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FirstHealth Heart & Vascular Institute

HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE—The Foundation of FirstHealth celebrated the beginning of construction on the FirstHealth Heart & Vascular Institute with a groundbreaking held July 8 on the campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. Pictured at the event are (from left) Charles T. Frock, FirstHealth CEO; John Ellis, M.D., chair, Stepping Stones Campaign; Foundation supporters Betty and Walter Reid; David Cowherd, M.D.; and John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D. An architect’s rendering of the Heart & Vascular Institute is also shown. Occupancy in the state-of-the-art facility is expected in late 2010.  

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Moore Regional now a
Joint Commission Stroke Center

The Joint Commission has designated the stroke care program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital as a certified Stroke Center. The program earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval following an on-site review last winter.

For more information on the Stroke Center designation and stroke services at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, see related story.

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FirstHealth’s cancer program
earns national recognition

Commission on Cancer awardThe accredited cancer treatment program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has received its second Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the award by demonstrating a commendation level of compliance following an evaluation by a physician surveyor.

Only 95 cancer facilities across the United States—just four of them in North Carolina—received an OAA based on surveys performed in 2008. The number represents about 19 percent of the 478 programs surveyed last year.

Moore Regional’s cancer treatment program received its first CoC accreditation in 1995, was reaccredited in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008, and was awarded its first OAA in 2006, the first year it qualified for the recognition.

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FirstHealth announces name change
for Richmond Memorial

The phrase “a division of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital” is now officially a part of the name of FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.

Twitter and facebookThe change follows the consolidation of billing numbers for the Pinehurst and Rockingham hospitals, which will now be evaluated as one organization for purposes of patient satisfaction, quality data and accreditation. Having one provider number for both hospitals is also expected to result in better coordination of patient care as well as a cost savings to the organization.

“Changing the name of our signs will not be the only visible part of this effort,” said John J. Jackson, President of the Richmond Memorial campus. “Consolidating provider numbers includes consolidating the medical staffs as well as many policies and procedures with Moore Regional. We are excited about the change and look forward to streamlining our processes while continuing to offer quality health care services to Richmond County residents.”

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First Facts

Number of active medical staff in
FirstHealth hospitals
Number of counties in the mid-Carolinas
that FirstHealth of the Carolinas (a
private, non-governmental, not-for-profit
health care network) serves.
Number of employee and volunteer
hours contributed toward community
benefit activities in 2008 for a total
community benefit contribution of
$44.1 million
Number of volunteers who contributed
97,000 hours during 2008 to provide
assistance at three hospitals, Hospice
and other FirstHealth entities
Number of visits to Emergency
Departments at three hospitals

FirstHealth files CON for
hospital in Hoke County

FirstHealth of the Carolinas has filed a Certificate of Need (CON) with the North Carolina Department of Health Services Regulation to build a hospital in Hoke County. Construction on the $30–$35 million project is expected to begin in early 2010 on a site along Highway 401 northeast of Raeford. Completion is expected by late 2011.

The FirstHealth Hoke Hospital will house a 24/7 emergency department staffed by physicians from Sandhills Emergency Physicians, the practice that provides emergency services for all three FirstHealth hospitals.

The hospital will also have eight inpatient beds, an overnight observation unit and one operating room, full laboratory services, state-of-the-art imaging technology, diagnostic cardiology, and transport options via critical care transport or helicopter.

In accordance with a state-identified need for an additional MRI in the Moore/ Hoke planning area, FirstHealth’s hospital application included a separate CON for an MRI unit for the new hospital.

According to CEO Charles T. Frock, FirstHealth of the Carolinas made a commitment to serve Hoke County many years ago. “Building a new hospital in the county is a continuation of that commitment,” he said. “I believe we are filling a great need in the community.”

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Pottery Plus

Will McCanlessWill McCanless is the Chairman’s Choice potter for the 14th Annual Pottery Plus Auction, and two of his dazzling platters will highlight the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation fundraiser that will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. The evening, which will begin at 5:30, will include silent and live auctions of pottery and various “plus” items as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by calling the Foundation of FirstHealth at (910) 695-7510. Proceeds will benefit the work of FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care and the construction of FirstHealth’s new Hospice House.

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Hospice House groundbreaking set

Hospice House

Groundbreaking for the FirstHealth Hospice House is planned for November 2009 with completion of the 11-bed inpatient facility scheduled for the winter of 2010-2011.

The Pinehurst Village Council recently approved a proposed campus site plan that includes an Administrative/Grief Resource & Counseling Center and a lakeside spiritual sanctuary in addition to the inpatient facility.

Work is proceeding on additional required approvals for the Hospice House, which will be located in Pinehurst on a 38-acre site off of Highway 15-501 North.

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