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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, 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

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:

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

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:

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.


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.

VCU Health CMH Announces Relaunch of CenteringPregnancy®

VCU Health CMH CenteringPregnancy® staff (from left to right): April King, LPN; Riley Gordon CenteringPregnancy Coordinator; Terry Wootten, CNM, Program Director; Krista Boyce, Patient Access Representative and Rebecca Joyner, LPN.

Terry Wooten, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and CenteringPregnancy® Program Director for CMH Women’s Health Services (a practice of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital), noted that CenteringPregnancywill begin on January 18th, 2017 in the CMH Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill. “This is an exciting time for our practice as we offer Centering, a nationally recognized model of care.”

About 380,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, an estimated lifetime cost to society of $26 billion. A 2007 multi-site randomized controlled trial conducted by Yale and Emory researchers found that participation in CenteringPregnancy® care reduced the risk of premature birth by 33 percent compared to traditional prenatal care. Researchers concluded CenteringPregnancy care “resulted in equal or improved perinatal outcomes at no added cost.”

In CenteringPregnancy, pregnant women with similar due dates join together in a group with their health care provider. They receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, interactive learning and community building. There is facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as overall health, stress management, etc. Studies in sample populations show Centering care increases breastfeeding rates and duration of breastfeeding. Patient and provider satisfaction are higher than traditional care.

“We are excited to work with VCU Health CMH to expand CenteringPregnancy in South Hill, VA.  They join a growing number of Centering practice sites throughout the U.S. who are demonstrating better outcomes and high patient satisfaction,” said Colleen Senterfitt, Chief Operating Officer for Centering.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for December 2016

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Dr. Daniella Thompson, Hospitalist, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for December.  There to congratulate Dr. Thompson was Brenda Palmore, Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs and Practice Management.

Dr. Thompson has been employed at VCU Health CMH for five months and previously worked for the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and most recently the University of Texas Southwester in Dallas, Texas.  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, “Dr. Thompson is absolutely wonderful.  Today I witnessed her being an advocate for the staff; thank you Dr. Thompson.”  “Dr. Thompson goes above and beyond!  In addition to being an excellent physician who takes care of her patients, she takes care of her staff as well.”

“Dr. Thompson is a wonderful team player that is always willing to help others and shows true compassion for patients, families and co-workers.  It is very evident that she loves her job at VCU Health CMH and is passionate about what she does, daily.”

In addition to the award certificate, Dr. Thompson 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.

VCU Health CMH’s Health Care For Life Capital Campaign Reaches $3.5 Million Goal

The CMH Foundation announces today that the $3.5 Million Health Care For Life Capital Campaign has attained its goal thanks to more than 800 donors from 94 different towns/cities and eight states.

In making the announcement, Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital and the Executive Director of the CMH Foundation said, “We had many different businesses and individuals answer our call for help. Living in Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina is special as evidenced by the response to our capital campaign.”

“Typically capital campaigns run about two years from concept to completion,” he said.  “Because of the time frame we needed to operate in, we compressed those two years into just under 10 months.”

The short duration of the capital campaign was necessary to save significant costs during construction, according to Scott Burnette, CEO of VCU Health CMH.

“By being able to build the Medical Services Center concurrently with the new hospital we will save at least $850,000,” he said. The savings comes from having the construction company and workers already staged on site.”

Kurz explained that the CMH Foundation began by forming a Capital Campaign Cabinet in early 2016 and got to work quickly.

“Our three co-chairs, Ryan Bartholomew, Sandra Hubbard and Dean Marion wasted no time in focusing the cabinet’s attentions to the task at hand,” he said.

The three co-chairs were joined by Carolyn Blackwell, Human Resources Director with Peebles, serving as Public Division co-chair; Scott Burnette, CEO at VCU Health CMH; Judy Jacquelin, a former employee with CMH, serving as co-chair for the Public Division; Shannon Lambert, Foundation Manager; Wendy Lenhart, director of Radiology at VCU Health CMH, serving as co-chair of the Family Division; Jeff Parrish, co-owner of Parrish Trucking out of Lunenburg and a CMH Foundation board member, serving as Business and Industry chair; Sheri Sparkman, secretary/treasurer with Superior Investments and a Foundation board member, serving as Speakers Bureau chair; Joyce Tudor, a CMH Auxiliary member, serving as Auxiliary chair; and April Wright, department secretary in Surgery at VCU Health CMH, serving as Family Division co-chair and Kurz.

