Wednesday at Lexington Medical Center Archive

Bill James, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, shares with our Wednesday at Lexington Medical subscribers the great things happening here on campus and in the community. The Wednesday at Lexington Medical Center email comes weekly on Wednesday. If you aren't receiving this publication, subscribe here. Below is an archive of Wednesday at Lexington email articles.

 

Wound Care Center Chosen Among Nation’s Best for 4th Straight Year

 Lexington Medical Center’s Wound Care Center has won national recognition for the fourth consecutive year.

Healogics, Inc., which manages 800 wound care centers in 46 states, named our Wound Care Center as both a Center of Distinction and a winner of the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence honor. Only wound care centers that have been a Center of Distinction for at least two years are eligible to be chosen as a Center of Excellence.

3/22/2017


Colon Cancer Screening: An Invaluable Aid to Your Health

 March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, which spotlights a form of cancer often caught early by screening.

Dr. William “Grif” Blackard of Digestive Services – Lexington calls colonoscopies “the gold standard for early detection of colon cancer.”

3/15/2017


Our Commitment to Patient Safety Never Stops

 Lexington Medical Center received outstanding news last fall when it was announced that we ranked No. 2 in the nation for patient care, quality and safety in a survey of 124 community hospitals affiliated with an academic medical center.

The rankings by Vizient Inc., the largest health care performance improvement company in the country, recognized our many initiatives on behalf of patient safety. 

3/8/2017


A Caring Environment to Deliver Your Baby

 Cate Tomasula and her husband, Edward, wanted to deliver their first child in the right hospital.

A place that would make them feel warm. A place where the nurses were extremely thorough. A place that had a “community feel.” 

3/1/2017


Partners for 25 Years: Our Bond with Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic

From the moment Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic opened its doors to serve uninsured and at-risk patients, Lexington Medical Center was there to provide free laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.

Twenty-five years later, we still have a great partnership.

2/22/2017


One Simple Thing You Can Do to Improve Heart Health—Eat Less Salt

Did you know that a heart attack strikes someone every 43 seconds and is the leading cause of death in the United States?

The American Heart Association, which is promoting February as American Heart Month, notes that we all control our blood pressure to some degree—by watching how much salt we eat.

2/15/2017


Helping Children Overcome Speech Problems

Speech Language Pathologist Pat Essick, MS, CCC-SLP, works with pediatric patients and has two rules: take it slowly and make it fun.

“We have a little chart with pictures and letters, and I’ll do this little song, the alphabet sound song. You take a word and repeat it. For example, the word ‘apple,’” Essick says. She softly sings the word, stretching out its syllables: “Ap-ple. Ap-ple. A-a-a.”

2/8/2017


From medical center to farm life, Jennifer Foster is always ready

When we interact with our fellow employees, it is usually amid the hustle and bustle of a busy community hospital. We frequently don’t get to know the whole person.

Jennifer Foster, director of Nursing Acute Care Services, has a fascinating story—one that speaks to a completely different way of life.

2/1/2017


Struggling with New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t Give Up!

Just about everyone makes New Year’s resolutions.

No problem. Exercise? Sure. Reduce stress? Absolutely.

But the further we get into the year, the more difficult it becomes to maintain your resolutions. So how can you sustain your resolve?


1/25/2017


Taking Care of Your Heart Starts with You

Dr. Katie Twomley, director of Cardiology Services at Lexington Medical Center, recognizes that education is one of the most important aspects of her work. She helps patients understand their risk of developing heart disease and discusses how to avoid it.

Such “preventive cardiology” will be the subject of Dr. Twomley’s BestHealth Lunch & Learn on January 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington.

1/18/2017


Podiatrist to Offer BestHealth Class on Foot and Ankle Pain

Our new podiatrist, Paula Gangopadhyay, DPM, says foot and ankle pain are common, especially as people get older.

The problem, she says, is when pain and other warning signs, such as swelling, are ignored.

“The lower extremities are among the most important parts of the body, but we tend to trivialize some of the pain we have with them until it begins to inhibit our daily activities,” she says.

1/11/2017


MyWakeHealth: An Important Tool for all of us

When we think about modern medicine, we may envision diagnostic devices or the latest medications that keep us healthy. What we don’t often think about is the role we can play in our own health care. In the new year, I hope you will make a resolution to do so and one simple way to start is to enroll in myWakeHealth. Here’s why.

