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40 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 HEALTH & WELLNESS Health & Wellness BY STUART JAMES When moving to the coast, thinking about healthcare may be the last thing on your mind (it would be for me). But it only takes one "middle-of- the-night" emergency to prove your priorities are all wrong! Finding the right physician, clinic, hospital or ER for you and your family seems always a perplexing part of relocating. It's comforting to know that from the large health systems to the smaller hospitals and clinics, the Cape Fear area is sure to have a facility that meets your needs. For those requiring inpatient or outpatient hospital services in Wilmington, Brunswick County, Jacksonville, and Camp Lejeune, exceptional facilities that combine the latest in technology with unparalleled patient care are not far away. The award-winning Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL) is a United States Navy-run facility located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Residing on the largest military installation on the East coast, the hospital serves approximately 150,000 active duty military personnel, retirees and family members. But NHCL is more than just a hospital or clinic. Camp Lejeune Family Medicine Residency has graduated 62 Family Medicine Physicians to date. Their mission is to train physicians who are prepared to practice comprehensive Family Medicine and is accomplished through a rigorous program that emphasizes quality patient care, research, pre- doctoral education, ABFM certification, and Navy Medical Corp Officer development. Coastal Carolina can be said to be home to one of the state's first medical and nursing schools. With a "complex" history dating back to the 1800s, what is now known as the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) in Wilmington has grown to become the largest health system in the region. Today, NHRMC and its affiliates include three hospital campuses and a total of 855 licensed beds and is the primary referral hospital in the region, with specialty centers in cardiac, cancer, obstetrics, trauma, vascular surgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. The five-star rated health system includes the main campus in Wilmington, Cape Fear Hospital (operating as NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital) in Wilmington, and Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw. New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides emergency medical services, critical care ground and air transport through VitaLink and AirLink, health and diagnostic centers, outpatient rehabilitation, and through the NHRMC Physician Group - urgent care centers and affiliated physician practices throughout the region. NHRMC is a teaching hospital and the tertiary care center for a seven-county area. Available facilities include one of 10 Obesity Surgery Centers of Excellence in North Carolina, a Behavioral Health Hospital for adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders, and the Rehabilitation Hospital for injury or disease recovery. The 150-bed, all-private-room Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital, provides privacy and excellent patient care. NHRMC is home to the state's only all-private-room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Their recently added Surgical Pavilion boasts 26 operating rooms with each room designed to accommodate the entire surgical staff along with some of medicine's most advanced surgical equipment. In fact, NHRMC was the first to use the robotic surgical system and has the largest team of experienced robotic surgeons in the region. In addition to being continually re-accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), New Hanover is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories, the American College of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. New Hanover Regional Medical Center has been recognized as the top EMS system in the country, according to the EMS National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMSWorld Magazine. NHRMC's VitaLink Critical Care Transport has also received the Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). >> accommodating, award-winning, availability

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