People in the News
Monday, October 29, 2018
Reeder sworn In as NCMS’ 165th president
Timothy J. Reeder, an emergency medicine physician at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, was sworn in as the North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) 165th president on Oct. 19 at the Society’s LEAD Health Care Conference in Raleigh.
Reeder joined the NCMS in 1998, and has served in a variety of roles including on the Finance Committee, the Credentials Committee and the Communications and Membership Advisory Committee. He was elected to the NCMS Board of Directors in 2012 and served several years as secretary-treasurer. Long a proponent of organized medicine, Reeder also was president of the Pitt County Medical Society in 2007 and remains active on the local level.
Reeder received his MD from Ohio State University, where he also spent his residency. He earned his MPH at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He currently works at the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, as an associate professor and executive vice chairman. His clinical interests include trauma care, pediatric emergency care and disaster medicine. His educational interests include health systems science including patient safety, quality and leadership. He also serves as director of the Health System Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track.
“For the last 169 years, the NCMS has supported the practice of medicine,” Reeder said in his inaugural address. “I believe it is part of our duty and obligation to ensure that the practice of medicine is as meaningful to these future physicians as it was and is to us.”
Nonprofit leader selected for national program
Mysha Wynn, founder and executive director of Project Momentum Inc., has been selected to participate in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program, one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs that equips and connects leaders across the country — in every sector, profession and field and from all backgrounds and perspectives — to collaborate in addressing systemic inequities and finding new solutions to the nation’s most entrenched health challenges.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision is to build a culture of health in every community across America so that every person has the opportunity to reach their best possible health and well-being.
Designed for teams of two researchers and one community leader, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders supports engaged and innovative research, crafted and conducted to explore a problem and apply a solution in real time, making an immediate positive impact in the leaders’ home communities. The three-year program provides participants with annual fellowship and research support. The total award is $350,000. As a member of the newest cohort, Wynn joins a diverse network of leaders including a team addressing the impacts of pollution on rural communities in Ohio, and a team merging modern technology with traditional Hawaiian food systems.
This team consists of Wynn as the community partner, Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah from Georgetown University and Heidi Stone Bonner from East Carolina University as academic partners.
Wynn and her team will use a Community Based Participatory Research approach and will focus on the research topic “Minding Our Business: An Intergenerational Qualitative Exploration of Adolescent Mental Health Among Rural African Americans.” The team’s goal is to change the cultural narrative from “minding your business” to “minding our business” and collectively addressing the mental health disparities that exist within rural African-American communities.
She will benefit from high-caliber curricula and coaching from national leaders, collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact and accelerate her ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute to building a Culture of Health — one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is one of several leadership development programs supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These programs continue the foundation’s legacy of supporting the development of diverse leaders from across the nation. Initially focused on health care, the programs were expanded because the foundation knows that building a culture of health requires every sector, profession and discipline to work together.
King named employee of the month at ONLINE
Kenneth King, systems support analyst of the IT department has been named ONLINE Information Services’ Employee of the Month for July by a committee of his co-workers.
King plays a crucial role in our IT department by performing several different tasks. He is responsible for troubleshooting internal technical issues, ensuring systems are up to date, configuring various systems for secure and efficient performance, ensuring backups are working properly, and much more. He arrives early and often spends extra time to perform after-hours system maintenance.
Due to his diligence, collaboration, willingness to learn, and positive attitude, King has earned the trust and respect of his coworkers and management.
A name plate will be added to a plaque at ONLINE commemorating KIng as Employee of the Month at ONLINE Information Services. In addition, he had the convenience of parking in the first parking spot outside ONLINE’s door for the Month of August
ONLINE Information Services, Inc. has been in business since the mid-1950s, first as a credit bureau and collection agency, and now as the provider of credit decision tools and accounts receivable management for the property management, utility, healthcare and mortgage industries. For more information, please visit their website at www.ONLINEis.com
Gastroenterology East announces new hires
Gastroenterology East has announced three new hires in its Greenville practice,
Kendall Elks joins the insurance department. She has 10 years experience working in the healthcare field as a managed care coordinator.
Katie Forlines joins the front office staff as a receptionist. She previously worked at a Gastroenterology practice in Alabama processing referrals, scheduling, and assisting with check in.
Salena Vaughn joins our practice as a data entry specialist. Vaughn just received her bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, where she concentrated on community health.
Gastroenterology East, P.A. was founded by Dr. Jack Cole. He has been providing care to patients in Pitt County as well as 37 surrounding counties in Eastern North Carolina for 28 years. Gastroenterology East employs a full staff of medical professionals, including Dr. Shane Hendon, Dr. Ugo Iroku, Dr. Kurt Vernon, and Nurse Practitioners; Jessica Brown and Heather Larsen. Gastroenterology East is located at 2210 Hemby Lane in Greenville, and on the internet at www.gastronc.com.
ECU student awarded engineering scholarship
The Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) announces the awarding of the 2018 PENC Scholarship. The scholarship supports engineering students from North Carolina at ABET accredited engineering schools in North Carolina.
Josh Blalock, of Youngsvillee, received the scholarship. Blalock is a junior in Mechanical Engineering at East Carolina University. He is in the honors college, has a 3.9 GPA, e shad great recommendations from his professors and engineering mentors on projects/classwork and was noted as being an active member of several different engineering clubs. Josh is also active in other volunteer roles outside of the school of engineering..
The scholarship is funded through an endowment established by the PENC Educational Foundation. The PENC Educational Foundation was established to raise and administer funds to promote engineering education, fund its endowments and promote engineering education. PENC is a state society member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. The mission of PENC is to promote ethical, competent and licensed engineers and to enhance the professional, social and economic wellbeing of its members.