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Summer 2013


Harvesting a happy and healthy summer!

in this issue 4

On the cover: Deans Farm Market offers vegetables and fruits aplenty. Check out a few recipes to savor this summer.


Charles “Red” Barrett’s legacy lives on, thanks to a partnership between his family and Hospice of Wilson Medical Center.


Focus on Fitness: Diet and exercise are key to any lifestyle change. Find out what our exercise physiologist and dietitian have to say about getting healthy and staying healthy.


Child’s Play: Control is key in dealing with asthma in youngsters. Learn what Pediatrician Dr. Ketarah Robinson has to say about asthma.


FEATURE: Community volunteers make WilMed Healthcare Foundation successful. From the annual Super Swing golf, tennis and bridge tournament to community-driven fundraisers, volunteers and the Foundation work as a team to help the less fortunate. Above, Super Swing is about having fun and saving lives. Women’s teams often come up with “themes” for their golf carts.

More than a job. Build a Career! If you’re looking for an organization that thrives on building leaders, take a look at Wilson Medical Center. We’re proud that our leadership team includes men and women who have grown as people and as leaders. Wilson Medical Center delivers life-changing care

with excellent employees.

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To experience the rewards of a career at Wilson Medical Center, apply by visiting EOE Nora Finch, 33 years of service From staff nurse to director

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Wilson Medical Center publishes InVision quarterly to educate and inform you about our services and our people. InVision is a look at Wilson Medical Center now and our vision for the future.

Wilson Medical Center is close to decision on partnership

Executive Team:

Richard Hudson, CEO Wilson Medical Center

As we begin to wind down our search process for a new partner, the pace of change and the transformation in the health care industry continues to gather speed. From the decisions in Raleigh affecting hospitals (non participation in the Federal Health Exchange and failure to expand Medicaid), to the changing regulations from Washington regarding implementation of health care reform, we continue to see change and uncertainty in our industry. In preparing for full implementation of the Healthcare Reform Act beginning January 1, 2014, and the new demands placed on the health care delivery systems, we must let our community know this is a very difficult transition time for hospitals and physicians. We all ask for your patience and understanding as we adapt to the many new demands placed on the hospital and our physician community. During this same time of transition, we will also be making changes as a result of our affiliation transition. We hope to announce our new partner at the end of this month, followed by six weeks to eight weeks of other due diligence and legal preparation. We expect to bring the transaction to a close sometime in late October or early November.

President/CEO Richard Hudson CFO Lynn Lambert Vice President Rick Guarino, M.D., Medical Affairs Vice President Denise O’Hara, Human Resources Interim Vice President Catherine Rhyne, Clinical Services

Board of Trustees:

Chairman Jim Pridgen Vice Chairman Page Smith Secretary Carroll Coleman Treasurer Carletha Ward William Bynum IV, M.D. Jonathon Dewald, M.D. Sheryletta Lacewell Leesa Lawrence, M.D. Rev. William Presnell Tommy Shingleton John Tilton David West Tom Lucas

President, Medical Staff Leesa Lawrence, M.D.

Director, Marketing & Development Lisa Briley

Manager, Corporate Communications Connie Rhem

Our Board of Trustees, Physician Advisory Committee, and Community Advisory Committee have spent countless hours considering the right partner for Wilson Medical Center. We are looking forward to a smooth transition as we plan to ensure a successful future for Wilson Medical Center and our community. Much as our local growers harvest fruits and vegetables like the ones on the front cover of our InVision magazine, we also hope to harvest the most out of our new relationship going forward to strengthen our health care delivery system.

Wilson Medical Center 1705 Tarboro St. SW Wilson, N.C. 27893

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer.

Richard E. Hudson, FACHE President & CEO

Volume 5, Number 2. Wilson Medical Center publishes InVision quarterly to share with the public information about the hospital, physicians and our other healthcare practices. The information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please contact your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment, exercise or nutritional program. If you prefer not to receive InVision, please call Connie Rhem at 252-399-8948 or e-mail your request to

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On the cover: Deans Farm Market (pictured) and Wilson Farmers’ Market

sell in-season fruits and vegetables all year round. Specialists say diets high in fruit and vegetables are an important part of healthy meal planning. Visit these locations this summer and enjoy a summer full of healthy eating!

