Happy Doctor’s Day!

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National Doctors Day acknowledges how doctors play a key role in our well-being. At Duke Regional, our experts take pride in serving their patients as well as their loved ones. Below are excerpts from a few of the compliments our outstanding physicians have received.

Frank Agatucci, MD, Emergency Department

After years of living in pain, Dr. Agatucci correctly diagnosed my sister’s problem. He spent time with her, talked to her, examined her and showed genuine compassion and concern for her wellbeing. I have never been as impressed with ANY medical professional as I was with Dr. Agatucci.

Andrea Archibald, MD, Hospital Medicine

My husband and I both appreciated Dr. Archibald’s concern, patience and genuine interest in my situation. She went above and beyond what anyone could have expected as she worked to get the tests I needed done.

Alfonso Torquati, MD, Duke Center for Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Torquati’s clinical skills are superb and his ability to communicate with his patients in a manner that is understandable is beyond outstanding!  We are delighted that he was my care provider and appreciate all he has done for me and my family.

Susan Izatt, MD, Special Care Nursery

Our baby had to spend three days in the Special Care Nursery. Dr. Izatt was the attending physician, and she was absolutely wonderful! She did a fantastic job of making sure our baby was taken care of, and we are very grateful to her!

Snehal Patel, MD, Hospital Medicine

Dr Patel is very soft spoken but upon hearing that my grandfather is hard of hearing he got close to his ear and spoke loud and clear. He kept this in mind during all of his interactions with my grandfather. He also got down his knees to get to my grandmother’s level while she was sitting so that he could answer her questions. I truly believe that if more doctors had the manners and kindness of Dr Patel our world would be a better and healthier place. He takes so much of the fear out of this experience.

American Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association designated March 27 as Diabetes Alert Day to boost awareness of the diabetes epidemic.

Today (March 25) is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. This is a time to find out more about this serious condition that impacts 1 in 12 Americans. Some startling facts and figures from the American Diabetes Association include:

  • Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
  • In the next 24 hours, diabetes will claim the lives of 200 people.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050.

Visit www.stopdiabetes.com to learn more about how you can support the American Diabetes Association’s fight to Stop Diabetes.

Congratulations to our Healthcare Heroes!

Duke Regional is always proud of our caring and compassionate physicians, staff and volunteers who represent our hospital’s mission every day. But we’ll be honest, we are extra proud when patients, visitors and outside organizations recognize that commitment to caring and honor us for the work we do. We were thrilled to find out that three Duke Regional nurses and a volunteer were named as finalists for the 2014 Triangle Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes.

Brenda Dowse, RN,  Ashley Hickman, RN, Louise Satterwhite, Volunteer, and Karin Winstead, RN, were honored at the Healthcare Heroes awards dinner on March 20 for the extraordinary work they do for patients and their loved ones. In addition to being a finalist, Karin received a Healthcare Hero Award for Nursing.

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Pictured (left to right): Karin Winstead, RN; Louise Satterwhite; Ashley Hickman, RN; Brenda Dowse, RN

Congratulations to these wonderful women!

Duke MyChart keeps you in tune with your care

As part of Duke Medicine’s new electronic medical record technology, Duke MyChart gives you and your care team better tools to help you access the health services you need. It also gives you the ability to keep in tune with your health.

These tools are available in Duke MyChart, a new patient-centered website that provides you with instant, secure access to your health information. With MyChart you can

  • Request prescription refills
  • Send private messages to your care team about
  • non-urgent needs
  • Quickly access lab and test results
  • Receive new, easy-to-read billing statements

To learn more, sign up or log in, visit dukemychart.org. You can also access MyChart through a secure mobile app compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Preventing poisoning from medications

Assortment of pills and supplementsIn observing National Poison Prevention Week, here are a few tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers on how to prevent poisoning from medications.

  • Read and follow the directions and warnings on the label before taking any medicine, each time you take it.
  • Some medicines can be dangerous, or not work as well if they are taken with alcohol, other drugs, or certain foods and drinks. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what you should be aware of when you take medicine. Make sure your doctor knows about everything you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal remedies.
  • Turn lights on to take medicines so that you can be sure of what you’re taking.
  • Get rid of old and outdated medicines as soon as you don’t need them anymore. Some medications can become dangerous or ineffective over time. Other medicines can be abused by someone looking through your medicine stock. Click here to learn more about the safest way to get rid of old medicines.
  • Never share prescription medicines. Medicines should be taken by the person for whom it was prescribed and for the reason prescribed.
  • Keep the Poison Help number– 1-800-222-1222– on or near home phones and programmed into cell phones.

To learn more about poison prevention and National Poison Prevention Week, visit aapcc.org.