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Gastroenterology

The Gastro Unit is located on Lenoir Memorial's second floor. The unit contains 13 private rooms for prepping and private consultation with the physician following the procedure. Lenoir Memorial currently has three gastroenterologists on staff, two procedure rooms and four recovery bays. The unit provides a broad range of diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures.

Specialized equipment enables the gastroenterologist to take an endoscopic view of the patient's esophagus, stomach and colon while the patient receives a combination of medicines to help them relax and not recall the examination. Colonoscopies, Flexible Sigmoids, and EGDs are among the most common procedures provided by the unit. Most procedures take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Patients recover at least 30 minutes in a separate recovery area before returning to their room. Patients normally arrive early on the morning of their procedure and are home by early afternoon, if not before.  The addition of the Spyglass technology allows Gastroenterologists to have a video view of the bile duct and thereby make diagnosis and treat conditions that before now had very limited options. The introduction of the new HALO system has brought the advanced ablation technology for Barrett's esophagus to Lenoir Memorial. This technology maximizes clinical outcomes by completely removing the damaged tissue without injuring the underlying healthy tissue.

The Gastro Unit staff also provides the community with colorectal cancer screenings four times each year. These screenings are offered free of charge. Each participant is given a kit which enables them to do the hemoccult testing in the privacy of their home. After completing the test, the participant returns a replay card to the gastro unit. Test results are returned to the participant with an additional copy for their physician. For more information about the Gastro Unit, please call 252-522-7399.

 
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Send Us Your Story

Lenoir Memorial has added a feature to its website at www.lenoirmemorial.org. Those with hospital stories they'd like to share can click on the "Send Us Your Story" tab on the home page and will be taken to a special form created for you to tell us your Lenoir Memorial story. Submissions can be private or public depending on what you prefer. Send us your story. Through your hospital stories we can continue to work towards a patient-centered care environment for our patients and continue on our mission to provide exceptional healthcare for the people we serve.  

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HealthLink - Winter 2015

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Lenoir Memorial Board votes to pursue strategic partnership with Novant Health

After a yearlong selection process for a strategic partner, the Lenoir Memorial Board of Directors has unanimously voted to pursue a partnership through a management agreement with Novant Health, hospital officials announced today.  The decision follows a thorough search and exploration process led by the board to select a partner who would best position Lenoir Memorial for the future of healthcare and create a stronger health system for the Kinston community.  "For more than a century, Kinston has had a community hospital and the chapter we're beginning today will preserve that legacy of local healthcare for future generations," said Gary Black, president and CEO of Lenoir Memorial.  "Through an affiliation with Novant Health, we will further enhance the services we provide, ensuring that high-quality care remains close to home."  The Lenoir Memorial Board now enters discussions with Novant Health to structure the terms of the partnership, leading to the signing of the management agreement, which the board hopes to finalize this spring.

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Affordable Care Act and Healthcare Marketplace

Lenoir Memorial plays a vital role in educating uninsured patients about their coverage options and helping them navigate the Marketplace.  There are several ways to apply for health coverage.  You can apply online using a laptop or desktop computer.  (You may not be able to complete the application using a smartphone or tablet.)  You can also fill out a paper application, apply over the telephone or apply in person at certain sites.  Find out more about the different ways to apply here.  Certified Application Counselors (CAC) are available within Lenoir Memorial to educate consumers and aid them in completing an application for coverage.   If you have questions or wish to set up an appointment, you may contact Terrence Body, social worker at 252-522-7977, a patient accounts counselor at 252-522-7000 or call 800-318-8596 at any time of day, seven days a week.  Or visit HealthCare.gov.

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HealthLink - Fall 2014

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Age Defying Exercise

Join Brittney Bradshaw, exercise specialist, for this inspiring talk.  It's not too late to improve your fitness level and quality of life!  With a little preparation and imagination, you can find the right workout for you. Please stay immediately after the presentation for our new Silver & Fit Social Get Together in the Minges Wellness Center and enjoy some refreshments!

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Shake your trunk to Uptown Funk!

Come join the Minges Wellness Center crew as we learn our new flash-mob dance to the hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.  We will be offering multiple 15-minute workshops for a month on a weekly basis.  Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 5:10 p.m. and Thursday at 1:30 p.m.  Come to as many sessions as you need to for practicing your moves.   Flash mob finale is Friday, July 24, lunchtime at the Lenoir Memorial cafeteria patio.  Membership is not necessary to "get funky" but new participants must fill out exercise screening piror to starting. Non-members can only  participate in "UpTown Funk" activities while in the facility.

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Yoga and Flexibility: Limber up with some smart poses!

Being sore and having tight muscles can really slow you down on a daily basis, and even more so during exercising.  Did you know that yoga is a great practice that can increase limberness, while also keeping muscles and joints healthy? Join Graham as he discusses yogo positions that will stretch your muscles, loosen up tightness, and relax your whole body!

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Get Your Rear In Gear - November 5

This free colorectal screening 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 WellAare team and the Lenoir Memorial Gastro staff.  This screening is funded in part by a grant from Get Your Rear in Gear - Kinston and the Lenoir Memorial Foundation.  Call 522-7014 to complete required registration.

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Get Your Rear In Gear - Sept 10

This free colorectal cancer screening clinic is free for men and 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 Lenoir Memorial Gastro staff.  This screening is funded in part by a grant from Get Your Rear In Gear-Kinston and the Lenoir Memorial Foundation.  Call 522-7014 to complete the required registration.

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