Category Archives: AWARD

Patients prefer CarolinaEast

NEW BERN — CarolinaEast Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades Outstanding Achievement Award for 2017. This puts the hospital among the top 15 percent nationwide for overall patient satisfaction. Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, evaluated 3,489 hospitals nationally that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of all eligible hospitals, 2,941 met those requirements with 443 hospitals, including CarolinaEast, outperforming their peers base…

Local campus brings home the Gold!

Pamlico Community College President Dr. Jim Ross, third from left, accepts a $30,000 grant for the College’s new Dental Laboratory Technology program from Don Brinkley, fourth from left, Chairman of the Harold H. Bate Foundation’s Board of Directors. Also pictured, from left, are: Michelle Willis, PCC Vice President of Instructional Services; Kathy Nicodemus, PCC Dental Laboratory Technology instructor; Ross; Brinkley; Benny Mullinix, Bate board member; Joyce Hendricks, director of the Bate Foundation; and Bob Mattocks, Bate board member. GRANTSBORO – Ranked the Number O…

Vandemere Boating Access receives national ‘Outstanding Project Award’

By Ron Christofferson, President States Organization for Boating Access PAMLICO COUNTY – Each year the States Organization for Boating Accesss (SOBA), based in Chicago, solicits nominations for outstanding boating access projects from our member states across America and its territories. The Vandemere Boating Access project – located in Pamlico County in eastern North Carolina – received such a nomination from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This nomination was evaluated by the SOBA Executive Board using several criteria, including the use of sound engi…

Pamlico Community College ranked No. 1

Campus tops list released by SmartAsset GRANTSBORO — Pamlico Community College has been ranked No.1 on SmartAsset’s list of the Best Community Colleges in the United States. smartasset.com/student-loans/best-community-colleges-2017 The list, released Aug. 9 by the New York-based personal finance technology company, places PCC in the top spot in the nation based on a review of 2015-16 federal data on 808 community colleges throughout America. PCC received exemplary scores for its graduation/transfer rate. A whopping 84 percent of PCC students either graduate or transfe…

CarolinaEast earns five stars!

Upper echelon of nation’s hospitals NEW BERN — In the second round of ratings by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CarolinaEast Medical Center is the only hospital in North Carolina to retain five stars. One of only four in the state following the initial ratings, CarolinaEast now emerges into an elite group – the 1.81 percent of the nation’s hospitals to receive a coveted five stars! According to the federal government website, Medicare.gov: “The overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hosp…

Pamlico County Athletic Club launches fourth year

GRANTSBORO – Maurice King, executive director of the Pamlico County Athletic Club, and three of the store’s staffers, are seen here in the ‘Trophy Corner’ of the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly. The spot is a showcase for awards, medals, and other recognition received by local youth basketball teams. The teams, which play and practice almost year-round, are open to students in Grades 3 through 12. In addition to Piggly Wiggly, the other sponsors for Pamlico County Athletic Club include Beasley’s Bail Bonds, Garland Fulcher Seafood, Big M Equipment, and Bojangles’. King and his vol…

Marina at River Dunes nets two major boating awards

ORIENTAL — River Dunes has been voted one of the Top Ten Best All-Around Marinas in the world, according to Marinas.com, a top ranked website with over 5.5 million visitors annually. The survey allowed voters to select their favorites from over 16,000 marinas in the categories of Best All-Around, Transient, Home Port, Resort, Family-Oriented, and Boat Service Yards. Other winners ranged from as far as Portugal, the British Virgin Islands and Canada. Deaton’s Yacht Service, located in Oriental, was voted one of the Top Five Boat Service Providers in the Marinas.com survey. Marin…

Underwater memorial planned for long-time Reef Coordinator

Jim Francesconi MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is moving forward with plans to construct an underwater memorial in honor of the division’s former Artificial Reef Coordinator Jim Francesconi. The vessel originally identified for sinking in Francesconi’s name is no longer available. An alternative vessel has been found, and efforts to contract for purchase, cleaning, towing and sinking the ship are underway. The division will oversee sinking of the vessel on the Howard Chapin Reef (AR-330), about 12 miles outside of Beaufort Inlet. The vessel will be sunk…

High School principal gets nod for Superintendent’s post

BAYBORO – Lisa Jackson, principal of Pamlico County High School, receives congratulations from John Prescott, Chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Education. After current Superintendent Wanda Dawson announced earlier this month that she would step down from her post effective July 1, the elected seven-member board resolved, if possible, to hire from within. Insiders familiar with Jackson’s appointment describe her as a strong, capable leader. Over the past decade, the four-campus school system has experienced dwindling enrollment – a high-priority challenge the new su…

Ballroom dancers excel in Raleigh

RALEIGH — John and Penny DeFino of Pamlico County are known locally as National Ballroom champions, but now a number of their students are making the news. Thirteen dancers recently competed at the Triangle Open Dancesport Championships in Raleigh – the 17th annual episode of this ballroom competition at NC State! All of the group placed in a great number of events that included American Style and International Style dancing in Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and Quickstep. Proving that it is never too late to start, the students range in age from 20s to those well over…
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