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Jack Barto

President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
BIO

Since joining New Hanover Regional Medical Center as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2004, Jack has led a transformation of the publicly owned hospital system. During his decade of leadership, the 769-bed regiona  

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Health Care
Jun 2, 2015

ED Renovation Will Be Challenging, But Hugely Rewarding

During my 11-plus years here at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we have taken on some of the most ambitious construction projects imaginable. We built a new women’s and children’s hos ...

Health Care
Apr 14, 2015

NHRMC ED North: Expanding Emergency Services To Meet Patients’ Needs

As we announced some time ago, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is building a stand-alone emergency department (ED) to serve the rapidly growing areas of northern New Hanover County and eastern Pen ...

Health Care
Feb 13, 2015

Physicians, Staff Come Together To Care For Record Number Of Patients

The last few months at New Hanover Regional Medical Center have created a “new normal” in how we think about patient volumes, and once again reminded us how thankful we are for the teamwor ...

Health Care
Jan 14, 2015

2014: On The Things That Matter, Maybe Our Best Year Ever

Looking back on 2014, it may have been, given the context of our current times, the best year in the 47-year history of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This was a year when we did just about e ...

Health Care
Oct 2, 2014

Integration With SEAHEC Will Help Align Health Care Delivery For Our Patients

This week, we started one of the most exciting partnerships in the history of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, though in many ways it feels as though nothing has changed. The reason? For the be ...

Health Care
Sep 9, 2014

The Bucket Challenge: Another Way NHRMC Gladly Supports The Community

Last week, I carried out a challenge from a couple of staff members who work here in the department that sterilizes equipment. By having a bucket of ice water dumped on my head, I followed a path mill ...

Health Care
Aug 19, 2014

SharedCare Model Delivers Right Care By The Right Person – Every Time

In April 2013, I challenged our chief nurse executive with a daunting task. I asked Mary Ellen Bonczek to find a way, by working through Lean methodology and engaging direct care providers, to redefin ...

Health Care
Jul 9, 2014

Services Agreement With CHS Is What’s Best For NHRMC And Our Patients

The announcement of our Services Agreement with Carolinas HealthCare System is excellent news for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and m for our patients throughout Southeastern North Carolina. ...

Health Care
Jun 26, 2014

Taking A Lead On Preventing Readmissions - With Some Help From Our Friends

Preventable readmissions to the hospital within 30 days of discharge has been one of the most talked-about metrics in patient care the past few years, and it is a centerpiece for savings and quality i ...

Health Care
Jun 4, 2014

Avoiding Patient Falls: Where Patient Safety Meets Cost Reduction

In this space over the last few weeks, we have discussed how the best and safest care that leads to the best outcome for the patient is often the least expensive option as well. Sometimes all it takes ...

Health Care
May 12, 2014

Thanks To Our NHRMC Staff For Another Successful Year

For one week every year, our industry celebrates National Hospital Week, an opportunity to recognize valued hospital employees and tell them how much we appreciate them for the work they do on behalf ...

Health Care
May 5, 2014

NHRMC Will Respond To The Market Challenges - And Succeed

In our previous Insights entries, we discussed how government policy changes and market forces are impacting New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and how we are using Lean methodology and other innova ...

Health Care
Apr 10, 2014

Patients Benefit From Focus On Quality At NHRMC

One of the more encouraging developments in our field the past few years has been a heightened emphasis on improving patient quality. While quality of care has always been the most important job of an ...

Health Care
Mar 12, 2014

Community Paramedics Improve Care By Reaching Patients Where They Are

In recent posts, we have used this space to discuss how the delivery of health care is changing at its most fundamental level. Hospitals that provide the best patient care, emphasizing how to keep peo ...

Health Care
Feb 19, 2014

Improving Care And Lowering Costs Through Accountable Care At NHRMC

We believe a program we started this year at New Hanover Regional Medical Center will become the standard in how health care is delivered in the future – with the primary beneficiary being the p ...

Health Care
Feb 6, 2014

Winter Storm Brings Out The Best At NHRMC

With today’s blog entry, I would like to discuss how proud we are of our employees at New Hanover Regional Medical Center who worked during the recent winter storm. Over four days and three nigh ...

Health Care
Jan 17, 2014

Using 'Lean' At NHRMC To Improve Value and Efficiency

As part of our continuous journey toward service excellence, we have incorporated the Lean business model at New Hanover Regional Medical Center to strengthen our processes for providing services our ...

Health Care
Jan 3, 2014

How the Affordable Care Act Affects NHRMC

One of the questions we get most often in the community is what kind of impact the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare,” is having on New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The answer for r ...

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