Category Archives: MEDICAL

A new generation of nurses: Chelsea Huggins

Huggins practices ‘hands on’ care. WASHINGTON, NC— Chelsea Huggins discovered that everyone is on the same page when they start the nursing program at Beaufort County Community College. The students who have two years of experience as certified nurse aides, and the students who just walked in the door might have the same skills it takes to be a great nurse. This was a relief to Huggins, who at 18, is the youngest student working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing. Huggins came to the community college almost by accident. She managed to speed through high school in just three years at Ne…

Seniors recruited to help fight Medicare fraud

ALLIANCE – Join us for the ‘Senior Medicare Patrol Workshop’ at Pamlico Senior Services Center at 800 Old Main Street in Alliance on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. The director of Senior Services in Pamlico County is Violet Ollison. What is Medicare Fraud and Abuse? Medicare Fraud occurs when a person or company knowingly tricks Medicare. They do it intentionally to receive inappropriate payment from the program. Medicare Abuse occurs when providers seek Medicare payment they don’t deserve, but they have not knowingly or intentionally done so. Abuse can al…

Ambulance snafu funny, but serious too!

By Betty Murphy | News Analysis BEAUFORT COUNTY — Reminiscent of the old TV series ‘Car 54, Where Are You?’ Vidant Medical Center put out an ‘Ambulance Missing Alert’ on Saturday Jan. 3 that was broadcast across the state to law enforcement agencies. The story was also picked up by news media across the nation. While this incident may provide comic relief, it presents some serious concerns. Ambulances are eye candy to drug dealers, former psych patients hooked on drugs, or even pranksters just wanting a joyride. An ambulance is a compact emergency room with expensive equi…

Plastic surgeon offers Christmas gift

Dr. John Zannis NEW BERN – The region’s best-known plastic surgeon, Dr. John Zannis, recently announced his donation of surgical services to a deserving area resident, who may not have the financial wherewithal to pay. Zannis calls this a ‘give back’ to the community from his practice, the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery. “We have been very blessed here in New Bern and just want to give something back to a deserving member of the community,” said Zannis. Nominations are being accepted for a friend, coworker, spouse or relative who has a significant plastic surgery problem and…

Greed, not need, main factor in hospital closing

By Beaufortobserver.net Editorial Team | Special to the County Compass BELHAVEN — Pungo District Hospital closed its doors Tuesday. Whether it will be forever, or whether the community will be successful in saving their hospital, remains to be seen. University Health System, now Vidant, took over the Pungo Hospital nearly two years ago when the local management was unable to make a go of it. Vidant promised to not only provide continuing health care through Pungo, but also to expand services. Now, two years later Vidant is closing the facility. Technically, a group of investors in Pa…

Increased travel time may well spell doom when Belhaven hospital closes

By Betty Murphy, News Analysis | Staff Writer BELHAVEN — On Monday, Feb. 24, standing room only might have discouraged some, but not residents of this small community. This wasn’t the first meeting on the proposed closing of Pungo Hospital, and probably not the last. The first speaker was Dr. Charles Boyette (former medical director of the hospital, and nationally recognized) who gave an honest assessment of how Pungo Hospital has survived in the past and, with careful guidance, might well continue in the future. With an occasional ‘amen’ interjected from the audience, one co…

‘Playing game where they hold all the cards’

News Analysis By Betty Murphy | Special to the County Compass Vidant Health, officially known as University Health Systems, is no stranger to closing rural medical facilities. Since 2010 Vidant Health has closed three medical clinics in the following counties: Dare, Pitt and Beaufort. Apparently these three clinics were not making enough money to satisfy Vidant. Now Vidant is closing Pungo Hospital in Belhaven. Pungo was the last hospital acquired by Vidant in 2011 and now the first Vidant hospital to be shut down. THEN (2010) In 2010, Hatteras Medical Center (Dare) was one of two Vidant cl…

Belhaven mayor lambastes Vidant over hospital closing

“Savage assault on health care in our town,” says O’Neal By Adam O’Neal, Mayor, Town of Belhaven | Special to the County Compass BELHAVEN — Recently, Vidant Health has been conducting a campaign to appear more community friendly, to the extent of airing a commercial on local TV during the Super Bowl. I believe this new effort is attempting to minimize damage to their public image created by their savage assault on health care in our town. Our community has had a hospital for over 60 years and has always found a way to survive through good and bad times.  A couple o…

Firefighter suffers severe injury

County rallies to support native son Freddie Sadler Jr. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer REELSBORO – Freddie Sadler Jr., age 23, is slowly recuperating from a broken back, suffered when he slipped from a ladder Saturday morning during a routine training exercise in New Bern. Dwayne Croom, Chief of the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department, said this week that Sadler’s spirits are good, but the young man – now confined to hospital room at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville — faces two long and difficult challenges: Physical and financial recovery. Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Dep…

Plastic surgeon offers new liposuction technique

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer Dr. John Zannis meets with a patient to discuss the SAFElipo™ process. NEW BERN – A physician known for his “body contouring services” will offer an innovative liposucution process, minimizing the use of heat and eliminating lumpiness and waviness that often results from traditional procedures. Dr. John Zannis of the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery is a big believer in SAFElipo™, developed by Louisiana doctor Simeon Wall Jr. “I am proud to add SAFElipo™ to my body contouring portfolio as an effective option for clients struggling wit…
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