A Sister’s Love

Mable Davis, a resident of Stanley, NC, turned 101 last December.  Just before her birthday, Mable fell and broke her pelvis.  As can happen in cases where patients must remain immobile for long periods of time, she developed pneumonia.  In February, she was admitted to the hospital to treat her pneumonia, but she just couldn’t seem to get her health back.

By mid-February, Mable was weary of the hospital and efforts to cure her mounting problems.  She missed her younger sister, Bobbie May, and was eager to get back to home in a local assisted living center.  So, Mable asked if it would be possible for her to go home under hospice care.  With her doctor’s blessing, Mable was admitted to Gaston Hospice on February 20, and spent her last days in the hospital under their care working to get her breathing back to normal and her pain under control.

She was able to make the move the first week of March.  During the months since, she has seen some improvement and is very happy to be at home with Bobbie.

“Hospice has done a marvelous job,” said Mable.  “It has meant the world to me to have them here.  They come visit, they let me talk and they have gotten my pain all straightened out.”

Mable’s case is anything but unique. The vast majority of Gaston Hospice’s referrals come from the hospital.  “Many times people don’t want to think about hospice care until they’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Dr. Michael Case, Gaston Hospice Medical Director.  “Like anything else, it’s easy to put off thinking about tomorrow until you realize that your tomorrow is going to be another day in the hospital.  But, the good thing about making that decision in the hospital is that we have the patient’s care plan in place to come up with a solid plan for going home, wherever home may be.”

In Mable’s situation, her goals were to have her pain and symptoms managed and to live out her days in Bobbie’s company.  When hospice combines efforts with a professional facility staff, the potential for excellent care is multiplied.  In fact, studies have shown that family satisfaction surveys from long-term care facilities show a marked improvement when hospice has been involved in their loved one’s care.  Wherever a patient spends their final days, studies link hospice care to better quality of life not only for the terminally ill, but for their families as well.

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 1 slice, 1/8 of the pie

Total Time: 65 min | Prep: 5 min |

Cook: 60 min

Ingredients:

  • 1, 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 ounces evaporated skim milk
  • 1/3 cup egg whites or non-fat egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1 Pillsbury ready crust

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place pumpkin, spices, milk, egg, and Splenda in a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Place crust in the bottom of a 9″ glass pie pan and trim excess off edges.
  • Pour pie filling into crust. Bake until firm in center, about 50-60 minutes.
  • Allow to cool. Cut in 8 and serve each piece on a plate.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.

Serves 8. Each 1 slice, 1/8 of the pie serving: 235 calories, 7g fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 2mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 19g sugars, 6g protein.

Allergens: Milk, Egg, Wheat

*Reported allergens are based on listed ingredients in the recipe. If you are purchasing commercially packaged products such as pie crusts, cereal, or pasta, you need to read the label for additional allergen information.

© Food and Health Communications

Stop Smoking for Good with Quit Smart

Honaker, Andrea (2014, November 17). The Tools to Quit Smoking…for Good. The Gaston Gazette. 

Gaston County is up in smoke. Twenty-five percent of residents reported using tobacco daily, surpassing the 22 percent state average, according to the Gaston County 2012 Community Health Assessment Report.

Any time is a good time to quit, but health agencies are putting special emphasis on the dangers of smoking during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, which the American Cancer Society states is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the country.

CaroMont Health is giving local smokers the resources to snuff their bad habit for good in just one month. Quit Smart, started in November 2013, is a three-session group class that uses a self-help kit and personalized coaching to ease participants off nicotine. It also uses hypnosis and relaxation techniques, recommended medications and a simulated fake cigarette, said Amber Cochran, CaroMont health promotion manager.

“Quit Smart calls it ‘warm chicken’ quitting, where you use brand switching to lower the amount of nicotine you consume until you actually quit,” Cochran said.

Forty-two people have completed the program so far, and CaroMont has brought it into two workplaces.

Stephanie Rutherford, a Gastonia resident and a training coding specialist at CaroMont, is one of the success stories.

