Bone remains of Chilean poet Neruda to be analyzed in US seeking clues about his death
The Associated Press
...Rodolfo Reyes, one of Neruda’s nephews, met with Chilean and foreign forensics experts Friday and said some of the poet’s skeletal remains will be sent to a laboratory at the University of North Carolina medical school. “They’re going to take some toxin tests at a laboratory,” Reyes said after confirming that a jacket and a belt inside the exhumed coffin belong to the poet.
State & Local Coverage
Johnston hospital system partnering with UNC Health Care
The Johnston County hospital system has became the latest community care provider to align itself with a much larger partner, selecting UNC Health Care to help it expand services and lower operating costs. The decision by Johnston Health, which operates a hospital in Smithfield and an outpatient clinic in Clayton, represents a victory for UNC over its rival WakeMed, which was one of two other possible partners that Johnston had been considering. It is also another example of the type of hospital consolidation that some believe is driving up the cost of health care for patients and employers.
Cancer patients on Medicare in the Triangle will still get treatments despite federal cuts
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Cancer patients on Medicare in the Triangle are likely to continue receiving chemotherapy treatments as hospitals and cancer centers stand ready to absorb funding cuts stemming from the federal budget sequester. ...Oncology programs at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, and Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte also reported no changes to their cancer programs as a result of the federal budget constraint.
A New Day for High Point Regional
High Point Regional’s merger with UNC Health Care System is now official. Under the merger, UNC Health Care will become the sole member of High Point Regional, providing $150 million for capital improvements and $50 million for the establishment of a newly formed Community Health Fund. High Point Regional will remain a private, not-for-profit entity and maintain a foundation to provide support for ongoing patient care, technology and capital needs.
Advances in hysterectomy
The Star News (Wilmington)
...In the past, a woman turning 50 likely would have had an abdominal hysterectomy long before reaching menopause, almost as a preventive measure, said Margaret R. Helton, M.D., a professor and clinician with the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. Today, women are finding more alternatives to hysterectomy, as well as less-invasive options when they choose to have the surgery. And Southeastern North Carolina is a training ground for many physicians who are leading the way.
Survey: Fewer employers blaming health care reform
The Triangle Business Journal
...It’s impossible to tell exactly what is changing employer’s opinions, but hospital leaders like Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care; Dr. Victor Dzau, CEO of Duke Health; and Bill Atkinson, CEO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, have supported various aspects of health reform for years now.