World Polio Day

Rotary members in Lillington are among thousands reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of Sept. 19, 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985, including funds contributed by the Rotary Club of Lillington.
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Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.
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50th anniversary of the District Courts of North Carolina and the Unified Court System


Peter Strickland, an Assistant District Attorney for Moore County, and Lillington Rotary member, presented us with a fascinating overview of just how complex the North Carolina Court system truly is.  To help facilitate his program, he provided us with the following video. To learn more about North Carolina’s Court system, go to:

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Harnett Health’s Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson, President of Harnett Health
President Karen Kratz thanks Kevin for bringing club members up-to-date on Harnett Health.

President Karen Kratz thanks Kevin for bringing club members up-to-date on Harnett Health.

Harnett Health Hospital has had is fair share of troubles; struggling at a loss of about one-million dollars a month for the past few years. But now, under the leadership of Kevin Jackson, a former administrator of Cape Fear Valley Hospital, the hospital turned a corner this summer by breaking even in July. And August is looking like they will make a bit of a profit. No small feat for a rural hospital like Harnett Health Systems.

Mr. Jackson spoke to our club about this turn-around for the hospital, and listed some of the improvements, along with new upcoming services, some of which have already been conditionally approved on a Certificate of Need (CON).

  • Service has improved (according a recent study)
  • Services have grown
  • They have brought in GI (Gastro-Intestinal) services
  • The Emergency Department is almost as busy as the larger Betsy Johnson Hospital in nearby Dunn
  • A CON for a cardiac catheter lab has been applied for, and has been conditionally approved, and is expected to start this fall – cardiologists are in place already
  • Medical oncology is being brought in, along with the radiology element
  • They will be opening operating rooms again this fall to include orthopedics and general surgery as services grow
  • They are looking into certifying as a stroke center
  • Telemedicine may be in the works
  • A residency program has been worked out with Campbell University, with students starting residencies next year

About Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson served as Interim President of Harnett Health from Oct. 15, 2015 until May of 2016 when he accepted the position of President of Harnett Health Systems. Mr. Teddy Byrd (Chairman) and the Harnett Health Board of Directors were unanimous in their selection of Kevin.

Kevin has previously served as Vice President of Post Acute Services at Cape Fear Valley Health and has had the responsibility for operations at three hospitals: Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, a 112-bed long-term acute care hospital; Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, a 78-bed physical rehabilitation hospital; and Behavioral Health Care, a 32-bed psychiatric hospital.

Kevin joined Cape Fear Valley Health in 1988 and during his tenure has served as Interim President of Bladen Healthcare, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Support Services and Director of Management Engineering.

Kevin received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill; his master’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University and his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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