Monthly Archives: February 2015

Winter Weather Closings and Delays


Bookmark this page for the latest winter weather closings and delays from Rex Healthcare.

If you have an appointment at one of our facilities, please call the office to verify the status of your appointment.

 Last Update: 3/2/15  9:53 am

There are no closings or delays at this time.

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Recipes from the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series

Congratulations to Chef Ryan Conklin and his teammates chefs Steve Pexton and Collin Jennings! They’ve won the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Triangle Series.

Try out some of the wining recipes for yourself! Here are two recipes from the winning battle against Chef Trey Cleveland of Top of the Hill. The secret ingredient was Shiitake Mushrooms.

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By Chef Ryan Conklin

“These potatoes are what I like to call “Irish Soul Food.” A style of cooking that I learned while working and living in Limerick Ireland as a young chef.” Chef Ryan Conklin


  • 1 pound Shaved Brussels Sprouts or shredded green cabbage
  • 1 pound potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 Cup of thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ Pound of diced bacon
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted butter
  • Salt and White pepper to taste


  • Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  • In a sauce pan, render down diced bacon until it is crisp. Remove bacon, and add Brussels sprouts or shredded cabbage and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Season and mash potatoes well. Stir in cooked Brussels sprouts, scallions and milk.
  • Mix well, adding butter, salt and white pepper.

Serves 4-6

Gorgonzola Cheesecake with Mushroom Brulee
By Chef Steve Pexton


  • 7.6 oz Graham Crackers
  • 3 oz Corn Meal
  • 1 oz Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Dried Mushroom Powder
  • 2.6 oz Butter (melted)
  • 1 Egg White
  • 10″ Parchment Paper Circle

Mix the graham crumbs, corn meal, 10X and mushroom powder together. Add the melted butter and the egg white and mix together.

Lay the parchment circle in the spring form pan. Press crust mixture into the parchment lined spring form pan and bake in a 350* for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and set on the counter to cool while preparing the batter.


  • 20 oz Cream Cheese
  • 7 oz Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 8 oz Sugar
  • 1 oz Cornstartch
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 oz Heavy Cream

Combine the sugar and cornstarch together and beat with the cheeses in a mixer until smooth and creamy. Combine the extracts, egg and yolks and add 1 at a time, stopping the mixer and scraping the sides of the bowl and beater after each addition of egg. Repeat until all eggs are used. Add the cream last and beat until smooth.

Pour batter in the spring form pan and bake in a 250* oven until set. About an hour and a half.   To check, open the oven, pull the rack with the cheesecake on it out until it stops and tap the side of the pan. If the cheesecake giggles once, it’s ready.

Mushroom Brulee

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 2 T Dried Mushroom Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cracked Pepper

Combine. Sprinkle over the cheesecake prior to serving. Caramelize with a blowtorch, as you would a crème brulee.

Makes 1 10″ Cheesecake


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Navigating Nutrition Noise

Ashley HoneycuttAshley Honeycutt, RD, LDN is the Manager of Corporate and Community Services for Rex Wellness Centers. She blogs about nutrition, wellness & healthy living.

Health_800Diet advice can be confusing, conflicting and overwhelming. Almost daily, you hear about a new study that contradicts the one you heard the week before. New studies gain traction in the media and spread like wildfire. You search the internet to read more about what you just heard on the news and you become even more confused. You may worry that you’re making the wrong decision for you and your family, sometimes becoming fearful or feeling guilty about your food choices. There is SO MUCH information and “advice” out there. Some of it intentionally causes fear and confusion in order to sell a product or message.

Know that real science takes time. Our opinions should not change overnight based on what we hear on the news. Numerous studies need to occur and results need to be replicated in order to make educated conclusions. Many “studies” you hear about in the media fail to replicate. Slow-moving science isn’t fancy and doesn’t garner media attention. Controversy always sells.

Healthy eating shouldn’t be controversial, fancy or cause fear. Turn off the TV and stop searching unreliable web resources. Instead, seek the expert, science-based advice of a registered dietitian. Registered dietitians have done the research for you. We can show you what to believe and what to ignore. We can help you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle without fear or confusion.

Rex Wellness Centers offer private nutrition counseling for weight loss, food allergies, chronic disease management and much more. Contact us today to get started.

Not sure about seeing a Registered Dietitian? Check out these 10 reasons for why you should visit a RD.

Are you diabetic? Our Certified Diabetes Educators at the Rex Diabetes Education center can help you manage your blood glucose levels through proper diet and exercise. Contact us today to learn more.

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The Rex Comprehensive Breast Care Program is expanding!


The Rex Comprehensive Breast Care Program is expanding! We are proud to announce the opening of our new breast surgery clinic, Rex Breast Care Specialists. The clinic, an extension of Rex Surgical Specialists, is located in the same building as the Rex Breast Care Center at 3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 205.

Rex Breast Care Specialists features board-certified surgeons, Dr. David Eddleman, Dr. Rachel Goble and Dr. Nancy Crowley. The clinic will be adding another fellowship-trained breast surgeon this summer as well. Combining their expertise with compassion, our surgeons focus on patients and their breast care needs in a calming, supportive atmosphere.

