Catawba Valley Medical Center

Catawba Valley Medical Center Catawba Valley Health System in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit health system. hospitals.

Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC has received fiv

e Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized recently with 10 Women’s Choice Awards, including being named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience and having a 2020 Patient Safety score that ranks among the top 2% or all U.S. For more information, please visit www.catawbavalleyhealth.org.

Today is  , a day to unite with others around the world to prevent HIV, support people with HIV, and remember those who ...
12/01/2023

Today is , a day to unite with others around the world to prevent HIV, support people with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to an HIV-related illness.

HIV can affect anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, gender, or age. Today is a chance to challenge misinformation, racism, homophobia, and transphobia to .

Everyone needs to know their HIV Status! To get tested or to receive care, see your primary care provider or call your local Ryan White Clinic at 828-326-2145 or 828-326-2465.

CVMC's Center for Women & Children recently hosted two Centering Pregnancy reunions for groups of English and Spanish sp...
11/30/2023

CVMC's Center for Women & Children recently hosted two Centering Pregnancy reunions for groups of English and Spanish speaking mothers!

In August, our English speaking group of mothers, who met for Centering Pregnancy courses between January and May, had their reunion with three new moms in attendance. In early November, our Spanish speaking group who met together from March to September had their reunion, with eight mothers in attendance.

“Pregnancy Centering’s goal is quality prenatal care with friendship development,” said Julia Peters, CVMC Maternity Services nurse.

Centering Pregnancy groups – which had previously met at Catawba County Public Health – now meet in The POD, which is located in The Center for Women and Children at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Sessions are offered in both English and Spanish.

To learn more about Centering Pregnancy, contact Maternity Services at 828-466-7196 or visit us online at CatawbaValleyHealth.org/POD.

More North Carolinians can get health care coverage through Medicaid. You are now eligible if you are 19 through 64 year...
11/29/2023

More North Carolinians can get health care coverage through Medicaid. You are now eligible if you are 19 through 64 years old and your income is up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. And if you were eligible before, you still are.

To learn more, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/MedicaidExpansion

Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to share that Jackie Echelberger, CVMC’s Lactation Program Coordinator, was recen...
11/28/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to share that Jackie Echelberger, CVMC’s Lactation Program Coordinator, was recently recognized at the Enrich Breastfeeding State Conference as a Pioneer for breastfeeding education at our hospital.

Two Lactation Nurses traveled with Jackie to the conference, and they had this to say about her work at Catawba:

“Jackie is hands down the best! We would be so lost without Jackie at Catawba. She has the best attitude, works hard caring for moms and babies, comes in on weekends, stays late, advocates and educates nurses, spends time at baby weight Thursdays, gives patients all the time they need to feel prepared and rolls with the punches.”

“Jackie is the only full time International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the hospital. Her number one focus is her patients and even though she hits the ground running every day, her patients feel adequately supported. Even people who have not delivered at Catawba know Jackie’s name and seek her guidance. Jackie is so knowledgeable and is always reassuring. Her passion for lactation and helping people is infectious! We are grateful to work beside her.”

At Catawba Valley Medical Center we believe that breastmilk is the ideal nutrition for infants. Research continues to prove the benefits of breastmilk and breastfeeding to infants and mothers. We are grateful to have nurses like Jackie to share the benefits of breastfeeding with families in our community. To learn more about the lactation services offered at CVMC, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Breastfeeding.

11/23/2023

From the volunteers, staff, nurses, and doctors at Catawba Valley Health System, we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Catawba Valley Medical Center would like to congratulate Katie Fulbright, our Student Program Coordinator, for represent...
11/22/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center would like to congratulate Katie Fulbright, our Student Program Coordinator, for representing our organization as a poster presenter at the SENSES (South Eastern Nurse Educator Symposium) conference. Katie presented in October on “Tapping into the Pipeline of the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers: The Development and Implementation of a Robust Internship Student Experience Program.”

Katie created and implemented the RISE (Robust Internship Student Experiences) program in 2022, which is a semester-long, intensive apprenticeship program at CVMC designed to help students discover career paths in healthcare. The program built on already established and thriving CVMC student programs to help assist with the critical need to increase the healthcare workforce. Through opportunities such as the RISE Program, interns gain a glimpse into the “Catawba Culture” with hopes they will one day return as a Catawba employee. CVMC is investing in students at the high school level to promote and encourage students to continue their educational and professional journey with CVMC at their side to one day join as we strive to provide Exceptional Healthcare. Every Person. Every Time.

