Providing Care for the Homeless Citizens of Pitt County

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Feb 282012

Representatives from the School of Dental Medicine will be participating in Project Homeless Connect, Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  This one day, one stop event serves people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness in Pitt County.  This annual event is part of the 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, a community-wide initiative to greatly reduce the incidence of homelessness and eliminate chronic homelessness within 10 years.

The event will be held at the Greenville Convention Center and services that will be offered include health and dental screenings, mental health services, veterans’ services, legal services, employment and education resources, housing resources, personal grooming services and more.

Faculty, staff, students, and residents from the School of Dental Medicine will be on site offering attendees’ dental exams, cancer screenings, fillings, and extractions.  Providing a central location that offers a wide range of assistance makes an immediate impact to the homeless residents of Pitt County, and also develops community awareness.  For a majority of the attendees’ this event offers the only health and dental care they receive throughout the year.

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John Hunter and the Philosophy of Dentistry

 Laupus Library, School of Dental Medicine  Comments Off on John Hunter and the Philosophy of Dentistry
Feb 242012

Dr. Joseph Bord will speak on “John Hunter and the Philosophy of Dentistry” on Monday, February 27 at 4:30 in the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery of the Laupus Library. John Hunter was one of the foremost eighteenth century surgeons and an early influential theorist of dentistry. This lecture treats his ideas and context in some detail, exploring the interconnections between Hunter’s notions of vitalism, mechanism, politics and progress. The Laupus Library owns the 2nd (1778) edition of his The Natural History of the Human Teeth: Explaining Their Structure, Use, Formation, Growth, Diseases.

Joe Bord received his PhD from Cambridge. His research has concentrated on the relationship between science, politics and social thought. His book Science and Whig Manners, published in 2009, looked at liberalism and the natural sciences in the 19th century. Dr. Bord is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Laupus Library, in the department of History Collections.

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HealthSpan: Time for a New Name????

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Feb 212012

Probably everybody knows that UHS and PCMH are no more, at least not in official parlance. Nowadays, Vidant Health and Vidant Medical Center are the official names. Similarly, Vidant no longer is using “HealthSpan” to refer to its clinical information system. Vidant Electronic Health Record is the new name. At ECU Physicians, it would be illogical for us to call our system the Vidant Electronic Health Record. But what do we want to call our system?

We are having a contest in the hope of identifying the best name for our system. You are welcome to participate. I will provide a gift certificate to a local restaurant to the person whose suggested name is chosen for use. Please understand this name will be used for all components of the ECU Physicians clinical information system: the electronic medical record, the billing application, the registration and scheduling application, and all other components. An acronym is fine, as long as the words involved are logical and relevant.

Please send all submissions directly to me at: Submissions must be received by March 15, 2012.

Thanks!…..Nicholas Benson, MD, MBA, Medical Director of ECU Physicians

CAHS Serving the Community

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Feb 172012

Did you know the College of Allied Health Sciences serves the local community through the provision of several patient care clinics?

The Fall Risk Assessment Clinic is manned by a health care team consisting of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, social worker, nurse and physician. The team evaluates patients 60 and older for their risk of falls – all during one appointment – and give personalized recommendations to avoid falls. The clinic collaborates with patients’ primary care physicians, who also receive a copy of the assessment.  For more information and appointments: 252-744-2045

Faculty and supervised graduate students in the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic provide diagnostic and therapy for communication disorders to children and adults in areas related to speech, language, voice, stuttering, aphasia, ALS, and hearing loss. Appointments: 252-744-6104.

Two Physical Therapy Clinics are operated by CAHS faculty who are licensed physical therapists and experts in evaluating and treating back and neck pain, tendonitis, sprains and strains, sport-specific and running injuries, herniated discs, arthritis and providing post-operative rehabilitation for adults and children. Appointments: 252-695-6322.

Coming in Fall 2012:  NAVIGATE–a counseling clinic that will be housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Studies.

ECU College of Nursing Ranks 18th in Nation for Online MSN Program

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Feb 142012

ECU College of Nursing was ranked 18th  in the nation for online graduate nursing programs for student services and technology by US News & World Report.

The College of Nursing has consistently been named by U.S. News as one of the largest distance education programs in the country.  However, this year, U.S. News ranked online master’s programs in four categories: admissions selectivity, student engagement and accreditation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

The new ranking provides national recognition for quality of the online concentrations in our MSN program.  Online concentrations include: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Leadership, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nursing Education.

These concentrations are offered 100% online with clinical rotations in students’ hometowns. Curricula respond to the national nursing shortage by allowing practicing nurses to work in their home communities while pursuing the graduate degree.

Our faculty and staff work diligently to maintain a quality program and provide support equivalent to services for campus-based students. Our program provides hands-on clinical and virtual experiences that simulate the clinical environment using advanced technology. Additionally, East Carolina MSN graduates perform well on national licensing exams after graduation.