Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 24, 2020

Duke Raleigh Hospital Helps Team Celebrate Work Anniversaries

Nearly 200 Duke Raleigh Hospital team members were celebrated for their Duke University Health System work anniversaries this month. In lieu of an annual Service Awards Dinner, team members celebrated in 2020-fashion, virtually.

Honorees received a small gift to honor their achievement and many joined one of two virtual meetings with their fellow honorees and the Duke Raleigh Hospital Executive Leadership Team.

During the video call team members shared stories, were recognized for achievements via video, and they answered hospital trivia questions to compete to fill their Bingo board and win a prize.

“It was great to get to know some of the team members we may not spend a lot of time with, while also learning  and having fun with the rich history Duke Raleigh Hospital has created within our community,” said Adam Tabor, Assistant Director Human Resources Operations.

You can find a full list of the honorees below:

35 Years

  • Linda Lloyd, Macon Pond Radiation Oncology
  • Kimberly Hinton, Cardia Cath Lab

30 Years

  • Holly Deitzm 5th Floor Nursing
  • Mark Beautz, MRI
  • Cary Wright, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Jennifer Clark, Progressive Care Unit
  • Laura Rieh Morris, Surgery Administration
  • Susan Bruce, Cancer Center Administration
  • Dziep Nezarati, Endoscopy

25 Years

  • Leanne Edwards, Same-Day-Surgery
  • Denise Deycaza, ICU
  • Tina Brigman, 5th Floor Nursing
  • Cherly Wall, Case Management
  • Wendy Chrzan, Operating Room
  • Denise Privette, Human Resources

20 Years

  • Gareth Coleman, Materials
  • Tigist Gessesse, PACU
  • Konstantin Petrov, Endoscopy
  • Kathy Walton, ICU
  • Robert Wiese, Outpatient Rehab
  • Rebecca Flicker, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Jarrell Carson, Cat Scan
  • Maria Teresa Escala, Central Telemetry
  • Denise Jacobs, Finance
  • Babou Touray, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Lou Pue, Pain Clinic
  • Elaine Simmons, Endoscopy
  • Pamela Taylor, Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Robby Smith, Operating Room

15 Years

  • Kristen M. Davis, Radiation Oncology
  • Jennifer A. Prilliman, Operating Room
  • June Quin Lamasan, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Nancy Davis, Radiology Administration
  • Wanda Shade, 4th Floor Nursing
  • Mimi Matthys, Intensive Care Unit
  • Theresa Thomas, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Michelle McLeod, Outpatient Imaging
  • Phoutharack Schmidt, Outpatient Imaging
  • Karanja Njine, PACU
  • Stephen Fogle, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Marchetta Frasier, Operating Room
  • Linda Starkweather, Oncology
  • Dawn Sanger, Acute Care Rehab
  • Alexis Eaves, Macon Pond
  • Sharan Chambliss, Macon Pond
  • Trina Evans, Sterile Processing Unit
  • Lindsey Daniels, Medical Auditing
  • Jessica Ribar, Macon Pond
  • Aracelis De La Cruz, Environmental Services
  • Tonika Scarboro, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Denise Lush, Surgery Administration
  • Christy Taylor, Respiratory Therapy
  • Penny White, Outpatient Imaging
  • Paula Mayle, Operating Room
  • Gilbert Basco, Operating Room
  • Valerie Marshall, Pre-Admission Testing
  • Mary Planisek, Case Management
  • Teresa Stratton, Case Management
  • Chawanna Davis, Patient Transport
  • Janice Burnette, Neuro Step-down
  • Summer McLamb, Acute Care Rehab
  • Lori McNeil, DRAH Surgery Center
  • Pavla Stransky, Operating Room

10 Years

  • Deborah Thompson, Radiology Administration
  • Glenda Garcia, Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Mark Hill, Emergency Department Physicians
  • Susan James, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Gena Farris, Acute Care Rehab
  • Donna Krupa, Radiation Oncology
  • Penny Stephens, Materials Management
  • Michelle Stell, Wound Healing Center
  • Michelle Pleasant, Emergency Department Physicians
  • Lee Craddock, Radiology Administration
  • Dawn Dolby, Progressive Care Unit
  • Denise Gold, Acute Care Rehab
  • Susana  Guzman Camacho, Operating Room
  • Timothy Plonk, Emergency Department Physicians
  • Peter Berry, Nursing Administration
  • Brenda Murdough, Same Day Surgery
  • Chris Chavis, Case Management
  • Sharon  Page, Disease Management
  • Elisha Fisher-Streno, DRAH DCC Offsite Administration
  • Vincent Simpson, Dietary
  • Maria Sealey, DRAH Advanced Clinical Practioners
  • Michelle Ray, Same Day Surgery
  • Peggy Mills, Operating Room
  • Michelle Gearheart, Neuro Diagnostics
  • Laura Griggs, Same Day Surgery
  • Emily Fite, Pain Clinic
  • Latonya Jamison, Outpatient Rehab – Heritage
  • Erin Freeman, Radiology Nursing
  • Cathleen Moore, Sterile Processing Unit
  • Ya Fatou Sillah, Progressive Care Unit
  • Donald Haun, Radiology Administration
  • Laura Townsend-Isaiah, Human Resources
  • Brian Moyles, Cat Scan
  • Shaunika Brooks, Hematology Oncology-infusion
  • Lennette McFadden, Coffee Bar
  • Eric Chu, Hospitalist
  • Lauren Griffin, Hospitalist
  • Onelia Jose, Operating Room
  • Heather Batchelor, Neuro Diagnostics
  • Erin McKenzie, Human Resources
  • Jed Gudzinas, Emergency Department
  • Melia Kalsbeek, Intensive Care Unit
  • Jeri Eckel, Pain Clinic
  • Sydney Cowart, 4th Floor Nursing
  • Frances Kochis, Volunteer Services
  • Seyed Shah, Cat Scan
  • James Taylor, MRI