According to Kurz, the Cabinet’s first order of business was engaging the “Family Division” – also known as the employees, physicians and auxiliary members at the hospital.

“Our Family Division co-chairs, Wendy Lenhart and April Wright, are miracle workers,” Burnette said. “Our goal was to reach 75 percent participation among employees. We not only reached that goal, but exceeded it, getting 82 percent of our employees contributing. The amount of money raised among employees was what truly shocked many people. The employee component of the Family Division saw more than $580,000 pledged to the campaign – more than double of our last campaign and more than 16 percent of the overall campaign goal.”

Burnette said nearly 90 percent of medical providers associated with CMH contributed to this campaign – far exceeding previous capital campaigns at CMH.

Add the Auxliary’s pledge of $225,000 and nearly 25 percent of the campaign’s goal was provided by the Family Division, according to Kurz.

“As we approached donors in the communities we serve, sharing that type of commitment from our employees, medical providers and volunteers helped tremendously,” Kurz said. “We literally received applause when speaking to groups about the campaign when we mentioned our Family Division’s success.”

The overall campaign saw more than 800 donors pledging or contributing a total of $3.515 million.  Kurz said that five donors committed at least $100,000 each.

Bill and Sylvia Solari provided the lead gift of $500,000. Six more donors contributed between $50,000 and $99,999, 17 more donated between $25,000 and $49,999 while 49 more donated between $10,000 and $24,999.

Kurz said another 142 donors pledged at least $1,000 to the campaign.

“This campaign was one that saw amazing commitment from such a large number of people. We had 245 people donate at least $1,000 for this campaign, that’s up more than 32 percent from the Surgical and Radiology/Oncology Campaign in 2010-11,” he said.

The CMH Foundation’s Cornerstone Society honors donors who have pledged or donated $10,000 in their lifetime and that group increased in record numbers because of the Health Care For Life Capital Campaign, according to Kurz.

“We have a record 33 new members of Cornerstone thanks to this campaign,” he said, “And another 28 members moved to another level within the Cornerstone giving levels.”

“This was truly a community effort,” Burnette said. “The Capital Campaign Cabinet  reached out to hundreds of local citizens and businesses. Without the tremendous amount of time invested by the cabinet members, we would not have met our goal by the end of 2016. Sandra (Hubbard), Dean (Marion) and Ryan (Bartholomew) took this campaign very seriously and did an outstanding job leading this campaign.”

“I want to publicly thank the cabinet for their passion and energy in making this campaign successful,” Burnette said.

Naming opportunities are still available in the hospital and Medical Services Center, as well as name bricks, according to Kurz.

Medical Services Center Building

Patients will have a conveniently located building for nearly all their health care needs moving forward. The Medical Services Center will be physically attached to the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The Medical Services Center will house:

  • CMH Family Dental Clinic
  • Phase II Cardiac Rehab Center
  • Educational and meeting rooms
  • Sleeping quarters for MCV residents doing
    clinical rotations at CMH
  • Practice Offices for additional specialists from MCV
  • Additional shelled space for future expansion
  • The following provider practices:
    • CMH Cardiology & Pulmonology
    • CMH Family Care Center
    • CMH Women’s Health Services
    • CMH Surgical Services
    • CMH Orthopedic Service
    • CMH Ear, Nose & Throat
    • CMH Urological Services
    • CMH Pain Management Services

VCU Health CMHCardiovascular Diagnostic Services earns IAC Echocardiography Reaccreditation

South Hill, VAVCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services located in South Hill, VA has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Transesophageal. This latest accreditation awarded to VCU Health CMH Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Accreditation by the IAC means that VCU Health CMH Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. IAC Echocardiography is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities: American Society of Echocardiography (ASE); Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS); and Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE).

VCU Health CMH also announced recently that the hospital is now offering enhanced imaging capabilities withthe Philips EPIQ Ultrasound System.

