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April 2019

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Panther Prep Day is Apri 16, 2019

Panther Prep Advising Day is coming back to Southside Virginia.   This event, sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College, will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at various locations.  This is a chance for students to meet their advisors, register for classes, learn about all the programs and services the college has to offer.

Event hours at Christanna Campus in Alberta, John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville,  Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Estes Community Center in Chase City, and  Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia will host the event from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information on the event, call 434 736 2022. 

William E. Ivey, III

Visitation Memorial Service

Saturday May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm

J. M. WHITE FUNERAL HOME

60 Zeb Robinson Rd

Henderson, N. C. 27536

 

Saturday May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

J. M. WHITE FUNERAL HOME

60 Zeb Robinson Rd

Henderson, N. C. 27536

HENDERSON-William Edward Ivey, III, age 37, a resident of 140 Dabney Woods Lane, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  Born on May 8, 1981 in Petersburg, VA, he was the son of William Edward "Buck" Ivey, Jr. of Emporia, VA and Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army serving in Korea and Iraq.   He was a Correctional Officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Butner. Will was a devoted husband and father, loved to travel, and was an avid bow hunter and fisherman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 pm in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Ken Thrasher.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon Lucy Ivey of the home; his daughter, Kristen Michele Ivey of the home; one sister, Melissa Harrison of Jarratt, VA ; his step-mother, Anita Ivey of Emporia, VA; two step sisters, Kelli Powell of Skippers, VA and Amanda Temple of Emporia, VA and families; several nieces and nephews; his father-in-law,

David Lucy of Dolphin, VA; mother-in-law, Sandra Griffin of Blackstone, VA; brother-in-law Shawn Lucy of Emporia, VA; sister-in-law, Crystal Redd of Coats, NC and families; and special friends, Daniel Thrasher and Steve Lewis.   

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 1 until 2 pm and immediately following the service at J. M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 666-75-8517.

CSI: Career Scene Investigation 2019

Special Summer Camp for Middle School Students

South Hill—No, we’re not investigating crime scenes, we’re exploring the world of health care.  Area Middle School students in Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties will have the opportunity to attend a unique program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill that will introduce them to a broad range of health careers.

A special, one-week, summer camp has been planned for the last week in July entitled, “CSI: Career Scene Investigation” and will focus on the many exciting career opportunities that are available in health care.  Partnering with Southside Virginia Community College, and thanks to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, fifteen middle school students who have an interest in a health career will be chosen to attend this summer health care camp during the week of July 29 to August 2.  

The camp will be offered at no charge to students.  During this week-long camp, students will spend time with staff from many clinical areas and have “hands-on” opportunities.  They will learn how to apply casts and splints, take x-rays, learn about monitoring the heart, spend time in the Emergency Department, dress in scrubs and see the Operating Rooms, learn how to suture, work with Rehabilitation therapists and much, much more!  The week will be fun, interactive, and exciting for the students and VCU CMH staff.

“We are very pleased to offer to area students this excellent opportunity to learn about the world of healthcare,” said Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, Education Department Manager for VCU-CMH.  “The program will offer a variety of activities that will allow students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment and gain valuable insight into health care careers.  We want to provide a positive learning experience for students and encourage teens to explore health care careers.”

According to Mrs. Willis, health care careers are the fastest growing, and will be the most in demand careers for the future. Rapid technological and scientific advances in the medical field, along with a large aging population, have created high demand for health care professionals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth rate of new jobs in the health care professions will be twice the rate of job growth in non-healthcare professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a need for 5.3 million health care workers to fill job openings created by departures and new positions in the next five years.

During the middle school years is the ideal time to reach students and introduce them to career ideas so they can begin to plan a curriculum that includes the necessary sciences and other required courses.

A total of fifteen students from the Middle Schools with at least a C average will be selected to attend the camp from applications that include a short essay about why they want to attend the camp, and from teacher/guidance counselor recommendations.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily for the students.  Transportation to and from VCU Health -CMH will be the responsibility of the student’s parents.  Students will receive a backpack with supplies and a CSI: Career Scene Investigation T-shirt.  Parents will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the week.

