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.

Enjoying Fruits and Veggies During Winter

106211_keenan001By: Elizabeth Villalta, MS, RD, LDN, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Winter may not seem like the best time of year for getting fruits and vegetables into your diet, but this is a great time for cabbage-family vegetables and citrus fruits.

In the cabbage family, brussels sprouts, collard greens and kale are all plentiful this time of year. All are excellent sources of vitamin C (to help ward off that cold) with brussels sprouts also being a good source of fiber and folate (also known as vitamin B-12). Collard greens and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A and good sources of calcium.

Brussels sprouts can be easily roasted or steamed and added to a pasta dish. They can also be candied by dusting with brown sugar and heating in the microwave. Collard greens can replace lettuce as a base for your salad or added in stir fry. Kale can be a side dish by simmering with broth, garlic and salt. Kale can also be steamed and seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Try adding it to soup or substituting it for spinach.

Clementine, grapefruit, kiwifruit, papaya, passion fruit, oranges and pomegranate are citrus fruits that are easily accessible this time of year. Much like the cabbage-family vegetables, citrus fruits are all high in or excellent sources of vitamin C. Many citrus fruits are also good sources of fiber and high in vitamin A. Kiwifruit and pomegranate are good sources of potassium.

All these fruits can be eaten fresh or added to oatmeal, yogurt, salad, chicken wraps and smoothies. If you want to get creative (or need to be sneaky adding in new foods) try making a citrus salsa to top your fish or chicken.

Don’t forget frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed all year. Be sure to look for fruits without added sugar or syrups. Canned items should be low in sodium.

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. Our goal is to share news about Duke Regional Hospital and offer tips for leading a healthy life. Take a look at a few of this year’s top articles.

Red Pepper Hummus recipe

Learn more about The Birth Place at Duke Regional Hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield Policy Change for Bariatric Surgery

Congratulations to our Healthcare Heroes

Duke University Health System Achieves Magnet Designation

Thank you for your support. We hope you have a happy and healthy 2015!

Annual Report 2014

DRH_AnnualReport_2014_P2_web.pdfWe recently published our Annual Report for fiscal year 2014, which highlights our hospital statistics, patient safety accomplishments, service line growth and the impact of our efforts in the community.

To read Duke Regional Hospital’s 2014 Annual Report, click here.

We’re proud of this report and what we achieved in fiscal year 2014. We look forward to continuing to care for our patients and their loved ones for years to come.

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

family in snowWant to enjoy all the fun holiday festivities this season? Stay healthy! Here are three suggestions to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy during the winter months.

  • If you haven’t done so already, get your seasonal flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu shot each year to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends the shot for children younger than 5, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and those with medical conditions, as they are at high risk for developing complications if they catch the flu.
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer. Good hand hygiene reduces the spread of germs. Hand sanitizer also makes a great (and inexpensive) holiday gift for coworkers, friends or family.
  • Get regular exercise. Moderate exercise 3–5 times a week has been shown to improve immune function and may reduce your chances of contracting a cold. If you don’t currently have an exercise routine, consider making this an early New Year’s resolution.

May you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy 2015!

Managing Holiday Eating

by Ellen Michal, RD, LDN, CDE—Lifestyle and Disease Management Center, Duke Raleigh Hospital

Holidays are a source of great joy. They can also be a stressful time for people trying to prevent weight gain.

Food is part of our culture and opportunities to celebrate begin with Halloween, peak in December and decline by April. This represents half a year of maintaining a vigil against over consumption. Setting up a strategy for each event can overwhelm even the most organized individual. Strategies are great but they can’t compare to a strong daily routine.

Building a daily routine has a number of benefits to keep the extra pounds away. If we practice anything, whether it’s a sport or musical instrument, we become more proficient. As we improve, that practice becomes more embedded in our behavior. When something disrupts the practice cycle we notice it and can respond with minimal effort. The same is true for food. Having a routine increases our awareness. When celebrations happen we are more likely to notice drifting away from a habit and can adjust quickly. How often have we delayed a change by saying, “I’ll start tomorrow,” knowing that we probably won’t. That does not feel good and does not help our self-efficacy. The reverse is also true. When something has been working well we are more likely to say, “I give myself permission to have a tiny piece of cake, but that’s all I need. The way I feel today is much more important than chocolate flavored flour, butter and sugar.” Success begets success.

Let’s start with our mindset. Our thoughts precede our actions. Start thinking about your routine. Being attentive to these concerns drives the thought that drives the action.

Happy holidays!