2016 a Year of Positive Change for Central Carolina Hospital

January 11, 2017

One year after joining Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Central Carolina Hospital (CCH) is reveling in the positive changes and achievements made. As part of the innovative joint venture, CCH has benefited from an abundance of resources -- from new physicians and staff to investments in equipment and capabilities totaling more than $3 million. 

"We're so excited about what we've been able to achieve in our first year here," said John Maxwell, who became the hospital's CEO after the transition in ownership. "We are absolutely committed to making communities healthier, and we'd like to think the achievements we've made over the past 12 months reflect that."

During 2016, CCH earned recognitions from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, accreditation from the College of American Pathologists after an on-site inspection, and was one of 43 hospitals in North Carolina to receive an A grade for hospital safety from LeapFrog, a nonprofit which gives safety ratings to hospitals nationwide. In May, employee John Paschal received LifePoint's Mercy Award, given for profoundly touching the lives of others and representing the spirit and values on which the company was founded. In October, the maternity program was designated as a Blue Distinction Center for great maternity care, and Jessica Laube, a licensed clinical social worker at the hospital, was named a "champion" in mental health care by a regional mental health organization.

As far as investments go, more than $3 million was put into facility enhancements and equipment that include the purchase of new state of the art diagnostic and treatment equipment in the gastroenterology lab, new food and nutrition equipment, new laboratory equipment, creating a Fast Track in the emergency center, and refreshed paint, ceiling and floors.

New doctors and new leadership have also been a hallmark of 2016. Four new physicians -- Dr. Martin Berger, Dr. Ignacio Sarmina, Dr. Katherin Asadi, and Dr. Aboise Lasaki -- were added to the hospital's employed network.

Sarmina, a urologist, comes to the hospital from Dayton, Ohio. Asadi, who specializes in internal medicine, women's health, preventative care, diabetes, and patient education, previously worked in Baltimore. Berger, a family medicine specialist, attended medical school in Milwaukee and did his residency in Cleveland. Lasaki has practiced family medicine since 1974 in Nigeria, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Texas, and North Carolina. 

In addition to Maxwell being named CEO, Danielle Spivey, RN, was named breast health navigator in August, Lesia Douglas, MBA, RN, was named chief nursing officer in October, and Omar Alkadhi, RN, BSN, MHA/HACP, was named the hospital's director of professional practice.

About Central Carolina Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital, a DukeLifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.

Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance AchieveĀ¬ment Award for Heart Failure, January 2016
American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance AchieveĀ¬ment Award for Stroke, January 2016
American College of Radiology Gold Seal Accredited for Mammography June 2016
Healogics Center of Distinction for Wound Care, February2016
Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Heart Failure, June 2015 
Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification, March 2015 
Joint Commission Certification for Chest Pain, December 2015
Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, January 2016
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade "A", October 2016


Crystal Hickman, Director of Public Relations
919-774-2100, crystal.hickman@lpnt.net