Applications for the camp may be obtained through each school’s guidance counselor or online at www.vcu-cmh.org.  For more information, or for an application, please call Hazel Willis in the Education Department at CMH at (434) 584-5438. 

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6 Businesses Win Funds to Address Coastal Flooding

"Pass the Patience"

Now patience hath no young boy
at least so I've been told
yet patience may be the last remain
when like me; you do get old.
 
Yes patience for at least to try
doing things you done well before
then there's patience just to move around
for it now takes a while more.
 
Patience with all of your friendships
for those once close; may now seem strange
yes during the length of time gone by
some of them did also change.
 
Have patience with your aches and pains
that may follow you each day
your strength and body of the past
has no quarantee to stay.
 
Always be patient with those around you
for the most don't understand
yet one day they'll be in your boat
and rowing with one hand.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

Virginia Coastal Towns Brace for Rising Sea Level

Campaign to End Plastic Straw Use Comes to VCU

Global Expert Panel Discusses Worldwide Politics

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

"The ACR performs a thorough evaluation of our policies, staff qualifications, interpretations, image quality, and equipment performance,” said Wendy Lenhart, Radiology Director. “Our accredited status gives our referring providers and patients the assurance that our Breast Imaging program at CMH is top notch."

The mammography department has been accredited since 1994, Lenhart said.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Correctional Officers Honored at 11th Annual Banquet

Southside Virginia Community College recently hosted the 11th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet at the Christanna Campus in Alberta to recognize Officer and Employee of the year from area correctional facilities.  The event was sponsored by Lawrenceville Correctional Center and the guest speaker was Mr. Harold W. Clarke, Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Those receiving recognition are (Front Row, Left to Right) Officer Shelyne Smith of Lunenburg Correctional, Christine Watkins of Lunenburg Correctional, Shelia Booker of Diillwyn Correctional, Officer Daphne Andrews of Lawrenceville Correctional, Officer Myesha Gaines of Buckingham Correctional, Officer Michael Boone of Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Ronald Gallimore of Halifax Correctional, Lt. Aaron Benny of Greenville Correctional, Officer Milicent Clayton of Nottoway Correctional and Dr. Alfonzo Seward, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC and (Back Row, L to RO)Tiffany Robinson of Lawrenceville Correctional, Officer Edward Tolbert of Dillwyn Correctional, Sandra Garner-Coleman of Halifax Correctional, Linda Peete-Pierce of Greensville Correctional, Veesa Gough of Buckingham Correctional, Destiny Johnson of Nottoway Correctional.  Those who were unable to attend are Officer Jennifer Ksor and Dennis Yohe or Baskerville Correctional and Sandra Banty of Deerfield Correctional.

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SVCC FBLA Members Compete at State Leadership Conference

Southside Virginia Community College students Janet Wilson(Right) of Farmville and Kimberly Solomon(Left) of South Hill are in the Administrative Support Technology program. These students attended the FBLA-Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Glen Allen on April 6, 2019 and competed against students from two- and four-year colleges across the state. Wilson placed first in Computer Applications. Solomon placed first in Administrative Technology and third in Business Communications. 

In addition to the competitions, the students and advisers participated in informative and engaging workshops on topics that included Keys to Getting the Job You Really Want, Emotional Intelligence, and Beyond Networking. 

Students were accompanied by PBL advisers, Crystal Jones and Elizabeth Burns.

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces Employee of the Quarter

Chris is presented the SVRMC Employee of the Quarter award.  Pictured, from left, are: Wilson Thomas, CEO, Chris Avent, Peggy Dunn, Director of Surgical Services and Susan Williams, CNO.

Emporia, VA – Chris Avent has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Quarter. Mr. Avent, who works as a Certified Central Sterile Technician in SVRMC’s Surgical Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since June 1978.

