NCHA Honors Three at Summer Meeting July 14
Three healthcare leaders were awarded with NCHA's highest honors July 14 during NCHA's Summer Meeting in Pinehurst.
Greg Gombar, CPA, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Widely regarded as one of the state's most influential hospital leaders, Mr. Gombar has been actively involved with NCHA and is one of the architects and continued proponents of the state's Medicaid Reimbursement Initiative/Gap Assessment Program.
Phyllis N. Horns, PhD, RN, vice chancellor for Health Sciences at East Carolina University, was awarded the 2016 Meritorious Service Award for her work educating tomorrow's healthcare professionals.
Dale Jenkins, CEO and director of Medical Mutual Holdings of North Carolina was recognized with the 2016 Trustee Merit Award. Mr. Jenkins is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill and was previously Chair of the Board of Directors for UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh.
NCHA Receives Public Policy Innovation Award
The North Carolina Mobile Medication Management Program, coordinated by the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) and funded through a 3-year grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, has been awarded the highest honor in the Pioneer Institute’s 25th Annual Better Government Competition. The program was chosen from 100 entries from across the country for its unique approach to reducing the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and repeated emergency department visits by individuals with severe behavioral health disorders.
After its first year in operation in Nash and Vance counties, the pilot program has achieved a 94 percent reduction in emergency department visits by participants and reduced the number of psychiatric hospitalizations by 83 percent. UNC Nash Health Care and Daymark Recovery Services operate the programs in Nash and Vance counties, respectively.
NCHA Corporate Sponsorships Still Available
The tradeshow at NCHA’s Summer Membership Meeting July 13-15 at the Pinehurst Resort has sold out. There are other opportunities available to interact directly with the top decision makers from NC hospitals. For more details, see the 2016 Corporate Sponsorship Guide. In addition to the Summer Meeting tradeshow, the sponsorship program provides four tiers with benefits for each level of participation and support. Questions? Contact Pamala Rogers at 919-677-4127 or email@example.com. NCHA appreciates the businesses that have joined our Corporate Sponsorship Program in 2016. Their support enables the Association to keep meeting registration and membership fees low. For the most current list of 2016 NCHA's Corporate Sponsors, click here.
Hospitals Give Back to Their Communities
Saving lives, restoring health and providing jobs are just the beginning of hospitals’ and health systems’ contributions to their communities. Hospitals, health systems, and their employees positively affect almost every aspect of community life. Some hospitals provide nurses in local schools as a first line of defense against communicable childhood diseases. Others underwrite the salaries of nursing educators, enabling community citizens to step toward careers in healthcare. Hospitals and health systems contribute to local economic development foundations, loan executives to lead worthwhile community causes, and provide free (charity) care for those who lack sufficient financial resources.
Government representatives have previously focused solely on charity care as a measure of community benefit. All hospitals and health systems, regardless of ownership type, provide community benefits that otherwise government agencies would have to provide. Hospitals and health systems finance these benefits, thereby eliminating the need for public tax increases. To see a list of North Carolina hospitals and health systems’ charity care policies as well as their financial assistance information, click here.
NC Hospitals Making Cost and Quality Information Available to Consumers
North Carolina hospitals are committed to improving access to useful information for anyone making health care decisions. This information should come from all providers involved in your care, from physicians and hospitals to insurance companies. If you have insurance coverage, you will probably be most interested in knowing your potential “out of pocket” costs. Your insurance provider is the best source for this information. Many insurance companies have established cost calculators for their customers, based on a specific insurance plan, that can help you estimate your financial liability. Any search also should include getting information about quality measures, like patient safety and outcomes for hospital and outpatient procedures. You can find more information on cost and quality transparency at www.HealthierTomorrowNC.com.
NC Hospitals are Here for You When You Need Us
NC Hospitals are here for you when you need us and even when you don’t. Have you ever considered what it takes to make that possible?