NCMS Morning Rounds 5-24-19

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NCMS Foundation Check Helps Black River Family Practice

Walker Ray, MD, a member of the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees was pleased to present a Disaster Relief Fund check for $23,112 to Black River Family Practice to help in its recovery from Hurricane Florence. The practice, with offices in Burgaw, Maple Hill and Atkinson, was out of business for eight business days and is still making building repairs to fix the damage.

“The water was just pouring out of the ceiling,” remembers practice CEO Lee Ann Amann, MHA, describing the condition of the building in Burgaw in the aftermath of the storm. The roof has since been fixed and the carpet replaced, and patients are being seen, but there are still plenty of bills to pay. “This check is a big help.”

Black River Family Practice is a community owned non-profit rural health system serving Pender County since 1975. The check presentation drew the practice’s leaders including members of its Board of Directors as well as representatives of the NC Community Health Center Association, the NCMS and the local media.

“It’s very much an honor,” Ray told WECT-TV after presenting the check to Black River Family Practice Board Chair William Marshburn. “I have taken care of a vulnerable population, that is, children for my 40 years in practice. We know that, in this area, there are vulnerable populations in North Carolina. They have difficulty when there is a natural disaster because it puts tremendous stress on the resources and on the community. We are happy to be able to assist, in a small way, with the recovery.”

Heather Davis, DO, of New Hanover Regional Medical Centers Coastal Family Medicine was also on hand for the ceremony. Dr. Davis was instrumental in getting help to the area including a mobile hospital from Charlotte-based Atrium Health during the storm. She noted that practices like Black River are crucial to ensuring access to care in communities throughout eastern North Carolina. Financial support like the disaster relief check from the NCMS Foundation is key to such practices continuing to serve patients, she said.

So far the NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund has distributed more than $150,000 to help ensure practices in Eastern North Carolina can recover from the lingering effects of Hurricane Florence and continue to provide much needed care to patients in their communities. At least another eight practices are in line for funds in the coming months. Applications for these grants are still being accepted as some practices are still assessing the total financial impact of the storm. The funding guidelines and application are available for download at the NCMS website here.

The NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund exists thanks to generous contributions from individuals, including concerned physicians in North Carolina and nationally, and significant donations from The Physicians Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

NCMS Member Medical School Featured

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine was featured on a WRAL-TV report on filling the gaps in rural health care in North Carolina. Watch the report.

Campbell’s medical school, which just graduated its third class for a total of 453 new doctors, is working to expose its students to the need for physicians in rural and underserved areas, especially those in North Carolina. Right now about 35 percent of Campbell’s medical school graduates have stayed in North Carolina to work. And 80 percent of those new doctors are working in traditionally underserved areas of the state, the report states.

Get a Dose of Passion and Purpose from ‘Dr. Burnout’

Clark Gaither, MD, FAAP, a family physician practicing in Goldsboro for 27 years and the Medical Director for the NC Physicians Health Program, also is known for his blog persona of ‘Dr. Burnout.’ Through his blog, website and podcast he offers insights into the challenges many physicians face today as well as how to reignite joy in your life and a passion for the profession. Read Dr. Gaither’s blog.

Some recent topics include:
Post-Training Mistakes Residents and Other Professionals Make: Part I
Long Term Caregiver Burnout – 11 Things You Need to Know
How Job Burnout is Related to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
The Very Real Connections Between Job Burnout and Suicide
Is Depression Causing My Burnout or Burnout Causing My Depression

In the News

Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle with Financial Insecurity, Access to Health Care, NPR, 5-21-19

Learning Opportunity

The Mindful Healthcare Summit is taking place now through Memorial Day. Hear from a wide variety of experts with an evidence-based approach on how to reduce stress, prevent burnout and rediscover meaning in medicine. Learn more and register for this free online event.


Your NCMS Morning Rounds will not be published on Monday in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. NCMS offices will be closed. Please have a safe and meaningful holiday!


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