Each quarter employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in any or all of ten Standards of Behavior.  Mr. Avent’s nomination included the following statement: “Chris has a sense of ownership and takes pride in his department.  This is evidenced by successful Joint Commission surveys and the numerous compliments from surveyors about Chris’ work. He shows a commitment to his co-workers by jumping into help when necessary and is responsive when assistance is needed. Chris has a positive attitude and is an asset to the facility.”

As SVRMC’s Employee of the Quarter, Mr. Avent received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with his co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2019 Employee of the Year.

Chris is presented the SVRMC Employee of the Quarter award.  Pictured, from left, are: Wilson Thomas, CEO, Chris Avent, Peggy Dunn, Director of Surgical Services and Susan Williams, CNO.

Muriel Johnson Doyle

Graveside Service

11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Emporia Cemetery

 

Muriel Johnson Doyle, 98, died Saturday, April 20, 2019.

A Virginia native, Muriel was the daughter of the late Lloyd Turner Johnson and Annie Bell Gray Johnson. She was a retired homemaker and a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; Larry Doyle Jr., two daughters; Martha Woodbury and Mary Virginia Doyle, a grandson; Larry Wesson, and two sisters.

Muriel is survived by her two daughters; Judy Gibson and her husband Roger and Sue Creswell and her husband Benny, three sisters; Eleanor Gill, Nancy Johnson and Iris Royster, grandchildren; Tony Wesson, Katherine Gibson, Beth Boyter, Adam Temple, nine Great Grandchildren and two Great Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Emporia Cemetery with Dr. Rick Hurst officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Offers Imaging Technology with Hometown Quality Care

    

    

    

Emporia, VA – The imaging department at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has radiology equipment you’d find in a big city hospital but offers quick appointment scheduling and hometown quality care you’d expect in a small town. Imaging services provide preventive care and diagnosis of diseases including cancer, acute injury and disorders of the bone and muscle. Onsite technology includes digital radiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound with mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) available on specific days of the week.

Part of the success of the department is due to the long-time leadership of Pamela Low, RT, the director of Imaging since 1979. Through her leadership, SVRMC achieved and continues to earn American College of Radiology Mammography accreditation – the only ACR accredited facility in the Emporia area. She has received multiple Manager of the Year awards.

When asked about her favorite part of the job, Pam says, “I enjoy taking care of the community where I was born and raised. I love taking care of seniors and developing relationships with patients who come back each year. We’re just a big family around here.”

To make an appointment have your physician fax an order to (434) 348-4964. To find a provider near you, visit our physician directory at SVRMC.com.

Virginia Trails Nation in Placing Foster Children With Relatives

Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

2018 Farm Bill Increases Limits and Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2019 – Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.

“As natural disasters, trade disruptions, and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations, farm loans become increasingly important to farmers and ranchers,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “The 2018 Farm Bill provides increased loan limits and more flexibility to farm loans, which gives producers more access to credit when they need it most.”

Key changes include:

  • The Direct Operating Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $400,000, and the Guaranteed Operating Loan limit increased from $ 1.429 million to $1.75 million. Operating loans help producers pay for normal operating expenses, including machinery and equipment, seed, livestock feed, and more.
  • The Direct Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $600,000, and the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $1.429 million to $1.75 million. Farm ownership loans help producers become owner-operators of family farms as well as improve and expand current operations.
  • Producers can now receive both a $50,000 Farm Ownership Microloan and a $50,000 Operating Microloan. Previously, microloans were limited to a combined $50,000. Microloans provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farm operations.
  • Producers who previously received debt forgiveness as part of an approved FSA restructuring plan are now eligible to apply for emergency loans. Previously, these producers were ineligible.
  • Beginning and socially disadvantaged producers can now receive up to a 95 percent guarantee against the loss of principal and interest on a loan, up from 90 percent.

About Farm Loans

Direct farm loans, which include microloans and emergency loans, are financed and serviced by FSA, while guaranteed farm loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. For guaranteed loans, FSA provides a guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest.

