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Business Notebook: Carelon announces opening of health care center in Fayetteville

Other business news: Carolina Eye Associates names new CEO; Cumulus Media to be sponsor of wellness expo; teacher job fair set April 29


Carelon announces opening of health care center in Fayetteville

RALEIGH — Carelon, the health care services subsidiary of Elevance Health, has opened a facility in Fayetteville that will be the first of its kind for the company, according to a news release.

The integrated health care center will offer advanced primary care, behavioral health services and nonclinical employee assistance counseling under one roof. The Carelon care center will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, the news release said.

“Our first physical Carelon care center location offers a new choice for complete care for military, Medicare and Medicaid patients in and around the Fayetteville area,” said Pete Haytaian, executive vice president of Elevance Health and president of Carelon. “By offering both physical and behavioral health support in one location, we can provide easier and more comprehensive access to care that meets the unique needs of our patients.”

The center will accept scheduled appointments, same-day appointments, and walk-ins for most primary care services, as well as offer support for complex, chronic health conditions; wellness coaching and education; and clinical behavioral services, with both in-clinic and virtual options, the news release said.

Patients must have insurance plans with  Tricare, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Medicare), Healthy Blue (Medicaid patients 14 and older), or original Medicare.

The facility is at 1590 Skibo Road, Suite 101. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, patients can call 910-717-0676 or visit www.carelon.com/health-clinics.

Carolina Eye Associates names new CEO

SOUTHERN PINES — Carolina Eye Associates has appointed T.J. McCaskill as chief executive officer, effective March 22. McCaskill replaces Dawn Apple, who has worked for Carolina Eye for 36 years and will remain with the company as chief administrative officer in a part-time capacity, according to a company news release.

McCaskill has been chief operating officer at Carolina Eye Associates since December 2012. In that job, he was a liaison to referring doctors from optometry practices across the region and ran operations, the release said.

As CEO, McCaskill will lead the development of a strategy for the future of Carolina Eye, identifying growth opportunities and shepherding the company’s expansion to 14 locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, the release said.

Dr. Jeffrey White, president of Carolina Eye Associates, noted that the company celebrated 45 years in business last year and is poised to get stronger going forward.”

McCaskill received his master’s of business administration from East Carolina University and is a certified ophthalmic assistant. He grew up in Rockingham and is married to Taylor McCaskill, director of the University Transfer Center at Sandhills Community College. They have three children.

Founded in 1977, Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the Southeast with locations that include accredited eye surgical centers in Southern Pines and Greensboro.

Cumulus Media to be sponsor of Step Up 4 Health and Wellness Expo

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation has announced that Cumulus Media will be the presenting sponsor for the Step Up 4 Health and Wellness Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15.

The expo is moving to a new location at Methodist University, according to a news release.

This is the second year for the expo, which evolved from the foundation’s Ribbon Walk. Last year’s expo was held at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville and drew 750 participants and more than 60 vendors, the news release said.

The expanded expo will still include a 4k and 1-mile race through the Methodist University campus, as well as more activities at Duggins Soccer Stadium. Participants can join as teams or individuals. Teams are encouraged for local business employees, running clubs, churches, community groups, sorority and fraternity groups, and in honor or remembrance of a loved one, the release said.

After a 10 a.m. kickoff, the expo will feature information booths on many Cape Fear Valley Health services as well as food trucks, music, and sponsor tables. Participants can learn about hands-only CPR and get free wellness checks, the release said.

Registration is $30 for adults and $25 for children. All participants will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to www.cfvfoundation.org/stepup4health.

For more information, contact Kristen Carpenter at 910-615-1514 or kcarpenter@capefearvalley.com.

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 Cumberland County Schools plans teacher job fair on April 29

Cumberland County Schools will recruit education professionals to ill open teacher positions across the district, according to a news release.

The teacher job fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 at Gray’s Creek High School, 5301 Celebration Drive. Jobs are available for teachers in year-round schools, Choice Program schools, and early college high schools, the news release said.

“Every CCS employee is vital in achieving our mission,” said Ruben Reyes, associate superintendent of human resources.

Potential candidates will be able to interview with school administrators and learn more about teaching opportunities. Pre-registration is not required and, upon a principal’s recommendation and qualification, preliminary contracts may be offered.

CCS is the fifth-largest school district in North Carolina with 86 schools. As the second-largest employer in Cumberland County, the district offers numerous incentives and benefits to employees. 

For more information about the job fair and open positions, go to the district’s Human Resources website.

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