A few years ago, Lexington Medical Center made the myWakeHealth patient portal available for employees and patients. It is a useful and important technology providing an array of unique tools.

 

1/4/2017


Warm Holiday Wishes for Our Lexington Medical Center Family and Community

 

The holiday season is a time of family and friends, a time to bask in our wonderful community spirit, express our appreciation to our dedicated staff and reflect on the year gone by and the year to come.

I have been reminded of that recently at several of our medical center’s holiday gatherings. Hundreds of employees, family members, friends and volunteers have gathered at various occasions to enjoy food and drink. And in the many old and new faces I greeted, I was humbled to think of how much the theme of community runs through what we do.

 


 

12/21/2016


Women’s Services Adopts New Model to Further Patient Care

In recent months, our Women’s Services – Lexington practice completed a changeover to the faculty model of practice that we believe now provides the strongest culture of care and safety for women.

Dr. Sarah Berga, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Wake Forest Baptist Health, says the faculty model of care now in place means that every Women’s Services doctor is known as a “physician-educator.” That designation ensures they have access to in-depth training in the latest techniques and practices in obstetrics and gynecology.

12/14/2016


Honor A Loved One: Light Up Our Tree

The Lexington Medical Center Tree of Love fundraiser was started by volunteers in 1993 to raise money for patients in need. Two years later, the Tree of Love grew when our parish nurse program started a Circle of Friends fund to assist people in the community.

Today, 23 years later, proceeds from the Tree of Love continue to benefit patients, staff and community members through our Community Health and Wellness/Circle of Friends fund, as well as our Cancer Center.

12/7/2016


New CareNet Counselor Extends an Ear

Jeremy Fox was working as a minister for a Kernersville congregation when he decided what he should be doing with his life. 

“I realized that what I enjoyed the most was sitting with people and helping them in any way I could when they were going through tough times,” he says. “It opened me up to how lonely the bad moments in our lives can be.”

11/30/2016


Nuclear Medicine Technologist Shares His Reasons for Thanks

Receiving a diagnosis of lymphoma can be difficult. But by his words and actions during and after his illness, Ron Walker, our chief nuclear medicine technologist, has shown strength and grace.

Ron’s health crisis began in 2013, when he noticed a small raised area above his right ear where he had some hair loss.

11/23/2016


A Safety Journey Two Years in the Making

Last month I shared the exciting news that Lexington Medical Center won an important national award from Vizient Inc. for patient care, quality and safety. Of 124 community hospitals that are affiliated with an academic medical center, we were ranked No. 2 overall.

Today, I’d like to discuss the culture we have been building at our medical center. Dr. Raghava Nagaraj, our Chief Medical Officer, has been an architect of programs that have improved our performance in the areas of mortality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness.

11/16/2016


North Davidson Rehabilitation Office Celebrates 20 Years of Service

When Rehabilitation Services opened an office in North Davidson in 1996, there were 344 patient visits in the first three months. For each of the last three months, there have been more than 350 patient visits.

The biggest reason for that remarkable growth is the quality care being provided by Rehabilitation Services – North Davidson. As the office celebrates its 20th anniversary, I’d like to recognize team members, many of whom have been there from the start.

 

11/9/2016


Exuberant Crowd Celebrates a Festive Sportsmen’s Saturday

Exuberant Crowd Celebrates a Festive Sportsmen’s Saturday The Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot was humming as close to 1,500 people turned out on a gorgeous fall day for our 7th Annual Sportsmen’s Saturday, with 34 people winning cash and prizes valued at more than $100,000.   

This year, proceeds from Sportsmen’s Saturday will fund improvements to the public areas around the Medical Center’s main entrance and in Obstetrics Services.

 

10/31/2016


Community Health Day Offers a Dose of Free Screenings, Information and Fun

Our Community Health and Wellness nurse, Sue Epley, can’t wait for Nov. 5. That’s Community Health Day, when Lexington Medical Center will offer free health screenings and information to the public.

“Our mission is to improve health, and this is what Community Health Day is all about,” Sue says. “It will be a low-pressure, enjoyable way to get important information about your health.”

The event will be from 10 am to 2 pm, with screenings conducted in our Outpatient Center, and special displays and participants outside. No registration is required.

