Steve Lawler Named NCHA President
The Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association has selected Stephen J. Lawler as the Association’s next president, effective July 1. A veteran health system administrator, Lawler is currently senior vice president of the regional group for Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. Prior to joining CHS, he served in numerous leadership roles over 20 years at Vidant Health, including seven years as president of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. For more details, read the attached press release.
North Carolina's Hospitals and Health Systems Boost State Economy
Hospitals and health care systems are a vital economic force in North Carolina. A new report shows the state’s health care sector generated $22.4 billion in labor income and $37.8 billion in gross domestic product last year. Hospitals directly and indirectly support nearly 400,000 jobs, or nearly 8.7 percent of total employment across the state. The Economic Impact of Hospitals and Health Systems in North Carolina, produced by RTI International and the North Carolina Hospital Association, examines the multiple ways health care influences local economic development: creating local jobs and educating the future workforce, attracting and retaining business, and providing essential unreimbursed services to the community. See the full report here.
NC Senate Budget Threatens Access to Care
The budget proposed by the North Carolina Senate will add financial instability to hospitals and health systems across our state already challenged by uncertainty in today’s healthcare environment. A provision in the Senate budget would repeal the state’s Certificate of Need law, which ensures that healthcare services are geographically distributed across the state based on demonstrated and projected need. Repeal of the law, even if delayed until 2025, is an ineffective approach that would neither reduce costs nor increase access to care but would most definitely cause financial distress to hospitals. Read more here.
NC Behavioral Health Reform Legislation Introduced
North Carolina’s hospitals and health systems, joined by a coalition of state lawmakers and stakeholder groups, have embarked on a strategic plan to address the growing behavioral health crisis in our state. Legislation introduced in the House and Senate proposes important first steps to promote access to evidence-based, coordinated and timely crisis care through full revision and modernization of North Carolina’s Involuntary Commitment (IVC) Statute. Read more here.
NCHA Honors Three with 2017 Trustee Service Awards
Three exemplary hospital trustees received Trustee Service Awards on April 29 during NCHA's Annual Trustee Institute. Established in 1992, these awards recognize member hospital trustees who have made significant and unique contributions to their hospitals and the communities they serve. This year’s winners are: S. Hewitt “Hew” Fulton, immediate past chairman of the board of trustees at First Health of the Carolinas in Pinehurst; Dr. Natarajan Rajan, secretary of the board of trustees at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids; and Mike Vinson, immediate past chairman of the board of trustees at Scotland Health Care System in Laurinburg.
Act Now: Limited Booths Remain for Summer Meeting
Want to do business with North Carolina's hospitals and health systems? There’s no better venue than NCHA's Summer Meeting Tradeshow July 19-20 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. Act now by joining the 2017 NCHA Corporate Sponsorship Program. The program provides four tiers with benefits for each level of participation and support. For details, see the brochure. Questions? Contact Pamala Rogers at 919-677-4127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?