Blood center plans May collection drives

CHARLOTTE – The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold several blood drives in the area this month, including:

• May 11, 2-6 p.m., Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• May 15, 7:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Donors get a free T-shirt.

• May 18, 3:30-7 p.m., The Grand Theatre AmStar, 206 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Donors get a free movie ticket. 

• May 19, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Greater Vision United Methodist Church, 11901 Eastfield Road, Huntersville.

• May 19, noon-4 p.m., New Birth Charlotte, 17001 New Birth Drive, Huntersville.

Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas supplies blood to 19 regional hospitals.




Presbyterian Hospital recognized for gynecologic surgery

Presbyterian Hospital, now known as Novant Health, has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. This designation showcases Presbyterian’s commitment to new technologies, patient education and general patient awareness surrounding minimally invasive options for gynecologic surgery patients.

Doctors James Hardy and Scott Schneider are co-medical directors of the center, and they are also designated as center of excellence surgeons, according to the standards set by COEMIG. Twelve additional ob-gyn physicians from Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews have also met the criteria for the center of excellence.

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Celebrate National Nurses Week next month

Registered nurses dedicate every week to saving lives, providing high-quality patient care, and finding innovative solutions to improve patients’ health.

For the 20th year, May 6-12 is being celebrated as National Nurses Week, beginning on National Nurses Day and ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nurses’ roles are crucial to initiatives to broaden access to health care and place greater emphasis on patients’ results, prevention and wellness. As roughly 30 million uninsured or under-insured Americans gain greater access to health care under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for nursing services will increase dramatically. Medicare enrollment is projected to surge by 50 percent over the next 25 years with the aging of Baby Boomers, increasing the need for nursing services. Nursing is projected to grow faster than all other occupations, with more than 700,000 new RN jobs by 2020.

“Using their knowledge, compassion, and skills, nurses work to help individuals maintain and improve their health, educate them about their treatment, and care for their bodies and minds throughout the life span,” said American Nurses Association President Karen A. Daley. “This year, we’re recognizing nurses’ impact on elevating the quality of care through innovations and the use of data to devise more effective care strategies. This work contributes to our ultimate goal: better quality health care for all.”