For more information on FSA farm loans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA service center.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Helen Frances Horne

April 29, 1923 - April 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Wednesday, April 24th, 1:00 pm

High Hills Baptist Church

215 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

Wednesday, April 24th, 2:00 pm

High Hills Baptist Church

215 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

Helen Frances Horne, 95, of Jarratt, Virginia died Friday, April 19, 2019 at Manorhouse Assisted Living, Henrico, Virginia. Helen was a lifelong resident of Jarratt and was a member of High Hills Baptist Church her entire life. She was born on April 29, 1923.

Helen was the youngest child of Jasper Person Horne and Helen Rochette Grigg Horne. She was preceded in death by her parents and her seven siblings; Daisy Horne Finney (Jarratt), Humphrey Horne (Emporia), Richard “Dick” Horne (Jarratt), Josiah B. Horne (Bluefield,WV), Lucy Horne Woodruff, (Rocky Mt. NC), Mamie Horne Briley (Jarratt), and Jasper (Sam) P. Horne Jr (Richmond). Nieces and nephews who predeceased her were Virginia Finney (Jarratt), Dorothy Finney Hall (Jarratt), David A.Woodruff (Wilmington NC) and Robert Woodruff (Jarratt). She is survived by two nieces, Elizabeth Horne Thomas (Midlothian), Patricia Horne Dresser (Vienna) and one nephew, J.P. (Jack) Horne III (Richmond).

A graduate of Jarratt High School, Helen joined the Home Telephone Company where she later became a Training Specialist that allowed her to be assigned to many localities throughout Virginia. She retired from Contel of Virginia (formally, Home Telephone Co) with 37 years of service. Helen has remained close to her company friends and met with them often at various events. She loved to travel, toured this country and others on wide ranging trips and developed a new group of highly regarding friends. Helen was a meticulous artist of significant repute. Her paintings and handwork are broadly represented in the community. She was in demand for commissioned paintings in oil as well.

As she grew older, care was provided by her nieces and nephew as well as many friends, for which she was grateful. Of special note is the immediate family of the late Bob Woodruff, specifically his wife, Mary, and their children who were Helen’s principal caregivers. Helen will be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor which will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Dr. Andy Brockelman, will conduct the service 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24th at High Hills Baptist Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

VCU School of Nursing opens accelerated path to a bachelors to Rappahannock and Southside Virginia Community Colleges

RICHMOND, Va. (April 16, 2019) — The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing has partnered with Southside Virginia Community College and Rappahannock Community College to offer accelerated coursework to registered nurses who are students at both community colleges, providing them a faster path to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Students will be enrolled concurrently at VCU and their respective community colleges.

“We’re looking forward to offering SVCC and RCC nursing students a more efficient path to earn a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, which subsequently will help to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared RNs in Virginia’s health care workforce,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Nursing.

The partnerships are in line with a national push to enhance academic progression for nurses. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report, which recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be educated at a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher by 2020. Reduction in medication errors, lower mortality rates and positive patient outcomes are linked to nurses being educated at baccalaureate and higher degree levels, according to a recent position statement by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

Enrollment will open on May 1 to nursing students at both community colleges and classes will start in fall 2019. Enrolled students will complete six credits of baccalaureate courses during their last year at either community college and subsequently complete the remaining credits online through the VCU School of Nursing.

Both VCU and SVCC aim to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses who might seek employment at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia, and other health care facilities in Southside Virginia, said Michelle Edmonds, DNP, dean of nursing, allied health and natural sciences at Southside Virginia Community College.

“This partnership brings world-class baccalaureate education to the communities of Southside Virginia,” Edmonds said. “Additionally, the partnership will increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses to Southside Virginia. I am certain that SVCC and VCU will together advance the health of this region.”

The agreement with Rappahannock Community College will provide nursing students in eastern Virginia with more extensive educational opportunities, said Ellen Koehler, an associate professor of nursing for Rappahannock Community College.

