03/21/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:05 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:04 am This Day in History – March 21
  • 10:41 pm Conner’s Law passes the NC House
  • 10:14 pm Boys TennisWhiteville 8, East Bladen 1
  • 10:13 pm East Bladen 10, West Columbus 0 Girls Soccer
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By Erin Smith More than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled by Butterball LLC in Mount Olive, NC. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the product may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. The product in question was packaged on July 7, 2018. They were shipped to institutions […]

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StoryWalk, located at Singletary Lake State Park, is a book and walking path combined. Enjoy reading while getting exercise in the great outdoors! The story is titled There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro. The storyboard signs are arranged along an easy 1/2-mile loop trail. Come out to Singletary Lake […]

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SPARTANBURG, SC — Victoria Pait of Bladenboro, NC, has been named to Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Dean’s List for grades earned during the fall 2018 academic quarter. Dean’s List students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the quarter. Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive education, preparing them […]

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RALEIGH: Cellectis, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company is planning to create up to 200 jobs as it locates its U.S. commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company is developing immunotherapies based on gene-edited allogeneic CAR T-cells (UCART). “North Carolina is proud to be a national leader in life sciences,” said Governor Cooper. “The […]

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One hundred and twenty employees reached milestone years of service to Southeastern Health in 2018. These employees were honored Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) annual service awards banquet. SeHealth’s Vice President of Talent and Culture Patrick Ebri, PhD, led SeHealth Administrators and Directors as they presented service award certificates and gift cards […]

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By Erin Smith A recall for a popular blood pressure and heart failure medication has been expanded to include more medication that contain Losartan as an ingredient.  The medications are being  recalled due to impurities found in the Losartan that are a potential carcinogen. The US Food and Drug Administration said the impurity is N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric […]

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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located on White Plains Church Road in the Lisbon community will conduct a Health Fair on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. There will be cholesterol screenings, blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks and information regarding strokes. Door prizes, raffles and more take place. Share:

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Community Care of The Lower Cape Fear is holding a Community Resiliency Model training on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, for anyone who is interested in learning about the biology of stress reactions and building resiliency skills. The training will take place at the Columbus County Center in Whiteville from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This […]

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Eastpointe MCO will conduct an Opioid and Naloxone Training session in Bladen County. The training will be conducted on March 19th, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown, N.C. Mr. James Hood, with Lenoir EMS, will be the Trainer. Everyone is welcome to attend. Preregistration is required […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is presenting a second round of classes under a Diabetes Prevention Program.  Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Rev. G. F. Pone Fellowship Hall beginning March 13, 2019. There is no cost to attend. The first round of classes consisted of daily […]

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By Erin Smith When people think of Hospice, they general think of end-of-care. Hospice offers its clients much more than that. Brooke Hinson, the Community Outreach Coordinator with Lower Cape Fear Hospice, shared with the members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce how Hospice offers clients and care givers more than just end-of-life […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston It seems like January flew by in a flash, and already, we are into the second month of 2019. Are you still keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions? Most years I start off with good intentions and reconsider with the first blast of arctic cold. But this year, I am keeping […]

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Contributed Southeastern Health will host “Your Window to Wellness,” a MyChart patient portal sign-up event and health fair, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center in Lumberton. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees can also enjoy a free guest admission to the […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – The Blood Donor Center is in urgent need of type O negative blood due to critically low supply levels. The center currently has less than a day’s supply of type O negative blood. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. Babies in the neonatal […]

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By Erin Smith The General Mills company has voluntarily recalled five-pound bags of Gold Medal brand unbleached all purpose flour. The recall is due to concerns over possible contamination. In a statement posted to their website, General Mills says the flour could be contaminated with Salmonella. The contamination was discovered during sampling of a five-pound […]

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By Erin Smith The Office of the NC Medical Examiner has released data for the State regarding the number of Opioid-related deaths. The data reveals that opioid-related poisonings increased in North Carolina in 2017, the latest year for which data is available. The State had a rate of 5.6 confirmed poisoning deaths per 100,000 individuals […]

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By Erin Smith A nationwide recall has been issued for  Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ tablets due to possible contamination by cancer-causing agents. The recall  was issued by Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare, LLC who manufactures the drug. The lots involved in the recall contain an ingredient called N -nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) which was found to […]

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By Roxana Ross Dr. Archie “Zan” Tyson has brought a new procedure to Southeastern Health that is expanding the treatment options for local cardiac patients. Cardiac ablation is a safe and tested procedure that has been practiced regularly in the United States for many years but has never before been offered at Southeastern Regional Medical […]

