Reaching the physicians of tomorrow with free-market principles

July 2, 2013

The Associated Press reports on the rising tide of free-market, limited government thought in medical schools through the Benjamin Rush Society: A new conservatism is beginning to emerge on some college campuses, spurred in part by opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Modeled after The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, which has molded several generations of legal thinkers at the nation's law schools, this new wave of conservative thinkers is looking to take root in graduate schools of business, medicine and foreign policy. One of the fastest-growing conservative alternatives is the Benjamin Rush Society, whose members support a free-market, limited government approach to medicine. The organization says its ranks have swelled since passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. "Thirty to 40 years ago, the rule of law was a joke. It wasn't taken seriously," said Dr. Beth Haynes, executive director of the Rush society, named for an 18th...

SECU Family House names new executive director

May 28, 2013

SECU Family House, a 40-bedroom hospitality house in Chapel Hill serving critically ill patients and their families, has a new executive director, Janice McAdams: McAdams will officially start in June, filling the role left by former Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick, who stepped down in December 2012 after more than seven years with the organization. Janice Ross, who directs operations at SECU Family House, has served as interim executive director. “Janice McAdams rose to the top as a natural and exceptional fit for this position,” says SECU Family House Board President Bob Woodruff. “She brings with her years of experience in all facets of fundraising, as well as the compassion, leadership and community spirit our families, volunteers, and donors have come to expect.” McAdams departs Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, where she has worked since 1997 as Director of Advancement and, more recently, Director of Community Advancement. Among her many...

A bed and a meal for seriously ill patients

February 26, 2013

Categories: Health Care

Our new Grantee Profile focuses on SECU Family House, a 40-bedroom hospitality house located in Chapel Hill that offers an affordable, safe, nurturing home away from home for seriously ill patients: Before Family House opened in 2008, many patients were forced to sleep in hospital waiting rooms, on hospital couches, or in their own cars because they couldn’t afford to stay in nearby motels. SECU Family House solved that problem by offering standard rooms for $35 per night and $50 per night for a suite. Families who cannot afford those rates may pay even less. Family House provides a kitchen fully equipped to meet the demand of the 40 to 80 guests likely to be in residence on any given day. Every guest room has a private bathroom with a roll-in shower, its own phone with voicemail, an in-room safe, and a television. Family House fulfills its mission exclusively through the generosity of individuals, local businesses, and corporate and foundation grants — without any...