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WakeMed Welcomes First Class of Campbell University Osteopathic Medicine Students

The first class of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine students

In July, WakeMed welcomed the first class of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) students. Twenty-two students are assigned to WakeMed and the Raleigh area for clinical training.  These rotations are supervised by physicians at WakeMed Physician Practices, medical staff members, and community physicians outside the WakeMed system. CUSOM is the newest medical school in the state and the most recent addition to our medical education programs, which includes students and residents from UNC School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine, as well as students from Campbell’s pharmacy and PA training programs.

“The faculty are extremely excited about hosting the students from this new medical school that has a primary care focus, and this is a great opportunity for WakeMed to continue growing our medical education programs in ways that serve the community,” commented John Perry, MD, vice president, Medical Education. “We anticipate that many of these students will go on to live and practice in this area.  From our 40-plus years of teaching students and residents, we recognize that we are training the next generation of physicians who will be providing care for the communities we serve.”

The students will have 11 four-week rotations, and the bulk of their time will be at WakeMed, especially the Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital and WakeMed ambulatory sites, but also community practices and other hospitals. In addition, members of the WakeMed teaching faculty and community faculty are teaching basic sciences to the first- and second-year medical students on the main campus at Campbell University.

As mentioned by Dr. Perry, medical education is an important way in which WakeMed helps serve our community.  In 2014, 373 medical residents were trained at WakeMed, and they participated in more than 2,400 rotations.


WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department Provides Vital Services to Community

WRAL-TV is currently planning to air a story tonight about pediatric emergency medicine and will feature our Children’s Emergency Department as well as the physicians who staff it.

WakeMed Children’s is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Wake County and features many specialty services, including the only Children’s Hospital in the county and one of the very few dedicated Children’s Emergency Departments in the state.  The Children’s Emergency Department (ED) is a great asset to the families in our community, and all of the physicians working in the department are board certified in emergency medicine and received extensive training in pediatrics during their residency.  More than 30 percent of emergency medicine training is spent on rotations and lectures in pediatrics to include pediatric ICU/trauma, critical care, floor medicine and emergency medicine.  In addition, nine of our ED physicians have completed pediatric emergency medicine fellowships.

As a testament to the skill and experience of our Children’s Emergency Department physicians, it’s also important to know that they provide a key rotation in the training and education of pediatric, emergency medicine and family medicine residents from The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Duke, and also offer a rare fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.  WakeMed also is proud to offer one of the very few pediatric emergency medicine fellowships in the United States in partnership with the UNC School of Medicine to help address the nationwide shortage of pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

The Children’s Emergency Department serves more than 40,000 children annually and provides specialized care to children ages 0 to 18 in an environment designed to cater to the special health care needs of children.  Daily, we are caring for some of the sickest children in our community with tremendous expertise and compassion, helping to keep them comfortable and calm in emergency situations.  This is both a privilege and responsibility to which all of our nurses, therapists, child life specialists and physicians are all deeply committed.


WakeMed Milk Mothers’ Bank Finds New Home at WakeMed Cary Hospital

A WakeMed Milk Bank employee works with breast milk within the milk bank's new location.

WakeMed Cary Hospital is proud to welcome the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank to their newly renovated location within the hospital. The milk bank’s new address and phone number are as follows:

WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank
WakeMed Cary Hospital
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518

The WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank is one of only 15 milk banks in the United States and provides lifesaving nutrition to newborns, especially those in the neonatal intensive care unit. Learn more about the benefits of breast milk and the important service being provided by the WakeMed Milk Bank.

WakeMed Milk Bank Donor In the News
We are so grateful for the many milk bank donors who give their time and effort by donating breast milk. One donor in particular, Kelli Russell, of Washington, N.C., was recently featured in the national news (Yahoo! Parenting and Associated Press) for her generous donation of 38 gallons of breast milk to the WakeMed Milk Bank. Russell has also been the subject of a past WakeMed Voices blog and local news stories found here and here. Russell and all of our other donors share a selfless gift with babies and families who need the incredibly valuable nutrition found in breast milk. If you find yourself with an oversupply of breast milk, please do not throw it away. Consider donating it to the WakeMed Mother’s Milk Bank to help other babies grow and thrive. Contact us today!


Happy Birthday WakeMed North Emergency Department!

Happy Birthday WakeMed North Emergency Department!
Today the WakeMed North Emergency Department turns 10 years old. The North Emergency Department was WakeMed’s first standalone ED and has seen over 320,000 patients during the past decade!  Also, WakeMed North Women’s Hospital celebrated its 100th birth this week!

