November 2018 CEO Newsletter

November 20, 2018

I love this time a year! It is a special time to celebrate with both my family at home, and my family at Memorial Medical Center. It is a time of thanksgiving. In November 2013, five years ago this month, I had the honor of becoming the CEO of Memorial Medical Center. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Board of Trustees, medical staff and employees throughout the Memorial healthcare system, who have dedicated themselves to ”making our community healthier”.

Diabetes 101: What You Should Know

November 10, 2018

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Lung Cancer: It's Not Just a 'Smoker's Disease'

November 9, 2018

If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer, it’s important to note that lung cancer is not just a “smoker’s disease.” In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the leading cause of cancer death. As many as 20 percent of lung cancer fatalities can be attributed to those who have never smoked or used any form of tobacco, according to an article published by the American Cancer Society.

LifePoint Health Donates $100K to Hurricane Relief

November 7, 2018

LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, has contributed $100,000 toward recovery and relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

October 2018 CEO Newsletter

October 26, 2018

We will celebrate our first Bariatric Ball on Friday, October 26. The event will feature surgical weight loss patients modeling their new, healthy selves in fashions from Emerald Isle and Dillards. The evening will celebrate these patients who have used bariatric surgery as a tool to gain a new, fuller life. I couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Frank Felts and his team at Memorial Weight Loss Center for the work they have done to put together the region’s most comprehensive weight loss program. In just over a year, they received accreditation as a “Comprehensive Bariatric Center” from the national accrediting organization. Most of all, congratulations to these patients who have made such an amazing transformation! Please join us to celebrate their success.

It's More Than a Month

October 2, 2018

According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed. With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics continue to make breast cancer the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer.

Cyber Security is a Team Sport: Everyone Has a Role to Play in Helping to Ensure Online Safety

October 2, 2018

Need to pay a bill? Just click. Want to purchase a new appliance? Click. Send a party invite to a group? Click. The forward march of online technology continues to make our lives easier and free up more time for other activities. But with increased convenience comes increased risk of identity theft and an online attack on your finances and other confidential information. We all play a crucial role in making sure that our online experience is as secure as possible. It’s a good idea to use some of the extra time that online technology allows to take some simple, proactive steps to help ensure that you’re doing all you can to keep you, your family and your workplace safe online.

September 2018 CEO Newsletter

October 2, 2018

We are tremendously proud to be affiliated with LifePoint Health®, a company that holds quality patient care as a guiding principle in every decision it makes. Healthcare is an ever-changing environment. It takes savvy and wise leadership to provide the highest quality care at the right time, in the right place, and at the right cost. Bill Carpenter, CEO and Chairman of LifePoint Health, is this kind of leader. It comes as a distinct honor that Bill Carpenter was once again identified by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in the United States.

Suicide: What You Should Know

September 20, 2018

The issue of suicide is a very difficult and concerning topic to address – and, unfortunately, it is on the rise. In fact, a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows suicide rates increasing by 25 percent over nearly two decades through the end of 2016. Data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention further underscores the importance and urgency of raising awareness of suicide, as suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. – with nearly 45,000 Americans taking their own lives each year.

How Much Do You Know About Prostate Cancer?

September 20, 2018

Prostate cancer is a condition often heard about, but perhaps seldom fully understood. In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Gregory S. Willis, M.D. a Board Certified Radiation Oncologiest at Memorial Medical Center, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning this common form of cancer.

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