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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

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:

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Ex-mental health agency leaders ordered away from finances

  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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Let’s Talk Turkey

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.  …..

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Baldwin Branch Presents Diabetes Forum

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 …..

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Elizabethtown child honored at Duke Children’s Hospital

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 …..

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Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest

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 …..

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Members named to state Science Advisory Board to advise on emerging chemicals

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: What is Dietary Fiber?

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. …..

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Health Fair planned for Saturday

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:

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Cardinal Innovations sues state over CEO compensation

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 …..

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Let’s talk about Breast Cancer Prevention in PINKtober

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 …..

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Officials talk about Mental Illness Awareness Week

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:

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Bladen County Opioid Task Force gets down to work

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 …..

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Mental Illness Proclamation in Bladen County

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 …..

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Monarch’s Facility-Based Crisis center in Lumberton celebrates expansion, open house Aug. 28

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 …..

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North Carolina State Officials to Chemours: Stop discharging two additional chemicals into river

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 …..

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N.C. Rep. William Brisson talks GenX plan

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 …..

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Baldwin Branch to host 2017 Men’s Conference

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 …..

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Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

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 …..

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North Carolina unveils plan for managed care system; public comment sought

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 …..

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JBS USA INC. Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Balance Your Beverages to Stay Hydrated

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 …..

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STEFANO’S FOODS, INC. RECALLS MEAT PRODUCTS DUE TO MISBRANDING AND UNDECLARED ALLERGEN

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Grill It Safely

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 …..

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DHHS Urges Caution During Extreme Heat

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 …..

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Dr. Joe Roberts named South Eastern Health VP

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Meal Preparation and Food Safety After a Power Failure

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 …..

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State gets first set of results from GenX testing; not released to public yet

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 …..

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School Nutrition Professionals Participate in Innovative NC K-12 Culinary Institute

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 …..

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Bladen County Schools

Over 20,000 meals served

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 …..

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Opioid Commission meeting at White House could help Bladen County

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 …..

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5 tips to help you stay cool this Summer

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 …..

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Genesis Poplar Heights is now Bladen East Health and Rehab

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 …..

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Proposed raises questioned at Eastpointe meeting

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Reducing the Risk of Food Borne Illness

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 …..

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Bladen County commissioners keeping close eye on mental health issues

  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 …..

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Beef franks recalled

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 …..

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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

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 …..

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Mental Health top discussion for Bladen County Commissioners

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 …..

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Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter

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 …..

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Woodmen Life present flag

  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:

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Bladen Community College presents update on nursing program

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 …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

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:

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Lettuce in Bladen County

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 …..

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Celebrate Nurses with Bladen Healthcare

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 …..

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National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2017

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:

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Medicaid and NC Health Choice Request for Public Comment: April 25-May 25, 2017

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. …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter closed due to illnesses

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Be Sure to Get Your Protein

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 …..

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Seven Mumps Cases Identified in April; N.C. Health Officials Encourage Precautions

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 …..

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ROUZER STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

  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 …..

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SBI Delivers 7 Tons of Pills to Alamance Incinerator

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 …..

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U.S. HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES PITTENGER-McSALLY BILL TO BLOCK “CONGRESSIONAL HEALTHCARE EXEMPTION”

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 …..

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U.S. HOUSE TO VOTE ON PITTENGER-McSALLY LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE “CONGRESSIONAL HEALTHCARE EXEMPTION”

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, …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Prevent Overmedication & Combat Suicide Among Veterans

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 …..

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Diabetes support group meeting May 16

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:

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Tillis, Peters Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Calling for Funding for State Veterans Homes

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 …..

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As Congress braces for 2018 budget fight, senators recommend increase for state veterans homes

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 …..

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WoodHaven awarded entertainment system grant

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 …..

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Hunt named grant facilitator

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 …..

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Lifestyles: Southeastern Health conducts Focus Group meeting at White Lake

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 …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare celebrates National Patient Experience Week

“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. …..

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Amos Johnson, MD and Mr. Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell A Prototypical MD/PA Practice

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 …..

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You Decide: Why Did We Move Away From Self-Sufficiency?

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 …..

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Smith joins SeHealth’s Bladen clinics

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Enjoy Eggs Easily and Quickly

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 …..

