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September 4, 2016

Tired of Waiting? Urgent Care Reservations Now Available at Carolinas HealthCare System

From our Smarty Health Corner and our friends at Levine Children’s Hospital

Waiting in an urgent care for hours can be uncomfortable, especially if you or your child is sick. Similar to airline check-ins or restaurant reservations, a new urgent care reservation system now allows patients to reserve a spot online for a same-day reservation at all 28 Carolinas HealthCare System urgent care locations.

Thanks to a pilot version of that program, busy mom Allison Potvin avoided a long wait when her two year-old daughter was sick in June.

That day, after picking her up from daycare, Potvin’s daughter started crying uncontrollably and holding her ear. Potvin knew she needed to see a pediatrician, but her regular doctor’s offices were closed. After discovering the nearest urgent cares had long waits, Potvin reserved her spot online at one of the pilot locations, Carolinas HealthCare Children’s Urgent Care – Blakeney.

Reserving Savannah’s spot online gave Potvin enough time to fix a quick dinner in Belmont, get in the car and drive to their slated reservation. They saw a provider within minutes after checking in at the kiosk in the lobby. Read More →

August 18, 2016

Have a College-Bound Teen? Prepare Them for Healthy Living Away from Home

Just in from our friends at Carolinas HealthCare System!

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Teens heading off to college are busy choosing classes, packing suitcases and preparing for more freedom than ever before. So who has time for a health check-up?

“It’s important to make time,” says Porter Peterson, MD, with Cabarrus Pediatrics at Carolinas HealthCare System. “Keeping kids healthy should be a priority, as the physical and mental stresses of college life – particularly for freshmen – can weigh heavily on adolescents.”

Physical Wellness

New students face a host of challenges as they transition to college when it comes to maintaining physical heath. Here are a few tips to help your teen stay healthy, or manage an existing health condition, while away from home.

Diet and Exercise

Remind your child that following just a few basic guidelines will go a long way toward keeping their energy up and managing their physical health. Eat breakfast. Keep healthy snacks close by. Put down the chips and don’t engage in “stress eating” while preparing for exams. Drink lots of water and don’t skip meals. Exercise every day, even if it’s just a walk around campus.
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May 27, 2013

Smarty Event: Levine Jewish Community Center Kids Triathlon

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Mark your calendars, Smarties! We have an awesome event this coming Sunday that your entire family can enjoy and for a good cause.

The Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center (LJCC) is hosting the 2nd annual Youth Triathlon on Sunday, June 2, 2013 to benefit pediatric rehabilitation programs at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program. This special event, the Levine Jewish Community Center Kids Triathlon (the JCC Kids Tri) is about more than just good, fun athletic competition – it is about giving back. It is about children of all ages and cultural backgrounds swimming, biking, and running to help other children working to get back to doing those same activities.

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May 24, 2013

Smarty Event Next Friday: In the Nic of Time

By Smarty Mom, Meghan Hampton & the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation
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From the Foundation:

The 3rd annual In the NIC of Time event will take place on Friday, May 31st at the Ritz Carlton’s Urban Garden. The evening is full of laughter, dining, and dancing and supports the Cottie & Cake Fund which benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Program at Levine Children’s Hospital and research at the Charlotte Fetal Care Center. For more information visit

From Meghan Hampton:

As many of you know, in 2011, we set out to create a unique event to bring awareness to the miracles that take place every day in our own community. We wanted to use our story to ask the community to come together and support the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) and the Charlotte Fetal Care Center, both places where our family witnessed miracles.

Our Story

Hampton Fam

My pregnancy was a roller coaster from the start. We were thrilled that our daughter, Ella, would be a big sister and were overjoyed when we heard the word “twins.” However, that excitement quickly turned to concern when we received shocking news- we were having Mono-Mono twins – meaning they were in the same sac and shared the same placenta. I now faced an extremely high-risk pregnancy.

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March 28, 2013

News from the Smarty Health Corner: Putting Pelvic Pain in the Spotlight

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and for women who suffer from endometriosis or pelvic pain, there’s a new treatment in town that sheds light on the problem – literally. Called fluorescence imaging, the technology is an imaging system used during robotic surgery that helps surgeons and physicians to more clearly see differences in healthy and inflamed tissue. How, exactly? By making the tissue light up in a bright green hue. The effect makes it much easier for surgeons to see the tissue that’s causing you pain – and to remove it in one fell swoop. That means less chance of having to do repeat procedures or wait for months before you see success. Talk about seeing a problem in a new light!

Part of Carolinas HealthCare System, GYN Care of the Carolinas in Concord recently treated endometriosis using this new imaging technology for the very first time in the Charlotte area. The patient, 28-year-old Leanne Brown, couldn’t be happier with the results. “I’ve had intense pain for years, especially around my cycle,” says Leanne. After having the surgery, Leanne’s doctor told her he was able to remove twice as much inflamed tissue as hewould have normally found without the imaging technology. “That was amazing to me,” Leanne says. “I was one and done, and now I’m doing so much better.”

