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Business Notebook for Oct. 2

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Keen, Cannon recognized for support of leadership program

Larry Keen, president of Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Amy Cannon, the Cumberland County manager, were recently recognized by the Institute for Community Leadership for their long-term support of the program. 

Keen and Cannon represent two of the entities that sponsor the community leadership development program. The two long-time supporters of the program will be retiring soon. Keen is leaving as of Jan. 1; Cannon plans to retire as of Dec. 1.  

The institute, which was formed in 2004, is designed to provide residents with information and opportunities to participate in activities that lead to community leadership, volunteer service and membership on local boards and commissions, according to a release.

Keen has supported FTCC’s sponsorship of the program since he joined the college as its president in 2007. Cannon, who has been with Cumberland County for 32 years and county manager since 2014, has been a longtime supporter of the program as well, the release said. 

The two were recognized during the first meeting of ICL’s 19th class, held at FTCC on Sept. 20. Methodist University President Dr. Stanley Wearden was also in attendance.

In addition to FTCC and Cumberland County, the Institute for Community Leadership’s  sponsoring agencies include the city of Fayetteville, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and Cumberland County Schools. The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County also sits on the board, the release said. 

Harnett Health completes switch to Epic

As of Oct. 1, Harnett Health was fully switched to Epic, a new electronic medical records (EMR) system that will benefit the health system as well as patients, officials said.

The Epic EMR software implementation is another step in the integration of Harnett Health with Cape Fear Valley Health, Cape Fear Valley Health said in a release. Harnett Health came into the Cape Fear Valley Health system last year. Cape Fear Valley Health’s hospitals and clinics have been using Epic, and its companion software, the patient portal MyChart, for three years.

The Oct. 1 go-live event brings Epic online in Betsy Johnson Hospital, Central Harnett Hospital, and the hospitals’ outpatient clinics. Harnett Health’s physician clinics started using Epic in December 2021, the release said.

“A lot of our clinic patients have already discovered the convenience and functionality of MyChart, and having all the same records across the entire health system with Epic is a win for patients and providers,” Harnett Health President Cory Hess said in the release.

Epic also replaces numerous other software systems the Harnett Health system used, including those for patient billing. The switch consolidates bills into one combined hospital and physician clinic statement, the release said. Bills are easier to pay online, as a result.

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