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LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

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VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Sandra Agostinelli, Registered Nurse in the ICU, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for August.  There to congratulate Sandra was Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Sandra has been employed at VCU Health CMH for five years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Mrs. Agostinelli took care of my husband during his time in the ICU.  The professionalism, compassion and exceptional care she gave was above and beyond her call of duty.  She was attentive and available to not only her patient, but for family members as well.  She explained every procedure and protocol with patience and profound knowledge.  She is a true asset to the facility and a blessing to her patients and families.  She is a gift our family will never forget!”

In addition to the award certificate, Sandra received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Sandra resides in Meredithville, VA.

The Gallbladder What It Does & How To Tell If Yours Is Sick

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Most people don’t pay much attention to their gallbladder until it starts causing trouble.  When there is a problem it can be quite painful and often requires immediate action.  What are the causes and symptoms associated with gallbladder pain?  What are the treatments for gallbladder disease?  Can I prevent gallbladder disease? 

If you are looking for answers to questions like these, attend September’s C.O.R.E. (Community Outreach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about the signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Michael Tozzi will be the speaker for the program. Dr. Tozzi is a board certified general surgeon.  He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in General Surgery from City Avenue Hospital, Germantown Hospital and Parkview Hospital, all located in Philadelphia.  Dr. Tozzi recently joined our team of skilled surgeons at CMH Surgical Services located at 416 Durant Street in South Hill.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.  Entrance to VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium is to the left of the main hospital entrance.

Nurse Career Fair Set for September 7th

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Nurse Career Fair on Thursday, September 7th from 1:00PM – 7:00PM at the CMH Education Center, located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

As VCU Health CMH grows, so does the need for dedicated nurses.  Nursing opportunities for new and experienced nurses may be available in:  Medical-Surgical, Emergency, Oncology, Surgical Services, Long Term Care, Cardiac Intensive Care and Home Health/Hospice.

VCU Health CMH’s new facility is set to open on November 11, 2017.

To learn more about nursing at VCU Health CMH, or to view and apply for current opportunities, visit vcuhealth.org/careers/start-your-career-search or contact Terri Coker at 434-447-3151, ext. 3471 or terri.coker@vcuhealth.org.

 

At VCU Health CMH, we are building a healthier community, together.

The Good News about Shoulder, Knee and Hip Joints Community Out-Reach Education

Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases or injuries. Arthritis, or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Your doctor may suggest a joint replacement to improve your quality of life. When something goes wrong with the shoulder, hip and knee joints, what are the options for treatment? Can joint injections help? What can joint protection exercise/therapy do for you?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend August's C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center to learn more about shoulder, knee and hip joints.

This FREE program will be on Thursday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD will be the speaker for the program. Patti received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Athletics from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy. She holds an oncology certification, complete complex decongestive therapy certification in lymph drainage and has pediatric specialty. She is McKenzie trained in treatment of spine therapy, has manual skills training in therapy, orthopedic training and is a certified licensed athletic trainer.

Another joint information class for 2017 will be held from 11:00AM – 12:00PM at the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center on the following date: October 12.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended. For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.

SVCC Nursing Club Donates to Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– The Southside Virginia Community College Nursing Club made a recent generous donation to support VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Fund.  Pictured: (L to R) Brandi Harrell, SVCC Nursing Club member; Molly Buchholz, SVCC Nursing Club President; Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing & Development at VCU Health CMH; Ashley Willis, Registered Nurse at the VCU Health CMH Hendrick Cancer Center and Shannon Lambert, Manager CMH Foundation & VCU Health CMH’s Pharmacy Connection.

The donation benefits the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment. 

Precise Systems, Inc. Makes Donation to Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– Mary Hardin, Director of the VCU Health CMH Hendrick Cancer Center, received a $250.00 donation from Wayne Sculthorp with Precise Systems, Inc..   The donation benefits the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment.

South Hill Moose Lodge Donates to Health Care for Life Capital Campaign

SOUTH HILL, VA– Ken Kurz (right), Director of Marketing & Development at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, received a generous donation from Jim Bowersock, Governor of Moose Lodge #1872 in South Hill.  The donation will benefit VCU Health CMH’s Health Care for Life Capital Campaign.

