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Highlights of Duke Heart Week

Highlights of the week:

Shout-out for Schocken

A very special shout-out to Doug Schocken for his outstanding patient care. We received a letter from one of his patients who stated they had only written one other such letter of gratitude to a physician and it occurred 25 years ago. This particular patient commented on Schocken’s ability to provide perspective on their condition; their gratitude for his insight and understanding, and his guidance – the letter ended with “please accept my heartfelt thank you for the difference you have made in my life.”

Excellent job! Also, a truly fitting reminder that care providers who look beyond the numbers and the condition to see their patient in full – as a fellow human – often make the greatest impact on that person’s well-being.

Demuro to Serve as Nurse Manager DUH CDU, CMRI and EKG, Effective March 1

Duke Heart is pleased to announce that Terri Demuro, BSN, RN, CCRN will become Nurse Manager for Duke University Hospital’s Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, Cardiac MRI, and EKG effective Friday, March 1. Terri has served as Clinical Lead for the DUH Cardiovascular Short Stay Unit (CVSSU) since 2013. Terri joined the Duke Heart team in 2002 as a staff nurse in the Adult EP Lab. Prior to that time, she worked as a critical care nurse at JFK Medical Center in NJ for 17 years. During her time at Duke, Terri has held a variety of leadership roles including nurse manager of the Adult Cath Lab and the CVSSU. She currently serves on the Duke Health System Oversight Committee for Duke’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program, Move Often, Very Early, and Safely (MOVES) and Falls, and the Heart Center Clinical Practice Council. She is the chair of Duke’s Invasive Labs orientation committee, and is involved in community outreach in various settings.

Terri earned her BSN from the University of Mount Olive in 2017 and her Associate of Science in Nursing from Middlesex College in 1985.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Terri to her new role.


The latest issue of Clinical Practice Today: Cardiovascular Update has been published. If you would like a copy of the print version, let Tracey Koepke, Duke Heart’s director of communications know. You can see the online version here: https://bit.ly/2TELRJj

Heart Month Events

Feb. 14: Duke Heart at Cameron Indoor: It Takes a Team to Care for Your Heart

Joining Duke Heart at the Duke vs. VA Tech women’s basketball game. 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium, 115 Whitford Drive. We will offer free heart health risk-factor screenings, stroke education and wellness tips. Compression-only CPR education will also be available.

Volunteers are still needed. We need just a few more staff members to assist with our heart and stroke health risk-factor screenings from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the game. If you can help, let Leatrice Martin Short know by 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Credentials are needed to get into Cameron for this event! Leatrice can be reached at 919-477-7611.

Feb. 23: Duke Heart Day at The Sutherland
Our special community outreach event for National Heart Month will be on February 23 at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

For more information on any of our Heart Month events, please contact Leatrice Martin Short at 919-477-7611.

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