By Erin Smith Bladen County is a great place to live, play and work, but there remains much room for improvement, according to the County Health Rankings published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bladen County ranked 95th among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the 2018 County Health rankings released recently. This is a slight drop from the 2017 County Health Ranking of 91st. Bladen County Health Educator Marianne Valentiner said the data used to calculate the numbers cover the period of 2014 to 2016, which is more than two years old. She pointed out there are programs and initiatives that are …..
Gastroenterologist Dr. Melissa M. Garrett has joined Southeastern Digestive Health Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Garrett earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va., in 2000. She completed an internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., in 2003, and a gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 2007. She is board certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Before joining SeHealth, Dr. Garrett worked as medical director for PAREXEL, a contract research organization. She worked as an assistant professor for nine years and an instructor of medicine for one year, both at Duke …..
Do you have a child starting Pre-K or Kindergarten this year? If so, contact Bladen County Health Department today to schedule a physical exam. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Physical includes vision and hearing screening. Immunizations may also be given at this appointment if needed. Don’t have a child starting school? We see children from birth through 20 years of age for wellness checks and also offer sports physicals. Medicaid and insurance accepted. Payment based on income is also available for those without insurance. Call 910-862-6900 for appointments. Share:
By Cheryl Thurston So long, February. You were short, but sweet. You started with warm temperatures, even though Punxsutawney Phil called for more winter. You brought us sweets for the lovers, sales for the presidents, and lots of important Black History. I’ve often wondered why the maker of the calendar didn’t just take an extra day from a couple of the 31 day months to make February as long as the others. But I digress. The good folks at the Bladen County Health Department didn’t mind the shortness of February though. They went right on with their inspections of the kitchens, cafeterias, and restaurants we love to visit. Without their …..
One hundred and thirty-four employees reached milestone years of service at Southeastern Health in 2017. These employees were honored Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) annual service awards banquet. SeHealth’s Vice President of Talent and Culture, Dr. Patrick Ebri, led SeHealth Administrators and Directors as they presented service award certificates and gift cards to honorees in attendance during the after-dinner ceremony held in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s dining room. Those in attendance made dinner selections from a variety of delicious entrees prepared by SeHealth’s Food and Nutrition Services staff. SeHealth Foundation Board Member and Vocalist Lisa Rust was accompanied by Mark Anderson on the piano as the evening’s entertainment. …..
1.25 CE Hours Available at No Cost Online – take them anytime, anywhere Relias is your partner in finding solutions to the opioid crisis in the United States. Our opioid solution combines education and analytics to overcome rising opioid misuse and abuse and reign in healthcare costs. We are offering two best-in-class opioid courses to your providers at no charge for the week of March 4-10. Two free opioid training modules: Module Name: Opioid Use and Abuse Landscape Training Hours: 0.5 Accreditation: ACCME, ANCC, DC-RN, FL-MED, FL-PA, GA-RN, SC-RN Description: This course is an overview of the opioid epidemic and the role healthcare providers play in the solution by educating and helping dependent …..
Kids, Teens and Grief is a no cost workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. If you have a child or teen that is coping with the death of a loved one, join us Tuesday, April 10, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at our Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. This workshop reviews how children grieve and offers parents and other caring adults suggestions for helping children cope with death and grief. To register, call 910-515-6689. Because of our generous donors, these caring, no cost counseling services and programs are available to all. Your donation is always appreciated. “The death of a loved one is difficult for everyone, and children and teens feel …..
Accounting Manager Jeanine Lawson was named the 2017 winner of the John D. Drake Distinguished Service Award, Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) highest employee honor, and Director of Clinical Care Cynthia George was named the 2017 winner the W. Reid Caldwell Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award during surprise presentations at SeHealth’s annual service awards banquet held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria. “Jeanine has been described by her co-workers as knowledgeable in every aspect of her job and the true definition of a leader,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson, who made the surprise presentations. “She is recognized as a reliable asset by organizational leadership and is sought after for her professional …..
Children’s Health of Carolina, PA Welcomes Danielle Chavis, PA-C to Lumberton Children’s Clinic Children’s Heath of Carolina, PA proudly announces the addition of Danielle Chavis, PA-C to the Lumberton Children’s Clinic location. She will be accepting new patients starting March 1st . Completing her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, she began her career as a Biology teacher at Scotland High School. In 2012, she completed a post-baccalaureate program at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated from Methodist University’s Physician Assistant program in 2017. As a native of Laurinburg, Danielle enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, nieces and nephews, and is also a …..
A GoFundMe page has been started to assist a Bladen County family with medical expenses. Joelle Butler has been hospitalized with a serious, life threatening heart condition. She will have a long period of recovery and her husband Josh Butler will be out of work for several months to be with her, according to the GoFundMe page. She is also the mom of three boys. To help this family, go to https://www.gofundme.com/joellestrong. All proceeds will go to the family to assist with medical expenses during this time. Share:
Safe pregnancies and healthy babies are inextricably tied to the pre- and post-conception health of mothers. Data show that maternal health factors are a leading contributor to birth outcomes such as fetal viability and infant mortality. Unfortunately in North Carolina, barriers to affordable and consistent healthcare for women pre- and post-conception contribute to stubbornly high rates of fetal and infant death each year, despite advances in clinical care. In 2016, NC Child published a brief outlining the potential positive benefits of expanded health care coverage on infant mortality. This brief builds upon that work, exploring the similar potential of expanded women’s health insurance access and utilization to affect fetal outcomes …..
