Nix the Mix: Don’t Combine These Drugs with…

September 12th, 2014

Don’t combine these drugs, foods and herbs to avoid potentially dangerous interactions.

 

Lipitor + Grapefruit

Eating grapefruit while taking the cholesterol lowering medication Lipitor is not a sweet combination. The interaction between the two are believed to slow the activity of the enzyme the body uses to metabolize Lipitor. This could lead to heightened levels of Lipitor in your body which increases your risk of developing myopathy, a neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle weakness, and rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which the muscle fibers break down and kidney failure is possible.

 

 

Warfarin + Dong quai

Medicinal herb Dong quai is found in many women’s supplements and is used to relieve menstrual cramps, regulate periods and even ease symptoms of menopause. It has blood-thinning effects , so beware when adding the drug Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) to the mix. Warfarin is a blood thinner prescribed to prevent heart attack and stroke. Taking products with Dong quai in them along with Warfarin can increase your risk of bleeding.

 

 

MAO inhibitors + Tyramine

Pass by the Chianti wine, chicken liver, aged cheeses and other foods and drinks containing high levels of tyramine if you are taking MAO inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate and Marplan. Combining the MAO inhibitors with tyramine could lead to extreme high blood pressure because the MAO inhibitor blocks monoamine oxidase, the enzyme that also metabolizes tyramine. With the monoamine oxidase suppressed, tyramine levels in the body can build up, increasing blood pressure to potentially fatal levels.

 

 

Digoxin + High-Fiber Foods

Taking Digoxin to help regulate your heart function? Then be sure to not consume large quantities of foods high in fiber like oatmeal and bran muffins. Fiber may impair your body’s ability to absorb Digoxin into the bloodstream, diminishing the drug’s effectiveness.

 

Osteoporosis: 6 Things to Know

September 12th, 2014

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Osteoporosis is a bone disease that literally translates “porous bone.” If you look at the healthy bone under a microscope, it looks similar to a honeycomb. With osteoporosis, there are larger holes and spaces in between the bone, meaning you’ve lost bone density or mass.  As your bones become less dense, they become weaker and are more likely to break. In seniors, this poses the threat of kyphosis (curving of the spine) and a potentially fatal hip fracture.

1. PREVALENCE:  The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates about 53 million Americans have osteoporosis. Discovery Health reports that approximately 71% of women with osteoporosis don’t even know they have it, and 86% who have osteoporosis are not being treated.

2. CALCIUM: Young adults should be consuming between 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium daily through food, and if needed, supplements to help keep your bones strong. Women 50+ should be getting 1,200 to 1,300 mg of calcium a day. Good sources of calcium include low fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.  Your doctor may prescribe a calcium + vitamin D supplement based on your specific needs.

3. MENOPAUSE Your risk for developing osteoporosis increases after menopause because your body’s natural production of the hormone estrogen declines. Estrogen helps keep bones strong. Because post-menopausal hormone therapy increases the risk for breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and blood clots, your doctor will discuss if hormone therapy is right for you. Women taking estrogen products are urged to have yearly breast exams, perform monthly breast self-exams and receive periodic mammograms.

4. BONE MASS: Without treatment, women lose as much as 25-30%  in the first five to seven years following menopause.  Bone-loss rates can be slowed by regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. Activities such as walking, gardening, jogging, and playing tennis help to strengthen bones and connective tissue.

5. BONE DENSITY TEST: A bone density test (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or DEXA) measures the mineral density in your hip bones and spine to determine your risk of developing osteoporosis. This test takes about 20 minutes and is not usually performed until after menopause, unless you have an unusually high risk for osteoporosis. It is quick, painless and a non-invasive procedure (no needles).

6. PREVENTION & TREATMENT: While there is no cure for osteoporosis, it is treatable. Medications are available to help either slow bone loss or increase the rate of bone formation.  Your doctor can discuss medication options with you, but you can help prevent bone loss and fractures from osteoporosis with proper nutrition, exercise, and by not using tobacco products.

Fast Food Quiz

September 12th, 2014

You’ve heard over and over that you should stay away from fast food, but let’s face it, in today’s busy world, sometimes your choice is skipping a meal or choosing fast food. So that you can learn more about better choices while you’re on the go, we’ve explored menu options at popular fast food restaurants and compared calories, sodium, fat, fiber and breakfast options using the Nutritional Guides on each chain’s website. See if you can guess the right answers.