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Opinion: Mental health struggles

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 …..

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Bladen County Commissioners address Mental Health

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 …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Add Some Variety to Your Vegetables

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 …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

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 …..

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Update: child from Tuesday’s crash still critical

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 …..

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Cape Fear Valley Hospital issues On Point Award to Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson

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 …..

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Southeastern Hospice to host annual fashion show April 27

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 …..

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Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R where you can experience a deep muscle massage, acupuncture or aroma therapy to name a few of the services offered. The studio is located at 109 Mill Street in Elizabethtown behind the McDonald’s restaurant. Judith Brogdon and Carrie Kelly and Leslie Brown have opened E-town Massage R & R in the hopes of helping Bladen County’s residents relieve their stress and help them to relax. Brogdon and Kelly both have 8 years of experience as a massage therapists and Brown has 7 years of experience as an acupuncturist. Some of the services offered include massage, reflexology, Reiki, …..

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Congressman Pittenger on AHCA: Now is Our Opportunity to Bring Accountability to Medicaid

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the conservative American Health Care Act, which includes substantial reforms to Medicaid. “For 50 years, Medicaid has been a blank check to the states, with little accountability and rampant fraud.  During my time in the North Carolina Senate, we found as much as 20 percent waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid.  In response, I’ve worked with SAS, a major technology firm, to develop accountability and oversight.  North Carolina is now a leader in Medicaid   fraud recovery. “Under the American Health Care Act, Medicaid replaces an open blank check with common sense per capita or …..

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Bladen County Health Department

Teen pregnancy identified as emerging issue for county

During the State of the County Health report, Bladen County Health Educator Marianne Valentiner said that teen pregnancy has been identified as an emerging issue.  She explained that in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, teen pregnancy was identified as an issue based on the statistical data from 2014. Valentiner said at the time of the Community Health Assessment, the 2014 data was the most recent data available. Valentiner said according to the latest statistical data available, the teen pregnancy rate is as follows: in 2013 the rate was 36.9, in 2014 the rate increased slightly to 52.1, and in 2015, the rate dipped to 46.7. She said based on the …..

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners receive State of the County Health Report

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and received the State of the County Health report. Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator with the Health Department, addressed the Commissioners. She told the board the #1 cause of death in Bladen County is heart disease and #2 is tracheobronchial (throat) cancer and lung cancer, #3 is lower respiratory disease, #4 is cerebrovascular disease, #5 is unintentional injuries such as car crashes, accidental gunshot wounds, drowning, etc. and #6 is Diabetes. Valentiner said the new emerging issue is teen pregnancy. She said the teen pregnancy rate in the county has been going down since 2001. Health and Human Services Director David …..

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Pittenger on MSNBC: Reagan’s lessons apply to healthcare debate

WASHINGTON – During a live interview with MSNBC on Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to remember the lessons of Ronald Reagan during debate on conservative health care reform. In response to a question from MSNBC’s Stephanie Gosk on his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Congressman Pittenger replied, “I really commended Ronald Reagan and his leadership.  Ronald Reagan always said ‘I’ll take 80 percent of a loaf and come back for the rest later,’ and we need that spirit today to be able to transform healthcare in this country.  Look at what needs to be done with Medicaid.  It hasn’t been reformed in 50 years, since its inception, …..

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FULFILLING MEDICAID’S ORIGINAL PROMISE

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Should the federal government treat able-bodied adults better than the disabled or elderly? When President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed Medicaid into law, the program was intended to serve the most vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, disabled, children, and pregnant mothers. But under President Obama, Medicaid’s focus shifted to include able-bodied, childless adults, which took care away from those who need it most. This is particularly problematic because, under Obamacare, the federal government covers at least 90 percent of Medicaid costs for able-bodied adults, while only covering an average of 57 percent of costs for those most in need. In other words, states and health care …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living

For Better Living:Eat Smart – Try Low-Fat or Fat-Free Dairy Products By Sandra Cain All the Nutrition with Less Fat Milk and milk products are good sources of protein, calcium and vitamins. With such an excellent nutrient profile, it’s not surprising that dairy foods promote strong bones, help to lower blood pressure and help with weight maintenance. Choosing the right kind of milk, however, is key to getting the greatest benefits from dairy. Choosing low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk and milk products can help keep healthy people over the age of two from becoming overweight or obese. Keeping our weight in check means a healthier future! How Much Is …..

