I wanted to take some time to congratulate UNC's own Dr. David Weber, this year's recipient of the H. Fleming Fuller Award, an honor given annually in memory of the Kinston, N.C. physician and founding member of the UNC Hospitals' board who died in 1986. The award recognizes doctors who demonstrate exemplary patient care, as [...]
Archive for 2006
I had the great privilege of giving an address to our medical staff at their semiannual meeting last Wednesday, and wanted to post my remarks here to share them even more broadly. Several hundred UNC Health Care doctors and medical staff attended the meeting. It was a pleasure to meet many of them to discuss [...]
I had an opportunity last week to write about the impact of the mid-term elections on health care policy for the blog on the Health Affairs Web site. If you are interested in these views, please visit the Health Affairs blog at: www.healthaffairs.org/blog.
I am happy to report that by July 4, 2007, our campus at UNC Health Care, as well as Rex Healthcare, will be 100 percent tobacco-free. We joined Duke University Health System and WakeMed Health & Hospitals earlier this month to announce that, as a Triangle hospital community, we will not permit tobacco anywhere on [...]
About two years ago, we placed an increased emphasis on quality at UNC Health Care, and the results of those efforts are becoming more and more apparent to the third party organizations that evaluate us. Last week UNC Health Care's hospitals were named among the 50 best in the United States, based on results from [...]
As all of you know, UNC Health Care is operated by and for the people of North Carolina. It has always been that way. It will always be that way. We strive for excellence in everything we do. Delivering top quality health care and outstanding service to patients and their families is our primary focus. [...]
UNC's physician researchers are making a very real difference in our state, our nation and the world. They're making headlines around the globe for their research, and serving as expert sources to some of the most prestigious media outlets in our country. I want to share some of the most recent highlights. These doctors are [...]
As I have written before, here at UNC our goal is to become the nation's leading public academic medical institution that means providing the best possible care with the latest evidence and the most compassion possible. I think we are moving toward achieving that goal and programs like the ones we instituted this year as [...]
This week marks a milestone in saving the lives of hospital patients who 18 months ago would have died from preventable medical errors. 122,342 people nationally with 2,500 from North Carolina can be very thankful for the efforts of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's campaign to save 100,000 lives.
As North Carolina's safety-net health care system, UNC Health Care proudly serves all North Carolinians, regardless of their ability to pay. To fulfill this mission, we constantly manage the finances of this institution to ensure we can meet the increasing demands on our charity care program while also educating the next generation of physicians and [...]