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Regional Report Triangle July11

As hostile takeovers go, WakeMed Health & Hospital Inc.’s $750 million bid to buy Raleigh rival Rex Healthcare Inc. wouldn’t raise eyebrows on Wall Street, but it’s shocking in the once genteel realm of Tar Heel health care.

2011-07

Regional Report Charlotte June 2011

CHARLOTTE Connextions, which operates call centers for the health-care industry, wants to hire 1,200 employees, 800 of whom would go to a center the Orlando, Fla.-based company planned to open here in May. The rest will go to an existing call center in Concord, which now employs about 600. The jobs will pay $35,000 to $45,000 a year.

2011-06

Regional Report Western December 2008

The straw that broke Haywood Regional Medical Center’s back — February’s Medicare and Medicaid decertification after the death of a 37-year-old woman was linked to a medication error — might be the one that gets it up and around again.
2008-12

The way of all flesh

Mark Higgins holds a syringe with a barrel the size of a bratwurst. The tip of his tongue is lodged in the corner of his mouth, and the end of the 8-inch-long needle is sunken in the neck of a corpse.
2008-10

And once again

In one of the three straight years that Ed Martin won the Alliance of Area Business Publications gold medal for best body of work by a magazine reporter, the judges wrote: “His biggest talent? Telling a story. The concept sounds simple, but all writers — and especially business writers — seem to have a great trouble doing it. Martin knows reporting is the key to good storytelling and brings an intense level of investigation to stories.”
2008-08

His heart is in it

In one of the three straight years that Ed Martin won the Alliance of Area Business Publications gold medal for best body of work by a magazine reporter, the judges wrote: “His biggest talent? Telling a story. The concept sounds simple, but all writers — and especially business writers — seem to have a great trouble doing it. Martin knows reporting is the key to good storytelling and brings an intense level of investigation to stories.”
2008-07

The turning point

It’s dark. I try to move, but I’m wrapped like a mummy in warming blankets. A second ago, it seems, it was daylight and a nurse was asking me my name. Tubes protrude from my right side. They feel like garden hoses. Smaller ones sprout from my arms. One is in the big vein in my neck, the one that bulges when I laugh, except I don’t laugh as much as I used to, before my heart began failing.
2008-07

Economic outlook

If it seems your employees are getting heavier — and less healthy — it’s probably not your imagination. And you’re not alone. Though adults in North Carolina smoke less and get a little more exercise than in years past, obesity is on the rise — from 59% of Tar Heel adults in 2002 to 63% now. So says a report by NC Prevention Partners, a Chapel Hill nonprofit. Meg Molloy is executive director.
2008-05

The picture of health

Duke Executive Health Program, a division of the university’s nationally esteemed hospital, offers a level of convenience and coddling rare in today’s health-care industry.
2008-03