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UNC Lenoir Health Care Performs First Weight Loss Surgery

Posted On: March 15 2017

In January of 2017, UNC Lenoir Health Care launched a new service line for weight management.  The service includes medical and surgical options for weight loss and each component comes with medical supervision, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle counseling. The program is led by Dr. Charles Moore and Dr. Joel Rose.  Moore specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree and completed his residency there as well. Moore is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.  Rose specializes in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He attended the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He completed a bariatric fellowship program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Rose is board certified by the American College of Surgery.

Obesity is associated with a 50-100% increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals.  There is a greater risk of several cancers as well as diabetes and hypertension for obese people.  Medical options include a comprehensive, physician-monitored weight loss program called Optifast, for patients who prefer a non-surgical method of weight loss. The 12-week Optifast Program offers 4-5 weeks of nutritionally dense full meal replacements to initiate weight loss.  Patients are seen for weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with a registered dietitian and bimonthly visits with a physician.  Patients are provided with personalized guidance from an exercise specialist and are offered health coaching sessions as well as bimonthly group support sessions.  Lifelong support and guidance is available after the 12 week program completion.  We also offer weight management medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian for patients that are interested in other ways to lose or manage their weight.

For patients who prefer and are found appropriate for a surgical remedy, bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity.  The mortality rate with bariatric surgery is about 0.1% less than gallbladder (0.7%) and hip replacement (0.93%) surgery.  The clinical evidence shows risks of morbid obesity outweigh risks of bariatric surgery and patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.

UNC Lenoir Health Care spent the last 18-24 months researching the possibility of bringing a weight loss program to this area and found it to be a needed service in eastern North Carolina.  This program was designed to offer participants the highest level of success potential through coaching and medical monitoring.  There is substantial, long-term physician supervision that is unusual in weight loss programs.  Patients of the UNC Lenoir Health Care Weight Loss Program can expect to be followed by their physician for the rest of their lives.

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Wound Care Now Available at UNC Lenoir

Posted On: February 20 2017

Wound Care services are now available on the 5th floor at UNC Lenoir Health Care. The center, managed by a Healogics, a leader in wound care services, recently installed 2 hyperbaric chambers to aid in the wound healing process. Some wounds require specialists to optimize the potential for healing and those services are now available at UNC Lenoir Health Care.  Chronic and non-healing wounds are defined as wounds that have not significantly improved with traditional therapies.  When wounds persist a specialized approach is often called for and the UNC Lenoir Health Care Wound Care Center offers those services.  Physician referrals as well as self-referrals are welcome.

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Lung Cancer Screenings available at UNC Lenoir Health Care

Posted On: January 17 2017

Do you have a history of smoking? If so you may qualify for a lung cancer screening.  Qualified candidates have a history of heavy cigarette smoking; smoked now or have quit in the last 15 years; are between 55-77 and show no symptoms of lung cancer. A physician referral is required.  Ask you physician if a low dose computer tomography lung cancer screening is right for you. For more information visit our wellness website at



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HealthLink - Fall 2016

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Posted On: November 10 2016

Check out the latest edition of the Lenoir HealthLink! Download the PDF...

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Be Informed About Mental Health Crisis Resources in Lenoir County

Posted On: July 28 2016

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.

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Keep Your Employees Healthy!

Posted On: July 28 2016

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.

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Free Medication Wallet Card

Posted On: May 23 2016

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.

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Lenoir Memorial first in area to get Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator

Posted On: May 04 2016

Lenoir Memorial Hospital will be one of the first facilities in eastern NC to install the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, the most advanced radiation therapy machine.  We are the proud recipients of this cutting-edge technology due to the tireless efforts of the Lenoir Memorial Foundation and the generous donations made by members of our community. 

Lenoir Memorial's approach to fighting cancer is to stay on the cutting edge of technology, provide unparalleled treatment options and maintain the highest standard of care for our patients.  The benefits of the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator include the following:

  • Highly improved imaging capabilities for patient positioning prior to treatment.
  • Advanced IMRT/Motion monitoring provides real time imaging, which monitors patient positioning during treatments and turns off the machine automatically when the patient falls out of range of the set treatment parameters.
  • Faster treatment times are possible because treatments come in higher dose rates.  Typical treatment times are just 2-3 treatment delivery minutes.
  • SmartConnect Remote Monitoring means decreased downtime and allows for remote diagnosis and service. 

Lenoir Memorial Cancer Center expects to begin treating patients with the new Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator on July 11, 2016.  If you have any questions regarding cancer treatment, please feel free to contact our Cancer Center at 252-522-7600.

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Lenoir Memorial Enters Exclusive Negotiations with UNC Health Care

Posted On: March 23 2016

The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial has unanimously voted to pursue exclusive negotiations to create a management services agreement with UNC Health Care, hospital officials announced today. 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.

"With this partnership, we have the opportunity to expand high-quality healthcare and a deeply respected brand to our part of the state.  We are confident this partnership will preserve the Lenoir Memorial legacy of local healthcare for future generations," said Gary Black, president and CEO of Lenoir Memorial Hospital.  "Adding access to UNC's groundbreaking research and focus on advancing clinical care and our commitment to the patients we serve enhances what we can deliver together, close to home."

The Lenoir Memorial Board now enters discussions with UNC Health Care to complete details of the agreement which the board hopes to finalize in April.  Both parties agree that when a contract between Lenoir Memorial and UNC HealthCare is finalized it will not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow the board to maintain local governance of the hospital.  Lenoir Memorial employees will keep their current positions and will remain employees of Lenoir Memorial, a private, not-for-profit hospital, not the state.

"We are pleased to affiliate with Lenoir Memorial Hospital and welcome them into our system," said William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care.  "This partnership combines the successful healthcare delivery at Lenoir Memorial Hospital will help advance our system's mission of providing excellent care, training the next generation of North Carolina's physicians, and conducting groundbreaking research."

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.

Similarly, UNC Health Care entered into a management services agreement with Wayne Memorial Hospital in nearby Goldsboro, NC in December 2015.

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HealthLink - Winter 2016

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Posted On: January 13 2016

Check out the latest edition of the Lenoir HealthLink! Download the PDF...

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