Harvesting a happy and healthy summer!


provided by Deans Farm Market d Fish

Peach and Pepper Salsa with Grille

Combine juicy sweet peaches with a little jalapeno heat for a healthy salsa that gives your favorite grilled fish a summertime kick! 11/3 cups coarsely chopped peeled peaches, see options below (about 1 pound) 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/3 cup chopped fresh arugula 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 4 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 garlic clove, minced

. 2. Prepare grill to medium-high heat Fish: ns poo teas 3. To prepare fish, combine 4 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice e clov juice, oil, paprika, and 1 garlic 4 teaspoons olive oil in a large, shallow glass baking dish, 1/2 teaspoon paprika e stirring with a whisk. Add fish to juic 1 garlic clove, minced let mixture; turn to coat. Cover and 4 (6-ounce) skinless tilapia fillets (or stand 15 minutes. halibut) 4. Remove fish from marinade; discard 3/8 teaspoon salt with 3/8 per marinade. Sprinkle fish evenly 3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pep e teaspoon salt and black pepper. Plac Cooking spray ing cook fish on a grill rack coated with spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or Preparation e until desired degree of doneness. Serv 1. To prepare salsa, combine first nine fish with salsa. ingredients; toss gently. Let stand 30 ve minutes before serving. Option: Lea r colo ed add for hes peac the skins on the and texture.

Recipe Wonderful for a summer bru nch or breakfast, this six-layer wa ter melon trifle will please any crowd . 4 cups minced water melon 3 cups fat-free vanilla yogurt (can also use Greek vanilla yogurt) 2 cups low-fat granola


provided by watermelon. org Six-Layer Watermelon Trifle

3 cups fat-free peach yogurt 2 cups crisp rice cereal 2 cups shredded coconut ½ cup minced water melon (garnish) Mint leaves (garnish) Preparation Spread vanilla yogurt over the

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of a deep glass casserole or trifle dish. Layer the remaining ingred ients in the order listed above over the vanilla yogurt. Garnish top center of Trifle with remaining ½ cup minced wa ter melon and mint leaves. Serves 8 -12

Hospital dedicates suite to honor Red Barrett Wilson Medical Center dedicated this suite on the Palliative Care Unit in memory of Charles “Red” Barrett, a baseball player who retired in Wilson.

Attending the dedication of the suite are, from left, grandson Spencer Barrett, son Rick Barrett, wife Libby Barrett and daughter-in-law Pam. Granddaughter Lindsey is not pictured.

Charles “Red” Barrett’s legacy lives on, thanks to a partnership between Hospice of Wilson Medical Center and the Barrett family. The hospital dedicated a room on the Palliative Care Unit in Barrett’s memory on June 2. Barrett, a baseball player who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, settled in Wilson upon retirement. He died July 28, 1990, while under Hospice care. After his death, the Barrett family started a golf tournament in his memory to raise funds for Hospice. In the last 21 years, Hospice has used the funds to provide medicine and other supplies to patients and their families. “People would come out to the golf tournament to remember my dad, to recognize the incredible work of Hospice in our community and to help raise much-needed funds for Hospice care for those who may not be able to afford

such care,” says son Rick Barrett. “But in a personal way, it gave my mom and me the chance to reconnect with dad,” he says. “For my wife Pam and our children, Spencer and Lindsey, who never got to meet him, it gave them the chance to feel like he was part of their lives, to feel a connection with him, to hear funny stories about him from the golfers and to create memories of him that will last a lifetime.” “Hospice was a blessing to my son and me,” says wife Libby Barrett. “I don’t know what we would have done without them. They were a real comfort. Watching someone you love at the end of life is difficult enough. Thanks to Hospice, Rick and I were able to spend valuable quality time with him.” Hospice care provides clinical and spiritual care, as well as assistance with day-to-day living in the home environment. To make a gift, call the Foundation office at 252-399-8975 or visit the website at Wilson Medical Center InVision Summer 2013




