Thursday, April 21, 2016
Diabetes Management Workshop Nanticoke Physician Network will host a two-part "Diabetes Survival Skills" workshop on Wednesday, April 27 and Wednesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the Hospital Board Room. The free workshop offers basic diabetes management and healthy eating information and support for those with diabetes. One family member or caregiver is welcome to attend and a light meal will be provided. This program is open to the public and provides attendees with opportunities for discussion, support and interaction. The first session will discuss diabetes basics including blood sugar monitoring and the importance of maintaining diabetic health; the second session will focus on healthy eating. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the Nanticoke Physician Network Care Coordinator at 752-8467 or 752-8469.

Fulkrod named AVP Ray Fulkrod, RN, MBA, MSN, has been promoted to assistant vice president of Clinical Operations at Nanticoke Health Services. In this role, Fulkrod will be accountable for services provided by several of Nanticoke's departments including Surgical Services, Quality Management, Case Management, Bariatrics, Wound Care, Laboratory Services, and Cancer Care. Fulkrod began his career at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the spring of 2012 as an Emergency Department (ED) nurse. His background includes 18 years of experience in the healthcare field. Fulkrod holds two master's degrees in business and nursing and is projected to finish his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2016. His professional memberships include the National Association for Healthcare Quality, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Next Step bereavement group The Cancer Support Community Delaware, Delaware Hospice and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital are collaborating to offer a free monthly bereavement group in Seaford. This group will focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, in the Resource Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on April 27. Facilitator is Midge DiNatale, GC-C, of Delaware Hospice. To reserve a spot, call 645-9150. For more information, visit

DBCC plans scrapbooking workshop The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will host a Scrapbooking Workshop for breast cancer survivors on Monday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach. Attendees are asked to bring four to six 4x6 inch photos to use for their scrapbook page. This event is part of the "Sussex Survivor Social" series which is organized by DBCC as a social group for breast cancer survivors in Sussex County. Through these events, survivors meet monthly to learn, volunteer, and socialize. The event is free and open to all breast cancer survivors. An RSVP is required. RSVP to Connie Holdridge at 302-644-6844 or

Diabetes prevention class Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, April 25 and Monday, May 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This two-session course is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. This condition puts patients at a high risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and shedding excess body fat can all help decrease blood glucose levels, improve blood pressure and either delay diabetes or reverse prediabetes altogether. This course provides individuals with basic tools to help them make lifestyle changes and reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Cost is $20 per person and a physician referral is required for registration. For more information and to register, call 629-6611, ext. 2288.

Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, April 21 at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30-3 p.m.

The topic is compression garments. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or

Southern Delaware Kidney Walk The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its ninth annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, Apr. 24, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Approximately 600 people are expected to participate in this fundraiser, which calls attention to the need for organ donation and prevention of kidney disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. "With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney disease is on the rise," said Traci Barnett, NKF-MD's president and CEO. "This signature event helps the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland to build awareness, drive prevention and support treatment of kidney disease, which affects 3,380 Delawareans on dialysis." Check-in and festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. The Walk will kick off at noon. Participants can choose from a 3.2-mile trail or a shorter trail for strollers and wheelchairs. There is no registration fee, but Cape Henlopen State Park charges an entrance fee for vehicles. To register or learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit or call 410-726-8732.

Parkinson's Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's Disease (PD) education and support group on Thursday, April 21 from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Each individual may experience different symptoms, such as tremors, rigidity, poor balance, and a list of others. Studies show that the information, training, and counseling that participants receive while attending support group sessions enhances the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, Care Giver Resource Coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County, Delaware. For more information, contact Trout at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

E-Racing the Blues South fun walk The third annual E-Racing the Blues South fun walk to benefit the Mental Health Association in Delaware will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Rehoboth Beach. The event will begin at the Boardwalk Bandstand and continue to Rehoboth Avenue to Grove Park where there will be exhibitors sharing their story about mental health and suicide prevention. Each participant will be given a prize ticket after visiting each exhibitor which can later be turned in for an opportunity to win prizes donated by area merchants. Participant registration is $10 and can be done online at All funds raised stay in Kent and Sussex counties. For more information, call 800-287-6423.

Nanticoke offers childbirth classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. 2016 dates include:April 21, 28, May 5 The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Registration in advance is required for either class. To register, or for more information, contact the Maternal Child Health clinical educator of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.