Donations are still being accepted.  For more information about the capital campaign, please contact the CMH Foundation at 434-774-2575 or email Kurz at Kenneth.Kurz@vcuhealth.org.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right)W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Lovellah Ballesteros, Registered Nurse on West Wing, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Lovellah was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Lovellah has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 13 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “One of the friendliest people I have ever met.  She is very professional, yet very welcoming.  It was a pleasure to have Lovellah care for me.  I believe you should give credit where it’s due and she deserves it.”  “Lovellah is a true team player.  She is an asset to our department.  Her patients consistently praise her and team members confide in her as a clinical expert.  Lovellah is very deserving of this award.”

In addition to the award certificate, Lovellah received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Lovellah resides in South Hill, VA.

Dr. Michael Tozzi Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Michael Tozzi to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Tozzi specializes in General Surgery.

Dr. Tozzi comes to VCU Health CMH with more than 18 years of medical experience and most recently worked for Halifax Surgical Associates in South Boston, VA.  Dr. Tozzi is not new to South Hill as he owned and operated his own practice, Lake Country Surgical P.L.C from 2002-2013 and was also a Staff Physician and the Director of the Outpatient Wound Care Clinic at CMH from 1999-2013. 

Dr. Tozzi received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in General Surgery from City Avenue Hospital, Germantown Hospital and Parkview Hospital, all located in Philadelphia.  He is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is married to his wife Angela and has two sons, Geoffrey and Jonathan, and a stepson Trevor.  He likes to spend his free time with his family and also enjoys reading and gardening.  Dr. Tozzi said, ”I am very excited to be joining the VCU staff and look forward to serving the community which has been my home since 1999.”

Dr. Tozzi is currently working at CMH Surgical Services located at 416 Durant Street in South Hill.  He is currently accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 774-2581.

Dr. Tozzi joins Dr. Desiderio Rimon, Dr. Jose DeMoya and Dr. Yi Wei Zhang, all General Surgeons at CMH Surgical Services.  To view a full list of services visit:  cmhsurgicalservices.org

VCU Health CMH to Host Free Breast Health Workshops

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill will be hosting FREE Breast Health Educational Work Shops throughout the region in July and August.    VCU Health CMH wants to empower women to take control of their health by educating them about their body and providing important breast cancer resources.  Participants will learn about breast health education and breast cancer awareness, intervention and early detection, who is at risk for breast cancer and how often and when to have a mammogram.   Blood pressure and cholesterol checks will also be offered.  Women of all ages are invited to join us at any of these locations and times:

July 19

10am to 12noon

Crewe Public Library

414 Tyler St.

Crewe, VA

July 26

11am to 1pm

R.T. Arnold Public Library

110 E. Danville St.

South Hill, VA

Aug 2

10am to 12noon

Brunswick County Public Library

133 W. Hicks St.

Lawrenceville, VA

Aug 9

10am to 12:30pm

Clarksville Public Library

914 Virginia Ave.

Clarksville, VA

Aug 16

10am to 12:30pm

Warren County Memorial  Library

119 S. Front St.

Warrenton, NC

 

These workshops are funded through a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Richmond Affiliate and in collaboration with VCU Massey Cancer Center's Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library.  For more information, call VCU Health CMH Health & Wellness at (434) 447-3151, Ext. 3901.

Invaders Concert Raises More than $5,000 for Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– The Invaders held their 50th Reunion Concert on June 3rd at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  The concert benefitted VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center.  Thanks to hundreds of fans in attendance, donations given totaled $5,186.02 that went directly into the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment.

The Invaders 50th Reunion Concert was sponsored by Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Community Bank and J.A. Barker Construction, Inc. 

VCU Health CMH receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

American Heart Association recognizes VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

South Hill, June 1, 2017 ― VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, ortPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. VCU Health CMH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

 “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” saidVickey Morgan, VCU Health CMH RN, BSN, Stroke Program Coordinator.