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer referring physicians and patients this important advance,” saidDonna Jarrell, VCU Health CMH Rehab Director. “PhilipsEPIQ ultrasound demonstrates VCU Health CMH’s dedication to providing the latest innovative ultrasound solutions to care for patients by pushing the boundaries of image quality, workflow, and ease of use. With the new Philips system, we are acquiring an extremely high level of diagnostic information that can be used to help provide answers for our patients more quickly and easily. In addition, results from the ultrasound exam may reduce the need for more invasive procedures.”

The advanced capabilities of EPIQ are designed to help provide enhanced clinical information from each scan, fast and consistent exams, and a high level of diagnostic confidence, even for types of patients who have proved challenging to image in the past, such as those with high BMIs.

For more information about this new capability, please call (434) 447-3151 ext. 3670.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for November 2016

Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Kelvin Baker, Respiratory Therapist, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for November.  There to congratulate Kelvin was Mike Simmons, Assistant Rehab Director, Donna Jarrell, Rehab Director, Teresa Tuck, Respiratory Therapist and Patricia Hall-York, Respiratory Therapist.

Kelvin has been employed at VCU Health CMH for a little more than a year.  His dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make him a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.   

The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “While transporting a patient to South Wing, I stopped by the nurse’s station and asked for help moving the patient. Kelvin was down the hall, overheard my request, and came to help me.  This is not the first time he has gone out of his way to help move patients.  He is always a big help to the nurses in the ER, and always has a great personality!  Thanks for all you do Kelvin!”  “Kelvin consistently performs his duties with STAR Service in mind.  He creates exceptional experiences by putting the needs of others first. He interacts with all individuals in a warm and caring manner.  He is a great example of what customer service should look like.  I am proud that Kelvin is part of our VCU Health CMH family!

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

VCU Health CMH Auxiliary Tree of Love Ceremony

South Hill—The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary celebrated the Christmas season with their annual “Tree of Love” program and reception on December 1, 2016 in the VCU Health CMH Education Auditorium.

The “Tree of Love” is an annual fundraising event that raises money for the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund.  This year 18 scholarships were given out totaling $14,400.00.  Recipients of the scholarships were:  The Bell Choir from the W.S. Hundley Extended Care Facility presented a musical program of Christmas music and celebration of the holiday season.

During the ceremony recipients of the scholarship fund were recognized.  Including the following:  Pictured:  Jessica Johnson, Nikki Kallam, Stacy Davis    Not Pictured:  Hope Alexander, Jennifer Bradley, Megan Neal, Tiffany Thompson, Caitlin Crowder, Gayle Stamper, Andrea Bagbey, Amanda Palacios and Tamyca Goode.

To make a donation to the “Tree of Love” Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund, make your check payable to CMH Auxiliary and mail to “Tree of Love” VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970 or make your gift online at and click “Donate Now” at the bottom left of the page.

Your name and the name(s) of the person(s) in whose memory or honor you give your donation will appear in the newspaper. Also the names of the ones you gave to in memory or honor will be written on the “Tree of Love” Christmas tree, which will be on display in the CMH Main Lobby. If you wish to remain anonymous, your request will be honored.

Feeling Unsteady?

FREE Balance Screenings To Be Offered

SOUTH HILL — A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting, or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning, or floating. If you are walking, you might suddenly feel as if you are tipping over.  Balance is easily taken for granted.  However, when the fragile vestibular organs of the inner ear are damaged by illness or injury, anyone can lose the ability to balance.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital will be offering FREE balance screenings at the CMH Cancer & Rehab Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill on Tuesday, November 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Screenings will be performed by VCU Health CMH Vestibular Rehab Specialist, Danielle Vaughan, PT, DPT.  Mrs. Vaughan has extensive experience in treating patients with vestibular system disorders. 

There are a limited number of screenings available.  Call (434) 774-2506 to schedule your screening today.

Pink Power Celebration Helps Raise Awareness

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital hosted a “Pink Power Celebration” on October 26th at the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness.  The event was free to the community thanks to a grant from the Susan G. Komen, Central Virginia Affiliate and collaboration with SVCC.

