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Cooper Vetoes Bill Requiring Sheriffs To Honor ICE Detainers PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:42

 Governor Roy Cooper vetoed  House Bill 370: "An Act to Require Compliance with Immigration Detainers and Administrative Warrants" 

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 370:

"This legislation is simply about scoring partisan political points and using fear to divide North Carolina. As the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status. This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties. Finally, to elevate their partisan political pandering, the legislature has made a sheriff’s violation of this new immigration duty as the only specifically named duty violation that can result in a sheriff’s removal from office."

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 08:43
 
New Broughton Hospital Building Dedicated PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:39

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials joined other state and local officials today to dedicate the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, one of the state's three  acute care psychiatric hospitals.

"Today’s dedication marks the start of a new era of acute mental health care for residents of our 37 western counties," said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. "From start to finish, the hospital was designed by and for the people it serves. It was built with the understanding that wellbeing is rooted in whole-person health care."

The new hospital features a state-of-the-art laboratory, pharmacy, dental and radiology departments, courtyards and a treatment mall. The new facility puts under one roof the care and services currently provided in four separate buildings on the Broughton Hospital campus. Patients will receive care in a three-story building with courtyards, more natural lighting and enhancements — like a living skills kitchen. The building includes 16 patient care units with a mix of private and semi-private rooms.

Staff will begin the transfer of patients to the state’s newest psychiatric hospital in late September. At the time of the move, the 477,000-square-foot hospital will be staffed for the current capacity of 297 beds. However, capacity can be increased over time to up to 382 beds.

"This new building provides a more therapeutic environment that supports the way psychiatric care is provided today, with more privacy and dignity for patients with private and semi-private rooms and a more collaborative work environment for staff," said Kody H. Kinsley, DHHS Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. "New Broughton Hospital will not only allow for efficient and high-quality care, it will enable healing and result in improved outcomes for those we serve."

The cost of basic construction for building, utilities and grounds was $129.9 million, with the total funding for new construction, design, medical equipment, furniture, telecommunications, information technology and equipment being $154.7 million.

The original Broughton Hospital admitted its first patient in 1883 and has been nationally recognized for its ornate design. Patients were previously housed in four different buildings with treatment teams spread around the hospital rather than near patient care units.

Broughton Hospital is one of three regional psychiatric hospitals with statutory responsibility for operating as a part of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities within DHHS. The hospital serves the western 37 counties of North Carolina as part of the state's system of care and treatment for people with mental illness. Broughton Hospital also offers the only state-wide Deaf Services Unit, in that it is structurally designed and has staff who are equipped with specialized skills to support patients who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 08:41
 
$10,000 Reward Offered In Wake County Murder Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:32

The State is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Sandra Denise Thomas.

On March 29, 2011, the body of Sandra Denise Thomas, age 41, was found in a ditch on Lawrence Street in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Ms. Thomas suffered massive traumatic injuries. The Medical Examiner’s Office could not determine the exact cause of death. In 2011, Governor Perdue issued a reward proclamation for $5,000. Ongoing efforts in this case have continued in hopes to bring closure for the family and justice for Ms. Thomas. The State is renewing the reward with the increased amount to assist with the investigation of this cold case.

Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department at 919-552-3191 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

 
Two Health Care Companies Compete For Dialysis Facilities In Johnston County PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:28

Two applicants have filed certificate of need applications with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to relocate dialysis stations to Johnston County.

Bio-Medical Applications of North Carolina proposes to relocate four dialysis stations from Southwest Wake County Dialysis in Raleigh to Fresenius Kidney Care West Johnston on NC Highway 42 near Garner. The project is expected to cost $15,000 and would be completed in December 2020.

Total Renal Care of North Carolina proposes to develop Clayton Dialysis, a 10-station dialysis facility in Clayton, by relocating 10 dialysis stations from two facilities in Wilson County — five dialysis stations from Forest Hills Dialysis and five dialysis stations from Wilson Dialysis. The project is expected to cost $2.5 million and would be completed in January 2021.

A public hearing for these projects will be held Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in Room C1111 of the Wilson Building at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Anyone may file written comments concerning these proposals. Comments must be received by the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section no later than 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Comments may be submitted as an attachment to an email if they are sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Comments may also be mailed to the following address:

           Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section

           Division of Health Service Regulation

           2704 Mail Service Center

           Raleigh, NC 27699-2704

For more information contact:

            Julie M. Faenza, Project Analyst

            Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section

            (919) 855-3873 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Certificate of need public notices are posted online at www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/news.html 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 08:32
 
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