Thank you to the all the physicians and staff who work hard every day to give our patients and their families an exceptional experience at WakeMed North.


Welcome ANCC Magnet apPRAISErs: Proud to be WakeMed!

This July, we welcomed apPRAISErs from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® who visited WakeMed for four days. Nurses and employees from throughout our organization gathered at the main entrance of Raleigh Campus to offer the apPRAISErs a warm greeting and show their WakeMed pride. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program was developed to identify and honor health care organizations that provide quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet recognition is the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing worldwide, and WakeMed has been working toward it for years. During their visit to WakeMed, the ANCC apPRAISErs thoroughly surveyed our organization to determine if we will receive the Magnet designation.

Photo credit: Kate Wilkes (WakeMed Public Relations) and WakeMed Employees


What’s at the Market Today

Visit the Farmers Market today from 10 am to 2 pm in the Raleigh Campus courtyard to stock up on cookout essentials. We also have several special events today, including:

  • A sample station where you taste the difference between famers’ market and grocery store peaches, cucumbers and tomatoes
  • Two live performances by the Heart Center’s own Sheila Debastiani at 11:45 am and 12:45 pm

Produce (*Available Pesticide-Free)

  • Butterbeans and purple hull peas
  • Cantaloupe*
  • Blueberries (on special today)
  • Tomatoes*
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon*
  • Pecans*
  • Green peanuts
  • Green & colored peppers*
  • Cucumbers*
  • Yellow squash & zucchini*
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Onions*
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes (red and sungold)*
  • Multiple colors bell peppers
  • Eggplant*
  • Chard*
  • Kale*
  • Radishes*
  • Beets*
  • White potatoes*
  • Yellow squash*
  • Cantaloupe*
  • Herbs
  • And more!

Prepared Items

  • Homemade whole wheat bread
  • Strawberry shortcake in a jar (large and small)
  • Pound cake
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Brownies
  • Butter pecan lemon cake
  • Apricot & pear preserves
  • Cherry jam
  • Dijon mustard
  • German mustard
  • Rollwiches-  raspberry & blackberry cream cheese, brie pecan & maple syrup

Other items

  • Hand sewn items (cooling neck wraps, wrist purses, eye masks, etc.)
  • Handmade soaps (Cranberry honey bar, lemon balm, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Bath salts

The weather is gorgeous today.  See you at the market!


Identifying & Preventing Dehydration

So far, it’s been an incredibly hot summer…temperatures in the upper 90s, even breaking 100 degrees, and a lot of humidity. During a time of such extreme heat, protect yourself from dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Hot and humid conditions are known to increase your body’s loss of fluids, and proper hydration will ensure that all of your body’s organs continue to function properly.

Daily Hydration
The average healthy person should drink about 1.5 to 2L (62 to 64 oz.) of fluids daily. An easy way to remember this is 8-8, or eight 8-oz. glasses of fluids daily. Water is always the best choice because it’s free of calories and inexpensive. However, other sources can contribute to your total daily fluid intake, such as tea, milk, diet soda and other low- or no-calorie drinks. During a summer heatwave, you should increase your fluid intake by about one and a half to two cups daily. Generally, you should be drinking enough water so that your urine is clear or pale yellow, not dark.

Signs & Symptoms of Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when the loss of bodily fluids, mostly water, exceeds intake. Your body loses fluids when you become overheated and also due to illnesses associated with excessive vomiting or diarrhea, or medications (i.e. diuretics) that increase fluid loss through urination. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can be minor to severe and include:

  • Dark urine
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fainting

When there is enough fluid loss to cause dehydration, it becomes difficult for the body to carry out normal functions such as urine production and the ability to concentrate. Dehydration can also affect your mood, causing irritability, and can make you feel tired.

Other Ways to Prevent Dehydration
In addition to increasing your fluid intake, limit outdoor activities during peak sun exposure (11 am to 3 pm), and wear a hat and cool reflective clothing if you plan to be in the sun for an extended period of time. Even without heat, activity level, medical conditions, pregnancy, breastfeeding and age can all affect your body’s ability to retain fluids, so drinking plenty of water is always key. Additionally, remember that children and older adults are often more sensitive to dehydration.

When to Seek Medical Attention
If an adult is delirious, experiencing confusion or fainting occurs, seek medical attention immediately. In a child or infant, extreme fussiness, sleepiness and decreased tears/urine production are all reasons to seek medical attention. Typically, a mild case of dehydration can be treated with oral rehydration (water, Gatorade, etc.), rest and moving the person to a cool area. In severe cases, intravenous hydration may be necessary.

