Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | December 19, 2019

Holiday Hours

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

  • Cafe: 7:30-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on December 25 and January 1.
  • Coffee Shop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 25 and January 1.
  • Guilded Lily Gift Shop: Closes at 3 p.m. December 24 and will reopen on December 27. Closed on January 1.
  • Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh Boutique: Closed December 24-25 and December 31-January 1.
Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | December 19, 2019

Hospital Providers Named 2019 Best Doctors

Several Duke Raleigh Hospital providers were named among the best doctors in North Carolina by Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. See who made the list of the 2019 Best Doctors, named best in their fields, from Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Mark Earl Leithe, MD
Duke Cardiology of Raleigh,
Cardiovascular Disease
Paula S. Lee, MD, MPH
Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jorge V. Obando, MD
Duke Gastroenterology of Raleigh
David C. White, MD
Duke Cancer Center Raleigh
Thoracic Surgery
W. Scott Griffies, MD, DFAPA
Duke Raleigh Hospital Psychiatry
Aaron C. Lentz, MD
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Christopher R. Watters, MD
Duke General Surgery of Raleigh
Samuel H. Eaton, MD
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | December 10, 2019

No Bones About it: Enhancing Teamwork through Fun, Creativity

Duke Raleigh Hospital’s orthopedics unit has a clinical team lead, Nicole Tarplee, who has changed the environment of the unit by going above and beyond for staff well-being. ©2019 Kevin Seifert Photography

Duke Raleigh Hospital’s orthopaedics and spine unit has welcomed a new and very fitting teammate that’s helping bring the team together. Skully McHumerus, a life-sized human skeleton model, has become the unit’s mascot.

Skully’s been embraced by staff, patients and visitors alike. The ‘bone’ child of Nicole Tarplee, BSN, RN, CNII, CMSRN, the clinical team lead for the unit, is dressed up once a month with different outfits and props by team members.

“I always look forward to Skully’s new outfits,” said Jazmin Laus, a nursing care assistant and health unit coordinator for the team. “It’s a great opportunity that brings us all together to express our creativity and participate in the fun of his outfit reveal.”

Tarplee has created several initiatives to bring the team together and enhance culture of the unit.  

To highlight team members, she created a photo collage in the shape of two hearts on one of the unit’s main hallways. The pictures feature a headshot of each team member with their name, along with group pictures and fun speech bubbles.

The mascot, Skully McHumerus, is a skeleton that team members take turns dressing up each month. They enjoy coming in to see what he is dressed as and being a part of the fun. ©2019 Kevin Seifert Photography

“I want everyone to be happy and feel valued,” said Tarplee. “We spend so much time together at the hospital so we should be happy when we’re here – for each other and our patients.”

Additionally, small cards featuring an encouraging word or phrase and a hand-written note from Tarplee are given to team members when they go above and beyond for their patients, or each other. It’s yet another way to ensure their hard work is recognized and appreciated.

“The positive attitude Nicole brings has changed the spirit of the floor,” said Laus. “She puts a lot of time and effort into making every team member feel supported.”

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | December 9, 2019

Ugly Holiday Sweater Champions Crowned

Fifty-three front line team members competed in our Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest during the annual Employee and Volunteer Holiday Luncheon on December 5. The public voted on Facebook for the winners of the contest, which came down to the final moments as likes rolled in for the top spots.


The winners of our $100 Visa Giftcard
Occupational Therapists Reese Vikram and Robert Henderson

Second Place

The winner of a $50 Visa Giftcard
Meleka Sherrod, Dietary

Third Place

The winner of a $25 Visa Giftcard
Katheryn Sican, Pharmacy

Honorable mention also goes to Michael Allen in dietary and Kate Smith in third floor nursing. They will each receive a Duke Raleigh Hospital t-shirt.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest! See more photos of the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest competitors on our Facebook page.

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.

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