“When you’re busy, oftentimes it’s easier to justify or rationalize making less healthy choices,” says Paula Furiness, Wellness Services coordinator and an exercise physiologist at Wilson Medical Center. “A good place to get started is setting a specific, realistic goal for yourself,” she says. “Saying you’re going to lose 10 pounds doesn’t say anything about how you’re going to do it. ‘I’m going to eat at least one vegetable at lunch’ is a more specific and focused behavior change to practice. Or, ‘I plan to walk three days a week at the track after work at 5:30 p.m.’ is more specific than ‘I’m going to exercise every day.’” Mrs. Furiness says one way to get on the road to fitness is to ask yourself what you’re doing to support your goals of being healthier and physically fit, for example. Jeanne Dao agrees. Ms. Dao is a licensed and registered dietitian at Wilson Medical Center. “When I meet with someone, I look at restructuring their day, 6

nutritionally,” Ms. Dao says. “Not telling them what they can and can’t eat. “Diet is a noun that is defined as what you eat during the day,” she says. “Dieting is a verb that implies you can eat some things and not others. And failing makes people feel guilty. “There is no guilt,” she says. “My consultations with people are about developing a good relationship with food and learning how each food makes you feel.” The two agree that talking with people is essential to setting them up for success.

Paula Furiness and Jeanne Dao To contact Mrs. Furiness or Ms. Dao, email them at or

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There are alot of positive results from exercising and eating healthy. Both positively affect the body from head to toe:


Always shop the perimeter of the grocery store first. Start with lots of fruits and vegetables. Choose whole wheat or whole grains in the bakery and fish, seafood or lean cuts in the meat section. The dairy section should include skim or 1% milk or yogurt.

>> Strength training helps you get stronger and more toned, improves balance, and reduces the risk of falls. >> Resistance training can improve posture and de crease lower back discom fort. Mrs. Furiness recom mends choosing exercises that include the legs, back, chest, shoulders, arms and abdomen. >> Releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain. “Eating three small meals a day with healthy snacks in between also keeps your body from experiencing peaks that hype you up and valleys that leave you grouchy and lethargic,” Ms. Dao says. >> Improves insulin sensitivity and reduces your risk of diabetes. >> Are key in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Activities like bike riding, walking and swimming encourage calorie burning, an important aspect of weight reduction, says Mrs. Furiness. “Add the resistance training to minimize muscle loss while losing weight,” she adds. Reaching a healthy weight with a healthy diet and exercise is essential to long-term success, Mrs. Furiness and Ms. Dao agree. Realistic and concrete fitness goals, coupled with food choices that sustain and energize your body help create a successful plan for lifelong health.



Control is key in dealing with asthma in youngsters

Watching children run, laugh and play makes many parents nostalgic for the innocent freedom of childhood. But for children with asthma, the picture might be different. “Children with uncontrolled asthma may have difficulty playing and sleeping, as well as performing normal childhood activities,” says Ketarah Robinson, M.D., of Eastern Carolina Pediatrics. She was the guest speaker at dr. talks. dr. talks is a free educational session that is open to the public. A number of things can trigger asthma symptoms or an asthma attack. Triggers may include exercise, weather changes, viral respiratory infections, exposure to allergens like dust or pollen, and exposure to airway irritants like tobacco smoke. Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness - all of which are also common at night, causing sleep disturbance. Nighttime

issues sometimes cause daytime issues, she says. “Of the children in North Carolina with asthma, almost half missed at least one day of school because of their asthma in the past year,” Dr. Robinson says. “Managed properly, asthma can be controlled and allow children to engage in the same activities as other children, for the most part,” Dr. Robinson says. “All children who have persistent asthma should be monitored at regular intervals to assess how well their asthma is being controlled.” Persistent asthma ranges from mild to severe, depending on how often daytime and nighttime symptoms occur and how limited the child is in activities. Intermittent asthma occurs fewer than two days a week and does not result in any nighttime symptoms or limits in activity. Dr. Robinson recommends that parents talk with their child’s physician concerning medical management of asthma. Treatments range from daily prevention medications to fast-acting medications used to relax or re-open the airways.

Eastern Carolina Pediatrics Ketarah Robinson, M.D. 1702 Medical Park Drive Wilson, NC 27893 (252) 243-7944

Not so fun facts about asthma and children >> Wilson Pediatrician Ketarah Robinson, M.D., says that while asthma is a serious condition, properly treated, children can live happy, healthy lives. Here are a few facts you might want to know about childhood asthma:

Childhood asthma continues to be a leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and days missed from school.