 

 


10/26/2016


Welcoming Our New Radiation Oncologist to the Cancer Center Team

Our new radiation oncologist, Dr. Karen Winkfield, tells the students she mentors not to feel constrained by the pathway they first choose.

Winkfield knows change can be a good thing.

The youngest of six children and the first to attend college, she was a classically trained vocalist intending to pursue music as a career. But she also had a love for science. As an undergraduate, she switched her college major to biochemistry, later entering an eight-year MD/PhD program at Duke University. Her research there was focused on how radiation therapy affects breast tumor regression.

 

 

 

 

10/19/2016


Inaugural DAISY Award Winner Always Goes the Extra Mile for her Patients

A few weeks ago, I shared the story of Diane Tate, a registered nurse chosen as one of North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses for 2016. Today, I'm writing about another nurse, Cathy McBride, as we continue to put a spotlight on the outstanding care given by our nursing team.

Cathy McBride was a young girl when her father was diagnosed with cancer. She recalls fluffing the pillow of his hospital bed and giving him ice chips. He died when she was 10, but Cathy held onto the idea of being a nurse even as she raised her children and held other jobs.

 

10/12/2016


Awards Ranks Lexington Medical Center Among Nation's Best Community Hospitals for Quality and Safety

I'm delighted to share news with you about a prestigious award Lexington Medical Center has won for the high-quality, patient-centered care we provide.

Vizient, Inc., the largest health care performance improvement company in the country, studied 124 community hospitals in its 2016 Quality and Accountability Study. Lexington Medical Center was ranked No. 2, and was one of 14 community hospitals honored with Vizient's 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award.

 

10/5/2016


Great 100 Nurses Award Winner's Remarkable Story of Patient Connection

Diane Tate has spent all 31 years of her nursing career at Lexington Medical Center in Labor and Delivery Services. A certified obstetrics RN and lactation consultant, Diane teaches our prenatal classes—one of her many areas of expertise.

Last year, a patient Diane knew as Pamela, went into labor. After the baby, Collin, was born, Diane checked in on the mother and newborn. She got quite the shock when she saw Pamela's full name.

9/28/2016


Renovated Cancer Center a Shining Tribute to Care and Community

Last Thursday, we celebrated the completion of the close to $1 million dollar renovation of our Cancer Center, a transformation that has made the building brighter and more easily accessible to our patients.

As I listened to several speakers and talked with some of the 100 people who turned out, I couldn't be more proud of what this project means to the community and to Lexington Medical Center.

I'd like to share the thoughts of those who attended because their words mean more than I can express.

 

9/21/2016


Therapist Lends a Hand to Patients in Need

Sandra “Sandy” Martin was in her 20s and working as a bank teller when she attended a holiday party at the roller skating rink in Lexington. Although a good roller skater as a youth, she got a little too confident and fell, fracturing her elbow. 

Though painful, the injury led to what would become her second career. 

“Within two months of finishing my therapy, I was attending school to become an occupational therapy assistant,’’ Sandy says. “I was excited to start my education and eager to learn as much as I could.”

 

9/14/2016


Our Newest Provider Brings Podiatry to Lexington Medical Center

Our newest provider, Paula Gangopadhyay, DPM, brings something new to Lexington Medical Center. As a podiatrist, she offers foot and ankle care, including surgery, as part of the WFBH Orthopaedic Services department.

Dr. Gangopadhyay recently completed a four-year residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. 

 

9/7/2016


Emergency Department's Care Reassures Couple New to Lexington

When Elizabeth and Mike McNeil moved to Lexington in October, they had some fears about medical care should an urgent need arise.

Those fears have been put to rest.

A few weeks ago, Mike had an attack that sent him to our Emergency Department. His story was told by The Dispatch last week, and I’m pleased to share the tale with you because it speaks to the level of service we offer.


8/31/2016


New Equipment Offers Latest Healing Technologies to Rehab Patients

Rehabilitation Services sees about 125 patients a day and more than 25,000 a year. It is one of the busiest departments at Lexington Medical Center. 

Thanks to the generosity of the community, important upgrades are taking place at Rehab Services. Proceeds from the 2015 Sportsmen’s Saturday were dedicated to improvements at Rehab Services, and patients have already begun to see some of the benefits.

