Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
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The Mecklenburg County Health Department clinics are disorganized and inconsistent. That is the conclusion of an outside evaluation publicly released today. The county audit review committee will hear details from these reports at a meeting this afternoon. The review was triggered after the county found out 185 women weren’t notified about their abnormal Pap smear test results in a timely manner.

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The 12th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Mecklenburg County, stands to have the most people in the country lose health care coverage under the Senate plan to replace Obamacare – that’s according to the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. About 200 people concerned about those coverage losses attended a town hall Monday night hosted by Congresswoman Alma Adams.

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New Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is drawing scrutiny for creating a new position in the school system and hiring the husband of his chief of staff to fill it. Both followed him to Charlotte from the Hagerstown, Md., school system.

In an interview with WSOC TV, Wilcox was asked whether the job had been posted, or if the school system had accepted applications from anyone else for the position.

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett said he believes the health department has a culture problem. He said on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks the delayed notification of nearly 200 women with abnormal Pap smear results is an indication of a larger issue.


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Next week we will get more insight into proposed fixes for the troubled Mecklenburg County Health Department. Recommendations will be made to a committee looking into the department’s problems. The interim health director has been on the job a little less than two weeks. Gibbie Harris takes over the department as it struggles to rebuild trust after failing to notify nearly 200 women about their abnormal Pap smear results.  

The nurse who conducted an internal review of the Mecklenburg County Health Department suggested problems with patient care are worse than expected. The Charlotte Observer obtained e-mails from the nurse raising significant concerns about patient safety.


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Two of the biggest health care systems in the Charlotte area started sharing patient records Wednesday. The partnership between Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health will include about nine million patients.


A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law's use of taxpayer funds.

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The health care legislation in front of the Senate could allow states to redefine what insurance covers. And that could mean returning to the days of lifetime limits – that’s a cap on how insurers will pay certain expensive patients.  

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The new interim health director for Mecklenburg County starts work Monday. Alma Harris takes over for Marcus Plescia. He resigned after his leadership was called into question when it was revealed that the agency had failed to timely notify nearly 200 women about abnormal Pap smear results. But the hiring of Harris to a $20,000 a month position is drawing scrutiny.

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