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.”


Summer Water Safety

Dad applying sunscreenStay safe this summer at the beach or the pool by following these tips from

  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen over your whole body 30 minutes before going outside. The higher the SPF, the better it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours.
  • The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., even if it’s cloudy. Seek protection with beach umbrellas, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Each adult needs almost a gallon of water or other fluids per day to stay fully hydrated if you’re physically active or exposed to hot conditions.
  • Drinking alcohol can impair your judgment and speeds up the dehydration process. The sweating, vomiting and diarrhea that can go hand-in-hand with too much drinking can result in even further dehydration.
  • A small first aid kit can help prevent minor mishaps from spoiling your day. Make sure your kit includes aloe gel for sunburn relief, triple-antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, waterproof bandages, hydrocortisone cream for insect bites, hand sanitizer, insect repellent and a cold pack for swelling.
  • Some beaches, lakes or rivers allow or rent kayaks, canoes or motorized watercraft. Make sure all boat passengers wear appropriately fitting life jackets.
  • Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including lake shores. Be aware of the daily water conditions and the location of the closest lifeguard. If you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Remain calm. Swim or float parallel to shore. Once out of the current, swim toward shore.

To learn more water safety tips, click here.

Imaging that’s faster, quieter and more comfortable

At Duke Regional we are constantly making improvements to our facility to ensure we deliver the best and most technologically advanced service for our patients. We recently completed renovations in both our MRI and Nuclear Medicine Departments. Both areas now feature a clean, calm atmosphere through new floors, wall colors and structural changes.

MRI now features a new machine that:

  • Accommodates patients weighing up to 500 pounds
  • Features brighter lighting and a larger opening
  • Offers feet-first imaging for certain procedures to reduce anxiety
  • is quieter, making for a more pleasant experience

Nuclear Medicine now features:

  • New cameras that offer enhanced imaging capabilities and superb image quality using lower doses of radiation when compared to standard Nuclear Medicine protocols
  • Scanning tables that can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds
  • Scans that can be set up faster and use automated transitions so patients can experience quicker procedures

Both MRI and Nuclear Medicine are located within our Outpatient Services entrance, which features a parking lot specifically for patients coming for outpatient procedures or preoperative appointments, a dedicated entrance just steps from the parking lot and one-stop registration right inside the doors.

Physician referral is required for both MRI and Nuclear Medicine exams. To schedule an MRI appointment, call 919-470-5272 and ask for Duke Regional Hospital. To schedule a Nuclear Medicine appointment, call 919-470-5279.

National Minority Donor Awareness Week August 1-7

National Minority Donor Awareness Week is a nationwide observance to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also emphasizing the critical need for people from diverse communities to register their decision to donate life as organ, eye and tissue donors.


  • Minorities make up 36 percent of the U.S. population and comprise 57 percent of individuals currently on the U.S. transplant waiting list.
  • African-Americans are four times more likely than Caucasians to be on dialysis because of kidney failure, which must often be treated by kidney transplantation.
  • Diabetes, a leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., is estimated to be four to six times more common in Latinos/Hispanic-Americans.
  • 18 percent of all patients awaiting organ transplants in the U.S. are of Latino heritage.

In North Carolina:

  • African-Americans make up 21.4 percent of North Carolina’s overall population, but represent nearly 51 percent of North Carolinians waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Of the more than 1,600 African-Americans waiting for transplants in North Carolina, 95 percent are waiting for a kidney transplant.
  • The majority of Latino patients are waiting for kidney transplants. Here in North Carolina, 85 percent of Latinos waiting need a kidney transplant.

Did you know?

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history. A single donor can save or heal the lives of more than 50 people.
  • Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate.
  • An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors.

To learn more, visit

Recipe: Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips


Cut KiwiEnjoy this delicious and versatile recipe from

Recipe makes 10 servings

  •    2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  •    2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  •    8 ounces raspberries
  •    1 pound strawberries
  •    2 tablespoons white sugar
  •    1 tablespoon brown sugar
  •    3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  •    10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  •    butter flavored cooking spray
  •    2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.

Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Your Nutrition Label is Likely to Change for the Better

Ellen MichalBy Ellen Michal, RD, CDE, Lifestyle and Disease Management Center at Duke Raleigh

Do you find nutrition labels a conundrum–a difficult riddle to solve? Well, you aren’t alone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label (found on most food packaging in the United States) to help consumers make more informed food choices.

Suggested changes include:

  • Require information about Added Sugars. Many experts recommend consuming fewer calories from added sugar because they can decrease the intake of nutrient-rich foods while increasing calorie intake.
  • Update daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D and require manufacturers to declare the amount of potassium and vitamin D as they are new nutrients of public health significance.
  • Continue to require Total Fat, Saturated Fat and Trans Fat, but remove Calories from Fat because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
  • Change the serving size requirements to reflect how people eat and drink today, which has changed since serving sizes were first established 20 years ago. By law, the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat, not on what they should be eating.
  • Require packaged foods (including drinks) that are typically eaten in one sitting be labeled as a single serving and that calorie and nutrient information be declared for the entire package. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of soda, typically consumed in a single sitting, would be labeled as one serving rather than as more than one serving.
    • For larger packages (24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream) that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers would have to provide dual column labels to indicate both per serving and per package calories and nutrient information. This way, people would be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package at one time.
  • Make calories and serving sizes more prominent.
  • Shift the Percent Daily Value to the left of the label so it comes first. This is important because this value tells you how much of certain nutrients you are getting from a particular food in the context of a total daily diet.

If adopted, the proposed changes would look like this.

Original vs. Proposed

Nutrition Facts