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Health Department to hold Open House on April 4

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Open House on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown. Health and Human Services Director David Howard said said the Open House is a way to showcase everything the public health does for individuals and the community. Howard said the event is an opportunity for the community to come in and learn about the various services offered at the Health Department. Carol Strickland with the Bladen County Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. The theme for the Open …..

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NC Smiles Program comes to Douglass Academy

Wilmington – Douglass Academy welcomed dentist Dr. Hood from the NC Smiles Programs. Dr. Hood and his staff spent a week at the tuition free charter school to provide free dental care the students enrolled there according to Headmaster Barbra Jones. Monday, they set up their mobile clinic in the school complete with x-ray machine and all the equipment needed to help the children. During the week, they saw 40 children and took 140 x-rays which revealed the need for 61 filings and 70 sealants, Jones said. “The Smile Program covers 26 states and is part of ‘Reach Out Healthcare America.’ They hire all local people and have nine vans …..

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New Family Nurse Practitioner begins at Bladen County Health Department

After a diligent search process, Bladen County Health Department is very pleased to announce the arrival of Carol Butler, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  Ms. Butler and our dedicated clinical staff will continue all services traditionally offered at the health department, which include: Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Child Health, Communicable Disease and STD services, and Immunizations.  Ms. Butler has 8 years of experience as an FNP and 23 years prior experience as a Registered Nurse.   David Howard, Bladen County Health and Human Services Director states “We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Butler with us.  Her experience and dedication to community health are great assets.  We also look forward …..

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Eastpointe Human Services Approves Consolidation with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Beulaville, NC, February 8, 2017 – Eastpointe Human Services announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a consolidation agreement with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.  Both organizations are committed to improving the health and well-being of special populations in North Carolina. “We are excited to take this step forward on behalf of our members and communities,” said Eastpointe Board Chairman, Rob Boyette. “Together, our organizations can leverage an innovative, community-based model to improve outcomes for over 1 million North Carolinians while also ensuring that Medicaid reform includes access, choice and integrated care for complex populations.” The transition is expected to be complete by July 1, 2017. “Enabling personalized services …..

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Flu on the Rise, 16 Additional Deaths Reported

RALEIGH, N.C. – The number of confirmed flu cases and flu-related deaths is rising in North Carolina as the peak of the 2016-17 flu season nears, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. There were 16 influenza-associated deaths in the state during the week ending Feb. 25. The total number of influenza-associated deaths this season, which started last Oct. 2, is now 63. That’s four more than died during all of last year’s flu season. Influenza is widespread throughout most of North Carolina. State health officials encourage all residents to protect themselves and others against the flu. Although vaccination early in the season is recommended, it is never too …..

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Local child fighting cancer again

“Fight like JT,” is the slogan that is emblazoned on shirts being sold in Bladen County to help raise funds for baby JT. On Tuesday, parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs received the news baby JT’s leukemia has returned and appears to be very aggressive. A friend of the family has set up a Go Fund Me page to assist with family with expenses. One can also find updates on JT’s progress posted here and on the Facebook site JT’s Journey. JT has begun another series of chemotherapy treatments and his parents are hopeful that he will be able to participate in a clinical trial that is offered at Duke …..

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Hunt named SeHealth director

Elizabeth “Beth” Hunt has been named director of corporate compliance for Southeastern Health (SeHealth). She is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and that behavior in the organization meets SeHealth’s standards of conduct. Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC Pembroke in 2004 and a juris doctor degree from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007. Prior to joining SeHealth, she coordinated Project SEARCH of Robeson County, a program which provides job skills training to individuals with developmental disabilities. With more than 10 years of experience in state and federal policy, Hunt most recently served as grants and policy specialist in the Office …..

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Southeastern Medial Center

SRMC ED sees increase in flu activity

Over the past month, Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) emergency department (ED) has treated 153 patients who have tested positive for influenza. Because of this increase, ED leaders are urging the public to seek care for non-emergency conditions at area medical clinics. “We are asking those in the community who can to seek care for non-life threatening conditions at local doctor’s offices and urgent care centers in order to alleviate some of the high traffic we are currently seeing in the emergency department,” said Emergency Services Director Sonja Hilburn. “This will enable our staff to focus their efforts on those patients whose health conditions are true emergencies.” Southeastern Health operates …..

