Excellent patient outcomes

Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery’s quality of care, years of experience, comprehensive services, and positive patient outcomes are the reasons why the program is designated a Center of Excellence and Center of Distinction by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna. Only centers that meet their strict criteria are included among their distinguished centers.

For the next several Fridays, we will highlight one of the Center’s surgeons. Click here to meet Philip A. Omotosho, MD.

Duke Regional Earns an “A” in Patient Safety

Duke Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A”for hospital safety through The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Scores range from A-F to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm including accidents, errors, infections and injuries. It’s also designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

Check out the scores for yourself by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Project SEARCH Graduation

2014 Project SEARCH graduates

2014 Project SEARCH graduates

Duke Regional Hospital is proud to honor the 2014 graduates of the Project SEARCH program. Graduates were recognized during a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 20 in the hospital’s auditorium. Family, friends and Duke Regional coworkers attended the event that highlighted a year of accomplishments for these seven young people.

Project SEARCH prepares students with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the workforce through on-the-job training and specialized education. At Duke Regional, students divide their time between classroom instruction and hands-on training in hospital departments.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative partnership with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, OE Enterprises Inc., NC Vocational Rehabilitation, Durham Public Schools, Project SEARCH (National) and Duke Regional Hospital.

Congratulations graduates!

Q&A with Duke Regional President, Katie Galbraith

DR.ELT--11Katie Galbraith, MBA, became president of Duke Regional Hospital on May 1, 2014. We sat down with Katie to find out more about her plans as president.

Q: What would you like to accomplish in your first year as president?
A: I want to see us continue the good work we’ve been doing. I know our organization well (Katie served as vice president and then the interim president of Duke Regional before her appointment.) And I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past year. That doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for continued improvement, but we’ve got the right people and the right focus so I want us to really set our sights high.

One immediate thing I would like to work on is improving patient experience. We need to make sure we are consistent with rounding on patients and their loved ones each hour so that we are there when they need something, respecting the backgrounds of the diverse community we serve and working together as a team, with the patient at the center of that team.

Q: What are your long-term goals for Duke Regional?
A: I’d like to see us recognized among the best community hospitals in the country. We are well on our way of establishing ourselves as the best community hospital in North Carolina, but with this team and as part of a world-class health system, there is no reason we can’t be recognized on a national level. We owe it to the communities we serve to have the best care available for them.

Q: What about Duke Regional makes you most proud?
A: I love this hospital because of the people here. We have an incredible team and I couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’ve received countless letters from appreciative patients and their loved ones about the great care we are providing. We try to treat each patient as if they were a member of our own family and I’m so happy when that is recognized.

More about Katie
Family: Husband, Mike and two children
Pets: three cats and several fish
Undergraduate education: Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Northwestern University
Graduate education: Master of Business Administration degree from Elon University
Memberships: American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development; American College of Healthcare Executives
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, family time
Last book read: The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni and, for fun, Irish Eyes by Mary Kay Andrews
Last movie seen: Rio 2 with my kids
Favorite music: Anything 80’s
Favorite TV show: I Love Lucy

Feeling strong and healthy after weight loss surgery

For some people, a healthy diet and rigorous exercise isn’t enough for dramatic weight loss. With several different surgical methods available, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Duke Regional Hospital may be the answer for those at risk for serious weight-related health issues.

Combining advanced surgical techniques with comprehensive counseling, we can help to welcome newfound freedom and long-term success.

View Jason’s story here.