UNC Hospitals is a 803-bed facility that serves more than 37,000 people in the Southeast every year. It houses the N.C. Children’s Hospital as well as the N.C. Women’s Hospital. In addition to that, the hospital offers specialized patient care services such as the Diabetes Care Center, the Rehabilitation Center, the Comprehensive Transplant Center and more. UNC houses the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the United States.
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A volunteer position at UNC Hospitals can help ease the pain for parents who have to leave children at the hospital. At any time, at least three pediatric cuddlers are searching for upset children who need to be held and comforted, or just want to be played with.
UNC Hospitals is continuing to rely on health care reform as a way to reduce costs even though the legislation is being challenged and might even be repealed. The hospital has been losing millions in uncompensated care and is counting on the provision in the reform that requires everyone to be insured by 2014.
North Carolina might soon join other states in taking action against the federal health care reform. The N.C. House of Representatives judiciary committee passed a bill Thursday to block a provision of the legislation that requires people to buy health insurance to avoid facing penalty fees.
A dispute concerning rising health care costs might lead to the termination of a contract between UNC Hospitals and an insurance provider early next month, leaving thousands of patients in the lurch. UNC has raised the costs of service far beyond what Aetna’s patients might be able to pay, said Walt Cherniak, spokesman for the Connecticut-based insurance agency.
Merging their interests in medical technology and less invasive surgical methods, Dr. Anand Germanwala and Dr. Adam Zanation decided to remove a female patient’s aneurysm through her nose instead of the traditional open-brain surgery.
A partnership announced Tuesday between UNC Hospitals and the state’s largest insurance provider will bring 5,000 more primary care beds to the Triangle region.
The tall Haitian man, who looked to be in his 20s, wore a flash drive around his neck. In the months following the earthquake that devastated the Haitian population one year ago today, the flash drive held the only memories the man had left of those he had lost.
A dispute between UNC Hospitals and the private WakeMed Health and Hospitals is no closer to a resolution after a late December meeting. WakeMed requested financial information regarding UNC Hospitals’ charity care expenses and its private subsidiary Rex Hospitals in November, but UNC has still not responded.
After reporting high charity care losses for the year, UNC Hospitals has come under fire for the validity of its reports.
UNC Health Care and Novant Health are both in the running to receive approval for new expansion projects.
Two health systems located one county apart could not possibly have more divergent views than UNC Health Care and WakeMed. And if the providers do not work out their differences soon, it’s the well-being of the local health system that stands to suffer.
WakeMed Health and Hospitals is requesting UNC Hospitals to stop its “predatory behavior” in partnering with profitable private physicians’ practices across the state. They are also calling into question the amount of charity care UNC reports and the role of UNC-owned Rex Hospital in Wake County.
The UNC Supportive Care Consult Service and Clinic received recognition in the November issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice for an outpatient team approach that produces significant improvements in symptoms resulting from cancer or its treatment.
In March 2008, Lori and Matt Sames received the worst news a parent can imagine: their three-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Now, their hope lies with Steven Gray, a researcher at UNC’s Gene Therapy Center, who believes that with appropriate resources a cure is within reach. Hannah, the Sames’ youngest daughter, was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy, or GAN, after their pediatric neurologist stumbled upon the rare disease in a medical textbook.
The ground breaking of a new UNC Hospitals facility in Hillsborough is planned to begin in February after the settlement of a major roadblock. Construction of the new branch’s physicians’ offices will precede that of the hospital portion of the facility, which won’t begin until as late as 2014 as a result of the settlement of an appeal, said Margaret Hauth, town of Hillsborough planning director.
A prisoner receiving medical treatment was arrested Tuesday after police say he escaped from UNC Hospitals, stole a campus police car and led officers on a high-speed pursuit. Farley Linford Bernard, 46, was arrested on Interstate 40 westbound at about 1:30 p.m. after wrecking the police cruiser near Mebane, in Alamance County.