Asthma is a preventable cause of death in children.

One out of 10 children in North Carolina has asthma.

Children with asthma are 37 times more likely to miss school. Almost half of the children in North Carolina have missed one day of school in the past year due to their asthma.

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Building a F ladies paint the town pink Whether supporting WilMed Healthcare Foundation through the 11th annual Super Swing or through fundraisers and education events to raise awareness about breast cancer, our Pink Ladies are an integral part of the Foundation. Super Swing raised nearly $140,000 through monetary gifts and in-kind donations. The tournament has grown to include 269 golf, tennis and bridge players, 45 volunteers, and more than 175 sponsors. Our after-tournament thank you party drew more than 365

attendees. Thank you! Eastern Carolina Pathology won in women’s golf play. Pathologist Jim Cash, M.D., poses with members of the women’s team, from left, Jane Matthews, Cathy Garris, Rhonda Williams and Lisa Matthews.

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Betty Banks, Hazel Byers and Martha Walston, from left, won first, second and third places respectively in bridge.

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Thank you to our Super Swing presenting sponsors: Carolina Radiology Consultants, Turner, Fred and Joe Bunn, Carolina Forge and BB&T

Upcoming Events Barton Soccer September 25


October 17

Ruby Tuesday October 2-4

Jersey Mike’s

October 22


Pizza Inn

October 24


October 31

October 9

Mother’s Day Mammograms October 7-8

box lunches

WilMed Healthcare Foundation’s Pink Night at Gillette Athletic Complex raised more than $1,000 for the Foundation through the sale of baked goods and pink and white baseball necklaces. Breast cancer survivor Kelly Gunter led her First Presbyterian Church pre-K class in singing the national anthem before Pink Lady and cancer survivor Cathy Heeley threw the first pitch. Players and spectators also bowed their heads during a moment of silence for cancer survivors. Pink Ladies and breast cancer survivors Glenda Patterson and Rosa Lucas co-chaired the event.

Foundation community support WilMed Healthcare Foundation Manager Robin Williams says the foundation’s success is due to the support of the Wilson community. Students are helping women and children by raising money through Kids Helping Kids and Pink Nights with area baseball teams continue to draw crowds. And finally, a local bike group is raising awareness and funds with an annual ride through Wilson. “The support we get from our community is just awesome,” Mrs. Williams says. “We have a great core of volunteers, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.” If you’re interested in making a gift or learning more about our programs, call Mrs. Williams at 252-399-8975 or visit the Foundation page at These community groups support the Foundation: (left to right, top to bottom) Barton Baseball Pink Night, $1525; The Hard Hittas, $1,600; Greenfield School, $4,000; Company Dancers of Hunter’s Dance Showcase, $33,000; Junior Pink Ladies Club at Hunt High School, $400, and Fike High School Senior (Jordan Peterson) Project, $450.

Foundation Advocates Committee members:

planning for the future WilMed Healthcare Foundation is reaching out to young leaders in our community through a new Foundation Advocates group. “Educating and engaging our future leaders will ensure the growth and quality of health care for many generations to come,” says Foundation Manager Robin Williams. “The work we’re doing with the support of our volunteers is so important,” Mrs. Williams says. “But it’s important to make sure we have that volunteer base for the future, too. We have such an engaged group of young people, and I believe they’re ready to help us move forward.”

Like WilMed Healthcare Foundation on facebook.

Wilson Medical Center CEO Rick Hudson, right, talks to attendees of WilMed Healthcare Foundation’s first Advocates event.

Frank Batten, DVM Paula Benson Mary Boyette Megan Eichelberger Kim Ellis Will Farris Clay Hinnant Kathleen Phillips Melanie Raynor John T. Smith Page Smith Wallace Thomas Charlotte Vick-Ferrell

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. . . very sleepy

things you need to know about obstructive sleep apnea


Sleep is a naturally occuring state during which a person is in a reduced or absent state of consciousness, has relatively suspended activity of the senses and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. There are two stages of sleep: non-REM sleep and REM sleep. Non-REM sleep is in three stages that range from wakefulness and a light sleep to a deep sleep. About 25% of our total sleep is REM. REM typically starts between 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Sleep rejuvenates the entire body. The amount of sleep each person needs depends on a number of varying factors. Eight hours is a good average for adults.


and nasal decongestion. Because OSAS interrupts restful sleep, someone with this illness might complain to his/ her physician about snoring, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, poor concentration, nighttime chest pain or awakening with the sensation of choking, gasping or smothering.

