Blog Posts in December, 2012

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center's Birthing Center receives Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation

    The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center's Level III NICU receives handmade gifts from Lincoln County teen

    Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is the region╩╝s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC has received ...

  • Hamilton-Brandon receives national Recognition for providing quality diabetes care

    “For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergentsal, M.D., President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center dedicates new Pavilion

    The main focus of the facility is to provide a higher level of comfort and access to care for patients and their families. The Comprehensive Cancer Center houses the Inpatient Oncology Unit and the relocated Infusion Center, equipped with lounge chairs, personal entertainment choices and easy access to all cancer services. The Center for Women and Children contains the expanded 15,000 sq. ft. ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center holds Donor's Gala to honor Pavilion benefactors

    “This new Pavilion is focused on two of our most vulnerable patient groups – those suffering from life-threatening cancers and those facing the challenges of beginning a new life,” said Ron Lindler, Chairman, CVMC Board of Trustees. “Through your donations, the level of comfort we can now offer our patients and their families will be greatly improved.” The dedication ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center Recognizes December 2012 CARE Employee

    Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care. In addition to ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center Helps Seniors to Continue to Live Independently with the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service

    The industry-leading, standard Lifeline Service provides fast access to highly trained, caring response associates at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Lifeline with AutoAlert* option provides an added layer of protection by automatically placing a call for help if a fall is detected and the subscriber can’t push their button because they are disoriented, immobilized ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center Recognizes November 2012 CARE Employee

    HICKORY, NC – Catawba Valley Medical Center recognized Vicki Ball, Unit Secretary in the Ortho/Neuro Department, as the November 2012 CARE Employee. Following are remarks offered in nominating Vicki: “Vicki is the most professional unit secretary I know. She is always smiling and happy to be ‘busy.’ Vicki greets each person and patient as they roll off the elevator and ...

  • The PET/CT Scanning Center Installs New Biograph mCT

    HICKORY, NC – Nov. 28, 2012 – The PET/CT Scanning Center, a partnership between Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center, has announced the arrival of the Siemens Biograph mCT to the Catawba Valley region. The new PET/CT scanner is the latest technology in the fight against cancer. “The Biograph mCT offers the latest in PET/CT technology,” Joe Philyaw, ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center's Purchase from New England Compounding Center

    HICKORY, NC – Officials at Catawba Valley Medical Center want to put the community at ease concerning the New England Compounding Center drugs linked to fungal meningitis cases in North Carolina and other states. The Medical Center did receive 12 doses of lidocaine 1gm/250ml infusions from NECC during the period in question, but all of those doses expired and were not administered to ...

  • CVMC TO OFFER DRIVER SAFETY CLASS FOR OLDER ADULTS

    HICKORY, NC –Catawba Valley Medical Center will be hosting the AARP’s Driver Safety seminar on Tuesday July 24, from 12:30 pm to 5:00pm, at the Health First Center in Valley Hills Mall. Tailored to drivers age 50 and older, this refresher course includes a review of current driving laws, defensive driving techniques, and tips on how to accommodate age-related physical changes. ...

  • CVMC REITERATES COMMITMENT TO QUALITY CARE

    FOR RELEASE June 29, 2012 HICKORY, NC — Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PP-ACA), with Chief Justice John G. Roberts writing the majority opinion on the historic 5-4 vote. While there is much to parse in the 193-page ruling, Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital ...

  • CVMC's MATTHEW O'NEILL EARNS BOARD CERTIFICATION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HICKORY, NC – Catawba Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce Matthew O’Neill, PT, DPT, OCS has earned board certification in orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). To attain certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice, complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care, and pass a ...

  • CVMC EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE AASM RECOGNITION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HICKORY, NC — The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has announced that Catawba Valley Medical Center has earned its second consecutive five-year accreditation for its Center for Sleep Disorders. The center is the only one in the region to receive such recognition. CVMC’s Center for Sleep Disorders, which features 6 private bedrooms, state-of-the-art ...

