Congressman discusses health care legislation at ECHI event

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled "Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community" hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community” hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

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A Georgia congressman was the featured speaker during a discussion of “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community,” organized by U.S. Rep Walter Jones’ office and held Aug. 12 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Chancellor Steve Ballard welcomed Jones, who then turned the floor over to Rep. Tom Price – a Republican who worked as an orthopedic surgeon and taught medicine at Emory University before taking office.

“To physicians, nurses and others in the health care arena – thank you for what you do,” Price began. “I know sometimes we (politicians) make what you do more difficult with what we do.”

He expressed what he described as principles of a good health care system held by all Americans – accessibility, affordability and high quality. He added that any system should also be responsive to patient needs, innovative and offer choices in care.

Price expressed his opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act and endorsed an alternate bill (HR 2300) to address health care and insurance challenges nationwide. He also issued challenges to those in attendance: Keep patients at the center, don’t give up and engage in the political process.

“Our system only works if you’re involved,” he said. “Don’t assume that we know (what you’re thinking).”

Vidant Medical Center CEO Steve Lawler closed the event. He applauded local physicians for always being engaged and putting patients first.

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Mark Your Calendars: TEDMED is coming to ECU on Sept. 13

 

TEDMED is an annual, three-day gathering that unites extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine. The unusual and provocative program features short talks and artistic performances to reframe our mental models and inspire new possibilities.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, TEDMED is coming to the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Attendees to the ECU Live event will be able to view the best of this year’s TEDMED sessions free of charge, and can also attend live sessions presented by a crop of homegrown, inspiring speakers from ECU.

The ECU event will also feature another traditional component of TEDMED: “The Hive.” There, attendees can informally converse with individuals and groups who have invigorating ideas or projects that are changing health and medicine. It’s not a poster session, but a way to creatively connect.

Register to attend TEDMED Live at ECU at http://tedmedliveecu.org/.

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Aug. 9 Veterans Support Day to benefit ECU outreach program

ECU's Operation Reentry Program received a $500 gift from the Fleet Reserve Association Branch #301. Pictured left to right are Anthony Bishop, president of the Greenville FRA chapter, Patrice Frede, director of development for the College of Allied Health Sciences and ORNC and Jim Menke, military research liaison and project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina. (Contributed photo)

ECU’s Operation Reentry Program received a $500 gift from the Fleet Reserve Association Branch #301. Pictured left to right are Anthony Bishop, president of the Greenville FRA chapter, Patrice Frede, director of development for the College of Allied Health Sciences and ORNC and Jim Menke, military research liaison and project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina.  A benefit this weekend will also help support Operation Reentry. (Contributed photo)

 

The third annual Veterans Support Day and Bike Wash Saturday, Aug. 9 will benefit East Carolina University’s Operation Reentry NC, a university-wide initiative to address the rehabilitation and re-entry challenges for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Open to the public, the event runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Hometown Harley Davidson, 2300 Elaine’s Way in Winterville. Active and retired military personnel are urged to attend. Representatives from ECU will discuss Operation Reentry and other veterans programs available in eastern North Carolina.

Operation Reentry supports the veteran population who face numerous challenges in re-entering society following deployment. Some wounded warriors face physical disabilities resulting from blast injury, some face invisible wounds from traumatic stress. Most all face difficult post-deployment adjustment back to family and community life as well as in the workplace.

The Operation Reentry program helps them battle issues such as suicide, homelessness, substance abuse and unemployment by providing resilience and re-entry interventions. The ORNC mobile unit coordinates with the Navigate Counseling Clinic in the College of Allied Health Sciences to bring professional counseling services and other resources to veterans in rural and underserved areas.

Veterans Support Day is hosted by the Veterans Motorcycle Club and the American Legion Riders, with the support of Hometown Harley Davidson. Other participating organizations include the Pitt County Veterans Council, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association, Marine Corps League and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

 

 

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Hurricane workshop set for May 28

East Carolina University and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management are hosting a hurricane workshop, focusing on preparation and resilience. The fifth annual event will be held 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 28 in the Murphy Center at ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The free workshop is open to anyone interested or involved in disaster mitigation related primarily to hurricanes. In order to attend, registration must be completed at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/home.do.

The event will feature a 60th anniversary retrospective of Hurricane Hazel, the devastating storm that slammed the North Carolina coast in 1954.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry will lead the event, beginning with an update on North Carolina’s Coastal Regional Evacuation and Sheltering plan.

Speakers from local, state, and national agencies, the media and academia will include:

  • Jason Glazener, community planner with the Wilmington District US Army Corps of Engineers, speaking about projects related to evacuation.
  • Jamie Rhome, unit leader of the National Hurricane Center Storm Surge, demonstrating hurricane forecasting improvement projects.
  • Anuradha Mukherji, ECU assistant professor of geography, discussing results of her recent research on building local resilience.
  • John Cole, National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Newport, and Steve Pfaff of NOAA and the NWS Storm Ready Program, presenting the Hurricane Hazel retrospective, part of a series of events leading up to the Oct. 15 anniversary of the storm.
  • Skip Waters, chief meteorologist at WCTI, and Nate Johnson, meteorologist and executive producer for WRAL, discussing the roles of traditional and social media in forecasting and informing the public about weather hazards.
  • John Dorman, director, and Ken Ashe, assistant director, of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program highlighting impacts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

The event is hosted by the N.C. Division of Emergency Management and ECU’s Center for Natural Hazards Research, and co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant.

For more information about the event, contact Donna Kain at kaind@ecu.edu, or Christopher Jackson at jacksonch@ecu.edu. For additional registration information, visit www.ecu.edu/hazards.

 

 

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