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We offer comprehensive cardiac evaluation for patients who may have chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, feel light headed, dizziness or blacking out. Sometimes patients are referred for cardiac evaluation because they have an abnormality on a diagnostic test such as an EKG or chest x-ray. Others may have had a heart murmur detected during a physical examination. After a full examination by a cardiologists, imaging procedures may be needed for further diagnosis. At Lenoir Memorial we offer Echocardiogram, nuclear stress test, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, CT cans, and MRI of the heart. Ambulatory monitoring of heart rhythm problems is available for patients being monitored for possible arrhythmia. Therapeutic cardiac procedures including pacemakers and internal defibrillators are available for patients who have been diagnosed with conditions warranting this type of procedures such as severe bradycardia and ventricular tachycardia. Cardiac patients are encouraged to discuss the Cardiac Rehab program offered through the Minges Wellness Center with their physician. This program can be a integral part to successfully recovering from heart related health problems.

Cardiac Catheterization Staff

Improved Catheterization Services

In 2013 Lenoir Memorial moved Cardiac Catheterization services to a larger space in the operating room and upgraded Cardiac Cath equipment and services. Also, through a partnership with Vidant Health, heart stenting procedures began. Cardiac catheterizations have been done at Lenoir Memorial for a long time but patients needing heart stents had to travel to another facility to have the stent placed. The cardiac catheterization team assembled to provide this service to our patients has over 130 years of collective experience. The team, led by co-medical directors Dr. Pradeep S. Arumugham and Dr. Alan Kirollos, offer patients the best possible care. Sometimes during a heart catheterization, the physician realizes that patients need a heart stents. Now, Lenoir Memorial can provide this service as opposed to transporting patients to another facility. At Lenoir Memorial patients receiving stents are a high priority and for that reason, prior to any cardiac stent procedure stent procedure, we will contact the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center and inform them that we are placing a stent. Only in a very rare occasion do patients have to be transported to the Heart Institute for additional surgery. But in the event transporting is necessary, we have procedures in place to safely and efficiently transport patients and get them the care that they need. Find out more by visiting



Lenoir Memorial enters into management agreement with UNC Health Care

The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial Hospital has unanimously voted to enter into a management services agreement with UNC Health Care, hospital officials announced May 16.  Discussions regarding an affiliation began between the Lenoir Memorial board and UNC Health Care leadership earlier this year. The board recognized the extraordinary opportunity to partner with a flagship healthcare leader in the state - defined by excellence in research, clinical advancements and quality of care - was one not to be missed.  It became clear that an agreement with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to create a stronger hospital for the Kinston community for generations to come.


"We are excited about our partnership with UNC Health Care and look forward to the vast array of support they will offer us here at Lenoir, said Gary Black, president and CEO. "Our board has been very thoughtful in this process and we believe that this partnership will allow for the growth of services in this community.  UNC Health Care is very much aware of the challenges facing community hospitals in this economic environment and has assured our board that they can assist us in addressing the challenges and maintaining healthcare close to home.  It is our belief that an affiliation with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to continue our mission to ensure exceptional healthcare to the people we serve."


Lenoir Memorial employees will keep their current positions and will remain employees of Lenoir Memorial, a private, not-for-profit hospital, not the state.  This agreement does not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow Lenoir Memorial to maintain local governance.  "We are pleased to welcome Lenoir Memorial Hospital into our system of 10 hospitals and hospital systems, our physician's networks and our affiliation with the UNC School of Medicine," said William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care.  "This partnership with Lenoir Memorial Hospital will continue our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients across North Carolina."

This affiliation will allow Lenoir Memorial to provide a broader scope of resources and experience to benefit its patients.  Some of the primary benefits include:

  • Expansion of locally available hospital and community-based patient care services to enhance patient care.
  • Improved patient experience and satisfaction
  • Enhanced operational efficiency
  • Recruitment of additional highly trained and skilled physicians
  • Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care

UNC Lenoir receives bronze

UNC Lenoir Health Care is proud to be participating in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke program.  Participation ensures that our patients are receiving the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment to improve care and outcomes.  Get With The Guidelines Stroke program is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines.  Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database.  Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements. Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Bronze Performance Award have demonstrated a commitment to treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart/ American Stroke Association for 90 consecutive days.  "The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program has been a valuable tool for us to use to improve our stroke care.  We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to improve stroke treatment.  Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive," said Dawn Becker, RN stroke program coordinator.  Hospitals also benefit from involvement with access to the most up-to-date research and scientific publications, professional education opportunities, clinical tools, patient education resources, staff support, performance feedback and national recognition for hospital team achievement.


Be Informed About Mental Health Crisis Resources in Lenoir County

Mental Health Crisis:

24/7 Crisis Services for Lenoir County are available by calling Eastpointe Access Center at 1-800-913-6109 or for TTY-888-819-5112.  Customer Service  Specialists will assist you in finding a crisis provider.