“I had been wanting to quit for a while. I do have two small grandchildren, and they’re getting older. That was my main goal for doing it, and for myself too, health-wise … make sure I can live longer and be with them,” she said.

A smoker since around age 15, Rutherford’s attempt to quit a couple years with medication was unsuccessful. But on Jan. 21, she became smoke free through Quit Smart, and she’s still staying strong 10 months later.

The program teaches smokers how to change their routine to avoid ritual smoking sessions. Rutherford switched to a different kind of cigarettes weekly, each with less milligrams of nicotine than the packs before. She said this method really helped a lot, along with the way the program was presented.

“When you’re a smoker, you don’t want people to tell you to quit,” she said. “What they don’t understand is, it’s an addiction. The program, it’s not like saying you’re a failure if you don’t quit. There’s no guilt there because they’re there to support you. They give you the information, and they’re continuously telling you, ‘If for some reason you don’t make it, it’s OK. We’re here for you.’”

Each participant decides on their official quit date, and Jan. 21 was the day of truth for Rutherford. As instructed, she threw away all her cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays. She said she tossed the grill lighter too, just to be safe.

Rutherford said the first three days were hard, but she’s not had much of a craving since then. She and her husband do something special every month to celebrate her being smoke free.

“I’m exercising more. My sense of smell is a lot stronger, taste of food is a lot better. I have more time to spend with the grandkids rather than wasting time smoking,” she said.

Plus, she’s saving a lot of money by not buying cigarettes. She discovered that she’d spent nearly $55,000 on her habit over 30 years.

You can reach lifestyles reporter Andrea Honaker at ahonaker@gastongazette.com or 704-869-1840. Follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/andi384 and read her blog at LifeLessons.blogs.gastongazette.com.

Want to quit?
For more information on CaroMont Health’s smoking cessation classes, call 704-671-7936.

Get social
On Thursday, CaroMont kicked off its two-week social media campaign, #NoSmokingNovember. Find “CaroMont Health” on Facebook to see posts about myths, statistics, expert advice and testimonials.

To view the full story on the The Gaston Gazette online, visit: http://www.gastongazette.com/lifestyles/health/the-tools-to-quit-smoking-for-good-1.401983

Celebrating 40 with a Mammogram

Brooke Boukather turned 40 this October and to celebrate her birthday this year, she’s getting a mammogram…and, her mom and sister are getting their annual screens at the same time!  CaroMont Health sat down with Brooke to ask her a few questions.

Q: Why is important for women to get their annual mammogram?

A: I just turned 40 in October, and experts encourage women at this age to have a baseline mammogram. Getting my first mammogram now can help detect changes early.

Q: Are you nervous about having your first mammogram?

A: I’m not nervous at all.  It’s nice to have this as an option.

Q: How do you feel about getting your first mammogram with your mom and sister there with you?

A: Getting my first mammogram with my mom and sister allows us to have fun with it and to make a great memory.  We’ll make it fun, for sure!

Q: What would you say to women who may be reluctant to get a mammogram?

A: We’ve seen such positive results following early detection within our family and our friends, why would we not want to get this done?  When a problem is detected early, you usually have better options regarding treatment, surgery and a better recovery.

Family history or not, it is so important for us to take care of ourselves in every aspect—nutrition, exercise, health and overall positive well-being. We all lead such busy lives. Having a day like this to come together, raise awareness and funds for local cancer patients, benefiting others, have a mammogram and have fun, it just makes you feel good. Besides, we [women] care for so many other people in our lives, and we must take care of ourselves to be able to care for others.

One Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story

Some people dedicate their lives to serving others, and Carolyn Niemeyer is precisely one of these individuals. If she’s not stocking shelves with food and picking up orders for the BackPack Weekend Food Program, she’s preparing a meal for a friend recently home from the hospital or attending another meeting for one of the many committees on which she resides. Her passion and love for people are what inspires her.

Last July, Carolyn Niemeyer, 71, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because breast cancer runs in her family, Carolyn routinely performed Breast Self Exams and never forgot to schedule annual mammograms, both of which ultimately helped save her life.

