Maria Parham Health Implementing New Visitor Restrictions during Flu Season

— Press Release from Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health Implementing New Visitor Restrictions during Flu Season

Henderson, NC (January 12, 2018) – Our primary goal at Maria Parham Health is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients. To protect them, at times we must manage their exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, like the flu.

We carefully monitor flu activity levels in our hospitals and the community. When certain thresholds are met, we must take action to halt the spread and limit the number of visitors allowed in our patient areas. Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza, Maria Parham Health has implemented visitor restrictions.

If you are visiting our hospital during flu season, please be prepared for the possibility of limited visitation and safety hygiene requests to be made.

Visitors are limited to immediate family members or designated adult caregivers, who have no fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit unless for a medical appointment or an ED visit.

All persons with flu symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, extreme tiredness, muscle aches and or diarrhea), please do not visit patients.

Visitors are asked to wash hands frequently. Foam hand cleanser is available throughout the building.

If you are here for services and have flu symptoms, please ask for a mask upon arrival.

You may see some of our staff wearing masks as a safety precaution for our patients.

To help prevent the spread of flu germs outside of the hospital, please wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel and encourage others to do so as well.


ACTS Closed Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Lee Anne Peoples, Executive Director of ACTS, said, “Henderson’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry will be closed again Thursday. We hope to be able to reopen on Friday…”

She said she would let everyone know about Friday as soon as possible.

Preparations – Relay for Life of Vance Co. June 23

Difficult to believe Relay for Life of Vance County is just five months away.  Right now, teams are hard at work including the overall committee of people organizing this year’s event, with hearts and souls being pouring into the preparations.

One Relay for Life of Vance County chairperson, Christy Bennett, appeared on WIZS TownTalk today for the first 25 minutes of the show, and you can listen in by clicking here.

Bennett said, “Vance County has done exceptionally well over the years.  When we first started Relay for Life, I think we raised about $56,000.  By 2002, we had raised $313,000.00, which is a large amount for a small county that we are.  I think it’s an amazing amount.  We have not been as high.  We did meet our goal this past year of $75,000, which is still a good amount, but we don’t want to see Relay for Life go away.  It is something that people who fight everyday, who are fighting cancer, need that help.  They need people to work, to volunteer, to want to have hope as they have hope to have another day.  So, we’re working towards an ultimate goal, and, you know, sometimes the money may not be as high as we would like it to be, but every little bit helps.  And when we’re out in the community asking people for help and to volunteer, it doesn’t matter how small, people say I can’t contribute but so much.  It doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter how little it is, it still helps.  We’re still fighting for the same goal.”

Vance Relay 2018 will be changed some, moving to downtown Henderson on Breckenridge Street and lasting for 12 hours from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on June 23.

You can view the Relay for Life of Vance County web page at or simply click on the banner on

Bennett said the event was moved to hopefully increase participation, and she said it was a rain or shine event, that Relay is about fighting cancer no matter what just like a cancer patient does everyday.

She said a successful Relay was like trying to plan a successful wedding.  “You’ve got your entertainment.  You’ve got your food.  You’ve got you walk.  You’ve got all the things you need to have to bring all this positive energy, so that these people who are fighting (cancer) feel like they’re being embraced by their community, and you’re doing this for them.  So, it takes a lot people.  Right now, we have about 25 people who are really working at trying to plan this event, and we need more.  If we don’t get more, and things don’t change, there won’t be a Relay for Life in years to come.  And I don’t want that to happen.  I want people to embrace it and want to help with it just like any other fundraising that we have in our community,” Bennett said.

To hear more of Bennett’s interview on TownTalk, click here, and start at about the 9 minute mark.

Know the Facts on cancer in the United States:

  • In 2017, more than 1.6 million people in the U.S. are expected to be newly diagnosed with cancer, and estimated 600,920 people will die as a result of the disease.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. exceeded only by heart disease and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths
  • Thanks in part to the work of American Cancer Society, more than 2.1 million deaths from cancer have been averted in the past two decades a – 25% drop in cancer mortality during that time period.
  • The Five-Year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2007 and 2013 is 69%. This is up from 49% from 1975 to 1977.

FGV Smart Start to Enroll Kids in Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership For Children will soon begin enrolling kids in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.  F-G-V Development Coordinator Garry Daeke told WIZS News that the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) is distributing $10.5 million statewide over two years.

Daeke said, “The NC Legislature during its last biennial budget allocated $3.5 million in fiscal year 17-18, and $7 million for fiscal year 18-19, for Dolly Parton Imagination Library program expansion throughout NC…Each local partnership then applies for funds to serve the number of children they believe they can enroll.

“We are in process of setting up our contract with the Dolly Parton Foundation, and will be announcing where and how to enroll very shortly. Initially, we will set up an announced enrollment day in each county, probably at local libraries, where parents can enroll children.”

You should look for enrollment forms at convenient locations like the hospital, health department and in pediatricians’ offices.

Daeke said, “Once we are up and running, there will also be on-line enrollment link for us on Dolly Parton’s web page, as well as our local webpage,”

He said, “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

Daeke quoted Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy.  He said, “It should be there each time we touch bases with children.”  The policy recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy.

