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Media Advisory

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August 13, 2004 -- No. 377

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor to tour AHEC clinic
as part of ‘Carolina Connects’ trip to Wilmington

Monday (Aug. 16), 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pediatric Specialty Services, Zimmer Cancer Center
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Monday (Aug. 16) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Coastal Area Health Education Center. Through the center, New Hanover Regional is affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, where the statewide AHEC program is based.

Coastal AHEC was established in 1973 and is one of nine AHECs – established to attract, retain and maintain high-quality health-care professionals in all areas of the state.

Moeser’s trip to Wilmington is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched in the spring. Through the initiative, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and their communities.

Accompanying Moeser to Wilmington will be Dr. William L. Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System. Dr. Stuart Gold, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and outpatient clinic director of the Pediatric Oncology Division, has served pediatric patients through Coastal AHEC and will attend.

Pediatric Specialty Services helps parents find care locally that wouldn’t otherwise be available. Specialists, such as Gold, travel to Wilmington on a regular basis to treat children with special medical needs. More information on the program is available by going to http://www.nhrmc.org and clicking on the "select a service" box.

Also scheduled to take part in Monday’s tour and discussion are: Dr. William McMillan, executive director of Coastal AHEC; Dr. Don Nakayama, professor of surgery and program director of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Surgery Residency Program (and former surgeon-in-chief of the N.C. Children’s Hospital); Mimi Jones, manager of outpatient clinics; Brenda Melvin, nurse coordinator; Michael Dowd, a 14-year-old patient of Gold; and Ellen Minnini, Dowd’s mother.

In a ceremony held recently at UNC Hospitals, N.C. Gov. Mike Easley signed into law House Bill 1264, which provides $180 million in funding for a new cancer hospital to be built by the UNC Health Care System. More information is available at http://www.unc.edu/news.

Note to media representatives: Those attending the tour are asked to contact Kendra Gerlach, communications coordinator for New Hanover Health Network, at (910) 343-2668 or (910) 341-5460 (pager) for parking and other information.

Carolina Connects background: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may04/carolinaconnects052704.html

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UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Nancy Davis, 201-5621 (cell, on day of event); Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or lisa_katz@unc.edu; or Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu