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Gastroenterology

The Gastro Unit is located on Lenoir Memorial's second floor. The unit contains 13 private rooms for prepping and private consultation with the physician following the procedure. Lenoir Memorial currently has three gastroenterologists on staff, two procedure rooms and four recovery bays. The unit provides a broad range of diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures.

Specialized equipment enables the gastroenterologist to take an endoscopic view of the patient's esophagus, stomach and colon while the patient receives a combination of medicines to help them relax and not recall the examination. Colonoscopies, Flexible Sigmoids, and EGDs are among the most common procedures provided by the unit. Most procedures take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Patients recover at least 30 minutes in a separate recovery area before returning to their room. Patients normally arrive early on the morning of their procedure and are home by early afternoon, if not before.  The addition of the Spyglass technology allows Gastroenterologists to have a video view of the bile duct and thereby make diagnosis and treat conditions that before now had very limited options. The introduction of the new HALO system has brought the advanced ablation technology for Barrett's esophagus to Lenoir Memorial. This technology maximizes clinical outcomes by completely removing the damaged tissue without injuring the underlying healthy tissue.

The Gastro Unit staff also provides the community with colorectal cancer screenings four times each year. These screenings are offered free of charge. Each participant is given a kit which enables them to do the hemoccult testing in the privacy of their home. After completing the test, the participant returns a replay card to the gastro unit. Test results are returned to the participant with an additional copy for their physician. For more information about the Gastro Unit, please call 252-522-7399.

 
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Lenoir Memorial Board votes to pursue strategic partnership with Novant Health

After a yearlong selection process for a strategic partner, the Lenoir Memorial Board of Directors has unanimously voted to pursue a partnership through a management agreement with Novant Health, hospital officials announced today.  The decision follows a thorough search and exploration process led by the board to select a partner who would best position Lenoir Memorial for the future of healthcare and create a stronger health system for the Kinston community.  "For more than a century, Kinston has had a community hospital and the chapter we're beginning today will preserve that legacy of local healthcare for future generations," said Gary Black, president and CEO of Lenoir Memorial.  "Through an affiliation with Novant Health, we will further enhance the services we provide, ensuring that high-quality care remains close to home."  The Lenoir Memorial Board now enters discussions with Novant Health to structure the terms of the partnership, leading to the signing of the management agreement, which the board hopes to finalize this spring.

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Affordable Care Act and Healthcare Marketplace

Lenoir Memorial plays a vital role in educating uninsured patients about their coverage options and helping them navigate the Marketplace.  There are several ways to apply for health coverage.  You can apply online using a laptop or desktop computer.  (You may not be able to complete the application using a smartphone or tablet.)  You can also fill out a paper application, apply over the telephone or apply in person at certain sites.  Find out more about the different ways to apply here.  Certified Application Counselors (CAC) are available within Lenoir Memorial to educate consumers and aid them in completing an application for coverage.   If you have questions or wish to set up an appointment, you may contact Terrence Body, social worker at 252-522-7977, a patient accounts counselor at 252-522-7000 or call 800-318-8596 at any time of day, seven days a week.  Or visit HealthCare.gov.

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HealthLink - Winter 2015

Check out the latest edition of Lenoir HealthLink! Download the pdf

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HealthLink - Fall 2014

Check out the latest edition of Lenoir HealthLink! Download the pdf.

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Health Needs Assessment

Lenoir County Health Department and Lenoir Memorial Hospital are conducting a county-wide health assessment. Your opinions about our community are important to us. Please complete the 2014 Community Health Assessment survey located at this link  https;//docs.google.com/forms/d/1aAOrM2yYy9LUs7uhbpQY8H3Ckxdizx6xL7dG02zRjw0/viewform?usp=send_form

 

 

 

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Get Your Rear In Gear - November 5

This free colorectal screening clinic is for men & women age 40 and up who have never been screened for or had colorectal cancer.  The clinic will be led by members of the WellAare team and the Lenoir Memorial Gastro staff.  This screening is funded in part by a grant from Get Your Rear in Gear - Kinston and the Lenoir Memorial Foundation.  Call 522-7014 to complete required registration.

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Get Your Rear In Gear - Sept 10

This free colorectal cancer screening clinic is free for men and women age 40 and up who have never been screened for or had colorectal cancer.  The clinic will be led by members of the WellAware team and the Lenoir Memorial Gastro staff.  This screening is funded in part by a grant from Get Your Rear In Gear-Kinston and the Lenoir Memorial Foundation.  Call 522-7014 to complete the required registration.

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Get Your Rear in Gear! - June 4

This free colorectal cancer screening clinic is for men & women age 40 and up who have never been screen for or had colorectal cancer. The clinic will be led by members of the WellAware team and the Lenoir Memorial Gastro staff. This screening is funded in part by a grant from Get Your Rear In Gear - Kinston and the Lenoir Memorial Foundation. Call 522-7014 to complete the required registration.  Lenoir Memorial Neuse Room is located on the lower level of the hospital and easily accessible through the Minges Wellness  Center entrance.

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Quit for Life Tobacco Cessation Program

Class sizes are limited and classes start promptly at the appointed time. Each class is one hour long. Class are available at 8:30 - 9:30 or 3:30 - 4:30 on days listed below.  Registration must be done by calling 252-522-7014. Dates for 2015 are as follows:

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 9

August 6

September 3

October 1

November 5

December 3

 

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HealthyLife Weigh - May

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and ready to commit to lifestyle changes.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a registered dietitian in the Minges Wellness Center at Lenoir Memorial.  The program is a modified form of the national program, HealthyLife Weigh, and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physcial activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits. The cost is $150. Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan develped with an exercise specialist.

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