FirstHealth Offers Innovative Health Care Close to Home
Since the late 1800s, people have been drawn to Moore County for the region's moderate climate and curative powers. It is no different today. The Sandhills region still draws people for its wonderful properties, and it is home to one of the state's most innovative health care systems.
In both scope and quality, the medical care offered by FirstHealth Moore Regional in Pinehurst matches that typically associated with university medical centers and large urban hospitals.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, not-for-profit health care network led by Chief Executive Officer David Kilarski, is headquartered in Pinehurst. Its nearly 4,200 employees serve 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas. Licensed for three hospitals with 582 beds and also including facilities for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, an inpatient hospice house, community outreach programs, Centers for Health & Fitness, primary care practices, EMS and critical care transport services, a non-profit insurance plan, a philanthropic foundation and a host of other services, FirstHealth demonstrates a commitment to treating the whole patient and to providing quality health care for the entire community - especially those in need.
Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, FirstHealth's flagship hospital, is an acute-care facility with 395 licensed beds. It offers a broad spectrum of specialties and a full range of health care services.
Reid Heart Center
Moore Regional has gained acclaim for its outstanding heart services led by expert physicians and surgeons who provide the region with the highest level of care and services. In 2011, FirstHealth celebrated the opening of Reid Heart Center: the FirstHealth Cardiac and Vascular Institute, a modern health care facility worthy of the health care professionals who practice inside its walls.
The state-of-the-art Reid Heart Center combines all the elements of cardiovascular care in one area. Offering one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the mid-Carolinas, the Heart Center builds upon the hospital's reputation for high-quality, personalized care combined with innovative clinical heart services.
The four-story facility consists of inpatient rooms, outpatient clinics, operating rooms, cath labs and space for nuclear medicine. Perhaps the most unique features of the heart center are its multi-use operating rooms. Often referred to as hybrid ORs, these specialized rooms allow medical teams to perform two or more procedures during one operation without the need to transfer a patient to a different specialized location. The rooms also allow for combined procedures with high-definition imaging within the operating room theater.
The Heart Center better coordinates the hospital's non-invasive cardiac and vascular diagnostic services, cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures, electrophysiology, surgery and a number of other patient-focused services.
The Reid Heart Center is named in honor of Walter and Betty Reid whose multimillion-dollar contribution to the project-supporting Stepping Stones Campaign constituted the largest single gift to Moore Regional Hospital in its more than 80-year history. The late Walter Reid III was a second-generation executive with Charms Candy Company, the New Jersey-based firm that he joined in 1934, 22 years after his father founded it as Tropical Charms. As CEO of Charms Candy, he created the classic American candy known as "Blow Pop," the third largest-selling candy in the world.
FirstHealth's Team of Heart Surgeons
FirstHealth's Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center provides comprehensive care in the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the chest, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs and esophagus. Three highly trained cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons - John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D.; Peter I. Ellman, M.D.; and Art Edgerton, M.D. - bring many years of experience to FirstHealth's heart program.
Expert Specialty Care
Leading the way in the latest advancements in health care at FirstHealth are nearly 300 medical staff members. More than 90 percent of these physicians are board certified - many in specialties such as cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, oncology and neonatology.
The neurosurgery program at Moore Regional Hospital employs three highly skilled board certified neurosurgeons who offer advanced, around-the-clock neurosurgical services to Moore County and the surrounding area. Larry Van Carson, M.D., joined Moore Regional's neurosurgical team in April 2009, joining Carol Wadon, M.D., and Bruce Jaufmann, M.D., who started the program in late summer 2008.
The stroke care program at Moore Regional Hospital recently received its second consecutive designation as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, earning a Gold Seal of Approval following an on-site survey in March 2011.
The Primary Stroke Center designation recognizes programs that make exceptional efforts to ensure better outcomes for stroke patients. It also demonstrates to the community that the services provided by designated hospitals meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
An important component of the stroke care program at Moore Regional involves Inpatient Rehabilitation, which has been continuously accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International since 1996. The hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation program recently earned its sixth consecutive three-year accreditation for its adult inpatient rehabilitation and stroke specialty programs. This achievement represents the highest level of rehabilitation accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates high-quality inpatient rehab and stroke specialty programs.
