Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 23, 2021

Duke Raleigh Hospital to Incorporate Arts into Health Approach

On Tuesday, the sound of March of the King of Laois permeated the waiting room in Duke Cancer Center Raleigh where professional musician Michelle Cobley was playing the harp.

Over its soft melody, the familiar sound of a nurse could be heard calling a man from the waiting room back for treatment. As he got up, he paused to share words with Cobley.

“I truly enjoyed it,” he told Cobley. “It made me forget my worries for a moment. My brain, my heart, my soul, truly benefitted from this.”

A collaboration with the Arts & Health Program at Duke University and funding support from the PNC Foundation will bring Cobley to the Duke Raleigh Hospital campus to play in the Duke Cancer Center Raleigh waiting room, the main hospital lobby and on inpatient hospital floors each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Duke Raleigh Hospital aspires to improve health and inspire hope for the patients in our community by integrating the arts into healing for patients and their families. Making the arts a priority at Duke Raleigh Hospital reflects national and international research on the impact of the arts on both health and resilience, as well as its often profound influence in the healing process,” said Duke Raleigh Hospital Interim President Leigh Bleecker of the Arts & Health Program’s expansion to Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Though the program at Duke Raleigh Hospital begins with Cobley as an artist-in-residence providing live music, the arts are weaved into expansion projects planned across the hospital campus. When Duke Raleigh Hospital opens its 92-bed South Pavilion this summer, it will not just be filled with state-of- the-art equipment; it will include inspiring regional artwork and a healing garden complete with a labyrinth for patients, their loved ones, and hospital team members to enjoy.

“In the art-focused Triangle, we are uniquely positioned to partner with local artists to further develop our approach to outstanding care with the integration of arts,” said Bleecker. “We are excited to add artwork that is meaningful and inspirational and includes artists that represent our diverse community.”

Later in 2021, the hospital plans to begin distributing custom-designed coloring books for patients and allowing patients to request a musician to play at their bedside. Duke Raleigh Hospital team members will also contribute art they have created to adorn the main hallway in the hospital’s North Pavilion.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 2, 2021

Free Acupuncture Program will Begin for Cancer Patients in April

Acupuncture can be a tool to help reduce nausea, vomiting, and other side effects associated with chemotherapy. To assist our Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh patients on their healing journey, we have partnered with Triangle Acupuncture Clinic to offer free acupuncture sessions to our infusion patients from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“These services allow our patients to help manage side effects of their cancer treatment so they can stay strong through recovery,” said Vincent McCray, Health Center Administrator, Duke Cancer Institute of Wake County. “We are excited to provide this service to our patients free of charge during their infusion visits.”

These acupuncture services begin at Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh (4101 Macon Pond Road) in April. Acupuncture appointments are performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the infusion area while patients are receiving treatment and typically take 30-40 minutes. Patients can ask their provider about a referral to this service.

View the answers to frequently asked questions about acupuncture. 

The acupuncture program at Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh is funded by the Duke Raleigh Hospital Guild.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 1, 2021

Partnership Helps Provide COVID-19 Vaccines to the LatinX Community

As part of our commitment to getting vaccine to those most impacted by COVID-19, volunteers from Duke Raleigh Hospital and other Duke Health locations partnered with the community for a “pop-up” COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

On Saturday, Duke Health joined other community partners including Latino Community Credit Union, La Semilla, El Centro Hispano, Greenlight, and Southeastern Healthcare through the LATIN-19 initiative to create a vaccine clinic geared toward the Latinx community. The event was held at the Latino Community Credit Union in Raleigh, and close to 500 community members eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines through state groups 1,2, and 3 were vaccinated during the event.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | February 17, 2021

Service Changes for February 18

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Duke Raleigh Hospital-based clinics will open at 10 a.m. with the exception of the following sites: Wake County oncology clinics and treatment centers will operate with normal hours; including Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, Duke Women’s Cancer Center, and Cary Medical and Radiation Oncology.

For details about the status of clinics, visit the Duke Health website. ​

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | February 11, 2021

Duke Raleigh Hospital Among Partners Staffing PNC COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Duke Raleigh Hospital partnered with Wake County Public Health, PNC Arena, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, and UNC REX Healthcare to open an appointment only COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru at PNC Arena today.  

The site is Wake County’s third mass vaccination site. Duke Raleigh Hospital and other hospital partners worked with Wake County Public Health to administer vaccinations, assist with logistics and provide medical support to create this efficient and safe appointment-only drive-thru site, with support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are proud to provide support for this appointment only COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru partnership,” said Leigh Bleecker, Interim President of Duke Raleigh Hospital. “This partnership is one more step to helping us vaccinate more North Carolinians and put an end to the pandemic and return to the places and people we love.”

The site will begin with two days of vaccinations today and Saturday, with the goal of inviting more than 2,100 health care workers and those 65 and older from Wake County’s COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. 

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