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40 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 HEALTH & WELLNESS Health & Wellness BY STUART JAMES Finding the right physician, clinic, hospital or ER for you and your family always seems a perplexing part of relocating. When moving to the coastal region, thinking about healthcare may be the last thing on your mind but 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. Whether you need inpatient or outpatient services in Wilmington, Brunswick County, Jacksonville, even Camp Lejeune, exceptional facilities combining the latest in technology with unparalleled patient care are not far away. This part of North Carolina can be said to be home to one of the state's first medical and nursing schools. With a 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 with a team including approximately 7,000 employees, 740 physicians, and 700 active volunteers. 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. Just this fall an 18-month expansion and renovation of the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center was completed. The project expands the comprehensive services offered to patients at the region's primary destination for cancer care. The new center is designed with the input of cancer patients, physicians and staff to continue providing exceptional care in a soothing, comfortable and private environment. NHRMC Physician Group - Cape Fear Cancer Specialists is moving its Wilmington practice into the new center. Cape Fear Cancer Specialists will maintain its Leland office. "We're creating an environment that is supportive and healing and brings together a larger team of experts to deliver the best care possible," said Henry Hawthorne, administrator of oncology services for NHRMC. New Hanover Regional Medical Center also 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. 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. >> accommodating, award-winning, availability

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