More than 100 people participated in the event which included free health screenings of body mass index, clinical breast exams and CPR.  Participants also enjoyed frozen yogurt, Zumba dancing, a character artist, door prizes, a fun photo booth and multiple product vendors.

Event attendees were educated on a variety of health related issues including Breast Self-Awareness, cancer awareness/prevention, smoking cessation, cancer care, medication assistance, exercise and nutrition.

VCU Health CMH departments that provided health related information were:  Women’s Health, Medical Fitness, Home Health, Hospice, Lifeline, Health & Wellness and Radiology.  Other organizations represented included Mecklenburg County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, VCU Massey Cancer Center Resource Library from Lawrenceville, Empowering Women from SVCC and SDHS Family Dentistry/Counseling.

VCU Health CMH would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that participated and made this event successful.

CMH Community Hospice to Host Program on Coping with Holiday Grief

“Changing the Tune of the Holiday Blues”

South Hill— The holidays can be a difficult time for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.  CMH Community Hospice, a service of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, will be presenting “Changing the Tune of the Holiday Blues” as their annual Coping with the Holidays program to offer support and assistance to those grieving during the holiday season.

The focus is on facing the emotions of the holidays rather than avoiding the feelings of grief.  CMH Community Hospice will be finding ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays while holding on to the spirit of the season for this year and those to come. 

CMH Community Hospice will be providing activities to help cope with holiday grief and celebrate and honor the traditions shared before the loss of your loved one.  Handouts will be available regarding grief issues, activities to support your holiday season and opportunities to share ideas and questions with others sharing a loss this season.

The program will be held on Thursday, November 10th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in VCU Health CMH’s Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.  This program is FREE to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Registration is requested by November 4th, but not required.  For more information about this special program or to pre-register, call CMH Community Hospice at (434) 447-3151, ext. 3455.

VCU Health CMH Employees Honored

South Hill— Each year VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital employees who have provided long-term service to the hospital are recognized during an annual service awards banquet.  Employees who have five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, thirty-five, and forty years or more of service are honored and recognized for their distinctive and extraordinary achievements.  This year, VCU Health CMH honored 86 employees for a total of 1,030years of quality health care provided to others in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.

Honored for Five Years of Service were (left to right) Front Row: Ma Lorie Ann Tagabucba, Kathryn Spence, Melissa Rogers, Tara Foster, Kelly Ezell, Catherine Walker, Sylvia Wilson  Second Row: Hilary Tackett, Sheree Smith, Tammy Newton, Felicia Jones-Peterson, Stacy Davis, Chris King, John Watson Jr.

Honored for Ten Years of Service were (left to right) – Theresa Benjamin, Laurie Capps, Susan Estes, Jacqeline Gholson, Jessica Jones, Kimberly Springer, Melissa Walthall, Belinda Wells, Magen Wright

Honored for Fifteen Years of Service were (left to right) – Ken Libby, Margie Bartlett, Dorothy Jaimes-Diaz, Bertha Evans, Sheila Murray, Leah Turner

Honored for Twenty Years of Service were (left to right) – Sarah Daniel, Mary Jiggetts, Wendy Lenhart, Gloria Simmons

Honored for Twenty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Arlene Edmonds, Lillian Gibson

Honored for Thirty Years of Service were (left to right) – Nellie Hawkins

Honored for Thirty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Patty Mayer

Photo #9: Honored for Forty Years of Service were (left to right) – Ronnie Mills, Patricia Waid

IRA Roll Over Can Benefit Donor And Charity

By Ken Kurz

Director of Marketing and Development, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income. While this initial provision expired on December 31, 2007, it has been extended several times. On December 18, 2015 the President signed the PATH Act making this special provision permanent.

What is an IRA charitable rollover?

The law uses the term “qualified charitable distribution” to describe an IRA charitable rollover. A qualified charitable distribution is money that individuals who are 70½ or older may direct from their traditional IRA to eligible charitable organizations. The provision has a cap of $100,000 for charitable distributions from individual IRAs each year. Individuals may exclude the amount distributed directly to an eligible charity from their gross income.

What is the new expiration date of this provision?

This provision is now permanent.

Does a donor also receive a charitable deduction when they roll over assets to a charity under this provision?