Our surgeons offer consultations, follow-up appointments, minimally invasive breast biopsies and coordination of comprehensive care for breast cancer and other complex breast problems. In addition to providing state-of-the-art breast cancer treatment, they treat many benign breast problems including breast cysts, nipple discharge, breast pain, breast lumps, mammographic abnormalities and patients with an elevated risk of developing breast cancer based on personal and family history.

Rex Breast Care Specialists is a seamless part of Rex’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program. Our breast surgeons also work closely with breast radiologists in the Rex Breast Imaging & Diagnostics Center and with physicians in the Rex Cancer Center. Patients at the clinic will receive a personalized treatment plan that may include some of the following services offered at Rex:

  • 3-D mammography
  • Screening and diagnostic digital mammography
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Bone-density testing
  • Ultrasound-guided needle biopsy
  • Breast ultrasound and MRI
  • Cyst aspiration
  • Lumpectomy, mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Coordination with plastic surgeons for immediate breast reconstruction
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and lymphedema management
  • Participation in clinical trials
  • Guidance from nurse navigators
  • Counseling and nutrition services
  • Wellness and rehab support programs

All of these services will be linked with the surgical care offered at Rex Breast Care Specialists. “I’m excited about the addition of our new breast surgery clinic to the Rex Comprehensive Breast Care Program,” said Dr. David Eddleman, Breast Surgery Medical Director. “Our patients can now experience the convenience of having their breast imaging, surgical evaluation and support all in one central location.”

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Genevieve Spiliopoulos of Rex Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists at Wakefield is board-certified in audiology. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is also a licensed Fast ForWord® provider.

Are the crickets chirping when the sun is shining? Is the tea kettle whistling when there’s no water on? These sounds you’re hearing may be due to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

I have been practicing audiology for over 15 years. I have always known about the dangers of excessive exposure to loud sounds. It wasn’t until recently, though, that I truly understood how loud the world is.

I think this realization came to me when I moved to North Carolina from New York City. Now you may say to yourself, how could this be? The City is much noisier than peaceful North Carolina, and you would be correct. The lifestyle in North Carolina, however, leads to more recreational sports, chores that expose us to loud sounds, extracurricular activities such as playing in the band, and let’s not forget about just listening to our MP3 devices at maximum volume levels.

Exposure to loud sounds over a period of time or exposure to a sudden, intensely loud sound for a short period of time can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. According to the American Academy of Audiology, approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss. It is estimated that one in three of these individuals developed their hearing loss as a result of noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss is not just an adult issue, but a pediatric concern as well. There are approximately 5 million children between the ages of 6 and 19 with reported noise-induced hearing loss. Once sound levels reach 85dB, our ears are at risk if exposed to those sounds levels for longer periods of time.

Below is a chart of common sounds and their decibel equivalents:


How loud is too loud? There are many sound-level meter apps that can be downloaded to your smartphone. If you decide to use a downloadable app, be sure to place the phone near your ear to get an accurate reading.

If you don’t feel like using an app, there are some other common sense ways of knowing how loud is too loud. If you have to raise your voice to be understood by someone you are talking to, if the noise physically hurts your ears or if you develop a ringing or hissing sound in your ears, then your environment is too loud. You should either walk away or use hearing protection.

There are various types of hearing protection, and their appropriateness is dependent on each person’s needs. At the very least, if you find yourself in a noisy environment, use disposable earplugs, which are sold at most drugstores.

However, if you are routinely exposed to loud sounds, you should seek advice from your audiologist on the most appropriate hearing protection to suit your needs. Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable as long as consistent and proper hearing protection is used in dangerously loud environments.

Whether you are hunting, mowing the lawn, riding on an ATV, playing the saxophone in your school band or just listening to your tunes – protect your hearing. Your ears will thank you for it!

Genevieve Spiliopoulos recently joined Rex Healthcare’s newly opened Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists at Wakefield.  In addition to Genevieve Spiliopoulos, audiologist, the practice also consists of two board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Brett Dorfman and his colleague, Dr. Esa Bloedon.

The new practice provides a full range of medical and surgical ear, nose and throat treatment for adult and pediatric patients. In partnership with Rex, a member of UNC Health Care, patients have access to all of the resources and specialty care that Rex and UNC have to offer.

Call 919-570-5900 to schedule an appointment.

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Wellness Wednesday: Yoga for the Heart


Be sure to visit the Rex Wellness Centers’ Facebook page every Wellness Wednesday for a post featuring recipes, tips, workouts and more from our wellness experts.

By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of yoga, traditionally involving slow stretching of the body while focusing on meditation and breathing. But did you know it can also be an integral part of heart disease prevention and management?

For one thing, yoga postures work the muscles, which is good for the heart and blood vessels. And, like any physical activity, it can make your muscles more sensitive to insulin, which is good for controlling blood sugar. The deep breathing associated with yoga may also lower your blood pressure temporarily and calm stress hormones.

In addition to these possible benefits, preliminary research suggests yoga may:

  • Improve heart failure symptoms
  • Ease palpitations (rapid or pounding heartbeat)
  • Complement cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lower cholesterol levels

If you have heart problems or another chronic health condition, discuss any new exercise regimens with your doctor first.

Are you a member of the Rex Wellness Centers? Check out our Group Fitness Schedule and attend a yoga class today!  Not a member? Learn more and join today.

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