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WakeMed Trauma Services Celebrates 30 Years and Re-designation

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April 07, 2017
WakeMed Health & Hospitals Level 1 Trauma Center is 1 of 6 in the state of North Carolina and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Wake County.  WakeMed treats patients with the most traumatic injuries such as car accidents, gun-shot wounds and other severe injuries.  With an impressive patient survival rate of 97.4 WakeMed surpasses the national rates.  In 2017, WakeMed Trauma Services expects to see 4,300 patients in our Raleigh Hospital-based trauma center. 
This month, WakeMed’s Trauma Services celebrated 30 years of outstanding service to the community, saving countless lives while also promoting research and innovation.  WakeMed’s program began in 1987 and is now one of the busiest centers in the state.  And, recently, four surveyors from the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services today conducted a full and thorough review of WakeMed’s Trauma Program for re-designation as a Level I Trauma Center.  The surveyors complimented the trauma program in several areas and specifically noted how well prepared the team was for the survey.  In addition to re-designation as a Level I Trauma Center, WakeMed Trauma Services has applied for verification by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) with a site visit scheduled for July.
Rick Carrico to Join WakeMed as
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
WakeMed is pleased to announce Rick Carrico, MBA, CPA, will join WakeMed in early May as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Carrico comes to us from Greater Hudson Valley Health System in Middletown, N.Y., a multi-hospital integrated health system, where he has served as vice president and chief financial officer since 2014. As CFO, Carrico will be responsible for WakeMed’s overall financial operations, including planning, strategic sourcing, revenue cycle and all accounting functions. “I am pleased to welcome Rick to WakeMed and look forward to working with him as we continue to adopt a value-based approach while ensuring the long-term financial health of the organization,” commented Donald Gintzig, WakeMed president and CEO. “Rick is an exceptional leader whose broad experience and financial expertise will be a great benefit to us here at WakeMed.”
WakeMed Opioid Pilot
Hospitals and health care providers across this state see firsthand how the opioid epidemic is affecting our communities and residents.  Working in partnership with WakeMed’s emergency physicians, we created an opioid pilot program beginning at our North Hospital a year ago and have expanded to our other emergency departments throughout Wake County.  We are already seeing very positive results. 
The project targeted reduction of the use of Dilaudid, which is an opioid pain medication and commonly prescribed in hospitals and used frequently in emergency department settings.  Dilaudid was targeted because it is extremely potent and like other opioids, continued use of Dilaudid is habit forming if not used appropriately. 
Through a series of policy and patient education on choosing alternative methods to pain, WakeMed has seen a 60-70% drop-off in the prescribing of Dilaudid in the WakeMed North Emergency Department.  On May 1, 2016 all of WakeMed’s emergency departments adopted this proven approach to pain management.  Results in our other locations is as good and in some cases better (Brier Creek 82% reduction, Garner 97% reduction and Apex 77% reduction). 
If you would like more detailed information about the pilot, please let me know.
WakeMed Celebrates First Campbell University DO Graduating Class
On March 31st,  WakeMed celebrated the first ever Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine graduating class.  A total of 22 medical students completed their entire two-year clinical training with us  – rotating at all three WakeMed hospitals and several  of our primary care practices. WakeMed has been a teaching hospital for more than 40 years, with strong partnerships with Campbell University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Duke Health and Wake Tech Community College. Our relationship with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is helping to care for patients in our community and also preparing the next generation of primary care providers. 
What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)? Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who practice in every medical specialty​. They provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery, and they use the latest medical tools. Osteopathic physicians are trained to teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, look at the whole person to reach a diagnosis without focusing just on symptoms, help the body to heal itself and believe that all parts of the body work together and influence one another. DOs are specially trained in the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones) and perform osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a hands-on approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness or injury. 
Here’s to your good health!
Andi Curtis
Government Affairs
WakeMed Health & Hospitals