8/24/2016


Nursing Team Pursues Pathway to Excellence Designation

Nursing Team Pursues Pathway to Excellence Designation The first line of Lexington Medical Center’s Mission Statement declares that we will provide excellent care and an exceptional experience. To do so, we must seek constant improvements not just in our care, but in our practices. An i

8/17/2016


Sleep Lab Finds Answers for Those Struggling to Find Rest

For more than nine years, people struggling to get through the night have found answers through our Sleep Lab. There, they are monitored by machines that measure their brain and heart rhythms during an overnight stay.

Jim Pittman, our Cardiopulmonary Services Manager, directs the Sleep Lab. He says Sleep Lab testing frequently identifies sleep apnea as a problem for patients. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person regularly stops breathing for short intervals during sleep.

 

8/10/2016


A Pastor, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Story of Connection

Rev. Ray Howell of First Baptist Church in Lexington lived with a growth on his right hand for five years before he and his orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Gordon Kammire, decided it was time to remove it.

Howell had an unusual form of an osteochondroma, a benign growth comprised of fatty and bony tumors. Ever since an hourlong surgery, he hasn’t had a bit of trouble with his hand or wrist.


8/3/2016


Inaugural CNA Award Winner Exemplifies Caregiver Role

The technologies and specifics of health care have been transformed in the 36 years Donna Smith has been a certified nursing assistant here. But Donna exemplifies something that hasn’t changed—the love of helping patients. 

Donna recently won a Wake Forest Baptist Health inaugural CNA Excellence Award, given to nursing assistants who are outstanding at what they do. She was the sole winner to represent Lexington Medical Center.

7/27/2016


Sportsmen’s Saturday: Great Prizes, Great Fun, Great Cause

If you haven’t yet marked off Oct. 29 on your calendar, now is the time. 

That is the date of Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center’s 7th Sportsmen’s Saturday fundraiser. More than $100,000 worth of prizes and cash will be given out that day. 

Early bird tickets are available now through Sept. 12. Buying an early bird ticket makes you eligible for extra cash drawings worth $10,000, including a top prize of $5,000. Tickets cost $100 each and only 2,000 tickets will be sold in total.

7/20/2016


CareNet Now Providing Support for Children and Parents at Pediatrics – Lexington

At Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, we work hard to provide holistic care—services that keep families healthy in every way. One exciting new program links a behavioral health counselor with our Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Lexington team.

Leah Creel, MA, MDiv, LPCA, joined Pediatrics – Lexington earlier this year to provide children and their parents with assessments and initial counseling for a myriad of adolescent behavioral issues.

 

7/13/2016


Our Employee Campaign: Giving Back for Our Patients

Ellen Welborn, executive director of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center Foundation, puts it exactly right when she talks about our annual employee giving campaign.

“It’s the employee investing in the company they work for,’’ she says.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation assists with unbudgeted needs through fundraising, and our annual employee campaign is a vital piece of that.

 

7/6/2016


An Important New Role for Pharmacy Technicians

 

In February, Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center Pharmacy began a pilot program in which its technicians began taking the medication histories of patients.

The goal was to ensure our physicians and nurses have an accurate accounting of medications a patient uses and needs, a process known as medication reconciliation. The pilot program was so successful that we have made it a permanent part of our pharmacy.


 

6/29/2016


Vascular Ultrasound Certification a Tribute to Our Quality and Skill

To use a sports term, you might say our ultrasound team just won a triple crown. 

The recent three-year accreditation granted to our Vascular Ultrasound program by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) came after that commission accredited our Echocardiogram Ultrasound program in October and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine accredited our General Ultrasound program in December. 

“It’s a confidence builder that we are doing what we should be doing,’’ says John Brown, BSRT, manager of Radiology. “We were all very excited to get the accreditation—the technologists and the physicians. It was a lot of work but it was all worthwhile.’’

 

6/22/2016


Satisfaction of Patients a Reflection of Our Commitment to Quality

Talking to people such as Janice Esposito is among the highlights of my day. I saw Janice a few weeks back, when she popped in to tell me how thrilled she was with the care she has received.

Janice had open-heart surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but because she and her husband live at High Rock Lake, she was looking for somewhere closer to home for the cardiac rehabilitation she required.

 

6/15/2016


Healing muscles and strains in a clever, colorful way

The colorful tape we have seen for years on athletes’ bodies—especially in tennis and beach volleyball—appears to be placed randomly. In reality, though, physical therapists examine injuries carefully before placing strips of Kinesio® tape on their patients to maximize healing and limit muscle strain.

At Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, Kinesio taping has become an important tool used by our physical therapists for a wide range of rehabilitation needs.

 

6/8/2016


Terry Carter, Director of Surgical Services, Wins 2016 Petersen Award

Terry Carter, our director of surgical services, enjoyed the years she shared alongside Dr. Kenneth M. Petersen. Petersen, a general surgeon at Lexington Medical Center for 32 years, died unexpectedly in November 2010.

“He was always prompt, direct and ready to go,’’ Carter said. “He knew what he was going to do, he was always ready to start his day and he moved along.’’

 

6/1/2016


Summertime Tip: Be Mindful of Skin Care

Dr. Laura Allen, a radiation oncologist with our Cancer Center, says there is no such thing as a safe tan. 

“Ultraviolet radiation is a carcinogen. Basically, there are more skin cancers caused from tanning than there are lung cancers caused from smoking,’’ she shared at a recent lunch-and-learn seminar about skin cancer. 

Although skin cancer develops over time, the approach of summer is a good time to remember precautions we can take to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun.

5/25/2016


Nurse Excellence Winner Brings Caring, Innovative Spirit to her Work

 Pat Mahaley had retired after a 38-year career as a nurse at Rowan Hospital when she realized she wanted to keep working. It was Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center’s good fortune to hire her as a nurse in Radiology eight years ago.

Last week, Pat won a 2016 Nurse Excellence Award from Wake Forest Baptist Health. Joseph Casey, RN, chair of Wake Forest Baptist’s professionalism cabinet, says the Nursing Excellence Awards recognize registered and licensed practical nurses who demonstrate a commitment to excellence, innovation, compassion, integrity, caring and collegiality.

5/16/2016


Bringing pulmonary care to Lexington Medical Center

Pulmonologists are specially trained in diseases of the chest, respiratory tract, lungs and cardiopulmonary system, which are the organs that help people breathe. 

Our new pulmonologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, Dr. Ahmar Malik, entered his field out of personal experience. When he was growing up, Dr. Malik’s older sister had asthma and was seen frequently by physicians. During those visits, he was fascinated to see how the physicians impacted her health. He says that is when he decided he wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives. 

 

5/11/2016


Lessons in football tackling and techniques—and a lot more

Buddy Curry was a standout linebacker for UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to play nine years for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. What he says about football carries weight.

Sunday, for the second straight year, Buddy brought his Kids & Pros HeadsUp Football Clinic to North Davidson High School. Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center was fortunate to again present this great program for more than half a dozen area football organizations. About 230 young athletes participated.

 

 

5/4/2016


Urology Team Now Offering Services at Lexington Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center works with some of the best physicians in the country—and for the past few years we have been expanding our services. 

I’m pleased to announce that Ryan Terlecki, MD, a world-renowned expert in genitourinary reconstructive surgery, and his team are offering urology services at Lexington Medical Center. Dr. Terlecki directs one of a handful of fellowship programs in the United States in that field. He specializes in urologic reconstruction, female urology and urodynamics. His expertise includes male infertility, diagnostic evaluations and corrective procedures.

 

4/25/2016


Cancer Center renovation provides new features for patients and family members

Proceeds from the 2014 Sportsmen’s Saturday event and capital funds from Wake Forest Baptist Health were dedicated recently to renovating our Cancer Center. Today, even before the project is complete, our patients are benefitting by being able to have a more comfortable experience. 3/23/2016


New Procedure Eases Patient’s Knee Pain

When Susan Sharpe slipped on the front porch of her Lexington home four years ago, she didn’t immediately realize her right knee was damaged so badly.

In fact, she treated the knee with ice and went off on a long-planned trip to Disney World. As it turned out, she spent most of her vacation inside because she couldn’t walk.
3/16/2016


Our New Chaplain Focuses on Faith and Health

Some people might think twice about following in the footsteps of a beloved employee who retired after 35 years.

That’s not the case with our new chaplain, Rev. Dianne Horton. A committee of nurses, physicians and clergy chose Dianne to succeed Rev. Lee Dukes and she has jumped on board with great enthusiasm. 3/9/2016


Delivering a Powerful Message on Heart Health

Dr. Katie Twomley's message about taking care of your heart gets right to the point: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. today for men and women. Therefore, people of all ages should be aware of symptoms of heart problems and the factors that contribute to those problems.

