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Cardinal Innovations & Community Leaders Celebrate New Mecklenburg Community Operations Center

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — October 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions will celebrate the opening of its Mecklenburg Community Operations Center Saturday by partnering with TreesCharlotte to plant a dogwood tree, symbolizing the company’s commitment to the Charlotte area. The tree planting ceremony will be followed by the Integrated Healthcare Fun Day, where members of the public can come for a free health screening thanks to our partners from Charlotte’s healthcare community.

Who: Cardinal Innovations President and CEO Pam Shipman will speak during the tree planting and dedication ceremony, which is open to the media. Other speakers include: Nicole McKinney, Regional Vice President-Mecklenburg Region Community Operations; Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap, who recently joined Cardinal Innovations' Governing Board; Ashley Jacobs of Family Preservations Services of NC, Inc., and the President of Cardinal Innovations’ Mecklenburg Provider Council; Beverly Corpening, Chairperson of the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC); and TreesCharlotte Executive Director Dave Cable.

Why: We decided to plant a dogwood tree because they are part of our Community Operations Centers brand identity. To demonstrate our commitment to the community, we partnered with TreesCharlotte—a public/private collaborative to plant trees, raise awareness of the tree canopy and educate about tree care. Trees are essential to our health both physically and mentally: they clean our air, cool our streets, reduce energy use, increase property values, and add beauty. We decided to have the Integrated Healthcare Fun Day to promote the health of the mind and body. Carolinas Healthcare System and several others partnered with us to offer free screenings.

When: The tree planting ceremony will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Mecklenburg COC, 1100 S. Tryon St. The Integrated Healthcare Fun Day will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Where: 1100 S. Tryon St. The Integrated Healthcare Fun Day will be in the Mecklenburg COC parking lot.

Activities: Discovery Place will offer its Open Environment Program, Diggin’ Fossils and Dynamic Dinos. DrumStrong will provide music. Carolinas Healthcare System will provide diabetes, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) screenings and a hand washing activity. M3 will demonstrate its online tool, which measures a person’s risk for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and PTSD. Cardinal Innovations can provide a referral if necessary and our Mobile Crisis team will also be available. Mecklenburg Health Department will provide information about its services. Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis will educate people about where to turn in a crisis. The Charlotte Fire Department’s The Pink Lady, a pink fire truck, will also participate to promote breast cancer awareness and overall health and safety.

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