Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Building the Hospital of Tomorrow

April 12, 2012, marks the 18th annual UNC Healthcare Executives’ Student Association & ACHE Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum Dinner at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.  The topic will be the Emergence of Cancer Centers.  Among the panelists, consisting of hospital department heads such as Vickie Byler of Rex Cancer Center and Ray Lafrenaye of UNC Hospitals, is our very own Brian Maxwell.  The purpose of the event is to provide an open dialogue among professionals in the health care industry on a current relevant health care topic, as well as to raise funds for HESA members to attend their annual professional development event, ACHE Congress.

This dinner is THEF and HESA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and is much needed, as they are facing significant budget cuts at both school and university levels.  This is accentuated by the increased number of students who are interested in attending Congress this year.

MHAworks is happy to be a participant in this event and wishes the UNC organization the best of luck.

Please come join health care professionals, UNC students, and us Thursday April 12th as we support the cause.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Shortbread Lofts are moving forward

The Town Council unanimously approved the Shortbread Lofts, a 7-story, apartment complex on West Rosemary Street Monday night, saying it will bring more people downtown and offer more rental opportunities for residents.  Shortbread Lofts will include 85 apartments, 121 parking spaces and a first floor of retail.

Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison said the Shortbread Lofts supplements new downtown buildings.
"I think all those add up in making this a 52 week 24-hour downtown. That's what I like the most about this project," he said.

Council member Penny Rich applauded the modern design.

About 20 people spoke about the project Monday, most were supportive, and said it would add needed housing for students and relieve pressure from the neighborhood's surrounding downtown.
"I think this is a step in the right direction," said Paul Snow, a Chapel Hill resident who plans to move downtown.  "We really need downtown density and also dense housing projects that are walkable and bikeable to the university."

Jim Norton, director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, supported the project and said the project conforms to all the town requirements.
"We believe the Shortbread Lofts is exactly the type of project downtown needs," he said. "It enhances our residential base."

Construction on the project is scheduled to start in June.

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