WakeMed Health & Hospitals released the Triangle’s first consumer smart phone app for iPhone and Android users. The app enables users to locate WakeMed facilities, search physicians, input personal health and insurance information, and read hospital news. Emergency room wait times will be added soon.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. The grant marks the first initiative to focus on a cure for HIV rather than prevention.
UNC Hospitals received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award, recognizing their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. UNC Hospitals seek to provide timely care to heart attack patients, particularly those dealing with STEMI heart attacks.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was named 10th best large-city hotel in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure. It is the only North Carolina hotel on the list, and climbed 24 spots from its position in 2010. The list ranks hotels based on rooms, location, service, food and value.
Mark Saad, co-founder of socially responsible flip-flop company Kinder Soles, teamed with Chris Bingham and his company Riley Life Logistics to launch the nonprofit organization the SoleMates Foundation. Aimed to increase awareness and raise funds to help the footwear shortage in the United States, the SoleMates Foundation will distribute new and gently used shoes to individuals without proper footwear.
Rex Healthcare has been designated by The Joint Commission as an advanced primary stroke center. The certification acknowledges Rex’s ability to provide life-saving, emergency treatment of stroke, as well as its focus on community stroke education. As a certified stroke center, Rex will submit performance reports to the Joint Commission on measures including additional screenings, education, smoking cessation /counseling, proper therapy protocol administration and other categories. The accreditation is valid for two years.
Prestonwood Country Club opened a Golf Learning Center in July featuring state-of-the-art technology and equipment along with guidance from top golf instructors. The 2,500-square-foot building includes indoor and outdoor bays, a 10,000-square-foot grass teaching area tee box, a V1 swing analysis video system, indoor putting studio with the S.A.M. PuttLab putting analysis system, S.A.M. BalanceLab, K-Vest, and TrackMan launch monitor.
The Newborn Critical Care Center at N.C. Children’s Hospital opened Pod G, a new 10-bed expansion, in July. Pod G has a central clinician workstation to keep care providers nearer to the families. The new pod also boasts numerous appointments to augment family-centered care, including enhanced privacy partitions and personal storage spaces.
Photo: Mathnasium Learning Centers recognized local educator and business owner Denise McCann with its Top Franchisee Award for the second year in a row. McCann owns Mathnasium centers in Apex, Brier Creek, Cary, and North Raleigh. Franchisees from around the world attended the Seventh Annual International Mathnasium Franchise Convention, where the award was presented.
Crescent State Bank now offers an interactive game called MoneyIsland that aims to increase financial literacy by teaching children the fundamentals of finance at an early age. The interactive MoneyIsland experience allows a parent or teacher to track a child’s performance.
To secure a passport for a child to participate in MoneyIsland, a parent must visit any Crescent State Bank location and open a Junior Savings account in that child’s name. Crescent State Bank will deposit $5 in that account when it is opened. Upon successful completion of the MoneyIsland experience, children should bring their printed certificate to the same Crescent State Bank location to receive an additional $5 deposit in their account. There is no minimum balance required to maintain the Junior Savings account.
Photo: Clean Design Inc., a branding and design agency, has named Scott Scaggs vice president and creative director for the agency. With more than 20 years of experience, he will be responsible for providing leadership for the agency’s creative efforts, including designers and copywriters, and is responsible for delivering outstanding creative thinking to the agency’s clients. Scaggs has previously served as an associate creative director, art director and a designer at several major national agencies.
The Town of Cary has awarded one of the Cary Arts Center’s residencies to the Cary Players Community Theatre Company. Cary Players has held 29 productions attended by 14,000 patrons at seven different venues in its 10-year history. Cary Players will produce its entire season of four stage productions on the main stage at the Cary Arts Center, including the center’s first full-length musical, Once Upon A Mattress, opening on September 30.