“VCU Health CMHcontinues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize VCU Health CMH for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

As a nurse and former stroke coordinator, Teri Ackerson is aware that every second counts when a stroke strikes. In May 2013, the training she used to help others helped save her own life. Ackerson’s left arm suddenly went numb, she felt the left side of her face droop and she was unable to speak. Despite her symptoms, Ackerson remained calm, made note of the timing of her symptoms and, with the help of her son, proceeded to get treatment quickly.

“Hospitals that follow AHA/ASA recommended guidelines not only know the importance to treat quickly with tPA, but they also follow evidence-based research that helps to determine why you had a stroke in the first place and report these findings,” said Ackerson, 46, who completed a marathon 26 days after her stroke. “Without the treatment I received, I would not have recovered as well as I did.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  

Free Concert to Benefit Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– A 50th Reunion Concert featuringThe Invaders, is set for June 3rd at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.  This is a free admission concert.  Any donations given at the concert will benefit the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.  The donations will specifically support the Cancer Care Fund that was established for cancer patients in financial need.

The Invaders first played at Buckhorn Elementary School in South Hill, VA in 1966.  The original band included Cliff Ferguson (vocals), Buster Watson (bass), Nicky Santore (lead guitar), Billy Lockhart (drums), and Andy Moody (rhythm guitar).  Wayne Sculthorpe replaced Buster on bass and Wimpy Creedle was added for keyboard and lead vocals.  This lineup played until 1969.  Billy Creedle played bass after Wayne left the group to attend college. The Invaders were managed by Jack Moody and Charlie Santore.

Billy Lockhart, (who proposed the idea of a 50-year reunion and the youngest member of the Invaders) graduated from Park View in '72 and the University of Richmond in '76.  He married Karen Creedle and they have two children and three grandchildren.  Billy worked in banking for several years before he was hired by the Virginia Lottery in 1988.  He has been with the Virginia Lottery ever since (29 years).  He has played in various bands around Richmond, including The Union Pacific Band, Satisfaction, Main Stay, Accelerations, 45 RPM and others.  “Billy and Nicky” also played together in "Sad Sunshine" during high school which was another local band with members from Park View, Central and Brunswick county schools.

Nicky Santore played lead guitar in several Southern Virginia bands including the Invaders, Electra's, Sad Sunshine, Dragon Flight, and Hold the Phone.   A 1971 graduate of Park View High School, Nick also graduated from NC State University.   Nick and his wife of 35 years, Gail Nance, now live in Raleigh, NC where he works as a consulting electrical engineer.

Wayne Sculthorp is a 1969 graduate of Park View and Emery Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Florida.  He is a retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer.  Wayne continues to work as a private contractor in support of US Navy.  He and his wife, Susan, live in La Crosse.

Wimpy Creedle graduated from Park View High School in 1970.  He has been married to Joan Hayes Creedle for 47 years and resides in Chase City, VA.  Wimpy and Joan have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Wimpy retired from Mecklenburg Electric Coop with 41 years of service and also retired from Virginia Army National Guard.

Andy Moody was 14 years old when he started playing in the band in 1966.  Like many of the other band members, Andy wasn’t old enough to drive and his parents provided transportation to band performances.  The band practiced in the basement of Andy’s home on High Street in South Hill.  Andy played in the band all through his high school years and after graduating from Park View in 1971, went on to complete his college education at Virginia Tech where he majored in Horticulture.  He is now retired from his family business, Wayside Nursery, where he worked for over 40 years.  Andy and his wife Gail have been married for 36 years and have two children. 

The Invaders 50th Reunion Concert is sponsored by the following:  Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Community Bank and J.A. Barker Construction, Inc. 

Volunteering The Greatest Gift You Can Give!

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer & Specialty Care is excited to announce a new volunteer program.  Volunteers in this program will provide valuable support services to patients with cancer and their families.  We are seeking people with a little extra time and the desire to impact the lives of others.  Come see for yourself how rewarding it can be!

 Volunteers are needed to support a variety of services including:  greeting patients and visitors as they enter the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center and the Solari Radiation Therapy Center; assisting with lunches/snacks to patients receiving treatment; making courtesy calls to patients; preparing new patient packets; and providing companionship to patients.

