FirstHealth CEO Charles T. Frock
During 2007, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley appointed FirstHealth CEO Charles T. Frock to a five-year term on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.
Established to seek solutions to statewide problems that hinder the improvement of health and the efficient and effective delivery of health care for every resident of the state, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine serves an advisory function at the request of the governor, the General Assembly and/or agencies of state government in the formation of public policy on issues concerning health and health care.
Frock also served as chair of the North Carolina Hospital Association during 2007, and addressed the opening session of the organization’s Winter Membership Meeting. During his speech, which was titled “We Are the Stewards of the Uninsured,” Frock presented an overview of how hospitals face the issue of the uninsured every day. He also summarized some successful grassroots efforts to deal with the matter, including FirstHealth’s own FirstPlan product.
Sharon Nicholson Harrell, director of Dental Care Centers
The director of the FirstHealth Dental Care Centers told 2007 graduates of the University of North Carolinas School of Dentistry that “the sky is the limit” with unprecedented opportunities for professional challenge in a career in dentistry.
As commencement speaker for the program’s 54th Honor Convocation on May 13, 2007, Sharon Nicholson Harrell, DDS, MPH, delivered a charge to the dental school graduates.
“I charge you to consider providing at least $10,000 per year in care for Medicaid recipients in the state of North Carolina,” Dr. Harrell said in her address. “What a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ to the citizens of North Carolina who have made it possible for you to receive the premier dental education in the nation.”
Dr. Harrell received her DDS degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1987 and her master’s degree in public health from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health in 1990.
David Carter, EMS director
During 2007, David Carter, director of FirstHealth’s Regional EMS System, joined the board of the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), a national organization that focuses on the treatment of coronary artery disease.
Carter also chairs the Key Element I Cycle 3 Revision Committee, a group charged with updating SCPC criteria on the emergency department/EMS relationship on heart attack diagnosis and treatment. He is also an SCPC reviewer for chest pain centers that want to become certified.
Established in 1998, the SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of heart attack and heart failure as well as the adoption of those standards by health care providers. Each year, more than 5 million Americans enter the hospital with chest pain. Of those, 1.25 million present symptoms of cardiac distress and 600,000 die.