“This concurrent enrollment agreement with VCU School of Nursing is an extraordinary opportunity for the students of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region,” Koehler said. “This affords our students the opportunity to enhance their career goals toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a prestigious school that values advancing the profession of nursing.”

Think Tank Warns Against Raising Cigarette Taxes

New Telephone Numbers for the Emporia Police Department

 

The Emporia Police Department has changed several of its telephone numbers. Please use the numbers below to replace any numbers you are currently using. Even though some older numbers may still be working now, they will eventually be removed.

• 911 Communications Center Non-Emergency number:

434-634-7320

• Emporia Police Administrative Offices:

434-634-2121

As always, please use 911 for all emergency calls.

Citizens Expand Efforts to Preserve Historically Black College’s History

Attorney General Mark Herring supports bill to make D.C. the 51st state

Care Bags for Chemo

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa Collins, Director of Oncology; Julie Smith; Penny Evans, Independent Director of Thirty-One Gifts; Sep Evans, Carleen Wells, Mary Edmonds; and Ronnie Wells.

An incredible outpouring of community support shattered a fundraiser’s goal this year.

In the Chemo/Radiation Care Bag Fundraiser’s third year, care bags were purchased, filled with items, and delivered to the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center for their patients.

Penny Evans, Independent Director of Thirty-One Gifts, hoped to get 131 bags this year, but ended up with 305.

Evans said she started the fundraiser in honor of her friend Shelley Mayer, who was diagnosed with cancer. Today, Mayer is cancer free.

Members of the community purchased bags for $29, and Evans used the commission of these sales to purchase additional items to go inside.

Teresa Collins, RN, BSN, OCN and Director of Oncology, provided guidance on the needed items for patients, and each of the 305 bags was filled with a pocket planner, chap stick, tissues, socks, hand sanitizer, and candy.

Also placed in each bag was a pen and paper set donated by Touchstone Bank and Mary Kay hand creams, donated by Tanya Baskerville, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

A number of community members assisted with filling each bag and delivering them to the center.

Evans was especially appreciative of her husband’s, Sep Evans, help and support, in addition to the community who made this fundraiser the most successful year yet.

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Dr. Thomas Guirkin Is VCU Health CMH’s New VP Of Medical Affairs

Good ole’ southern charm is easily recognized, but not easily duplicated. The new Vice President of Medical Affairs at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital recognized that charm at CMH and knew he had found a home.

“I was impressed by the sense of community I found here,” Tom Guirkin, Jr. MD, said about him landing in Southside Virginia.

A Richmond native, Dr. Guirkin has spent the past 12 years preparing for his role at VP of MA at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

"I had been moving from position to position, slowly building my fund of knowledge in order to promote public health. That being said, I really am a small town person,” “I found CMH to be a very good fit for me in that respect.” Over the past 12 years, I have worked in some organizations that were not necessarily the most collaborative of workplaces. I am of the opinion that you can be cordial and collaborative at work and accomplish your goals. I see that type of atmosphere at CMH.”

Scott Burnette, CEO of CMH said, “We conducted a national search and had several very qualified candidates.  We were fortunate to be able to recruit Dr. Guirkin to our team.  His training and experience will be a great asset as we continue our efforts to grow services and expand our abilities to treat more patients close to home.”

Dr. Guirkin explained his job at CMH as being not just an administrator or physician but also a resource for the community as a whole.

“I want to be working with doctors, nurses, finance, the lab – pretty much everyone to make things happen, to better meet the needs of our patients and their families, but also help meet the needs of the employees here at CMH,” he said.

Dr. Guirkin has an impressive resume and deep Virginia ties. He is a 1999 Summa Cum Laude graduate of VCU with a major in biology and a focus in chemistry. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 2003. From 2003 through 2006, Dr. Guirkin was at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. where he completed his internship and residency.

“I loved D.C.,” he said of his time at Georgetown and his first job after residency at Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in Alexandria, VA.

After Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Guirkin headed back to Richmond where he provided inpatient medical services at Saint Mary’s, a Bon Secour Hospital on a full time basis. While doing his primary practice in the hospital, he continued to maintain his outpatient skills by practicing urgent care and primary care services at Patient First. While at Saint Mary’s, he had his first foray into the business, quality and management sides of medicine when he worked at Intercede Health as an order optimizer consultant.

“I had played with the thought during medical school about getting a Master’s Degree in Business Administration,” he said. “I got my first exposure to process improvement and strategic leadership at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond and decided to go ahead and pursue my MBA.”

While he was attending business school, Dr. Guirkin worked for James River Hospitalist Group in Richmond.

“That was the start of working seven days a week for two straight years,” he said. “Except for a couple of holidays off, I was working all day, every day between my job and business school.” Dr. Guirkin was providing hospitalist support for Chippenham and Johnston-Willis while attending graduate school at VCU.

Following his graduation from business school, Dr. Guirkin began to look for a position that allowed him to utilize all of his expertise. He was offered two different administrative positions but declined these due to their not allowing him to continue practicing medicine. It was at this time he was introduced to the Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This finally afforded him the opportunity to grow as a manager yet continue to practice medicine.

“Saint Francis is a large health system with six hospitals in the Tulsa metro region and I was overseeing a large 60 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) hospitalist group and during my time there it grew to 85 FTEs. It was there I honed my management skills.  I was mentored by a fantastic doctor – Mark Frost, Senior Vice President on many aspects of quality management.”

The original plan was for Dr. Guirkin to eventually move into a more senior role, but providence had other ideas, he said. “I got a chance email from VCU and decided to take a look,” he said. “And it was exactly what I was looking for. I really appreciate the people here and it’s just a great fit for us. I was impressed that CMH maintained its identity during the affiliation with VCU Health. All the names on all the rooms showed me that this was the type of place I wanted to be.”

CMH ran a capital campaign where community members could donate and have naming rights to various rooms in the new hospital and C.A.R.E. Building.

“I will be seeing patients on a limited basis here at CMH,” he said. “Not exactly sure at this point what that looks like, but it was important to me to maintain that aspect of care.”

He also wants to find unique ways to bring medical care to the communities CMH services.

“I’m big on preventive medicine and wanting to make sure everyone has access to care,” he said.

Dr. Guirkin wanted to be closer to his parents who still reside in Richmond.

Dr. Guirkin and spouse Brian Sharp have two four-legged children a pug name Samantha and a Belgium Mallonois named Tucker. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading and working in the yard.

Springtime in Paris From SVCC Chorus

The acclaimed Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus, is bringing “Springtime in Paris” with Harpist, Winifred Garrett to Southside Virginia on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church at 914 N. Mecklenburg Ave, South Hill, VA 23970. Admission is free.

The Chorus of the Southside Virginia Community College is fully supported by SVCC, your local community college, and its Foundation. SVCC realizes the value of bringing quality choral music to you in Southside Virginia. Because of the valuable support of the SVCC Foundation, harpist Winifred Garrett from Durham, NC will be performing this Spring with flutes, Dee Pinnell and Laurel Sciortino, both from Boydton. This exceptional concert will be offered at South Hill Presbyterian Church’s accessible space at no cost to you.

Winifred Garrett last played with the SVCC Chorus in December 2015. She is a noted harpist from Durham where she teaches and performs within a full concert and recital schedule. With a career of over thirty years, Winifred has had the privilege of being the first African American harpist to grace the stage in countless performance venues and settings. The Founder/Artistic Director of “The Harp Studio” based in Durham, North Carolina, highlights from her performance career includes appearances with Stevie Wonder at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing with Marvin Gaye at Radio City Music Hall, playing the wedding of singer/actress Whitney Houston, and performing with the Boys Choir of Harlem and for the Dance Theater of Harlem. She continues to maintain a heavy performance schedule and is the Principal Harpist for the Fayetteville Symphony. She presently plays for the Umstead Hotel and Spa, one of the prestigious four star/five diamond hotels of North Carolina.