By Cheryl Thurston January usually starts off with a lots of parties, hopes and ambitions. We relish the chance to make fresh starts. The most common New Year’s Resolution is to loose weight, however, by the end of the month we are usually back to our old habits, whatever they may be. (It’s the same for me.) When people are getting back to work after a holiday break, and have to rush from one place to the next, checking items off of the lists, they fall back on convenience. That’s January. All the more reason we need to know what we are fueling our bodies with, right? Well, here it …..
BEULAVILLE, NC – Effective for services provided on or after today, February 1, Eastpointe will provide a 3 percent rate increase for its network providers. This increase will apply to a substantial number of both state- and Medicaid-funded outpatient services. This rate increase was made despite a $12.8 million reduction in state funding and a 6 percent increase in the number of beneficiaries across Eastpointe’s 11-county service area during its 2017 fiscal year (ended June 30, 2017). Eastpointe CEO Sarah N. Stroud noted that, “We’re always looking for opportunities to help make the communities we serve stronger and healthier. Though our Medicaid system is in transition and funding is tight, we …..
By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative learned on Tuesday Bladen County has received $25,000 from the North Carolina Emergency Management Division to assist individuals who are still without housing from Hurricane Matthew. “We can assist them with deposits and two months rent,” said Janet Miller, Social Work Program Director. She said she currently has two applicants who have applied to receive assistance. The criteria to receive assistance is as follows: the applicant must be someone who has been displaced by Hurricane Matthew and they must have submitted a prior application to FEMA for assistance. Miller said there are some individuals in Bladen County who still have FEMA applications pending …..
DUBLIN – Marcia deAndrade has joined the faculty at Bladen Community College as a Nursing Instructor in the Allied Health Programs curriculum. deAndrade, a native of Elizabethtown, most recently served Harrell’s Christian Academy for eight years as the school nurse. She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Instructor for Sampson Community College, and as a registered nurse for Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital. She is excited to bring her experiences as a clinical nurse to a student setting on a community college campus. “As a clinical nurse, each patient was different and I constantly had to adapt to what was being presented to me at the time,” explained deAndrade. …..
WASHINGTON, D. C.– Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat (RTE) frozen beef meatball items were produced on Dec. 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: *36-lb. cases containing six 6-lb. bags of “Member’s Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a “Best if Used By 17 DEC 2018” label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5336” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped …..
FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health and Beasley Media Group are stopping the music to fight the growing opioid problem in the region. North Carolina currently has four cities, including Fayetteville, identified as national hotspots for prescription opioid abuse. Fayetteville is ranked 18th highest on the list, according to a recent study. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Cape Fear Valley and Beasley will broadcast Fayetteville Fights Back, a candid discussion about opioid abuse, on all Beasley radio stations in the Fayetteville listening area. The live talk show will air from 5 – 6 p.m. It’s an unprecedented move for Beasley. The program will be heard without commercials simultaneously on WKML 95.7, FOXY 99.1, …..
WILMINGTON – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a 90-minute grief workshop: Understanding Grief and Loss. It will take place from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13th, at the Bladen County office, located at 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. There is no cost to attend; pre-registration is required. Call 910-515-6689 to register. “It’s been said, every loss is different and every loss is the same,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “Though a person’s loss is truly unique, a person’s grief process probably shares some similarities with the grief process of others. This workshop will focus on those similarities and some tried-and-true coping skills those grieving can learn …..
Officials with Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are urging the public to visit their family physician or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care as currently all staffed beds at SRMC are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. “We are urging our community to evaluate their health care needs to determine the most appropriate place from which to seek care at this time,” said Renae Taylor, chief nursing officer for Southeastern Health. “Persons with true emergencies, such as trauma or chest pain, should not hesitate to come in for emergency care. Patients who do seek care from SRMC’s emergency department will be treated in …..
Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital is restricting children under age 12 from visiting the hospital to help minimize the spread of flu and other flu-like illnesses, the system’s chief executive officer Michael Nagowski announced Monday. Also, the emergency department is limiting visitors to one per patient, Nagowski added. “If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose, please do not visit friends and family in the hospital,” Nagowski said. “Hand washing remains the number one way to reduce the spread of infection.” Cape Fear Valley Bladen has placed hand hygiene stations throughout the hospital and outside every patient room for use. The hospital reminds …..
Southeastern Health of Lumberton has announced the following inclement weather schedule: Closed for Thursday, January 4th: Southeastern Health Primary and Specialty Clinics (except those listed below) Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic Southeastern Psychiatry Clinic Southeastern Rehabilitation Centers Open on Thursday, January 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Gibson Cancer Center Southeastern Medical Clinic Gray’s Creek Southeastern Health Mall Clinic Southeastern Home Medical Equipment Southeastern Radiology Associates Southeastern Urgent Care Pembroke Southeastern Wound Healing Center The Clinic at Walmart The Clinic at Lumberton Drug The Surgery Center at Southeastern Health Park All Southeastern Health Fitness Centers will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 4th. Share:
SALISBURY, N.C – Food Lion is voluntarily recalling all code dates of its Food Lion brand Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits in an abundance of caution after being notified by its manufacturer today the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. While there have been no reports of illnesses to date, the product is being recalled as a precautionary measure after T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of the product, has indicated a possible contamination issue with Listeria monocytogenes at one of its plants. Food Lion has removed all affected product from its shelves and urges customers to return the product to their local Food Lion store for a full refund. Customers may also contact …..