1.  How many CALORIES do you save if you skip supersizing your meal and drink water instead?

  • 150
  • 350
  • 550

 

2.  Which item has the most SODIUM content?

  • Bojangles Roasted Chicken Bites
  • Burger King 5-piece Buffalo Chicken Strips with Ranch Sauce
  • Arby’s Chopped Farmhouse Salad with Roast Turkey and Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

3.  Which Kids’ Meal has the most grams of FAT per serving?

  • Bojangles’ Chicken Leg Kid’s Meal (chicken leg, buttermilk biscuit, individual seasoned fries, kid’s drink)
  • Burger King’s Kid’s Meal (Cheeseburger, value fries, apple juice, cookie)
  • Arby’s Kid’s Meal (Jr. Turkey & Cheese sandwich, kids’ curly fries, Capri Sun)

 

4.  Which Wendy’s fast food menu item has the highest FIBER content on their menu?

  • Broccoli & Cheese Baked Potato
  • Rich & Meaty Chili (large)
  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (before dressing)

 

5.  Which is the BETTER breakfast option at McDonald’s?

  • Egg McMuffin
  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (no brown sugar)
  • Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

 

If you’d like to know more about healthier options at your favorite restaurants, visit www.HealthDiningFinder.com. You can learn more about healthy dining options including items for those watching their sodium as well as kid-friendly options approved by KidsLiveWell.

 

FOR ANSWERS, click HERE:   Fast Food Quiz answers

Cholesterol affects more than your heart

August 11th, 2014

Cholesterol affects more than your Heart

CHOLESTEROL

It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. Cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy.

About 75% of the cholesterol we need is produced naturally by our liver and other cells in our bodies while the rest comes from the food we eat – more specifically, animal products.

A cholesterol screening measures your level of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL).  HDL is a “good” cholesterol which helps keep the LDL cholesterol from getting lodged into your artery walls.  A healthy level of HDL may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.  

When too much LDL circulates in the blood, it can clog arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

LDL cholesterol is produced naturally by the body, but many people inherit the genes that cause the body to make too much LDL from their parents and grandparents. Eating saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol also increases your LDL levels.

If high blood cholesterol runs in your family, lifestyle modifications may not be enough to help lower your LDL blood cholesterol. Everyone is different, so it’s important to work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that’s best for you.

 

ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries and this usually starts in early adulthood. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body.

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Dr. Vakani says that over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the various organs in your body, including your heart and brain.

Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death; and it can affect any artery in the body, including arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs, pelvis, and kidneys. As a result, different diseases may develop based on which arteries are affected:

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HEART > Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease, is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. CHD occurs when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart.

Plaque narrows the coronary arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle. Plaque buildup also makes it more likely that blood clots will form in your arteries. Blood clots can partially or completely block blood flow. If blood flow to your heart muscle is reduced or blocked, you may have angina (chest pain or discomfort) or a heart attack.

Plaque also can form in the heart’s smallest arteries. This disease is called coronary microvascular disease (MVD). In coronary MVD, plaque doesn’t cause blockages in the arteries as it does in CHD.

NECK > Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid (ka-ROT-id) artery disease occurs if plaque builds up in the arteries on each side of your neck (the carotid arteries). These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your brain. If blood flow to your brain is reduced or blocked, you may have a stroke.

LEGS, ARMS, PELVIS >Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) occurs if plaque builds up in the major arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to your legs, arms, and pelvis.

If blood flow to these parts of your body is reduced or blocked, you may have numbness, pain, and, sometimes, dangerous infections.

KIDNEY > Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease can occur if plaque builds up in the renal arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your kidneys.

Over time, chronic kidney disease causes a slow loss of kidney function. The main function of the kidneys is to remove waste and extra water from the body.

Are You at Increased Risk?

High levels of bad cholesterol are not the only risk factor that can contribute to plaque buildup. Other risk factors, such as diabetes, family history of early heart disease, high blood pressure, age, obesity, and smoking can also play a role. If you have high cholesterol plus any of these additional risk factors, talk to your doctor about how to keep your cholesterol under control.

Need a cardiologist? Visit our online Find a Physician tool at HarnettHealth.org.