Thank you Katie for representing Catawba and for your creative approach in developing a program to attract students into our workforce! To learn more about CVMC’s Student Experiences, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Students.

Join us in congratulating our November C.A.R.E Award Recipient – Anna Willis! Anna serves as a Registered Nurse in our E...
11/20/2023

Join us in congratulating our November C.A.R.E Award Recipient – Anna Willis! Anna serves as a Registered Nurse in our Emergency Department.

“Anna is an amazing nurse who goes above and beyond for her patients. She always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help,” according to Anna’s nominator. “Anna goes above and beyond in her care and compassion for others. She serves as a great resource for our department. She handles situations calmly and with a level head.”

The C.A.R.E Award is given monthly to a Catawba Valley Health System employee who has exhibited Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, and Enthusiasm throughout their work.

To learn more about becoming one of the exceptional team members who work at CVHS, visit our careers page at CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Careers.

Catawba Valley Medical Center was recently named as the Best of Catawba County in seven categories from the Hickory Dail...
11/17/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center was recently named as the Best of Catawba County in seven categories from the Hickory Daily Record! We are proud to share that we were voted as:

Best Hospital (1st Place)
Best Gym/Fitness Center (1st Place)
Cardiology (2nd Place)
Family Medicine – Dr. Christopher Witke (2nd Place)
Best Vascular Care (1st Place)
Best Place to Work (2nd Place)
Best Doctor – Dr. Christopher Witke – (1st Place)

We are grateful to serve the citizens of the Catawba Valley. To learn more about Catawba Valley Medical Center, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org.

Catawba Valley Health System is proud to have been the 2023 Premiere Sponsor for the Catawba Chamber Women's Leadership ...
11/17/2023

Catawba Valley Health System is proud to have been the 2023 Premiere Sponsor for the Catawba Chamber Women's Leadership Conference! Women from throughout our organization were in attendance at the conference on Tuesday, including Myra McDonough and Patti Moore who served as speakers for the conference's breakout sessions.

"Catawba Valley Health System and the Women's Leadership Conference are a natural fit, because both empower and promote strong women. You have likely heard that women make up 85 percent of the healthcare choices for their families, so you are an important audience for us to get our message out to," said Tracey Bolick's CVHS's Director of Development for the Catawba Medical Foundation.

Thank you to the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce for hosting an impactful and fulfilling event for the women in our community!

Catawba Valley Health System recently celebrated employees with a service awards banquet, recognizing those who reached ...
11/16/2023

Catawba Valley Health System recently celebrated employees with a service awards banquet, recognizing those who reached employment milestones of 5-year increments in 2023. CVHS is proud to have honored staff members who have served from 5 years up to 50 years.

Danah Bowman, Laboratory Specialist, reached 50 years of employment on Sept. 4, 2023. “I came to Catawba in 1972 as a student doing my clinical rotations. I was offered a job when I completed the rotation and I have been here employed full-time ever since. I have seen many changes and a lot of progress. When I started there were only four floors, and the ED was across from the lab with four bays and one trauma room. We have grown so much . I truly feel honored to have been here 50 years and to have been a part of the process,” Danah said.

CVHS is Catawba County's second largest employer with more than 2,100 employees. We are grateful to have employees who are passionate about serving their community and caring for others. To learn more about working at CVHS, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Careers.

November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month! Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States ...
11/13/2023

November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month! Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and North Carolina. It is the number one cancer death in the state.

The risk factors of developing lung cancer are smoking, secondhand smoking, exposure to radon and asbestos, arsenic in drinking water, substances found at some workplaces (diesel exhaust and some forms of silica and chromium), radiation therapy to the chest and diet. You should get screened for lung cancer if you are an adult, 50 to 80 years old, that smokes one pack of ci******es a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years and have quit within the past 15 years.

How can you work to avoid a lung cancer diagnosis?
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Be aware of workplace environmental hazards.
- Eat healthy.
- Be physically active.
- Test your home for radon.
- Know your family history of lung cancer.
- Get a lung cancer screening, if eligible.

Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to provide comprehensive Cancer care to the citizens of Catawba County and surrounding communities. To learn more about CVMC’s Cancer Center, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Cancer

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, we pay tribute to all American veterans who served their country honorably duri...
11/10/2023

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, we pay tribute to all American veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. And for those who have now chosen to strengthen CVHS with their dedication and expertise, we are grateful to work alongside you each day.

In just two short years CVHS has grown the number of employed Veterans from 35 to over 60.