New rules that set limits on the quantity of opioids that can be prescribed take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The STOP Act, supported by Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, sets new initial prescribing limits and is part of the state’s multi-pronged effort to reduce the oversupply of prescription opioids that has contributed to increased addiction and unintentional overdose deaths. Nearly four people die every day from opioid overdose in North Carolina. Opioid-related deaths have risen from fewer than 200 in 1999 to 1,384 in 2016. “Smarter, safer prescribing is one tool among many that we’re deploying to combat the opioid crisis,” said Governor Cooper. “Setting initial limits …..
By Cheryl Thurston Happy December everyone. By now your Thanksgiving feast, (and all those left-overs) is just a pleasant memory. We all have a lot to be thankful for, like the fine folks at the Bladen County Health Department who work hard each month to ensure our safety when we eat away from home. As always, BladenOnline.com is serving the Mother county by publishing the results of the sanitation inspections that were performed last month. Check out the list below to see which restaurants and kitchens were inspected in November. Bon Appitité. Share:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A court has told the former CEO and ousted board members of North Carolina’s largest regional mental health care agency to stay clear of the finances of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions since state officials have taken it over. A Mecklenburg County judge signed Wednesday an order preventing ex-chief executive Richard Topping and the former board from interfering with actions by the Department of Health and Human Services for 10 days. DHHS also wants something more permanent. The department took charge temporarily of Cardinal Innovations on Monday following recent audits chronicling what they called excessive spending, executive pay and severance packages. A state attorney provided to …..
By Sandra R. Cain Purchase the right turkey Consider buying a fresh turkey from your grocery store. There is no need to defrost it and no added fat or sodium as in the self-basting, frozen birds. For a small dinner with 6 or fewer people, you may want to consider purchasing a breast. A bone-in turkey breast gives you a small turkey roast that can be carved in the traditional style without the excess fat and leftovers from dark meat. Purchase a half-pound of turkey for every guest. Increase that to one pound if you want leftovers. Turkeys heavier than 12 pounds yield more meat, so go with one-third pound per person. …..
November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a complex disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism that is primarily a result of deficiency or complete lack of insulin secretion by the beta cells of the pancreas or defects of the insulin receptors. In order to educate the community regarding this disease process Caitlin Dalton, Nutritionist/Life Coach, and the Health and Wellness Ministry of Baldwin Branch MBC will be offering the community an opportunity to improve their health. This educational opportunity will consist of a series of 16 classes. Support our efforts to make Bladen County and surround areas a healthier community! Program participants at high risk for type 2 diabetes will meet …..
By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown boy has beaten the odds and was recently honored with a photo on the wall of Duke Children’s Hospital Neonatal ICU. Jase High was born on November 19th, 2016, with a condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. His mother, DeShana High said the diagnosis means Jase was born with a hole in his diaphragm. “Initially, before I had him, they didn’t know it was that severe,” said DeShana High. It was only when Jase was born that doctors and DeShana High learned the exact nature of Jase’s issue. She said being a nurse, as well as a first time mom, she knew his condition was very …..
By Erin Smith The week of October 23 through October 31st is Red Ribbon Week and this year’s theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” The idea behind Red Ribbon Week is to encourage parents to begin a conversation with their teens about drugs and the dangers associated with them. As part of the Red Ribbon Week Campaign, there is a photo contest you can enter for a chance to win an iPad and $1,000 for your school. There are two categories you can enter: Home decorations or school decorations. Entering is simple. Decorate your home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double looped Red Ribbon, snap …..
Group of experts to hold first meeting Oct. 23 in Raleigh RALEIGH – The heads of the state environmental and public health agencies today announced the new members of the newly expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment. The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium. “We selected top talent from a robust pool of more than 50 candidates from across North Carolina,” said Michael Regan, secretary …..
Sandra R. Cain Dietary fiber has become a household word. Most food labels in the supermarket now list dietary fiber. Even though fiber is not considered a nutrient, health professionals agree that most Americans don’t get nearly enough in their diet. Dietary fiber is found only in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Complex carbohydrates which are not digested but are excreted from the body are called dietary fiber. Small amounts of some dietary fiber may be broken down by bacteria normally found in the intestine. Two types of dietary fiber are soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. …..
By Erin Smith The Bladen Community Collaborative for Bladen County will conduct a health fair at Leinwand Park on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free food and activities for everyone. Come out and meet the agencies that serve your county. Share:
By Erin Smith Cardinal Innovations has filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina in an effort to continue paying Richard Topping’s salary of $635,000 per year. The lawsuit protests the ruling of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) that the salary and bonuses paid to Cardinal Innovations CEO Richard Topping are out of compliance with the North Carolina General Statutes. In 2001, the NC General Assembly legislation that reformed the methods through which mental health services are provided and created Local Management Entities (LMEs) and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). As such, Cardinal Innovations was created and is tasked with the care for more than 850,000 clients in …..
By Erin Smith The month of October is a time to talk about Breast Cancer Awareness and the importance of screenings and early diagnosis. Wearing pink to show your support for breast cancer survivors and those receiving treatment is one way to mark the occasion. The White House was illuminated in pink light on Monday night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many wear pink T-shirts or pink ribbons to honor those who are battling this disease and to bring the issue to the light. Some other ways to show your support is through raising money for continued research for a cure or providing someone who is undergoing treatment …..
