New Wayfinding Tool for Patients and Visitors

imap-thumbnailDuke Regional Hospital has launched a new, convenient way to help patients and their loved ones navigate to and within the hospital and campus.

Visit dukeregional.org/map and use our interactive map to:

  • get directions from your location to the hospital
  • locate the closest visitor parking lot to where you are headed
  • use the floor plan to find popular areas within the hospital
  • print a floor plan to bring with you to your next visit for even more assistance

“We believe this will be a helpful resource for patients and their loved ones who want to learn about Duke Regional before their next visit,” says Kellie Peacock, director of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Volunteer Services. “Patients and visitors can map out the closest parking lot and find out exactly where they need to go once they are inside the building, all before they even step foot on our campus.”

For added convenience, the map is compatible with both desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.

Click here to check out our new interactive map.

Fight the flu

This year, join Duke Medicine: Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu!

To help protect our patients and their loved ones and to ensure the safety of our healthcare environment, Duke Regional Hospital (a proud part of Duke Medicine) is strongly encouraging all its team members to get vaccinated against the flu. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent getting and spreading the flu.

Early prevention is best

When it comes to getting vaccinated against the flu, the sooner the better.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone over the age of six months should get the flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available, usually beginning in September. Many people mistakenly believe their protection against this deadly infection will wane come peak flu season if they get the flu shot in early fall. In fact, getting vaccinated early means you and your loved ones will build protection against the flu that will last throughout the season.

Aaron Weinbaum (left), Claudette Kellam, Amanda Thomas, Margie Muir, Tracy Stell and Holly Wilson are among the many team members helping vaccinate staff at Duke Regional.

Aaron Weinbaum (left), Claudette Kellam, Amanda Thomas, Margie Muir, Tracy Stell and Holly Wilson are among the many team members helping vaccinate staff at Duke Regional.

“As healthcare workers, it is our responsibility to ensure we provide safe care to every patient, every time,” says Vicky Orto, chief nursing and patient care services officer at Duke Regional. “This is why Duke Regional Hospital clinical and support services team members will get vaccinated against the flu. Our community shares the responsibility to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

For anyone afraid of or uncomfortable with needles, there is a nasal spray vaccine available. This year there are also vaccines for people with egg allergies and for people who live a vegan lifestyle. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about any of these flu vaccines.

Keep the bug at bay

The flu virus can strike at any time of year. The flu typically causes fever, chills, headache, sore throat and fatigue. If you develop these symptoms, the CDC recommends staying home from work or school and avoiding contact with others until 24 hours after your fever subsides.

Before flu hits, keep your guard up with these preventive steps:

  • Wash your hands regularly using antibacterial soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is great to use when you’re on the go.
  • Avoid hand-to-face contact, as bacteria finds its way into your body through your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Don’t smoke. Enhanced immunity is one of the many benefits associated with quitting smoking. If you smoke, you may be more vulnerable to viral infections such as the flu.
  • Get vaccinated. Flu shots are recommended for most people, especially children, pregnant women and healthcare providers.

Go Pink Wednesdays

pink ribbonOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Duke Regional Hospital is taking to Social Media to encourage women to get their mammograms. Each Wednesday, Your Health Connection will go pink with tips and answers to commonly asked questions about mammograms from our Mammography Team. This team of six skilled and compassionate registered technologists has 146 years of combined experience in giving mammograms

Get a Mammogram TODAY!

That’s right; same-day mammogram scheduling is now available at Duke Regional. No more waiting weeks for an appointment, and no doctor’s order is needed. All we need is the name of your physician for follow up.

“Many women understand the important of an annual screening mammogram, but put it off for a variety of reasons,” says Judy Coman, RT (R)(M), mammography manager at Duke Regional Hospital.  “That is why we make the mammography experience as easy, convenient and pleasant as possible. “

Appointments are available from 7:30 am to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Wednesday. The last appointment is scheduled one hour before closing each day.  To schedule your mammogram, call 919-470-5272.

Check in next Wednesday afternoon for our first Pink Tip.

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From a slight tweak of pain to an abdominal bulge, a hernia can cause discomfort or may not be painful at all. If you have a hernia in need of repair, Duke Regional Hospital’s highly skilled surgical team offers a minimally invasive approach.

“Hernias never go away on their own, and the longer a person waits, the bigger the hernia usually gets and the more difficult a hernia will be to fix,” explains Chan W. Park, MD, surgeon at Duke Regional and assistant professor of surgery at Duke University School of medicine. “Sometimes people will have absolutely no pain, just a ‘bulge’ that has been there for some time. Hernias are often inadvertently discovered by the patient, so discuss any pain or changes in your abdomen with your primary care physician.”

Continue reading this story on page 6 of Your Health, Duke Regional Hospital’s health publication.

Baked Tomato Tilapia

For an easy, economical dish that’s heart-healthy – low in sodium and saturated fat – and packed with flavor, try baked tomato tilapia.

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Ingredients:

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or 1 14-ounce can of peeled tomatoes, chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (fresh is best, but dried will do)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking dish with vegetable oil.
  2. Arrange the fillets in the dish so they do not overlap.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour tomato mixture over the fillets, spreading evenly.
  5. Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve on a bed of cooked rice.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1 fillet

Calories: 265

Cars: 5g

Fat: 8g

Protein: 22g

Sodium 74g

Sugar: 3g

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Man on a bicycle

Hip problems can affect people of any age and activity level. If you’re coping with pain or mobility issues, the comprehensive Hip Preservation Program at Duke Regional Hospital can help get you back on track in no time – and decrease your chances of experience pain or hip injury in the future.

The first step to better hip health is pinpointing the cause of the pain- a task enhanced by new technology.

“Great advances have been made in the last 15 years in treating hip patients – specifically young, active patients,” says Steven Olson, MD, director of the Hip Preservation Program at Duke Regional Hospital and Young Hip Center at Duke University Hospital. “Now we can clearly see where the problem lies, whether it’s mechanical in nature or brought on by abnormal wear and tear.”

To continue reading this article, visit page 4 of Your Health, Duke Regional Hospital’s health publication.

What is diabetes?

Lada Flynn, MS, ANP, Department of Endocrinology/Diabetes Management

Dictionary Series - Health: diabetesThe human body—or, more specifically, the cells that make up our body—uses a sugar called glucose as a primary source of energy. After eating, glucose enters the blood stream and is absorbed by the body. The body then uses a hormone called insulin to help deliver glucose from the blood stream to individual cells. When the body does not make enough insulin or does not respond to the insulin it produces, the result is a high concentration of glucose in the blood stream (high blood sugar) and a chronic metabolic disorder called diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes.

There are two main types of diabetes.

  • In people with type 1 diabetes, the body has stopped making insulin completely or makes very small amounts of insulin. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder most often diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults; however, occasionally people in their 40s, 50s and even 60s can develop type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections regularly to maintain the correct blood sugar level.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the result of lower insulin secretion and insulin resistance, and is usually diagnosed in adults. This type of diabetes can be treated with oral medications, insulin or non-insulin injectable medications. Approximately 90 percent of people with diabetes have type 2.

Other types of diabetes include gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy, and steroid-induced diabetes, which can occur in people taking medications such as prednisone. Family history of diabetes also increases a person’s chance of developing the disease.

It is important that people with diabetes take an active role in their health care. Though type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic diseases, they may be controlled with insulin injections or other medications. High blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, smoking and lack of regular exercise can negatively affect a diabetes patient’s overall health.

Visit dukeregional.org to learn more about outpatient nutrition and diabetes education services at Duke Regional.