Stroke – a Matter of Minutes

August 11th, 2014

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Tick…tick…tick…every second counts if you or a loved one is having a stroke. A few hours can make a big difference between recovery or death. If you think you or someone near you is having a stroke, don’t hesitate to call 911.

“Typically you have about three hours from the time of your first stroke symptom to get treatment to minimize damage to your brain that can cause serious, long-term disabilities,” says Dr. Rajesh Vakani, MD, board certified cardiologist on staff with Harnett Health. “It is best to seek immediate medical help if you think you are having a stroke.”

The National Stroke Association suggests that you remember the word “FAST” to help determine if you or a loved one is having a stroke.

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, immediately call 911.

“If you notice one or more of the warning signs of a stroke, make a note of when the symptom(s) begin to tell your healthcare provider,” continues Dr. Vakani. “Knowing when symptoms being will help determine the best course of treatment.”

What is it and what causes it?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is stopped or significantly reduced. This deprives the brain of oxygen and food and within minutes brain cells begin to die.

“There are three main types of stroke: a blocked artery (ischemic stroke), a leaking or burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke), or a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain (transient ischemic attack),” explains Dr. Vakani.

Ischemic Stroke – 85% of strokes are ischemic strokes. These strokes occur when either a blood clot forms in one of the arteries that supplies blood to your brain or when a blood clot or other debris forms in another part of the body and moves through your bloodstream and becomes lodged in a brain artery.

Hemorrhagic Stroke – This type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) – This condition if often called a “ministroke” and is usually caused by a temporary decrease in blood supply to part of your brain. TIA mostly last less than five minutes and don’t leave lasting symptoms because the blockage is temporary.

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“But even if your symptoms are temporary, you should get emergency care,” cautions Dr. Vakani. “If you experience a TIA, then you likely have a partially blocked artery leading to your brain that puts you at a higher risk for a stroke that can cause permanent damage.”

Risk Factors
Some of the more common risk factors for stroke include:
• High blood pressure
• Cigarette smoking
• Diabetes
• Being overweight or obese
• Obstructive sleep apnea
• Use of some birth control pills or hormone therapies that include estrogen

“If you have any of these risk factors, work with your physician to get them under control or, if possible, eliminate them,” suggests Dr. Vakani. “Other risk factors that are out of your control include family history, being 55 or older, race, gender, or history of preeclampsia.”

Diagnosis and Treatment
To determine your treatment for stroke, your doctor may use a variety of methods to determine the type of stroke and to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. Most likely, a physical exam will be conducted along with blood tests. Your doctor will then decide if other tests are needed like an MRI, CT scan, carotid ultrasound, cerebral angiogram, or echocardiogram.

“The findings of the tests will give your physician the information needed to plan your course of treatment,” says Dr. Vakani. “It is crucial that you follow your doctor’s orders so that you recover as fully as possible and help prevent any other occurrences.”

Dr. Vakani continues, “There are several emergency treatment methods dependant on the type of stroke you experience. For instance, if you have an ischemic stroke, quick treatment within 4.5 hours with clot-busting drugs (thrombolytics) improves the chances of survival and may reduce any complications from the stroke.”

After emergency treatment, the next step is to help you recover as much function possible. Most stroke patients will need intensive therapy in a rehabilitation program. Your healthcare providers will prescribe a regimen of therapy that takes into consideration your lifestyle, age, overall health and degree of disability. Depending on your needs, you may stay in the hospital for therapy, be transferred to a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility, or have therapy in your home.

“According to The National Stroke Association, stroke touches approximately 795,000 people a year in the U.S. and only four percent of patients are appropriately treated,” says Dr. Vakani. “Always play it safe and get immediate medical attention if you think a stroke is in progress. It could save your life.”

Need a cardiologist? Visit our online Find a Physician tool at HarnettHealth.org.

Angier Medical nationally recognized with Excellence Through Insight Award

July 31st, 2014

Angier Medical Services Earns an EXCELLENCE THROUGH INSIGHT Award

for Overall Patient Experience in the CG-CAHPS Database

 

 Angier, NC (July 31, 2014) - Angier Medical Services, a physician practice of Harnett Health System, was recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award for Overall Patient Experience in the CG-CAHPS database by HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM).