By: Charlotte Smith Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 1st though October 7th, 2017. BladenOnline.com along with Eastpointe and the commissioners want to help educate our community about the topic. Mental health is just as important as your physical health. Cheryl Harris, William Sellers, with Eastpointe and Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners spoke with BladenOnline.com General Manager, Erin Smith at Bladen Community College about mental health. Watch the video now. If you or someone you know needs assistance with mental health, please call: 1-800-913-6109. Share:
By Erin Smith The Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Thursday and set to work discussing how to tackle the problem of opioid addiction in the county. Those in attendance at the meeting divided into five discussion groups to look at various aspects of the problem. Group discussions focused on: * resource awareness/education/communication to community; * gaps in resources and how to fill those gaps; * data/information gathering and tracking and what information needs to be tracked; * opioid education in the communities; * and preventing opioid abuse and addiction. Some of the ideas presented by the groups included education for seniors and parents regarding opioid safety, more drop …..
By: Charlotte Smith One role of our government is to keep its citizens safe. Bladen County elected officials have to keep their citizens’ health and well being as a top priority as part of their role in maintaining citizen safety. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation to help bring awareness to mental illness. Charles Ray Peterson, the Chairman of the Board, gave a list of reasons why the board wanted to help bring awareness to mental health. One in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Suicide is …..
Robeson County man says his family and Monarch’s crisis facility helped him find the road to recovery On Monday, Aug. 28, approximately 50 community members, elected officials, representatives from the hospital, social services, school system, and Eastpointe, the region’s managed care organization (MCO), gathered at Monarch’s Facility-Based Crisis (FBC) center, 207 W. 29th St., Lumberton, for a grand reopening ceremony. The facility was recently renovated and expanded. The recently renovated crisis program provides in-patient treatment options for people with mental illness and substance use disorders requiring 24-hour secure and medically supervised care. Monarch received more than $2 million in support from Eastpointe and federal and state funding streams. The Cannon …..
By Erin Smith State officials have contacted Chemours officials and demanded they stop the discharge of two additional chemicals into the Cape Fear River. The two additional chemicals were identified in a report issued to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA report including test results performed on water samples submitted to the EPA laboratory in Research Triangle Park. The two compounds are identified as PFESA Byproduct 1 and PFESA Byproduct 2 (see report linked for full name of compounds). According to EPA’s report dated August 31, 2017, the chemicals were found in samples taken from the Chemours outfall and from finished water samples …..
By Erin Smith The N.C. House is expected to begin discussion on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 regarding a N.C. Senate plan which would give local officials the authority to begin work to improve the quality of the water in the Cape Fear River. The plan also calls for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to enforce the law against Chemours for the dumping of the chemical GenX into the river. The N.C. Senate adopted the plan on Wednesday. N.C. Representative William Brisson said on Thursday morning he expects the N.C. House to discuss the bill later in the day. “The priority is to provide safe drinking water to the people …..
Elizabethtown – The Laymen League of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring their 2017 men’s conference from Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017. The conference theme is “Empowering Men to Reach Men.” The highlight of the five-day conference is the men’s health seminar. The Men’s Health Network (MHN) reports that men die at higher rates than women. The Top 10 causes of death are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. This was a very successful venture last year. Several men of the community took advantage of the seminar by asking …..
The owner and director of nursing of a Houston home health agency was sentenced today to 75 years in prison for her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region and Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of the Houston Field Office of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) made the announcement. Marie …..
By Erin Smith The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has debuted a plan to begin moving towards a managed care system for Medicaid services. Bladen County Health and Human Services Director David Howard said here locally folks will notice few changes. Howard said what the plan will do is give the delivery of services over to pre-paid plans and change the system from a fee for service scenario to a fixed fee. He said the General Assembly is trying to create some predictability when it comes to costs. Funding for the Medicaid program is made up of federal and state funds. According to a release from the …..
JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: *2-lb. black Styrofoam plastic wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a production date 7/15/17 and case code 541640. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34176” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina for …..
By Sandra Cain Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water. Water does the body good. Water has no fat, calories or sugar but it helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for best physical and mental performance. It also keeps your stomach, intestines and kidneys working smoothly. This lets you digest your food and get rid of waste. How much water you need depends on your size and activity level. You will need to drink more water when it is warmer and when you are more physically active. Keep a water bottle handy in your car, at work, home or school. Drink nutrient-rich, fat-free milk three times a day. Milk isn’t just for …..
Stefano’s Foods, Inc., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 981 pounds of Stromboli products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains eggs, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. The frozen meatball Stromboli items, produced on June 24, 2017, were incorrectly packaged in a box labeled as pepperoni and Italian sausage Stromboli. The following product is subject to recall: *18.5-oz. boxes containing two pieces of “SCREAMIN’ SICILIAN PIZZA CO. STROMBOLI SUPREMUS MAXIMUS PEPPERONI & ITALIAN SAUSAGE” with an “Enjoy by: 2/19/2018” date and lot code of 70010117517. The products subject …..
By Sandra Cain Grilling is a favorite method of cooking for many people. Men, especially, seem drawn to the open flame. To help you enjoy your summer, remember these tips for safe grilling the next time you fire up the grill. SHOPPING *When shopping, choose meat and poultry last. Be sure not to put them in the trunk. The temperature is too hot and bacteria will grow rapidly. Don’t leave meat out of the refrigerator or cooler for longer than one hour during warm weather. If meat is out too long, bacteria can produce toxins that can cause illness and stay active even during cooking. *Refrigerate meat and poultry as soon as you …..