Mobile Crisis Teams are available 24 hours a day.  Professional counselors will speak with you and your family during a visit.  They have an average response time of 2 hours.  This service is provided by Easter Seals - UCP 800-913-6109.

The crisis center in Lenoir County is provided by, PORT Human Services, located at 2901 N. Heritage Street in Kinston.  252-233-2383.  Appointments are not needed for crisis assessment and referral services, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


To be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area 24/7 call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network for Lenoir County is provided by REAL Crisis Intervention by calling 252-758-4357 for free couseling and extensive referral services.

Call 911 if there is a medical or life threatening emergency.


Keep Your Employees Healthy!

Providing onsite flu vaccinations for your employees is one way to prevent absenteeism during the upcoming flu season. Schedule the UNC Lenoir Health Care corporate health nurses to come to your worksite and administer the vaccine to your employees while at work.  Contact Sonia Joyner, RN, MSN Corporate and Community Health coordinator at 252-522-7397 or to schedule your appointment today.  Costs include $25.00 for each flu vaccination ad fees associate with mileage costs and staff administration of vaccines.


Free Medication Wallet Card

Call the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014 to get your free medication wallet cared and we can mail one directly to your home!  Keeping an up-to-date record of your medicines may help protect you from a mistake.

  • First, it helps you and your family remember all the medicines you are taking.  Next it helps your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists make sure that the medicines prescribed for you can be taken safely together.
  • A list also helps make sure that important medicines you take at home will be continued if you are hospitalized.
  • Finally, your medicine list will help your doctor determine if any illness or symptoms you experience could be related to the medicine you take.

Use a medication list or card to keep a record of all the medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements or herbs you take.  Keep the list updated and share with your pharmacist and physician.  The medication wallet cards are free but limited to one per person.


Avoiding Holiday Hang-ups

This program is for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Sandra will offer meal planning tips, exercise suggestions, and ideas on how you might deal with sickness and/or avoid sickness during the holidays.  All advice is designed to help you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For more information contact Sandra Midyette, RN, CDE, at 252-522-7616.


2016 Colorectal Cancer Screening Dates

This free clinic is for men & women age 40 and up who have never been screened for or had colorectal cancer. The clinic will be led by members of the WellAware team and the UNC Lenoir Gastro staff. Screening sponsored by the Lenoir Foundation. Call 252-522-7014 to complete the required registration.


Benefits of Mind/Body Exercise

Tai Chi and Yoga are POWERFUL! Low impact activities that have a high impact on your health! Come learn the history behind these ancient practices. Learn the many benefits:

  • Improved conditions including arthritis, high blood pressure, and relieves chronic pain.
  • Lowers stress
  • Improves balance

Learn how to coordinate your muscles, bones, heart, and mind!  Silver and Fit social immediately follows this class with free light refreshments.


HealthyLife Weigh 2016 series

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made. Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a registered dietitian in the Minges Wellness Center at Lenoir Memorial.  The program is a modified form of the national program, HealthyLife Weigh, and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits. Each series consists of 4 classes that cover portion control, nutrition, grocery shopping, and emotional eating.  Participants will receive 2 months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist. Required registration may be completed by calling 252-522-7014.  Cost is $150.  Dates and times: Jan 6,13,20, 27 @ 8:30 a.m., Feb, 8,15,22, & 29 @4:00 p.m., March 10,17,24 &31 @ 12:00 p.m., Apr 6,13,20 & 27 @ 4:00 p.m., May 3,10,17,24 @ 8:00 a.m., Jun 1,8,15 &22 @ 12:00 p.m., July 7,14,21 & 28 @ 4:00 p.m., Aug 10,17,24, & 31@ 8:30 p.m.,Sept 6,13,20 & 27 @ 12:00 p.m., Oct 5,12,19,26 @ 4:00 p.m. and Nov 8,15,22 & 29 @ 8:00 a.m.


Your Blood Pressure: Reaching the Target 2016 classes

A one hour basic hypertension educational class for anyone who has higher than normal blood pressure and needs to understand the condition better in order to have good blood pressure control.  Class size is limited and credit for attendance requires the participant to be present for the full session. Registration must be done by contacting Gail Carraway at 252-522-7014. Dates and Times - Jan 11 at 2 p.m., Feb 9 @ 10 a.m., March 7 @ 10 a.m., Apr 12 @ 10 a.m., May 24 @ 2 p.m., June 13 @ 2 p.m., July 13 @ 2 p.m., Aug 29 @ 10 a.m., Sept 14 @ 1 p.m., Oct 12 @ 1 p.m., Nov 9th @ 1 p.m. and Dec 7 @ 1 p.m.