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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.


2016 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage begins November 1, 2015, and ends January 31, 2016.  If you don't enroll in a 2016 plan by January 31, 2016, you cannot enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. If you don't have coverage in 2016, you may have to pay a fee.  The fee is higher in 2016 than it was in 2015.  For questions related to Affordable Care Act insurance coverage, to enroll or for assistance with documentation, contact Terrence Body, case manager, at 252-522-7977, or Kinston Community Health Center at 252-522-9800.


HealthLink - Fall 2015

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HealthLink - Winter 2015

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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


HealthLink - Fall 2014

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I Can Cope - Caring for the Caregiver

Please join speaker and host, Janet Scism, medical social worker, for an evening of talk about caregivers; who they are, and what they do. Refreshments will be served. Free to the public but registration is required by calling Janet at 252-522-7600.


Gentle Yoga

This 30 minute class will include a number of simple standing as well as mat poses.  Class will focus on correct posture, form, and safe yoga movements.  Connect with your inner self through breathing techniques and meditation.  Enhance your balance and overall strength and peace.  A great way to escape a stresful day! Beginner's level.  Must be a member to participate. 


Healthy at Every Size

Sometimes its not just about the weight loss! Learn about making healthy habits for real benefits of a healthy lifestyle --- that matter. Learn about the benefits of establishing an active lifestyle and a good diet and how even small changes can make a genuine impact. Get your new year off to a good start and join us to create non weight related goals for the new year. Even if you aren't seeing the weight loss, don't get discouraged, there are other measures of improvement that are real and can positively impact your health every day.  Join us for a Silver and Fit social immediately following this program.


Increase Your Fitness IQ

Whether you are new to exercise or you've been participating for years, a good combination of motivation with the correct information makes for the most beneficial workout.  Join Brittney to learn what common exercise mistakes you should avoid in order to stay safe.  This talk is fee and open to the public.  


Healthy Starts to the Day: Good Habits for a Great Day!

We have all heard the expression that "the early bird gets the worm".  When you start your morning off with good habits, you are setting yourself up for success all day long!  Join Graham as he discusses smart and efficient ways to begin your day, and different ideas of how they could fit into your daily routine.  Silver and Fit members are invited to stay after the free presentation for a Silver and Fit social in the Wellness Center.