Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 14, 2021

Good Doctor Helps Pen TV Episode

Surgeon Oren Gottfried is a medical consultant for the writers on the ABC show “The Good Doctor” and recently helped write an episode. In this episode, his hands can be seen demonstrating a spinal procedure on the screen in the background. ​

In 2010 Oren Gottfried, MD, FAANS, FACS, Duke Health neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, received a call from a television writer that wanted help addressing the medical aspects of a script. This opportunity eventually led to Gottfried becoming a medical consultant on a number of shows. ​

“After a while, I started pitching story ideas to the writers,” said Gottfried. “Naturally, when I was pitching ideas and then they were used as part of an episode, it made me want to take in the whole process. I wanted to help write an episode.”

Gottfried started working on “The Good Doctor” at the end of the show’s first season as a medical consultant for the writers. Recently his wish of writing an episode came true when an episode he wrote with two other writers called “Waiting” aired on April 26, 2021. The episode centers around the physicians treating two boys shot at a political protest while their moms in the waiting room are on opposite sides of the issue.

When asked how he came up with the idea, Gottfried said, “It was a group effort with the writers but right now,​ no matter what news network you turn on, there are people on opposing sides of issues. However, the common denominator is that we are all human and we care about our families. A bad experience is bad no matter what side of an issue you’re on. Two people can be more similar than different.”

The injuries the characters suffered, their treatments and the story were created throug​h Gottfried’s and the other two writers’ imagination, not through any actual patient encounters.

“I draw from my knowledge of medicine and the emotional struggle of how we relate to one another,” said Gottfried. “I never draw from my real-life experiences with patients.”

Gottfried liked writing for the show, but don’t expect him to hang up his white coat anytime soon.

“I enjoyed the collaboration and process of writing this episode,” said Gottfried. “I got to work with two executive producers who are leaders in their field and I appreciate them allowing me to jump in and learn how it all works, but patient care and improving the lives of my patients is still my passion.”​

–By Mary Kate Llamas

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 9, 2021

Duke Raleigh Hospital Holds South Pavilion Grand Opening Ceremony

Watch the recording of the July 8 Grand Opening Ceremony.

Duke Raleigh Hospital celebrated the opening of its South Pavilion on July 8. 

The nearly $196 million dollar project – which includes renovations to the hospital’s existing bed tower – is Duke Health’s largest investment in Wake County to date. The South Pavilion features 92 single-occupancy patient rooms, nine state-of-the-art operating suites and a new kitchen and café for patients and visitors.

“The newly completed South Pavilion adds space, not just for innovative care, but more room for families to be involved in the healing process during their stay,” said Leigh Bleecker, Duke Raleigh Hospital interim president. “This expansion brings us to 256 available beds in our facility — 186 licensed inpatient beds, plus 70 beds for observation and outpatient procedures. This total includes 28 ICU beds — an increase from the 15 we have today.”

The six-story South Pavilion compliments the hospital’s existing North Pavilion, which will be undergoing renovations in August to expand surgical areas, enhance the chapel and create a new corridor to link the two patient towers. 

Construction on the new, 210,200-square-foot South Pavilion building began in 2018 and was designed to enhance patient and visitor experiences during their stays. Patient rooms include separate sitting areas for families, and new waiting rooms on inpatient floors overlooking Wake Forest Road. 

Additionally, the new building incorporates art throughout, with a large, open lobby displaying work from local artists. The expanded café includes seating for nearly 200 guests and a menu featuring varied cuisines. An outdoor courtyard with dining areas, a tranquility garden and walking paths provides patients and visitors an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. 

With the new building and renovations in the North Pavilion, Duke Raleigh Hospital will have a new unified front entrance off Wake Forest Road in 2022.

“The building projects at Duke Raleigh Hospital – including construction of the South Pavilion bed tower and the upcoming renovations to the North Pavilion – represent the strength of our commitment to Wake County and the communities we serve,” said William Fulkerson, M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System. “These projects are designed with careful attention to meeting the health and wellness needs of our patients, visitors and staff — both now and into the future.” 

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 8, 2021

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s South Pavilion

On July 8, 2021 Duke Raleigh Hospital officially opened the South Pavilion, an extension of the existing hospital—the North Pavilion. The multi-million dollar project allows the Duke Raleigh Hospital to make the necessary advancements for our patients, their loved ones, and each other as our community grows and its health needs evolve.

To mark the grand opening, Duke Raleigh Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Interim President Leigh Bleecker opened the ceremony, and Rev. Adrian Dixon, Director Chaplain Services & Education, blessed the space. Then, seven of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s most tenured team members, touching services across the hospital, cut the ribbon. Preeti Gundecha represented Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

You can watch the full ribbon cutting ceremony on Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Facebook page and learn more about the team members below.

Linda O’Neal

Linda O’Neal | Pharmacy Tech II | 42 Years

  • What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • I came to Duke Raleigh because I was seeking a job as a Pharmacy Tech. There was a position open the day I applied and I was given the job the same day.
  • What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • My favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital is that I have learned so much about health care and I like the fact that what I do makes an impact on patients and their wellbeing.
  • What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    • The thing that excites me about the South Pavilion is how all the new rooms and services will make us an even better place to get care and give care.
Wilbert Moore

Wilbert Moore | Surgical Attendant | 38 Years

  • What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • I started working at Duke Raleigh Hospital May 23, 1983. At the time I was looking for something different and new.
  • What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • My favorite part of working at Duke Raleigh Hospital is the people I work with, the feeling of family and the care that we give together.
  • What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    • I am most excited about seeing the future unfold in our new state-of-the-art operating rooms.

