Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Mental and Social Benefits of Volunteering

Post by Kerry Grace Heckle, Director of Community Relations and PR at Rex Healthcare.

As Raleigh turns its eyes to the Rex Hospital Open next month, May 22-25 at TPC at Wakefield Plantation, the tournament would not be possible without the help of over 400 volunteers. The volunteers are the glue that holds the tournament together- they dedicate countless hours in over 15 different committees that attribute to much of the success of the Rex Hospital Open.

So why volunteer?

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Dedicating your time as a volunteer is a great way to make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

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Volunteering is both good for your body and mind. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Doing good for others and the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments.

Volunteering at the Rex Open comes with a lot of perks in addition to the health benefits listed above! So what does a Volunteer for the Rex Hospital Open receive?

  • 042414_volunteerOne Tournament polo shirt
  • One Tournament ball cap or visor
  • Free breakfast and lunch on the days that you volunteer
  • Tournament Volunteer badge, which is good all week for free admittance
  • Up to six free weekly Guest badges- give to family or friends
  • Free parking in the volunteer parking lot with frequent shuttles to and from the course
  • And one voucher for a free round of golf at TPC at Wakefield Plantation (cart fee not included) if you work three or more shifts!

Volunteers are still needed for the Rex Hospital Open and we want you to join us!  Please visit the tournament website www.rexhospitalopen.com/volunteer for more information and to sign-up.

Hope to see you there!

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When to Call on Rex Express Care

042114_expresscare1Dr. Linwood Watson is the medical director for the Rex Express Care system and sees patients full time at the Knightdale Express Care site. He is board certified in family medicine and works with an enthusiastic group of nurses ,emergency medicine physicians, family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the Rex Express Care system. Dr. Watson enjoys acute care medicine and the satisfaction of people walking out of the clinic truly feeling better.

How to Maximize Your Health and Your Convenience

042114_expresscare2The healthcare scene in the Triangle has many regular and after hours options, one of which is the Rex Express Care system. These 4 clinics bring regular and after hours healthcare directly to you via Cary, Holly Springs, Knightdale and Wakefield locations.

Rex Express Care clinics occupy the “middle ground” of not being a full service emergency room, not being a traditional chronic disease care (high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol) clinic, and not being a lower level “retail clinic.” We address acute care issues as well as common but basic procedures like simple lacerations and abscess/boil/bite treatment.

All of our sites are staffed with an onsite physician and have lab and x-ray facilities. Plus, we offer a large variety of in- clinic medical equipment, such as splints and crutches.  You can visit www.rexhealth.com for more information, but here are a few “insider secrets” to help you properly utilize this quick and convenient service from Rex.

  1. 042114_expresscare3Have a cough? Worried about pneumonia? Rex Express Cares offer all of the needed on site labs and x-rays to put you at ease with a diagnosis and plan to help feel better.  Many retail clinics cannot treat you if any of your vital signs are abnormal and as such we offer a solution.
  2. Did you cut yourself on that cursed tin can top? Did the knife in the dish water hide in the suds and cut you? Rex Express Care can help! A good rule is that if any cut keeps 042114_expresscare4bleeding or oozing after 15 minutes of firm, direct pressure, then it should be medically evaluated.  Rex Express Cares can sew, glue, staple, or bandage you up without the ER wait. Plus, we can update your tetanus booster on site.
  3. Have an itch that can’t wait till Monday for your regular doctor? Do you think its poison ivy from clearing that fenceline, or is the itch a bit more-ahem-personal? We can find the “off switch to your itch” even on the weekends!

A few overlooked items that are still best served in the ER are: any all terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries, any fall with loss of consciousness, large size burns, toxin and poison ingestions, and most chainsaw injuries. However, many times you can save a trip to (and bill from) the ER by seeking help at the Rex Express Care Centers instead!

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Rex Wellness Members Run the Tobacco Road Marathon

Post by Rodney Jenkins, a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School system.

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The 5th annual Tobacco Road Marathon, held on March 15, was a milestone event for me and my wife Angie.  It was my 30th marathon and her 20th, and we were very excited.

Our friends, Frida Beltran and Rex Garner member Lu White were running their first full marathon, and Rex Garner Members Keith and Tina Manning were running their first half-marathon.  We all trained together except for Lu, but kept in touch with Lu by Facebook and chance meetings at the gym.  Angie and I were confident that they all would be successful, but they may not have felt the same way.

One thing that most (not all) first-timers have in common is a bit of self-doubt.  Running 26.2 or 13.1 miles in a daunting task that challenges you physically, but I have always felt that the mental challenges are even greater. You train for up to 32 weeks for a full marathon and 20 for a half.  That’s a long time commitment for working folks with families and other life commitments- and hopefully that’s all without sustaining an injury!

040714_tobaccoroadmarathon_3You have long runs, tempo runs, speed work, cross training and of course,  the sweet weekly day of rest.  In spite of all of that training, self-doubt can still linger.  I can’t tell you how many times a first-timer has asked me, “do you think I can do it?” Questions run through their mind such as,  “Am I training hard enough to go the distance?” “Am I getting enough sleep?” “Am I eating the right things?” “What should I eat and drink on race day?” “What should I wear on race day?” “What will the weather be like?” The list of questions that can run though your head during training is almost infinite.  On top of that, I’ll give you 10 to 1 odds that most do not sleep well the night before their first race.

But for runners, there is nothing like having family and friends cheer you on.  Thanks Theresa, Roger, Phyllis, Rebecca, Michelle, Don, Brian, Juliette, Mike, Mike, Mary, John, Amber and all the rest for being there.  If you have ever participated in any type of race, you know how much a smile and cheer can lift your spirits and give you a needed boost.

So how did these first-timers do?

They were AWESOME and are now members of the Marathon Club.  And there was an added bonus for all of them.  Frida’s husband and daughter ran the entire race with her, and her son-in-law ran the last 6 miles.  Husband and Wife team Tina and Keith ran their first together, and Lu’s husband, son, and daughter-in-law were waiting for her at the finish line in the pouring rain. It was a day that these first-time marathoners will never forget and neither will I.

In closing, if you are training to become a “first-timer,” believe in your training and believe in yourself, and you will be successful too.

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Left to right: Lu White, Angie Caporiccio, Rodney Jenkins, Theresa Pierce, Keith Manning, Tina Manning, Frida Beltran, Jose Beltran. Front: Mayra Beltran and Roger Dos Santos.

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