5 Years

  • Scott Metzel, Cancer Center Administration
  • Tara Walczak-Daege, Surgery Administration
  • Dahsohm Baxley, DRAH Neuro Step-down
  • James Mathis, Intensive Care Unit
  • Molly McLean, PACU
  • Angela Crews, Emergency Department
  • Melissa Valenti, PACU
  • Julia Loehr, Neuro Diagnostics
  • Cherie Hubbard, Emergency Department
  • Benjamin Barry, Intensive Care Unit
  • Marissa Ragonesi, Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Bobbi Cox, Operating Room
  • Christine Barnes, Nursing Administration
  • Lynnetta Shoop, Advanced Clinical Practioners
  • Michelle Worthington, Intensive Care Unit
  • Sylvia McCauley, Surgery Administration
  • Terrence Anderson, Materials Management
  • Haley Leclair, Emergency Department
  • Sarah Brady, Operating Room
  • Camille Fletcher, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Susan Krzykowski, Case Management
  • Kyle Davidson, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Ashley Sumner, Intensive Care Unit
  • Jennifer Martin, Ultrasound
  • Victoria Dorr, Hospitalist
  • Elyse Taylor, Macon Pond
  • Danielle Abbruscato, MRI
  • Anthony Frevele, Heritage
  • Crystal Crabtree, Radiation Oncology
  • Laura Holland, Hospitalist
  • Ronald  Pegues, Customer Service
  • Carrie Rodriguez, Progressive Care Unit
  • Laura Ciompi, Hospitalist
  • Allison Young, Radiation Oncology
  • Harvey Bogard, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Esly Melgar Nunez, Environmental Services
  • Jessie Perry, Ultrasound
  • Kristina Williams, 3rd Floor Nursing
  • Robyn McMorrine, Operating Room
  • Janis Koch, Progressive Care Unit
  • Lisa Himmelberger, Emergency Department
  • Christine Vista, 4th Floor Nursing
  • Nicole Grey, Ultrasound
  • Anthony Prefa, Sterile Processing Unit
  • Ifeoma Ben-Okororie, 5th Floor Nursing
  • Joanne Boone, Macon Pond
  • Dawn Pretlow, Anesthesia
  • Thomas Murdy, Outpatient Rehab – Apex
  • Johnette Crockett, Cat Scan
  • Elaine Roston, Symptom Management Clinic
  • Alyssa Ritter, Macon Pond
  • Nancy Garcia Granados, 5th Floor Nursing
  • Veronica Lommatzsch, Emergency Department
  • Ashley Barry, Regulatory Affairs
  • Leigh Caryll, Radiation Oncology
  • Shennita Finney, Progressive Care Unit
  • Allison Smith, Acute Care Rehab
  • Kelsey Seidl, 5th Floor Nursing
  • Donna Healy, Cat Scan
  • Elizabeth Babin, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • James Sciortino, Operating Room
  • Arielle Simoes, Operating Room
  • Johanna Casey, Intensive Care Unit
  • Ingrid Rowe, Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Julia Donovan, 5th Floor Nursing
  • Kenyatta Beale, Emergency Department
  • Donte Saucillo, Progressive Care Unit
  • Colleen Sparrow, Outpatient Rehab – Midtown
  • Kirstin Sparrow, Outpatient Rehab – Mob 7
  • Nicholas Grasso, PACU
  • Vereterrica Rushdan, Hematology Oncology
  • Russell Williams, Anesthesia
  • Jason Raper, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Christina Daniels Dickerson, Sterile Processing Unit
  • Querida Davis, Hematology Oncology
  • Rachel Blackwood, Acute Care Rehab
  • Thomas Bodette, Materials Management
  • Tiffany Bruce, Macon Pond
  • John Kimbrough, Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Kimberly Mann, Midtown
  • Nancy Plante, Operating Room

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 22, 2020

Garst Earns Lung Cancer Hero Award

Jennifer L. Garst, MD, a thoracic medical oncologist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh and professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, has been named a Lung Cancer Hero by CURE Media Group. The group’s inaugural 2020 Lung Cancer Heroes™ awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those affected by lung cancer. This year the group is bestowing this honor on four individuals.