 VCU Health CMH partners with VCU Massey Cancer Center to provide advanced care for cancer and blood disorders in Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina.  Cancer care is provided in the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center and in the Solari Radiation Therapy Center, both located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill, VA.

 You can volunteer Monday through Friday during regular business hours.  You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.  For more information or to schedule an introductory meeting, contact Mary Hardin, RN, MSN, Director of Cancer & Specialty Care at (434) 774-2417.

 Volunteers love their jobs and are dedicated to strengthening health services for this region. 

Stroke. Treat it. Recognize it. Prevent it!

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – A stroke is a “brain attack.”  It can happen to anyone at any time.  Approximately 800,000 people have a stroke each year; about one every 40 seconds.  What are signs/symptoms of a stroke?  How important is it to get help quickly?  How can I prevent a stroke?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend May’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about stroke.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Paul Weidman will be the speaker for the program.  He received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia.  He completed his residency in family practice at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, WV.  Dr. Weidman is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.  He is a new member of the VCU Health CMH medical staff and practices at CMH Family Care Center located at 420 Durant Street in South Hill.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.  Entrance to the VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium is to the left of the main hospital entrance.

CSI: Career Scene Investigation

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, VCU Health CMH will choose fifteen middle school students who have an interest in a health career to attend this summer health care camp during the week of  – July 24th  – July 28th.   

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, 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 students and VCU Health CMH staff. 

“We are very pleased to offer to area students this excellent opportunity to learn about the world of health care,” said Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, Education Department Manager for VCU Health 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 agingpopulation have created high demand for health care professionals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth rate of new jobs in health care professions will be twice the rate of job growth in non-health care 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.

The middle school years are 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 local 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 students’ 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, online by visiting vcuhealth.org, from VCU Health CMH’s Education Department or Human Resources.  For more information or for an application, please call Hazel Willis at (434) 447-3151, Ext. 3376.  

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Patricia (Patti) Turczany, Physical Therapist, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for March.  There to congratulate Patti was Donna Jarrell, Rehab Director and Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

Patti has been employed at VCU Health CMH for three and a half years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Patti has been my life line over the last seven months.  I experienced a back injury that left me with a bad limp and numbness in my leg.  Patti has helped me to understand what happened and what I had to do to recover.  Prior to seeing Patti, I saw three other therapist in our area that did not have the right experience or knowledge to deal with my injury.  Through word of mouth from prior patients that had worked with Patti, I was able to find her and choose her to help me.  Her expertise, her education level and her ongoing commitment to further her education is outstanding.  Within two weeks of working with Patti, I began to feel like my old self again and when I felt like giving up she supported me during emotional ups and downs and explained that even though recovery would be slow, I would recover over the next 1-2 years.  Her reputation is outstanding; not only her education and ability as a Physical Therapist, but her kindness, her ability to encourage you and her ability to provide you with the emotional support you need to overcome your disabilities.  Patti represents and always shows a commitment to excellence in all she does, as an employee, as a patient advocate, as a provider, as a coworker and as a member of our community.  We are beyond lucky to have her here at VCU Health CMH taking care of us.”

In addition to the award certificate, Patti received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month. 

National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 19th

South Hill –VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of Wednesday, April 19, 2017 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

As a participating organization, VCU Health CMH is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Virginia state laws. 

Specifically, on April 19, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, VCU Health CMH is welcoming the public throughout the day at the hospital’s main lobby, with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  Come by and learn how you can protect your health care choices and wishes in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself.  For more information, contact Tammy House at (434) 447-3151 ext. 3730 or visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Dr. Paul Weidman Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Paul Weidman to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Weidman specializes in Family Medicine.

Dr. Weidman comes to VCU Health CMH with more than 16 years of medical experience and most recently operated his own family practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  He also has experience as a Medical Director for Amedisys Hospice in West Virginia. 

Dr. Weidman received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia.  He completed his residency in family practice at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

He is married and has five children.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, his five (four rescued) dogs, bird-watching, fishing and astronomy. 

Dr. Weidman is currently working at CMH Family Care Center located at 420 Durant Street in South Hill.  He is currently accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 584-0046.

Dr. Weidman joins Dr. Rebecca Kirker, Pediatrician, and Teresa Parham, Nurse Practitioner at CMH Family Care Center where they offer complete health care for every member of the family.  To view a full list of services visit:  cmhfamilycarecenter.org

VCU Health CMH Makes List of Healthgrades Top Hospitals for Patient Safety

South Hill- VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital was named as one of the top hospitals in the nation for patient safety according to a list released by Healthgrades.  This is the third consecutive year that VCU Health CMH has made this list. 

Each hospital on the list is given the distinction as a Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient. 

This distinction places an elite group of hospital recipients within the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for their superior performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were determined by evaluating the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 13 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

“The 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award that CMH received is due to the dedication and commitment on the part of all members of the CMH team.  I am proud of their continued commitment toward making CMH one of the safest hospitals in the Commonwealth and in the country,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health CMH.

In total, 460 hospitals (21 in Virginia) received the award this year, representing the top 10 percent of facilities in the nation.  VCU Health CMH was the only hospital in the southern Virginia region to earn this distinction.

Healthgrades said 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals performed like the winners did.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades website to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit www.healthgrades.com.

Free Movie Screening of “Being Mortal”

Bestselling author, Dr. Atul Gwande

SOUTH HILL, VA– CMH Community Hospice of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is hosting a free movie screening of the PBS Frontline film “Being Mortal” on Thursday, April 20th at 6:00PM in the CMH Education Center auditorium.

The documentary film is based on the New York Times best-selling book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gwande, MD.  The film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

To register or for more information please call:  434-447-3151 ext. 3454.

CMH Community Hospice is a not-for-profit agency committed to caring for individuals dealing with chronic illness, facing the end of life or grieving the loss of loved ones. Hospice offers comprehensive hospice and palliative care, emotional counseling, spiritual support and other services to the people of Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Lunenburg and Nottoway Counties without regard for race, age, faith, diagnosis or ability to pay.

VCU Health CMH to Offer Babysitting Training Course

SOUTH HILL --The Health & Wellness Department of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill will offer the Smartkids 101 Babysitting Training Course this summer.

The Smartkids 101 is a Babysitting Training Course especially designed for students age 11 to 14.  It teaches essential child care skills needed for responsible babysitters caring for infants, toddlers and older children.

The class will include child and infant safety, poison control, CPR, first aid and basic child care skills.  At the end of the class students will receive a babysitting certificate, and be certified in American Heart-Heart Savers CPR and First aid.  Students will also be taught to react in an emergency situation and know who to call.  Students will learn about the babysitting business, build self-esteem and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

This one day, 8-hour course will be taught in the VCU Health CMH Education Center at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill from 8:00AM to 4:15PM on the following dates- May 31, June 19 & 30 and July 14.  The class is free but limited to 10 participants. To register for one of these courses, please contact the Health & Wellness department at 434-774-2541. These classes fill up quickly, so call today!

Dr. Cynthia Austin Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Cynthia Austin to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Austin specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Cynthia Austin is a Board Certified OB/GYN who has devoted her career to providing the best and most complete OB/GYN care for her patients for more than 20 years. She earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and completed her internship and residency training at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she served as Chief Resident. She was a partner in health for hundreds of women as a top OB/GYN at one of Northern Virginia’s leading health maintenance organizations(HMOs).

During her 18 plus years of practice, Dr. Austin obtained her Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in Public Health Management from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and  went on to complete the Healthcare Executives Leadership Curriculum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.   She is a community faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Austin is passionate about women’s health.  She believes a healthy woman promotes a healthier household, community and world.  She is married and a mother of five children.  In her free time she enjoys reading, teaching, and medical missions.   She is bilingual and enjoys engaging with people from around the world.

Dr. Austin is currently working at CMH Women’s Health Services located at 420 Bracey Lane in South Hill.  She is currently accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 447-7765.