No. Under this provision, donors benefit by not having to recognize the amount contributed directly from their IRA to a qualifying charity. However, because donors exclude this contribution from their gross income, they cannot take a charitable contribution deduction for the contribution; to do so would result in a double benefit for donors and that is explicitly prohibited.

To which charities may donors make qualified charitable distributions? 

Most contributions to public charities—other than supporting organizations—are considered qualified charitable contributions. However, distributions from IRA accounts to donor advised funds held by public charities are not considered qualified charitable distributions under this charitable rollover provision. Individuals can make qualified charitable distributions to a private operating foundation or to a private foundation that elects to meet the conduit rules in the year of the distribution (see Definitions, below). Neither private non-operating foundations nor split interest trusts (such as charitable remainder trusts) are eligible for special treatment as qualified charitable distributions under the law.

Will an IRA distribution to a fund held by a community foundation qualify for this special treatment?

Yes, distributions to almost all types of funds typically held by community foundations—such as scholarship, field-of-interest, and designated funds—qualify. The exception to this general statement is that a distribution to a donor advised fund will not qualify for this special treatment.

Is a donor limited to one IRA charitable distribution per year, or can a donor request multiple transfers?

Donors aged 70 ½ or older are limited to a maximum of $100,000 in any one year as an IRA charitable distribution, however there is no requirement that the entire amount be made in one transfer or that the entire amount go to a single qualified charitable organization. Donors can request multiple direct transfers from their IRA to qualified charities in a year, but only $100,000 will be excluded from income as an IRA qualified charitable distribution.  

What if donors want to contribute more than $100,000 to a qualified charity from an IRA?   

The law limits the amount that donors are able to exclude from their income to $100,000. If donors wish to take funds from their IRA to contribute more than $100,000 to charity, they cannot exclude the additional amount from their gross income. Rather, they must follow the general rules pertaining to percentage limitations and itemized contribution reductions. (Both are discussed below.) 

Under what circumstances will this special treatment of an IRA charitable rollover most likely benefit donors?

Generally, this new provision benefits donors who itemize deductions and whose charitable contributions are reduced by the percentage of income limitation. Traditionally, when individuals receive a distribution from their IRA and make a corresponding charitable contribution, they must count the distribution as income and then receive a charitable deduction for any amounts they transferred to charity. For higher income taxpayers, the charitable contribution deduction they receive may not totally offset the taxes they must pay for receiving the distribution from their IRA. In such cases, donors would potentially benefit more by using the charitable rollover provision when making a charitable donation. Other donors who may benefit: individuals who do not usually itemize their deductions and individuals in states where the operation of state income tax law would offer greater benefits as a result of a charitable rollover. Donors will need to work with their professional advisers to determine the effect of these rules on their specific tax situation. This provision will also likely benefit donors whose charitable contributions are reduced by the itemized deduction reduction.

How do individuals make a qualified charitable distribution?

Individuals must instruct their IRA trustee to make the contribution directly to an eligible charitable organization.

A donor wants to utilize the IRA charitable distribution for his/her 2016 required minimum distribution. Does the community foundation need to physically receive the check by December 31, 2016 or is it sufficient for the check to be put in the mail?

To take advantage of the IRA charitable distribution, the distribution must be sent directly from the IRA company to the charity. IRS Publication 526 discussed the rules for delivery of charitable contributions and explains that generally, the date of mailing would qualify as the date the gift is made. Accordingly, if the IRA company mails the distribution check to the charity by December 31st, it would be counted as an IRA distribution in 2016.

Should a charity receiving a contribution directly from an IRA provide a gift acknowledgement? 

Yes. Individuals making a charitable contribution using IRA funds must obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgement of the contribution to benefit from this new provision. IRS Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions—Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements contains information about substantiation of charitable contributions.

How will charitable distributions impact the minimum required distributions from a taxpayer’s IRA?

Shortly after individuals reach the age of 70½, they are generally required to receive distributions from their traditional IRA. For the purposes of minimum required distributions, the IRS treats distributions from an IRA the same, whether individuals use the distribution for personal purposes or direct the distribution to a charity.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Selling Named Bricks For The New Hospital

As part of the $3.5 million Health Care For Life Capital Campaign, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is offering a unique naming opportunity at the new hospital, according to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at VCU Health CMH.