The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast to hit parts of North Carolina over the next three days, pushing thermometers to the vicinity of triple digits and stressing people and pets. Temperatures in much of the state are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indexes topping 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Emergency department visits for heat-related illness statewide hit 373 during the week of July 9-15, according to the North Carolina Heat Report. Seventy-seven percent of illness was among males, mostly ages 25-44. Most who were treated referenced working outdoors on landscaping and roofing projects, outdoor recreation such as gardening, hiking or attending outdoor events, alcohol use …..
Southeastern Health (SeHealth) President and CEO Joann Anderson recently announced an administrative appointment. Joseph Roberts Jr., M.D., has been named vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs for SeHealth. He first joined SeHealth as an employee in November 2016 as medical director of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) hospitalist program after more than 20 years in private practice. Dr. Roberts, a graduate of Davidson College, earned his medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill and completed his residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro in 1990. After his residency, Dr. Roberts spent three years in Oklahoma practicing medicine among the members of the Choctaw tribe. He was affiliated with …..
By Sandra Cain This time of year, we are very likely to have afternoon thunder storms in which we lose power. After a power failure, you might not have air condition, heat, refrigeration, or water. To prepare food when you have no power, follow these guidelines: *If you have limited heat for cooking, choose foods that cook quickly. Prepare casseroles and one-dish meals, or serve no-cook foods. *If you can’t use your stove, you can use: -Outside grill, either charcoal or gas. – Candle warmer, such as a fondue pot. Do not use a candle warmer to cook raw meats, fish, poultry, and eggs. – Camp stove- Never use a fuel-burning camp …..
The NC Department of Environmental Quality says it has data from the first round of testing of the Cape Fear River but officials say it could still be a while before those results are made public. The information comes from samples pulled from the river during the period of June 19 through June 29 near the Chemours facility. The results are from the Test America Lab in Colorado. The testing is the result of a joint investigation being conducted by the NC Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services regarding the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River. Samples were …..
School nutrition managers from across the state have the opportunity to participate in regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops this summer. The institute, designed to increase the availability of fresh, appealing, nutritious meals at school, is funded in part by a training grant the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Appealing meals that are filling and nutritious help students focus in the classroom,” said NCDPI School Nutrition Services Section Chief Lynn Harvey. “The North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute provides school nutrition managers with tools and information they can take back and implement in their school nutrition programs to ensure students …..
Elizabethtown, NC – The Bladen County School System’s School Nutrition Department kicked-off their Summer Feeding Program earlier this month at Bladen Lakes Primary and East Arcadia schools through June 30. Beginning last week, they have added additional sites at Bladenboro Middle, Elizabethtown Primary and West Bladen High schools through August 3. The sites are open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district serves over 10,000 free breakfast and 12,000 free lunch meals during the Summer Feeding Program. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program. Federal funds are provided to agencies including …..
At White House Opioid Commission Meeting, Gov. Cooper Urges Common Sense Strategies to Stem Opioid CrisisIn NC, Unintentional Opioid, Heroin, and Fentanyl Related Deaths Increased 816% from 1999-2015 At the first meeting of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Governor Roy Cooper urged common sense strategies for the federal government to help combat the opioid crisis. In North Carolina, unintentional opioid, heroin, and fentanyl related deaths increased 816 percent from 1999 – 2015. Almost 10,000 North Carolinians have died from unintentional opioid overdoses since 1999. Cooper stressed that Congress’ current efforts to roll back health care reforms could jeopardize efforts to stem the epidemic by …..
By: A. Daine Smith, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC Summer has arrived. Hot temperatures are increasing. Folks are usually searching for ways to stay cool in hot weather. We have put a list of 5 tips together to help you stay cool in the rising heat. 1. How many times have we heard this, “Drink plenty of water!” You can keep your body temperature down by drinking plenty of refreshening liquids. 2. The sun shouldn’t shine on the inside of your home if you want to stay cool inside. Try heat blocking curtains to help your home stay comfortable in the rising temperatures. 3. Your body has special cooling …..
Folks passing by the former Genesis Poplar Heights facility have noticed changes taking place. The facility will soon become Bladen East Health and Rehab. Zachary Miller’s company, Hedgehog Healthcare Associates, began leasing the facility on June 1 and he said a new sign will soon be announcing the change. The company also manages West Bladen Assisted Living in Bladenboro, Brunswick Cove in Leland, Brookstone in Pollocksville, East Carolina Rehab in Greenville, and Cedar Cove in Wilmington. He said there are plans for renovations which include fresh paint, installing new hand rails, new flooring, new furniture, and renovations of the restrooms. “We’re still doing an assessment of what we have got …..
The Eastpointe Managed Care Organization (MCO) Board of Directors met on Tuesday, May 23rd at Mount Olive College and discussed budget matters. This was the first board meeting since March 2017. The board did not hold their regularly scheduled meeting on April 25th, 2017. Catherine Dalton, Eastpointe Chief of Business Operations, gave the board an overview of the company’s operating expenses and revenues as well as presenting the proposed budget. The budget carries a four (4) percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for employees according to Dalton. Board member from Bladen County, Emery White, questioned the increase. “The United States of America has averaged two (2) percent for the last 10 years. Where did we …..
By Sandra Cain Food poisoning affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms are similar to the flu and may include headache, nausea, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear within a few hours to a few days after eating. There are four groups of people that are considered to be at higher risk of food borne illness: young children, senior adults, pregnant women, and immune suppressed individuals (such as patients undergoing chemotherapy and organ transplants). These four groups make up about 20% of the population. Senior adults are at higher risk for several reasons related to the aging process. The immune system’s ability to fight infection declines with …..
