Winter 2020

At Vidant, we strive to provide high-quality care as close to home as possible. In the latest issue of the Vidant Medical Report below you will learn about our integrated stroke network of care; how we bring an individualized approach to our behavioral health programs; our focus on partnering with providers to help care for neuro-oncology patients and how we designed a continuum of care for those suffering from peripheral vascular disease all over the region.

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Navigating complex care pathways for PVD patients

Those suffering from lower extremity peripheral vascular disease can take heart in knowing that Vidant’s multidisciplinary team of highly trained vascular specialists and its integrated care model is designed to produce optimal outcomes for patients.

The Vidant Heart & Vascular Center boasts a team of vascular surgeons and interventionalists who specialize in the medical, endovascular and surgical treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Five vascular surgeons offer the full spectrum of open surgical, minimally invasive and combined procedures for peripheral vascular disease. In addition, three interventional cardiologists specialize in peripheral vascular interventions and interventional cardiology.

A spectrum of services are offered at locations across the region. Vidant patients are treated in state-of-the-art operating rooms and catheterization labs at the Vidant Heart & Vascular Center in Greenville. Patients also have access to vascular labs in Greenville and Roanoke Rapids and supervised walking programs for claudication and cardiac rehab in Wilson, Edgecombe, Greenville, Washington, Edenton and the Outer Banks.

“Our team of vascular specialists is focused on preventing peripheral vascular disease or halting its progression, preserving limbs and improving the quality of our patients’ lives,” said Dr. William Robinson, vascular surgeon with Vidant and ECU. “At Vidant we emphasize communication between physicians, keeping a patient’s care close to home and integration of services across locations when it is required. The patient’s needs are always at the center of what we do; that is our guiding principle.”

In addition to cutting edge procedures to restore, the Vidant Heart & Vascular team emphasizes prevention, optimal medical therapy, lifestyle changes and appropriate post-procedure therapy. Importantly, most of these services can be delivered close to home all over eastern North Carolina.
To contact a team member in the Greenville area, call 252-758-3211. To contact a team member in the Roanoke Rapids area, call 252-537-9268.

Stroke care around the clock

As the only Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region, Vidant Medical Center prides itself on the ability to provide rapid, high-quality, life-saving care at the right time.  

The specialty care neurology providers at Vidant Neurology at VMC are an important piece of Vidant’s robust regional system-of-care thanks to their 24/7 commitment to seeing a patient through the inpatient care continuum, from arrival to discharge. 

"More and more people are suffering from strokes and we’re even seeing it in a younger population,” said Dr. Shailesh Male, endovascular neurologist. “For central and eastern North Carolina, providing life-saving care means having access to a health system that utilizes evidence-based best practices and advanced technology to deliver complex stroke care.

Vidant Neurology at VMC is comprised of four physicians with stroke expertise, including performing interventional treatments such as mechanical thrombectomy, as well as four advanced practice providers. These team members are all dedicated to providing exceptional care and improved outcomes for patients in the region and are closely aligned with the neuro intensive care unit at VMC.

From the moment VMC becomes aware a stroke patient will be arriving, a Vidant Neurology team member is there, coordinating a care pathway that best serves the patient and keeps them close to home. By partnering with regional hospitals to manage patients utilizing best-practices, including keeping patients in their own community if possible, the collaborative model is designed to provide specialized care and navigate the nuances of treating stroke to ensure the best outcome possible. 

“When stroke patients come through our doors, they can have peace of mind that they are receiving the best care possible,” said Dr. Male. 

To contact the Vidant Neurology team at VMC, call 252-847-3389.

Individualized Approach for Behavioral Health patients

When it comes to caring for a patient’s mental well-being, an individualized approach can help ensure each person’s unqiue needs are met. 

Vidant’s Structured Outpatient Program (SOP) focuses on reducing mental health issues and improving overall health, allowing patients to maintain their daily living situation and relationships. The SOP is a treatment regimen intended to meet unique and individualized needs of adults.

“Our Structured Outpatient Program is designed to get patients the appropriate care at the appropriate locataion,” said Laurie Simmons, LCSW, who manages the Vidant Bertie and Vidant Chowan SOPs. “This applies to patients who can benefit from intensive outpatient treatment but do not need to be in a hospital.”

Vidant has SOPs at three locations – Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor, Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro. Each location has individualized programming designed to benefit the patient’s needs, but all include weekly group therapy, which is the primary mode of treatment and a requirement of the program.

“We use group therapy as a way to connect with each patient,” said Christie Herring, LCSW, manager of Vidant Edgecombe SOP. “A huge part of it is helping patients explore how thoughts, self-talk and behavior affect feelings. It’s a highly-individualized process aimed at positively affecting feelings and making a difference in a patient’s life.”

Problems that are treated in the program include depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder and mild dementia with mood disorder or mild dementia with psychosis.

An assessment and evaluation is completed as part of the admission process and is completed by the treatment team, consisting of licensed clinical social workers and a psychiatrist. Admission is established based on medical necessity, level of care criteria and individual treatment needs. The physician directs treatment and a plan of care is developed based on patient goals and the recommendation of the treatment team. 

To contact SOP teams in the region, call 252-794-6637 for Vidant Bertie, 252-482-6347 for Vidant Chowan and 252-641-8246 for Vidant Edgecombe. 

Neuro-oncology: a patient-center partnership

Vidant Cancer Care’s neuro-oncology strategy is built around fostering a partnership with local providers to get patients the right care they need through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes radiation oncology and neuro-oncology capabilities. 
VMC’s neuro-oncology is led by Dr. Jasmin Jo, who focuses on primary and secondary brain and spinal cord cancers and works with a team of multispecialty experts. 

Since joining Vidant in 2018, Dr. Jo has focused on finding ways to keep care close to home for cancer patients across eastern North Carolina. By partnering with local physicians, Dr. Jo and her team help create and coordinate a comprehensive plan across the continuum of care. 

“Our patient-centered mindset means that we are always going to do what is best for the communities we serve,” Dr. Jo said. “We know patients trust and rely on their local care providers so we want to ensure we are making them a part of the process as we work to provide the best care to the patient.” 

VMC also boasts cutting edge technology, including the newest Gamma Knife and Laster Interstitial Thermal Therapy.

VMC is one of only two hospitals in North Carolina with the latest Gamma Knife technology, which has the ability to deliver high doses of radiation to very small targets without making an incision or affecting healthy surrounding tissue. Some treatments can take as little as 15 minutes, providing a quicker and more comfortable experience for eligible cancer patients. 

To contact a team member at Vidant Cancer Care’s neuro-oncology program, call 252-816-2273.


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