Community Programs & Events
Safe driving course from AARP coordinated offerings. Call 252-522-7014 for schedule and registration.
Write it Right medication cards
They are free and make it easy for individuals to keep an accurate list of medications. Call 252-522-7014 to have one mailed to your home.
Traveling blood pressure machine
Sponsored by the Lenoir Memorial Foundation. This BP machine is scheduled monthly in interested churches who would like to offer their congregation a free screening. High blood pressure, the silent killer, often goes undetected. A blood pressure screening can be the first time that one learns that their blood pressure is too high. Call 252-522-7014 to sign up your area church in this program.
Wellness Lending Library
30 minutes videos on a number of contemporary topics are available for loan with a discussion guide for your group to use to improve dialogue and education. Call 252-522-7014.
Beginners Dance Classes
Ballroom and shag classes quarterly. Call 252-522-7014 for schedule and fee information.
Monthly education for parents and grandparents. Call 252-522-7014 for schedule and registration.
The Community Diabetes Nutrition Series
A monthly series of educational topics not just for those with diabetes, but for individuals looking for sound nutrition education by registered dietitians. A collaboration from area dietitians including LMH, Lenoir County Health Department, Kinston Community Health Center and other dietitians from the community. For an annual schedule call 252-522-7014. Free.
Community-Wide Exercise Initiatives
A variety of special campaigns and offerings are held each year. Call 252-522-7014 for more information.
The Lenoir County Alliance for a Healthy Community
They meet monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 8:30 am at the GTP Education Center. This 12 year old group examines unmet community needs and uses information sharing and networking to solve community issues and improve health. Call co-chairs, Joey Huff at 252-522-7116 or Constance Hengel at 252-522-7028 for more information. Open to interested community members.
This corporate and community health program provides the area with tools to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle, from health screenings and seminars to flu shots and support groups. WellAware is located near the Rehab Center, though a great number of its programs are held at high-traffic sites throughout the hospital’s service area.
"Linking Citizens to Services" You may reach the CARE-LINE by calling 1-800-662-7030 (English/Spanish) or 1-877-452-2514 (TTY). For local calls, you may dial 855-4400 (English/Spanish) or 919-733-4851 (TTY). The CARE-LINE is the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) toll-free Information and Referral telephone service. Information and Referral Specialists provide information and referrals regarding human services in government and non-profit agencies. Currently, sixteen individuals staff the CARE-LINE. Of these staff, one specialist is the OCS CARE-LINE Hispanic Citizen Services Representative and is dedicated to handling calls from Spanish-speaking customers. Another specialist is a Bioterrorism Information and Referral Specialist and works closely with the Division of Public Health in coordinating bioterrorism efforts related to the Governor’s Public Health Hotline. CARE-LINE staff are well trained and have a wealth of knowledge regarding human service programs across North Carolina. Many staff persons are Certified Information and Referral Specialist by the National Alliance of Information and Referral Services. In FY 2008-09, these professionals provided information to more than 300,000 callers. If you have a questions about services that are available to you through the NCDHHS, CARE-LINE staff can guide you to the appropriate source. In addition, staff are able to retrieve information regarding other human services provided by government (local, state and federal) and non-profit services across North Carolina. Our service covers all 100 counties in North Carolina. A database of over 10,000 services across North Carolina is available to staff who are assisting callers. In addition, residents and professional can access program information via the NCcareLINK. OCS is credited with implementing an on-line web-based updating process that ensures that data is accurate and up-to-date. This service allows agencies and offices listed in our database to review their data – thus eliminating time consuming phone calls, faxes and e-mail by OCS personnel. Updating our database used to be a lengthy process – great reductions in time equal cost savings to the citizens of North Carolina. OCS was the first Information and Referral service in North Carolina to implement on-line updating. You may reach the CARE-LINE by calling 1-800-662-7030 (English/Spanish) or 1-877-452-2514 (TTY). For local calls, you may dial 855-4400 (English/Spanish) or 919-733-4851 (TTY).
LENOIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR STRATEGIC PARTNER
Kinston. NC—(December 4, 2013)— Lenoir Memorial Hospital officials today announced the launch of a process to search for a strategic partnership with another hospital, health system or hospital company with the goal to further strengthen and enhance healthcare services and better meet the needs of the community for the long term. Recently, Lenoir Memorial engaged an outside hospital consulting firm that spent a year learning about the organization, the way it operates, its finances and its culture. The firm conducted studies inside the hospital and in the community to understand what Lenoir Memorial is today – and what it can be in the future. At the end of its work, the firm found that in order to continue the 100-year legacy of excellent, high-quality care in the future, the hospital must consider partnering with another organization. “For a century, Lenoir Memorial has been a trusted, essential care provider for patients in Lenoir County and the surrounding region. We are a strong and profitable organization today, but the world of healthcare delivery is changing, so we are taking proactive steps to ensure continued growth and success to protect access to care close to home,” said Gary Black, president and CEO of Lenoir Memorial Hospital. The Lenoir Memorial Board is directing the partner review process with the assistance of Juniper Advisory, a Chicago-based financial advisory firm. The firm is a leading national transaction advisor to nonprofit community hospitals on partnerships in an era of accelerating consolidation. The systematic approach offered by Juniper will make certain that all options and types of partnerships are considered and that Lenoir Memorial’s opportunities are fully understood. The Board is in the process of generating several objectives that will guide its selection of a partner. These criteria will be identified and discussed by the Board, then finalized over the next several months. Confidential discussions with a number of potential partners will begin in spring 2014, with the process expected to take 12-21 months to complete once those discussions have begun, as a variety of partnership models will be explored. “We recognize that the way healthcare is provided today – where it is offered, how it is paid for, how it is measured – is changing dramatically,” said Ray Collier, chairman of the Lenoir Memorial Board of Directors. “Reimbursement for care is declining, the care itself is shifting to more convenient outpatient settings, and more emphasis is being placed on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they are sick. Hospitals and health systems, as well as physicians, are partnering in order to meet these new demands.” “We believe now, when Lenoir Memorial is financially strong, is the right time to look for a strategic partner,” continued Collier. “We can evaluate our choices from a position of strength and allow ourselves time to conduct a thoughtful and thorough review on our own terms.”
HealthLink - Fall 2013
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New physician joins medical staff
C. Aitor Macias, MD, has joined Wayne Jarman, MD, at Lenoir Surgical. Dr. Macias completed his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He completed general surgery residencies at CEMIC, and the Robert Wood Johnson Unversity Hospital, a part of Rutgers Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. He obtained his Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of California in San Diego. He performs the majority of his surgeries laparoscopically.LEARN MORE
Hospital welcomes new physician
Michael Diamond, M.D., has joined the staff at Kinston Community Health Center. Diamond graduated from Wake Forest University with an undergraduate degree in Communications. He obtained his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He has a special interest in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Diamond completed his residency at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. He is single and he enjoys volunteering for community efforts such as sports physicals, health fairs, and legislation advocacy.LEARN MORE
Smith named PSEA of the Year
At the February Lenoir Memorial Board of Directors meeting, Chairman Ray Collier named Eveyln Smith, RN, Medical Oncology President's Service Excellence Award honoree for 2012. An excerpt from Smith's nomination read, "Evelyn Smith provides compassionate and quality care to the patients she servs on Medical/Oncolory on a daily basis. She exhibits outstanding interpersonal skills, which complement her ability to communicate in a clear, concise and accurate manner. when interacting with patients and staff. She has the ability to work very effectively and efficiently with cross funcational teams. She holds herself accountable high ethical standards and legal requirements setting an example to other staff." Congratulations Evelyln Smith!LEARN MORE
Women and Heart Disease
The feminine side of a healthy heart will be discussed with Dr. Shyamal Mitra of Kinston Medical Specialists. Bring your questions. This free session is open to the public. No registration required.LEARN MORE
Your Doctor Says You Need A Heart Cath
Learn the potential risks and lifesaving benefits of heart catheterizations. Dr. Pradeep Arumugham of Kinston Medical Specialists will discuss heart caths as well as a new procedure being done at Lenoir Memorial when blockages are found in the heart. Free to the public, bring your questions! No registration required.LEARN MORE