Maria Parham Health to Host Relay for Life ‘Fun Day’ Event

-Information courtesy Kimberly Smith, Interim Director – Cancer Center, Maria Parham Health

Come out and enjoy “Relay Fun Day” at Maria Parham Health on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be located in the parking lot behind Maria Parham’s Cancer Center.

Join us for some great food trucks, vendors, bake sale, silent auction and more with proceeds going to Relay for Life (bring cash; some vendors may take credit). The silent auction will be held in the auditorium.

Vendors include Chick-Fil-A, Pelican SnoBalls, Chewly Delicious, PIZZA, Backyard BBQ, The Wandering Dog, Homemade Treats, Color Street Nails, Paparazzi Jewelry, Lularoe, Thirty One and Young Living.

Don’t miss the Charles Boyd Chevrolet GIVEAWAYS!!

Maria Parham Health Reaches Agreement with UnitedHealthcare

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health is pleased to announce that we have reached a new agreement with UnitedHealthcare. This is a win for our patients who deserve access to quality healthcare here at home, and we appreciate your patience as we worked through this process.

With this new agreement, our hospital* and employed physician* services will be back “in-network” with UnitedHealthcare. You will have “in-network” access to care beginning:

April 25 for hospital services; and

May 1 for employed physician services.

Both commercial and Medicare Advantage insurance plans are included in the agreement.

From the outset, we have been committed to ensuring your healthcare needs would continue to be met, and we are pleased to continue this commitment. Our new contract gives us the ability to continue reinvesting in patient care by recruiting new physicians and caregivers and enhancing the services we provide.

Thank you for the trust you place in Maria Parham Health and our team of caregivers. We look forward to meeting your healthcare needs for generations to come.

*Please note, the contract is between UnitedHealthcare’s insurance plans and Maria Parham Health, its employed physicians, and select Duke LifePoint Healthcare facilities. It does not affect Duke University Health System hospitals or clinics.

Bert Beard, Maria Parham CEO, Talks Growth & Expansion

Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss his role at the hospital and to provide updates on recent expansions at both the Henderson and Louisburg locations.

Maria Parham CEO

“My job, most simply put, is to take care of the people who take care of our patients,” said Beard. In other words, Beard listens to and addresses the needs and concerns of Maria Parham employees, a dedicated group he refers to as the frontline of the organization.

To better understand these needs, Beard calls for a “morning huddle” involving the hospital leadership team each weekday morning at 9 a.m. “We kick off the meeting with three positive things going on in the hospital or with team members, then we talk about things happening in the hospital – safety issues, things we need to anticipate throughout the day and things that we need to disseminate to our caregivers.”

With a five-county coverage area from the Virginia border to south of Louisburg, Beard said operating a hospital, in many ways, is akin to running a town with its own unique advantages and challenges.

“A hospital is like a small city in terms of people coming and going every day,” Beard explained. “It’s a high-stress environment. People are coming here with health issues; they’re scared and their family members are scared. It is our job to not only take care of the patient with the diagnosis but also take care of families and help put them at ease.”

MPH Growth and Expansion

One of the main areas of focus for Beard, and many of the Maria Parham staff, over the past year has been getting the Maria Parham Franklin facility in Louisburg up and running.

Since its grand opening in October 2018, the Franklin facility has seen more emergency room patients than originally projected and expanded outpatient services with the addition of a multispecialty clinic and medical office building located next to the hospital.

Beard also reported that ground was recently broken on the construction of a 20-bed psychiatric unit to open in early 2020.

At the main Maria Parham facility in Henderson, hospital leaders are currently submitting a proposal to build a new catheterization laboratory to further expand the cardiovascular services offered through the hospital’s partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

A regional human resource center has also been added across the street that will serve all of LifePoint and add jobs to the community, according to Beard.

Maria Parham’s cancer treatment program is yet another bragging point for the hospital. “Our cancer program here has been a feather in our cap for nearly 20 years,” said Beard. “We have Duke providers, and we use Duke protocols and Duke research. Anything you can get done in Durham or Raleigh, you can get done here – radiation oncology and medical oncology.”

When looking at how much Maria Parham has to offer, including the convenience of quality care close to home, Beard said the community is fortunate to have access to “excellent services, especially general surgery and cardiology – the core to a community hospital.”

From his unique perspective as CEO, Beard is able to see the way all of the parts and pieces come together to make up the bigger picture. “I love what I do. There isn’t a single job in this hospital that isn’t critically important.”

To hear the Town Talk interview with Bert Beard in its entirety, click here.