Dr. Twomley directs Cardiology – Lexington for Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. She delivers her message directly to her patients, and also frequently speaks in the community about heart health. 3/2/2016


A Small, Bright Red Reminder About Heart Health

You could see it quite clearly last week in the bright red hat sitting atop the tiny head of 1-day-old Julianna Rachana Chea.

The hat was lovingly crocheted by Lexington resident Rachel Simerson, one of 25 baby hats she donated to Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month. 2/24/2016


A familiar face celebrates a milestone birthday

After many years raising her family and then caring for her ailing husband, James, who passed away in 1989, Geraldine Westmoreland decided she wanted to return to work.

Never mind that Geraldine was 65 when she made that choice. Today, 25 years later, Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center is all the better for it. 2/17/2016


A Fun Day Showing Our Super Bowl Spirit

One of the things I enjoy most about community hospitals is the spirit and passion shown by employees. When we can visibly demonstrate that spirit, it’s especially fun.

That was exactly the case Friday, after Clyde Bristow, Chief Nursing Officer, got the idea that we should make the day a "pep rally" for our favorite team in the Super Bowl. After all, it was going to be only the second time the Carolina Panthers had ever played in the Super Bowl. Clyde asked if each department’s employees could wear their favorite team’s colors. 2/10/2016


Making things safe behind the scenes

It wasn’t until she was between positions that Donna Timpf found the specialty that landed her an important role at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center as Quality Manager.

Donna joined Lexington Medical Center in November 2014 as our Performance Improvement Coordinator, chairing our Patient Safety Lead Team and our Quality & Practice Cabinet. Then, last summer, Donna was chosen to become Quality Manager, where she now oversees our work to ensure patient safety and quality 2/3/2016


A broad effort to help people get healthy

One of the great things about events like our recent New Year, New You is meeting people such as Jackie Taylor. At our inaugural New Year, New You last year, Jackie had a blood sugar screening, which came back with a high score. She took our team’s advice and joined the eight-week Diabetes Prevention Program, co-sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center and the J. Smith Young YMCA. This year, Jackie returned to New Year, New You 33 pounds lighter and raring to get into a new program to help her go even further.
1/27/2016


Personal Medical Experience Shapes Work of Our New Cardiovascular Services Manager

Respiratory therapist Jim Pittman joined Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center last fall as Cardiopulmonary Services Manager, which also puts him in charge of respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, neurodiagnostic rehabilitation, the heart station and the sleep lab.

Coincidentally, Jim comes to us not long after experiencing his own health event.

1/20/2016


Get 2016 Off to a Healthy Start at New Year, New You

Our second New Year, New You event will be held January 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington, and I’d like to personally invite everyone to stop by. It’s a great opportunity to receive inspiration to improve your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial wellness in 2016.

This kind of event allows us to attract a crowd of people to showcase the talents, skills and services of many different organizations--government agencies, non-profits, and retailers.  It’ll help people become motivated whether they’re concerned about their health, their weight, or their stress level. New Year, New You provides a nice synergy among the agencies and businesses participating because all are committed to making sure people don’t fear making life changes alone.

1/13/2016


2016 Is Already Bringing Change

As 2016 begins, it's natural to think about change. We're conditioned to see the start of a new year as a time of new beginnings. How many of us have embarked on a new diet or exercise  plan in the past few days?

For our hospital, change can and should be occurring all the time. We constantly have opportunities and goals for improvements.

1/6/2016


Holidays are a time for reflection

The holiday season is a time of family and friends, a time to bask in our wonderful community spirit and reflect on the year gone by and the year to come.

I have been reminded of that recently in gatherings such as our recent Christmas party at the RCR conference facility in Welcome. Hundreds of employees, family members, friends and volunteers gathered to enjoy food and drink. And in the many old and new faces I greeted, I was humbled to think of how much the theme of community runs through what we do.

12/23/2015


Chaplain Lee Dukes: The personification of compassion

Chaplain Lee Dukes has spent 35 years ministering to our patients and many, many others in our community since founding the Department of Pastoral Care.

With his retirement looming at month’s end, I asked Lee what advice he might give to his successor, Rev. Dianne Horton, who is coming over from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to be our new chaplain. His answer speaks to the changes he has seen over the years.

