Fight Like a Girl: Free Breast Cancer Event

Fight like a girlBy age 30, a woman has a 1 in 227 chance of getting breast cancer. By the time she is 40, her chances increase to 1 in 68.* It’s not too early to learn how to fight like a girl when it comes to your breast health. Join a team of local providers as they discuss risk factors, screening, diagnoses, and treatment options for breast cancer. This free educational event will be held Thursday, September 11 from 7–8 pm in the Main Auditorium at Duke Regional Hospital.

Panel members include:
James Hathorn, MD
Oncologist
Regional Cancer Care

Bridget Koontz, MD
Radiation oncologist
Duke Regional Hospital

Amber Jarvis, MD
Obstetrician/gynecologist
Durham Obstetrics and Gynecology

Aimee Mackey, MD
Surgical oncologist
Duke Regional Hospital

Come early. At 6:30 pm, our mammogram experts will share tips for breast self-exams and improving your mammogram experience. To register, click here or call 919-403-4DRH.

*Data provided by the National Cancer Institute.

New Historical Display at Duke Regional

Historical DisplayDuke Regional is now home to a historical display highlighting our beginnings in the community. Purchased from the Museum of Durham History, this display was part of the museum’s exhibit focusing on Durham’s history of medicine and healthcare. The exhibit opened during the museum’s grand opening October 12, 2013, and was on display in their main gallery for six months.

The panels describe the beginnings of Watts and Lincoln Hospitals, which merged October 3, 1976, to form Durham County General Hospital (and today is called Duke Regional Hospital). The displays are mounted on the second floor of the main hospital and available for public viewing any time.

To learn more about our beginnings and history in the community, view our timeline.

To learn more about the Museum of Durham History, visit their website.

Helping our Community

C2C Drive photo 1Duke Regional Hospital just wrapped another successful school supplies drive, collecting 22 fully packed bins for Crayons2Calculators. Duke Regional employees donated clipboards, composition books, copy paper, crayons, erasers, glue sticks, highlighters, markers, pencils, spiral notebooks and more to help local children get the new school year off to a great start. This is one of several drives Duke Regional has held for Crayons2Calculators. Employees most recently collected 13 bins during a drive in December.

Crayons2Calculators provides free school supplies to teachers in the Durham Public School system. Teachers from the highest poverty schools are invited to the warehouse for supplies once a month, while teachers from other schools are invited once per year to choose supplies they need for their classroom.

For more information about Crayons2Calculators, visit http://www.crayons2calculators.org/.

Hospital Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

_DSC4167What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in taking care of hospitalized patients.

What are the benefits of being cared for by a hospitalist?
The hospitalist team can more easily respond to unexpected problems while you are in the hospital, and can be more available to talk with you and your loved ones.

How does the hospitalist know about me?
Your hospitalist talks regularly with your doctor. This communication happens throughout your hospital stay, including when you are admitted and discharged.

It is important for you to provide an accurate list of all medicines, vitamins, and herbal medications you take, as well as the amounts (or the prescription bottles themselves), for the hospitalist to review while you are in the hospital. Make sure your list is complete and current.

When will the hospitalist see me?
If you come to the hospital through the emergency room and you are admitted, a hospitalist will examine you while you are still in the ER. If you are admitted to the hospital by your regular doctor, a hospitalist will examine you in your room shortly after you arrive.

A member of the hospitalist team will visit you each day while you are in the hospital. However, the time of day the doctor visits will depend on what is scheduled for you that day. If you have concerns or questions, please ask your nurse to contact the hospitalist. You are an important partner in your care. The more you understand about your illness and treatment, the better you can help prevent complications. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask your hospitalist to explain something you do not understand.

What if I need to see another specialist while I’m in the hospital?
The hospitalist coordinates treatment and will take care of getting specialists if they are needed.

Who will care for me once I leave the hospital?
When you leave the hospital, your hospitalist will send detailed records to your regular doctor, who will review your hospitalization and further treatment needs. The hospitalist will provide you with any needed prescriptions when you leave the hospital.

Please be sure to make a follow-up appointment with your regular doctor after you leave the hospital. Our hospitalists do not provide follow-up care or write prescription refills once you leave the hospital.
For more information about the Hospital Medicine program at Duke Regional, click here.

Recipe: Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

PizzaFrom allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour and knead until all the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, low-fat cheese or vegetables.

Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.

Makes 10 servings.

Ebola: What you Need to Know

Many people are concerned about the current Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Below is a Q&A from the Centers for Disease Control on Ebola and why it does not currently pose a significant risk to the United States.

What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to ebolavirus, though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?
No.

To learn more about Ebola, click here.

National Breastfeeding Month

Mom with baby 2August is National Breastfeeding Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research that shows the advantages of breastfeeding.

At Duke Regional Hospital, our mission is to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mom.

Benefits for Baby
• Bonding experience for mom and baby
• Provides ideal nutrition
• Boosts immune system
• Higher IQs
• Decreases the incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
• Decreases the risk of asthma, allergies, ear infections and respiratory infections

Benefits for Mom
• Bonding with baby
• Return to pre-pregnancy weight quicker
• Lower risk of ovarian cancer
• Lower risk of breast cancer
• Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
• Costs approximately $300 year compared to $1,500 year for formula

The staff at Duke Regional Hospital has been through extensive training to support and encourage exclusive, on-demand breastfeeding. Specialized lactation consultants are available if mom or baby need extra support or are encountering challenges.
Are you currently breastfeeding or do you know a mom who is? Check out our new lactation notebook for breastfeeding mothers: http://bit.ly/1q8H1gz.