Community Programs & Events
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 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
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
Be Informed About Mental Health Crisis Resources for 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 Services Specialists will assist you to find 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. Herritage St., Kinston, NC 28501 252-233-2383. Appointments are not needed for crisis assessment and referral services, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 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 Lfeline Network for Lenoir County is provided by REAL Crisis Intervention by calling 252-758-4357 for free counselling and extensive referral services.
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
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
Brain Attack - Stroke Risks and Symptoms and the Importance of Early Treatment
Join Dr. Manasi Gahlot, Lenoir Neurology Neurologist, as she discusses the importance of realizing the symptoms of stroke and reacting quickly if you think someone is having a stroke. If stroke is suspected think FAST: F - Face is uneven, A - Arm is weak, S- Speech is strange, T-Time to call 911. This educational offering is free and groups are welcome!LEARN MORE