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

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



  • 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


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?

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.?

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:

Meet the Weight Loss Surgery Fellows

Fellows are physicians who are completing additional training in a specific type of medicine that they intend to practice once the fellowship is completed. Duke Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery fellows are very involved in the care of our weight loss surgery patients while they are in the hospital and during follow-up visits in the clinic.

2014-2105 WLS Fellows2

Pictured from left to right: Keri Seymour, Jegan Gopal and Caroline Reinke.

Meet the 2014-2015 fellows:

Jegan Gopal, MD
Medical school: Washington University School of Medicine
General Surgery residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Gopal was born in Sri Lanka and raised in California. “My grandfather first inspired me to get into medicine,” says Dr. Gopal. “Once getting into medical school and residency, my focus became minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery, mostly because of how much of a difference bariatric surgeons make in the lives of their patients. The change is very dramatic for patients.”

In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and tennis and watching movies.

Caroline Reinke, MD
Medical school: Duke University School of Medicine
General Surgery residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Reinke was born in eastern North Carolina and raised in western North Carolina. “I’m excited to be back in North Carolina, and back in Duke University Health System, which I think is one of the best,” says Dr. Reinke. Dr. Reinke first became interested in surgery as a medical student on her surgery rotation. “I did not think I was going to like it, but I really liked working with my hands. I also really liked the ability to make a significant improvement in a short time-frame and see the results of my work.” As for her interest in bariatric surgery, she says, “I’ve had friends who have been helped by the procedure, and I think it is something you can do that can make a dramatic difference in a patient’s life.”

In her free time she enjoys playing with her son, gardening, and being outdoors.

Keri Seymour, DO
Medical school: Midwestern University
General Surgery residency: SUNY-Syracuse/Upstate Medical Center

Dr. Seymour is from upstate New York and is excited to learn more about the south. She decided to pursue a career in surgery because “Surgery is challenging and patients tend to get better after your care.” She also enjoys anatomy and working with her hands.

In her free time, she enjoys playing sports. She skied for a few years while living in Colorado and enjoyed running while in medical school and during her residency.

Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award Winners Announced

The Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary established the Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award in 2012 in memory of Claudette Meeks, a woman dedicated to improving the lives of those around her. Ms. Meeks reflected a “spirit of giving” through her leadership and interactions with others.

The award, given annually to a junior volunteer who displays the characteristics of Ms. Meeks’, was presented to Shane Jones and Jasia Torain during the Junior Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held August 6, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH).

As Shane and Jasia were outstanding and received enthusiastic nominations from staff, the Auxiliary decided to present both of them with the $500 award. Take a moment to read some praise from their nominators.


Shane Jones, Junior Volunteer, and Jim Farrell, President of Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary

“Unit 5-2 has been extremely lucky to have Shane Jones as a volunteer for the past two years. He works exceptionally well not only with our team, but also with patients and visitors. He has a positive and upbeat attitude that resonates throughout the unit,” said Jessica Lumb, RN, Unit 5-2.

Shane played a significant role in enhancing the junior unit navigator program. “With his prior experience as a junior volunteer, Shane has diligently coached and mentored our new volunteers. This has helped to get our volunteer team comfortable and efficient with their responsibilities,” continued Lumb.


Jasia Torain, Junior Volunteer, and members of Duke Regional Hospital’s Human Resources Department

“Jasia Torain is a great addition to our Human Resources team. She consistently presents a cheerful, positive and professional image to our staff and clients. She is always smiling, helpful, considerate and respectful,” said the Human Resources Team.

Jasia returned to the department for the fourth and final year before she attends college. “We consider Jasia to be part of the Human Resources family and were delighted to learn she wants to get a degree in Human Resources,” said Wendi S. Austin, Assistant Director of Human Resources at DRH.

Thirty teenagers successfully completed the hospital’s eight-week Junior Volunteer Program, serving in several inpatient care areas and departments throughout the hospital.

“Each summer the hospital offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15-18 years of age,” says Carol Swanson, Manager for Guest and Volunteer Services. “We are grateful for their efforts and especially enjoy the energy they bring to Duke Regional.”