Press Releases

Free Radon Test Kits Available During January

Friday, January 10, 2020 In conjunction with National Radon Action Month, the North Carolina Radon Program is distributing 3,000 radon test kits at no charge this month. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is released from the ground into outdoor air but can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and other buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States.

Winter Heating Season Is a Good Time for Radon Testing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

As families button up their homes to guard against winter’s chill it is an ideal time to make plans to test for radon, the odorless, colorless gas that is our nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes more than 21,000 deaths each year, making it the second most common cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the number one cause among non-smokers. 

North Carolina’s Top Paramedic Team for 2018 is from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center AirCare

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare team of Roger Horton and Barry McMillian claimed the title at the 28th Annual Paramedic Competition held this week in Greensboro, marking the second time in four years that the AirCare team from Wake Forest Baptist has won the event. The victory marked the fourth in the past decade for Horton and McMillian, who also triumphed at the competition in 2009 and 2010 while working for Surry County.

Statement on Baby+Co Cary (Updated July 11)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Following press reports of numerous infant deaths associated with Baby+Co’s birthing center in Cary, North Carolina, Baby+Co agreed to a voluntary review of their clinical standards and operations by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Today, DHSR released its report on that review, which identified significant concerns regarding medical oversight and supervision of nurse midwives, the criteria used to admit and discharge patients, after-hours staffing, laboratory operations, documentation, and staff orientation and training.

Rowan County EMS Team Wins NC's 2017 Paramedic Championship

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rowan County EMS' Daniel Medina and Aaron Thurston claimed top honors following the 27th Annual Paramedic Competition, held at the Koury Convention Center during the annual Emergency Medicine Today Conference.

Test Your Home for Radon; Kits Available While Supplies Last

Thursday, January 19, 2017

State health officials are emphasizing the importance of testing homes for radon during the month of January – National Radon Action Month. 

Surry County Pair Judged as N.C.'s Top Paramedic Team for 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A team from Surry County Emergency Services gave the top performance during a judged competition with five other teams at this week's North Carolina Paramedic Championship.


State Health Officials Encourage Radon Testing

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

As part of Governor Pat McCrory’s commitment to a healthy North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging North Carolinians to test their homes for radon.  Officials are distributing free radon test kits through county health departments.