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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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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

UNC Lenoir Health Care Performs First Weight Loss Surgery

In January of 2017, UNC Lenoir Health Care launched a new service line for weight management.  The service includes medical and surgical options for weight loss and each component comes with medical supervision, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle counseling. The program is led by Dr. Charles Moore and Dr. Joel Rose.  Moore specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree and completed his residency there as well. Moore is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.  Rose specializes in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He attended the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He completed a bariatric fellowship program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Rose is board certified by the American College of Surgery.

Obesity is associated with a 50-100% increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals.  There is a greater risk of several cancers as well as diabetes and hypertension for obese people.  Medical options include a comprehensive, physician-monitored weight loss program called Optifast, for patients who prefer a non-surgical method of weight loss. The 12-week Optifast Program offers 4-5 weeks of nutritionally dense full meal replacements to initiate weight loss.  Patients are seen for weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with a registered dietitian and bimonthly visits with a physician.  Patients are provided with personalized guidance from an exercise specialist and are offered health coaching sessions as well as bimonthly group support sessions.  Lifelong support and guidance is available after the 12 week program completion.  We also offer weight management medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian for patients that are interested in other ways to lose or manage their weight.

For patients who prefer and are found appropriate for a surgical remedy, bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity.  The mortality rate with bariatric surgery is about 0.1% less than gallbladder (0.7%) and hip replacement (0.93%) surgery.  The clinical evidence shows risks of morbid obesity outweigh risks of bariatric surgery and patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.

UNC Lenoir Health Care spent the last 18-24 months researching the possibility of bringing a weight loss program to this area and found it to be a needed service in eastern North Carolina.  This program was designed to offer participants the highest level of success potential through coaching and medical monitoring.  There is substantial, long-term physician supervision that is unusual in weight loss programs.  Patients of the UNC Lenoir Health Care Weight Loss Program can expect to be followed by their physician for the rest of their lives.

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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

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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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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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HealthyLife Weigh - October 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 state of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a 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 and 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 paln developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling 252-522-7014.  Cost $150 at registration.

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HealthyLife Weigh - September 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 1-40 pounds, and at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a 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 and decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers, eating out
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips and 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 252-522-7014.  Cost is $150 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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