Maria Parham Health welcomes Dr. Aidevo Igbide

The following is a press release from Maria Parham Health, not a paid advertisement.

Henderson, NC – Maria Parham Health (MPH), a Duke LifePoint hospital, is excited to announce that Aidevo S. Igbide, MD has joined their primary care physician practice, Maria Parham Primary Care. Dr. Igbide joins our community from Surrey, BC, Canada where she practiced family medicine. Dr. Igbide has over 17 years of experience as a doctor and has worked in multiple countries throughout the world.

Dr. Igbide earned her medical degree from the University of Benin, School of Medicine in Benin City, Nigeria. She completed a residency program at London Deanery, Sidcup Training in Family Medicine and also trained in internal medicine at the Queens hospital, London Deanery both located in London England. Dr. Igbide holds several licensures including North Carolina  medical Board and College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. She previously held a teaching license with the Washington State Medical Board. She is also certified through multiple organizations and societies including, Board certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is a Member Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), United Kingdom and a Member Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), United Kingdom. She is ECFMG certified and board eligible with the American Board of Family Physicians (ABFM).

Dr. Igbide holds several active professional memberships in the following organizations, Canada Medical Protection association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Medical Association and the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. When she is not working, Dr. Igbide enjoys swimming, aerobics and Zumba dancing, cooking and traveling. She is also a soprano soloist and enjoys taking time to practice her skill.

Maria Parham Primary Care is located in the Vance Medical Arts Building across from Maria Parham Health. This practice offers primary care services for the entire family including preventative care, annual wellness care, childhood illness, well child care, women’s health, treatment of chronic illness and geriatric care. Dr. Igbide joins Dr. Gary Smith and Dr. Kavitha Subramanian at Maria Parham Primary Care.

Dr. Igbide is now accepting patients at Maria Parham Primary Care located at 511 Ruin Creek Rd, Suite 101 in Henderson. To reach Maria Parham Primary Care, please call 252.436.0040 appointments can also be made online by visiting


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Black Ice, Wind Chills the New Concerns Jan 4-6

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From the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory remains in effect for the WIZS area of Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin Counties until 7 a.m. Saturday for icy roads, black ice, hazardous travel conditions and dangerous wind chill values.

A winter weather advisory for black ice means dangerous travel from unseen ice as well as compacted snow on the road.  You are urged to be cautious while traveling both during the day and at night because high temperatures are not suppose to be above freezing through the period, with overnight lows in the single digits and wind chill values at or below zero at times.

Exposure to these wind chills can cause frostbit in as little as 30 minutes and could lead to the beginning stages of hypothermia.  Animals can be negatively affected as well.

Fresh Year, Fresh Start in 2018

— courtesy Maria Parham Health

Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier. While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards. It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable improvement in our overall health.

If you’re embarking on a path to healthier eating this year, here are some tips to help make it a little easier to make healthy food choices all year long.

Slow and steady wins the race. Changing the way you eat overnight can be daunting. Instead, make one or two healthy changes each week – drinking fewer soft drinks one week, perhaps eating a salad with dinner each night the next week. Rather than making a sweeping change that can be hard to sustain, you’ll be building and maintaining healthy habits that last.

Make a plan. Plan ahead so that you can control what and how much you are eating. Choose a day of the week to spend some time preparing a batch of healthy meals that you can package up, refrigerate or freeze and heat up throughout the week. “Meal prep” can free up your time for other pursuits during the week and help eliminate the stress that comes with “What do I want for lunch?”

Get back to basics. Stock up on healthy recipe basics like olive and canola oils, beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, fresh and/or frozen fruits and veggies, unsalted nuts, fresh and dried herbs and spices, and lean chicken and fish.

Fill your glass. With water, that is. Soda, energy drinks and sports drinks are a big source of extra sugar – and calories. Instead, choose water, tea, coffee or other unsweetened beverages.

Read the labels. When you’re grocery shopping, take a moment to glance at the label and make sure the items you’re choosing are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar, and high in fiber and good-for-you nutrients.

Don’t forget breakfast. You’ve heard it a million times because it’s true. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a breakfast high in protein and fiber each morning can jump start your metabolism, satisfy your hunger and make those doughnuts in the break room a little less appealing.

Be realistic. Eating healthy doesn’t mean starving or depriving yourself. Allow yourself the occasional indulgence, so that you don’t feel that you’re missing out. Just be careful of your portion and really savor and enjoy it.

For more tips on healthy eating, visit If you’d like to talk to someone about how healthy eating can be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, call Maria Parham Health at 800.424.DOCS (3627) to make an appointment with a primary care provider.

From all of us at Maria Parham Health, we hope you have a very happy – and healthy – new year!

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YMCA Will Open at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

The Henderson Family YMCA staff has asked WIZS to announce that they will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 4th.  This information is current as of 5:34 p.m. on Wednesday, and this post will be updated if WIZS is notified of any further changes.

Granville Vance Public Health Reopens Dec 28

Granville Vance Public Health will reopen on Thursday, December 28th.  The health department was closed for the Christmas holiday December 25 – 27.

To learn more, visit Granville Vance Public Health online at

Granville County – 101 Hunt Drive, Oxford – (919) 693-2141

Vance County – 115 Charles Rollins Road, Henderson – (252) 492-7915 phone