Published on January 02, 2019

Hospital Undergoes Transition

By Amelia Harper

Staff Writer, The Rocky Mount Telegram

Monday, December 31, 2018

The past year has been one of transition for Nash UNC Health Care in terms of leadership and new approaches to health care as the hospital seeks to plug its financial drain and improve its care to the community.

“2018 has been a year of transition for Nash UNC Health Care,” said Nash UNC Health Care president and CEO L. Lee Isley. “We implemented a new electronic medical record, which improves patient care and makes information sharing easier. We also opened a new cancer center, which, through our partnership with UNC, allows us to provide world-class cancer care right here in our community.”

Isley said the organization is renewing its focus of attracting quality staff members and improving patient care experience.

“We invested in our staff by ensuring competitive wages across the board and by implementing a number of workforce engagement initiatives,” Isley said. ”We have placed an intense commitment on building a culture focused on the patient and family experience and have seen remarkable improvements in feedback from our patients in how they perceive their care.”

Isley assumed the role of leadership of Nash UNC Health Care in April, a move that accompanied a change in leadership in many of the top positions at the hospital. In July, the hospital gained a new chief financial officer, Shawn Hartley; a new director of clinical operations, Davis Greene; and a new hospitalist medical director, George Kasarala. In September, Denise Semashko joined the staff as the new emergency department medical director. The hospital is still recruiting for a new chief medical officer.

Nash UNC Health Care opened its new Danny Talbot Cancer Center in January. The opening allowed the hospital to begin offering more comprehensive cancer care to patients in eastern North Carolina.

The Percutaneous Heart Valve Clinic opened in February, adding a new layer of coronary care to the hospital. Because of growth and improvements in Nash UNC Health Care’s approach to coronary care, the system won gold awards in June for heart and stroke care and received a new chest pain accreditation in September. 

Also in September, the hospital system implemented its new multi-million dollar Electronic Medical Record Epic@UNC system. The new system is designed to improve documentation and patient care and allow for easier transfer of record other UNC Health Care facilities as well as to other facilities that use the EPIC system.

Isley said the hospital is now embarking on a new strategic planning process and is seeking input from the community, physicians and staff as it strives to improve patient care and confidence.

“We will host open forums in January and invite community members to participate,” Isley said. “As we enter a new year, we will continue to focus on improving the patient and family experience, quality of care, physician and staff engagement and financial stewardship of our organization.”

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