Dr. Austin along with Terry Wooten, Certified Nurse-Midwife provide a complete range of personalized and preventive gynecologic care to women at every stage of life.  To view a full list of services visit:  cmhwomenshealthservices.org

VCU Health CMH February 2017 Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Katherine DiPaulo, Discharge Planner in Care Management, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for February.  There to congratulate Katherine was Amy Lynch, Care Management Manager, Tammy House, Director of Social Work and Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Katherine has been employed at VCU Health CMH for a year and two months.  Katherine resides in Victoria, VA and graduated from both Central of Lunenburg High School and James Madison University.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH. 

The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “I am nominating Katherine for Team Member of the Month for her willingness to assist the Hundley Center Social Work Department for approximately five weeks when our full time employee was on leave.  She performed MDS interviews daily with the residents, which is a necessary requirement for our facility.  She willingly provided two hours each afternoon to assist us, before returning to the hospital to her Case Management role.  Her assistance was greatly appreciated.  Great team player!”

In addition to the award certificate, Katherine received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

The Good News about Shoulder, Knee and Hip Joints

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases or injuries.  Arthritis, or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away.  This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.  Your doctor may suggest a joint replacement to improve your quality of life.  When something goes wrong with the shoulder, hip and knee joints, what are the options for treatment?  Can joint injections help?  What can joint protection exercise/therapy do for you?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend June’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center to learn more about shoulder, knee and hip joints.

This FREE program will be on Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD will be the speaker for the program.  Patti received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Athletics from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.  She holds an oncology certification, complete complex decongestive therapy certification in lymph drainage and has pediatric specialty.  She is McKenzie trained in treatment of spine therapy, has manual skills training in therapy, orthopedic training and is a certified licensed athletic trainer.

Other joint information classes for 2017 will be held from 11:00AM – 12:00PM at the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center on the following dates:  May 11, August 10, October 12. 

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.

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Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD

Nursing Staff Initiates Innovative Method to Calm Alzheimer’s Patients

Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director; Betsy Tuck, RN Preceptor; and Linda Norman, RN, Assistant Director of Medical-Surgical Telemetry are pictured with dolls, music players, and hand knitted “twiddle muffs” which are all being used to help calm and comfort dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at VCU Health CMH in South Hill.

South Hill – When patients that are affected by dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease are hospitalized, it can be a very confusing and depressing time for them.  In an effort to help calm and comfort these patients, the nursing staff at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital decided to try an innovative method called “Doll Therapy.”

The goal of using therapy dolls is to give dementia and Alzheimer’s patients a diversion activity which in turn helps reduce anxiety, nervousness, falls and increases cooperation with the nursing staff.

As stated from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, “According to several studies, men and women in the middle to later stages of Alzheimer’s disease found that therapy dolls provided comfort and companionship.  These adults with Alzheimer’s received the benefits of sensory stimulation and purposeful activity from the dolls.  Their behavior improved, including a reduction in aggression and agitation.” (Resources:  Nursing Times and Carefect, Inc.)

Also noted from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging was that humans have a natural instinct to nurture, give love and receive love.  This natural instinct doesn’t go away, even as memories deteriorate with dementia. 

Betsy Tuck, RN Preceptor, said, “As the Unit Chair for the Medical-Surgical floor of our Nursing Shared Governance group we discuss ways to improve care for our patients.  In discussion about ways to improve care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, the initiative of a diversional/nurturing activity (Doll Therapy) was started.  Our goal is to keep patients from falling from bed, pulling out therapy lines and/or sustain other injuries.  So far, the results have been very positive.”

Linda Norman, RN, Assistant Director of Medical-Surgical Telemetry, said, “Patients that are in some stage of dementia, when taken out of their normal environment will be distressed and sometimes uncooperative.  So, when they receive a doll it calms them and gives them comfort and companionship.  By calming the patient, the plan of care can be completed in a manner that is beneficial to the patient and staff.”

Tuck also added that the nursing staff is planning to try music therapy in the future with patients.  The plan is to play music that the patients like or just soothing music to induce a calming effect in the room.  Also in the plan for a diversional activity is giving patients “twiddle muffs” (knitted muffs with interesting bits attached) which are made for patients that pick or pull; the patient will be occupied pulling at the twiddle muff instead of pulling out their IV.

