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2018-2-1

Hospitals update visitation policy during flu season

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, hospitals and health systems that are members of the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition are updating their visitation guidelines to protect patients, visitors and health care providers during flu season. 

VCU Health System facilities including VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, Bon Secours, HCA Virginia, Southside Regional Medical Center, Centra Southside Community Hospital, and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center are limiting visitors in patient care areas to include only healthy adults who are 18 years or older, and no more than two adults per patient at one time. The guidelines apply to visitors, and do not affect children who need to be hospitalized.

In close collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the limitations are implemented in years when the flu is a widespread concern. Signs at entryways to the health system facilities will alert the public of the limited-visitation policy.

Greensville County School Board Announces Superintendent Search

(January 31, 2018)—The Greensville County School Board announced today that it will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent by seeking public input on qualifications.

The School Board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreensvilleCountySearch and on the home page of the division web site. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the school board offices, at each school, at the Greensville County Government Office’s reception desk, at the City Manager’s office, and at the Meherrin Regional Library.

In addition to the survey, the Board will hold a public hearing at 6 pm on February 15, 2018 in the Greensville County High School Media Center.  

“We want to include and involve as many stakeholders as possible in this process,” said School Board Chairman Rhonda Jones-Gilliam.  “This is a priority for the Greensville County School Board and the Board will work diligently to find the next leader of the school division.”

The School Board selected the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) to assist the Board with the superintendent search.

Improvement Association to Hold Community Forum “Speed Dating” Style Events

Each year The Improvement Association conducts a series of community forum events. These forums are designed to seek community input for our Community Needs Assessment and bring valuable community resources to our residents. In fact, every initiative offered by the agency is guided by the Community Needs Assessment and it is a critical piece to provide much needed programs.

The agency has partnered with area organizations to offer a Kids Corner where children can participate in various activities while parents participate in the forum. Additionally, the local sheriff’s departments will offer child identification kits for parents wanting to ensure the safety of their children.

This year The Improvement Association will be conducting its community forum event in a speed dating style. Barbie Roundtree, Program Technician stated: “The ‘Speed Dating’ concept was adopted from a training I attended at the National Community Action Partnership Conference last summer. It was much more enjoyable than sitting in a session listening to one person speak. It is also an effective way to gather input from all in attendance.”

“We’ve also invited several community partners to set up informational tables at the event,” said Steffan. “We realized there are several residents who aren’t aware of the available resources within the community. They may also have difficulty getting to the offices to apply for assistance. By having these community resources on hand, we’re enabling the residents to learn about various assistance programs and apply on the spot.” Some of the resources available include local Departments of Social Services, local Health Departments, areas banks, Southside Programs for Adult Continuing Education and Southside Virginia Community College, District 19, and more. “We’re really trying to focus on helping our residents become self-sufficient, and sometimes you need a bit of help for that.”

The agency will be offering door prizes and raffle prizes for those in attendance. “We’ve been seeking donations from local businesses to help entice residents to attend. We’ve had great support and will have a variety of items to be given away during the event,” said Steffan. Some donations include gift certificates to local restaurants, bakeries, hair salons, nail salons, auto repair shops, museums, and more.

All local residents and employees are welcome to attend their corresponding area events. Please RSVP no later than Feb. 16 by calling 434-634-2490 ext. 243 or by emailing lsteffan@impassoc.org. Please be sure to specify what area you will be attending. All events will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations:

March 1: Greensville/Emporia - 1750 E. Atlantic St. Emporia, VA 23847

March 8: Sussex - 120 Coppahaunk Ave. Waverly, VA 23890

March 15: Brunswick - Elm Acres, 100 Raney St. Lawrenceville, VA 23868

March 22: Dinwiddie - Ragsdale Community Center, 20916 Old School Rd. McKenney, VA 23872

March 29: Surry - Department of Youth & Family Resources, 11 Lebanon Rd. Spring Grove, VA 23881

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