Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
Atrium Health

  

One day after Carolinas HealthCare System changed its name to Atrium Health to avoid ties to a specific region, the hospital announced it is exploring an expansion into Georgia. Atrium said Navicent Health, which is based in Macon, will become part of its health care system.

Carolinas Healthcare System has a new name - Atrium Health.
Atrium Health

Carolinas HealthCare System is changing its name to Atrium Health. The healthcare system announced the change Wednesday and said the new name won’t limit it to the Carolinas.

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Blue signs in the windows of Rite Aid stores are telling shoppers they now have a Walgreens pharmacy inside. As part of a $4.3 billion deal finalized last year, nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores will transfer to Walgreens ownership across the country, including about 50 in the Charlotte area.  

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Federal investigators are trying to determine why a switch was in the wrong position early Sunday morning near Columbia, S..C.

It had fatal consequences.

An Amtrak passenger train was diverted onto the wrong track and into a parked freight train. Two people were killed, and over 100 were injured.

WIS-TV - Columbia, SC

Updated at 5:15 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why a switch was turned to the wrong position, forcing an Amtrak train onto a side track, where it crashed into a parked freight train.

Train 91, traveling from New York to Miami, derailed in Cayce, S.C., about 2:45 a.m. after hitting the freight train, killing the conductor and engineer on the Amtrak train and injuring 116 passengers.

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Updated 5:50 pm

The man a CMPD officer shot Friday afternoon has died.

CMPD says that 27-year-old Charlie Shoupe was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

The shooting happened at 1:05 p.m. Friday in a parking lot near the intersection of Timberbook Drive and Tuckaseege Road in northwest Charlotte.

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Kids going through a mental health crisis in Charlotte now have the option to go to a crisis center rather than an emergency room. A new facility in the city’s University area opened last month to treat kids and teenagers. The state health department says it’s the first of its kind to open in North Carolina.  

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Two men in very different situations were just a few blocks from each other Monday talking about the same organization – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. The former CEO who was pushed out during a state takeover of the behavioral health care organization late last year, was arguing in court that takeover was illegal. Last weekend, the state returned control of Cardinal to a new board of directors and CEO. That man is leading the organization that serves 20 counties through a culture change. One that he says will be transparent and put patients first.

North Carolina Community Health Center Association

This week Congress continued funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for six more years. The program’s future had been in doubt because Congress had failed to renew funding for it before it expired last September. So states had been running on reserves and short term fixes. Dollars for community health centers expired that same day. But Congress hasn’t yet re-authorized money for those centers where many kids get care.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it plans to return control of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare to the new board of directors this weekend.

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