Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | October 5, 2021

Exhibit Showcases Team Member Photography

Lining the main hallway of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s North Pavilion are 15 photographs depicting scenes all over the world. One captures two blue footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands; another shows a sea lion on a La Jolla, California beach.

The photography exhibit by Duke Raleigh Hospital team members—In Our View: Inspiration for the Journey—is part of the hospital’s Arts & Health Program.

“In Our View: Inspiration for the Journey aligns with our mission for the future of Duke Raleigh Hospital,” said Leigh Bleecker, Duke Raleigh Hospital Interim President. “A future that not only makes our space more inviting, but, we believe, will improve the well-being our patients, their loved ones and our team members.”

Bill Xie, MD, Ph.D., a senior pathologist, took his photo of the blooming Winston Salem lotus on a trip with his wife.

“The world is beautiful and constantly changing,” Xie said. “Photography can record and magnify the beauty of the world.”

For zone mechanic Kurt Rohlmann, the photographs he takes are actually an inspiration for more art. Rohlmann often takes candid photos of animals, like the sea lions in La Jolla, California, then uses the photos as references for pencil and ink drawings.

“I fancy myself an artist,” Rohlmann said, “but I’ve never submitted any of my work into a contest, so this is truly an honor.”

Natalie Hahn, a nursing assistant at Duke Raleigh Hospital, says she loves taking photographs of nature to help her remember the trips she takes. She captured, ‘Cactus Flower’ while visiting her grandparents in Arizona.

“Having my photo displayed in the hospital is a huge honor,” Hahn said. “Knowing people will walk by it every day and be able to marvel at the beauty of nature alongside me is amazing.”

You can find this exhibit in the main hallway of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s North Pavilion beginning October 1.

About Arts & Health at Duke Raleigh Hospital | DukeHealth.org/DRAHArts

Duke Raleigh Hospital aspires to improve health and inspire patients and their loved ones by integrating the arts into healing. The hospital hosts live harp performances from 9 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in lobbies and on patient floors. Several regional artists also have works on display in throughout the newly constructed South Pavilion and in the future, Duke Raleigh Hospital plans to begin distributing custom-designed coloring books for patients.


Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 23, 2021

Awards Honor Nurses’ Commitment to Patients and their Loved Ones

Duke Raleigh Hospital Progressive Care Unit celebrating DAISY winner and nominees.
Duke Raleigh Hospital Progressive Care Unit

Nursing team members at Duke Raleigh Hospital were recently honored for their commitment to giving exceptional care.

Cassandra Alford, RN, who has cared for COVID-19 patients for much of the last year, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing.

Cassandra Alford, RN
Roy Hudson, DNP, BS, RN, NEA-BC, FABC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer | Cassandra Alford, RN | Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer

By her award nominator, Alford was praised for her ability to make medical information clearer and provide the compassionate care that puts patients’ families at ease.  


“[Cassandra] explained lab results, vitals, medication, everything and she did it in a way we understood,” the nominator wrote. “I felt more than comfortable leaving my mom in Cassie’s excellent care. She is a keeper!”

Roy Hudson, DNP, BS, RN, NEA-BC, FABC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer | Jackie Whitaker | Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer

The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes those in the profession who go above and beyond and make a difference in the experiences of patients and their families.

“These two team members exemplify what it means to be a Duke Raleigh Hospital nurse,” said Chief Nursing Officer Priscilla Ramseur. “Their care for our patients and our patients’ loved ones is an inspiration to our entire team.”

In addition to Alford’s DAISY Award, Jackie Whitaker, a nursing care assistant on the Progressive Care Unit was presented with the Caring Award honoring nursing assistants. Jackie’s nominator praised her as “by far the best nursing assistant I have had,” they wrote. “She is an example of how to do the job and sets the bar high.”


Know a Nurse Deserving of an Award?

Registered Nurses, LPNs, and Advanced Practice Nurses can be nominated by patients and family members who receive or observe extraordinary and compassionate care being provided by a Duke nurse.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 13, 2021

Duke Raleigh Hospital Nurses Recognized with Great 100 Honor

Four Duke Raleigh Hospital nurses were recognized as Great 100 Nurses , an honor bestowed to registered nurses in North Carolina for their commitment to excellence, community involvement, and dedication to the nursing profession.

These nurses, who are nominated by their peers, are among the 11 nurses that earned this award from across Duke Health. 

Meet these four Duke Raleigh Hospital nurses and read the words their peers shared about them.

Jacqueline Alder, RN
Clinical Nurse II, Progressive Care Unit
Peer nominator comments: “I have personally seen her take care of every patient as I would take care of my family.”
“She is never hesitant to ask for assistance in a collaborative, professional and concerning manner; she is always candid about what she knows; she is ever willing to learn more; and, in the end, she holds herself accountable.”
Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Peer nominator comments: “She takes the time to mentor, coach and simply check-in with frontline staff … She embodies the human side to nursing, she genuinely cares, she genuinely shows interest, and she genuinely wants us to succeed.”
“Employees readily engage with her because she genuinely considers their personal and professional needs first. With that foundation, individuals feel safe calling out issues, and teams focus on finding solutions, not placing blame.”

