Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 22, 2020

Duke Raleigh Hospital Among Sponsors of LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration

Duke Raleigh Hospital is the Survivor, Families & Friends sponsor for this year’s Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Triangle LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration. The week-long event, virtual this year, kicks off on Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m. on LCI’s Facebook page. Walkers/runners may start and complete their walk anytime between September 26 and October 3.

A  week of virtual special events — including gardening tips, yoga, cooking class, and game night — will also be held during this period, culminating in a virtual wrap-up to celebrate the event’s success on Saturday, October 3.

Registration this year is free. Survivors will receive a free survivor shirt. All other LUNGe Forward participants will be asked to raise or donate $50 to be eligible to receive a t-shirt after the event.

Learn more about the events planned September 26 to October 3.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 18, 2020

Wellness Mondays E-mails Keep Team Connected


Duke Raleigh Hospital Case Management team members pose for a photo pre-COVID-19.

Foods to boost your mood. Stretches to unwind before bed. And the benefits of a routine.

Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Department of Case Management needed to look no further than their inbox for tips on self-care during COVID-19. That’s because Case Manager Sufanna Bernarduci, LCSW, ACM-SW, created the Wellness Mondays initiative to connect her colleagues working onsite and from home.

“I wanted to introduce ways of finding balance, nourishing the soul and exhaling things that are out of our control,” said Bernarduci. “The Case Management team is the eyes and ears behind the scenes, making sure patients have a smooth transition for their discharge disposition or assistance with end-of-life decisions. It’s easy to feel burned out. I wanted us to be able to come together and cope in a healthy way.”

And Bernarduci looked for ways to support her coworkers’ physical and mental health. Physical Therapist Denise Gold provided ergonomic guidance for the home office and tips on stretching. Clinical Dietitian Caitlin Schryver shared what foods to eat before bed to support a good night’s sleep. And Case Management Utilization Manager Kenya Lofton, BSN, RN, attended a diversity training and offered opportunities for her colleagues to learn more through Ted Talks, a podcast and an implicit bias test.

“Wellness Mondays is such a thoughtful and creative idea to remind us to take a moment for ourselves,” Lofton said.

Lofton was one of the many team members who submitted a picture for inclusion in a photo montage Bernarduci produced and set to music. It gave the group a chance to celebrate milestones from weddings to graduations and share their journeys since COVID-19 has separated their department with some team members working remotely since March while the Inpatient Case Management team continues to work on the front line.

“I’m grateful for Sufanna for recognizing this tough time and how we need to take care of each other,” said Case Management Director Karen Preston, MHA, BSN, RN, ACM-RN. “Supporting team members is one of Sufanna’s gifts. She lives Duke’s values.”​

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 18, 2020

Landscaping Work will Block Sidewalks, Create Brief Traffic Delays This Weekend

Work to trim large trees on our Duke Raleigh Hospital campus will cause some disruptions to sidewalk travel and traffic flow over the weekend.

Saturday, September 19

Traffic will be unable to enter the P2 Parking Garage from Wake Forest Road 7:30 a.m. -8:15 a.m. as branches are trimmed on the tree directly next to the garage by Wake Forest Road. During this time visitors that need to enter the garage should use the second entrance. Continue past Medical Office Building 7 (3404 Wake Forest Road) and enter to the left.  

Visitors parking in the P2 Parking Garage, please use the sidewalk nearest to the garage to access the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building 7 and walk left through the traffic circle to access the main hospital entrance. This pedestrian path detour will last until noon.

Additional trimming work will take place near the P1 Parking Garage and Medical Office Building 6 (3320 Wake Forest Road) in the afternoon. Team members and patients in Medical Office Building 6 should use the side entrance to access the facility.

Sunday, September 20

Tree trimming will take place in the traffic circle at the front of the main hospital entrance from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Sunday. Expect brief delays as a flagger stops traffic as limbs are removed from trees.

For team members and visitors parking in the P2 Parking Garage, please use the sidewalk nearest to the garage to access the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building 7 and walk left through the traffic circle to access the main hospital entrance. This pedestrian path detour will last until noon.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 9, 2020

Free Drive Thru Mask Distribution 9/12

As part of our commitment to wearing a mask, Duke Raleigh Hospital is partnering with the Raleigh Police Department to provide 1,400 care packages containing disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, and COVID-19 educational materials to individuals in our community.

The drive-thru event will take place on Saturday, September 12, at the Green Road Community Center, 4201 Green Road, Raleigh. Care packages will be given out beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | September 9, 2020

Five Questions with Robert Beichner

1. Can you explain your role at Duke?
As a Chaplain, my job is to help people identify their internal and external sources of strength and facilitate connecting to them. If that involves some kind of religious faith, so much the better – I’ve been trained in quite a few belief systems. If they are Christian, I have a whole toolbox at my disposal because I am an ordained Presbyterian pastor. But even if the person does not profess any particular faith, I can help them process what is happening to them. Sometimes the world just does not make any sense, and in those cases I will walk alongside them as they try to find their way.

2. What inspired you to choose this career path?
I was minding my own business as a long-term hospital volunteer, distributing newspapers and flowers, when I felt called by God to serve the patients, families and staff in the hospital in a deeper, more direct way. That meant three years of seminary (at Duke Divinity School), doing an internship (at Duke Raleigh Hospital) and a two-year residency at Rex, the long ordination and examination process of my denomination, and then retiring early from my nice, secure job at NC State.

3. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I am amazed that I get to help people through some of the most difficult situations they have ever experienced. People are so open to sharing their lives with me that it sometimes takes my breath away – usually that’s a good thing, but not always!

4. What is the most challenging part of your job?
There are many times when I wish I could do more for people or at least provide more tangible help. It is hard to see people hurting, either physically or spiritually.

5. If you hadn’t chosen this career, what other profession interests you?
I spent over 30 years as a tenured physics professor at NC State, so I’d guess you could say that would be an interest of mine! I’ve always appreciated the exquisite description of nature that science can provide.​

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