Health briefs – NHRMC employees raise money for patient care

New Hanover Regional Medical Center employees raised nearly $109,000 to for a campaign that supports projects in the hospital that benefits patients and employees in need.

The fund, the NHRMC Foundation’s Employee Campaign, gives donors the option of donating to the general fund or to a specific service line, the Nursing Resource Fund or the Employee Benevolent Fund for employees facing a financial crisis.

“We are so pleased to see how strongly NHRMC employees feel about supporting not only the mission of the hospital but also each other,” Aline Lasseter, executive director of the NHRMC Foundation, said in a statement. “These are very caring people who want to help out and make things better.”

Bostick on board
Alysa Bostick, director of physician relations for Wilmington Health Associates, was recently elected to the Carolinas Association for Physician Services’ board of directors. The group is an association of health care recruiters for hospitals and large practices throughout the Carolinas.

Grant to aid dental access
Cape Fear HealthNet, which serves New Hanover and Brunswick counties, has been awarded a $300,000 grant as part of a statewide initiative to improve access dental care for low-income, high-need patients.

The money comes from the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which recently gave out more than $1.9 million in grants to seven groups across the state.

“It is unfortunate that many North Carolina citizens do not receive basic dental care, which is so critical for overall good health,” Vandana Shah cq, the trust fund’s executive director, said in a statement.

Untreated oral health problems can impact affect other health issues. Research has shown a link between chronic oral health infections to diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke, low birth rate and premature births, according to the trust fund.

The trust fund receives part of North Carolina’s tobacco settlement funds for programs focusing on health access, prevention and education.

– Vicky Eckenrode

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