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Lenoir Memorial Sleep Center

Since 1998, Lenoir Memorial Hospital and Sleep Services of America, a sleep service provider with over 20 years experience in the field of sleep medicine, and the 2005 Recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Sleep Service Provider Industry Innovation and Advancement Award, began providing sleep studies to the community served by Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The lab has recently been relocated into new facilities near the Minges Wellness Center.  These facilites partner the latest in technology with professional staff and a comfortable attractive environment.  Sleep is a basic human need, as important for good health as diet and exercise. When we sleep, our bodies rest but our brains are active. Sleep lays the groundwork for a productive day ahead. Over the last few years more and more attention has been given to sleep disorders. Even in the more recent news with the tragic death of pro football star Reggie White, we are beginning to see just how many people are affected with sleep disorders. The National Sleep Foundation in 2004 estimated that a lack of sleep costs American employers more than $18 billion annually in lost productivity. At least 100,000 police reported crashes and 1,500 deaths a year are attributed to drowsy driving. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to health problems such as diabetes, congested heart failure, and high blood pressure.

The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. Listen to how a sleep study patient described her sleep apnea. “The silence, I’m told, is way worse than the snoring. In the middle of the night, you go quiet for a while. Your chest heaves. Nothing happens. Your body tries again. Still nothing happens. Then, if you’re lucky, your brain kicks in and sends out the alarm: without oxygen, it will starve. So your reflexes get your body to rouse; there’s a snuffling, wheezing and then a big intake of breath. And then back to normal breathing – or more snoring – until the cycle starts again. And all the while, you’re fast asleep, blissfully unaware that anything is going on. “That is called sleep apnea. It happens when your nasal passages or throat gets blocked during sleep and your breathing is badly interrupted. It’s often, but not always, correlated with carrying too much weight, and it occurs more in men than women. It can occur in children of all ages, and has been linked to children with ADD. Unfortunately, most who have it, have no idea they do.

If you suffer from daytime drowsiness, nodding off in the afternoon, been told you have a snoring problem, or wake up restless and tired, you should talk to your physician. You may need to be a sleep disorder patient and not aware of it. There is help available for sleep disorders. Don’t wait till it’s to late for you to get help. See your doctor today to see if you are a candidate for a sleep study.

 
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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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