Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 15, 2019

Dr. Erica Taylor Will Always Save You a Seat at the Table

What does it mean to “live” a value? Basically, it’s about walking the talk.

It means identifying what values resonate with you, and caring so much that you’re willing to do whatever you can to help make them more present in the world. For Dr. Erica Taylor, those deeply held values are leadership, diversity, and inclusion.

It’s a natural affinity, given her history as a trailblazer in her field. As an engaged Duke faculty member and orthopaedic hand surgeon at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Dr. Taylor is part of a practicing specialty that is only 5.8% female and 1.9% African-American.  She honors her mentors by lighting the way for others following her lead. In her roles as Duke Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Director and the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. Taylor takes a stand for the notion that anyone who wants a seat at the table should have one.

“There is real power in relationships and personal interactions. It is important that no one sits against the wall in meetings and that everyone comes to the table,” she said. “Everyone should have a say. Great leaders helped me to realize the value in my own voice.”

Whether integrating patient care across specialties or working to improve the efficiency and quality of inpatient operating room care, Dr. Taylor’s leadership style crosses boundaries to be collaborative and welcoming.

She also keeps an eye out for future generations, working with the Duke School of Medicine Inclusion Council to share best practices across the various departments. Within her own department, she creates and executes workshops for young students who are interested in careers in orthopaedics. 

“I define mentorship as making an investment in the success of another,” she says. “Through our programs and recruitment efforts, we facilitate networking experiences for students who may not have otherwise been exposed to orthopedic surgery, which we know leads to underrepresentation in our workforce. Again, it’s about bringing more people, and more diverse perspectives, to the table.”

On top of her busy career and commitment to mentoring, Dr. Taylor is also pursuing her MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, which has broadened her perspective on strategic leadership. She’s one of five surgeons in a class of 174. When not at school, business meetings, the operating room or mentoring others, Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time meeting new people, enjoying action movies, and cheering at football games with her husband and their three young daughters.  

“If you think about the acronym that sums up our health system values, TIDES,” she says, “it’s great that diversity is right there at the center. It really is foundational. When we embrace differences among people, and make sure everyone has a seat and a voice at the table, we can achieve so much more. And that’s excellent news for our patients, who want their care to be within a culture of inclusive excellence.”

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 11, 2019

Honoring Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Military Veterans

Veteran’s Day provides an opportunity for each of us to reflect and show our gratitude to the women and men who have risked their lives to defend our nation’s independence, and through them our freedom as individual Americans.

Duke Raleigh Hospital sends a special thanks to all our team members who are veterans and their loved ones who are veterans or in active duty. We honor you today and every day. You have our respect and gratitude.

View a gallery of Duke Raleigh Hospital team members from their time in the military.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 8, 2019

Summer Meals Program Wins State-Wide Honors

Duke Raleigh Hospital earned two statewide honors from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for its summer nutrition program.

The hospital, which served as a sponsor of the North Carolina Summer Food Service Program for the first time this year, earned the NC Rising Star Award and a silver Turnip the Beet award. The awards honor programs who go above and beyond to ensure the meals served to children when school is out are both nutritious and appetizing.

“Through our summer meal program, we focused on providing as many fresh, nutritious offerings as possible daily,” said Neal Seigler, director of environmental and nutritional services at Duke Raleigh Hospital. “Providing nutritious meals and encouraging healthy habits at a young age can help make children more likely to succeed in the future.” 

From June to August, Duke Raleigh Hospital served nearly 700 weekday breakfasts and lunches to children 18 and under through the program.

Stacey Whitehead, a residential supporter with the group home Life Changes, brought children to lunch at the hospital most weekdays. Each day, he said, was a new food adventure.

“We scheduled appointments around lunch at Duke Raleigh Hospital, because the kids loved it,” Whitehead said. “They were introduced to things they had never seen before like salmon, zucchini, bok choy, corn pudding, falafel, and lemon caper couscous.”

Rosalind Blair Sanders, program coordinator with Beginning and Beyond Child Development, brought 24 six-to-11 year-old children for lunch on a Wednesday in August.

“The children were excited to come to the hospital and eat in the cafeteria,” said Sanders. “The staff educated the children about what made a balanced meal and everything was quite pleasing to the palette!”

In addition to serving the two meals on weekdays, Duke Raleigh Hospital offered educational activities for four weeks. These activities were led by hospital team members and others were run through a partnership with the Wake County AmeriCorps VISTAs Program.

Sanders group stayed for the activity—painting rocks for the KidsCan! Program, which helps children who have a parent with cancer—led by Hannah Sasser, Certified Child Life Specialist with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Sanders said the activity was inspiring and gave the children a chance to show off their creativity.

“We joined for lunch and left the hospital with messages of hope for other children,” Sanders said.

Duke Raleigh Hospital was honored with these two state-wide awards at the SummerPalooza! Summit in Greensboro October 24.  

–By Erin McKenzie

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 7, 2019


In honor of Marie Curie’s birthday, we support all the incredible women working in #RadOnc with photos of our own Duke Raleigh Hospital #WomenWhoCurie

The Leapfrog Group awarded top “A” grades to Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and Duke Regional Hospital on its Fall 2019 report card. This honorable distinction reflects the health system’s commitment to protecting patients and providing exceptional care.

Duke Raleigh Hospital has maintained an “A” safety grade since the fall of 2012 making it one of 53 nationwide and two in North Carolina to hold this record, according to Leapfrog.

“This honor reflects our vision to be the trusted leader in healthcare through outstanding quality and an unparalleled patient experience,” said Dr. David Zaas, president of Duke Raleigh Hospital. “I am proud to see our hospital maintain this longstanding record of safety and look forward to our continued focus on ensuring that our team members strive for excellence in every aspect of care delivery.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and other supplemental data sources to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“The safety of our patients and team is always our top priority, and this esteemed designation is yet another recognition of our commitment.” said Dr. William Fulkerson, executive vice president of Duke University Health System. “I thank our nurses, physicians and team members for their attention in keeping our patients safe and providing the highest quality care.”

Comparisons of hospital scores locally and nationally are available at

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