What is sleep?

What is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome?


We diagnose OSAS by taking into account the patient’s complaint, history, and the results of a physical exam, overnight sleep study, nighttime oximetry (which measure levels of oxygen in a person’s blood) and portable sleep study.


How common is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome? Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. Up to 26% of adults are at high risk. People from 18 to 45 years old have a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea.


What are the symptoms of and risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome? Usually someone’s partner is the first to notice the symptoms of with OSAS. If your partner says that you snore, then pause and sometimes “awaken” with a jerk, snort or gasp, you might have sleep apnea. Definite risk factors include obesity, abnormalities of the upper airway’s soft tissue and of the head and face. Potential risk factors are heredity, smoking


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What is the treatment for obstructive sleep apnea? Treatments range, depending on the severity of the issue. Behavior modifications and weight loss are advised for all cases. CPAP is the “gold standard” treatment. You and your physician might try having you sleep using any number of breathing machines that generate a continuous flow of air during the entire beathing cycle to keep the airway open - CPAP, BIPAP, APAP or ASV. The patient breathes in and out by themselves. Oral appliances and even surgery might be required.

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome occurs when a person’s upper airway is completely or partly blocked decreasing the amount of air in the lungs.


How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?


Where is care available in Wilson for this illness?

Wilson Pulmonary & Internal Medicine is located at 1812 Glendale Drive, SW, Suite A. You may reach the office by calling 252-291-5864. My clinical interests are pulmonary, sleep and critical care. I am board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. Sayeed Hossain, M.D. I am also a fellow of the American FACP, FCCP College of Physicians (FACP) and the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP).

CHECKING IN ON MEN’S HEALTH Words to live by: Eat less, exercise more, quit smoking


Cyndi Pilkington is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) and a registered dietitian (RD) in Occupational Health.

o all of the men out there: when was the last time you went to the doctor? Well now is the time! Men’s Health Week was in June. Did you celebrate? Did you spend some time doing something to make and keep your body healthy? Did you take advantage of screenings? If so, great! If not, now’s the time to get started for next year. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains, coupled with at least 30 minutes of exercise four times a week, is the first step in maintaining good health. Screenings appropriate to your age and family history are also important. Here are some recommendations for you so that by next June, you are well on your way to good health!



Stroke is the No. 4 killer of men, and high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke. Get your health care provider to check these numbers. If your blood pressure is borderline or high (above 120/80), check them at home and follow the medication and diet regimen your doctor prescribes.

Your Hemoglobin A1C is your average blood sugars over the last two to three months. Hemoglobin A1C has recently been approved as a diagnostic laboratory test for diabetes. Get this checked yearly and watch your weight. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to many other conditions, such as nerve and eye damage. It also coincides with heart disease, kidney failure and many other chronic conditions.

>> CHOLESTEROL Heart disease is the number one killer of American men. Higher risk men include those over the age of 45, those with a family history of heart attack at age 55 or younger, smokers, or those who are obese. Cholesterol levels also help to predict your risk, so get them checked at least yearly.

>> COLON CANCER Along with prostate cancer, colon cancer is highly preventable with the proper screening. Colonoscopies start at age 50 and should typically occur every 10 years if your physician doesn’t find polyps. Your physician’s recommendations will change based on your family history, race and personal colonoscopy history. Discuss these issues with your physician to make sure you are screened at the appropriate time and frequency.

>> PROSTATE SCREENING Prostate cancer is slow growing. If not caught early, prostate cancer can spread to other organs. Yearly prostate screenings should generally start at age 50. If diagnosed with prostate cancer early, you have a number of treatment options to choose from to cure the disease.

>> SKIN CANCER Did you spend endless hours in the sun when you were younger? Or perhaps you are on the golf course or swimming pool often these days. A yearly check with a dermatologist will help you keep an eye on any suspicious areas that might need a biopsy. If the biopsy comes back positive for basal or squamous cell growth or malignancy, you and your physician will work on an appropriate treatment plan.