One reason to hire a Veteran - it strengthens the company culture! If the company values teamwork, leadership, loyalty, problem-solving, respect, and strategic thinking, bringing veterans on board will be a force multiplier for your company's mission and values.

Today and every day, we’re grateful for all those who have served. Happy Veterans Day!

At the end of October, 40 CVHS employees (some with family) participated in the Unifour Walk To End Alzheimer’s event, w...
11/09/2023

At the end of October, 40 CVHS employees (some with family) participated in the Unifour Walk To End Alzheimer’s event, which was held at the Hickory Crawdad’s Stadium. The event had over 550 participants and sponsors, 67 teams, and raised over $79,000. This walk raised a record-breaking amount in the history of this area’s Walk to End event.

“It was a glorious event of inspiration, hope, and fun,” said Meghan Harmon, CVHS’ Community Outreach Coordinator.

The purpose of these walks is to raise funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with dementia. In the US alone, more than 6 million have Alzheimer’s and over 11 million individuals are providing unpaid care for their loved ones.

To learn more about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit act.alz.org

Due to a regional telecommunications failure, CVMC is experiencing a phone outage and we are not able to place outgoing ...
11/08/2023

Due to a regional telecommunications failure, CVMC is experiencing a phone outage and we are not able to place outgoing calls or accept incoming calls on most phone lines. If you are attempting to reach a patient, please call the hospital operator at 828.326.9785 or 828.326.7042 and we will assist you in making contact.

During October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Education & Awareness month, local employees from Special Metals Welding...
11/07/2023

During October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Education & Awareness month, local employees from Special Metals Welding Products Company from Newton collected gifts for patients who are currently undergoing Cancer treatment. The gifts included hats, scarves, self-care items, activities to pass the time during treatment, and much more, as well as inspirational notes of encouragement.

“Thank you so much, Special Metals, for your time, compassion and kindness for our patients,” said Melanie Lutz, Director of CVMC”s Cancer Program.

We are grateful for local organizations and staff who support our hospital and patients. To learn more about Cancer services at CVMC, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Cancer.

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for Fall 2023. Th...
11/06/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for Fall 2023. This national distinction recognizes CVMC’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital, as well as meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. CVMC is the only Catawba County hospital to achieve this ranking and this marks the 14th ‘A’ grade for safety that CVMC has received in Leapfrog’s last 15 reporting periods.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Results are updated each fall and spring. Less than one-third of all U.S. hospitals achieve an ‘A’ grade.

Michelle Lusk, Chief Nursing Officer of Catawba Valley Health System, said, “It truly is remarkable that our team has continued to perform at the highest possible level year after year to ensure that our patients receive exceptional care. Safety and quality must be the top priorities in a healthcare setting, and we’re so proud to show this region our commitment to these priorities above all else.”

“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means Catawba Valley Medical Center has made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public at HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

Happy Halloween from CVMC's smallest patients! This year, we went back a few decades to find inspirations for our costum...
10/30/2023

Happy Halloween from CVMC's smallest patients!

This year, we went back a few decades to find inspirations for our costumes. These NICU babies are dressed as vintage characters such as Popeye, Mario & Luigi, Bob Ross, Mr. Peanut, Rainbow Bright, and more! What is your favorite vintage character?

To learn more about CVMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visit us online at CatawbaValleyHealth.org/NICU

Happy   and National Mammography Day! Today, we’re highlighting our Mobile Mammography Unit.Breast cancer is one of the ...
10/20/2023

Happy and National Mammography Day! Today, we’re highlighting our Mobile Mammography Unit.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women in our region. Early detection is critical to a successful outcome, and our Mobile Mammography Unit helps make this possible. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic center on wheels visits more than 75 sites and provides approximately 4,000 mammograms annually. The mobile unit makes it easy to provide a valuable screening service to employees close to where they work and live, resulting in greater compliance with this recommended procedure, and less time away from work.

In 2024, CVMC has plans to add a second Mobile Mammography Unit to ensure widespread community access to this service, and to be able to serve more employers throughout our area.

Catawba Valley Medical Center was also recently awarded the 2023 Women’s Choice Award as one of Americas Best Mammography Imaging Centers and one of America’s Best Breast Care Centers. CVMC’s breast health services include 3-D and Digital Mammography, mobile mammography, SAVI SCOUT technology, the Reach to Recovery program, a PET/CT Scanning Center, and a designated Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator.

