Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | December 4, 2019

Wilcox Named DCI Superstar

Congratulations to our own Brenda Wilcox who was one of three team members to earn a 2019 Duke Cancer Institute Superstar Award.

Alicia Johnson, FNP-C, Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh, nominated Brenda Wilcox, RN, clinical nurse specialist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh.

“As the first patient navigator at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, Brenda has been a change leader, mentor and an invaluable member of the DCI community,” penned Johnson, who won a DCI Superstar award last year. “Brenda is committed to personal and professional growth, which has enabled her to climb the ranks. She inspires others to grow and strive for excellence in patient care.”

Johnson went on to note that Wilcox recognizes the unique barriers to patient care and navigates these diligently to ensure that transitions in care are seamless.

Read about the other two awardees.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Hours and Closures

Visitors to Duke Raleigh Hospital should be aware of our holiday closures and operating hours.

  • Cafe: 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on November 28.
  • Coffee Shop: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 28.
  • Guilded Lily Gift Shop: Closed November 28 and 29.
  • Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh Boutique: Noon closure on November 27. It will remain closed on November 28 and November 29.
Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 20, 2019

Visitor Badges Required in Emergency Department

Beginning at noon on November 21, guests of patients to Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Emergency Department must sign in to our new visitor management system.

Front desk team members will utilize an iPad to scan guest’s driver’s license to capture their name, or allow them to fill in the information themselves, to create a badge sticker. After 12 hours, the sticker will fade to the word “VOID” and the guest will be required to revisit the front desk, if necessary, for a new badge.

This change allows our team members to better track guests and patients waiting for care.

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.

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