National Condom Month

heart bullseyeTomorrow is the first day of February and the beginning of National Condom Month.

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants you to be safe if one of Cupid’s arrows finds its way to you this month (or any other time). Each year there are approximately 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. Condoms are inexpensive and reduce the risks for STIs.

ASHA supports the promotion and use of male latex condoms to limit the spread of STIs and their harmful consequences. Check out their DOs and DON’Ts of condom use.

Through the Years

2010-12-21 (2) 0004Durham County General Hospital opened its doors on October 3, 1976.

A merging of Lincoln Hospital and Watts Hospital, the mission of the new 487-bed, seven-story hospital was to provide “health services of a uniformly high quality as economically feasible to citizens of Durham County.”

The 1980s saw a rise in new technology, and Durham County General Hospital geared up to bring these advances to its residents. The hospital came to a crossroads in the 1990s – what once was a small community had exploded into a large regional area. Durham County General responded by expanding its focus to also serve Orange, Person, Chatham, and Granville counties. The expanded service area resulted in changing the name to Durham Regional Hospital – a name that reflected the true patient base.

1306_snclr-dk_8434In 1998, an agreement with Duke University Health System was signed and the two officially began a 20-year partnership. This agreement paired a strong community hospital with a leading academic medical center. On July 1, 2013, Durham Regional became Duke Regional Hospital. Click here to see a timeline of the hospital through the years.



Hospital Statistics for Fiscal Year 2013

  • Admissions: 16,652
  • Emergency department visits: 60,872
  • Babies delivered: 2,128
  • Outpatient visits: 111,646
  • Surgeries: 13,246
  • Number of physicians: 710
  • Number of nurses: 589
  • Number of volunteers: 196

Living our promise to you

For more than three decades, Duke Regional Hospital has served the community’s medical needs. Our mission—or promise to you—is to care for our patients and to improve the health of the community we serve.

That promise includes providing expert physicians who deliver world-class health care every day and investing in tomorrow’s technology. It also means striving to be the best community hospital in North Carolina.

But we aren’t just making promises. We’re living them.

To learn how we live our promise to you, visit us on Facebook, Twitter and this blog every week through May. You will see members of our team—employees, physicians, volunteers and more—share what they do every day to care for you and your loved ones at Duke Regional.

22-Dean-VelezToday, and for the past 35 years, we’re living this promise to you.

Cervical Health Awareness

The American Sexual Health Association and National Cervical Cancer Coalition stated that each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. Cervical cancer is preventable.

Regular screening with Pap tests can detect cell changes before cancer develops. If you are age 30 or over, your healthcare provider may recommend you have an HPV test along with your Pap.

Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV. A vaccine is available that provides protection against HPV and can help prevent cervical cancer. Women who receive the HPV vaccine must remember they should continue having regular Pap tests.

During January, the American Sexual Health Association is offering a free download of the fact sheet Ten Things to Know About HPV. Click here to get yours.

“Holding Hands” with Reverend Dr. Laura Early

Due to the winter weather and potentially difficult travel conditions, “Holding Hands” with Reverend Dr. Laura Early—an event to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.—has been rescheduled for noon-1 pm, Thursday, January 30 in First Level Classroom at Duke Regional Hospital. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you at this event next week.

The public is welcome to attend.

Looking For a Way to Serve? is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and a national day of service.

Looking for a way to serve your community?

Register as an organ donor at


  • Over 22,000 Latinos/Hispanics are waiting for an organ transplant.
  •  African-Americans make up almost 30 percent of the national transplant waiting list.
  • African-Americans make up 21.4 percent of North Carolina’s overall population, but represent nearly 50 percent of North Carolinians waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Of the more than 1,710 African-Americans waiting for transplants in North Carolina, 95 percent are waiting for a kidney transplant.
  • 18.5 percent of all patients awaiting organ transplants in the United States are of Latino heritage.
  • The majority of Latino patients are waiting for kidney transplants. Here in North Carolina, 86 percent of Latinos waiting need a kidney transplant.
  • Diabetes, a leading cause of kidney failure in the US, is estimated to be four to six times more common in Latinos/ Hispanic-Americans.
  • 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.
  • Race is not a barrier to being a donor, nor is it a criterion for organ matching. A computer database matches organ donors with potential recipients according to medical suitability. However, patients waiting for kidney transplants are more likely to have an antigen match with a donor of the same race. Therefore, African-Americans will “match” better with a kidney donated from an African-American than any other race — as will Asians with Asians, etc.

Facts and statistics provided by Donate Life North Carolina.