To learn more about CVMC’s Breast Cancer services, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Cancer

Today, we recognize International Infection Prevention Week, which serves as a reminder to every person of the role they...
10/19/2023

Today, we recognize International Infection Prevention Week, which serves as a reminder to every person of the role they play in preventing infections. This year, the CVHS Infection Prevention Department is celebrating the week with a Halloween-themed escape room for all employees!

“It is so important to find innovative ways to keep staff engaged in the things that really matter. As employees make their way through the Infection Prevention Escape Room, they are being reminded of the basics of infection prevention and hopefully having some fun at the same time,” said Joelle Calloway, CVMC’s Director of Infection Prevention.

The escape room was sponsored by the CVHS Employee Giving Council. To learn more about CVMC’s patient safety efforts, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org

Join us in congratulating our October C.A.R.E Award Recipient – Eve Lee! Eve serves as a Physical Therapist in CVHS’ Out...
10/18/2023

Join us in congratulating our October C.A.R.E Award Recipient – Eve Lee! Eve serves as a Physical Therapist in CVHS’ Outpatient Therapy Department.

“Physical therapist Eve Lee is an excellent example of the wonderful rehabilitation staff we have at CVHS. Eve is the consummate professional, providing excellent clinical care and serving as a wonderful colleague and mentor to other staff members. She often takes on challenging, complex patients and handles their care with ease,” according to Eve’s nominator. “She recently displayed her skill in providing this care with a patient who required lots of attention, direction and establishment of boundaries in addition to their clinical needs. As always, the patient was treated with compassion yet a necessary firmness to reach the patient’s goals. The patient’s needs and communication style were a challenge that many skilled clinicians would have struggled with, yet Eve handled the case with amazing professionalism and clinical excellence. We are lucky to have Eve in our department and at our institution.”

The C.A.R.E Award is given monthly to a Catawba Valley Health System employee who has exhibited Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, and Enthusiasm throughout their work.

To learn more about becoming one of the exceptional team members who work at CVHS, visit our careers page at CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Careers.

Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Fitness Plus recently celebrated 25 years of operation! Fitness Plus, which is the only ...
10/17/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Fitness Plus recently celebrated 25 years of operation! Fitness Plus, which is the only medical fitness center in our region, is located on the lower level of the Center for Rehabilitation. The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment, a pool for therapeutic exercise, group fitness classes, corrective exercise, personal training and more!

For the 25 year anniversary celebration, the fitness center hosted various vendors, held giveaways for personal training sessions and memberships, raffled off door prizes, and more.

“Fitness Plus has been serving its members for 25 years. On September 26, we celebrated this milestone with an open house/resource fair. Members were invited to bring a guest and show-off the premier medical fitness facility in Catawba County,” said Marcus Osborne, CVMC’s Director of Health & Wellness. “Departments from across the health system were present to showcase the way our fitness center is integrated into so many different service areas. We had a great turnout from our membership and were excited to share how Exercise is Medicine at Fitness Plus to many community members that were new to us.”

To learn more about Fitness Plus, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/FitnessPlus.

This  , we celebrate Case Management Week.  This is a time to celebrate, recognize and show appreciation for all Case Ma...
10/13/2023

This , we celebrate Case Management Week. This is a time to celebrate, recognize and show appreciation for all Case Management workers, including the Utilization Review Department at CVMC. Case Managers are responsible for ensuring patients meet medical necessity for admission and on-going continued stay within the hospital, as well as ensure proper care is provided for patients once they are discharged from the hospital.

In recognition of the week, the Utilization Review department decided to give back by collecting and donating wish list items to Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter. The items were delivered last week. The group was also able to enjoy a nice luncheon at Sweet Tea Bed and Breakfast in Conover with Pamela Gallagher, CVHS’ Chief Financial Officer. The team was excited also to welcome its newest member, Haley Powell.

“I am happy to be back at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Utilization Review is a great team to work with that has a passion about case management,” said Haley.

The Utilization Review department comprises nine nurses with a combined 165 years of experience. The department staff pictured are:

Lisa Hatcher RN, MSN, MSSL, ACM-RN
Anna Wilson RN- BC, BSN
Freda Elvington RN, BSN
Lisa Kahill RN, BSN, ACM – RN
Jennifer Robinson RN, BSN, RNC- OB
Wendy Fowler RN, MSN, ONC, ACM-RN
Haley Powell RN

Not pictured:
Leslie Sullivan RN, BSN
Tina Slagle RN, BSN, ACM-RN

We’re grateful for these dedicated staff members and for their contributions toward our health system! To learn more about working at CVHS, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/JobOpportunities.

