Health Care

Sep 20, 2022

Pender Officials Continue To Weigh Hospital's Future

By Johanna F. Still, posted Sep 20, 2022

At its meeting earlier this month, the Pender County Board of Commissioners shot down a proposal for a consultant to help guide officials to select a health care provider for the Novant Health Pender Medical Center.  The county-owned facility (formerly called Pender Memorial Hospital) in Burgaw is currently operated by Novant Health, which took over operations foll ...

Sep 15, 2022

Thermo Fisher's PPD Lands National Cancer Institute Contract

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2022

The PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has been awarded a 10-year contract by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), according to a news release Thursday. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract supports NCI’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU). As part of the award, the PPD clinical research business "will ha ...

Sep 9, 2022

Local Novant Official Points To Industry Pressures

By Vicky Janowski, posted Sep 9, 2022

New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s former head on Friday defended the hospital system after a challenging summer, pointing to larger industry pressures instead of the sale to Novant Health as the reasons behind staffing and patient waiting time issues.   John Gizdic, NHRMC’s former president and CEO and now executive vice president with Novant Health, ...

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Cape Fear Literacy Council

The Luncheon for Literacy: More than a Meal

Posted May 4, 2022

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the Cape Fear Literacy Council will celebrate the return of our signature event and fundraiser, the annual Luncheon for Literacy, after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many aspects of post-pandemic living, a few things are different. This year we will entire article

Sep 2, 2022

Endowment Unveils Process For Grants

By Neil Cotiaux, posted Sep 2, 2022

New Hanover Community Endowment’s first grants cycle is now up and running.   The independent charitable foundation, created as part of the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health, will award its first grants by the end of this year and has begun telling prospective recipients how to apply.   The merger, which closed on Feb. 1, 2021 ...

Aug 30, 2022

Novant Earns Heart Failure Accreditation At NHRMC

By Staff Reports, posted Aug 30, 2022

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center earned a heart failure accreditation for demonstrating expertise in treating the condition.  The American College of Cardiology awarded the hospital a Heart Failure Accreditation with Outpatient Services, according to a Novant release Monday. Only three hospitals in North Carolina including NHRMC have earned the acc ...

Aug 5, 2022

Schools Face Nursing Shortage Crises

By Johanna F. Still, posted Aug 5, 2022

The pandemic-induced havoc on hospitals around the country still ricochets across systems today. A dire trend accelerated and emerged: a shortage of nurses. That shortage, prompted by burnout, puts a shrinking pool of nurses at risk for even more stress as they handle higher patient loads.     It’s a potentially dangerous cycle that health care and e ...

Jul 25, 2022

Hormone Therapy Medical Firm Changes Ownership, Name

By Staff Reports, posted Jul 25, 2022

BioSymmetry, a Wilmington medical firm providing hormone therapy, is changing hands with the retirement of founder Chris Pate from the local office, according to a press release. The firm, renamed BioSymmetry Wilmington, is now owned by Allen Holmes and Deb Read, who serves as the office manager and lead nurse. The office is located at 265 Racine Drive. Pate ope ...

Jul 1, 2022

Rural Medicine In Demand

By Cece Nunn, posted Jul 1, 2022

Although she’s a nurse practitioner who specializes in prenatal care, Ashley Batts often has patients with numerous needs.   It’s all part of being a health care provider in a rural county.   “You just never know what’s going to walk in the door. You have patients who haven’t been seen by a doctor for years who come in,” sa ...

Jul 1, 2022

Novant Health and MedNorth Health Center are advancing plans to expand the services they provide to individuals and families in some of Wilmington’s poorest neighborhoods.   With the announcement that Novant will build a new Michael Jordan-funded community clinic at Princess Place Drive and North 30th Street following earlier plans for one at Greenfield and 15 ...

Jul 1, 2022

Dosher Expands Robotic-arm Assisted Surgery

By Staff Reports, posted Jul 1, 2022

Dosher Memorial Hospital recently added Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip replacement procedures.   The Southport hospital launched its robotics program early last year with Mako partial and total knee procedures.   “To date, the surgical team at Dosher has performed over 250 knee replacements using Mako technology,” Dosher Presi ...

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