Genetic history, like age and gender, is a risk factor that cannot be changed. According to the American Cancer Society, women with close relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. A woman’s risk doubles if she has a first-degree female relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer. If two first-degree relatives have been diagnosed, a women’s risk is five times higher than average.

Breast cancer traces back several generations in Carolyn’s family making her a candidate for genetic testing now provided at the CaroMont Cancer Center. Carolyn’s mother died at age 67 with breast cancer and her mother’s sisters were diagnosed with cancer—one with breast and the other with ovarian cancer; both sisters died in their 50s. In April 2013, Carolyn’s younger sister, 67 at the time, also was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When I received the diagnosis, I was scared and unsure about my future because of my family history,” said Carolyn. “It was very comforting to be able to meet with Dr. Charles Meakin to go over my radiation treatment plan. I was treated with dignity each day that I came for the radiation treatments at the CaroMont Cancer Center.  The staff was very concerned about my apprehension and offered advice each step of the way.”

Carolyn completed her treatments and is cancer free today. She will continue to receive annual mammograms and perform self breast exams, two important preventive measures she encourages all women to do to stay ahead of any possible sign of breast cancer.

“Had I waited, I might not have had the same outcome,” she said. “Early diagnosis is the key. I encourage women to be diligent in self breast exams and if you have any doubt, seek medical advice immediately.”

Carolyn says to be alive today is a “saving factor” due to the many progressive treatments that are available and early diagnosis as compared to many years ago.

“Each day I shower and look at my surgical scar, I am reminded of how fortunate I have been to have the surgeon who believed me when I told him I had changes in my breast,” said Carolyn. “I am so grateful to receive excellent treatment and care at CaroMont Cancer Center right here in Gastonia by outstanding physicians and medical professionals who took the time to guide me through this journey.

CaroMont Cancer Center provides a comprehensive continuum of care approach to the treatment of cancer. This includes prevention, early detection, education, treatment, follow up, symptom management and patient survivorship services.

“I have been wearing a pink ribbon every day [in October] as a reminder to others to be aware of the ongoing battle of breast cancer, but more importantly, that I am a survivor!”

CaroMont Avoids Medicare Penalty

Orr, Adam. (2014 October 24). Ahead of Curve. CaroMont Avoids Medicare Penalty. The Gaston Gazette

CaroMont Health has changed the way it treats and monitors patients over the past three years — changes the nonprofit’s leaders say will help avoid stiff federal Medicare fines in 2015.

CaroMont paid combined Medicare fines of more than $214,000 in 2013 and 2014. Those penalties come in the form of reduced Medicare reimbursements. But the health-care system will pay no such penalties in 2015 thanks to a decrease in the number of patients it readmitted in recent years.

Since 2012, Medicare, the federal senior insurance program, has punished hospitals that readmit high numbers of patients with certain conditions.

If those people are admitted into the hospital more than once in 30 days, the hospital gets paid less for the second stay and each one thereafter.

The fines focus on patients treated for chronic lung diseases, pneumonia, hip and knee replacements, heart attacks and heart failure.

The government’s goal?

The system is aimed at reducing the number of patients who return to hospitals after receiving treatment, a strategy Medicare hopes will improve the care patients receive and reduce costs for taxpayers.

Peggy Blackburn, CaroMont Health’s director of case management services, said an emphasis on reducing readmissions is an effective way to improve both areas.

What’s changing?

Blackburn said CaroMont has adjusted how medical professionals treat patients at CaroMont Regional. But the crucial difference, she says, includes more carefully tracking what happens to patients after they’ve been released from the hospital.

“Readmissions are about a lot of different factors,” Blackburn said. “It depends on how sick a patient is, what happens during their hospital visit, at discharge and after they leave the hospital.”

Major changes include:

1. A team of nurses — experts in disease management — who monitor high-risk patients for up to 30 days after they leave the hospital. Blackburn called this change crucial because patients are monitored for follow-up visits and some patients are even visited at home.

2. A team of CaroMont doctors examined why patients return to the hospital after receiving treatment. That same team then made changes in how patients are discharged.

3. Certain patients are followed after they’ve moved to a nursing home or skilled nursing setting, and hospital staff makes recommendations for further care.

