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FAYETTEVILLE – Aug. 23, 2022 – Brian Langston, Cape Fear Valley Health’s Corporate Director of Patient Logistics – Critical Care Transport, was recently honored at the summer meeting of the North Carolina Healthcare Association, where he was awarded the 2022 Healthier Communities Award. Langston was one of 11 people honored for their work with the Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team (SPMCT) during the heigh of COVID-19 surges.

“It was my privilege to represent the commitment of Cape Fear Valley to our communities and the state,” Langston said. “I am honored to receive recognition by the North Carolina Healthcare association for that effort. Our success as a SPMCT would not have been possible without the daily dedication of our own Transfer Center and Patient Placement team members in our Command Center and those across the state.”

The Healthier Communities Award recognizes collaborative work by North Carolina Healthcare Association member organizations to promote health and well-being by addressing an identified community need. The 2022 winners were presented by Kimberly Clement, the N.C. Healthcare Preparedness Program Director and Medical Surge Lead during COVID-19.

“These team members embody the spirit of coming together for the betterment of their communities,” Clement said.

The honorees were all located at different transfer centers across North Carolina and worked tirelessly during the pandemic to ensure critical patients needing higher levels of care were transferred or those facilities given additional clinical support. Together, the group is known as the Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team (SPMCT).

The SPMCT also assisted 35 facilities not formally connected with the 13 transfer centers across the state who had critical patients needing higher levels of care. In total, the team reviewed 765 patient movement requests during the Delta and Omicron surges of COVID-19.

“Brian is an extremely valuable member of our leadership team who strives to increase access to health care for our patients,” said Brian Pearce, Vice President of Emergency Management and Engineering. “During the pandemic, he stepped up to help not only the patients in our region, but all the patients in North Carolina as a member of this team.”


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