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Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will implement visitation restrictions due to the increasing trend of flu cases throughout the region. “Influenza is widespread in our state at this time and we are taking these precautions to prevent possible spread of the virus to our patients,” said SeHealth […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health was signed into law by President Trump. “Successfully getting this legislation signed into law has a deep personal meaning for me, as I was a caregiver for […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has implemented a visitor restriction policy at all of its hospitals restricting children under age 12 from visiting. The policy went into effect today, Jan. 7. It is designed to minimize the spread of flu and flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape Fear […]

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By Erin Smith As Bladen County continues to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Florence, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare is continuing to make repairs and upgrades to the maternity department. “For the first time in a long time, we don’t have a New Year’s baby. However, we are very excited about being able to re-open […]

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by Erin Smith A company in Alabama is recalling 11,664 pounds of poultry and sausage products due to the possibility the products could be contaminated with metal. The company, R. L. Zeiglar Co., Inc., issued the recall for products that were produced on November 29, 2018, according to the USDA. The products include: *24 oz. […]

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RALEIGH: A new grant program will help expand school breakfast access in ten North Carolina School Districts, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper announced today. As part of the 2018-19 Breakfast After the Bell Initiative, 10 North Carolina school districts will receive grant funding through No Kid Hungry and The Dairy Alliance to implement innovative […]

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The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies. Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it’s easy for physical health to fall to the wayside. And, with the excitement of the holidays many forget to take into account the emotional and mental […]

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By Erin Smith Residents and other interested individuals gathered at Bladen Community College on Tuesday night to hear from State officials regarding the consent order with Chemours. Also, to receive updates on the ongoing investigation into the presence of GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear River. Several speakers urged representatives from the Department of Environmental […]

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2018 – CTI Foods LLC, an Owingsville, Ky. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat (RTE) pork and poultry sausage links products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, ready-to-eat sausage links […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Well here we are in the middle of the holiday season, the time of year when we gather with family and friends, to enjoy food and fellowship, and to express our gratitude for the things we have. The hurricane season is over for the year, and even though September and October were […]

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The Flu season is just beginning and Bladen County Health Department wants to remind you of our extended clinic hours on Tuesday evenings, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. These extended hours will continue each Tuesday throughout January 2019. Extended clinic services available: *Immunizations (to include Flu Vaccines) *Birth Control pick-ups *Depo Shots *Pregnancy Testing […]

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Bladen County Health Department will begin offering extended clinic hours starting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. The extended hours will be offered on Tuesday evenings throughout January 2019, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Extended clinic services available: *Immunizations (to include Flu Vaccines) *Birth Control pick-ups *Depo Shots *Pregnancy Testing *TB Skin Tests Please call […]

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By Erin Smith Every community throughout North Carolina is interested in the health of its citizens as well as the community as a whole. Members of the Department of Health and Human Services are taking a look at what residents perceive to be the biggest health concerns in their communities versus what statistics show to […]

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Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season, which occurred last week and involved an adult in the central part of the state. To protect the privacy of the family, the person’s hometown, county, age and […]

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Contributed A death linked to the West Nile Virus was announced earlier this week in New Hanover County. Since the hurricane there has been a multitude of pests reported in Bladen County. Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie Pest Control, met with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday to announce a new invention. According to McDuffie, Mosquitos […]

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Two new nurse practitioners have joined Southeastern Health. Nurse Practitioner Jessica Bell has joined the Southeastern Pulmonary and Sleep Center and Nurse Practitioner Tracy Cox has joined Southeastern Digestive Health Center. Nurse Practitioner Bell, a Pembroke native and current resident, received her master’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University in 2011. She specializes in […]

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  Bladen We Care recently received a donation to assist them in their efforts to assist Bladen County residents with their medication needs. BladenOnline.com General Manager Erin Smith presented a check to Bladen We Care’s Mac Campbell recently. The check was a portion of the proceeds from the printing of the Bladen County Beautiful magazine. […]

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WASHINGTON – Johnston County Hams, a Smithfield, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham 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 deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products are subject […]

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The Bladen County Environmental Health and Emergency Management are continuing their efforts of mosquito spraying for the county. They would like to notify the public that they will be spraying for mosquitoes starting about 7:30 pm tonight, in the areas of Highway 701 North, including the communities of: *Kelly *Rowan *Cypress Creek *Lagoon *Natmore In […]