4. CaroMont has also employed transitional care pharmacists to make sure discharged patients receive the proper medications.

Could CaroMont face penalties again in the future?

Yes. Blackburn said the steps CaroMont has taken are necessary, but the non-profit will have to monitor readmission rates for a growing number of illnesses and procedures, including COPD this year.

Next year the penalties will be based on readmissions for patients with coronary bypass surgery and strokes as well as all the previously monitored conditions.

“We’ll have to continue to evolve,” Blackburn said. “So we’re rolling out any improvements or best practices to include all patients — and not just ones that are subjected to penalty.”

How does CaroMont feel about the plan?

The local health-care system supports the government’s focus on reducing readmissions,says Alex Mullineaux, CaroMont’s director of public affairs. But he says social and economic factors affecting a hospital’s patients should be considered when determining which hospitals should be penalized for excessive admissions.

“Some hospitals like CaroMont Regional deal with tough conditions that are not being taken into account,” Mullineaux said. “Right now (Medicare) doesn’t look at overall socioeconomic conditions.”

CaroMont Taking Active Steps to Protect Patients and the Community

Since the emergence of the Ebola virus in the U.S., CaroMont Health has been working diligently to further develop its emergency response plans and processes to ensure the continued health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees.

While the risk of Ebola spreading in our community is low, CaroMont Health understands the seriousness of the disease and is responding to the situation appropriately. We want our community to know that we are prepared.

CaroMont Health’s Ebola Preparedness Team, in collaboration with Gaston County Health and Human Services and other Gaston County agencies, are closely monitoring the national situation and continuing to support its medical staff and clinics to be prepared to meet any challenges our community may encounter.

For more than a month our Ebola Preparedness Team, comprised of infectious disease experts, medical personnel and health system leadership, has been building on the infection control plans that we have had in place for many years to address patients who present to our facilities, including:

  • Implementing internal policies to steer the immediate isolation, management and treatment of patients suspected of being exposed to Ebola.
  • Screening ALL patients who present to any CaroMont Health facility or clinic regarding their travel history.
  • Requiring staff to follow strict infection control prevention protocols, including hand washing, cleaning and disinfection of patient equipment and environment, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Educating clinical staff to recognize the symptoms of Ebola and steps to take should a patient present with these symptoms.
  • Providing necessary protective equipment and infection prevention protocols based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Our PPE protocol offers complete body coverage using Tyvex suits.
  • Minimizing staff exposure by identifying units that will care for these patients including the Emergency Department, Infectious Disease, Acute Care and Critical Care. These staff members will receive hands-on training and extensive support to ensure they are prepared to protect themselves and others.

Protecting our patients, visitors and employees is our top priority, and the planning and guidance of our infection prevention team will ensure that we are well prepared to provide excellent care in a safe environment.

Todd Davis, MD, Vice President, Patient Safety, Quality and Medical Affairs Officer

CaroMont CEO Honored by Gaston Regional Chamber

Orr, Adam. (28 September 2014). CaroMont CEO to be honored by Chamber. The Gaston Gazette, online.

Doug Luckett had to turn challenges into opportunities when he became CaroMont Health’s interim chief executive last April.

“We had employees that were looking at their feet and physicians that were saying they didn’t want to be here,” Luckett said, describing the atmosphere at Gastonia’s CaroMont Regional Medical Center in April 2013. “But I think it became a circuit breaker for us to talk about what we wanted to do and what we needed to be.” Luckett became CEO in October 2013. He will be recognized with the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Spirit of the Economy award at the Salute to Business and Manufacturing gala at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia on Oct. 16.

He sat down with The Gazette to share some of the lessons he learned after being promoted from his post as CaroMont’s chief operating officer. His new role came after a series of company decisions — including changing the name of Gaston Memorial Hospital to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and a controversial “Cheat Death” marketing campaign — had drawn fire from patients, employees and the community.

“That really became a time to clarify what was important to us,” Luckett said. “I told our staff and doctors that I never wanted them to have to apologize for where they worked or what they did, but above all I told them that they needed to do one thing above everything else: to never let anything distract them from focusing on the patient.”

