Network Update 10: 2/24/2012

“Tell Me a Story” winners named. At a presentation during the last Network Directors’ meeting, Lanier Cansler announced the winners of CCNC’s anecdote contest. Mr. Cansler noted that all the entries were great and that choosing the best five was a real challenge.
The $50 winners in the five contest categories are: Patients -- Sandra McKetham, Collaborative Community Care (CC4C); Initiatives -- Arlen Coleman, Community Care Partners of Northern Piedmont; Partnership -- Cathy Simpson, RN, Community Care of Lower Cape Fear; Outcomes -- Carolina Gardner, Community Care of Eastern Carolina; and Practice Support -- Lori Dennis, Community Care of Southern Piedmont. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who submitted entries. Thanks also to Secretary Cansler for judging the contest.

New Asthma Action Plan tool on CCNC website. Thanks to the efforts of Daniel Davis and Community Care of Western North Carolina, there’s a new and useful asthma tool on CCNC’s Toolbox page. The document allows a customized plan to be quickly developed including patient-specific peak flow meter milestones, medications and contact info in the patient has problems. Please note that if you want to save the customized document, you’ll need have Acrobat Pro or to follow the instructions on the form for installing it on your PC hard drive. The files you’ll need are all up on the IC Reports Fileserver.

Cumberland County highlights palliative care. Carolina Collaborative Community Care (4C) and Cumberland Partnership for Education Access and Choice at End of Life (Cumberland PEACE) report that the State of North Carolina has proclaimed April 16th “Healthcare Decisions Day.” The municipalities of Fayetteville, Hope Mills and Spring Lake have issued similar proclamations.
The groups’ goal is to assess palliative care needs in Cumberland County and marshal community resources to meet those needs. Related initiatives include piloting Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) forms at physicians’ offices and the production of a YouTube video narrated by Dr. Beverly Spivey aimed at informing physicians and patients on the benefits of advance directives. Cumberland PEACE will also present “Vesta” – a warm and funny play depicting a family’s struggles with end-of-life issues – on April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Praise Fellowship Church of God, 510 Adam St., Fayetteville.

PCMH count continues to rise. Congrats to the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center’s Pediatric Clinic in Dobson, NC, on being recognized as Level Two PCMH – the first health department in the state to achieve that honor. More details available in local news coverage.
Also congrats to Community Care of the Sandhills and the following local practices for recently attaining PCMH Recognition:

  • Community Family Medicine - Pittsboro (Level III)
  • Community Family Medicine - Sanford (Level III)
  • Pinehurst Family Care - (Level III)

Welcome new CCNC employee. Starting next week, look for a new face in the reception area of Rexwoods suite 100: Administrative Assistant Whitney Beaver. Please welcome Whitney to CCNC.

Project Lazarus recognized in CDC report on overdose prevention programs. Check out the February 17 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for an update on community-based overdose prevention programs providing Naloxone. For details on CCNC’s statewide Chronic Pain Initiative, please see the CCNC site.

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