 

12/16/2015


Rehabilitation Services is in Tracy Nunn’s blood

You might say that Tracy Nunn was born to be manager of Rehabilitation Services at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center.

After all, she started volunteering in Rehabilitation Services when she was in middle school. Her mother thought it would be a good way for Tracy, a student athlete, to see if she liked the field. Over the years, Tracy played volleyball, basketball and softball at North Davidson High School without injury, but saw her share of teammates go through rehabilitation.

 

12/9/2015


For our Lexington Medical Center family, giving is a year-round tradition

Tomorrow night will be a special one for Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. Not only is it the evening we kick off our Christmas season with the lighting of our beautiful Tree of Love, but this year we will also light our United Way luminaries at the same time.

These two year-end efforts represent the culmination of a pattern of giving demonstrated by our employees and community members from January through December. I’m talking about events such as  the March of Dimes campaign, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk, our annual employee campaign for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and, of course, the foundation’s Sportsmen’s Saturday event. Each of these (and I’ve only listed a few) can be crucial for a community that understands the importance of giving—they raise money for important causes that improve care and health today and for future generations.

12/2/2015


LMC Foundation Board Member Judy Butler Joyously Gives of Herself

Judy Butler was expecting when she and her husband, Wally, moved to Welcome in 1961. He was just getting out of dental school in Chapel Hill and was opening Welcome’s first dental practice. Community members greeted the wife of the new dentist with a baby shower, and Judy found herself overwhelmed by the generosity.

In the 54 years since, Judy has made it her business to give back.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center has been a recipient of this woman’s remarkable skill and the exuberance she brings to everything. 

 

11/25/2015


Forging the doctor-patient bond in our close-knit community

Otolaryngologist Brandon Chapman, MD, is in his fifth year at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, taking care of people with ear, nose and throat problems. Lisa Curry has owned Hair Studio 21 in Lexington for 15 years.

When Lisa had sinus issues, Dr. Chapman treated her infection. When some of the staff members of his office came to her hair studio, she liked the way their skin looked, inquired and learned about BOTOX® Injections he offered.

11/18/2015


Sportsmen’s Saturday a unique connection to our community

This year? Well, it was a classic North Carolina fall day and, with a turnout of some 1,200, it became clear to me just how much of a connection this event provides for our community. In particular, Sportsmen’s Saturday illustrates the long-term relationship Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center has built with the people of our region.

And that can be seen in the joy of the event itself. When I arrived Saturday morning, I was surprised to see people lined up at 9:45—the doors didn’t open until 11 a.m. This year we sold 2,000 tickets to vie for prizes valued at over $100,000!

11/4/2015


The many ways we are growing to meet our patients' needs

One of the most important things a community health provider can do is understand the needs of those it serves, and act quickly to meet them.

At Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, we are constantly evaluating our facilities and making adjustments designed to deliver the best care possible. In recent months, we’ve undertaken several projects all aimed at improving the patient experience—with renovations, new equipment and more. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing with you more details about each of these projects but in the meantime, I want to highlight some of what's in store.

10/28/2015


Remembering to use our ‘GEMs’

Once in a great while, you can come across a profound practice in health care and you immediately want to use it and make a difference. That’s how it was for me earlier this year when I first saw the Promise Academy 101 training program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The program gives basic training about patient- and family-centered care, and includes a follow-up assessment to help reinforce the practices that we learn. 10/21/2015


Learning a new technique to help with breast examinations

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time for reminders about having annual mammograms. I thought I’d also share some news this week about our mammography technologists.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center’s two full-time mammography technologists spent 18 months studying to obtain certification in breast sonography. This gives them the ability to continue working with women who may, after a screening mammography, require a follow-up breast sonography. 10/14/2015


Be proactive and get your flu shot now

Autumn is officially here signaling the need for my annual reminder on the importance of getting a flu shot. I am one of the first in line for this annual ritual; I believe I was the first this year at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. I’ve had the flu and don’t intend to ever get it again! 10/7/2015


Advances in orthopaedic surgery allow Midway man to golf again

For a man whose body has broken down in extraordinary ways, Don Puckett of Midway is remarkably spry. He’s also not shy about telling you about his biggest success.