He said he also promised employees that CaroMont’s administration would never “outrun” the nonprofit’s board of directors, staff or patients, that it was committed to communicating with them.

“I don’t ever want staff to find out about something by reading the local newspaper,” Luckett said. “We want to make sure that we’re communicating with them, that they hear it from us first.”

‘I’m accountable’
Luckett said he saw it as his job to remain visible and approachable to staff and the community. That often meant wearing his CaroMont name tag in public, he said.

“I live here, work here and ride my motorcycle here,” Luckett said. “Whether I’m at Hickory Tavern or Target or at church, I want people to know that I’m accountable. I don’t want buffers between me and the community and I’ve always thought that’s the way it should be.”

Some of the most vocal complaints probably came from local veterans unhappy with the hospital’s name change, Luckett said. Gaston Memorial Hospital — the name of the original hospital — was designed to honor men and women who served the country.

“The name change made sense — the hospital truly does serve this entire region — but we also understood how some military veterans viewed that change,” Luckett said. “Those conversations really drove home the importance of this hospital to a community that really cares about it, that felt like it was relevant to them.”

Luckett called the conversations constructive.

“I think the veteran community … brought real dialogue to the table,” Luckett said. “I think we understand we’re not a surrogate for government. We’re not the VA (Veterans Affairs). But we do have a deep history with the veterans in this community.”

The importance of listening
Luckett said it was also clear that hospital physicians and staff needed to play a larger role in decisions made by CaroMont. He saw it as an opportunity to show employees CaroMont was serious about listening to their concerns.

“It was a chance to work with our physicians about their role in how decisions are made internally,” Luckett said.

The recent decision to partner with Apollo MD, a physician management group, was made almost entirely by CaroMont’s physicians, nurses and staff, according to Luckett.

“They put the feelers out. They did the reference checks,” Luckett said. “In the end that was their decision. For our employees to decide who they want to work with is important. I think those relationships are much better in the end.”

Staying independent
Luckett said his focus remains on making sure CaroMont’s doctors and staff have the tools they need to deliver the best care they can. He acknowledges that remaining an independent nonprofit surrounded by larger health organizations like Carolina’s Healthcare and Novant will always be a difficult task.

“All health systems have places they can improve,” Luckett said. “But we’ve got to make our own way and do so in a world that doesn’t necessarily favor high-quality, low-cost facilities. Sometimes it seems like you have to be big to exist, but CaroMont wants to prove you wrong.”

CaroMont Health Recognized with ‘Salute to the Economy’ Award

Orr, Adam. (2014, October 17). Watson, CaroMont earn chamber’s salute. The Gaston Gazette, pp. 8A.

The Gaston Regional Chamber’s 12th annual Salute to Business and Manufacturing celebrated the stellar 50-year career of Tom Watson Jr., owner of Watson Insurance, and the contributions hometown health care provider CaroMont Health makes to Gaston County.

Thursday’s black-tie event was held at the Schiele Museum’s Matthews Belk Cannon Environmental Studies Center.

“It’s important to pause, step back, honor and recognize those things we value in this community,” said Ann Hoscheit, chairwoman- elect of the chamber’s board of directors. “This event does exactly that. It celebrates our manufacturing legacy and sends a message of appreciation to our local businesses, their leaders and their employees.”

‘Humbling honor’

Watson, who’s been in the insurance business since 1965, brought home the chamber’s Spirit of the Carolinas Award. He’s helped grow the tiny firm his father founded in the 1930s to 70 employees today.

“This is just a special, humbling honor,” Watson said. “We’ve been really, really fortunate over the years.”

Since the mid-1960s, Watson has seen massive changes in the insurance industry, including a growing reliance on technology that radically simplified how firms like his serve customers. He’s also weathered disasters like a tornado outbreak in 1974 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

The secret to his success? Hoscheit said it is Watson’s ability to create personal relationships with his customers, his commitment to employees and his desire to give back that has allowed him to thrive over the past five decades.

