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Hospital monotoring system eases worries

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Going to the hospital can generate a lot of anxiety for a patient, and their loved ones. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is using technology to help ease the pain.

During surgery, family members sitting in the waiting room can keep track of their loved one’s progress on a television screen.

Similar to checking your flight status at the airport, these monitors show the progress of an operation.

“In a hospital, one of the most difficult things is to not know what’s going on,” said Avery Cloud, CIO of NHC Medical Center.

New Hanover regional medical center is helping solve this problem by placing patient information boards in the waiting room of the surgical pavilion unit.

Friends and family can track their loved ones through each stage of surgery. “Providing information to patients and their families is a way to reduce anxiety,” Cloud stated.

Don’t worry, a patient’s name isn’t listed on the board, instead, each patient is assigned a code, which is given out to the patient and their waiting family.

“It’s almost like when you’re waiting on your plane, you feel good that it’s going to make it here or it’s going to be completed at the time you suggest so it may give you that same type of feeling,” said Bryant Harllee whose wife was in surgery.

Doctors use the same monitors to tell when a patient is prepped and ready to go. Cloud said the technology does not take away from doctors’ personal communication with family members; on the flip side, the monitors are intended to enhance communication.

“When it’s time to communicate critical information, especially if it’s difficult information, that will take place in a person to person setting,” Cloud explained.

While sitting in the waiting room, family members are also given a pager. The family is alerted when the doctor wants to talk to them about the patient.

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videoGoing to the hospital can generate a lot of anxiety for a patient, and their loved ones. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is using technology to help ease the pain.

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Hospital monitoring system eases worries

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Going to the hospital can generate a lot of anxiety for a patient, and their loved ones. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is using technology to help ease the pain.

During surgery, family members sitting in the waiting room can keep track of their loved one’s progress on a television screen.

Similar to checking your flight status at the airport, these monitors show the progress of an operation.

“In a hospital, one of the most difficult things is to not know what’s going on,” said Avery Cloud, CIO of NHC Medical Center.

New Hanover regional medical center is helping solve this problem by placing patient information boards in the waiting room of the surgical pavilion unit.

Friends and family can track their loved ones through each stage of surgery. “Providing information to patients and their families is a way to reduce anxiety,” Cloud stated.

Don’t worry, a patient’s name isn’t listed on the board, instead, each patient is assigned a code, which is given out to the patient and their waiting family.

“It’s almost like when you’re waiting on your plane, you feel good that it’s going to make it here or it’s going to be completed at the time you suggest so it may give you that same type of feeling,” said Bryant Harllee whose wife was in surgery.

Doctors use the same monitors to tell when a patient is prepped and ready to go. Cloud said the technology does not take away from doctors’ personal communication with family members; on the flip side, the monitors are intended to enhance communication.

“When it’s time to communicate critical information, especially if it’s difficult information, that will take place in a person to person setting,” Cloud explained.

While sitting in the waiting room, family members are also given a pager. The family is alerted when the doctor wants to talk to them about the patient.

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videoGoing to the hospital can generate a lot of anxiety for a patient, and their loved ones. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is using technology to help ease the pain.

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Associated poll

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Open up your own shop at the mall

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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How about some help starting your own business? A local contest could make that a reality for one lucky winner.

For an entrepreneur, this may as well be the promise land; a place to set up shop, free of charge for six months, in the Independence Mall.

“I think it would be great if we could see some local people who were able to come in to sell some of the things they hand make and I would like to see some things that I can find when I go to the mall in Raleigh,” said shopper Jan Boswell.

The “You’re In Business” contest wants your best idea. While many stores are closing up, the contest aims to open doors.

“If it could work in a mall, we want to see it. From maybe a mom who makes the best cookies in town or to unique jewelry or maybe a green type start-up,” said Susan Godorov, the VP of Marketing for the Independence Mall.

Hopefuls submit an essay of 250 words or less outlining their business. From there, a few will be picked to make it to round two.

That’s when the business plan comes in.

“The first and foremost thing is why someone wants to buy your product or service,” said UNCW professor Jonathan Rowe.

Professor Rowe, and UNCW have partnered with the mall to not only help decide who makes the cut, but to give our economy a shot in the arm by giving an entrepreneur a chance.

Along with six months free rent, the winner will also be advised by professors from UNCW.

To enter, visit shopindependencemall.com. The winner will be announced at the mall on June 24th.

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videoHow about some help starting your own business? A local contest could make that a reality for one lucky winner.

For an entrepreneur, this may as well be the promise land; a place to set up shop, free of charge for six months, in the Independence Mall.

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Associated poll

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Cape Fear Pride: History of Ocean Isle Beach

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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This month for our Cape Fear Pride series, we’re exploring the towns that make up southern Brunswick County.

Wednesday, we visited with Shallotte Middle School eighth graders who told us about Ocean Isle Beach… past and present.

Please click on video icon for the story of Ocean Isle Beach.

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videoThis month for our Cape Fear Pride series, we’re exploring the towns that make up southern Brunswick County.

Wednesday, we visited with Shallotte Middle School eighth graders who told us about Ocean Isle Beach… past and present.

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Man pleads guilty in ’06 Christmas Eve killing

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The driver in a Christmas Eve shooting two-and-a-half years ago pleaded guilty on Wednesday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to serve nearly 16 years in prison.

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