Catawba Valley Health System is proud to announce that Dr. Justin Sullivan has been named Assistant Chief Medical Office...
10/11/2023

Catawba Valley Health System is proud to announce that Dr. Justin Sullivan has been named Assistant Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Sullivan currently serves as a leader within CVMC’s Hospitalist Group.

“Dr. Sullivan will continue in his role leading the hospitalists, but will also work closely with me performing administrative tasks and developing strategy for the hospital, especially with inpatient services,” said Dr. Drew Chesson, CVMC’s Chief Medical Officer. “Thank you for your leadership Dr. Sullivan.”

Prior to completing residency programs at Mayo Medical Hospital and CMC Blue Ridge, Dr. Sullivan received his medical training at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internship at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Sullivan into this new role within our organization -- share your congratulatory comments below!

In October we recognize two crucial groups who contribute to the care and compassion throughout our Center for Women & C...
10/09/2023

In October we recognize two crucial groups who contribute to the care and compassion throughout our Center for Women & Children – our pediatric nurses and our midwives.

This month, we want to take time to recognize the unique talents and challenges of these groups. Our pediatric nurses are dedicated to promoting the optimal health of children and providing excellence in nursing care of children and their families, and our midwives play an important role in delivering safe, holistic, and evidence-based care to women who choose to maternity care at CVMC.

“Pediatric Nurses are a vital part of the care team for our patients. Their clinical knowledge, ability to reassure caregivers, and exceptional communication skills with young children is outstanding. We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to CVMC which allows us to serve the patients in our community,” said Rachel Pitts, CVMC’s Director of Women & Children’s Services.

“Certified Nurse Midwives play an important role in the care of our pregnant patients at CVMC Maternity Services. Their care begins with that first pregnancy test and lasts for several months following the birth of the baby," said Jackie Miller, CVMC's Administrator of Women's & Children's Services. "Their passion for pregnant mothers follows them to the Birthing Center where they are available 24/7 to see patients with problems in a triage visit or laboring and delivering each patient that comes in ready to have a baby. Our Certified Nurse Midwives have years of experience and a passion for mothers and babies like no other. We are proud of the service they provide and honor them for all they do."

To learn more about CVMC’s Women & Children’s Center, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Women-children

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Month. CVMC is proud to provide comprehensive Cancer care...
10/06/2023

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Month. CVMC is proud to provide comprehensive Cancer care to Catawba County and the surrounding communities.

Meghan Bergman, a nurse and patient at CVMC, recently completed chemotherapy for a breast cancer diagnosis. Meghan was able to ring the celebration bell with her husband, their three small boys and other family and friends. She was also surprised by many coworkers from several departments, and for the finale her mother had secretly hired a limo to take her home. It was a moment fill with joy and triumph.

We are grateful that our community, including our employees, choose us to care for them throughout their lives. To learn more about CVMC’s Cancer Center, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Cancer.

Today, we recognize National Healthcare Supply Chain Week! This week gives us an opportunity to recognize the importance...
10/05/2023

Today, we recognize National Healthcare Supply Chain Week! This week gives us an opportunity to recognize the importance of health care supply chain professionals and honor them for their exceptional contributions to patient care and the innovative ways in which they support their health care organizations and communities.

"This week we celebrate our staff's selfless actions, tireless efforts, and relentless drive to ensure the clinical staff and the clinical team have everything they need in order to ensure the best possible patient outcomes," said Patrick Broos, CVMC's Director of Supply Chain Management. "No matter what role you plan in healthcare supply chain, you are absolutely making a difference for your health system, the patients, and patient outcomes."

We're grateful for our supply chain department and the integral role of our health system operations. To learn more about CVMC, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org.

Today, we celebrate the retirement of Cindy Pressler! Cindy served Catawba Valley Family Medicine - Maiden for 25 years ...
10/03/2023

Today, we celebrate the retirement of Cindy Pressler! Cindy served Catawba Valley Family Medicine - Maiden for 25 years as a physician assistant.

Cindy officially retired on September 15. She had worked as a physician assistant at Catawba Valley Family Medicine - Maiden since 1998. She graduated from Duke University with a Master in Health Sciences and concurrent Physician Assistant degree. Prior to that she received a Master of Science and Education in Public Health.

We are grateful for Cindy's distinguished and dedicated service to CVHS, our patients, and our community. Join us in congratulating Cindy on her retirement!