Overcoming adversity

CaroMont Health was recognized with the chamber’s Spirit of the Economy Award.

“It is challenging to think of a business that has a greater impact on our community,” Hoscheit said. “Whether a person receives their health care from a CaroMont doctor or facility, we all benefit from their presence.”

The nonprofit has bounced back just a year after a series of company decisions — including changing the names of Gaston Memorial Hospital to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and a controversial marketing campaign — drew fire from patients, employees and the community.

“What a special, special honor this is,” CaroMont Health CEO Doug Luckett said. “As a local award, this means more than you could possibly imagine.” Luckett was named CaroMont’s CEO in October 2013. “I admire Doug Luckett … as a visionary leader, but even more so as a man who understands and values relationships,” Hoscheit said. “He is among the best bridge builders I know.”

Hoscheit emphasized the necessity for CaroMont to remain independent and why Gaston County should care about the organization’s future.

“Locally based health care means we have access to specialty services,” Hoscheit said. “As
one of the largest employers in our county, we could lose hundreds of jobs if we were merely a satellite to a larger system.”

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“The Salute to Business and Manufacturing Awards and Gala is a very special event and we at CaroMont Health are especially pleased that the Gaston Regional Chamber chose to honor our health system and CEO, Doug Luckett, with the Spirit of the Economy Award. Since Doug assumed the helm at CaroMont, he has thoroughly embedded himself in the community through volunteerism and has become an active participant in the Chamber.  He has tirelessly reached out and made himself available to all stakeholders to foster collegiality and cooperation for the good of Gaston County. He has and continues to work to make CaroMont Health a premier health care organization that responds to the needs of Gaston County residents and its family of employees.  To that end, the hospital emergency department is getting a facelift, and the new Mount Holly facility is well on track.  CaroMont has won several awards, but this award from the Gaston Regional Chamber is the “icing on the cake.” We are very proud of Doug and are grateful for his leadership.”

-Sheila S. Reilly, Ph.D., Chair of the CaroMont Health Board of Directors

“Doug is hands down the best CEO I have ever worked with/for. He is the definition of a servant leader. He takes the time to get to know our staff and as a result he is well-loved by all. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be on his team.”

-Bonnie Faust, VP, Chief Nursing Officer, CaroMont Health

New Medical Provider, Heath High, MD, Joins CaroMont Health

CaroMont Health welcomes Heath High, MD to its medical team. Dr. High will practice with CaroMont Critical Care Specialists at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Critical care, also referred to as intensive care, is a branch of medicine concerned with life or organ support for patients who are critically ill and require intensive monitoring.

Bringing extensive experience to his new position, Dr. High offers emergency and critical care services, with a professional interest in sepsis and septic shock. Dr. High earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences, in addition to a minor in French Language and Francophone Literature and Cultures from Washington and Jefferson College. He furthered his career by obtaining a Doctor of Medicine from the American University of the Caribbean.

In his spare time, Dr. High enjoys watching the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, running and fitness. He leads his life with his favorite quote, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Healing People

Leading the way in quality care, CaroMont Health believes in treating everyone with respect, having open and responsible communication, never compromising integrity, and highly values customer satisfaction. Patients can come to CaroMont Health with the utmost trust and confidence that our staff is hard at work pushing the edge of medical science and saving lives. In 2010, we achieved HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. And our Cancer Center won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission.

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Building Community

We believe that a community’s wellbeing is dependent on everyone contributing and that together we can help our community thrive. By offering special events, sponsoring athletic competitions and attracting great speakers like Dr. Oz, CaroMont Health is creating shared community experiences. CaroMont Health has also developed CaroMontUrgent Care in the Mountain Island lake community, which will save you time without sacrificing the quality of non-emergency care.

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Wellness

CaroMont Health has created support and educational services in a safe, family-centered environment to promote healthy lifestyle choices. By providing a variety of classes focused on topics for men, women, the elderly, newborns and more, CaroMont Health hopes to empower individuals to make a difference. Some classes offered for expectant and new parents for example, enhance the experiences involved in birth and beyond – such as Second Time Around, Moms in Motion, and Infant CPR and Safety.

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