Tuck stated, “We will continue to think of innovative ways to care for our patients because one day we may be a patient under those same circumstances and want the best care possible for ourselves or our family members.”

CMH Community Hospice’s Open House Set for March 9th

South Hill—CMH Community Hospice, a service of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, will be hosting an “Open House” event on Thursday, March 9th from 11:00AM - 3:00PM at the Thomas W. Leggett Center located at 300 East Ferrell Street in South Hill. 

The public is welcome to visit the new Hospice office inside the Leggett Center, have questions answered and find out more about this unique community treasure.

Refreshments will be provided as well as information on Hospice care and services.  Come meet the staff and talk with Hospice volunteers.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  There is a lot more to Hospice care than you may think, so come find out why Hospice is preferred by patients and their families.

For more information call (434) 774-2457.

Become A Hospice 'Patient Care' Volunteer

South Hill--Volunteers are an integral part of hospice.  Hospice volunteers not only provide valuable services, but also provide needed warmth, companionship, friendship and support. 

CMH Home Health & Community Hospice of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill is looking for compassionate men and women interested in being a part of a unique volunteer program in Southside Virginia.  After training, hospice volunteers take their place on the hospice team offering non-medical friendship, emotional support and practical help that are always needed when families face the crisis of terminal illness. 

Who are Hospice Volunteers?  Simply put, they're special people.  Compassionate and sensitive, they come from all walks of life. They have a respect and reverence for life.  The Hospice volunteer approaches assigned tasks as an opportunity to learn and to give. Volunteers consider their vocation to be a privilege as they serve the terminally ill patient and their family. 

There are limitless ways in which the Hospice Volunteer may serve patients and families.  Here are some examples:  friendly visits to patients and their families, assist with community relations, bereavement services for family members, provide administrative assistance in the hospice office and assisting with special fund-raising projects.  All of these volunteer opportunities are vital to hospice while they bring our volunteers many personal rewards. As one volunteer states, "I believe I received more from the patient than I gave.  What a wonderful experience being able to help someone to live before they die."

Possibly the best thing about becoming a hospice volunteer, though, is the sense of camaraderie and friendship.  In addition to their hospice work, volunteers enjoy the time spent with each other by sharing their hobbies, which include; gardening, quilting, art work, music, baking, wood carvings, and crafting, just to mention a few.

CMH Community Hospice will conduct its annual volunteer training in March, but please register by Feb. 28th. Training will be held at the Thomas W. Leggett Building in South Hill.  For details about truly being able to make a difference in the lives of others, please call 434-447-3151 ext. 3454.    Volunteers are needed from Brunswick, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Mecklenburg Counties.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for January 2017

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Tammy Trent House, Director of Social Work, Care Management and Chaplain Services,  the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for January.  There to congratulate Tammy was Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Tammy has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 37 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Tammy has worked many hours in the past two to three months covering several areas within the organization.  She covered the Hundley Center and the oncology department as a social worker, as well as fulfilling her directorship responsibilities during a time of year that is stressful during the holidays.  Tammy is extraordinary in following up with so many cases, it is amazing how she manages the load of patients to help them with resources.  She’s truly extraordinary in her work!”

In addition to the award certificate, Tammy received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Tammy resides in Chase City, VA.

VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Year

W. Scott Burnette (fourth from left), CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Joel “J.T.” Parcell (center), Environmental Services Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Year Award for 2016. There to congratulate J.T. was (left to right) Mike Lloyd, Environmental Services Assistant Director, Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services, and Ken Philibin, Environmental Services Director.

J.T. has been employed at VCU Health CMH for two years.  The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “Joel (J.T.) has consistently met and exceeded his job description.  He is always neat, friendly and courteous.  He works well without supervision and does an excellent job.  His performance reflects pride in his work and he is a great asset to the department of Environmental Services and to VCU Health CMH.” 

In addition to the award certificate, J.T. received a STAR Service Team Member of the Year lapel pin, a gift certificate worth $200.00 for hotel accommodations to any location of his choice and $300.00 spending money.

J.T. Parcell resides in Chase City, VA.

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