UNC Neurosurgery & FirstHealth of the Carolinas begin partnership


The following appeared on FirstHealth of the Carolinas website as of August 7, 2008

FirstHealth Announces New Regional Neurosurgery Program

Pinehurst – Carol Wadon, M.D., and Bruce Jaufmann, M.D., of Carolina Neurosurgical Services in Fayetteville will join the medical staff of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in late summer of 2008. They will begin seeing patients in Pinehurst on October 1, 2008.

FirstHealth, the University of North Carolina and Pinehurst Surgical are working in partnership to bring the two neurosurgeons to Pinehurst to begin practicing at Moore Regional Hospital. Their office will be located at Pinehurst Surgical on the Moore Regional Hospital campus.

Along with Drs. Wadon and Jaufmann, FirstHealth will soon be adding additional neurosurgeons to Moore Regional, allowing for full-time, 24-hour-a-day coverage for neurosurgery. Under the agreement with UNC, they will be full-time faculty-rank employees of the University of North Carolina, Division of Neurosurgery, and will maintain staff privileges at both UNC Hospitals and FirstHealth Moore Regional.

“We are excited about offering more comprehensive neuroscience services to our patients and the region,” said Charles T. Frock, CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “Neurosurgery is a specialty we have been recruiting to expand our services. By late summer, we will have a program in place so patients will not have to travel out of the region or our service area for surgery or treatment. For those patients needing certain treatments, care will be provided at UNC-Chapel Hill. Doctors Wadon and Jaufmann will be on staff at UNC to ensure a high-level of continuity of care.”

As Dr. Wadon and Dr. Jaufmann begin seeing patients in Pinehurst, they will continue to see patients in their Fayetteville office, allowing for expanded coverage throughout the service area.

“Dr. Jaufmann and I are pleased to be in partnership with UNC and FirstHealth,” said Dr. Wadon. “The unprecedented growth in demand for neurological services has given us the opportunity to expand our practice throughout the region, and our partnership will enhance our services by adding another location and more convenience for our patients.”

Dr. Wadon and Dr. Jaufmann are board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS) as well as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Wadon is a graduate of Albany Medical College of New York and completed her residency in neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center in New York. Dr. Jaufmann, a U.S. Air Force officer during Operation Desert Storm, also graduated from Albany Medical College of New York and completed his neurosurgical residency at Albany Medical Center.

“Patients will benefit the most from this expansion of services,” said George D. Bussey, M.D, Chief Medical Officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “Having 24-hour access to neurological services that include neurosurgery will limit transfers, allowing patients to stay closer to home and avoid treatment delays, resulting in more positive outcomes for patients’ recovery. In situations where a patient has had a stroke or head injury, timing is critical for good results.”

Neurosurgery is a specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and their supporting and surrounding structures, providing surgical interventions for conditions such as stroke, aneurysm and various tumors, as well as a variety of spine and spinal cord disorders.