Junior Volunteer Program Now Accepting Applications

IMG_3486Each summer Duke Regional’s Junior Volunteer program offers teens 15-18 years of age the chance to make a difference in their community.

This eight-week program is great for high school students who are considering a career in health care. Volunteers will regularly interact with health care professionals and perform projects that assist Duke Regional with offering the very best care to our patients, their loved ones and each other. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information about the Junior Volunteer program, click here.

We are grateful to our dedicated family of volunteers. We couldn’t provide the quality of services we do without their help.

How We Respond to Severe Weather






Hospitals are open 24/7, 365. That means everyone—from physicians and nurses to cleaning, facilities and foodservice staff–works to make sure patients receive the care they need no matter if it is a holiday or a time of severe weather.

When winter weather hits, like it did this week, Duke Regional proactively takes steps to prepare. Using a team approach, departments across the hospital come together to ensure patients and their loved ones received the very best care. From salting the walkways and parking lots on campus to coordinating sleeping arrangements for staff unable to travel home, safety is the priority. Meals were delivered, rooms continued to be cleaned and the hospital carried on as usual, despite the ice and frigid temperatures.

We hope you never need to be in the hospital during a winter storm, but know Duke Regional is here for you and your loved ones no matter what.

Do You Know Hands-Only CPR?

February is American Heart Month and a good time to make sure you know what to do if you see someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Do you know how to perform hands-only CPR? If not, watch the video below to learn the two simple steps. According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR is just as effective on adults and teens as conventional CPR, which uses rescue breathing to add oxygen back into the bloodstream. Learn how easy it can be to help save a life.


Register as a Donor

162412065February is Black History Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the need to register more donors in the African-American community.

  • There are 3,301 North Carolinians on the transplant waiting list as of January 27, 2015. Of those, 1,675 are African-American.
  • There are 2,852 North Carolinians waiting for a kidney transplant. Over 1,500 of them are African-American.
  • While 51 percent of all license and ID card holders are registered as donors in North Carolina, only 37.3 percent of African-Americans driver’s license and ID card holders are registered.

Please talk to your loved ones about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Click here to learn more.

Make Red Your Color

Red dressMany of us know that heart disease is the biggest health risk for women— yet too few of us are taking steps to protect our heart. During National Heart Month, join us for these fun events and learn how to get started.

Duke Heart Center’s Pretty Party in Red
Friday, February 6, 5:30-9 pm, Searle Center at Duke University Medical Center
Kick off your heels, lace up your sneakers and join us for a health fair with screenings, Zumba, massages and makeovers. Plus enjoy a dinner salad and pairing of dark chocolate and red wine to keep your heart healthy. Don’t forget to wear red! The cost is $15 payable at the door.

Save-a-life bystander CPR training
Saturday, February 21, 10 am-1 pm, Durham County Department of Public Health
Learn important lifesaving skills during this family-oriented event, with training sessions on compression-only CPR, using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and choking safety. Sessions last one hour and are free.

To register, call 888-275-DUKE or visit dukemedicine.org/events.

Duke Regional Employees Make a Difference in the Community

Stop Hunger Now

Duke Regional employees filled bags with food during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

During the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a group of Duke Regional employees volunteered by packaging meals for United Way of the Greater Triangle through Stop Hunger Now. Below are thoughts from two employees who volunteered on the benefits of community service.

Rev. Lisa Brown Cole, director of Pastoral Services
It was a true joy to volunteer during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. There were many people from the community and from Duke, of all ages and races, working alongside one another on the Stop Hunger Now project. Our task was to fill bags with either rice or beans and label them, and these would be distributed to people in need in the Durham area. I enjoyed getting to know new friends, seeing so many give their time to help others and to do a very small thing that grows into a huge thing when we work together. It reminded me of a statement Dr. King made: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” We all can make a difference…one bag at a time… and be a light to others.

Natitia White, BHT/CNAII, Psychiatry
I started volunteering with the Stop Hunger Now meal-packing events in 2010 as a way to get my friends and family involved with helping others while working with people from different backgrounds and walks of life. This year I made a suggestion to the co-chairs of the hospital’s Diversity Committee to get fellow Duke Regional employees to volunteer for this cause on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Several employees along with their family members came out on that day to support this great cause. Community service is a yearlong commitment for me and I hope to share opportunities with my coworkers throughout the year.

Obesity and Thyroid Function

leonor-corsino-md-face-mhsBy: Leonor Corsino, MD, FACE, MHS, Endocrinologist, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid is an endocrine gland, located at the base of the neck, responsible for producing thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s energy use as well as the function of the brain, heart, muscles and other organs to make sure they are properly functioning.

Research has shown individuals suffering with obesity are potentially at an increased risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease as well as thyroid cancer. On the other hand, thyroid malfunction is usually cited as a potential cause of obesity, but this remains very controversial.

A research study looked at weight loss surgery and its effect on thyroid function for individuals with morbid obesity. Results found that in a small group of patients treated with a thyroid hormone before surgery, 43.5% had improvement with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) after surgery. If you are obese and have a thyroid problem, talk to your doctor to see if weight loss surgery is right for you.

For more information about weight loss surgery at Duke, attend a free seminar. Register at www.DukeWLS.org.

Raftopoulos Y, et al. Improvement of hypothyroidism after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity. Obes Surg. 2004 Apr;14(4):509-13.

Padwal R. et al. A systematic review of drug absorption following bariatric surgery and its theoretical implications. Obes Rev. 2010 Jan;11(1):41-50