Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | August 8, 2017

Duke Urology Men’s Health Center

“Men are encouraged to be fearless and strong, but that means there’s a tendency to avoid seeking care even when it affects their overall wellness,” says Aaron Lentz, MD, FACS, a Urologist at Duke Urology Men’s Health Center.

One-third of adult men do not see a doctor regularly, and they are 70% less likely to seek medical treatment compared to their female counterparts, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Duke Health opened Duke Urology Men’s Health Center last year to offer comprehensive care in all aspects of men’s health and wellness. The multi-disciplinary center provides diagnostic evaluation and expert treatments, and can also connect men to the primary or specialty care they need.

“As a urologist, I deal with the sensitive issues that are most likely to bring a man to the doctor,” Lentz says, like sexual dysfunction, incontinence, or an enlarged prostate. “But men’s health is not a single system issue, and the reality is that everything’s connected.”

Male sexual health concerns can sometimes be symptoms of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, or psychological problems such as depression. The center’s specialists screen for these and other underlying health problems. The center hopes to simplify the health care experience so that the first point of contact becomes the gateway for access to all-inclusive specialty care, Lentz explains.

“This is not just a place to go when you’re too embarrassed to go to your own doctor,” says Lentz. “We want to build relationships with patients and inform, educate and empower men about all of their health care choices.”

Learn more about the Duke Urology Men’s Health Center.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 3, 2017

Pre-Op Class Helps Patient Navigate First-Time Surgery, Hip Replacement

For years, Susie lived with hip pain. “It changed my whole persona,” she says, and she was beginning to suffer from depression as a result. Susie was referred her to Donald O’Malley, MD, Joint Replacement Orthopaedic Surgeon at Duke Raleigh Hospital, who recommended a hip replacement.

Duke Raleigh Hospital offers orthopaedic surgery patients the option to complete a pre-operative class with patient navigator Ashley Barry, MSN, RN. The class helps patients prepare for surgery, and know what to expect afterwards, including setting pain management expectations, explaining how they’ll work with Case Management, and helping them locate equipment for physical therapy.

“The class gives patients a chance to ask questions and feel comfortable with their plan of care,” Barry says. “Helping them understand what to expect allows them focus on doing their best in the recovery phase.”

“I’d never had surgery before, so the class was extremely beneficial,” Susie says. “All of my questions were answered, and it made me look forward even more to the surgery. I was very comfortable, very relaxed, and very ready!”

After Susie had her surgery in February, she quickly progressed in physical therapy and no longer has hip pain. “I knew it would be better but I never thought it would be this great,” Susie Anthony-Diaz says enthusiastically. “I’d forgotten how it felt to be living without pain. The surgery truly changed my life for the better.”

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | April 10, 2017

Building Healthy Communities

Having a safe and affordable home has been shown to positively impact a person’s overall health. When families aren’t spending large amounts of their income on housing, they can afford more nutritious food, medical insurance, and otherwise invest in their own health and wellbeing.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, to help build houses for hardworking, low-income residents of our community. Last fall, we were a sponsor of Habitat Wake’s Women’s Build, a program that encourages women to “get out of their comfort zone” and join Habitat at the construction site.

More than 40 Duke Raleigh employees volunteered for Women’s Build events, giving more than 375 volunteer hours to help build new homes in Wake County.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity was such a joy,” says Holly Bradicich, Manager of Service Excellence at Duke Raleigh Hospital, who volunteered during the Women’s Build. “It was a great way to have fun with co-workers while getting involved in the community. I have so much appreciation for the work Habitat for Humanity is doing and I am so grateful that I could be a part of making a difference in someone’s life.”

Volunteers are a big part of what makes Habitat for Humanity so successful, says Melanie Rankin, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. “One of the reasons our homes are so affordable is because they’re primarily built by our volunteers,” she says.

Affordable housing is a priority of Wake County. Duke Raleigh Hospital is committed to working with community partners and other health care organizations to improve the health of Wake County and its residents.

“We value having partners like Habitat for Humanity who share our common goal of building healthy communities,” says Alicia Barfield, Director of Community Affairs at Duke Raleigh Hospital. “The Women’s Build Day was a fun way to work together with co-workers supporting efforts to provide affordable housing in Wake County.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, visit

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 2, 2017

Healing Through Art

In break rooms and offices across Duke Health, you’ll find Japanese comic book-inspired portraits of staff hanging on bulletin boards with the same signature. Alberto Lung, an art instructor at the Cary Arts Center and the Durham Arts Council, has been sketching Duke staff for years, as they take care of his mother. Lung estimates he has drawn well over a hundred cartoon portraits of nurses, doctors, social workers, therapists, and other support staff between the Duke hospitals.

