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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.

 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Wound Care Now Available at UNC Lenoir

Wound Care services are now available on the 5th floor at UNC Lenoir Health Care. The center, managed by a Healogics, a leader in wound care services, recently installed 2 hyperbaric chambers to aid in the wound healing process. Some wounds require specialists to optimize the potential for healing and those services are now available at UNC Lenoir Health Care.  Chronic and non-healing wounds are defined as wounds that have not significantly improved with traditional therapies.  When wounds persist a specialized approach is often called for and the UNC Lenoir Health Care Wound Care Center offers those services.  Physician referrals as well as self-referrals are welcome.

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Lung Cancer Screenings available at UNC Lenoir Health Care

Do you have a history of smoking? If so you may qualify for a lung cancer screening.  Qualified candidates have a history of heavy cigarette smoking; smoked now or have quit in the last 15 years; are between 55-77 and show no symptoms of lung cancer. A physician referral is required.  Ask you physician if a low dose computer tomography lung cancer screening is right for you. For more information visit our wellness website at www.lenoirwellness.org

 

 

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HealthLink - Fall 2016

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

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Be Informed About Mental Health Crisis Resources in Lenoir County

Mental Health Crisis:

24/7 Crisis Services for Lenoir County are available by calling Eastpointe Access Center at 1-800-913-6109 or for TTY-888-819-5112.  Customer Service  Specialists will assist you in finding a crisis provider.

Mobile Crisis Teams are available 24 hours a day.  Professional counselors will speak with you and your family during a visit.  They have an average response time of 2 hours.  This service is provided by Easter Seals - UCP 800-913-6109.

The crisis center in Lenoir County is provided by, PORT Human Services, located at 2901 N. Heritage Street in Kinston.  252-233-2383.  Appointments are not needed for crisis assessment and referral services, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suicide:

To be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area 24/7 call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network for Lenoir County is provided by REAL Crisis Intervention by calling 252-758-4357 for free couseling and extensive referral services.

Call 911 if there is a medical or life threatening emergency.

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Keep Your Employees Healthy!

Providing onsite flu vaccinations for your employees is one way to prevent absenteeism during the upcoming flu season. Schedule the UNC Lenoir Health Care corporate health nurses to come to your worksite and administer the vaccine to your employees while at work.  Contact Sonia Joyner, RN, MSN Corporate and Community Health coordinator at 252-522-7397 or sjoyner@lenoir.org to schedule your appointment today.  Costs include $25.00 for each flu vaccination ad fees associate with mileage costs and staff administration of vaccines.

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HealthyLife Weigh - November 2017

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 at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physical 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.  Each series consists of 4 classes and attendance at all 4 classes is necessary for full benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the Ball Rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less - nutrients to increase & decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips & staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014.  Cost $150 due at registration.

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Your Blood Pressure Reaching the Target - December 6

A one hour basic hypertension educational class for anyone who has higher than normal blood pressures and needs to understand the condition better in order to have good blood pressure control.  The class 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.  All classes will be in the Neuse Room easily accessible via the Wellness Center.  Class sizes are limited and credit for attendance requires the participant to be present for the full session. Registration for each class must be done by contacting Gail Carraway at 252-522-7014.

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Your Blood Pressure Reaching the Target - November 8

A one hour basic hypertension educational class for anyone who has higher than normal blood pressures and needs to understand the condition better in order to have good blood pressure control. The class 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. All classes will be in the Neuse Room which is easily accessible via the Wellness Center. Class sizes are limited an credit for attendance requires the participant to be present for the full session. Registration for each class must be done by contacting Gail Carraway at 252-522-7014.

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2017 Colorectal Cancer Screening Dates

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 UNC Lenoir Gastro staff. Screening sponsored by the Lenoir Foundation. Call 252-522-7014 to complete required registration.

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Life After Stroke Support Group

Stroke survivors and caregivers, please bring your own experiences to a discussion with other survivors on life after stroke, transition from hospital to home, and re-entering the communtiy. It's FREE.  If you have had a stroke, or are a caregiver of a loved one who is struggling with stroke issues and would like to come for encouragement, join us.  The quarterly support group is led by UNC Lenoir Health Care Stroke Coordinator, Dawn Becker, RN, who may be reached for more information at 252-522-7575. 

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