Angier Medical Services was awarded this honor for its commitment to excellence in patient care. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been a patient satisfaction-tracking client of HealthStream in 2013, scored in the 75th percentile or higher, and surveyed a minimum of 100 patients. Angier Medical Services was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in Overall Patient Experience clinic satisfaction from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as exceeding industry standards. With a score of 92.7%, Angier Medical Services was the only practice in North Carolina to be recognized and ranked among the Top 5 clinics in the HealthStream database. Nation-wide, the average score was 79.8%.

Ken Bryan, CEO of Harnett Health applauds the practice’s hard work, “Our entire organization focuses on quality patient experiences, and this is a tremendous accomplishment for Dr. Butler and his staff. We’ve been putting processes in place to make sure our patients feel valued and appreciated, whether they are a patient in one of our hospitals, an outpatient at a clinic, or a patient at one of our primary care practices.”

Brad Butler, MD, board certified family practitioner at Angier Medical says, “This is truly an honor for all of us at Angier Medical Services. Our staff works diligently to provide excellent patient care, and being nationally recognized by HealthStream is an indication we are on the right track.”

HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist, Jr. said, “We applaud Angier Medical Services’ high-level commitment to excellence in healthcare, and are pleased to recognize their achievement through our presentation of an Excellence through Insight award.”

 

About Harnett Health

Harnett Health is a private, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Dunn, N.C. The system encompasses a network of facilities throughout Harnett and Johnston counties and has more than 265 credentialed providers and more than 1,000 employees. The system includes Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, N.C. with 101 beds and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington, N.C. with 50 private inpatient rooms. Services offered through Harnett Health include outpatient rehab/wellness centers in Benson, N.C., Dunn, N.C., and Lillington, N.C., and cardiac rehabilitation services, a breast care center, outpatient cardiac testing and a wound care center in Dunn, N.C. The healthcare system has six physician practices: Angier Medical Services, Coats Medical Services, Dunn Medical Services, Lillington Medical Services, Harnett OB/GYN and Premiere Pediatrics. It also has a Foundation focused on fundraising, providing a personal touch for patients with extraordinary needs, and working to expand access to care for our community. For more information, visit www.harnetthealth.org.

 

About HealthStream
HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through the development of healthcare organizations’ greatest asset: their people. Our unified suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is contracted by, collectively, approximately 3.85 million healthcare employees in the U.S. for workforce development, training & learning management, talent management, performance assessment, and managing simulation-based education programs. Our research solutions provide valuable insight to healthcare providers to meet HCAHPS requirements, improve the patient experience, engage their workforce, and enhance physician alignment. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream has additional offices in Laurel, Maryland, Brentwood, Tennessee, Pensacola, Florida, and Jericho, New York. For more information, visit http://www.healthstream.com or call 800-933-9293.

 

Safe Sitter Classes at Harnett Health

May 28th, 2014

Safe Sitter® Classes at Harnett Health

 

Harnett County, N.C. (May 29, 2014) – Harnett Health will once again offer Safe Sitter® courses to our community at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington. Safe Sitter® is a national program for 11 to 14 year olds to teach them life-saving skills that are useful while they are home alone or babysitting younger children. The 6 ½-hour course include these topics: Babysitting as a Business, Success on the Job, Child Care Essentials, Safety for the Sitter, Injury Management, Preventing Problem Behavior, Care of Choking Infant, Care of Choking Child, and an introduction to Preventing Injuries and Behavior Management. All sites registered to teach Safe Sitter® utilize only Safe Sitter® trained Instructors for student instruction thus ensuring high quality and compliance with teaching methodologies.

 

The registration fee is $35 and includes the Safe Sitter® Kit. One-day class dates are as follows:

Thursday, June 19th, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Organizational Development

Thursday, June 26th, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Organizational Development

Wednesday, July 16th, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Central Harnett Hospital in the Board Room

Wednesday, July 23rd, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Organizational Development

Tuesday, August 12th, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Central Harnett Hospital in the Conference Room

 

To register contact Abby Barefoot at 910-892-1000 ext. 4111 or abby.barefoot@harnetthealth.org.

Annual Foundation Golf Tournament May 15th

April 28th, 2014

Harnett Health Foundation Hosts Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Harnett County, N.C. (April 25, 2014) – The Harnett Health Foundation will host its annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 15. This Captain’s Choice Scramble will be held at Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake, N.C. with check-in at 9 a.m. and a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Held during National Hospital Week, the tournament theme is “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues” and celebrates the men and women who, day in and day out, remain committed to improving the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation, and unwavering, unmatched dedication.