Lung teaches manga cartoon-sketching workshops for children to promote their visual literacy and creativity. He always brings drawing paper and his sketching kit with him when he accompanies his mom to appointments, or when he visits her in the hospital during longer stays.

“Sketching is a favorite hobby, and it helps pass the time,” he says. “I always remind my students to also draw from observing live subjects around them, and to try to draw as many live cartoon portraits whenever the opportunity presents itself.” Lung began drawing portraits of staff as a small thank you for the care they gave his mom during appointments, Emergency Department visits, and extended stays.

“It typically takes 3-5 minutes to draw a cartoon version of a subject with a marker,” Lung says. “The sketching process helps me remain calm, awake, and focused during medical emergencies. Since I often write the first name of each subject in bubble letters, it also helps me remember the staff that has previously worked with mom on repeat visits.”

During a quiet moment, he hands the souvenir cartoon portrait to the staff member. Lung says they seem to be well-received, and many recipients often tell him they plan to frame the drawing or display it in their work space.

“It is quite rewarding to be able to brighten somebody’s day or night just with a quick sketch,” he says. “I remember one nurse who told me we were the first patient to make her cry since she was so touched when she got her first cartoon portrait one particularly stressful night in the ED. I think Duke nursing staff are the best in the nation, and I’m quite happy to see the same friendly faces on repeat visits.”

“The quality of the care provided by the Duke Health system is second to none, and we’re grateful for the effectiveness and timely diagnosis they’ve provided us,” Lung says. “I have no doubt that the nurses and doctors that we have met have the best interest of each individual patient at heart.”

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Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | November 11, 2014

Expanding Duke Cancer Care in Wake County

Duke Cancer Center Cary Radiation Oncology team

Duke Cancer Center Cary Radiation Oncology team

Cancer patients in Wake County now have three new locations in which they can receive Duke-level cancer services closer to home. The three former locations of Cancer Centers of North Carolina (CCNC) are now officially part of the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Building on the Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, this brings the total number of Duke cancer specialists based in Wake County to more than 30 physicians.

“When patients are coming to see us five days a week, having a clinic nearby provides for their comfort and convenience.”, says Chad Seastrunk, administrative director of operations at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh.

The three sites are now known as Duke Cancer Center Macon Pond, Duke Cancer Center Cary, and Duke Cancer Center Cary Radiation Oncology. These locations are staffed by nine former CCNC oncologists and an additional medical oncologist who joined Duke from Regional Cancer Care. The Duke Cancer Center Macon Pond and Duke Cancer Center Cary Radiation Oncology locations include linear accelerators which will be upgraded to the most modern, state-of-the-art versions in the coming months. Duke Cancer Center Raleigh’s linear accelerator is also scheduled for an upgrade in spring 2015.

“This is a major step forward in our efforts to bring renowned Duke cancer services to Wake County and enable patients to receive Duke cancer care more conveniently, without leaving Wake County,” said David Zaas, MD, president of Duke Raleigh Hospital. “We recognize the importance that cancer patients place on receiving care in their community and now patients can have both the convenience of local Duke care sites and the expertise of one of the country’s leading cancer programs.”

At these three Duke Cancer Center sites, patients can now be evaluated for participation in DCI-run clinical trials that often include the latest experimental therapies for many forms of cancer as well as innovative treatment regimens. These experimental protocols are only available locally through DCI.

“Duke care teams will now be delivering the next generation of cancer therapies at multiple sites in Wake County and available to patients throughout the region,” said DCI Executive Director Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D. “This is truly cancer care as it should be for people facing a cancer diagnosis.”

Joining the Duke cancer team is a win-win for patients in Wake County as well as their community physicians, said Neeraj Agrawal, M.D., a community oncologist who recently joined Duke Cancer Center Raleigh.

“Patients in Wake County will now have a variety of unique advantages in accessing the scope of Duke-level cancer services, while community physicians will benefit from establishing and maintaining relationships with those of us who have our roots in community medicine,” Agrawal said. “This exciting growth allows the Duke Cancer team to stand shoulder to shoulder with our community physician colleagues to help improve the care we can provide to our community.”

The Duke team in Wake County includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgical sub-specialists offering patient-centered team-based care with the support of disease specific patient navigators providing the support and encouragement needed when facing a cancer diagnosis.

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