Meet our PSEA winner of the year.
The PSEA (President’s Service Excellence Award) program was design to recognized employees who not only perform exemplary in their work areas but also extend outstanding customer service to patients, co-workers and visitors. To qualify as PSEA winner of the year, the honoree must have been chosen as PSEA of the Quarter. Then from the four quarterly winners, in February one is announced as PSEA of the Year. In 2010, the four quarterly finalists were: Delores Cotton, Debra Buck, Jo Ann Grubbs, and Rhonda Taylor. Taylor was selected as PSEA for 2010. As President’s Service Excellence Award winner of the year, she is entitled to a free vacation anywhere in the United States.
Rhonda Taylor started as pediatric nurse on March 28, 1981 and progressed to several roles, including interim nurse manager for PCU and subsequently to administrative supervisor before accepting the position as case manager. Rhonda is a very dedicated and professional case manager and nurse and worthy of the honor of President’s Service Excellence! She is a can-do team player, meeting the needs of a diverse population on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) as well as other areas, if needed. She works daily to provide efficient and effective outcomes for discharge planning and case management responsibilities. She is very detailed and precise in her clinical documentation to ensure that every fact is written. For her awesome documentation techniques, she is the designee for the departmental minutes and staff education sessions. She is knowledgeable in all aspects of Resource Management and collaborates well with physicians and other healthcare members to ensure her patients are receiving optimal community services.
Rhonda is described by nursing staff as: Friendly, courteous, dedicated, a partner in care, a strong organizational leader and problem solver, and able to communicate professionally, concisely, and effectively with internal and external customers to solve patient outcome care needs. She willingly shares her knowledge with those around her. She utilizes all known sources for patient outcomes and utilization of available community services. Her advocacy for patient rights shows that she cares for each and every patient that is assigned to her and ensures that everyone in their family are aware of patient strengths and support available. This is remarkable, but not unusual for Rhonda. In her service at Lenoir Memorial, Rhonda is always a nurse. In addition, she has served on the Documentation Committee, a vital member of the Emergency Preparedness and is a member of N.C. Nurses Association.
Rhonda and Dennis have four children, Josh, Matt, Laney and Megan. She dearly loves her grandbabies, Olivia, Logan and Kale. They also have a dog named Chloe. Rhonda enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and gardening. She is a member of Rivermont Baptist Church where she teaches the adult Sunday School women’s class. She is also active with the Girl Scouts.
Lenoir Memorial enters into management agreement with UNC Health Care
The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial Hospital has unanimously voted to enter into a management services agreement with UNC Health Care, hospital officials announced May 16. Discussions regarding an affiliation began between the Lenoir Memorial board and UNC Health Care leadership earlier this year. The board recognized the extraordinary opportunity to partner with a flagship healthcare leader in the state - defined by excellence in research, clinical advancements and quality of care - was one not to be missed. It became clear that an agreement with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to create a stronger hospital for the Kinston community for generations to come.
"We are excited about our partnership with UNC Health Care and look forward to the vast array of support they will offer us here at Lenoir, said Gary Black, president and CEO. "Our board has been very thoughtful in this process and we believe that this partnership will allow for the growth of services in this community. UNC Health Care is very much aware of the challenges facing community hospitals in this economic environment and has assured our board that they can assist us in addressing the challenges and maintaining healthcare close to home. It is our belief that an affiliation with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to continue our mission to ensure exceptional healthcare to the people we serve."
Lenoir Memorial employees will keep their current positions and will remain employees of Lenoir Memorial, a private, not-for-profit hospital, not the state. This agreement does not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow Lenoir Memorial to maintain local governance. "We are pleased to welcome Lenoir Memorial Hospital into our system of 10 hospitals and hospital systems, our physician's networks and our affiliation with the UNC School of Medicine," said William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care. "This partnership with Lenoir Memorial Hospital will continue our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients across North Carolina."
This affiliation will allow Lenoir Memorial to provide a broader scope of resources and experience to benefit its patients. Some of the primary benefits include:
- Expansion of locally available hospital and community-based patient care services to enhance patient care.
- Improved patient experience and satisfaction
- Enhanced operational efficiency
- Recruitment of additional highly trained and skilled physicians
- Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care
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.LEARN MORE
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.
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.LEARN MORE
Keep Your Employees Healthy!
Providing onsite flu vaccinations for your employees is one way to prevent absenteeism during the upcoming flu season. Schedule the UNC Lenoir Health Care corporate health nurses to come to your worksite and administer the vaccine to your employees while at work. Contact Sonia Joyner, RN, MSN Corporate and Community Health coordinator at 252-522-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment today. Costs include $25.00 for each flu vaccination ad fees associate with mileage costs and staff administration of vaccines.LEARN MORE
Free Medication Wallet Card
Call the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014 to get your free medication wallet cared and we can mail one directly to your home! Keeping an up-to-date record of your medicines may help protect you from a mistake.
- First, it helps you and your family remember all the medicines you are taking. Next it helps your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists make sure that the medicines prescribed for you can be taken safely together.
- A list also helps make sure that important medicines you take at home will be continued if you are hospitalized.
- Finally, your medicine list will help your doctor determine if any illness or symptoms you experience could be related to the medicine you take.
Use a medication list or card to keep a record of all the medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements or herbs you take. Keep the list updated and share with your pharmacist and physician. The medication wallet cards are free but limited to one per person.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
Free Mammogram Screening - for high risk women
Advanced registration is required to participate in this screening. Those interested in participating should call 252-522-7014 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday to schedule their appointment time. 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. Deadline to register is October 3.LEARN MORE
Benefits of Mind/Body Exercise
Tai Chi and Yoga are POWERFUL! Low impact activities that have a high impact on your health! Come learn the history behind these ancient practices. Learn the many benefits:
- Improved conditions including arthritis, high blood pressure, and relieves chronic pain.
- Lowers stress
- Improves balance
Learn how to coordinate your muscles, bones, heart, and mind! Silver and Fit social immediately follows this class with free light refreshments.LEARN MORE
What Get Measured Gets Managed
Join Brittney Bradshaw at this FREE seminar to discuss or learn more about your preferred food tracker.
- Is there evidence that supports technology in tracking exercise and nutrition and what have your experiences been?
- The number one fitness trend right now is wearable technology and how is the benefit worth the hype?
- Who should be tracking food in a diary technology?
Get the answers to these and other questions and offer your personal use suggestions! There are so many, bring your own experiences and learn from others! Silver and Fit social immediately follows with complimentary refreshments.LEARN MORE
Find Out What’s Cookin in Kinston
Holly White, RD,LDN, will be preparing and offering samples of collards flavored using vegetables instead of meat. Come learn as Holly shares tipsfor preparing healthy dishes using fresh local produce.LEARN MORE