New service avaialbe to help patients get the news

June 09, 2006
Hospital patients with poor low vision or those who may not feel like picking up a newspaper during their stay may now choose to listen to the news read to them through a special television channel.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Cape Fear Eastern Area Radio Reading Service (EARRS) to provide broadcast versions of local and regional newspapers and other informational programming for the vision impaired.

EARRS has been programmed onto televisions in all patient rooms and can be found on channel 41 at NHRMC and channel 14 at Cape Fear Hospital.

The current day’s local newspaper is read live from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and rebroadcast once from 5-8 p.m. weekdays, including sale ads. Regional papers from the Triangle area are read at other times. Between news broadcasts, other news and informational programs are aired, making this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Equipment to broadcast this information was donated to NHRMC by Cape Fear EARRS, a local, non-profit serving this region since 1999.

EARRS also offers ways for residents who may benefit from this service to receive programming in their homes. To find out more, visit www.earrs.org