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Duke Heart Updates for the week ending October 27th 2019

Friends of Nursing Winners Recognized at Gala

We congratulate our Duke Heart Friends of Nursing Award recipients. Eight of our team members were recognized at the 31st Annual Gala Celebration of Excellence which was held at the Durham Convention Center on Saturday night. There were 38 award winners selected out of 203 nominees across Duke University Health System.

In 1988, Martha White Blalock, a Duke patient, and her husband, Dan S. Blalock Jr., envisioned a program to support the exceptional nurses who were caring for them. After his wife’s death, Mr. Blalock donated funds to begin Friends of Nursing as a way of thanking Duke Nurses for the excellent care they provide.

Since its inception, Friends of Nursing has sponsored professional development opportunities, funded scholarships for continuing education, financially supported learning and research dissemination, and recognized outstanding nursing practice.

The 2019 award recipients from Duke Heart include:

Shannon Brennan, CT Surgical Stepdown Unit 3300, who received the Nan & Hugh Cullman Heart Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Kiersten Butler, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 7700, who received the Heart Center Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing in recognition of Mary Ann Peter.

Lauren Gispanski Coggins, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 7700, who received the Ernestine Davis & Edward L. Cole Award for Excellence in Coronary Care Unit Nursing.

Mary Lindsay, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, who received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership.

Ashley Newsome, Duke Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Croasdaile, who received the Nan & Hugh Cullman Heart Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Rex N. Ruiz, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, DMP 7 West, who received the Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.

Catherine Shuford, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, DMP 7 West, who received the Mary Ann & Robert H. Peter Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Rachel Zwiacher, Cardiac Telemetry Unit 5-2 at Duke Regional Hospital, who received the Duke Regional Hospital Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Great job, to all – we are proud of your efforts and work for our patients.

Respiratory Therapy Week Wraps Up

As National Respiratory Care Week wraps up, we’d again like to thank our respiratory therapists (RT) for the work they do! The Duke RT team includes 138 talented individuals who perform more than 220,000 aerosol therapies per year and manage more than 80 ventilators per day at Duke. The team has worked to decrease ventilator days from over nine days per patient to just over 4.5 ventilator days per patient over the past year.

Our RTs lead research, publish original work, serve on the ECMO team and as leaders on the Board of the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. They also present and conduct outreach through the American Association for Respiratory Care, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the College of Chest Physicians. Our RTs manage day to day care, spearhead chronic disease management, and are crucial to critical care management of patients with respiratory issues. They are here to manage all aspects of respiratory care in both adult and pediatric/neonatal care at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Thanks for all that you do!

RFPs for Mandel Funding

The Duke Cardiovascular Research Center is pleased to announce the annual fall Mandel Funding program RFP’s for the SEED, SCHOLAR, and FELLOW awards.  Funding for these awards is provided by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel Jr. Foundation, through the Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis at Duke.

Guidelines for the SEED and SCHOLAR program are similar to past years; the FELLOW guidelines have been revised. If you would like a copy of the guidelines, please contact Cheryl Woodard.

Proposals are due November 4th and should be sent as a PDF to Maria Rapoza (maria.rapoza@duke.edu) with a copy to cheryl.woodard@duke.edu. All applicants should receive an email confirming receipt within 48 hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email please let them know.

 Doximity Deadline, Oct. 31

The registration deadline is this week! Doximity registration is the only way to ensure you will absolutely have the opportunity to vote online in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Please take a moment to claim your profile in Doximity. If you do not know if you are registered or not, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communication for Duke Heart. She has the full list of faculty who are (and who aren’t!) registered. If you have questions about how to utilize Doximity, she can help with that, too.

Please make sure you’re eligible to vote in early 2020. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

  1. Visit com and enter your first and last name.
  2. Select your profile
  3. Follow the prompts to sign in, reset your password or create a new account.


Thank you!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week we welcome Euan Ashley from Stanford for his presentation, “Towards Precision Medicine.” Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.   This is the 5th annual Albert L. Williams Cardiovascular Genetics leacture and we are excited to have Euan Join us.  He will give DCRI Research Conference from 12-1 pm on Tuesday Oct 29th entitled “You Heart Counts.”

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • November 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • November 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • November 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi


Talent from All Corners Symposium, Nov. 4

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The U.S. has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies.

In this panel discussion on Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Duke cardiologist and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. 3-6 p.m., Searle Center. Registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/events/talent-from-all-corners-how-immigration-helps-shape-scientific-leadership/


Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6

Our next Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The workshop includes presentations from Duke Health patient safety officers and Duke Heart leadership, as well as break-out discussions to discuss past safety events. In the small groups, you’ll review an actual case in order to identify and analyze risks taken and potential solutions to enhance patient safety.

These workshops are some of the most important events we offer to our care teams in Duke Heart. They offer a time to gather and intentionally reflect on the role each of us plays in the safety of our patients and each other.  We need participation from all teams and each type of provider. Join us!

Dinner will be provided. Please register here:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhouKiZ19cm0Bv


Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

October 21 — Redford Williams (psychiatry)

MedPage Today

Depression Intervention Flops for Heart Attack Survivors


October 21 — Anthony Viera (Family Medicine & Community Health)

Consumer Reports/The Washington Post

You’re told you have a ‘pre-disease.’ Here’s what that means.



October 22 — Renato Lopes

NBC News

Bedtime may be the best time to take blood pressure meds, study finds


October 22 — Michael Nanna

tctMD/the heart beat

Elderly Women Worse Off Than Men Before and After Acute MI


October 25 — Manesh Patel

Time magazine

12 Innovations That Will Change Health Care and Medicine in the 2020s


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