FirstHealth also boasts an award-winning orthopaedic program. Its orthopaedic surgeons provide diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system - the bones and joints of the arms, legs, spine and related structures such as nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
FirstHealth provides a complete range of orthopaedic treatments for nearly every orthopaedic condition, including:
n Joint disorders of the knee, hip and shoulder
n Neck and back injuries and disorders
n Carpal tunnel syndrome
n Fractures and dislocations
n Foot and ankle injuries
n Hand injuries
n Inflamed joints
n Torn ligaments and cartilage
n Sports injuries
FirstHealth's cancer care team provides the best medical care using the latest technology. Through their multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach, our cancer specialists balance innovative treatment with individual needs. They know cancer's invasion is personal, not just physical, affecting self-esteem, emotions, nutrition, finances and relationships as surely as it changes cells. As they give support beyond the bounds of medicine, our providers and other professionals offer hope, listen with respect, answer questions honestly, explain in understandable terms, consider all options, protect privacy and preserve dignity throughout diagnosis and treatment.
FirstHealth's cancer team uses the latest research, treatment, advanced technology, quality care and, most importantly, the dedication of a caring staff to fight all stages of cancer. From diagnosis to the conclusion of treatment, our multidisciplinary professional team acts as a patient navigator, mapping out a course of action and supporting your choices regarding fighting your illness.
FirstHealth provides advanced medical technology that includes chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, high dose rate brachytherapy, cancer surgery, MammoSite, biological therapy and monoclonal antibody treatment.
Patients and families are encouraged to work with our board-certified cancer care physicians, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and other health care providers to ensure the highest quality of care at all stages of cancer.
One program that makes Moore Regional Hospital's cancer program special is the Cancer CARE Fund. Created by the Moore Regional Hospital Foundation, the Cancer CARE Fund provides direct assistance, either financially or through one-on-one support, to cancer patients and their families.
The Cancer CARE Fund has made disbursements to help patients with transportation, nutritional supplements, medical supplies and meal vouchers as well as financial help for medication, wigs and other personal care items. In addition, the Fund's Care-Net program pairs volunteers with cancer patients for emotional support and practical help.
Get Fit in Pinehurst and Southern Pines
FirstHealth offers two freestanding Centers for Health & Fitness in Moore County, one in Pinehurst on the Moore Regional campus and a facility in Southern Pines.
The Pinehurst center offers extensive strength-training and cardio equipment and an indoor pool as well as wellness, group fitness and youth programs. An on-site spa called firstspa provides a range of services, including tension-melting massage therapies and skin therapies.
Services and amenities of the Center for Health & Fitness-Southern Pines go beyond cardio- and strength-training with distinct offerings that include yoga for kids, Tai Chi, Gyrokinesis, a eucalyptus room and a members' lounge.
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a health care call to action launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association that encourages participating physicians to regard physical activity as a vital sign - just as they would weight, blood pressure and temperature - and encourage their patients to use exercise to become more involved in improving their own health. In short, physicians "prescribe" exercise for their patients.
After discussing physical activity needs with their patients, participating doctors refer them to the Center for Health & Fitness-Pinehurst for another part of the EIM program, a professional - and free - exercise assessment and treatment plan developed by a trained exercise technologist.
State-of-the-Art Technology in Fitness
EIM's exercise assessment component allows patients to experience high-tech fitness though the Technogym Wellness System. The Technogym Wellness System is software that has been added to the fitness center's existing Technogym strength-training equipment and its new Technogym cardiovascular equipment (treadmills, stationary bikes, etc.). The Technogym equipment was funded through the generosity of the Moore Regional Hospital Foundation.
An exercise professional programs the participant's "exercise prescription" into a Smartkey. The participant then checks in at a Wellness Expert Kiosk to load his/her workout session for the day and lets the key do the rest. The software tells the participant where to begin, and the Smartkey loads the personal settings and provides instructions on each piece of equipment until the prescribed workout is complete. At the end of the workout, the participant gets feedback and tracks progress.
