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January 29, 2018 - February 9, 2018
From the Desk of Pam Tripp
After a long deliberation today between the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Budget Resolution has been signed by President Trump approved by Congress and signed by President Trump!

The budget resolution included a two-year funding extension for Community Health Centers! This means Community Health Centers are fully funded through 2019.

  Congratulations to each one of you, CommWell Health Eagle Advocates – colleagues, Board members, partners, friends and family - who called, emailed, posted on Social Media, peacefully demonstrated and brought awareness to the community! The call to advocacy was made, and you responded! Your hard work and dedication carried us all to the finish line and presented North Carolina as one of the top advocacy states in the nation with most calls and messages to Congress!
This is a wonderful achievement and a reminder that we must keep Community Health Centers in the forefront and eyes of our elected officials. Most importantly, this achievement reminds us that nothing of significance is accomplished by one person!
Because All People Matter!
Congratulations Eagle Advocates !!

So what did they fund in the Budget Resolution?

  • Include $7 billion in funding and a two-year reauthorization for Community Health Centers
  • Extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years
  • Include $80 billion in disaster relief funding
  • Put $6 billion in funding toward opioid and mental health treatment
  • Put $5.8 billion toward the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant
  • Put $4 billion toward the Veterans Administration to rebuild and improve veterans hospitals and clinics
  • Put $2 billion toward research at the National Institutes of Health
  • Put $20 billion toward infrastructure, including highways, water, wastewater, and rural broadband
  • Put $4 billion toward college affordability programs for police officers, teachers, and firefighters

Talent Management News
Patient Satisfaction
1st Annual Medical 2017 SPIRIT award - Bolivia 94 %
1st Annual Behavioral Health 2017 SPIRIT award - Salemburg 90.7 %
1st Annual Dental 2017 SPIRIT Award and November and December award - Penderlea 91.4 %
Behavioral Health November and December SPIRIT award - Shallotte 97.9 %
Medical November and December SPIRIT award - Harrells 93.2 %
Colleague Wellness Corner
Actions to Fight the Flu!
  • Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. People who are at high risk for influenza complications should contact a health care professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated this season. If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. CDC recommends rapid treatment of seriously ill and high risk flu patients with antiviral drugs. It is very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness, and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

  • Take every day preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. If possible, try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.   

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you have not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season, get vaccinated now—it’s not too late! As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, even in January or later. Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to get vaccinated against flu every year, with rare exceptions. With many more weeks of flu activity expected for this flu season, there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination can protect you against flu.
In a continued effort to help protect both our colleagues and patient’s, extra items have been ordered, and will be delivered to all sites. These items include masks, tissues, Purell hand sanitizing wipes, and cavi-wipes.   
Front desk GSA’s will provide masks, tissues and handi-wipes to patients who present with flu like symptoms:
• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills.
• Cough.
• Sore throat.
• Runny or stuffy nose.
• Muscle or body aches.
• Headaches.
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Masks, purell wipes and tissues have already been sent to all sites!

Purell hand sanitizing wipes are safe to use on hands, and general items such as chairs, pen etc. That is why we are putting them at the front desk for our patients to utilize them. They will also available in other areas of our organizations for colleagues to utilize them. 

The clinical area, will continue to use the Cavi-Wipes to clean rooms and equipment.  

Most importantly, Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands prior to and after patient contact.

Questions? Contact Becky Mason, RMason@commwellhealth.org
Colleague Health Tweet
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1 medium avocado (halved, pitted)
  • 2 tbsp fat-free sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/3 seeded and finely chopped roma tomato (1 to 2 tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño
  • Dried or fresh cilantro, to garnish (optional)

  1. Make the hard boiled eggs: Let eggs sit for 10 minutes. Drain water and transfer eggs to a bowl of col water to cool.
  2. When the eggs are cool enough to handle, remove the shells. Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, adding just 2 whole egg yolks into a medium bowl and discarding the remaining 7 egg yolks. Place the egg white halves onto a platter.
  3. Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh into a bowl. Use a for to mash the egg yolds and the avocado together. Stir in the sour cream and lime juice.
  4. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes with a spoon and discard; finely chop the tomato, along with finely chopping the scallions. Add both to the mashed avocado, along with salt, pepper and optional jalapeno. stir together to combine.
  5. Spoon the guacamole into each egg white half, dividing the mixture between all 18. Garnish

Diabetes Education
Upcoming Diabetes Classes

Questions? Contact Christie McDougald, RN cfordham@commwellhealth.org
February 20, 2018 & February 27, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
March 14, 2018 & March 28, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 5, 2018 & April 19, 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HCN Standing Education
Upcoming Events
Give Kids A Smile
Penderlea, Mobile Dental Unit, Salemburg, Newton Grove, OIB, Four Oaks, McGee's Crossroads, Dublin
Hutchins Conversation: Lisa McKeithan, Tuesday, March 6, at 4:30 pm
Health and the Humanities in Practice: Using a Liberal Arts Approach to Rural Health Challenges in North Carolina.

In the News
 The Dunn Police Athletic and Activities League Reach One Mentoring Program connects adults with adolescents to help boost confidence, enhance skills, improve graduation rates and develop everlasting relationships. The mission of The Reach One Mentor Program (ROMP)
is to reach at risk youth in our community and help them reach their potential through one-on-one mentoring partnerships. Mentors must be willing to spend at least one hour a week or four hours a month with their mentees. So, do you have what it takes to be a Mentor? YES, YOU DO! 
To sign up to be a Mentor, or for more information, 
contact Stephanie Coxum at 910-892-1873 ext. 1005, 
or by email at s.coxum@dunnpal.org .  

February is National Heart Health Month
Celebrate African American History Month!

This February celebrate African American History Month. Learn about how heart disease, cancer, and stroke impact African Americans and how to improve your health.


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Oswald's Clothing Company
Don't forget! Oswald's Clothing Company is open 24 hours / 7 days per week for all of your CommWell Health branded clothing and accessories! Andrea has some clothing samples available.

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