“The new hospital will have a healing garden that will include a brick plaza that can have engraved bricks that citizens and businesses can purchase,” he said.

“An engraved brick is an ideal way to leave your mark, honor someone or memorialize a loved one. Each brick can be engraved with your name or the name of a friend or family member,” he continued. “What a great way to be remembered and to acknowledge special occasions such as a baptism, wedding, graduation or just to support our community hospital. The brick is laser engraved for maintenance-free care and has a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. Your gift will help to support the VCU Health Community Memorial Foundation’s efforts to assist the hospital in providing much needed services for all residents in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.”

According to Kurz, a personalized brick to be placed in the new brick plaza outside the cafe in the new VCU Health CMH is just $500.  This is for a 4x8 brick with three lines of 20 characters on each line or the brick can include a piece of clip-art from a variety of options with three lines of 12 characters each.

Kurz added that a second option is available as well.

“We have 8x8 bricks with up to four lines of type with 20 characters available. This brick will look different than the rest of the bricks and there are only 98 available. These bricks are just $1,500 and you may purchase an 8x8 brick with clip-art for the same price. These 8x8 bricks have four lines of text with 12 characters per line,” he added.

The new hospital will provide health care to thousands of people locally and reduce the need for them to travel during difficult times in their lives, plus offer an added level of invaluable support because of CMH’s affiliation with VCU Health in Richmond.

According to Kurz, a­­­­ll information on the bricks must conform to social etiquette and must not be derogatory, illegal or suggestive. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital reserves the right to exclude any bricks deemed inappropriate.

Deadline to order bricks to assure inclusion for the grand opening of the hospital is February 10, 2017.  To purchase a brick or for more information call (434) 774-2575.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for September, 2016

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services and W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented George Baskerville, Facility Engineering Maintenance Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for September.  There to congratulate George was Archie McCartney, Director of Facility Engineering.  George has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 37 years and resides in Brodnax, VA.  His dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make him a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.   

The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “George always goes above and beyond for the hospital and staff.  He is always pleasant and hard working.  Recently, he helped a doctor move heavy boxes to his vehicle even though, he was off the clock.  George is very caring and considerate to others and always has a positive attitude. George receives many “Team Member of the Month” nominations because he is very caring and a hard worker.  He goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.  He is very deserving of this recognition.”

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

VCU Health CMH to Host Annual High Heel Dash

South Hill- Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.  VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is hosting their annual High Heel Dash on Friday, October 7th and everyone is invited to participate; men, women and children. There will be many fun activities for everyone including a 100 yard run/walk in which all participants are required to wear heels. Several different “wacky” awards will be presented in the following categories: highest heels, craziest heels, best dressed individual, best dressed group, pinkest heels, pinkest hair and the overall “Miss/Mr. High Heel Dash 2016” an award going to the participant who goes all out with attire and spirit. There will also be an award for “Little Miss/Mister High Heel Dash” for the child who also goes all out in attire and spirit.

There will be activities for children and adults including face painting, blood pressure screenings, breast health education and door prizes. Registration is only $5.00 a person and begins at 5:00 pm and the race will start at 6:00 pm.

The area’s annual High Heel Dash will be held at The Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Susan G. Komen Central Virginia Affiliate.  Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention! For more information, call (434) 774-2541.

Book Signing Set for Sept. 30th

SOUTH HILL, VA– The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a “book signing” event featuring Carlos A. Williams, MD on September 30th from 12:00PM-5:00PM in the front lobby of the hospital, located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Williams, Neurologist at VCU Health CMH has recently published a book entitled, “Brain Storming” and will be in attendance to sign copies for the public. This event is free and open to the public and all book sales from the event will benefit the CMH Auxiliary.

When discussing his book, Dr. Williams stated, “I grew up in a poor country in a poor family earning our existence by doing business with everyone that came through the door, regardless of color or language.  After 28 years there, I became a foreign graduate student in a country where I did have to learn the language and culture in order to be a Neurologist.  I never contemplated living in this country but found myself here.  This is not my work, but a simple account of my encounters with people I have met at the end of their life.”


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