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December 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Levine Children’s Hospital!

At Levine Children’s Hospital, birthday parties for kids are common. But this month, the hospital is celebrating a different kind of birthday – its own. This December, Levine Children’s Hospital turns five years old!

And while the hospital is still young, it’s already accomplished a lot in its first five years. Since opening in December 2007, the hospital has treated more than 395,000 children from across the country and around the world. That’s a lot of kids!

In 2010, it opened the area’s first Urgent Care facility dedicated solely to children. Today, there are two Children’s Urgent Care facilities – one in Cotswold and one in Blakeney. The hospital has also developed 10 outpatient locations across the area. So now, it’s easier than ever for your children to receive excellent care.

And this year, the hospital achieved a major milestone when it was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ in six pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and orthopedics.

It’s been a great first five years for Levine Children’s Hospital. Join us in wishing them a happy birthday!

October 11, 2012

Smarty Event: Join Pajama Clad Runners to Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Research

The Pajama Run, a charity run that raises money for research and programs for cancers below the waist, is hosting its second annual 5K race at the Promenade on Providence mall in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. All proceeds raised at The Pajama Run will benefit the Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Fund at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women, and it has the highest mortality rate than any other type of female reproductive cancer. Levine Cancer Institute director of gynecologic oncology says, “ovarian cancer is a silent disease – symptoms are often vague and common among other conditions.” The cause is unknown and it’s difficult to detect, which is why it’s so important to raise awareness and funds to address this serious disease.

The family-friendly event will include a 5K race and a post-race pajama party. Packet pickup starts at 7 a.m., the 5K race begins at 8 a.m., and the pajama party begins at 8:45 a.m.

For more information, or to register for or donate to the Nov. 10 event, visit For more information about ovarian cancer, visit

September 28, 2012

Shop For Good Health

Carolinas Medical Center can now be found in the same place where you shop for organic produce, gluten-free foods and local honey. As presenting sponsor of the 7th Street Public Market, we’ve put health professionals and wellness services inside the market. Together, we have created a unique place to gather and experience essential ingredients for good health – artisan foods, fresh produce and wellness!

“The CMC LiveWELL Center offers free screenings, classes, nutrition counseling and grocery tours out of our storefront at the Market,” explains dietitian Alicia Fogerty, R.D. “Our partnership is an innovative way to bring health and wellness services to our community in an environment outside of the hospital or physician office.”

Open seven days a week, the 7th Street Public Market offers diverse foods and products ranging from coffee and juices to pizza and yogurt. A full produce market and butcher shop anchors the back of the space, while customers can also take part in a yoga class or taste a variety of flavored olive oils and organic treats.

To learn more, visit the LiveWELL calendar of events at:

The 7th Street Public Market is located at 224 East Seventh Street. 90 minutes of free parking is offered to Market customers in the Seventh Street Station parking deck.

September 20, 2012

Take the ball with Cam Newton & CHS!

As a community, we are lucky to have so many resources to help us live healthy lives. Great parks. Sidewalks and trails. Fresh markets and YMCAs. Whether it is how you serve up dinner or the activities you choose for your family, you are the captain of your team and in command of their health. Or as NFL Quarterback Cam Newton says, you are the high impact player in the game of healthy living.

Carolinas HealthCare System and Cam encourage you to take the ball and score big! “Throw it, eat it, bounce it or lift it!” Now matter what you do with the ball, there are a lot of ways to get healthy. Visit our new website, and follow us on Twitter at #taketheball to learn more about programs at Carolinas HealthCare and all around our community!

September 13, 2012

Broken Bones Are More Common Than You Think.

Q: What should I do if my child breaks a bone?

A: Children are active, adventurous and not always careful. That combination may lead to broken bones or fractures. Falling off a skateboard or bike, crashing down from the playground jungle gym or colliding with another soccer player are common scenarios leading to broken bones. Fractures frequently happen in summertime or on breaks when kids spend more time outdoors and increase activity time with friends.

With most severe breaks, your child will experience sharp pain and you’ll likely be aware that a bone is broken by sight. However, in many cases – especially if a fracture is small – your child may not feel pain at all. Children’s bones are also extremely pliable, which means a bone could bend rather than break. If an accident or injury occurs, it is best to be cautious and bring your child to an urgent care or emergency room for an x-ray. Without timely treatment for a fracture or break, such as a cast or splint, the bone will begin to heal itself but often in a compromised position.

That break of fracture could be happening in the room next door. Download the CHS app to get emergency room and urgent care wait times at your finger tips.

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