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By Erin Smith Mosquitoes were a topic on the agenda on Monday night at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting. Interim Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services Director, Wayne Raynor, said the Health Department began advising residents on September 25th and 26th to empty any items in their yards that held standing […]

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Express Care will open at 10:00 a.m. today (Tuesday, September 18, 2018) BMA Elizabethtown will open at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 19th We will provide updates for the other clinics as soon as possible. Share:

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Southeastern Medial Center

By Roxana Ross, SeHealth Hurricane Florence feels like déjà vu for many in Lumberton and Robeson County, where parts of the community still hadn’t fully recovered from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew before the area was hit again this month. Southeastern Health, which includes Lumberton’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center and many other medical offices throughout the area, […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – In the event the storm forces patients to seek health care outside of their communities, North Carolina’s statewide health information exchange -NC HealthConnex – has enabled connectivity to neighbor state and regional HIEs to support access to patient records. NC HealthConnex opened the gateway for bidirectional query and exchange of patient records […]

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Bladen County Hospital staff members are in place and ready to serve our community as necessary throughout Hurricane Florence. However, to reduce the amount of visitors in our facility, we will be limiting visitors to one per patient. We ask that all visitors sign in with Security upon arrival. Family members of patients may call […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Good-bye August, and take your humidity with you. I remember when I was younger and lots of folks didn’t have air-conditioning in their homes. If they cooked dinner at home, they had to sit on the porch until 11 p.m. because that’s how long it would take for the kitchen to cool off after […]

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Family Nurse Practitioner Matthew Herring has joined the medical staff of Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Herring earned an associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community College in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University in 2014. He completed a master’s degree in nursing with a […]

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Elizabethtown, N.C – In September, Bladen County Health Services will host a car seat check for parents that travel with children. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, on Friday, September 28, from 10 am until 1 pm. The car seat check is for all parents that would like to ensure […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — […]

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Contributed The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging (LRAAA) and Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) is having an Aging Conference “Charting the Course to Better Aging”.  The conference will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Southeastern Agricultural Center (1027 US Hwy 74 E, Lumberton, […]

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As the 2018 tourist season comes to an end, the Town of White Lake would like to invite you to participate in our 2nd Annual White Lake Clean-Up Event beginning Saturday, September 15th, 2018 through Friday, October 12th, 2018 to remove debris from the shoreline and lake such as  overgrown vegetation, fallen trees, construction materials, […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley, Cumberland County Emergency Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Fire Department and Police Department will hold a joint active shooter exercise this weekend. The exercise will take place Sunday, Aug. 26, from 9 – 11 a.m., at Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment & CyberKnife Center. Cape Fear Valley visitors and patients […]

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Bladen Women’s Health Specialists and Kid’s Care were recently awarded the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics. The recipients of this award represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. Machelle Williams with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition presented the award. She said that on average, about […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wesley Pines Retirement Community for a complimentary screening of PBS “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” at 6 p.m. on August 23rd. Suggested donation of $5 at the door includes the movie screening and refreshments with all proceeds benefitting the Robeson County […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.  At this meeting: The Division of Waste Management will present the latest data on the […]

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the […]

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Southeastern Medial Center

Southeastern Orthopedics and Southeastern Health’s Athletic Training Department are offering Saturday Morning Injury Clinic for student athletes beginning Saturday, Aug. 19 and continuing through November. The Injury Clinic will be held at the Southeastern Health Mall Clinic located at 2934 N. Elm Street on the campus of Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton. Athletes are asked […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning for the new Cape Fear Valley Bladen Medical Associates clinic at White Lake. The clinic is located at 273 White Lake Drive. DeVane Builders constructed the facility on the lot, which was formerly home to Potter’s Seafood. The new facility will be staffed by […]

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Bladen County has above average overdose related deaths. Some leaders in the mother county are shedding the light on the issue plaguing all communities in our area. August 31st, 2018 is Overdose Awareness Day and Eastpointe along with the Bladen County Task Force are planning an event to raise awareness and reduce stigma. This Free […]

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Contributed NOTE: This is the second article in a three part series. What if you could make a positive difference in a child’s life?  Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study involved collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Clinic. The study examined […]

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Bush Brothers & Company has voluntarily recalled certain 28 ounce cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because the cans may have defective side seams. These defects may affect integrity of the can and may cause the cans to leak or allow for harmful bacteria to grow inside […]

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Contributed Do you ever think back on things that happened to you as a child and recognize what kind of an impact it had on your life?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future health outcomes, violence, victimization, and lifelong […]