More About Water
Learn more about the benefits of drinking water in this News & Observer article authored by WakeMed Cary Hospital clinical dietitian Parul Kharod.

Dr. Jennifer Phifer is a primary care physician with WakeMed Physician Practices – Knightdale Family Medicine. Call for an appointment: 919-266-6211.


Inside Farmers Market Today

Due to the extreme heat, the Raleigh Campus Farmers Market is being held today in the 1E Main Visitor Entrance Lobby from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come down and support your favorite vendors.  The weather is just fine inside.  Today’s offerings include:

Produce (Conventional & Pesticide Free)

  • Canary melons
  • Blueberries
  • Purple hull peas
  • Butterbeans
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Green tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Chard
  • Green onions
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers (multiple varieties)
  • Tomatoes (sungold, cherry and slicing)
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn
  • Pecans
  • Bell peppers
  • Pecans
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Green peanuts
  • Potatoes (sweet and white)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • And much more

Prepared Items

  • NEW! 6 flavors of granola
  • NEW! 3 flavors of natural nut butters
  • NEW! All natural, organic salad dressing
  • Olive oil soaps (many scents to choose from)
  • Gluten-free donuts, cookies and brownies
  • Banana bread, pineapple pound cake, mocha cheese cake
  • Sweet & salty and toffee flavored popcorn

See you at the market!  Also, don’t forget we offer a market match for our EBT/SNAP customers.


Thank You for Supporting the 2015 WakeMed Scrub Run

Thank you to our employees, physicians, friends and neighbors for your support of the 2015 WakeMed Scrub Run. Your participation, donations, time, energy and assistance helped us raise funds for the WakeMed Children’s Hospital through the WakeMed Foundation, and we are truly grateful. Without you, this event, and the benefit to our pediatric patients and their families, would not have been possible.  We hope to see you again next year!

Congratulations to all of our 2015 race winners!  See them all listed below.