Michelle Ray, RN
Clinical Nurse II, Duke Raleigh Hospital Surgery Center
Peer nominator comments: “Throughout the day, this nurse radiates with positive energy and displays kindness toward the peers, patients and families that she serves… No matter what she is faced with, or what kind of day she is having, she will find the brightest moment of the day and reflect on it and pass it along to others.”
“This preceptor and mentor takes others under her wing, and when she is training the next generation of nurses, she instills in each one precious nuggets of wisdom that she has acquired across a 36-year nursing career.”
Brenda Wilcox, MSN, RN, AOCNS, AGCNS-BC
Nurse Navigator, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh
Peer nominator comments: “I can’t imagine this clinic without her. Her attention to every detail, her calm demeanor and her strong desire to help others make this clinic run smoothly week after week. She is the glue that holds it all together.” 
“She is superb liaison between staff and patients, spending countless hours on the phone helping patients get in touch with the appropriate person who can help them with their needs. Her nurturing nature helps to put scared patients at ease.”

The nurses named to the Great 100 are recognized at an annual gala event, which is scheduled for October 9 at the Greenville Convention Center. You can find information on all of the Great 100 Nurse recipients at Great100.org.


Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 7, 2021

Team Taps Artistic Side to Raise Money for Cancer Walk

Duke Cancer Center Raleigh embraced the skills of the team members to raise money and awareness in the fight against lung cancer in a unique way. The team hosted a Virtual Art Gala Fundraiser on Friday, September 3 featuring several works of art from members of the Duke Raleigh Hospital team. All donated pieces were auctioned off, raising a total of $2,220 for Team Duke PNEUMO-Uno in the Lung Cancer Initative of North Carolina’s 15th annual Triangle LUNGe Forward 2 Mile Walk & Celebration.

Jessica Beck, a thoracic nurse navigator at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh also donated to the virtual auction, including a sweater she crocheted. “I find joy in making and giving something to others as a way to show how much I care for them,” Beck shared.

Learn more about and support Team Duke PNEUMO-Uno, led by Jennifer Garst, MD, Medical Oncologist and lung cancer specialist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh who is the founder and current board chair of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina that sponsors the walk.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the Triangle LUNGe Forward 2 Mile Walk and Celebration.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 2, 2021

Team Member Art Auction to Raise Money for Lung Cancer Walk

Duke Cancer Center Raleigh is tapping into team members’ artistic side to raise money and awareness in the fight against lung cancer. The team is hosting a Virtual Art Gala Fundraiser on Friday, September 3, featuring several works of art from members of the Duke Raleigh Hospital team. The proceeds will benefit Team Duke PNEUMO-Uno in the Lung Cancer Initative of North Carolina’s 15th annual Triangle LUNGe Forward 2 Mile Walk & Celebration.

Bethany Norris, RN, an infusion nurse at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh will be walking in the LUNGe Forward event September 18, dressed in a tutu as ‘In-Haley.’ Norris donated a hand painted piece that’s among those up for auction on September 3.

“This particular piece means a lot to me because I have been having a hard time coping with anxiety recently with everything going on the world,” Norris shared. “I love water features and creating this piece helped me remember, if only for a few hours, how beautiful the world can be.”

Neeraj Agrawal, MD

Neeraj Agrawal, MD, director of Medical Oncology for Duke Cancer Institute in Wake County, has seven paintings featured in the fundraiser. Dr. Agrawal, whose paintings adorn his office and several hallways throughout Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, says the sunrises, sunsets and seasons inspire his art. He likes painting nature and landscapes as a way to relax.

“We were trying to think of a unique way to fundraise amid COVID-19 and I’ve been seeing Dr. Agrawal’s art around the clinic,” said Stephanie Roberson, Patient Service Associate at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, who came up with the idea for the art auction. “He was kind enough to donate a few pieces and the rest fell into place.”

In addition to the painting by Norris and the nature scenes created by Dr. Agrawal, those who participate in the Virtual Art Gala Fundraiser can bid on tickets to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Charlotte, a hand poured painting and two crocheted pieces from Jessica Beck, a nurse navigator at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh a hand welded lamp from internationally known artist and sculptor, Sam Spiczka, and a handmade clay mug made by artist Summer Balcom.

Duke team members can register for the Virtual Art Gala here, non-Duke team members can participate by registering here. Learn more about and support Team Duke PNEUMO-Uno, led by Jennifer Garst, MD, Medical Oncologist and lung cancer specialist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh who is the founder and current board chair of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina that sponsors the walk.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the Triangle LUNGe Forward 2 Mile Walk and Celebration.

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