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CaroMont Sends Volunteers to Charlotte for Free Medical Clinic



Contact: Marion Crawford/Kelly Pearce CaroMont Health (704) 898-1548

CaroMont Sends Volunteers to Charlotte for Free Medical Clinic

Gastonia, NC – December 8, 2010- Yesterday, CaroMont Health sent a team of more than 40 medical and nonmedical volunteers to the Charlotte Convention Center to assist in a one-day free medical clinic for the uninsured. Volunteers participated in providing checkups, tests and minor procedures for an estimated 3,000 participants.

The free clinic was hosted by “The Dr. Oz Show” and The National Association of Free Clinics. The first free CARE clinic was held in Houston, Texas and was broadcast live on “The Dr. Oz Show”. CaroMont Health’s recent partnership with Dr. Memhet Oz’s Columbia University Medical Center paved the way for CaroMont’s involvement in Charlotte’s free CARE clinic.

“One of CaroMont Health priorities is to engage in health and wellness efforts for members of our community,” said Rowena Buffett Timms, Vice President of Public Policy and Partnerships at CaroMont Health. Dr. Oz’s show brought attention to the fact that many people are unaware of their health issues because they are unable to afford regularly scheduled care. The CARE clinic encompasses our vision of promoting individual health and vibrant communities. It is our goal to positively touch the lives of every person we serve in the community whether insured or uninsured.”

According to the CARE clinic organizers, the average person who attends the free clinic has not seen a doctor in seven years. All participants will receive preventive primary care and will be connected to area resources where patients can receive regular treatment on an ongoing basis.

“By participating in this clinic, we are able to touch thousands of people’s lives who otherwise may never be able to seek treatment,” said Timms.

About CaroMont Health –

CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina is a regional, independent, not-for-profit


health care system, and nationally recognized “value-based” healthcare provider (high quality, low cost). CaroMont Health is the only hospital in the region named by Thompson-Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital for quality care, and is one of only two HealthGrades’ Clinical Excellence recipients in North Carolina. CaroMont Health is among an elite group of only 19 selected participants (out of 3,000 national hospitals/systems) engaged in demonstrating “Accountable Care Organizations” (hospitals focused on accountability for highest outcomes at the lowest cost for individualized patient care). CaroMont is engaged in innovative Chronic Disease Management pilot projects in partnership with local and regional employers, is implementing innovative prevention and wellness focused on individual and population health, and has a unique national partnership with GE and Sg2 to reduce costs and create integrated and coordinated systems of care. CaroMont Health also is among a select few hospitals to be granted affiliation with Columbia HeartSource of New York—a clinical partnership that provides patient access to world-class clinical guidance and research trials. CaroMont was recently upgraded by S & P to an AA bond-rating category—based on key rating factors that include: exceptional quality and clinical outcomes, excellence in governance and management structure, comprehensive information technology infrastructure, engaged excellence and integrated medical staff, fiscal accountability, operating performance, strong financial position and low cost structure.

CaroMont Health System encompasses CaroMont Regional Medical Center​ with 435-beds; Courtland Terrace, a 96-bed skilled nursing facility; Gaston Hospice, which includes the 12-bed Robin Johnson House inpatient facility; and CaroMont Medical Group, a network of 44 primary and specialty physician offices. The CaroMont Heart Center provides a full range of life-saving cardiac care, including open heart surgery. Additionally, the CaroMont Cancer Center provides advanced 3-D radiation treatment planning and chemotherapy. An expansive, surgical suite offers the latest advancements such as stereotactic technology, which utilizes computer simulation, microscopic surgery and x- ray images to achieve pinpoint accuracy. CaroMont also offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit for high risk infants and a pre-adolescent psychiatric center. CaroMont Health is proactively engaged is achieving its vision: To be a nationally recognized leader and valued partner in promoting individual health and vibrant communities. CaroMont Health employs 3,800 health care professionals, including a medical staff membership of 455. CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C. and can be reached at 704-834-2000.

CaroMont Quality Awards

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care CIGNA highest quality rating for Patient Outcomes in Angioplasty, Cardiac Catheterization, Colon Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Craniotomy-Adult, Disc Surgery, Heart Attack, and Spinal Fusion


Top Performer status (3rd highest score among all participating U.S hospitals, and highest score of any NC hospital) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier Healthcare Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project Aetna – Recognized Institute of Quality Cardiac Care

Advanced Certification in Stroke Care from the Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Diabetes Care from the Joint Commission Hospital Value Index: Top 100 Best in Value Hospital American Heart Association Heart Failure Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards. Certification in Hip and Knee Surgery from the Joint Commission

Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award from College of Surgeons ACS MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award Winner for Excellence in Clinical Performance HealthGrades – 7 five-star designations in Back and Neck Surgery (spinal fusion), Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Sepsis Care, Respiratory Failure Care, Pulmonary Care and Gastrointestinal Procedures & Surgeries. This includes an award for excellence in care of the Back and Neck Surgery Cleverley + Associates Five-Star Honor for high community value

Among only 6 percent of national hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Association