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LUMBERTON — Learn about breast cancer on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the retail space beside JCPenney at Biggs Park Mall. Dr. Samuel Britt, of Southeastern Surgical Center, will share information about breast cancer detection, treatment and surgery. The event is sponsored by Biggs Park Mall and Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center.For information, call 910-671-9393.ST. PAULS — Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls will host flu shot clinics ...

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Step up exercise to cut cancer risk

We are excited to continue a series of articles on cancer — raising awareness of risk, and discussing treatments available to those affected. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we have already discussed the importance of screening exams and yearly checkups with your primary care providers in our previous articles.In this article, I am teaming up with Ash Walker, exercise physiologist and all-around fitness guru to talk about prevention.

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Annual Community Health Awards held

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health last week held its second annual Community Health Awards program to recognize the efforts of individuals, churches, businesses, educational and health institutions, and civic and government organizations throughout the community towards improving the health of the region.The event took place Monday at Robeson Community College.“I can think of no better way to encourage partnerships and improve the health of our community than t...

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Vascular surgeon to join staff of SeHealth, Duke Cardiology

LUMBERTON — Dr. Lina M. Vargas, a vascular surgeon, has joined Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular and Duke Cardiology of Lumberton.Vargas earned a medical degree at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, in 2005. She completed a research fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 2009 and residency training in vascular surgery in 2014, both at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland....

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Monitoring key to preventing Ebola spread

The Ebola virus continues to create quite a stir in the United States. One would not expect so many systems to have issues when it came to detecting the case in Texas. From inadequate screening at the airport, to the hospital not recognizing an issue at first presentation, to the transporter’s concerns about infection control, it really didn’t matter what the disease was — all the advanced preparation and training was for naught.

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Southeastern Health launches helpline for Medicare enrollment

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health has launched a free Medicare Insurance Helpline to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate plan options.The helpline, serviced by MedicareCompareUSA, is staffed by licensed Medicare insurance agents. Helpline agents begin the process by identifying Medicare plans accepted by an individual’s physicians and hospital, including regional and national Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement plans.The agents can provide plan comparis...

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LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health will host its second annual Community Health Awards ceremony on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium at Robeson Community College.Eight overall winners will be selected out of 22 nominees in the following categories: faith-based; education; emergency personnel; business; government; health care; individual impact; and lifetime achievement. The public is invited to attend.LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Farm Bureau wi...

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These shoes are made for running

Living in a household of athletic women, there is a ton of athletic footwear lying around. There are running shoes, soccer cleats, softball cleats, cross fit shoes as well as just plain old sneakers for daily wear.My daughter, Nikki, is the Imelda Marcos of athletic shoes. Over the summer, she custom-ordered running shoes for cross country as well as soccer cleats. The running shoes were delivered first. While they looked fabulous, all Carolina blue and white, they were not fit to ...

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SeHealth doctor to offer less invasive method for surgery

LUMBERTON — Dr. Eric Velazquez, a surgeon affiliated with Southeastern Health, now offers mini-laparoscopy, a minimally-invasive form of surgery.“The applications for these instruments are countless,” Velazquez said. “This is another way of helping our patients receive the surgical treatment needed and return to their normal daily activities faster.”Mini-laparoscopy technology uses 3 mm instruments that are smaller than conventional instrume...

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LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health will host its second annual Community Health Awards ceremony on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium at Robeson Community College.Eight overall winners will be selected out of 22 nominees in the following categories: faith-based; education; emergency personnel; business; government; health care; individual impact; and lifetime achievement. The public is invited to attend.PEMBROKE — Registration is now open for heal...

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Think pink for breast cancer month

Southeastern Health has a lot going on in the month of October. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are doing a big push for early detection and treatment of breast cancer. We will also be preparing for our November kickoff of open enrollment for the Affordable Health Care Act and re-enrollment. So please, let’s get everyone out for breast cancer education and ask us about what you need to get enrolled for insurance. There will be several fund drives to raise money for breast can...

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Bell gets statewide honor

PINEHURST — Timothy Bell, the executive director of Children’s Health of Carolina, was recently given the statewide distinction of Administrator of the Year.Bell received the honor at the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s annual Fall Conference last month. Sponsored by Medical Mutual Insurance Company, the Administrator of the Year award also includes a stipend for continuing education at a state or national Medical Group Managers Association m...

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Poor health can lead to poor attitude

A woman was at her hairdresser getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to hairdresser, who responded: “Rome? Why would anyone want to go to Rome? It’s crowded and dirty. So how are you getting there?”“We’re flying Delta, we got an awesome rate,” the woman said.“That’s a terrible airline. The planes are old, the flight attendants are ugly and they are always late. What do you plan ...

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Prevention key to stopping viral infections

The list of viruses making the headlines seems never ending.A virus is defined as a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. It can infect all types of life forms from animals and plants to bacteria and archaea — single-cell micro-organisms.Viral infections in animals provoke an immune response designed to eliminate the infecting virus. This is replicated by vaccines that provide an artificially acquired immunity to a ...

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Gibson Cancer Center welcomes medical oncologist to staff

LUMBERTON — Mouna Abouamara, a medical oncologist, has joined Gibson Cancer Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health.Abouamara earned a medical degree from University of Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1987. She completed an internal medicine residency in 2002 and medical oncology fellowship in 2013, both from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.“As a Duke doctor, it is rea...

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Health briefs

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health will sponsor a Think Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness event on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Biggs Park Mall.The event will include a health fair; a “Walk with a Doc” walk and presentation on breast cancer by Dr. Robin Peace of Robeson Health Care Corporation; brunch; and a “Re-think your Drink” presentation on the sugar content of beverages by Carlotta Winston, a health educator with Community Health Services....

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Program recognized

LUMBERTON — A $5,000 grant has been awarded to a Robeson County Health Department program that benefits children with special health care needs.The county’s Innovative Approaches Initiative was awarded a Wolfe grant during the North Carolina Public Health Association’s annual meeting on Sept. 17. The program was also recognized with a Local Health Department Child Health Recognition Award during the meeting.According to Melissa Packer, assistant health ...

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