As a lung cancer specialist, Garst has provided extraordinary cancer care, and, as a tireless advocate for her patients, she has made significant lasting contributions to the lung cancer advocacy community. She is the founder and current board chair of the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) of North Carolina and was the founding chair of LCI’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Garst has numerous publications, including 42 peer-reviewed journals, eight non-refereed, one book chapter and more than 30 published scientific reviews and selected abstracts.

Garst will be celebrated at a virtual ceremony 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, in conjunction with IASLC 2020 North America Conference on Lung Cancer, a worldwide virtual event taking place October 16-17.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 22, 2020

Duke Raleigh Hospital Among Sponsors of LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration

Duke Raleigh Hospital is the Survivor, Families & Friends sponsor for this year’s Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Triangle LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration. The week-long event, virtual this year, kicks off on Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m. on LCI’s Facebook page. Walkers/runners may start and complete their walk anytime between September 26 and October 3.

A  week of virtual special events — including gardening tips, yoga, cooking class, and game night — will also be held during this period, culminating in a virtual wrap-up to celebrate the event’s success on Saturday, October 3.

Registration this year is free. Survivors will receive a free survivor shirt. All other LUNGe Forward participants will be asked to raise or donate $50 to be eligible to receive a t-shirt after the event.

Learn more about the events planned September 26 to October 3.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 18, 2020

Wellness Mondays E-mails Keep Team Connected


Duke Raleigh Hospital Case Management team members pose for a photo pre-COVID-19.

Foods to boost your mood. Stretches to unwind before bed. And the benefits of a routine.

Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Department of Case Management needed to look no further than their inbox for tips on self-care during COVID-19. That’s because Case Manager Sufanna Bernarduci, LCSW, ACM-SW, created the Wellness Mondays initiative to connect her colleagues working onsite and from home.

“I wanted to introduce ways of finding balance, nourishing the soul and exhaling things that are out of our control,” said Bernarduci. “The Case Management team is the eyes and ears behind the scenes, making sure patients have a smooth transition for their discharge disposition or assistance with end-of-life decisions. It’s easy to feel burned out. I wanted us to be able to come together and cope in a healthy way.”

And Bernarduci looked for ways to support her coworkers’ physical and mental health. Physical Therapist Denise Gold provided ergonomic guidance for the home office and tips on stretching. Clinical Dietitian Caitlin Schryver shared what foods to eat before bed to support a good night’s sleep. And Case Management Utilization Manager Kenya Lofton, BSN, RN, attended a diversity training and offered opportunities for her colleagues to learn more through Ted Talks, a podcast and an implicit bias test.

“Wellness Mondays is such a thoughtful and creative idea to remind us to take a moment for ourselves,” Lofton said.

Lofton was one of the many team members who submitted a picture for inclusion in a photo montage Bernarduci produced and set to music. It gave the group a chance to celebrate milestones from weddings to graduations and share their journeys since COVID-19 has separated their department with some team members working remotely since March while the Inpatient Case Management team continues to work on the front line.

“I’m grateful for Sufanna for recognizing this tough time and how we need to take care of each other,” said Case Management Director Karen Preston, MHA, BSN, RN, ACM-RN. “Supporting team members is one of Sufanna’s gifts. She lives Duke’s values.”​

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 18, 2020

Landscaping Work will Block Sidewalks, Create Brief Traffic Delays This Weekend

Work to trim large trees on our Duke Raleigh Hospital campus will cause some disruptions to sidewalk travel and traffic flow over the weekend.

Saturday, September 19

Traffic will be unable to enter the P2 Parking Garage from Wake Forest Road 7:30 a.m. -8:15 a.m. as branches are trimmed on the tree directly next to the garage by Wake Forest Road. During this time visitors that need to enter the garage should use the second entrance. Continue past Medical Office Building 7 (3404 Wake Forest Road) and enter to the left.  

Visitors parking in the P2 Parking Garage, please use the sidewalk nearest to the garage to access the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building 7 and walk left through the traffic circle to access the main hospital entrance. This pedestrian path detour will last until noon.

Additional trimming work will take place near the P1 Parking Garage and Medical Office Building 6 (3320 Wake Forest Road) in the afternoon. Team members and patients in Medical Office Building 6 should use the side entrance to access the facility.

Sunday, September 20

Tree trimming will take place in the traffic circle at the front of the main hospital entrance from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Sunday. Expect brief delays as a flagger stops traffic as limbs are removed from trees.

For team members and visitors parking in the P2 Parking Garage, please use the sidewalk nearest to the garage to access the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building 7 and walk left through the traffic circle to access the main hospital entrance. This pedestrian path detour will last until noon.

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