The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says a regional health system in North Carolina is a critical piece of the health care system in the state.
The NIH says it’s also helping with other aspects of the system.
It’s been a long time coming, said Dr. David Schaffner, director of the Division of Public Health.
“I think people would be surprised by the scale of the challenges in the region, and how they have been dealt with,” he said.
NCHealth said its health system is now up to 50 percent smaller than when the first regional system was established in the early 1990s.
The NIH said the system has grown to about 80,000 residents, up from 40,000.
The agency said it has invested about $1 billion in the health system.
It’s working to expand care and reduce the number of people on long-term care, and the agency said a lot of the work is done with small groups of doctors and nurses.
“We’re also doing a lot to improve the way we’re delivering care, so that it’s more accessible, and that people don’t have to rely on emergency room visits,” Schaffler said.
The National Governors Association, which represents governors from both parties, also praised the NIH for its work in North Caro- lina.
“As we’ve seen in other regions across the country, the NCHealth system has made significant progress in recent years,” said Dr.-elect Mark Siegel, a Republican who is vice chair of the governors association.
“It’s critical that we continue to invest in our health care systems, and our health system needs to continue to thrive in the 21st century.”
Schaffner said NCHealth has been expanding its efforts in North Carolina, but the region is a key part of the region.
“We need to be able to deliver care for the patients we serve, and we need to also be able get out of the way of what’s happening in the other regions,” he explained.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says the North Carolina Regional Health System is one of the largest regional systems in the nation.
Its goal is to provide services in nearly every county in the county, including many rural areas.
The system is funded with a combination of federal grants and state dollars, and it has expanded services in recent months.
It has also expanded its care, including new primary care clinics.
Schaffners office says the state’s primary care hospitals are operating at 60 percent capacity.
Nurses are working around the clock, he said, but that’s a challenge for them.
The NCHealth spokesman said he could not provide specific figures, but noted that the state has been increasing the number and type of doctors working in the system, including opening additional primary care doctors offices.
Schuffner said he wants to see a statewide plan for health care in the area.
He said the state is also working to make sure its hospitals and clinics are staffed to provide care for those who need it.
“The hospitals are really a critical part of that, but we’ve also seen a number of our health centers, our primary care centers have been closed for years,” he told ABC News.
“The NC Health system is in a lot more danger than most, and I don’t want to see it fall apart.
I think we can make some progress.”
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