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General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, La., in 1991. He is board certified in general […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced details for the 7th District Opioid Symposium which builds upon his work to raise awareness, decrease the stigma, and inform members of the community on best practices throughout the district in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. “The 7th District of North Carolina is comprised of nine counties with a […]

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DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) today announced that it is investing an additional $50 million into North Carolina community health initiatives this year, funded partially with $40 million in tax savings generated through the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additional tax law savings from this […]

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By Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator Bladen County Health Department Measles is a serious respiratory disease (in the lungs and breathing tubes) that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. The symptoms of measles generally appears about seven to fourteen days after a person is infected. Measles typically begins with: *high fever *cough *runny […]

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By Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator Bladen County Health Department Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks, to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads […]

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By Taylor Knopf Three state prisoners sued the N.C. Department of Public Safety this month arguing that they were denied treatment for their Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The men claim that there is no medical reason to justify denying them medical treatment for HCV, a highly contagious virus that targets the liver. It’s spread by […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act which makes reforms to Medicaid, Medicare, and public health programs and policies. “Opioid addiction is a horrific problem for North Carolina and the […]

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By Roxana Ross Southeastern Health celebrated its first medical residency graduates Friday, June 22. The ceremony, which was held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center, recognized the 26 graduating residents who completed their residencies at SeHealth in either emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, or a traditional rotating internship. “We are extremely excited and proud, yet […]

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Learn how the temperature outside may affect the temperature inside your vehicle. With the summer months upon us, now is the time to learn about the dangers of heatstroke and being trapped in a hot car. Heatstroke is dangerous and can be deadly. Never leave children, pets, or older adults unattended in a parked car. […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County now has a treatment facility for women who suffer from addiction. Cape Fear Teen Challenge conducted an Open House Saturday to give Bladen County residents the opportunity to view the facility and to learn more about the program. Pastor Holly Loyer, with Teen Challenge, said the business owners and residents […]

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By Roxana Ross There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton. During the event, participants should arrive at the church sanctuary, where they will […]

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Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. Student promotional materials contest winners were recognized at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina […]

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By Dora Brogdon I’m sure everyone looked forward to summer as a kid. When summer came around that meant school was out and it was time to hang out with friends or to get a job during that nice long break. While that break was full of either sunny or rainy days, the heat was […]

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Othella Santee Heflin and Becky Heflin presented scholarships to three West Bladen High School seniors on Tuesday, June 12th, in the media center. Glorimar Cuz Pagan received a $500 scholarship in honor of Rebecca (Becky) Heflin. Glorimar is pursuing a career in nursing. Nakayla Pridgen received a $500 scholarship in honor of Gladysteen Pait. Mrs. […]

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Wesley Pines was recently recognized as the Top Performer in the 2016-17 Life Care Services (LCS) Life Plan Resident Satisfaction Survey in the areas of Overall Satisfaction, Accounting, Assisted Living, Communications, Executive Director, Extraordinary Impressions, Food and Beverage, Health Center, Marketing and Sales, Plant Operations, Security and Transportation. Rick Exline, Executive Vice President of Life […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has been awarded a Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier, Inc., an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations. The Supply Chain Excellence Award recognizes high-value purchasing practices of hospitals and facilities, which help maintain a healthy bottom line while meeting patient needs. […]

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By Roxana Ross When Proctorville resident Constance Kirkland was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, she was very upset. She was also determined. Thanks to help and education from Southeastern Health’s Diabetes Community Center, Kirkland learned how to manage her condition and stay off insulin. Now 69 years old, Kirkland said she feels great and […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen County Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes hospitals and facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for patients who are at the highest rick for lung […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Award for implementing specific quality measures to help treat heart attack patients. More than 250,000 people a year suffer an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack. The attacks are caused by blood […]

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Tyson Foods, Inc. is recalling more than 3,120 pounds of frozen breaded chicken. The recall states the chicken may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastic. The company says the products were packaged on May 17, 2018. The recall applies to the 12 pound box containing 3 pound plastic bags labeled as “Uncooked, Breaded, […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security […]

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By Erin Smith A Regional Community Health Assessment/Community Health Needs Assessment is under way in Bladen County. The Bladen County Health Department is partnering with Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to complete the assessments. This is a new partnership with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. The goal is to receive 380 responses. The Community […]

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Health Grades

It’s hard to believe, (since it took so long for spring to arrive), that May is already gone, but June is here and so is your monthly report on the health and sanitation scores achieved by the restaurants, cafeterias, daycare kitchens, and eateries we all frequent in Bladen County. As you know, the professionals over […]

