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Cape Fear HealthNet would like to thank our funders for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Our efforts on behalf of the uninsured in Southeastern North Carolina would not be as effective without your support.

Brunswick Hospital Authority

Cape Fear Memorial Foundation

The Duke Endowment

Landfall Foundation

Making Waves Foundation

NC Get Covered

NC Rural Health

NC Navigator Consortium

United Way of the Cape Fear Area












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Rhyne named medical director


Rhyne named medical director

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. | Janelle Rhyne has been hired as medical director for Cape Fear Health Net.

Rhyne, who has worked in internal medicine and infectious disease in the area, will help the nonprofit group, which coordinates and expands access to care for the poor and uninsured in the region.

As part of her new job, Rhyne will lead an episodic care clinic for patients who have nowhere else to go for primary care and will support the care of chronically ill patients who have established a medical home in the safety net.

Rhyne has previously worked for the New Hanover County Health Department and Wilmington Health Associates and was New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s hospital epidemiologist where she served as chief of staff.

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

HealthNet helps local people find health care

By Si Cantwell

A woman we’ll call Jane came to the New Hanover County Department of Social Services needing health care. She didn’t have insurance, so she was referred to Tileston Health Clinic.

Tileston found free medicine for her high blood pressure, but tests were needed to find out why she was having trouble breathing. New Hanover Regional Medical Center performed the tests and found she had pulmonary fibrosis. Scarring in her lungs made breathing difficult.

She needed a nebulizer, which pushes medicine into the lungs. She’d been to the emergency room several times for treatment.

That’s when Gina Bradley enters the story. She’s the nurse advocate for Cape Fear HealthNet.

HealthNet is a coalition of agencies in New Hanover and Brunswick counties. It helps people find health care. It arose from the Healthy Carolinians initiative and was incorporated in 2008.

Bradley was able to get Jane a nebulizer. She went to Jane’s home to teach her how to set it up and use it. She’s teaching Jane how exercise and a proper diet can help with her blood pressure.

HealthNet’s services go beyond traditional medical care. Bradley teaches moms how to shop on a budget for healthful foods. She might have to resolve a transportation issue or find day care so a patient can see a doctor.

She found an oversized wheelchair and walker for one very large fellow, and a bedside commode for him. She actually rearranged the furniture in his room to make it easier for him to move around.

“It’s almost like it’s contagious,” she said. “Helping people is contagious.”

One of HealthNet’s aims is to find alternatives to emergency room care for the uninsured.

“The emergency room is the worst place to go for primary care,” said Tami Eldridge, executive director of Cape Fear HealthNet. The emergency room stabilizes patients in crisis, she said. There’s no relationship to a doctor or nurse, no follow-up care.

HealthNet finds appropriate places for those who need health care.

“We’re the door that’s open when all the other doors are closed,” she said.

HealthNet has “navigators” stationed at Department of Social Services offices, helping people find the right places to go with health problems. Various agencies provide different services and their eligibility guidelines also differ. Bradley and the navigators work from inches-thick resource guides.

Demand for services is rising. HealthNet made 50 percent more safety net referrals in the year ended June 30 than it did a year earlier, and the number of people served per month was up 61 percent.

Looking ahead, HealthNet’s providers expect to treat 31 percent more patients in the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, with the numbers of uninsured patients rising 59 percent.

HealthNet and its partners need volunteers and monetary donations. They also need help with medicines and medical supplies. One business downsized and donated its office furniture. HealthNet found places for all of it.

Call HealthNet at 798-3594 to find out more, or visit

Si Cantwell: 343-2364

Bradley has formed relationships with health care providers and equipment vendors. She said businesses and individuals are generally glad to help

Cape Fear Area United Way Presents 1st Collaborative Grant Awarded Toward Community Impact Announces Influential Community Leader to Chair 2006 Campaign

Wilmington, NC – Five local human service agencies, in a collaborative effort with 11 other local agencies, received a three-year grant from the Cape Fear Area United Way on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the United Way office, Wilmington. This award, totaling approximately $675,000 over three years, is the first step in funding community change and will impact the system of physical and mental health care for those in the Wilmington area.

Presenting this award was Andrew White, President, GE Energy – Nuclear. Mr. White, who has 23 years with GE Energy, has agreed to represent the Cape Fear Area United Way as the new 2006-2007 Campaign Chair.

The five local agencies receiving the award are Access III of the Lower Cape Fear, Inc., Good Shepherd Ministries, New Hope Clinic, Inc. Tileston Outreach Health Clinic, WHAT – Wilmington Health Access for Teens and 11 additional agencies that are part of the Access Committee of the Cape Fear Healthy Carolinians.

This substantial grant will be used by local agencies to increase the capacity of the safety net agencies and create a clearly identifiable, coordinated system of care for the uninsured. The first of its kind under the new CFAUW Community Impact method of funding community change is creating new forms of collaboration among agencies and developing long-range strategies for working together to address some of the most pressing needs in our community.

Cape Fear Area United Way is making necessary investments that will improve the quality of life by identifying and prioritizing needs in our communities, mobilizing people, organizations and financial resources to deliver high impact solutions, and measuring results for continued success.