  • CATAWBA VALLEY FAMILY MEDICINE - VIEWMONT'S DR. MARY FERENCE-VALENTA ACHIEVES AAFP DEGREE OF FELLOW

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HICKORY, NC – Catawba Valley Family Medicine – Viewmont is pleased to announce Mary Ference-Valenta, DO, has achieved the Degree of Fellow through the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to family medicine, ...

  • CATAWBA VALLEY CARDIOLOGY'S DR. LUKE BYRNES PERFORMS THE REGION'S FIRST-EVER RADIAL HEART CATHETERIZATION

    FOR RELEASE May 21, 2012 HICKORY, NC –This past Friday, Dr. Luke J. Byrnes and the team at Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Heart Catheterization Lab performed the region’s first-ever radial heart catheterization – a revolutionary diagnostic and treatment technique for coronary artery disease. This innovative method, which goes through the wrist as opposed through the ...

  • DR. GEOFFREY COATES-WYNN APPOINTED MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF INPATIENT REHABILITATION

    FOR RELEASE May 7, 2012 HICKORY, NC – The Center for Rehabilitation at Catawba Valley Medical is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoffrey Coates-Wynn, MD to the position of Medical Director for Inpatient Rehabilitation. In his new role, Dr. Coates-Wynn will address the needs of the acute rehab patients and work with the Center’s comprehensive team of therapists toward helping ...

  • Next Support Group meeting for Those "A.W.A.K.E. In the Foothills"

    FOR RELEASE February 13, 2012 Next Support Group Meeting for Those “A.W.A.K.E. In The Foothills” HICKORY, NC –Catawba Valley Medical Center’s (CVMC) Health First Center at Valley Hills Mall in conjunction with CVMC’s Center for Sleep Disorders, hosts a sleep apnea awareness program called “A.W.A.K.E. In the Foothills.” This program is part of the American ...

  • CVMC Nurse Receives Swallowing Disorders Certification

    FOR RELEASE (PHOTO ATTACHED): February 7, 2012 Catawba Valley Medical Center Nurse Receives Swallowing Disorders Certification HICKORY, NC—Catawba Valley Medical Center recognizes Kristen Cline, MA, CCC-SLP, who was recently identified by the Specialty Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders as a Board Recognized Specialist (BRS-S). This Board recognizes Speech-Language Pathologists ...

  • Catawba Valley Medical Group Welcomes Mary Ference-Valenta, D.O.

    FOR RELEASE (PHOTO ATTACHED): February 8, 2012 Catawba Valley Medical Group Welcomes Mary Ference-Valenta, D.O. HICKORY, NC—Catawba Valley Medical Group (CVMG), a service of Catawba Valley Medical Center, welcomes Mary Ference-Valenta, D.O., to Viewmont Family Medicine. She began work February 6. Dr. Ference-Valenta brings 16 years of professional experience to our area. She earned her ...

  • CVMC Doctor Approved for Fellow Status in American Psychiatric Association

    FOR RELEASE (PHOTO ATTACHED): February 8, 2012 Catawba Valley Medical Center Doctor Approved for Fellow Status in American Psychiatric Association HICKORY, NC—David Watterson Branyon, M.D. of Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services, has been approved for Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The honor reflects Dr. Branyon’s dedication to the work of the APA and the ...

  • CVMC Recognizes February 2012 CARE Employee

    FOR RELEASE (PHOTO ATTACHED): February 7, 2012 Catawba Valley Medical Center Recognizes February 2012 CARE Employee HICKORY, NC – Catawba Valley Medical Center recognized Chastity Crump, Registered Nurse in the Oncology Department, as the February 2012 CARE Employee. Following are remarks offered in nominating Chastity: “My father had the most amazing nurse yesterday. All of the nurses ...

  • CVMC's Cancer Center Receives New Accreditation

    FOR RELEASE February 3, 2012 Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Center Receives New Accreditation HICKORY-The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation ...

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