Heart surgery

CarolinaEast of New Bern performs 6,000th open heart surgery


Cardiac accomplishments at CarolinaEast Medical Center extend beyond the many open heart surgeries doctors and staff have performed over the years.

On Friday, November 5, CarolinaEast performed her 6,000th open heart surgery. Cardiac surgeon Piotr Dumicz MD, marked the milestone with quadruple bypass surgery.

“I am very happy that we have arrived at 6,000 and I think that is to the credit of the institution,” said Dumicz. “We saw a lot of hearts, but this one is really special.”

Arriving in Carolina East 15 years ago, Dumicz said the hospital had around 1,400 open heart surgeries when he arrived. This open heart surgery was used to recognize all hospital employees for their contributions.

The behind-the-scenes efforts of environmental services staff who clean rooms, nurses, respiratory therapists, cardiopulmonary staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, were among the many that were celebrated.

“We started to think about all the hands at CarolinaEast that touch these surgeries,” said Ashley Mares, clinical director of the cardiovascular unit. “When you start looking at all of the people who have been involved in these surgeries, it’s almost every department and they all deserve to be recognized. ”

CarolinaEast has been recognized in recent years for her many accomplishments through global process improvement, disease and procedure specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community engagement.

Employee campaign brings in nearly half a million dollars

CarolinaEast Health System announced on Friday that approximately $ 402,328 was raised during its 26th annual employee giving campaign. The campaign lasted from September 13 to 24.

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Each year, the Carolina East Foundation chooses a theme for the campaign, with Executive Director Jared Brinkley explaining that that year was based on the health system “rising” as one.

“This year ‘standing up’ seemed very appropriate with the challenges that healthcare systems have faced over the past two years. It’s a good reminder that no matter what happens in the world, we have a responsibility. to get up and be here 24/7, 365 days a year, ”Brinkley said.

Over the past five years, the foundation has helped raise $ 2.2 million through the campaign, while helping 5,000 patients. Money donated by health system workers goes to help patients and support nonprofit grants.

When asked what the direct impact of funds is on a patient, Brinkley added that it can be used for a wide range of things. Everything from not being able to afford a gas card to seeking treatment, missing a meal, helping with medical bills, any kind of financial assistance.

“One of the things that is very important is that the hospital system covers all of our overhead costs, which means that every dollar that is given to the employee campaign program goes directly into what it is supposed to do.” , Brinkley. “To serve our community and our patients.”

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