‘The shot saved my life!’ say all. Gut-wrenching statements in public forum.
Pamlico County, HOPE Clinic attempt to resolve liability concerns
BAYBORO – Mere words cannot possibly describe the emotions on display Thursday night, Dec. 7, as a half-dozen individuals – all of whom willingly described themselves as ‘recovering addicts’ – stood one-by-one behind a podium to address a crowd of more than 200 people. Labeled a ‘Community Information Session,’ the two-hour experience had the intensity of a well-crafted TV production – only this was real life, featuring y…
HOPE Clinic forced to boost medical malpractice insurance
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
In 2010, Hatteras Medical Center (Dare) was one of two Vidant cl…
“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…