Kimberly Hinton

Kimberly Hinton | Cardiovascular/EP Invasive Specialist | 36 Years

  • What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • I came to what was Raleigh Community Hospital at the time from another hospital in Tarboro. My husband and I had just gotten married in Wilson, and since he was from Raleigh, we decided we wanted to live here instead of Wilson.
  • What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    • The best part of working at Duke Raleigh Hospital is definitely the people! I work with the very best physicians and nurses and techs and entire team! I have made some of my best of friends here. I have lost some great friends as well. I would not have stayed this long if it wasn’t for the people I work with. To be able to work with teams who honestly care about the welfare and safety of the patient is just such an honor! There is so much compassion! The people I work with are my family, not just co-workers.
  • What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    • To be honest, I’m most excited about the bigger elevators and the new cafeteria.
Bobby Leach

Bobby Leach | Supply Chain Associate | 33 Years

  1. What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    1. My mom worked at a hospital and she wanted one of the seven children to also work at a hospital, so I was the one to do so.
  2. What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    1. Working with the entire Duke family and making sure every department gets the supplies they need every day.
  3. What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    1. The new, larger loading dock in the big beautiful building.
Shannon Clifton

Shannon Clifton | Assistant Director, Engineering | 32 Years

  1. What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    1. After graduating from a technical community college, I worked in a manufacturing setting. I felt like there was not much to learn in that setting, and I was bored. I wanted to find a place to learn and grow and I thought a hospital would be interesting, and I’m still learning new technology daily. I started as a HVAC/Boiler Tech in 1989 and worked my way up to Assistant Director of Engineering.
  2. What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?   
    1. We still have that small hospital feel even though we continue to grow. We know everyone by their first name and work well together.
  3. What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    1. There is a lot of new equipment to learn, new processes to create. We built a new Central Utility Plant, with new controls for our whole department to learn and make it our own. This will be a fresh start with some of the systems that keep the hospital going.
Angela McClendon

Angela McClendon | Clinical Lead RN, PACU | 31 Years

  1. What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    1. My family located back to Raleigh from Atlanta in 1989. When we returned, I applied for a position in PACU at what was then Raleigh Community Hospital. There were no openings so I accepted a position in Telemetry which was on the 4th floor at that time.  Within 3 months, PACU had an opening and I was chosen. The unit expanded from 8 spaces to 18.  I worked as a staff PACU nurse for about 10 years and then was asked to be the Clinical Lead.
  2. What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?             
    1. My favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital is caring for the patients and working with a great team of people. The Administrative personnel come by the department each day to make sure your day is going well and make sure you have what you need to safely care for patients.
  3. What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    1. I am most excited about the space and new rooms in the South Pavilion as well as the added privacy.
Cary Wright

Cary Wright | Nurse Manager, Operations | 30 Years

  1. What brought you to Duke Health/Duke Raleigh Hospital?
    1. I originally was recruited to Duke University Hospital as a Pharmacy Technician. I relocated to Duke Raleigh Hospital about 10 years ago. My family relocated to Zebulon and I wanted to stay in the Duke University Health System.
  2. What is your favorite part about working at Duke Raleigh Hospital?             
    1. My favorite part of working at Duke Raleigh Hospital is the closeness of all of the people that work here.
  3. What are you most excited about with the South Pavilion expansion?
    1. I am most excited about the enhanced quality of care we will be able to provide to our patients and their families.
Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | June 29, 2021

Independence Day Service Changes

The following Duke Raleigh Hospital clinics and services will have scheduled changes in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

Adjusted Hours

Café Hours for Monday, July 5
7:30–10 a.m. Breakfast
11 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch
4:30–8 p.m. Dinner
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Grab & Go

Coffee Shop Hours for Monday, July 5
9 a.m. –3 p.m.

Service Closures for Monday, July 5

*The Symptom Management Clinic, a resource for symptom management to help minimize cancer patients’ use of the Emergency Department for care, will be open at 3404 Wake Forest Road (Medical Office Building 7) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, July 2, to Monday, July 5, by appointment for our Wake County cancer patients. Patients in need of an appointment should call 919-862-5400.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | June 25, 2021

New Virtual Mindfulness Classes Available at No-Cost

Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to manage the stress that can accompany a life with and after cancer. To assist cancer patients and their caregivers in developing mindfulness tools, the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program will offer no-cost virtual sessions that teach mind and body approaches to coping with cancer.

These sessions begin July 14 with a virtual offering from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Additional sessions continue at the same time every second and fourth Wednesday beginning August 11.

These mindfulness sessions allow participants to practice present moment awareness by focusing on one of seven essential attitudes for mindfulness practice:  1) non-judging, 2) patience, 3) beginner’s mind, 4) trust, 5) non-striving, 6) acceptance, and 7) letting go. Through the focus on the breath and the present moment, patients and their caregivers will learn to discover ways to find within themselves the ability to respond, rather than react to life’s stressors.

Developing a mindfulness practice has been shown to assist people with finding increased happiness, joy and meaning in their lives while also providing an increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.

Registration is required. E-mail Tracy.Berger@duke.edu or call 919.681.6835 to sign up.

This program is funded by the Duke Raleigh Hospital Guild.

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