Chas Scarantino

Chas Scarantino

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September 04, 2014

A note from the CEO: Identifying students with health needs

The ratio goal for school nurses to students is 1 to 750. In Wake County, we are well short of that with a current ratio of 1 nurse for every 2,400 kids. These nurses are tasked with the significant responsibility of identifying and developing care plans for every student with an identified issue within the first 30 days of school. In that same 30 days, faculty and staff must be trained as well. These tasks consume the first month of the year. The remainder of the year is spent managing these students, constantly evaluating their plans, and identifying new students. Oh, and did I mention these nurses make house calls too?

Over the next three years, the Wake County Human Services Board of Commissioners has committed to employ 40 new nurses at Wake County Schools. These new nurses, along with the current staff, will be deployed across Wake County with a focus on the schools with the highest need (identified health issues). This is called an acuity model, and it is a great start, but there is a problem.

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May 01, 2014

My eight years at Magnus

This month marks Magnus’ eighth birthday, and my eight year anniversary here. To celebrate both, I thought I would try to put into words what the experience has meant to me. First of all, just thinking about eight years is tough because it is the longest I have ever done anything - longer than any other job, longer than my college education, longer than I have known my wife. Can a single experience or concept define the last eight years? Is it my first employee, our first school, our 100th school, or our 900,000th user? I think I’ve narrowed it down to one common thread – the people. Some are employees and some are clients, but all have shaped my journey, and the Magnus journey. 

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October 03, 2012

Disaster Preparation – Remember the Small Things

Through the years of running a business, I’ve learned to constantly reevaluate our disaster plan and strategy. One great way to do this is to gather with co-workers and discuss different scenarios and how they might play out. This role-playing exercise is a fantastic way to uncover weaknesses in the armor of even the best-laid plans.

Prepare for Disasters - Large and Small
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September 06, 2012

Magnus Health Takes Part in United Way CEO Sleepout

I’m homeless...but just for the night. Tonight I will be sleeping on the streets of Durham to raise money for the homeless and those living under the poverty line in the CEO Sleepout, sponsored by United Way. I became involved after Matt Williamson of Windsor Circle made a passionate pitch to a group of CEOs to participate, and now 26 of us are hitting the streets.

United Way CEO Sleepout
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January 24, 2011

Student Medical Records Workshop - Washington, D.C.

I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of dedicated independent school educators from the VA, MD, and DC areas on January 19th in Tyson's Corner. I want to thank everyone for attending the meeting and I hope that all were educated. Goals of the group before the meeting ranged from learning how to remove paper from the health system, to understanding how confidentiality and regulations apply to health information.

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