10K Race Overall Females

  • Amanda Knapp
  • Lauren Metzger
  • Lori Chong

10K Race Overall Males

  • Shaun Dunning
  • Aaron Hale
  • Russell Moore

10K Race Female Masters

  • Sally Wilging
  • Abby Johnston
  • Mary Engel

10K Race Male Masters

  • Bill Bass
  • Mark Piehl
  • James Gerdts

10K Race Female 15 & Under

  • Abby Carpenter
  • Natalie Grimes

10K Race Male 15 & Under

  • Garrett Pfaffer

10K Race Female 16-19

  • Haley Sheehan
  • Katherine Kruse

10K Race Male 16-19

  • Adam Atik
  • Eric Kardon

10K Race Female 20-24

  • Amanda Pfeiffer
  • Larkin Nance
  • Jenn Wenger

10K Race Male 20-24

  • Patrick Kayser

10K Race Female 25-29

  • Eleanor Morales
  • Holly Hagle
  • Mary Soriano

10K Race Male 25-29

  • Ryan Liska
  • Geoff Smith
  • Alex Diedrichs

10K Race Female 30-34

  • Amy Green
  • Dana Schrantz
  • Jess Cartee

10K Race Male 30-34

  • Clarke Mansfield
  • Francisco Morales
  • Scott Cooper

10K Race Female 35-39

  • Ivy Pointer
  • Jennifer Marchione
  • Heather Gutekunst

10K Race Male 35-39

  • Matt Cross
  • Michael Gruman
  • Matt Alleman

10K Race Female 40-44

  • Jenny McClendon
  • Leslie Page
  • Margaret Hanson

10K Race Male 40-44

  • David Ulmer
  • Mark Uttridge
  • Christopher Pleasant

10K Race Female 45-49

  • Susan Novak
  • Penny Neville
  • Amy Akins

10K Race Male 45-49

  • Scott Kauffman
  • Kyle Brown
  • Shawn Kruse

10K Race Female 50-54

  • Carolyn Johnson
  • Sharon Parro
  • Pam Foster

10K Race Male 50-54

  • Thad McLaurin
  • Kevin Emery
  • Mark Reed

10K Race Male 55-59

  • Tim Beck
  • Kwok-Wai Tsang
  • Michael Fernandez

10K Race Female 60-64

  • Deanna Springell

10K Race Male 60-64

  • Joe Gramer

10K Race Female 65-69

  • Kaye Holder

10K Race Male 65-69

  • Don Smythe
  • John Lawrance
  • Manny Tesfaye

10K Race Male 70+

  • Raymond Currier

5K Race Overall Females

  • Michelle Langan
  • Elaine Lawrie
  • Carrie Endara

5K Race Overall Males

  • Matthew Loeffler
  • Dean Goodison
  • Valo Endra

5K Race Female Masters

  • Catherine Wides
  • Dana White
  • Julie Marshall

5K Race Male Masters

  • Dave Lewis
  • Michael Avery
  • Haipeng Chen

5K Race Female 15 & Under

  • Isabel Leinenweber
  • Savannah Krupica
  • Rebekah Hartzell

5K Race Male 15 & Under

  • Grant White
  • Justin Hayes
  • David Wahlen

5K Race Female 16-19

  • Raven McLaurin
  • Abbie Green
  • Sydney Sweeny

5K Race Male 16-19

  • Collin Cleaver
  • Nicholas Vendittelli
  • Chris Simonson

5K Race Female 20-24

  • Michelle Bailey
  • Alexandra Harris
  • Megan Koon

5K Race Male 20-24

  • Callistus Ndemo
  • Christian Niez
  • Luis Rodriguez

5K Race Female 25-29

  • Colleen McCarthy
  • Ainslee Noreen
  • Glenda Bowman

5K Race Male 25-29

  • Dennis Cattel
  • Fred Lewis
  • Reginald McIlwain

5K Race Female 30-34

  • Sally Poole
  • Kimberly Denning
  • Ashley Bivins

5K Race Male 30-34

  • Andrew Langan
  • Jonathan Viventi
  • Fred Clark

5K Race Female 35-39

  • Olivia Morris
  • Beth Soto
  • Ilsy Chappell

5K Race Male 35-39

  • Frank Gentile
  • Joey Pointer
  • Ryan Murray

5K Race Female 40-44

  • Gwen Farishian
  • Soledad Cisneros
  • Courtney Williams

5K Race Male 40-44

  • Michael Lhotsky
  • Matt Marchione
  • Jon Chappell

5K Race Female 45-49

  • Anne McVeigh
  • Laura Wessell
  • Amy Light

5K Race Male 45-49

  • Robert Krapica
  • James Sinanis
  • Stephen Leinenweber

5K Race Female 50-54

  • Laura Clarke
  • Cynthia Cuddington
  • Melinda Carr

5K Race Male 50-54

  • Daniel Bass
  • Ryan Wassilchak
  • Rodney Mayo

5K Race Female 55-59

  • Carole Magee
  • Audrey Downing
  • Brian Skelly

5K Race Male 55-59

  • George Paugh
  • John George
  • Stephen Moravick

5K Race Female 60-64

  • Jane Owen
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Lorelei Hackbardt

5K Race Male 60-64

  • Bruce Foggiano
  • David Singer
  • Doug Hardy

5K Race Female 65-69

  • Patsy Ringler
  • Susan Hatch
  • Beverly Chappell

5K Race Male 65-69

  • Larry Slupianek
  • Philip Hackbardt
  • Skip Roy

5K Race Male 70+

  • Larry Costello
  • Elmer Davis
  • Howard Bowker

5K Crankchair Overall Females

  • Melissa O’Connor

Competitive Youth Soccer & Injury Prevention

Sports injuries are common in youth athletes. They often suffer sprains, strains, bruises, or broken bones. In soccer, the most common injuries are to the leg, from a twisted knee or ankle to a direct blow from a kick or collision.

Most youth injuries are due to overuse or over-exertion. Soccer players may have shin splints (soreness in the front of the leg between the knee and ankle), patella tendinitis (pain just below the knee cap), achilles tendinitis (pain in the back of the ankle) and stress fractures (break in the bone).

It may be difficult to tell the difference between stress fractures and soft tissue injuries, so if pain persists after a few days of rest, it is best to see your doctor.

Many injuries are preventable. Several ways to avoid injury include:

  • Use good equipment. Make sure your child has well-fitting cleats and shin guards, and use synthetic balls instead of leather ones that can become heavy and waterlogged, and increase head injuries.
  • Stay hydrated. Kids need to be reminded and encouraged to drink plenty of water.
  • Stay in good condition. Athletes who are in better physical shape tend to have fewer injuries. If your child has been away from sports for a while, allow him or her to gradually progress with activities like strength, agility training, and aerobic conditioning.
  • Avoid overuse injuries. Many young athletes participate in one sport year-round and tend to over train. It is important to allow time for rest and recovery as opposed to continuing to push through pain and discomfort. This leads to burnout and also increases the chance of injury.  Teach your child to listen to his or her body and pay attention to warning signs.

Training programs are available that teach exercises and strategies which decrease the chance of athletic injuries. Also consider consulting a sports medicine physician or physical therapist to develop a specific plan that will help your young athlete prevent injuries.

Dr. Mark Wood is an orthopedist at Wake Orthopaedics.