The Bladen County Commissioners have been asking a lot of questions about mental health and getting answers. Some answers are leaving more questions. Eastpointe, the Managed Care Organization for Bladen County’s Mental Health, Behavioral and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services provided the commissioners with a presentation of services and a Needs and Gaps report. The Eastpointe LME MCO Community Behavioral Health Service Needs, Providers and Gaps Analysis has a graph showing in the Fiscal Year 2015 the percentage of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Medicaid members [patients] served in Eastpointe’s area falls under the state average at about 5% served. The same report shows gaps of service in the six disability populations. All but two populations …..
JOHN MORRELL AND CO. RECALLS BEEF FRANK PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION WASHINGTON, May 19, 2017– John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to- eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017. 16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with …..
In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015. “Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am …..
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meetings lasted for over four hours Monday evening. Mental health and substance abuse has been a topic of many discussions the commissioners have reported and yesterday the topic took a large majority of the time. Commissioners noted the lack of mental health and substance abuse services in Bladen County and the importance of finding solutions to these concerns. Eastpointe, Bladen County’s managed care organization for substance abuse, mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities was represented with three staff members and three of their network providers at the commissioners meetings. One important thing to take away from the presentation according to Chairman Charles Ray …..
The Bladen County Animal Shelter has been closed to the public since Tuesday, May 9th. The reason for the sudden shutdown was an outbreak of the Parvo virus according to Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The Health and Human Services Director David Howard gave an update on the issue to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners Monday, May 15, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Howard explained an animal control officer with the county took four dogs from the same residence due to the owner’s inability to care for the animals. The four dogs were taken to the local shelter. Howard said, after the five day holding period the dogs were released …..
Trey Duncan with Woodmen Life presented Bladen County Hospital with a new flag recently. Pictured from left to right are Tommy Lindsay, Director of Engineering; Ashley Dowless, Director of Public Relations & Foundation; Stephen Fife, Director of Finance; and Trey Duncan, Woodman Life. Share:
Sharron Thomas of Bladen Community College presented an update of the nursing program to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. She noted that National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 through May 12. She noted that May 12 was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, one of America’s most notable nurses. “She is the icon for my profession and we celebrate her each year when we celebrate nurses,” said Thomas. She began her discussion by noting that one of our highest gross domestic products is health care. The number one profession in health care is the nursing profession, according to Thomas. The retirement of older nurses from the profession of nursing is …..
400 people attended the Special Olympics sponsored by the Elizabethtown Jaycees. A group of Kelly parents ask for their children to be transferred to Elizabethtown Primary from East Arcadia. Fender and Lathan Cable Company began to operate in Bladenboro. The town of Elizabethtown was expanding the Elizabethtown Housing Authority from five to seven members. Share:
When most people think of salad they think of Iceberg lettuce. It is, by far, the most common variety of lettuce. Although it is often criticized by some for having little flavor and practically no nutritive value, iceberg continues to be the top seller in the lettuce category. Here are some more flavorful varieties that are available in most supermarkets: -Boston (or butter) lettuce is a round, loosely packed head lettuce with soft green leaves. It is very sweet and tender. -Bibb lettuce is related to Boston lettuce but is smaller, crisper, and more expensive. -Leaf lettuce (red and green) is less sweet than Boston and Bibb. Its soft leaves …..
Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year May 6-12. Locally, Bladen Healthcare invites all nurses-past, present and future- to celebrate two special events during this week. Tuesday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. the annual Blessing of the Hands will be held at the Nightingale Tree, located at Bladen Healthcare. This ceremony is a non-denominational, cherished hospital tradition. The blessing provides a spiritual renewal for nurses, linking the art of nursing with the science of nursing practice. Each year we gather to celebrate “our calling” and the unique gifts of each nurse. The Nurses Week Committee has chosen Dr. Pearly Graham-Hoskins to lead the ceremony. Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 …..
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners made a proclamation for Nurses Week. Read it now: https://bladenonline.com/ wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ National-Nurses-Week- Proclamation-2017.pdf?utm_ source=rss&utm_medium=rss Share:
The Department of Health and Human Services is looking at ways to build a Medicaid system with more opportunities to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians. Your thoughts, ideas and comments are important to shape a system that works best for our state. What Do You Think? How can, or should, Medicaid: 1. Care for the whole person to improve physical and mental health 2. Help health care professionals transition to managed care 3. Manage care to improve overall health, not only to treat injury or illness 4. Consider how income, housing, lifestyle, etc., affect health and health care services 5. Improve the quality of care 6. …..
The Bladen County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday, May 9, the local shelter will be temporarily closed. According to Marianne Valentiner with the Bladen County Health Department the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be closed until May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The reason for the temporary closure, Valentiner gave, is due to several animal illnesses in the shelter. The county representative used the term Parvo. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs confirmed Tuesday afternoon two adult dogs have died as a result of Parvo Virus. “We had four adult dogs in the shelter who came from the same residence and they were here at the shelter for five days. They were released to …..
By: Sandra Cain Protein is used for body growth and repair of skin, hair and nails. It also helps heal wounds and fight infection. Protein is important for building muscles. It also keeps us strong and healthy and helps children grow. Many protein foods are good sources of iron which is needed for healthy blood and preventing anemia which causes us to feel tired. How much protein do we need each day? Children ages 2-13 need 2-5 ounce equivalents every day. Ages 14 and up need 5-6½ ounce equivalents each day. What is an ounce equivalent? An ounce equivalent can be 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ …..