Volunteer Services of Maria Parham Health to Hold Tupperware Fundraiser

-Information courtesy Lisa Radford, Volunteer Coordinator, Maria Parham Health

Volunteer Services of Maria Parham Health announces their March Tupperware fundraiser. Tupperware will be available for viewing and purchase in the JT Church Classroom in Henderson on Wednesday, March 20 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday, March 21 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Exclusive sales and specials are available at the show. Come see what’s new and take products home that day!

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Renovations Complete, Maria Parham Health’s Cafeteria Open for Business

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health’s Facebook page

Maria Parham Health announces their cafeteria renovations are complete. The cafeteria reopened today for normal business hours.

Business hours are:

Breakfast – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Lunch – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dinner – 4 – 6 p.m.

Maria Parham Health thanks the community for their patience and understanding during the renovation process.

Maria Parham Health Limits Visitations Due to Seasonal Flu Outbreak

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

Due to high levels of viruses in the community, Maria Parham Health is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April. Our primary goal at Maria Parham Health is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients. To protect them, at times we must manage their exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, like the flu.

We carefully monitor flu activity levels in our hospitals and the community.  When certain thresholds are met, we must take action to halt the spread and limit the number of visitors allowed in our patient areas. Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza, Maria Parham Health has implemented visitor restrictions.

If you are visiting our hospital during flu season, please be prepared for limited visitation restrictions and safety hygiene requests to be made:

Visitors are limited to two immediate family members or designated adult caregivers, who have no fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms.

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to visit unless for a medical appointment or an ED visit.

All persons with flu symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, extreme tiredness, muscle aches and or diarrhea), please do not visit patients.

Visitors are asked to wash hands frequently. Foam hand cleanser is available throughout the building

If you are here for services and have flu symptoms, please ask for a mask upon arrival.

You may see some of our staff wearing masks as a safety precaution for our patients.

To help prevent the spread of flu germs outside of the hospital, please wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel and encourage others to do so as well.

Maria Parham Health Announces Ribbon Cutting for Multispecialty Clinic

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health’s Facebook page

You are cordially invited to join the leadership team at Maria Parham Health as we celebrate the recent opening of the new Maria Parham Multispecialty Clinic in Louisburg.

Please join Maria Parham for a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by tours of the new clinic on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The multispecialty clinic is located at 1501 N. Bickett Blvd, Suite E., in Louisburg.

For more information, visit

Maria Parham Health Invites Community to Youth Art Showcase & Silent Auction

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health’s Facebook page

Maria Parham Health invites the community to the first Annual Youth Art Showcase and Silent Auction, Thurs., February 7, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. in Maria Parham Health’s Main Lobby in Henderson. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us in viewing artwork created by various youth artists in our communities. Each piece of artwork will be auctioned to the highest bidder in our silent auction. Artists may be present for a meet and greet.

All proceeds will benefit United Way.


Maria Parham Health’s Cafeteria Under Construction, Closed to Foot Traffic

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

Starting Monday, February 4, 2019, the cafeteria of Maria Parham Health in Henderson will be under construction.

During this period, the cafeteria will be closed to all normal foot traffic.

Breakfast and lunch meal service for employees and visitors will be available daily in the Outpatient Surgery waiting area. A variety of hot and cold Grab & Go items, along with hot coffee, tea and bottled beverages will be available.

A menu will be sent out daily to all users and posted on the intranet page. All forms of payment will be accepted.

Hours of Service:

Breakfast – 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Lunch – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dr. Sydney Short Joins Maria Parham Cardiology

-Information and photo courtesy Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health today announced that Sydney Short, M.D., has joined its staff and will be offering cardiology services to patients throughout Vance County and the surrounding communities. Dr. Short brings more than 30 years of clinical experience to Maria Parham and is the first cardiologist to join the hospital’s medical staff this year.

“Dr. Short has years of experience in treating a range of heart conditions, and he is an excellent addition to our hospital team,” said Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health. “Heart disease is an increasing concern in our communities, and Dr. Short’s expertise will be important as Maria Parham Health strives to meet our region’s evolving healthcare needs and make our community healthier.”

Dr. Short is a Duke Health physician and joins Maria Parham Health from Duke Cardiology of Lumberton, where he also sees patients. Before Duke Cardiology of Lumberton, he was a staff cardiologist at Duke Health Center of Sanford.

Dr. Short graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1983. He completed his internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Short is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. He is a Member of the American Society of Echocardiography, Physicians for Compassionate Care and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

When he is not working, Dr. Short enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, woodworking and running.

Dr. Short will see patients at Maria Parham Cardiology located at 568 Ruin Creek Rd., Suite 128 in Henderson, North Carolina.  For a referral or to schedule an appointment, please call 252.436.1085.