In October, we recognize Breast Cancer, Education and Awareness month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with the dis...
10/02/2023

In October, we recognize Breast Cancer, Education and Awareness month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

Catawba Valley Health System is proud to provide comprehensive Breast Cancer care to our community, such as mobile mammography, 3-D mammography, advanced technology, a dedicated Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator, and more.

Learn more about our Breast Cancer services, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/cancer

Catawba Valley Medical Center  announces its collaboration with MDsave to make preventive care more accessible and affor...
09/29/2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center announces its collaboration with MDsave to make preventive care more accessible and affordable to the Catawba Valley area. Together, CVMC and MDsave will reduce the cost of 3D screenings to $149.

This collaboration is specifically for people without insurance, people with a very high deductible plan, or people without insurance coverage for screening mammography. The price includes everything associated with the screening mammogram – facility and physician fees for one set price, no surprises.

During the month of October, which is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, patients can purchase a voucher for a screening mammogram. Vouchers are available to anyone concerned about out-of-pocket costs and remain valid for six months. Purchases can be made at www.mdsave.com/catawba-valley-medical-center or by calling (888) 639-8603.

To learn more, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/MammogramDiscount

Earlier this month, staff from Catawba Valley Medical Center had the pleasure of attending the YMCA Impact Event at the ...
09/27/2023

Earlier this month, staff from Catawba Valley Medical Center had the pleasure of attending the YMCA Impact Event at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. This event celebrated the impact of our local YMCA’s collaborations and partnerships, which build stronger community for all.

During this event, Patrick Broos, CVMC’s Director of Supply Chain Management, was recognized for his cooperation with the YMCA and the impact that his volunteer work has had on our community. Patrick was recognized for his time spent as a YMCA Board Member. Ava Taylor, Administrator of CVMC’s Wellness & Rehabilitation services, also served as an award presenter at the event.

At CVMC, we are grateful to have staff who see the value in serving our community – both within and outside of our organization.

Happy   and Surgical Technologist Week! Surgical Technologists are responsible for properly setting up the room, arrangi...
09/22/2023

Happy and Surgical Technologist Week! Surgical Technologists are responsible for properly setting up the room, arranging necessary equipment, and even assisting physicians during surgery. They have some extremely important job duties, and that’s why we honor their contributions to our hospital and community.

“Surgical technologists are vital members of the CVMC Surgical Services team. They work diligently to provide clinical expertise, while ensuring efficiency and patient safety for our surgical patients. We honor and recognize them for their dedication and commitment to our patients, providers, and team,” said Vicky Hamby, CVMC’s Operating Room Director.

We’re grateful for each surgical technologist who chooses to serve our patients. Thank you for all you do!

This week is recognized as Healthcare Simulation Week! Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to partner with Catawba Va...
09/21/2023

This week is recognized as Healthcare Simulation Week! Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to partner with Catawba Valley Community College to support the ValleySim Hospital – a simulated hospital setting that is used to train future and current physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in our community. This partnership leads to safer, more knowledgeable patient care among healthcare workers and students.

Catawba Valley Community College’s ValleySim Hospital is one of the largest facilities of its kind devoted to healthcare simulation. ValleySim first opened its doors at CVCC in the Fall of 2011. In 2013, Catawba Valley Community College formed a partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center to assist in managing the operation of ValleySim Hospital. Through varying educational methodologies, the ValleySim staff can assist in immersive learning where learners can respond to various patient conditions and then reflect upon their own responses in debriefing sessions. The use of life-like manikins with varying levels of complexity (human patient simulation), virtual reality computerized animations, specialized trainers for repeated practice of medical interventions (task trainers) and actors trained to behave and respond as patients (standardized patients) are designed to improve systems and team performance across healthcare disciplines. The primary goal of ValleySim is to support a safer learning environment further enhancing patient outcomes across the healthcare community.

CVMC also employs the two-person department that manages the day-to-day operations of the ValleySim hospital. Ray Combs serves as Manager of ValleySim alongside Ling Moua, who serves as the Technical Coordinator.

To learn more about the ValleySim hospital and its relationship with CVMC, visit CatawbaValleyHealth.org/ValleySim.

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Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system serving the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC received a fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014. WomenCertified® has recognized CVMC with Women’s Choice Awards for America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience 2012-2017; America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Safety 2017-2018; America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics 2013-2018; America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care 2017-2018; America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery 2016-2018; America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics 2018; and America’s Best Breast Centers in 2018. For more information, please visit www.catawbavalleyhealth.org


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