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Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems in North Carolina today. Cardiovascular diseases, which include heart disease and stroke, account for 31 percent of all deaths in North Carolina. Just as staggering are the health care costs of cardiovascular disease in the state. Data provided by “The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in North Carolina—July 2010 Update” show that total hospital charges for CVD in North Carolina currently exceed $4.6 billion annually. State health experts are suggesting four simple steps, the ABCS, that individuals can take to address the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease and control rising health care costs.


Patients treated at local hospitals evaluated by center

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has released the first independent evaluation of a statewide initiative to purchase bed space and build capacity for mental health patients in crisis at local hospitals across North Carolina. The goal of the program is to increase the number of beds available for mental health patients, keeping them out of hospital emergency rooms and out of the state psychiatric hospitals.

North Carolina's ongoing reform of its mental health system is guided by a strategy of providing comprehensive services in local communities, reserving the state's three large psychiatric hospitals for patients needing long-term care. Achieving this, however, requires communities to have hospitals with psychiatric units capable of providing short-term inpatient care — care for people who are temporarily unstable, having a psychotic episode, are suicidal or pose a risk to others, or have relapsed in their substance abuse treatment.


MedWest-Harris Hospice has announced Morgan Allen as the new manager of Hospice Operations and Administration and Jeanne Tillett as manager of Hospice Clinical and Quality Services.

Tillett and Morgan have accepted their new roles leading the MedWest-Harris Hospice in clinical/quality areas and operational/ administrative work.

Tillett has extraordinary experience in nursing leadership, both in acute and postacute settings. As manager of Hospice Clinical and Quality Services, Tillett has oversight for MedWest-Harris Hospice nursing and clinical services as well as quality and performance improvement initiatives.


As the 2013 calendar flips over, millions of Americans get a new beginning by looking to live healthier lifestyles in the new year. In addition to extra hours at the gym, many grocery shoppers will also spend more time ensuring their carts are filled with healthier options to feed their families. Today's plethora of labels and buzzwords that adorn food packaging only makes the trip to the market even more daunting. In fact, many of the labels, such as "grass-fed" and "organic," that often suggest food is healthier refer only to how it was raised, not to the nutritional content.

Confused? You aren't alone. Volunteer farmers with the CommonGround program, a grassroots movement to start conversations about farming and food, want to help shoppers demystify several common food labels and make their trip to the market a little less stressful.


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