>> Bottom Line Eat a balanced diet, use good portion control, exercise most days of the week, and if you’re a smoker, quit. Also, be sure to see your doctor at least every year in order to make sure you are on track for general health maintenance.



doctors are in Meet our newest physicians

Alvin Antony, M.D.

Carolina Sports and Spine 2401-J Wooten Boulevard (252) 442-4024

Lauren Bollenback, D.M.D.

Dr. Antony Medical degree/internship: University of North Carolina School of Medicine Residency: in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) at UNC Fellowship: in sports and spine medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City Dr. Antony is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine.

Medical degree: University of Dr. Bollenback Florida College of Dentistry Residency: in pediatric dentistry at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Dr. Bollenback is board eligible in pediatric dentistry.

Lillian Burke, M.D.

Regional Medical Oncology Center 2624 Ortho Drive (252) 991-5261 Dr. Burke Medical degree: University of Minnesota School of Medicine Internship/residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham Fellowship: in hematology/medical oncology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Dr. Burke is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.

Wilson Pediatric Dentistry 2401-F Wooten Boulevard (252) 291-4300

Cassandra Moore, M.D.

Southeastern Medical Oncology Center 2410 Montgomery Drive (252) 293-0777

Dr. Moore

Medical degree: University of New Mexico Internship/residency: University of Massachusetts Fellowship: hematology/medical oncology, Duke University Dr. Moore is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Rollin Desauguste, M.D.

Vidant Medical Group at Wilson Medical Center 1705 Tarboro Street SW (252) 399-7332 Medical degree/internship: State University of Haiti Dr. Desauguste Residency: in general surgery from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York Dr. Desauguste is board certified in internal medicine.


1,450ways we’re making a difference



“I’m an only child and a single parent,” Shannon Ferrell tells attendees of a recent dr. talks presentation. “I was overwhelmed,” she says. “Someone told me if I had any questions Valerie Kersey was the person to call.” A registered and oncology-certified nurse, Mrs. Kersey is Wilson Medical Center’s first oncology nurse navigator. Worthwhile work WMC and WilMed Healthcare Foundation, in collaboration with Radiation Oncologist Margaret Metts, M.D., and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, started the Oncology Nurse Navigator Program (ONNP) just more than a year ago. So far, 90 patients have received care through ONNP, resulting in 1,450 contacts between Mrs. Kersey and patients. Oncology Nurse Navigation pairs Mrs. Kersey with cancer patients from diagnosis. She navigates them

through a wide range of services - from coordinating surgery, and medical and radiation oncology to assisting with insurance needs. In addition to helping patients navigate through the cancer care process, Mrs. Kersey’s role includes education, prevention and transitioning patients through survivorship. “I see patients forever,” Mrs. Kersey says. “Survivorship starts the day you receive a cancer diagnosis. Every day you live with cancer is a day you’ve lived with cancer. A true angel On Mrs. Craft’s first day of survivorship, Valerie Kersey walked into her hospital room. “I didn’t call her,” Mrs. Ferrell says. “She answered all of our questions, helped mom apply for Medicaid and assisted us with medications.” Then in February, Mrs. Craft was suffering from chest pain and called Mrs. Kersey. “Valerie called mom’s doctor and they both agreed

we needed MARGARET METTS, M.D. VALERIE KERSEY, RN to call 911,” says, she wanted to start Mrs. Ferrell says. (Her medi- a navigation program in cal oncologist is Scott Smith, Wilson. M.D., of Southeastern She says the navigation Medical Oncology Center.) program is now a national “Valerie called 911, got movement and is a standard in her own car, went to my for accreditation by the mom’s house, sat with her American College of Surand followed the ambulance geons and the Commission to the hospital,” she says. on Cancer. WMC is accredIn a letter, Mrs. Ferrell ited by both organizations. calls Mrs. Kersey “a friend, a resource and, more than Breaking down barriers that, a true angel.” Though young, the program has grown - adding art Fighting the good fight therapy and possibly a volun“The cancer journey is teer program in the future. a stressful time,” Dr. Metts Transportation is one of says. “A lot of things are the primary barriers to care thrown at you, and it’s very for some in Wilson County. overwhelming.” Wilson County needs a The concept of navigation group of volunteers to transbegan in 1990 by Harold P. port patients to and from Freeman, M.D., Dr. Metts doctor’s appointments and says. After starting such a treatments. program in Harlem in 1986, “Transportation is our the survival rate from cancer biggest need for the future,” went from 30 percent to 70 Mrs. Kersey says. “And I percent. know we can do it.” Which is why, Dr. Metts

