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.

Campbell University Athletics Supports Harnett Health

January 16th, 2014

The Campbell University Athletics Department and Harnett Health have partnered together to raise funds for local citizens in need through a new website (www.GoCamels.org) and through Campbell University sporting events. The proceeds raised will go to the Harnett Health Foundation.

“Campbell Athletics wanted to partner with a local organization that raised money to support local citizens,” said Jarrad Turner, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, Campbell University. “When I learned about the Harnett Health Foundation and the work it does locally to support patients in great need, I knew joining forces with Harnett Health and putting the proceeds toward the Harnett Health Foundation would be a good thing for our community.”

Maureen Mercho, the Harnett Health Foundation’s new Executive Director, continues, “We created a partnership that helps to increase awareness in the community for both organizations while raising money for local healthcare needs. The funds support the Foundation, which in turn completes a review process to ensure the funds stay local and are utilized in meeting our greatest patient needs. The partnership emphasis is keeping the funds in our community to help our neighbors.”

The partnership includes athletic events to raise funds and a website to collection donations. “We have planned men’s and women’s basketball games in January and February,” said Turner. “We will have a variety of opportunities during the basketball games for people to have fun and make a donation to the Harnett Health Foundation. If you are not able to make it to a game, you can make a donation on our dedicated fund raising website at www.GoCamels.org. Please note it’s dot O-R-G.”

Black Out Cancer Game– Men’s Basketball
Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m.
John Pope, Jr. Convocation Center
We want to black out cancer! Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and will have the opportunity to purchase a $5 black Campbell t-shirt and also spin a prize wheel for $2 (every spin wins a prize) with proceeds going to the Harnett Health Foundation. Fans may also make a direct donation to the Foundation at the game. Healthcare professionals will be honored at the game and will receive free admission to the game.

Pink Game – Women’s Basketball
Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m.
John Pope, Jr. Convocation Center
This game is planned in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is February 5. Also, breast cancer survivors will be honored at halftime and pink t-shirts will be given away to fans. Fans will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel for $2 (every spin wins a prize) with the proceeds going to the Harnett Health Foundation, or fans may make a direct donation to the Foundation.

Harnett Health and Campbell University Establish Strategic Partnership

January 15th, 2014

Harnett Health System, Inc. and Campbell University have established a formal, strategic partnership to transform healthcare in Harnett County and beyond. Both organizations will collaboratively work to achieve all aspects of a major and comprehensive healthcare community.

Harnett Health President and CEO Ken Bryan said, “In today’s healthcare climate, healthcare organizations that are successful build strategically important and stable partnerships to enhance the quality of care, reduce the costs of care, and expand the scope of healthcare services across a significant geographical region. This partnership accomplishes all three goals to ensure healthcare is developed throughout our area.”

While the partnership will take on many forms as opportunities arise, the first two key actions are to ensure that the need for physicians, especially in primary care, is effectively addressed and to promptly establish a residency program to train and keep physicians in the area after residency training.

The Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University welcomed its first class of 160 students in August 2013. Students will spend the first two years learning on the Harnett County campus in state-of-the-art simulation and anatomy labs before being assigned to training opportunities in regional community hospitals.

Both organizations are working to have a Campbell Residency Program with Harnett Health in place for 2015 to provide the continued training for these students.

Dr. John Kauffman, dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, said this model is ideal for training primary care physicians, particularly physicians who will practice in rural and underserved areas. “By placing our students in community hospitals for their third and fourth years and having residency programs available once they graduate, we believe it will enable our students to put down roots and become the next generation of physicians who practice in this community,” said Kauffman. “These students will be your pediatricians, your family doctors, your internists, your surgeons, your OBGYNs and your emergency medical physicians.”

North Carolina currently ranks 34th in the nation in primary care physicians. The need is particularly great in rural counties. Though there are four other allopathic medical schools in our state, less than half of medical school graduates from North Carolina medical schools remain in North Carolina to practice.

Dr. Jerry M. Wallace, president of Campbell University continues, “The ability for Campbell University to supply quality providers of care and the ability for Harnett Health to offer the chance for those providers to practice medicine is a marriage of tremendous benefit to citizens.”

However, the partnership doesn’t end with the training of primary care physicians.“Campbell University is providing comprehensive training for North Carolina’s next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Ronald W. Maddox, Pharm. D., Chairman of the Harnett Health Board of Trustees. “With an approach that emphasizes interprofessional training among students in Campbell’s pharmacy, physician assistant, clinical research, physical therapy, public health, and medical programs, Harnett Health and Campbell University are indeed poised to transform healthcare in Harnett County and beyond.”

The organizations have already contributed significantly to this transformation through the opening of Central Harnett Hospital and the opening of the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. These aligned efforts are the largest single capital investment in Harnett County’s history.

Ernest Alphin, chairman of the Harnett Health Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee, said, “This is a significant investment by Harnett Health. Our board is steadfast in its resolve to make sure we continue to invest appropriately in the growth of healthcare in the area and in making a major positive impact on the local economy.”

“It is an extremely exciting time for all invested in healthcare in our region,” said H. West Lawson, MD, WakeMed’s Chief Medical Officer and Harnett Health Board of Trustees member. “This partnership represents years of hard work from both Campbell University and Harnett Health as they continue to improve access to quality healthcare in Eastern North Carolina through training and job opportunities for providers. It is also a huge benefit to citizens to stay close to home for their healthcare needs.”

One-Year Anniversary of Central Harnett Hospital

Harnett Health is celebrating the one year anniversary of the opening of Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington. 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, our new hospital treated 19,835 emergency patients and 1,107 inpatients, provided imaging services to 18,965, and performed 95,284 lab procedures and 556 surgeries.