“The Foundation’s mission is to support Harnett Health by positively impacting the health and wellness of all of our communities through our philanthropic efforts and our supportive programs,” said Harnett Health Foundation Board Chair, Cornelia T. Stewart. “Our goal is to further expand access to quality and compassionate healthcare throughout Harnett County and surrounding areas.”

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the work of the Harnett Health Foundation in our community. Also, the Foundation is honoring the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) by donating funds from raised from a longest drive challenge for this organization. The WWP nurtures the minds and bodies of service members who incurred a physical or mental injury or illness so they can successfully adjust to their lives back home. Some key focus areas of the WWP are combat stress and recovery, family support, peer mentoring, economic empowerment to return warriors to work, and encouragement to participate in adaptive sports events.

Tournament Details – Win A Car!
Register Today – don’t let this opportunity get away! Entries for the tournament are limited to the first 120 players to sign up. Visit http://www.harnetthealth.org/golf/ to sign up or call the Foundation office at 910-892-1000 ext. 4483.

With four individuals per team, the tournament will be broken down into two flights to indicate skill level. A winner will be determined from each flight.

Extra incentives for the tournament include the chance to win a Ford Mustang Convertible donated by Precision Ford by scoring a hole-in-one, and there will also be a raffle and a variety of prizes and incentives for competitions throughout the tournament. Red tees and Mulligans will be for sale the day of the tournament as well as the opportunity to have the longest drive champion to tee up for your team.

The tournament will kick off with a light breakfast served followed by lunch that will be delivered to players on the course. Hors d’oeurves with awards and presentations will follow the tournament.

“Anderson Creek is one of the finest courses I’ve played and is more than ready to host a major golfing event,” commented the 1997 PGA Championship Winner David Love III who designed the course. Anderson Creek Club was rated 4-stars by Golf Digest in 2008 as well as being the winner of the “Best New Course in NC” for 2001.

Sponsors
“This year’s tournament would not be possible without the help of Harnett Health Foundation supporters,” said Stewart. “We truly value our sponsors and look forward to the tournament and to our Benefit Evening coming in October.”

Sponsors at the Presenting, Title and Major sponsor levels for the annual Charity Golf Tournament include:

Presenting Sponsor: Machine & Welding Supply Company
Title Sponsor: Summit Healthcare
Major Sponsor: First Citizens Bank

Thank you to our all our generous sponsors for supporting the Harnett Health Foundation!

Sponsorships for the tournament are still available and start at only $200. To learn how to become a sponsor please visit our website at www.harnetthealth.org/golf.

For more questions concerning registration, sponsorships or general Foundation information, you can contact the Foundation office by phone at (910) 892-1000 ext. 4483 or by e-mail at foundation@harnetthealth.org.

Harnett Health Among Top 25 Healthiest Employers

January 20th, 2014

Harnett Health Wins Triangle Business Journal 2013 Healthiest Employer Award

Harnett Health ranked 18th out of top 25


Harnett County, N.C. (January 20, 2014)
– Harnett Health has received a 2013 Triangle Business Journal Healthiest Employer of the Triangle award.

The top 25 companies selected for this honor were recognized at an awards presentation where the rankings were revealed. Harnett Health placed 18th.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to providing health and wellness programs for our employees,” said Sondra Davis, Harnett Health Vice President of Human Resources and System Development. “Our employees are an asset to our organization, and we understand the value of providing health and wellness and life/work balance options for them.”

An article published in the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) on October 29, 2013 provides award details, “The awards recognize companies and nonprofit entities that commit to making wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health of their employees. Winning companies completed an online assessment with our [TBJ] partner, Healthiest Employers Inc. This non-biased measurement scored wellness programs in comparison to regional and national employers.”

