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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.

 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Jonathan Anderson named PSEA of the Year

On February 25 a Lenoir Memorial's monthly Board of Director's dinner, Jonathan Anderson was named Presdient Service Excellence Award honoree for 2013.  President and CEO Gary Black read the nominations of all the quarterly finalists and explained the nomination process to those present.  "The PSEA program is one that allows anyone - peer, supervisor, or manager - the opportunity to recognized an employee for exemplary service.  Annually, we recognized about three worthy employees each month.  These PSEA recipients gather quarterly at a luncheon where the PSEA of the Quarter is named, resulting in four quarterly finaists from which one is chosen as PSEA of the Year.  This year the four finalists were Janet Tilghman, Gail Avery, Jonathan Anderson, and Sever Johnson."

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Personal Wellness Profiles

Ready to make a change?  Get started with your personal wellness profile.  For only $40 and a few minutes of your time, you can discover ways to make personal changes that can lead to improved health. Now's your chance to get a personalized comprehensive report about your overall health and well-being.  Simply complete a four-page questionaire and have blood drawn for a cholesterol panel and blood sugar test.  You will receive an overall wellness score based on a number of health indicators, as well as recommendations for improving your health.  Sign up for your two-session evaluation by calling Donna Potter, RN, at 252-522-7815.

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Silver Sneakers

The Minges Wellness Center is pleased to announce our growing relationship with Healthways, an independent insurance benefit provider for Silver Sneakers and other fitness program benefits. As a local gym participating in Healthways Prime, and now Silver Sneakers, we look forward to working with older adults who have this benefit on their insurance plans. Bring your Silver Sneakers benefit card and sign up today! Call 252-522-7207 for more information.

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Lenoir Memorial hosts blog

Lenoir Memorial has established a blog site to keep the public informed about all the news at the hospital.  Please check out our blog site at www.lenoirmemorialhospital.wordpress.com

 

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HealthLink - Winter 2013

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

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Let’s Go to the Grocery Store - summer foods and grilling

Come stroll the aisles of the grocery store with our registered dietitian as we explore healthy and delicious options for you and your family. This session will focus on tips for tasty summer foods and grilling selections. Registration is required as group size is limited. For more information or to register, please call Angie Doncaster, RD,LDN, CDE at 252-522-7471.

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Don’t Burn in the Sun skin safety campaign

More than 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes!

Join us as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness in May by providing educational materials about skin safety and skin cancer detection and prevention.  Free sunscreen samples will be provided to the first 50 participants.  And you can register to win a summer safety gift basket valued at $100!

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Tangling With Tumultuous Teens - tips for parenting teens

Have teenagers? You may be wondering about some of the very same things that other parents wonder - is my teen normal?  Why does my teen keep secrets from me?  And what if I'm feeling a little crazed too?  This presentation can help provide insight into parenting techniques and proven tricks of the trade in working with the older child who is struggling for independence and external pressures.  Gain information about coaching for behavior in a changing world of excesses and peer pressure.  You are not alone and you were once a youth too!

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Free Mammogram Screening - for high risk women

Women that qualify receive a free screening mammogram and education about breast self-exam.  To qualify, you must be a woman between the ages of 40 - 65, have no insurance to cover mammograms, and never have had a mammogram. Preregistration is mandatory.  call 252-522-7014 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday to schedule your apointment time.  This screening is sponsored by Lenoir Memorial Foundation and Eastern Radiologists, Inc.

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Asthma, Allergies and Air Quality

Asthma is chronic disease that affects the lungs.  It is the most common chronic disease amoung children and a primary reason for school absences.  Asthma can be controlled by avoiding the triggers that can cause an attck and using medicine.  This interactive workshop will teach steps for avoiding or reducing asthma and allery triggers in both the indoor and outdoor environments.  For more information about this workshop contact Neasha Graves at 919-966-3746 or neasha_graves@unc.edu

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