Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 29, 2020

New Clinic Opens to Care for Older Surgical Patients

On Monday, June 1, the Duke Raleigh Hospital Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) Clinic will open in Medical Office Building 9 (3300 Executive Drive, Suite 301).

Older adults can be more at risk for certain complications during and after surgery because they are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and memory or hearing loss that place extra stress on their bodies. An appointment with the POSH Clinic at Duke Raleigh Hospital before surgery allows older adults scheduled for surgery to work together with a team of doctors to find out how to best optimize their health for successful surgery and recovery afterward.

The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Interested patients should ask their surgeon for a referral appointment to the clinic.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 29, 2020

Celebrating our Graduating Team Members

All of us at Duke Raleigh Hospital are so proud of our team members who have recently graduated, or are graduating this summer. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring. Learn more about those graduates and enjoy this short congratulatory message from several Duke Raleigh Hospital leaders.

In May, Duke Raleigh Hospital team members honored the hard work and dedication of the nursing class of 2020 by lining the main hospital hallway and applauding them as they walked to their virtual pinning ceremony. Family members, colleagues and educators were invited to watch the ceremony virtually.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 27, 2020

Quick Thinking gets Singer’s Heart Back to a Normal Rhythm

Todd Berger’s colleagues gave him a Good Catch Award. From left to right: Physical therapist Colleen Sparrow, the patient, clinical service coordinator Linda Patrikios, exercise specialist Todd Berger, HR assistant director Adam Tabor, clinical dietician Ellen Michal and administrative director for outpatient ambulatory services Andrea Layton. Photo taken in early February, prior to the COVID-19 response.

Exercise specialist Todd Berger credits his training in cardiac stress tests and a shared love of music in helping him connect with and identify a patient with suspected atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Berger works with patients who have graduated from outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation at Duke Specialty Rehabilitation Services Midtown, part of Duke Raleigh Hospital. Many of the patients continue to exercise at the facility, allowing Berger to get to know them. He and this particular patient developed a bond over music since the patient is a former singer and Berger plays the drums. This friendship helped Berger put the patient at ease after a routine, pre-workout blood pressure check sounded irregular.

Berger, who ran exercise stress tests when he worked in Massachusetts, palpated the patient’s pulse and then used a defibrillator/monitor to check the intermittent heart rhythm. The irregularity pointed to AFib, a heart arrhythmia that can cause blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

“He mentioned he was feeling more out of breath than usual,” Berger said. “But because he has lung disease, he was attributing his shortness of breath to that, not realizing something else was going on, too.”

Berger had nurse Joanne Holowecki, RN, also examine the patient. With their encouragement, the patient alerted his primary care physician and then saw cardiologist Stephen Robinson, MD. Robinson confirmed the AFib diagnosis. The patient is now being treated and monitored. He’s also back exercising and discussing his love of music with Berger.

“In this scenario, his heart was beating to a bit of a different drummer,” Berger said. “It’s great to have him back in a regular rhythm, keeping time.”​

–By Morag MacLachlan

The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh sent drawings and notes of encouragement to the team at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is incredibly grateful for the numerous displays of support from our community during the COVID-19 response, including meal donations, first responder salutes, chalk art and more. You can find more of those displays below.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 21, 2020

Memorial Holiday Closures and Adjusted Hours

The following Duke Raleigh Hospital clinics and services will have scheduled changes in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

Adjusted Hours for May 25

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

Coffee Shop Hours
9 a.m. –3 p.m.

Service Closures for May 25

*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 Monday, May 25. This clinic is only for scheduled appointments for Duke Cancer Institute patients in Wake County. Patients in need of an appointment should call 919-862-5400.

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