Health Care Heroes: Innovation | WilmingtonBiz


Honors a person or staff behind a brand new scientific discovery, process, remedy or system that may save lives or enhance the standard of life for numerous individuals.


Title: Chief medical officer
Group: Wilmington Well being
What the nominator stated: “Dr. Jonathan Hines has served our fantastic group for 25+ years, and he has devoted himself to not solely the skilled main care he offers at Wilmington Well being but in addition has devoted himself to group service efforts as nicely all through his a few years. … Dr. Hines additionally serves at Wilmington Well being because the chief medical officer, which he dedicates himself day-in and day-out to remodeling the well being care supply system, which has actually impacted the standard of well being care not solely in our area but in addition nationwide. Dr. Hines instantly supported the event of the Right now’s Care Plus at Wilmington Well being, which instantly helps the overutilization of the ERs in our space, in addition to offering available care to our sufferers in want. … In Dr. Hines’ time, he has additionally instantly supported efforts in Wilmington Well being incomes accolades as offering one of the best worth amongst Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) throughout the nation. … Dr. Hines has additionally instantly supported all of Wilmington Well being’s COVID-19 pandemic efforts in making certain our group has secure, trusted, handy entry to care and vaccines.”
– Desirae Hrynko, Wilmington Well being advertising supervisor


Title: Chief working officer, Doctor’s Healthcare Collaborative
Group: Wilmington Well being
What the nominator stated: “Melissa constantly leads with grace and compassion. Whereas she oversees the entire operations for the operations for the Accountable Care Group at Wilmington Well being, she additionally finds time to mentor, problem and educate staff and interns throughout all of Wilmington Well being. … Whereas each well being care government on the planet has confronted new challenges over the past two years, Melissa has turned these challenges into alternatives. The vast majority of our sufferers below our ACO are Medicare recipients, who’ve been scared and apprehensive to come back in medical doctors’ workplaces. Melissa led our staff to make sure our senior sufferers have been known as and walked by means of tips on how to do digital visits. We ensured that almost all of our senior sufferers have been scheduled for an annual wellness go to the place they didn’t have to come back in our workplace. We obtained 5-star scores in a yr the place sufferers have been pissed off and grieving by means of a pandemic however nonetheless discovered excessive worth of their well being care expertise at Wilmington Well being. A lot of that comes from Melissa’s management in instructing our employees tips on how to adapt to vary, how to make sure a constructive affected person expertise and tips on how to change the well being care supply system.”
– Alexis Hunter, Wilmington Well being group liaison


Title: Medical director, Cape Worry Coronary heart Associates Atrial Fibrillation Clinic/Medical director, EP Lab
Group: Novant Well being
What the nominator stated: “Dr. Meena Rao joined Cape Worry Coronary heart Associates in 2016, after completion of her cardiology and electrophysiology fellowship at Duke College Medical Middle. Her presence has had an amazing influence on the NHRMC Electrophysiology Lab, the place she performs ablations to deal with cardiac arrhythmias comparable to atrial fibrillation, supra ventricular tachycardia (SVT), atrial flutter and ventricular tachycardia (VT), and likewise implants cardiac units. She introduced new procedural methods to Wilmington, together with efficiency of radiofrequency ablation of advanced arrhythmias within the left atrium and performing ablation procedures with zero radiation for employees or affected person. She was the primary doctor in Wilmington to implant the Watchman left atrial appendage occlusion system, which is a tool that reduces stroke in atrial fibrillation sufferers who can not take blood thinners. She at the moment implants these units in coordination with the CFHA Structural Coronary heart Crew for these needy sufferers. Along with her contributions within the NHRMC Electrophysiology Lab, Dr. Rao has change into a pacesetter among the many physicians at Cape Worry Coronary heart Associates. Shortly after arrival in Wilmington, Dr. Rao grew to become the director of the CFHA Atrial Fibrillation Clinic.”
– William Smith, Cape Worry Coronary heart Associates medical director

Learn extra about the entire 2021 Well being Care Heroes finalists right here.