Companies were measured on six categories:

  • Culture and Leadership Commitment
  • Foundational Components
  • Strategic Planning
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Programming and Interventions
  • Reporting and Analysis

 

About Harnett Health

Harnett Health is a private, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Dunn, N.C. The system is accredited by The Joint Commission and encompasses a network of facilities throughout Harnett and Johnston counties. It has more than 265 credentialed providers and more than 1,000 employees. The system includes Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, N.C. with 101 beds and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington, N.C. with 50 private inpatient rooms. Services offered through Harnett Health include outpatient rehab/wellness centers in Benson, N.C., Dunn, N.C., and Lillington, N.C., and cardiac rehabilitation services, a breast care center, outpatient cardiac testing and a wound care center in Dunn, N.C. The healthcare system has six physician practices: Angier Medical Services, Coats Medical Services, Dunn Medical Services, Lillington Medical Services, Harnett OB/GYN, and Premiere Pediatrics. It also has a Foundation focused on fundraising, providing a personal touch for patients with extraordinary needs, and working to expand access to care for our community. For more information, visit www.harnetthealth.org.

 

One Year Anniversary of Central Harnett Hospital

Harnett Health is celebrating the one year anniversary of the opening of Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington, N.C. The state-of-the art facility opened on January 18, 2013 increasing access to healthcare for residents in a five county area. From its opening through the end of December 2013, 19,835 emergency patients and 1,107 inpatients were treated along with 18,965 imaging services, 95,284 lab procedures, and 556 surgeries were performed at our new hospital.

 

 

Harnett OB/GYN Receives National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

January 20th, 2014

Harnett Health Receives National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

Harnett County, N.C. (January 17, 2014) – Harnett Health is proud to announce that its obstetrics and gynecology practice, Harnett OB/GYN, has received national recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for being certified in the Physician Practice Connections–Patient-Centered Medical Home program. The practice is recognized at level three of the program, the highest achievable level.

The program uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. The program’s standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership.

Harnett OB/GYN is accepting new patients and is located at 608 Tilghman Drive in Dunn. Patients may also been seen at Lillington Medical Services located at 716 N. 10th Street in Lillington. Call 910-892-4092 for an appointment at either location. Physicians serving patients through the practice include Michael Zich, MD, FACOG and Michelle Langaker, DO, FACOG.

“Our Harnett OB/GYN physicians and staff are thrilled to be certified in the Patient-Centered Medical Home program,” said Harnett Health’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Wallace Horne, MD, MMM. “The practice is focused on building and strengthening long-term relationships with patients.”

The practice met key program components in the following areas:

  • Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
  • Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
  • Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
  • Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
  • Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
  • Use of evidenced-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
  • Systematic tracking of referrals and test results
  • Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance

 Harnett Health also has four additional primary care practices certified at the highest achievable level (Level 3) in the Physician Practice Connections–Patient-Centered Medical Home program:

  • Angier Medical Services, 185 Rawls Road, Angier, N.C.  27501
  • Lillington Medical Services, 716 N. Tenth St., Lillington, N.C. 27546
  • Premiere Pediatrics, 802 Tilghman Dr., Dunn, N.C.  28335
  • Dunn Medical Services, 803 Tilghman Dr., Dunn, N.C. 28335

“We are very proud that our practices are receiving this national recognition,” continued Dr. Horne. “Our medical staff and office staff work hard each day to provide quality, compassionate care to our patients and look forward to serving you and your family for years to come.”

 The Patient-Centered Medical Home program is a model of healthcare delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care. It identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians. Each patient’s care is tended to by physician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s healthcare needs and coordinate treatments across the healthcare system.

 Medical home physicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems. Evaluations of the program have shown results in improving quality care and lowering costs for the patients by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care.

 

About Harnett Health

Harnett Health is a private, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Dunn, N.C. The system is accredited by The Joint Commission and encompasses a network of facilities throughout Harnett and Johnston counties. It has more than 265 credentialed providers and more than 1,000 employees. The system includes Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, N.C. with 101 beds and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington, N.C. with 50 private inpatient rooms. Services offered through Harnett Health include outpatient rehab/wellness centers in Benson, N.C., Dunn, N.C., and Lillington, N.C., and cardiac rehabilitation services, a breast care center, outpatient cardiac testing and a wound care center in Dunn, N.C. The healthcare system has six physician practices: Angier Medical Services, Coats Medical Services, Dunn Medical Services, Lillington Medical Services, Harnett OB/GYN, and Premiere Pediatrics. It also has a Foundation focused on fundraising, providing a personal touch for patients with extraordinary needs, and working to expand access to care for our community. For more information, visit www.harnetthealth.org.

 

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.