Don has been a regular patient of our orthopaedics team for years. He’s overcome two total knee replacements, a right hip replacement and a right shoulder replacement, all performed by orthopaedic surgeons at Wake Forest Baptist Health Orthopaedics – Lexington. 9/23/2015


Back-to-School Festival a strong collaboration with the community

At the Back-to-School Festival, Lexington Medical Center teamed with Davidson County, Lexington City and Thomasville City schools, agencies from the city and county, regional non-profits, the city of Lexington and Southmont fire departments, Davidson County EMS and the Davidson County Rescue Squad, and private businesses to offer free school supplies and more in a fun way to children and their families. 9/16/2015


Helping people live pain-free, productive lives

When Matthew Bullock, DO, MPT, was in college at West Virginia University, he had a hunch he wanted to go to medical school. He also wanted to gain work experience that might help him in that field, so he became a physical therapist.Today as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bullock is putting his physical therapy and osteopathic medicine backgrounds to work. He is the newest member of the team at Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates, PA, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Bullock specializes in all aspects of hip and knee replacement surgery, as well as non-surgical approaches. 9/9/2015


Fulfilling a longtime desire to care for children

Elizabeth Reichard, MD, recently joined Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, fulfilling a desire she’s had since she was a youngster—to work with children and their families. 9/2/2015


Donation of blankets helps new moms and our Birthing Center

This month, the Iris of Love chapter hosted the national convention for Eastern Star chapters in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. One of the key convention events was a Friday morning “Love Breakfast’’ in which the host chapter received blankets for newborns donated by the members of all of the chapters who attended the convention. 8/26/2015


New physician with Women’s Services brings insight from work in foreign countries

Victoria Elliot, MD, brings a wealth of world experience to her job as the newest Women’s Services physician at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. 8/19/2015


Staff rises to the challenge amid city water main break

When a major water main broke in the city of Lexington last Monday morning, it became a test both for Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center and our neighbors throughout the region. 8/12/2015


Joint Replacement Center Expansion Heralds Its Popularity and Success

Joint Replacement Center, affectionately known by staff and patients as our joint camp, is expanding. 8/5/2015


Sharing a great patient experience

It is heartening to hear how the work of the entire ED team is appreciated not only by those in true life-threatening situations, but by folks like Jan Smith. Today, Jan can barely see the scar on her finger, but what lingers is the positive impression of her treatment. That’s the kind of patient and family experience we strive for every day in every unit. 7/29/2015


A new face in family medicine

Steven Spivey, MD, is our newest physician, joining our growing Family Medicine – Lexington team. He recently completed three years with the Trident/Medical University of South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Program. 7/22/2015


Sportsmen’s Saturday 2015: Bigger and Better

We are pleased to announce that our 6th Sportsmen’s Saturday fundraiser—set for Saturday, Oct. 31—will be bigger and better than ever.

The event, sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center Foundation, raises money each year for a specific purpose within our medical center. This year’s proceeds will be used for enhancements to the facilities and innovative equipment needed at Rehabilitation Services, one of our fastest-growing patient care areas. 7/15/2015


Offering support and advice to and for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients

We recently offered an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Training program at the J. Smith Young YMCA to give caregivers some good tips about understanding, recognizing and interacting with our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 7/8/2015


Creating a More Patient and Family-friendly Cancer Center

A renovation project to improve the patient and family experience at the Cancer Center - Lexington at Lexington Medical Center. 7/1/2015


Dietary Department: Helping Patients Make a Lifestyle Change

Bad habits and busy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy dietary decisions. Read some advice from the dietary professionals at Lexington Medical Center in North Carolina. 6/24/2015


Rehabilitation Services: Helping a Young Man Gain Strength and Stability

Read how LMC's Rehabilitation Services is helping a young man with autism improve his stability and hopefully reduce his pain. 6/17/2015


A Comprehensive Effort to Reach Out to Patients and Families

Lexington Medical Center creates the Patient and Family Experience Team to improve the hospital experience for patients and their families. 6/10/2015


Quilts of Hope Project Provides Measure of Warmth to Patients with Cancer

In April 2015, our 4-year-old Quilts of Hope project handed out 17 quilts to Lexington Medical Center cancer patients in one day. 6/3/2015


2015 Petersen Award Winner Monette Frye Sets Great Example for Caregiving

LMC's director of Rehabilitation Services receives the Peterson award for outstanding community caregiving. 5/27/2015