedic Hospitalist program at Carteret Health Care. As the Hospital Department Medical Director, Dr. Vining will promote the effective delivery of emergency hospitalist orthopedic services to the hospital and the community of Carteret County. Dr. Vining received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is fellowship trained at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. He is American Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Vining, along with two other board certified surgeons, Alfred Cardet, MD and Joseph Zucker, MD, began seeing emergency patients needing orthopedic services as part of the new program on April 1st. Carteret Health Care partnered with Delphi of TeamHealth to provide this team of dedicated orthopedic surgeons who will evaluate emergent patients, perform surgeries as needed, provide follow-up care and in-house consults and support the medical staff.

Follow-up care is provided to patients in the Carteret Orthopedic Hospitalist Clinic Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. Call 252-808-6156 for additional information.

Hospitalists are members of a team of physicians dedicated to the hospital and committed exclusively to its patients.  This allows other physicians in the community to focus on patients who have scheduled appointments in their practices. Hospitalists must meet the same requirements as every other physician on the hospital’s medical staff and were chosen because of their skills and ability to provide quality patient care. 

Since 2008, a medical hospitalist program has been in place at Carteret Health Care and has become an increasingly important part of the team. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in managing a patient’s care while in the hospital and can quickly respond to changes in the patient’s condition, order medical changes or tests and answer questions.


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