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High Point Regional and Duke Medicine

1/19/2012

High Point Regional Health System Announces

Relationship with Duke Medicine for Heart and Cancer Care



HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point Regional Health System and Duke Medicine have entered into a unique agreement to expand program development and operational support for oncology and cardiovascular patient care programs. The two health care leaders together will provide unparalleled research and clinical care expertise to the Triad and surrounding communities.

The High Point/Duke relationship was formed to further enhance the nationally recognized cardiac and cancer programs at High Point Regional Health System and provide a new opportunity for further clinical development.

“After exploring several opportunities for a clinical affiliation with medical centers around the state and region, we found Duke Medicine to be the right fit,” said Jeffrey S. Miller, president of High Point Regional Health System. “This means our patients benefit from the very best of both treatment facilities, close to home.”

The new agreement will provide the hospital with access to the clinical, operational and clinical research expertise of Duke Medicine, which is known for cardiology and oncology clinical care and research programs considered among the best in the nation, to enhance the cardiology and oncology services it offers to the community. Duke will provide support for quality and patient safety systems and clinical program development.

Utilizing Duke’s extensive clinical research programs in cardiology and oncology, hospital-based research programs will be developed and expanded offering area patients new and innovative treatment protocols through clinical trial opportunities.

“Duke University Health System has a long history of supporting community hospitals in meeting the needs of their patients and improving the health of populations throughout North Carolina,” said William J. Fulkerson, Jr., MD, Executive Vice President of Duke University Health System..  “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with a quality organization like High Point Regional Health System and its dedicated leadership, medical staff and employees.”
By entering into this relationship, High Point Regional Health System joins a network of Duke-affiliated hospitals and health systems in communities throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida.  

A truly comprehensive facility, Carolina Regional Heart Center contains every component of heart care under one roof.  Featuring a vast array of services focused on diagnosis, treatment, and education about cardiovascular disease, the center houses the cardiac catheterization lab, a medically directed fitness center, and the cardiac rehab program.

“Our program has maintained a high level of quality that sets us apart from the competition,” said Zan Tyson, MD, medical director of the Carolina Regional Heart Center. “Duke joining our team will mean we have access to emerging technologies quicker which will benefit our patients.”
 
“Patient care is a team sport – it does not depend on any one single person. The relationship of the best community oncology program in the Triad with the best oncology program in the State is an incredible match. Patients will be the real beneficiaries of the positive energy this relationship creates,” said Bernard Chinnasami, MD, medical director, Hayworth Cancer Center.

Hayworth Cancer Center was the first cancer center in NC to offer all oncology services under one roof (radiation, outpatient chemotherapy, inpatient care, CT/PET scans, clinical research, and supportive care), maximizing convenience for patients and families. According to U.S. News & World Report, Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional Hospital was ranked number one in the Triad for the 3rd consecutive year in 2011.


About Duke Medicine
A world-renowned academic health care system, Duke Medicine strives to improve health care locally and globally through innovative research, education, patient care, and outreach. As one of the nation’s preeminent health care providers, Duke Medicine serves patients from the Southeast, the United States, and far beyond, with a total of more than 61,000 inpatient stays and 1.8 million outpatient visits annually across the Duke University Health System. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Duke University Medical Center in the top 10 on its Honor Roll of “America’s Best Hospitals”—with a complete range of nationally ranked specialty services.

About High Point Regional
As part of a not-for-profit Health System governed by a volunteer, community-based board of trustees, High Point Regional offers a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient care. High Point Regional, the largest piece of the Health System, offers 384 private beds for medical and surgical patients and has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center.

High Point Regional’s mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit www.HighPointRegional.com.

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2012

Contact: Tracie Blackmon (336) 442-9064
High Point Regional Health System




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