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Jou-Zhang joins neurological surgery practice

Certified Physician Assistant Rosa Jou-Zhang has joined Southeastern Neurological Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. She joins Dr. Saksith Smithason and Nurse Practitioner Josh Freeman at the neurological surgery practice. Jou-Zhang earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive and neurosciences studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2008. She completed a master’s degree in health science with a physician assistant certificate from Duke University School of Medicine in 2016. She has special interests in back pain, neck pain, tumors and strokes. Before joining SeHealth, she worked as a clinical research coordinator for the Division of Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology at Duke University Medical Center. Jou-Zhang was born in …..

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BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast – Series II. BladenOnline.com is committed to bringing the rise in the drug epidemic to the discussion table in Bladen County. In 2016 we did the first Series in articles about the epidemic. Now, we will have more interviews about the problems our County and Country are facing with the drug addiction.     Prescription Drug Abuse: A Pharmacists Struggle  Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts Struggle Prescription Drug Abuse: The Physician’s Perspective Prescription Drug Abuse: The Investigator’s Perspective Share:

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SOCIAL SECURITY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century. Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we can remember that in America, we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. This is part of securing today and tomorrow. Social Security has the tools to help you plan for your retirement and to …..

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Contests Winners announced Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District News Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District awards $500 scholarships to High School Seniors planning to attend college to study agriculture or natural resources.  The Board of Supervisors awarded this year’s scholarships to Ruby Arellano of West Bladen High School and Bradley Earl of East Bladen High School. The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors poster, essay, public speaking, computer generated slide show, and computer generated poster contests at District, Area and State levels.  These contests provide students in third through ninth grades opportunities to become aware of and share their concerns for soil and water conservation.  Bladen Soil and …..

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Cardiothoracic/vascular surgeon joins SeHealth

Charles Anene, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and practices cardiothoracic/vascular surgery with Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular. He is affiliated with Duke Cardiovascular Surgery of Lumberton. Dr. Anene completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., and earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., in 1985. He completed a general surgery residency at Creighton University School of Medicine in 1991 as well as a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, N.Y., in 1994. He also completed a fellowship is cardiac surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in …..

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Bladen County Hospital Earns Pneumonia Certification

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Joint Commission announced that Bladen County Hospital achieved Disease-Specific Care Certification for the treatment of Pneumonia. Bladen County Hospital earned the certification by successfully demonstrating compliance with national standards for care, and taking an organizational approach toward performance improvement. About 1 million people seek care for pneumonia each year in the U.S., with more than 50,000 eventually dying from complications. Early treatment is pivotal for survival. The best healthcare facilities follow best practices in treating such patients. This is the second Disease-Specific Care Certification Bladen County Hospital has received from The Joint Commission. The other certification is for Sepsis treatment. The Joint Commission launched its certification program …..

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Feb. 14 is National Organ Donor Day

Today is National Organ Donation Day. Each year, February 14, is observed as a national day to focus on organ, eye, bone marrow, platelet, blood donation and tissue donation. It was originally designated in 1998 by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in cooperation with the Saturn Corporation and the United Auto Workers. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, every 10 minutes  someone is added to the waiting list for a life saving organ transplant. The organization also notes that 22 people die each year while waiting for a transplant. The website for the UNOS, shows that of 8:37 EST Tuesday, 118,558 people are waiting …..

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners SWOT Planning meeting

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have been in meetings discussing the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyzes for the mother county. Monday, February 13th the board of commissioners met again to discuss the Sheriff’s Office, hear an update on the proposed Phase IV Water Expansion Project, and discuss Health, Mental Health and Education. First on the list was the Sheriff’s Office. Chairman of the Board of Commissioners asked who wrote the weakness Cameras are now in the vehicles of the Sheriff’s Department according to Sheriff Jim McVicker. Commissioner Arthur Bullock asked about body cameras. Storing the footage of the body cameras is the issue in regards to implementing …..

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