“Springtime in Paris” features a Romantic selection of music for Harp, Chorus, Piano and Flutes with a French accent, composed by Gabriel Fauré, Aaron Copland, and even a Claude Debussy harp solo. Fresh arrangements of, “Angel Band”, tunes by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, “Goin’ Home” by Antonin Dvořák, popular love songs,  and music from “Les Miserablés”, are just a sampling of the repertoire to be presented on April 28.

The SVCC Chorus has been under the direction of Carol Henderson of Buffalo Junction since 2014. And through the support of pianist Sally Tharrington of Boydton, and the inclusion of its great singers, the chorus is growing in vocal beauty. Rehearsals are conveniently located at the crossroads of Highway 58, Route 1, and Interstate 85 at the South Hill Presbyterian Church. The chorus, now 42 members, continues to attract new singers from the surrounding Southside areas. Rehearsals for Fall 2019 will begin on the Sunday following Labor Day, September 8th at 6:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church.

Thorough continued support by SVCC and its Foundation, we are looking forward to plans for 2019-20 season which include brass and carols for Holiday Concerts 2019,  and  a special presentation of  Handel’s MessiahPart 2 with chamber orchestra for Spring 2020. For more information on the SVCC Chorus: NEW! visit:www. southside.edu/svcc-chorus

The SVCC Chorus promises to bring you a concert of excellence and beauty,…and what better inspiration than with music of the classical harp and music from France! Presented on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, fully accessible, the concert includes a reception. Church lot parking is available, and also, across the street at Benchmark Bank and the neighboring parking lot. You are invited to bring your families, friends and neighbors for “Springtime in Paris”!

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE CAPTAIN EARNS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR 25-YEARS OF DEDICATED & INNOVATIVE PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORTS

RICHMOND – Virginia State Police Capt. Tricia W. Powers is the 2019 recipient of the esteemed Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement’s (MAAWLE) “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Powers (center) was recognized this week at the 33rd Annual MAAWLE Conference in Poconos, Penn. 

“Throughout her 25-year law enforcement career, Captain Powers has consistently distinguished herself through outstanding accomplishments, leadership and contributions not only to the Virginia State Police, but to the nation,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “With a proven record of success, through partnership, engagement and communication, Captain Powers has embraced new challenges and continues to exceed expectations and provide deliverables that have enhanced the overall capabilities of the Virginia State Police. We are excited for her to be selected for this prestigious and most deserving recognition.”

Powers began her career with the Virginia State Police (VSP) on Nov. 1, 1993. During the course of her career, she has worked as a special agent in the Department’s Drug Enforcement Section and Fugitive Apprehension Unit. During these assignments, she also achieved the DEA Site Safety Officer Certification for meth lab processing/investigations and acted as the lead investigator on several methamphetamine lab investigations in the Tidewater area. As first sergeant, she supervised and directed investigations for the Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft programs within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Chesapeake Field Office.  Later she served as the Area 32 Commander in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area and supervised the third busiest VSP Area Office in the state within the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO).

Upon her appointment to lieutenant, she transferred to the VSP Bureau of Field Operations (BFO) Richmond Field Division. In September 2016, she was promoted to her current rank of captain and became the commander of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS). The CJIS Division is in charge of the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), Live Scan, IBR/UCR annual crime report, Sex Offender Registry, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the Firearms Transaction Center (FTC).  Powers oversees approximately 250 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the CJIS Division.

She is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy and she is currently First Vice President on the Board of Directors, FBI National Academy Associates Virginia Chapter.  She also represents Virginia as the FBI CJIS Systems Officer (CSO) and is responsible for the administration of the CJIS network with CJIS System Agencies (CSA). 

The MAAWLE Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a law enforcement professional with at least 15 years of experience, who has distinguished herself through outstanding accomplishments and contributions spanning her career in law enforcement. MAAWLE is a professional organization of law enforcement officers and individuals promoting women in law enforcement working or residing within the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

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