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Public Health is encouraging North Carolinians to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines after seven mumps cases were identified inNorth Carolina residents in April. Cases have been identified in Orange, Wake and Watauga counties. Among those affected are college and elementary school students. Mumps is a viral illness best known for causing swelling of the salivary glands below the ears and above the jaw, called parotitis. Infection is spread by droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person. In males, mumps can also cause inflammation of the testicles, called orchitis. A person with confirmed or suspected mumps should …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following the passage of the American Health Care Act: “Today, the House of Representatives acted to reverse seven years of disastrous health care policy by repealing as much of Obamacare as allowable under the rules of Budget Reconciliation. Not only does the American Health Care Act create more choices fostering more competition, it expands the use of health savings accounts, reforms Medicaid by maximizing state flexibility, and protects the most vulnerable by prohibiting insurance companies from denying or rescinding coverage, or increasing premiums, for those with pre-existing conditions. Further, this legislation repeals every tax in Obamacare and makes the most significant …..
RALEIGH – The State Bureau of Investigation had more than seven tons of prescription pills incinerated May 3 following the statewide Operation Medicine Drop campaign. The campaign encouraged people to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medications by dropping them off at a local law enforcement agency. The law enforcement agencies took the collected medicines to SBI field offices. SBI agents from the eight field offices delivered a total of 15,442 pounds of collected pills to the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crime Unit in Raleigh. The number of pills equaled approximately 7.7 million dosage units. Working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the pills were taken to an EPA-approved …..
WASHINGTON – Prior to voting on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored and introduced by Congressman Robert Pittenger to block the so-called “Congressional healthcare exemption.” H.R. 2192, To Amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff, written by Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02), strikes a technicality in the American Health Care Act which inadvertently gave Congress an exemption from certain elements of healthcare reform. “We were elected to serve, not be served,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Even though this exemption is just a technicality based on …..
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation to eliminate the so-called “Congressional healthcare exemption” included in the American Health Care Act. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who exited the Congressional health plan in 2014 and has never received an Obamacare subsidy, was one of the first to co-sponsor H.R. 2192, To Amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff, which was written by Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02). “We were elected to serve, not be served,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Even though this exemption is just a technicality based on Senate rules, …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, co-sponsored The Veterans Overmedication Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent expert study on the deaths of all veterans being treated at the VA who died by suicide or from a drug overdose in the last five years. “Reducing the heartbreaking number of veterans who commit suicide every single day has been one of my top priorities as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank …..
The Bladen County Health Department has scheduled a diabetes support group meeting Tuesday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at its facility located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown. Marsha Williamson of Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital will be the guest speaker. For information, call 910-872-6900, ext. 5 Share:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation’s veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to serve aging veteran populations. For fiscal year 2017, only 10 of the 57 highest priority projects were funded, resulting in a backlog of facilities requiring upgrades or new construction. “State Veterans …..
As Congress prepares for budget negotiations for the 2018 fiscal year, a bipartisan group of 28 senators is urging appropriators to increase funding dramatically for veterans nursing homes. In a letter Wednesday to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that handles veterans affairs, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asked for “robust funding” to tackle some of a backlog of about 100 construction and renovation projects for veterans homes across the country. Federal funds are made available to state-run veterans homes through a Department of Veterans Affairs grant program, but – as the veteran population ages – there are more requested projects than there is money to fund …..
WoodHaven Nursing, Alzheimer’s and Rehabilitation Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health, was recently awarded a $23,000 North Carolina Culture Change Enhancement Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The funding will be used by WoodHaven’s Activity Department and Rehabilitation Center to purchase an It’s Never Too Late (iN2L) educational interface system. “This system will allow our residents to have greater access to spiritual, intellectual, entertaining and personalized content that aids in hand/eye coordination, mental stimulation and family interaction,” said WoodHaven Director Barbara Collins. “The person-centered program that engages and empowers older adults will help our residents feel a stronger connection to the world and to their families through this …..
Nancy Catherine “Cathy” Hunt has been named facilitator for Southeastern Health’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant. Hunt earned bachelor’s degrees in recreation management administration and health/physical education with teacher certification from UNC Pembroke in 1986. She also earned a master’s degree in exercise science from UNC Pembroke in 2002. Before retiring in March 2017, she taught health and physical education in the Public Schools of Robeson County for 31 years. During that time, she has written and administered numerous grants for the school system for tutoring and enrichment programs, physical education enhancement, beautification efforts and equipment. Hunt lives in Lumberton with her husband, Ardeen Hunt Sr. Southeastern Health was awarded …..
By Erin Smith Southeastern Regional Health conducted a focus group meeting at the White Lake Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The format for the evening featured residents of White Lake answering a set of questions facilitated by Cathy Hunt, Healthy Carolinas Grant Facilitator, and May Lample, Community Mobilization Coordinator with Southeastern Health. The purpose of the focus group is to learn the needs of the community. said Lample. “We are in the process of doing our Community Health Assessment and, as part of that process, we are polling the community to better learn the needs of the community.” Lample said the information gathered will be used to develop an action …..
“The only difference between us and our competitors is our people.” Bladen County Hospital has always been a step ahead of all the competition when it comes to our “people”, or our family. No one can compare to the compassion and camaraderie that our group here at Bladen displays every day to our patients, to the community and to each other. The Patient Experience is one thing that we always get right! The love that we have for each other spills over into the experience our patients and their families receive while they are in our care, and it is a beautiful reflection of everything we have to offer here. …..
