Integration of SEAHEC and NHRMC Brings Many Benefits

By / Health and Wellness / الثلاثاء, 07 تشرين1/أكتوير 2014 04:00

University Physicians Join NHRMC Physician Group

WILMINGTON - Beginning October 1, South East Area Health Education Center and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, organizations that have worked side-by-side serving this region’s healthcare needs for the past 40 years, will integrate services, allowing them to more efficiently educate and train future doctors while continuing to provide excellent care for thousands of patients throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
SEAHEC’s integration with NHRMC will better align both organizations’ collective missions, enhance their prevention and outreach efforts and reduce duplication of services, which will help reduce the overall cost of health care.
Benefits of the integration include:
• Allowing both organizations to focus resources on the same quality care goals while developing standard work to ensure excellent patient care is delivered consistently.
• Positioning both organizations to function more efficiently during a time when healthcare organizations are moving from a fee-for-service model to prevention and population health management.
• Allowing SEAHEC providers to use Epic, the same electronic health record that New Hanover Regional Medical Center uses. This offers patients one secure, centralized patient record to help ensure effective communication while saving health dollars by reducing potential duplication of medical procedures.
• Combining numerous administrative functions, resulting in reduced overhead costs and improved efficiency.
• Aligning clinical and operational providers so they can become accountable partners and leaders for delivering improvements in the quality of care, service, teaching, value, and financial performance.
“We are proud to announce this integration and know that by working closer together we will be able to more strategically meet the high quality needs of our patients, while also looking at ways to save healthcare costs by reducing duplication of services and standardization.” said Jack Barto, president and chief executive officer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “The team at SEAHEC is dedicated to training the physicians and health providers of tomorrow. This integration will further align and support those efforts.” As part of the integration, SEAHEC’s physician group, University Physicians, will join the NHRMC Physician Group, bringing the NHRMC Physician Group to more than 190 providers. The integration will further strengthen the delivery of patient care provided through SEAHEC’s four teaching programs. SEAHEC’s residency programs in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, and Family Medicine help ensure medical professionals remain in our area.
About 55% of SEAHEC’s graduating primary care physician residents continue to practice in North Carolina. SEAHEC, a part of the Area Health Education System in North Carolina that has been a national leader in educating and training future healthcare professions, will remain committed to supporting its regional mission of workforce development. “We are proud to strengthen our partnership with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and to have our providers joining the NHRMC Physician Group.” said Joseph Pino, MD, president and chief executive officer at SEAHEC. “Integrating our providers with this large network of primary care and specialists enables us to provide more continuity of care by communicating the patients’ needs across the same electronic health record while we also focus on strengthening the area’s educational network.”  University Physicians is a multi-specialty practice with internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, and family medicine. Providers joining NHRMC Physician Group include: Family Medicine - Janalynn F. Beste, MD, FAAFP; Albert A. Meyer, MD; Cecile T. Robes, DO; Karen M. Isaacs, MD, MPH ; Douglas J. Boss, MD, FAAFP; Heather Davis, DO; and Joseph W. Kertesz, MA, LPC, NBCC.    

Internal Medicine - Charin L. Hanlon, MD, FACP, Martin J. Butler, MD; Maya Y. Peltsverger, MD, FACP; Mark E. Williams, MD, FACP; Renuka M. Bhan, MD; Lucas Faulkenberry, MD; Edward Taylor, MD; Linda M. Wooley, RN, BSN, CDE; and Shannon C. Thompson, MSN, FNP-C.
OB/GYN - Todd M. Beste, MD;  Laif B. Lofgren, MD; Jeffery A. Stinson, MD; H. Alexander “Sandy” Easley, III, MD, JD;  Williams M. “Skip” Johnstone, Jr, JD, MD; Ashwin V. Patel, MD; Collette Bogart, RDMS; Susan F. Carney, MSN, CNM; Pamela A. Irby, MSN, CNM; Catherine Melton, MSN, CNM; and Mary C. McBride, MSN, CNM.
Surgery - Thomas V. Clancy, MD, FACS; Cyrus A. Kotwall, MD, MSc, FACS; William W. Hope, MD, FACS; W. Borden Hooks, III, MD FACS; Elizabeth Acquista, MD, FACS; and Michelle Fillion, MD, MS.
Patients of University Physicians will continue to receive dedicated care by the same practitioners they have seen in the past. Providers for Internal Medicine and Surgery will be moving to a new office at 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, on November 10.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, along with Midwifery patients, will continue to be seen at 2131 S. 17th Street. Coastal Family Medicine will remain at 2323 Delaney Avenue. The Outpatient Clinics located in the Zimmer Cancer Center will also be moving to 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive on November 10 with the exception of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which will be moving to 2150 Shipyard Boulevard on December 8.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.
The South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), Wilmington’s largest foundation-based non-profit organization, was created in 1972 with the mission to improve healthcare in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Duplin and Columbus counties by providing education, training and resources to healthcare professionals. SEAHEC increases the local medical workforce by coordinating residency programs, providing clinical experience for medical students and inspiring youth to pursue healthcare careers. SEAHEC also provides medical services to the underserved through its medical practices and assists area physicians to adopt electronic health records and improve clinical quality.  Over its 40 year history, SEAHEC has trained thousands of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to ensure high-quality healthcare services are available to all residents in the region. For more information on SEAHEC programs and services visit


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