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By Erin Smith The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released the Bladen County State of the County Health Report for 2017. The report identifies two priorities in the county in terms of health. The first priorities are substance abuse/misuse of tobacco/vapor products, alcohol and prescription drug abuse/misuse. The second set of priorities […]

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By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and heard about a partnership formed between the Healthy Bladen Summer Recreation and Bladen County 4-H. The Healthy Bladen Summer Kids Recreation program consists of The locations for this year’s program will be East Arcadia School, Bladenboro Middle School, Elizabethtown […]

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  By Erin Smith On Monday, the Take Back NC Initiative unveiled a get tough plan for drug dealers. The plan calls for stiffer penalties for those caught dealing drugs and for those dealers whose products cause the death of a user to be charged with second degree murder. That theme was continued as the […]

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In honor of EMS Week Bladen County Hospital surprised the local EMS team with their own office space at the hospital. Tommy Lindsay, Engineering Director, explained that the EMS team needed their own space to be able to work between calls. “This has been a plan of ours for quite some time and this week […]

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Officials with Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHCC) met on Tuesday, May 22 on the grounds of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Medical Clinic to announce a partnership to provide health care services at the facility, which was closed following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 because of extensive flooding and storm damage. The […]

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Raleigh – Pious Lion of Asheville is voluntarily recalling kratom powder distributed in North Carolina. The company launched the recall after samples collected from a retail location by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rapid Response Team tested positive for Salmonella, which may cause life-threatening illness. “This is a very serious issue and […]

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A new process for responding to trauma patients in the emergency room, called Code Trauma, will start May 21 at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center. This new approach for organizing how different departments activate and serve patients arriving with severe injuries is designed to create a more effective response system and improve patient outcomes. “We want […]

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RALEIGH – State officials announced an information session has been scheduled about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at St. Pauls Middle School, located at 526 West Shaw Street in St. Pauls. This will be the fifth information session […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has announced a partnership with Raleigh-based Wake Research (M3-Wake Research Associates, Inc.) to form Carolina Institute for Clinical Research. The addition expands on Wake Research’s coast-to- coast coverage of clinical research populations in the United States and incorporates communities of nearly 14 million people. “A robust clinical research program […]

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By Erin Smith With the nation in the grips of an Opioid Epidemic, President Donald Trump and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions are pushing for tougher sentences including the death penalty for some offenses.  The news was somber as it was revealed in a Wallet Hub study that North Carolina ranks 32nd for drug use by […]

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SRMC Third Bed Tower Shift Supervisor and Registered Nurse Deborah Peterson was named Southeastern Health’s 2018 Baker Nurse of Excellence during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council on May 10 as part of National Nurses Week. “I have never had the honor and privilege to work with someone as thoughtful as Mrs. Deborah who […]

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By Erin Smith  The Bladen County Health Department is partnering with Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to complete a Regional Community Health Assessment/Community Health Needs Assessment. This is a new partnership with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. The goal is to receive 380 responses.  The Community Health Assessment and the Community Needs Assessment are […]

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Contributed A Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Course will be offered through Eastpointe MCO at the Southeastern Regional Mental Health Center in Lumberton from June 18 through June 22. The CIT training will cover topics such as identifying mental disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Substance Use, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mobile Crisis, Hearing Voices, Suicide Intervention, and […]

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By Erin Smith Cancer has touched many lives and many families in Bladen County. Bladen County Relay for Life will take place from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. today (Friday, May 4) at the Elizabethtown Middle School track.  There are 22 teams entered in the event. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is to raise $78,000 […]

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By: Dr. Allan Boruszak, OB/GYN Heavy menstrual periods, pain during your cycle? These are symptoms many women have during their lifetime. If can cause loss of work and income. It may limit your activities during the menstrual cycle. At times it can be heavy enough to lead to blood transfusions. In the past, this was […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Opioid Task Force has been trying to find new ways to offer treatment and support for addicts in Bladen County. Back in January, Bladen County Commissioner and Chairman of the task force, Charles Ray Peterson said he had received a letter from Albemarle Teen Challenge. Peterson explained to the group at the […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will once again hold its Nurses Candlelight Walk in observance of National Nurses Week. The annual walk will be held Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, off Owen Drive. The event will be held inside the hospital front lobby in case of […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County Schools is set to offer a summer feeding program this year. The program will consist of breakfast and lunch, according to Bladen County Schools Nutrition Director Amy Stanley. Stanley told the Healthy Bladen Collaborative the program is set to begin on June 18th and will continue through July 31st at Elizabethtown Middle School, Bladeboro […]

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