By Reginald D. Carter, PhD, PA and Thomas Clark, MSLS Although generally recognized as the originator of the physician assistant concept, Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. is the first to note that the idea was not his exclusively. Prior to the development of the physician assistant program at Duke University in 1965, many physicians were training their own assistants on the job. Stead was aware particularly of one such proprietary trained assistant, Mr. Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell, who was trained by and worked with Dr. Amos Johnson in general practice in Garland, North Carolina. This relationship crystallized Stead’s vision of how a physician’s assistant could be used to help over-worked …..
By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other group. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found. The health care debate includes many elements, among them politics and power. I’m not deriding those elements – they are part of the process. But they sometimes obscure some important fundamental factors that eventually must be considered to have a successful insurance plan. Among these fundamental factors are the economics of health care and …..
Family Nurse Practitioner Kendall Smith has joined Southeastern Health Center Clarkton and Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake, both affiliates of Southeastern Health (SeHealth), and is now accepting new patients. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Wilmington in 2007 and a master of science degree in nursing from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2014. He also earned a post-graduate certificate as a family nurse practitioner from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, in May 2016. Before joining SeHealth, Smith worked as nursing laboratory manager at Fayetteville State University. He has also worked as a registered nurse at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, NC. A native …..
by: Sandra R. Cain Not only are they quick and easy to prepare, eggs are nutrient dense. They supply a significant amount of nutrients compared to the calories they contain. One large egg has 75 calories, 6g of protein, and 5g of fat. Eggs provide some of the highest quality protein you can buy and are a source of the B vitamin riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, as well as, minerals. The American Heart Association recommends that Americans keep dietary cholesterol levels to 300 mg or less per day. Over the years the cholesterol level of eggs has changed due to updated ways to measure cholesterol. A large egg now …..
By: Charlotte Smith, BladenOnline.com Our county commissioners held a meeting Wednesday with two top executives of merging managed care organizations assisting clients with mental and behavioral health. The results of the meeting are lacking. Susan Stroud, the CEO of Eastpointe, and Richard Topping, the CEO of Cardinal Innovation, appeared before the local elected board regarding the services they offer and plans to consolidate. However, explaining exactly how mental health services will improve, or how someone may obtain mental health services was not explained by the two high paid staffers and is still a mystery to most. The duo had no power-point presentation, no brochures, nothing other than a light skim …..
The changes coming for mental health services was a big topic at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners special session on Wednesday evening. The commissioners agenda was Mental Health and Parks and Recreation in the county. First on the list was mental health and the changes coming to Bladen County. Susan Stroud, the CEO of Eastpointe, and Richard Topping, the CEO of Cardinal, updated the board regarding their services. Eastpointe and Cardinal are two regional Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organizations, or LME/MCOs responsible for managing the mental health services in North Carolina. Stroud told the Board Eastpointe is seeking consolidation with Cardinal for their 12 counties. Topping said the State of North Carolina is in the process …..
By Cheryl Thurston I remember when March used to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This year, we had 70-80 degree days in both January and February, and when March got going, we had frost. Or should I say, frosts. That is not to say that people don’t go out to eat when the weather is inclement, so the regular sanitation inspections performed by the good folks at the Bladen County Health Department are important every month. After all, you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows. Please look below to view the Health Grades that were awarded to local …..
By: Sandra R. Cain Eat your vegetables – good advice when we were kids, and it’s also good advice for adults. Only 23 percent of Americans currently eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. It’s an easy way to improve health, especially with the abundance of locally produced fruits and vegetables available during the summer months. In addition, today’s vast transportation system ensures a year-round supply of fresh produce. If you’re limiting your choice in vegetables mostly to lettuce, carrots and potatoes, it’s time …..
By Sandra R. Cain You may have heard people say that it costs more to eat healthy. This is sometimes true but here are a few tips to help you save money wile still getting your fruits and vegetables. Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils Beans (black beans, kidney beans, pintos, chickpeas, red or green lentils, split peas, etc.) are vegetables that do double duty. They count in two groups. They are in the vegetable group as well as the meat and beans group. Canned beans are convenient and economical. But, dried beans are the real deal. Soak them overnight and cook for a couple of hours. Beans are great for …..
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there was still no change in the condition of a 6-year-old child involved in a crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening. The child’s mother, Sabrina Lowery, who was also injured in the crash, has been discharged from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and is reported to have joined her child at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Lowery of Tar Heel was traveling northbound on US 701 near the intersection of NC 53 West when her vehicle struck the guardrail on the left, according to the Highway Patrol. After striking the guardrail on the …..
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting got off to a festive start on Monday evening when Breeden Blackwell, with Cape Fear Valley Hospital, joined Dr Roxie Wells, who serves as President of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Health Care, to present the On Point Award to Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson. The On Point Award is the highest honor someone can receive from the hospital, said Blackwell. This is the third time the award has been presented. Blackwell said the award is presented to those who have demonstrated efforts to improve health care. He explained that On Point is a term often used by the military to describe someone …..
Southeastern Hospice will host its annual Spring Fling fashion show–this year themed Stepping Into Spring – on Thursday, April 27, at the Robeson County Public Library’s Osterneck Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and shopping for unique graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts. The fashion show will begin at 6:30 p.m. All funds from the event will benefit Southeastern Hospice’s at-home patients and families as well as those at Southeastern Hospice House. Profits will also assist with Camp Care, a bereavement experience for children who are coping with the death of a loved one. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or at event …..