NCHA Honors Three Healthcare Leaders At Summer Meeting
Three healthcare leaders were awarded with NCHA’s highest honors July 30 during NCHA’s Summer Meeting in Hilton Head. Bill Paugh president and CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Paugh was recognized for his leadership as chairman of NCHA’s Board of Trustees in 2014. Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award. McNeil-Miller, was recognized for rejuvenating the Trust and transforming it from a traditional charity model to a strategic philanthropic model focused on long-term impact. Through her leadership, the Trust has stayed true to its mission of improving the quality of life and the quality of health for the financially needy in North Carolina. Vanessa Ervin, a trustee at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, was honored with the Trustee Merit Award. Ervin is a regular participant in NCHA activities, including serving on the NCHA board, on the bylaws committee and on the 2014 Trustee Task Force. She also has served as a regional trustee alternate for the American Hospital Association.
Thanks to NCHA's 2015 Corporate Sponsors!
NCHA appreciates the businesses that have joined our new Corporate Sponsorship Program. Their support enables the Association to keep meeting registration and membership fees low. If you are attending this week's Summer Meeting, please thank the exhibitors and sponsors and let them know you value their participation. For the full list of NCHA's Corporate Sponsors, click here.
Optimizing Nurse Roles in Healthcare Delivery System Initiatives
NCHA, the North Carolina Nurses Association and the NC Organization for Nurse Leaders worked together to study and report on regulation, policies and potential best practices related to nurses and advanced practice nurses practicing to the full extent of their education and regulatory authority. The final report, "Optimizing Nurse Roles in Healthcare Delivery System Initiatives," defines some of the best practices in use among general practice nurses, nurse leaders and APRNs, and how they work together in interprofessional practice teams to impact the "Triple Aim," which is the simultaneous pursuit of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. The project includes interviews and reports from member hospital where these practices are already in use. The report is available in the download section online at here.
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?
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.