2017-7-10

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces April Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Brittany Wrennhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for May 2017. Ms. Wrenn, who works in SVRMC’s Rehab Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2015.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for May was Privacy.  Ms. Wrenn’s nomination included the following statement:  “Brittany welcomes and registers between 40-50 patients a day, for five different departments in her role at SVRMC.  One of her job duties each day is to ensure that each patient’s privacy and personal information are safe, secure, and handled with care.  Brittany utilizes sensational organizational skills and efficiency, combined with friendly customer service to make this happen without a hitch.  She is often an unsung hero when it comes to HIPAA compliance and her continued work guarantees that our clinicians’ and patients’ needs are met with a smile each time they come in for an appointment in our rehab department.” 

As SVRMC’s May Employee of the Month, Ms. Wrenn received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

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Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia Welcomes New Employee

The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia is pleased to announce the newest staff member, Elias Berhanu who joined the Center in the later part of June 2017 as the Education Coordinator.  The CRRC is an outreach site of VCU Massey Cancer Center that provides educational and support programs to residents of the Southside Virginia on cancer and cancer related topics.

Mr. Berhanu comes to the Cancer Research and Resource Center from the MD Anderson Cancer Center of the Office of Health Policy in Houston, Texas.  As a research intern there, he participated in statewide research programs on cancer prevention and the development of strategic planning for the State of Texas.  He also worked for CAN DO Houston where he lead and participated in the logistics and implementation of a walking school bus initiative for after school students.

As CRRC’s Education Coordinator, Elias will have a vast array of tasks to include coordinating the center’s educational activities for the public, cancer survivors and their families; and health professionals.  His main research interests are cancer prevention, chronic disease prevention through lifestyle modifications, global health and physical activity.  Elias stated, “I amvery excited to join the VCU team and work in the community, help everyone address their health education needs, practice healthy eating and active living; and stay happy and healthy.”

Mr. Berhanu received his Master of Public Heath from the University of Texas Health Sciences at Houston.  His area of concentration was health promotion and behavioral science with a minor in health disparities.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. 

Please feel free to stop by the CRRC at 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA and welcome Elias to the area.  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.  Like us on Facebook.

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