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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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Questions About Humana?

Dear Participant,

It has come to our attention that you may have recently received communication from Humana regarding UNC Lenoir Health Care's out-of-network status with its Medicare Advantage PPO plans.  We are concerned that information provided in that letter may have led to unnecessary anxiety or confusion for some members of our community.  Therefore, we are writing to you in an effort to clarify what out-of-network status with these plans means for participants.

 

First and foremost, it is important to note that all patients with Humana Medicare Advantage PPO plans may continue to be seen at UNC Lenoir Health Care. For many individuals, including those who have coverage through the North Carolina State Health Plan, no change should be apparent; your deductibles and copayments will not change, and benefits for in-network and out-of-network services are the same.

 

Participants in other versions of Humana's Medicare Advantage PPO plans may see increases in some copayments or deductibles, depending on the plan in which you are enrolled and the services you receive. As noted on Humana's website, "With a HumanaChoice (PPO) plan, you enjoy freedom to choose any doctor or hospital - but you pay less for services received from in network providers."

 

The following links may be helpful for those seeking to clarify the benefits offered by their plans:

Should you have further questions regarding your coverage, we would be happy to assist you.  Please call us at 252-522-7857 or 252-522-7676 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Click on read more for Frequently Asked Questions.

We apologize for any concerns that information you have received from Humana may have caused. UNC Lenoir has been in continuous contact with Humana regarding our network status.  Our relationship with our patients and community is our highest priority, and we look forward to continuing to be of service to you and your family.

 

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New Year = New You! at the Minges Wellness Center

Special 2017 Minges Wellness Center Offer - New individuals who wish to join on Tuesday, January 10 between 8 am and 8 pm will NOT have to pay the $10 enrollment fee.  Membership is only $20 a month and no contract - ever. Call 252-522-7014 for more information.

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HealthLink - Fall 2016

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

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UNC Lenoir receives bronze

UNC Lenoir Health Care is proud to be participating in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke program.  Participation ensures that our patients are receiving the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment to improve care and outcomes.  Get With The Guidelines Stroke program is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines.  Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database.  Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements. Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Bronze Performance Award have demonstrated a commitment to treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart/ American Stroke Association for 90 consecutive days.  "The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program has been a valuable tool for us to use to improve our stroke care.  We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to improve stroke treatment.  Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive," said Dawn Becker, RN stroke program coordinator.  Hospitals also benefit from involvement with access to the most up-to-date research and scientific publications, professional education opportunities, clinical tools, patient education resources, staff support, performance feedback and national recognition for hospital team achievement.

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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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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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Overcoming Fitness Fears

Have you always wanted to get in shape but were afraid to try? There are countless excuses for failing to exercise or eat right. However, one of the biggest obstacles is not knowing where to start and being scared to take that first step. Join Brittney for this informative talk.

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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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Avoiding Holiday Hang-ups

This program is for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Sandra will offer meal planning tips, exercise suggestions, and ideas on how you might deal with sickness and/or avoid sickness during the holidays.  All advice is designed to help you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For more information contact Sandra Midyette, RN, CDE, at 252-522-7616.

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2016 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 the required registration.

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