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Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac RehabThe certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Lenoir Memorial Hospital provides people who have heart disease with a medically monitored exercise program. If you have heart disease, talk to your doctor about joining the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Lenoir Memorial. Physician referral into the program is required.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productiveCardiac Rehablives. The program typically lasts 36 sessions. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation staff is composed of highly trained specialists from several health care fields. These include medicine, exercise therapy, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and vocational rehabilitation. A total rehabilitation experience is planned for each participant considering diet and nutrition, stress management, weight control, job demands, and physical conditioning needs. The program helps patients adopt "heart healthy lifestyle behaviors." Our exercise specialist will develop a personal exercise prescription based on your stress exercise test and physical abilities.

This program meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the hospital. There are three monitored group exercise sessions offered. The first session is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; the second meets from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; and the third session meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Regular attendance is essential to build the desired cardiovascular fitness. Our sessions are patterned with:

  • 10 minutes of Stretch and Flex Exercises
  • 30 minutes of Aerobic Conditioning  
  • 10 minutes of Cool Down Activities
  • 10 minutes of Relaxation or Education

Walking is the primary aerobic conditioning activity chosen. As your physical condition allows, the treadmill, rowing machine and PreCor may be used to achieve aerobic conditioning. Stationary bicycles, arm ergometers, or NuSteps may be used by people unable to walk for extended periods. Your progress is monitored daily with re-evaluations conducted at 3 and 12 months after you enter the program. The length of time you will participate in the program will vary with your individual needs. Typically, most people exercise in the program for several months to one year. To enhance the rehabilitation process and to increase your knowledge of heart disease and its prevention, you and your family are encouraged to join our Heart To Heart Cardiac Support Group that meets monthly September to May. The expenses of this program are usually paid by major health insurance companies. Many plans pay for all or significant parts of the program costs. Certified under the auspices of DHSR and AACPVR. Please contact Lisa Alphin at 252-522-7009 for more information.




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.


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.


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 to schedule your appointment today.  Costs include $25.00 for each flu vaccination ad fees associate with mileage costs and staff administration of vaccines.


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.


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.


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.


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.


HealthyLife Weigh 2016 series

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 a registered dietitian in the Minges Wellness Center at Lenoir Memorial.  The program is a modified form of the national program, HealthyLife Weigh, 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 that cover portion control, nutrition, grocery shopping, and emotional eating.  Participants will receive 2 months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist. Required registration may be completed by calling 252-522-7014.  Cost is $150.  Dates and times: Jan 6,13,20, 27 @ 8:30 a.m., Feb, 8,15,22, & 29 @4:00 p.m., March 10,17,24 &31 @ 12:00 p.m., Apr 6,13,20 & 27 @ 4:00 p.m., May 3,10,17,24 @ 8:00 a.m., Jun 1,8,15 &22 @ 12:00 p.m., July 7,14,21 & 28 @ 4:00 p.m., Aug 10,17,24, & 31@ 8:30 p.m.,Sept 6,13,20 & 27 @ 12:00 p.m., Oct 5,12,19,26 @ 4:00 p.m. and Nov 8,15,22 & 29 @ 8:00 a.m.


Your Blood Pressure: Reaching the Target 2016 classes

A one hour basic hypertension educational class for anyone who has higher than normal blood pressure and needs to understand the condition better in order to have good blood pressure control.  Class size is limited and credit for attendance requires the participant to be present for the full session. Registration must be done by contacting Gail Carraway at 252-522-7014. Dates and Times - Jan 11 at 2 p.m., Feb 9 @ 10 a.m., March 7 @ 10 a.m., Apr 12 @ 10 a.m., May 24 @ 2 p.m., June 13 @ 2 p.m., July 13 @ 2 p.m., Aug 29 @ 10 a.m., Sept 14 @ 1 p.m., Oct 12 @ 1 p.m., Nov 9th @ 1 p.m. and Dec 7 @ 1 p.m.