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 Campbell University & the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

When the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine opened at Campbell University in August 2013, it was the first new school of medicine in North Carolina in over 35 years. The mission of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine is to educate and prepare community-based osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment to care for the rural and underserved populations in North Carolina, the Southeastern United States and the nation. The following values drive the medical school’s faculty, staff and students: teamwork, leadership, professionalism, integrity, diversity and the ethical treatment of all humanity. 

Campbell University is comprised of seven schools. The University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy school founded in nearly 40 years. In addition to offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2009, the name was formally changed to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs, including the newly established Physician Assistant Studies program (2011), Master of Public Health (2012), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (2014).

ER Express Now Available

January 15th, 2014

Harnett Health now offers a way for you to hold your place in line at the emergency room from the comfort of your home. This service is called ER Express and is available at both Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington.

“Harnett Health continues to provide ways to improve your healthcare experience at our two hospitals,” says Harnett Health President and CEO Ken Bryan. “We recently expanded our WakeMed hospitalist program to include both hospitals, and now we have ER Express at both.”

What is ER Express
ER Express allows patients with non-life-threatening illnesses to go online and hold their place in line at the emergency room.

“This service is especially helpful to people with children who need to arrange for someone to care for them while you are at the ER, if you have an elderly relative that takes a bit more time to get ready to go to the ER, or if you live further away and want to hold your place in line while driving to the ER,” comments Dan Minior, MD, Harnett Health’s Emergency Room Medical Director.

Dr. Minior continues, “Also, please remember this service is for non-life-threatening emergencies only. If you or a loved one is experiencing chest pains, signs of a stroke, or other life-threatening emergency, immediately dial 911.”

How It Works
Visit www.HarnettER.org and select either Betsy Johnson Hospital or Central Harnett Hospital. You can view the next available time to be treated at the emergency room and sign up to select the time that is best for you.

A confirmation e-mail will be sent back to you so you know you are confirmed to be seen in the emergency room at that time. This allows you to remain in the comfort of your home while waiting to be seen instead of waiting in a room full of other sick people.

“I want to stress that in most cases we will be able to see patients who use the ER Express service within about 15 minutes of their scheduled time, but our ER staff must treat patients based on the severity of their illness or injury,” says Dr. Minior. “Should a patient with a life-threatening condition arrive when you do, your time may be delayed. We will do everything we can to see you as close to your ER Express time as possible.”

Harnett Health Dedicates Rose in the 125th Rose Parade

December 30th, 2013

Harnett Health has dedicated a rose that will be on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float in the upcoming 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014. The rose will be displayed in a special water vial with an attached dedication tag and placed in a dedication garden on the float.

“We learned of the opportunity to dedicate a rose on the float through Carolina Donor Services, and we are very excited to show our support through this dedication,” said Debbie Priebe, RN, Harnett Health Quality Performance Improvement Specialist and liaison for Carolina Donor Services.

Priebe continues, “The name of the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float is Light Up the World in recognition of the individuals and families impacted by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We wanted to echo the theme of light in our dedication, but had only a very small space to write on the dedication tag, so our message is ‘Shine On!!! Harnett Health’s Board of Trustees, Executives, Medical Staff, Employees and Volunteers’. We hope the parade float will shine a spotlight on the positive impact of organ and tissue donation.”

Coats Medical Services and Premiere Pediatrics Opening on Saturdays

December 27th, 2013

Beginning January 4, 2014, as an added convenience for Coats Medical Services patients, patients of other Harnett Health physician practices, and our community at large, Coats Medical Services is offering Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We are excited to offer these extended hours to meet the growing healthcare needs of our community,” said Linda Robinson, MD, primary care physician at Coats Medical Services. “We will accept walk-in patients who are having an acute medical episode or minor emergency (such as flu, nausea or vomiting) so they don’t have to wait until the next regular business day or have to go to a hospital emergency department.”

“We will also schedule some regular health maintenance appointments on Saturday mornings,” continued Robinson. “Check availability for regular appointments with our patient service specialist when you call.”

Medical services will be provided for patients ages three months and older.

“An additional benefit for patients of Harnett Health is that Saturday staff will have access to medical records from any Harnett Health physician practice so that we can understand your overall health to better serve you,” said Robinson. “Also, your Saturday visit information will be added to your medical record so your regular Harnett Health physician will have access to the information.”

Coats Medical Services is accepting new patients and is located one block West of the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and N.C. Highway 27 in Coats. The phone number is 910-897-6423. The practice became part of Harnett Health this past June, and prior to joining Harnett Health was Coats Medical Clinic.

Premiere Pediatrics

Our Harnett Health pediatrician practice, Premiere Pediatrics in Dunn, will also open on Saturdays starting January 4 during cold and flu season. Medical staff will be on hand from 9 a.m. to Noon to see children from infants through 18 years old for urgent needs.

Premiere Pediatrics is accepting new patients. The practice is located at 802 Tilghman Drive in Dunn in front of Betsy Johnson Hospital at the intersection of Susan Tart Road and Tilghman Drive. The phone number is 910-892-4248. We have three board certified pediatricians and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner on staff to care for the children in your life.

Harnett’s Emergency Room Offers New Service: ER Express

December 18th, 2013

Harnett Health will launch an online check-in system for its Emergency Rooms on January 9, 2014. The service, called ER Express, allows patients with non-life-threatening illnesses to go online and hold their spot in line at the emergency department.

Patients who need treatment but are not in a life-threatening situation will be able to go online to www.HarnettER.org and view the next available time to be treated at the Emergency Room at both Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital. Once the confirmation e-mail is sent to the patient, he or she can remain comfortably at home while waiting to be seen rather than in the waiting room of the hospital. ER Express will help organize patient flow so that all patients are treated more timely and efficiently.

ER Express is currently being implemented in many hospitals across the nation with consistently positive feedback from patients.