Wilson Medical Center sponsors dr. talks, a free and open educational forum for the community. To give a gift to the Oncology Nurse Navigator Program, call 252-399-8975 or visit the Foundation page at

meet our newest


Greg Cline

Manager Budget, Decision Support and Reimbursement

Catherine Rhyne

Interim Vice President Clinical Services

‘Bag of tricks’ is volunteers’ secret Volunteers walk into Wilson Medical Center every day full of encouragement, kindness, time, levity and a servant’s heart. Volunteer Services Director Libby Baskervill told volunteers that each of them has talents that make them stronger as a whole - making a difference in the lives of Wilson Medical Center patients. “Encouragement is the common thread that binds us in both joy and pain,” Mrs. Baskervill says. “When you deliver a warm smile, you are showing a kindness. You leave something special that hovers in the room. “Sometimes we need just a smile or even a laugh,” she says. “You offer levity, and suddenly, the sun 14

pops out and things just look more shiny and promising.” Mattie Fenn, left, receives the 2012 Maybe the most impor- Volunteer of the Year Award from Libby tant things volunteers offer Baskervill, Volunteer Services director. are their time and their ser- Mrs. Fenn volunteered for 701 hours of vants’ hearts, Mrs. Baskerthe 28,000 total. vill says. “None of us has of tricks into a bag of miracles.” enough time, yet you find To volunteer, call Director Libby the time to serve here each week. Baskervill at 252-399-8770. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by more than 200 wonderful volunteers with servants’ hearts. I know each of you is looking at others Volunteers serve our patrons at through the lens of love. You give Friendly Expressions gift shop. our patients hope. Hope and a serLike our Friendly Expressions vant’s heart turn that everyday bag page on facebook.

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Changing Patient Lives for the Better Every Day.

er Nadine Skinn M.D., FAAFdPFamily Physician Certifie

Alesha Akins PA-C Certified


Physician Assis tant

Beyond physicals and vaccinations, New Hope Primary Care treats the whole patient - focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment. Dr. Nadine Skinner and Certified Physician Assistant Alesha Akins provide that level of care every day. From infants to the elderly, we’re here to treat your entire family.

Providing Excellence. One Patient at a Time.

Choose Well. Choose Wilson.

New Hope Primary Care 4845 Nash Street NW, Suite A Wilson, NC 27896-7803 (252) 243-0053



1705 Tarboro Street SW Wilson, NC 27893

1705 Tarboro Street SW Wilson, NC 27893



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Congratulations and welcome to our newest physicians! Congratulations and welcome to our newest physicians!

For ear, nose and throat problems, the choice is clear.

From left to right: Fernando X. Castro, MD , Priyan C. Samarakoon, MD, Nadine Skinner, MD, From left to right: Fernando X. J. Castro, MD , Priyan Benjamin Thomas, MD, Malay Agrawal, MD, and Mark Brumit, MD C. Samarakoon, MD, Nadine Skinner, MD, Benjamin Thomas, MD, Malay Agrawal, MD, and J. Mark Brumit, MD

Choose Well. Choose Wilson. Choose Well. Choose Wilson. you suffer from sinus pressure, cough, fatigue or discolored mucous, the choice is clear.

Dr. Ken Johnson and the staff of Wilson ENT & Sinus Center are here to help. Committed to providing the highest quality medical/surgical care of the head and neck, our cumulative years of training allow us to offer the very best medical treatment for you and your family. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: • Acute and chronic respiratory diseases • Balloon sinuplasty • Ear infections • Head and neck cancer • Head and neck surgery • Hearing loss, ear pain, tinnitus & vertigo

• Hoarseness/reflux • Nasal problems/nasal surgery • Sinusitis/sinus surgery • Sore throats/tonsillitis • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders • All pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders

If you’re ready to experience relief, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken Johnson, a board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist today. To schedule an appointment, call 252-399-5300.

WILSON ENT & SINUS CENTER Choose Well. Choose Wilson.

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