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CCHC Introduces New Infusion Center and Procedure Rooms

CCHC Introduces New Infusion Center and Procedure Rooms

It’s difficult to imagine modern medicine without infusion therapy. Regardless of where we look, whether it is drug delivery, nutritional support, fluid administration, or blood substitution, IV therapy is an irreplaceable part of the treatment regime.

Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter and is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, infusion therapy means a drug is administered intravenously, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other means, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes. Infusion therapy is also provided to patients for treating a wide assortment of often chronic and sometimes rare diseases for which “specialty” infusion medications are effective. While some have been available for many years, others are newer drugs and biologics.

The Infusion Center at Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC)’s New Bern Internal Medicine Specialists is a state-of-the-art facility providing a wide range of infusion therapies. From its highly-skilled nursing staff, to its friendly and comfortable treatment environment, the center delivers the highest quality patient care. Members of the infusion team work seamlessly with referring physicians to ensure medication is delivered safely and efficiently in a monitored environment.

The staff is trained in the latest techniques and pharmaceuticals and verifies insurance coverage, coordinate benefits, schedule initial visits, and follow-up infusions. They also handle coding and billing for any treatments provided. The staff will coordinate a treatment time that is convenient for you.

What The CCHC Infusion Center Offers

Pulmonology

To rule out pulmonary diseases, you should have a complete pulmonary evaluation if you are experiencing or have had: Coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, snoring, gasping for breath at night, tiredness during the day, or an abnormal lung scan or X-ray.

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are non-invasive diagnostic tests that provide feedback about the function of the lungs. By assessing lung volumes, capacities, rates of flow, and gas exchange, these tests provide information that can help diagnose certain lung disorders.

Examples of tests monitored include:

Thoracentesis;

  • Lung volumes;
  • Pulmonary stress test;
  • Endo bronchial ultrasound;
  • PFT;
  • Sleep studies and
  • Nebulizer treatments.

Endocrinology

Medical conditions covered include diabetes, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, thyroid disorders, and adrenal deficiencies that may need life-long care. An effective physician-patient relationship is an important part of the therapeutic process.

An endocrinologist uses diagnostic tests to measure levels of various hormones in the body, determine the cause of a problem, and to confirm an earlier diagnosis. A few of the services offered include:

Thyroid ultrasound;

  • Thyroid biopsy;
  • Thyroid injection;
  • Glucose monitoring; and
  • Insulin pumps.

Rheumatology

Some rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis are the result of “wear and tear” to the joints. Other rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, happen when the immune system becomes hyperactive; the immune system attacks the linings of joints, causing joint pain, swelling, and destruction.

The diagnosis of rheumatologic diseases is based on clinical information, blood, and imaging tests, and, in some cases, on family history. Blood tests are useful in confirming a clinically-suspected diagnosis and in monitoring disease activity. The Infusion Center is pleased to offer the following treatments:

Reclast;

  • Prolia;
  • Orencia;
  • Rituxan;
  • Benlysta;
  • Actemra;
  • Symponi/ARIA;
  • Remicade; and
  • Joint Injections.

New Bern Internal Medicine Specialists is committed to developing long-term relationships with our patients. We provide high quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and personalized health care that will meet your changing health care needs. We encourage you to call our office to setup an appointment to meet with one of our providers at 252-633-5333. For additional information, visit www.cchchealthcare.com.

Meet the Doctors

David B. Maybee, M.D., Pulmonology

Dr. Maybee graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at Willford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He was previously chief of pulmonary medicine at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland where he was nominated as “Physician of the Year.” Dr. Maybee is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Jennings E. Nestor, M.D., Pulmonology

Dr. Jennings Nestor received his medical degree with honors from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Nestor specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

David C. Herminghuysen, M.D., FACE, Endocrinology

Dr. Herminghuysen earned his undergraduate and medical degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. He completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Herminghuysen is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.

James L. Perruquet, M.D., Rheumatology

Dr. Perruquet earned his undergraduate degree at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania and his Medical Degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in rheumatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Perruquet is a fellow with the American College of Rheumatology and is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

(Sources: University of Michigan Health System, Coastal Carolina Health Care, National Home Infusion Association, and B. Braun Melsungen AG.)