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Highlights of the week of July 14th 2019

Chief’s message:

Improving cardiovascular health in our community and the southeast US is an ever increasing challenge.  This week we started the PACE program – Partnering to Advance Cardiovascular health through community Engagement.  This is with the American Heart Association where Duke Heart is the Life is Why partner.   We have started to engage our Community Steering Committee which you can see in the photo included.  The goal of the program is to improve the cardiovascular health of our communities in Durham and surrounding counties.  We aim to discuss ways of accomplishing this with our Steering committee.  We look forward to having many join us in this journey to measure and improve CV health in our community.

New Cardiology Fellows Welcome at the Durham Bulls Game:
As has been the tradition for the last several years, we had our welcome to the new cardiology fellows at the Durham Bulls game today.  It was hot and fun, with lots of fellows, families and beer to be had.  Kids enjoyed Wool E. Bull and other activities.













Registration Open for Heart Walk

We are proud to join once again with Duke University Health System and the American Heart Association to sponsor the Triangle Heart Walk, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 at PNC Arena in Raleigh; festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. The Triangle Heart Walk brings people from across our vibrant community together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Duke’s official goal is to recruit 250 teams, register 2,500 walkers and raise $250,000. Join us! We would like your help in reaching (and hopefully exceeding!) this goal and ensuring that Duke Blue is the most visible color at the walk.

You can start your own team (serve as a team coach) or join an existing team as a fundraiser/walker. We are aiming for at least 25 teams to register within Duke Heart  – many thanks to the six coaches who have already signed up to host teams – they are: Marilou Sanchez, Islam Othman, Charlotte Reikofski, Barbara Crocker, Kimberly Starkey, and Manesh Patel. Registration is now open — just visit www.TriangleHeartWalk.org/Duke.

If you have any questions about participating as a team coach, or need help with registering, feel free to email Kimberly Burrows at kimberly.burrows@heart.org.

NOTE: A team coach “kick-off” event will take place on Friday, July 26 at 3 p.m. in the Searle Center.

Sonographer Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Ashlee Davis, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, one of our wonderful cardiac sonographers – she has been selected by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) as their July 2019 Volunteer of the Month! Not only is Ashlee a volunteer, but she is one of the few people selected to take part in the ASE Leadership Academy. To read the story ASE created to highlight her efforts, please click here. Way to go, Ashlee!


Kudos for Exceptional Care & Teamwork

Cardiology nurse practitioners Jaime McDermott and Tiffany Sito as well as their manager, Stephanie Barnes, were recognized this past week in a note from Kasey Williams, nurse manager, operations, for the CT Surgery step down unit for their compassion, professionalism, and excellent partnership in providing care to a complex patient on 3300. In her note, Kasey stated, “they have really gone above and beyond to support our nursing staff, and have facilitated difficult conversations with the patient and his family.”


Many thanks to Jaime, Tiffany, and Stephanie for their efforts not only in patient care, but also in teamwork and collaboration across Duke Heart. We appreciate you!


Upcoming Events:

Registration is now open for the following Duke Heart CME events:


Registration is also open for the inaugural Duke School of Medicine Research Week, October 14-17 at the Trent Semans Center. For a detailed schedule, please visit: https://medschool.duke.edu/research/research-week

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