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.


Georgia O'Neal Recognized with Nursing Excellence Award

Georgia O’Neal, RN of Carteret Health Care’s Radiology department received the Lewis Excellence Award during National Nurses Week and Hospital Week. Named in honor of Georgia Lewis, RN, the award recognizes the impact and importance of nursing on patient care. Ms. O’Neal was one of many individuals nominated from hundreds of nurses at Carteret Health Care. She received numerous nominations from her co-workers who wanted to recognize her for her superior patient service and dedication to the hospital. Cindy Jones, Vice President of Patient Care Services, presented the Nursing Excellence Award to Ms. O’Neal in front of peers from the radiology team members. Ms. Jones congratulated her and shared, “She was selected because she is a true example of a nurse leading the way. Every day she goes the extra mile to see that patient’s needs are met. Ms. O’Neal is always looking for ways to streamline processes to make work more efficient while ensuring patients have th ...

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Rotary Club Makes $25,000 Gift to New Cancer Center

The Rotary Club of Morehead City – Lookout celebrated 27 years of putting “Service Above Self” by presenting Carteret Health Care Foundation with a $25,000 check in support of Carteret’s new Cancer Center.  Due to open in August, the new Cancer Center will combine medical oncology and radiation oncology in one building. The Lookout Club’s logo was also hung in the cafeteria where the Club continues to meet. The sign was crafted in cherry wood by club member, Matt Zettl. Pictured are members of the rotary club, Dick Brvenik, Hospital CEO, Nancy Willis, Rotary Club Chair, Joan Lamson, CHC Foundation Board Chair, Susan Collins, Foundation Director as well as other members of the Carteret Health Car Foundation board of directors.

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National Recognition Received by Carteret Health Care's Pharmacy Residency Program

After a thorough review process, Carteret Health Care’s (CHC) pharmacy residency program has received accreditation from the Commission on Credentialing of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The residency program was established in 2012 and is a one-year post-graduate program for pharmacy school graduates. Dick Brvenik, CGH President, shared, “This is indeed a wonderful recognition of the excellence of our residency training program, and it came after a rigorous review process held this past April. The Pharmacy team along with the Residency Advisory Committee has worked diligently to make this possible.” Brvenik continued, “This is a valuable education experience that we are now able to provide here in Carteret County.” Carteret Health Care is one of a small number of hospitals that has demonstrated such a commitment to educate and train pharmacists who are invaluable to the delivery of high quality health care in an acute care setting. As such, this is not o ...

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Carteret Health Care Sleep Center Receives Accreditation

While there are tangible signs of ongoing construction outside of Carteret Health Care, there are less visible advancements being made in many of the hospital’s various departments. Recently, the hospital’s sleep lab received its highly-sought accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), a voluntary process that endorses the quality of care patients can expect at Carteret Health Care’s facility. The Academy began offering the accreditation program in 1977. Today, there are more than 2,500 accredited sleep centers across the country. That’s great news for area residents, as the accreditation comes on the heels of the results of a new Academy study which cites that outcomes are better when patients receive care from sleep specialists and accredited sleep centers. “We are very excited about the accreditation,” said Dr. Sajeev Vettichira, who leads the CGH center. “It shows that our center meets all of the standards from the American Academy ...

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Carteret Health Care recognized with top quality achievement award for heart failure care

Carteret Health Care continues to excel and is recognized for excellence in quality patient care and that dedication has once again been demonstrated in cardiac care. Carteret Health Care has hit the top mark once again and received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). This marks the 6th year that Carteret Health Care has been recognized with a quality achievement award as recognized in the US News & World Report. “Carteret Health Care is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines,” said Cindy Jones, Vice President Patient Care Services. “Our community deserves the very best care and this recognition is another example of how we are dedic ...

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Dr. Fearrington Honored For Service

Carteret Health Care Board Member Honored as 1st Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Professor appointment in the Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Pine Knoll Shores resident and Carteret Health Care Board Member Eric L. Fearrington, MD was recently honored as the first Brody School of Medicines Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Professor appointment in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.“Dr. Fearrington has been an outstanding mentor, clinician, and educator for our department for the past 24 years, and he is certainly deserving of this appointment.” John Mark Williams, MD, Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU shared. “Dr. Fearrington’s dedication and commitment to patient care, teaching, professional activities, and our eastern North Carolina community are truly exceptional and appreciated.” After graduating from the University of the North Carolina School of Medicine in Ch ...

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