Physicians can monitor their patients' exercise activity electronically with either of several options for receiving progress updates. In time, these updates are loaded directly into the patient's Electronic Medical Record.
Surgeons at Moore Regional use robotic technology for certain types of gynecological surgeries. Use of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System allows gynecologists to perform some complex hysterectomies, as well as uterine fibroid removal and pelvic support reconstruction, as minimally invasive procedures. Because the operations are done through a few tiny incisions instead of one large one, patients typically have less pain, shorter hospital stays and much faster recovery.
Urologists at Moore Regional Hospital have been using robotic technology for more than six years to perform prostate surgery.
Bariatric Surgical Program
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has partnered with Pinehurst Surgical to establish a comprehensive Bariatric Surgical Program in the mid-Carolinas. The program offers Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band surgical approaches to significant weight loss and maintenance for those suffering from morbid obesity. The FirstHealth Bariatric Center is staffed by an interdisciplinary team and coordinated by a patient navigator and registered dietitian who provide quality education and support, before and after surgery.
Another area of advanced technology at FirstHealth is in Home Care, and Telehealth is the wave of the future for home health care. Using simple, easy-to-understand computer technology, patients transmit specific health information over their home phone line to a centralized monitoring station where it is read by qualified medical personnel. Anything unusual is noted, and appropriate follow-up is scheduled.
FirstHealth's Telehealth program received early support from the Foundation of FirstHealth and was later expanded with a grant from The Duke Endowment. In five years, the Telehealth service has benefited more than 3,000 patients in Moore, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, Lee and Hoke counties.
Latest in Technology
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy used to be available only at major academic medical centers in North Carolina. Thanks to a disbursement from the Moore Regional Hospital Foundation, the state-of-the-art technology that provides a safer and more accurate diagnosis of lung cancer and other diseases of the chest is now available at Moore Regional Hospital.
Because of the difficulty in reaching the outer or peripheral areas of the lungs, lung disease can be especially difficult to diagnose and stage. EBUS offers a way to look through the airways using sound waves and provides a safer and less invasive way of sampling lymph nodes in the chest. It also offers an excellent view of large blood vessels close by and enables physicians to access nodes not previously felt to be safe to biopsy. It can also access lymph nodes that are out of reach of the usual surgical approach.
Electromagnetic navigation allows the physician to access all areas of the lungs and chest using a "GPS-like" navigation system based on the patient's own CT scan of the chest.
FirstHealth offers a true open MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for its patients. For large-framed patients or those who suffer from claustrophobia, an open MRI can reduce the discomfort and anxiety sometimes experienced with a traditional enclosed MRI tube. To accommodate these patients, FirstHealth has a true open MRI scanner that is much less confining.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bones and other structures in the body.
Growing to Meet the Needs of the Community
FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care is dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care for people with life-limiting illnesses. The program also provides support for the families of patients through support groups and other bereavement programs through the Grief Resource and Counseling Center.
In fall 2011, FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care opened an 11-bed inpatient Hospice House. The new facility, funded in part through the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, provides a new level of service to patients who need more complex medical and psychosocial care for symptom management than can be provided in the home. Patients are cared for in a comfortable homelike environment with plenty of space for family and visitors to be near their loved one. Features include a family kitchen and dining rooms, a patient kitchen and a children's play area.
In addition to the inpatient Hospice House, the Hospice campus includes a chapel as well as buildings housing the FirstHealth Grief Resource & Counseling Center and Hospice administration.
Adding to the array of services provided in the community, FirstHealth will open the Clara McLean House in 2012. The hospitality house will encompass more than just overnight accommodations, instead offering a safe environment for lodging, meals and support services for patients and families during a medical treatment time. Patients and families will find a comfortable sanctuary and support as they navigate hospital services, procedures and overnight admissions.
For more information about FirstHealth and the services offered, visit its website at www.firsthealth.org.
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