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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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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 - 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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Farmers Market pre-ordered deliveries at LMH

Join Chelsea Sutton from Natures Touch Farm in LaGrange as she explains the pre-order process and describes products available from local farmers that will make access to fresh, local, and organic options easy for pick up at LMH.  Pre-order online every other week for pick up on alternate Tuesdays outside the Minges Wellness Center.  Pre-ordering online opens July 14.  Information session are on July7 and July 10 at 1 p.m. at the Minges Wellness Center in studio A.

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T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is an effective way to manage weight control. There is a nominal fee to join TOPS.  Patricia Wyrick is the facilitator for Wednesday mornings and may be reached at 252-523-5391.  These meetings are held from 9 am - 10:30 am in the Neuse Room at Lenoir Memorial (enter through the Minges Wellness Center entrance).  Wayne Seymour is the facilitator for Monday nights and may be reached at 252-569-1681.  These meetings are held from 7 pm - 8 pm in the Lenoir Memorial auditorium which is located on the lower level.

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Medicare 101

Learning about Medicare is not much of a party!  Coming to a free seminar with an expert?  A piece of cake.

Do you have questions about Medicare benefits, coordination of benefits with existing health insurance, enrollment periods, etc.?  If so make plans now to join Barbara Pope from the NC Cooperative Extension-Lenoir County Senior Health Insurance Information Program and she will update you on recent changes and answer any questions you may have. No registration required and this seminar is FREE!  Sponsored by Seniors Health Insurance Information Program - Lenoir County.

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Get Your Rear in Gear! - Dec 6

This free 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 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 required registration.  Enter through the Minges Wellness Center to easily access the Neuse Room.

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Your Blood Pressure: Reaching the Target - 2 p.m. classes

A free one hour basic hypertension educational class that is for anyone who has higher than normal blood pressures and needs to understand the condition better in order to have good blood pressure control. Family members are welcome to attend too! The class taught by registered nurses will cover the basics of high blood pressure – what it is, causes, risk factors, complications, treatment, classification of high blood pressure medications and how to correctly check your blood pressure. Registration is required. There are a variety of dates and times to choose from to call the Minges Wellness Center now at 252-522-7014 to save your spot. All classes will be in the Neuse Room located in the Minges Wellness Center and will begin promptly at the stated time.

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Infant CPR education

Take 30 minutes out of your busy day to learn infant CPR.  Saving Baby's Life ...When Every Second Counts is an instructional DVD designed to educate parents and infant caregivers on how to perform infant CPR and what to do for a choking infant.  This class does not provide a certification but will provide the knowledge needed to perform infant CPR through observing an instructional video.  This learning tool was developed by Geraldine Hickey, RN, found of Baby Zone and Beyond.  The DVD uses the newly revised 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for infant CPR.  Sign up Now!  Session times are Wednesdays at 12 noon and 4 p.m. in the Minges Wellness Center.  Call 252-522-7014 with questions.

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Gentle Tai Chi

Since the first widespread promotion of tai chi health benefits in the early 20th century, it has developed a worldwide following among people for its benefit for health and health maintenance. Studies of tai chi support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and as a form of meditative pain reduction that focuses on positive energy flows. it is reported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. Besides general health benefits and stress management attributed to tai chi training, this form of exercise has been found to nurture core-strength and balance.  Also: Chi Times  - practice your "forms" with our instructor.  This 20 minute focused session on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

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