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!

Preparing for Baby Classes

161310234Duke Regional is offering a new class for expectant parents called Preparing for Baby Partner Boot Camp. This class is designed to prepare first-time parents, with a focus on the first few weeks after the baby’s birth.

The course costs $20 per couple. Register online at

Visiting new mom

Not a new mom? Bring your child to our Preparing for Baby – Sibling Class.

The class prepares children ages 3-12 for what to expect as their family grows. During the one-hour class, children learn to safely assist with caring for their new sibling, discuss emotions associated with becoming a big sister or brother, learn about newborn appearance and behavior, as well as, special rules about new babies. A tour of The Birth Place is included to help your child become familiar with the hospital and our visiting routines.

The class is free. Click here to register.

Recipe: Green Beans with Walnuts

Green BeansMake this healthy and delicious side dish for your next holiday gathering.


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste


Place the walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes.

Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse beans with cold water, and drain well. Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Melt butter or margarine with oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add beans and toss until heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add walnuts and parsley and toss. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Makes eight servings.





A New Outlook on Life


Mechi Holt before weight loss surgery.

Mechi Holt of Creedmoor was overweight most of her life. “I was always a little heavier than the other kids,” said Holt of her childhood. She was a size 14 by age 16, and from there she says her weight escalated.

At age 20, Holt became pregnant. After giving birth, she was motivated to lose weight. “I worked really hard to get that weight off, and it would not budge.”

Holt tried losing weight many times through diet and exercise; however, nothing seemed to keep the weight off and she became frustrated. “I was depressed about my weight and about not being able to get it off,” she said. After several years of research, Holt decided to try weight loss surgery. She visited the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery and, under the care of Dr. Dana Portenier, Holt made the decision to have a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.


Mechi Holt lost over 100 pounds after weight loss surgery.

Since the surgery at Duke Regional Hospital, she has lost more than 100 pounds. Holt also no longer deals with depression, hypertension or the fear of developing diabetes.

She credits the Duke Weight Loss Surgery staff with helping her have a successful surgery. Participating in the weight loss surgery support groups was helpful to Holt both before and after surgery. She enjoyed meeting others going through the same journey. “We are like a mini-family,” she says.

Nutrition counseling helped Holt understand meal planning and portion control. “You can’t have weight loss surgery and then continue the same eating habits,” she says. One of those changes includes baked chicken instead of fried.

Since having weight loss surgery, Holt’s life has changed. Together, Holt and her family enjoy hiking, camping, swimming and visiting theme parks. “I wasn’t able to join those activities when I was at my heaviest. We love theme parks, but I could never get on the rides. The safety bar wouldn’t come down over me. Now I can go on any ride and have fun.”

Holt enjoys offering advice and encouraging words to others going through this life-changing journey. “This is not a lose-weight-quick scheme, it is a total life change. If you do not get that in the very beginning, you will not have a successful surgery. I’m kicking myself for not doing the surgery sooner. It is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Making Holiday Wishes come True

IMG_3608IMG_3612For more than 35 years, Duke Regional Hospital has been committed to caring for residents of Durham and the surrounding communities. Our employees devote time, money, and lots of energy to causes throughout this community year round — because this is where we live, too. We’re your friends and neighbors, and our commitment to caring extends far beyond the hospital walls.

Most recently, Duke Regional Hospital employees adopted 100 angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Last Friday, hospital staff and Project SEARCH students loaded toys, bikes, clothing and more into the Salvation Army truck to make sure local boys and girls in need will receive gifts this holiday season.

To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit

Happy holidays from the Duke Regional family to yours!