Discussion May 28 asks: ‘What Is Stigma, Anyway?’

Carolinas HealthCare System, Davidson College and Davidson LifeLine will host an open forum “What Is Stigma, Anyway?” to discuss the ways a community can remove the stigma surrounding mental illness on May 28, from 4-6pm, at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 218 Concord Road, Davidson. Continue Reading

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Davidson LifeLine panel on substance abuse is Thurs.

DavidsonLifelineLogo2Davidson LifeLine will host a panel discussion about teenage drug use on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 208 Concord Road. With prom and graduation fast approaching, a time when teens feel pressured to use drugs and alcohol as part of the rite of passage, LifeLine hopes to help parents, educators, and students stay safe and informed. Continue Reading

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CHS, UnitedHealthcare agree on new contract

Carolinas HealthCare System and UnitedHealthcare said Monday they have reached agreement on a new contract covering CHS’s hospitals, physicians, and other facilities in the Charlotte region. The two sides had been in negotiations since at least January on a new deal spelling out reimbursements. If the two sides had not reached an agreement, UnitedHealthcare would have dropped CHS providers from its network. Continue Reading

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Virtual ICUs let hospitals monitor patients remotely

Richard Gilbert looks up at a TV screen and an eICU screen in his hospital room. (Michael Tomsic/WFAE)

Richard Gilbert looks up at a TV screen and an eICU screen in his hospital room.
(Michael Tomsic/WFAE)

wfae logoBy MICHAEL TOMSIC
WFAE

Some hospital systems are using a sort of virtual command center to monitor their sickest patients from dozens or even hundreds of miles away. Virtual intensive care units, also called eICUs, are a way to bring the expertise of a major medical center to remote hospitals in rural areas.

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In the intensive care unit at a small hospital in Lincolnton, Richard Gilbert thought he had two TVs in his room. The screens both look down at his hospital bed. Continue Reading

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