May 6 - 10, 2013

National Coverage

Ginseng, Bear Bile: NKoreans Look To Old Cures
The Associated Press
..."They are somehow surviving through such harsh conditions," said Dr. Jongbae Park, director of Asian medicine and acupuncture research at the University of North Carolina, who co-authored the Koryo medicine study. "A lot of new ideas and new findings are coming from desperate efforts through challenges, so I am rather hoping that they would have reserved a new finding that the outside world cannot think of, particularly in coping with the main diseases."

100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – 2013

The 300 nominees for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare competition are presented in alphabetical order.

Dr. William Roper, dean of the school of medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and CEO, UNC Health Care System, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dramatic Shortage of Urologists on Horizon
The urology workforce will fall more than 50% short of projected needs by 2025, according to a study reported Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in San Diego, California.

An estimated 16,000 urologists will be needed to provide specialty care, but estimates of the number of urologists likely to be in practice at that time range between 6800 and 7400.

… “There is a widening chasm occurring in the supply of urologists in the United States, especially in rural areas,” Raj S. Pruthi, MD, director of Urologic Oncology at UNC Health Care, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said during a press conference at the AUA meeting.

State & Local Coverage

UNC doc finishes Boston Marathon - three weeks later
The Triangle Business Journal
It took him a little longer than he expected, but Dr. Joe Stavas, a professor of radiology at UNC School of Medicine, finished the 2013 Boston Marathon. He doesn’t have an official time, of course, but he ceremonially crossed the finish line three weeks after the tragic bombings halted the race. “I got to mile 26, but the last .2 miles took a little longer,” Stavas said. “Not the hare, but the tortoise.” He blogged about his experience for Your Health Radio, UNC Family Medicine’s weekly health radio show.

Team approach helps UNC prevent pediatric cardiac arrest
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
The University of North Carolina Children's Hospital has had great success applying a team approach to preventing cardiac arrest in young patients. Kevin Salem, 5, is one of those success stories. After he was diagnosed in January 2012 with leukemia, Kevin landed at UNC with a bacterial infection. A UNC Rapid Response Team went into action.

UNC, UNC Hospitals to dedicate daycare center expansion
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals will dedicate two new preschool classrooms and two new play yards at the University Child Care Center Monday. The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening will begin at 4 p.m. at the child care center on 130 Friday Center Drive. Speakers will include Chancellor Holden Thorp, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brenda Malone, President of UNC Hospitals Gary Park and Vice President of Human Resources at UNC Hospitals Bill Rotella.

Caldwell Memorial Hospital to carry UNC brand
Winston-Salem Journal
Caldwell Memorial Hospital has been added to the list of hospitals carrying the UNC Health Care brand.The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that UNC Health Care will become the owner of the 110-bed hospital in Lenoir, and spend at least $35 million on capital improvements over the next five years.

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Blue Cross: Rates will rise under new federal health care law
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Blue Cross rates will become public as soon as they are approved by the N.C. Department of Insurance. The company has requested a ruling by July 31 so it can begin enrolling customers in October and switch them to new plans in January. “I expect it’s going to make the idea of the individual mandate real for the first time,” said Adam Zolotor, assistant professor of Family Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and vice president of the N.C. Institute of Medicine. “We’ll get the idea whether people will actually perceive these rates as affordable.”

Margaret Gourlay wins award from Clinical Research Forum
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
For leading a study that was the first to define appropriate bone density screening intervals for older women, Margaret Gourlay, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has been honored with a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum. The winning projects are compelling examples of the scientific innovation that results from the nation’s investment in clinical research that can benefit human health and welfare.

UNC Hospitals reach construction milestone (Blog)
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC Hospitals has reached a construction milestone at its new hospital campus in Hillsborough. Officials with the hospital system, the Skanska (NYSE: SEK) construction firm and several local dignitaries were on site last week for the hoisting of the final steel beam of the building signifying the end of vertical construction.

UNC med school nets $2M for diabetes research
The Triangle Business Journal
The UNC School of Medicine will share in a set of grants awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which will distribute a total of $88.6 million to various medical institutions to fund projects that compare the effectiveness of different treatments in a range of diseases. Specifically, UNC will receive $2 million to study the role of glucose monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes using oral medications.

Huge ranges in hospital prices, health care data show
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A previously unreleased set of hospital prices and resulting payments made public Wednesday revealed a hidden world where charges set by some institutions can be three or four times higher than their competitors’. ...To Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, the prices and payments were further proof of confusion and distortion in the world of health care. “It’s another indication that we have a non-system of health care,” Oberlander said. “It’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ It just doesn’t make sense.”

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UNC Health Care staff forms peer mentoring program for amputees
News 14 Carolina
It is national nursing week and in the Tar Heel State the nursing staff at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill found a unique way to show amputee patients just how much they care.

They formed a peer mentoring program for amputees which help those who have recently lost a limb transition to life outside the hospital.

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