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Carolinas Healthcare System Officially Opens NCRC Location

January 22, 2014

NCRC News

Going to the doctor isn’t usually an occasion for celebration. On January 21, over 200 healthcare professionals, elected officials and community leaders found many reasons to celebrate as they shared in the grand opening of Carolinas Healthcare System’s (CHS) newest Cabarrus County location at 201 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard in Kannapolis. Medical Plaze GO enewsLocated on the NC Research Campus in the Medical Plaza building, the new CHS center houses Kannapolis Internal Medicine, Cabarrus Pediatrics and a state-of-the-art imaging center that offers ultrasound, x-ray, MRI and CT scans. Joe Piemont, CHS president and chief operating officer, commented that the “convenience, convergence and the synergy of these services being put together is not accidental. It is purposeful and will really serve the patients in the community.” Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant expressed appreciation for the many Kannapolis citizens who work at CMC-Northeast hospital in Concord and other Cabarrus and Rowan county CHS locations, including the free-standing, 24-hour emergency care center on Lane Street in Kannapolis. As the city of Kannapolis works to brand itself as a healthy city, Hinnant recognized just how far CHS’ commitment to Kannapolis will go to helping people live “healthier and longer lives.” NC Research Campus scientists and CHS physicians already share some common approaches to improving health and longevity. Both organizations have initiated efforts to reduce the incidence of diabetes. Duke Translational Medical Institute along with Cabarrus Health Alliance are part of a $9.7 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid grant to develop a new model of care for diabetes patients while CHS has initiated the Pre-D Challenge. “We’re spearheading initiatives that have a larger focus on population health, not just individual health,” Piemont said. “Our new Pre-D Challenge focuses on reducing type 2 diabetes throughout the metropolitan area by targeting pre-diabetes and arming people with the tools they need to reverse their risk and prevent this disease, which can lead to so many complications.” “I’m thrilled to have all of the medical people here,” said David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder. Murdock is also chairman and CEO of Dole Food, Inc. and CEO and owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. “We need their interest for the benefit of the people here and for relationships with the scientific center. We are all interested in improving the health of people in Kannapolis and throughout America.”

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