North Carolina-Duke Medical Center-June 27

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 27

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

On Saturday my wife and I along with good friends Joe and Beth Terranova traveled to Durham NC and Duke University Medical Center to visit another great friend.

The four of us (l-r Dan & Mira Kenney-Beth & Joe Terranova) shown in a summer of 2014 photo from the campus of UNC Pembroke.

Kenney and Terranova's

Our friend Maureen Metzger is encountering some issues with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) or bleeding in the brain. We all are encouraged that the medical team at Duke University Medical Center have it under control. On Saturday we wanted to go see her and let her know we were thinking of her


Photos below of Maureen and her husband Don, her recent birthday party, and at Duke Hospital.

Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC  is massive.


The idea for the hospital can be traced back to 1925, when industrialist James B. Duke made a $4 million bequest to establish a medical school, nursing school and hospital to help improve health care in the Carolinas. Duke’s dream was to create what he hoped would become the best medical institution between Baltimore and New Orleans.

James B. Duke


Although Durham, NC  already had two hospitals – Watts and Lincoln – Duke would be unique in offering specialized medical care, and with 400 beds, it would be by far the largest hospital in the city’s history. Some experts were skeptical about the idea of a medical facility of this size in Durham, arguing that the area was not densely populated enough to support it.

But patients were willing to travel. On the hospital’s first day, 17 patients were registered. The number continued to grow at an extraordinary rate and, by 1932, over 10,000 patients had been treated.

While it began as a regional hospital, today the Duke University Medical Center is recognized as one of top health care organizations in the country, known for its commitment to education, research and innovation.

To the friends and family of Maureen Metzger we just want Duke University Medical Center to get her well and be back around us. We all pray and believe that will be the outcome.



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