Duke Regional’s Health Care Heroes

We are proud to have five team members included on Triangle Business Journal’s 2015 Health Care Heroes list. This award honors leaders in the Triangle’s health care industry and their extraordinary achievements. Here are the Duke Regional employees who made the list:

031015b_gentry007Candace Gentry, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Title: Strategic Services Associate/Outcome Manager
Department: Patient Safety and Clinical Quality
Length of time at Duke Regional: 13 years

“I work to ensure evidence-based practice is developed and used consistently for our stroke population. I provide education to our community and staff to ensure everyone knows that stroke is an emergency.”

Mitchell, Heather - 031015d_mitchell002Heather Mitchell, BSN, RN
Title: Clinical Team Lead
Department: Emergency Medicine
Length of time at Duke Regional: 12 years

I work to improve patient experience in the emergency department by training staff to greet all patients in a friendly and professional manner. I also keep staff informed of what our patients are saying about the care we provide. We want their visit to be the best that it can be.”

031015c_murray003Melissa Murray, BSN, RN
Title: Nurse Manager, Operations
Department: Mother-Baby/GYN Unit and Special Care Nursery
Length of time at Duke Regional: 15 years

“I lead our teams on the Mother-Baby/GYN Unit and Special Care Nursery in providing exceptional care for the mothers and babies who choose Duke Regional for their once in a lifetime event. I encourage the team to always think about ways we could be doing things better and to make sure that our patients have the best possible experience during their stay.”

031015a_orto009Vicky Orto, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Title: Chief Nursing and Patient Services Officer
Department: Administration
Length of time at Duke Regional: five years

“Nurses are essential to the success of our organization. Making sure nurses are involved in decision-making and have all the tools they need to succeed is my main priority. I want our nurses to be leaders in their area of practice and role models in our community.

Robbins, Carolyn 'Lynn' - 031115_robbins009Lynn Robbins, PharmD, RPh
Title: Pharmacy Director
Department: Duke Regional’s satellite pharmacy at Lincoln Community Health Center
Length of time at Duke Regional: 37 years

“I’m proud to work with an innovative team ensuring medication safety and access to medications for thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients. In collaboration with community partners, Lincoln Pharmacy is advancing the culture that health care for the poor does not mean poor health care.”

The finalists were honored at an awards dinner on March 12. Melissa Murray and Lynn Robbins were chosen as winners in their categories.

National Doctors’ Day

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March 30 is National Doctors’ Day—a time to acknowledge how doctors play a key role in our well being. Every day, doctors research, diagnose and treat disease and illness, and promote good health for their patients and the community. We’re grateful for their knowledge and their dedication to helping others. Join us March 30, and every day, as we thank our doctors for all they do.

Send a message of thanks to a physician.

United in Safety

United in Safety graphicAt Duke Regional Hospital, safety is always our priority. Every day members of your care team—from nurses and physicians to environmental and foodservice staff—work together to provide a safe environment for healing.

We need your help, too. Our patients and their loved ones play important roles in preventing harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list 10 ways to be a safe patient including

  • Speak up. Talk with your care givers if you have questions about your care, such as what medications you need to take and how often.
  • Wash your hands often. Hand hygiene can prevent the spread of germs and illness. If you do not see members of your care team wash their hands, ask them to do so.
  • Be careful with medications. Follow the directions provided by your care givers. To avoid harmful drug interactions, tell your physician about all the medicines you take.
  • Make sure your immunizations and vaccinations are up to date.

Do you know what kind of patient you are? Take the Smart Patient Quiz to find out and learn ways you can be a smarter, safer patient.

Remember: You are an important member of your care team, and you have an critical role in preventing harm. Today—and every day—we are “united in safety.”

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

GettyImages_460518745Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  • Get plenty of physical activity
  • Eat healthy

For more information, click here.

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

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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.