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Southern Virginia Regional Medical - Here for Emporia

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is committed to serving our community. Every year, our medical staff, nurses and ancillary personnel provide quality care to thousands of people in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We employ more than 200 staff members, making us one of the largest employers in the area, and our direct impact to the local economy totaled more than $16 million in 2018.

 

We are a strong and evolving provider. SVRMC is focused on growing and supporting our four (4) primary nursing departments – Emergency Medicine, Surgical Services, Medical/Surgical and Behavioral Health. The community need for our services is evidenced by the 100% increase in surgical cases in the last six (6) months. All hospital nursing units have seen increased numbers of patients.

 

Over the past several years SVRMC and Southside Physicians Network (SPN) have recruited 12 new specialists to the area.

Breast Surgery – Dr. Espino

Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery – Dr. Akbari

Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Ditto

Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Raval

Gastroenterology – Dr. Gilliam

Nephrology – Dr. Lalani

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Akinsanya

Obstetrics & Gynecology – PA-C Andrews

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Meyers

Ophthalmology – Dr. Parikh

Orthopedic Surgery – Dr. Patel

Vascular Surgery – Dr. Jun

During the month of May we celebrate National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National EMS Week. We thank our associates, medical staff, EMS organizations and many others for their hard work to meet the health needs of our friends and neighbors in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We also thank the patients who put their trust in us every day. SVRMC will be here when you need us the most for years to come.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 SUMMER TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program. The Teen Volunteer Program offers opportunities for career exposure in the healthcare profession.  To be considered for the Teen Volunteer Program, one must be between 14 – 17 years of age and return a completed application for volunteer services, along with a letter of recommendation, by Friday, June 14th.

The number of participants for the program is limited, and applicants will be selected based on the student’s interview, his/her interests and the volunteer needs of the hospital.  Those selected will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session, provide a parental consent form to participate, parental consent for drug screen and TB skin test and  a photo ID and social security number (for drug screen)

Applications may be picked-up at the SVRMC hostess desk.   For additional information on the 2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program or to request an e-mailed copy of the Teen Volunteer Application, contact Tracy Mitchell, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 434-348-4455 or tracy_mitchell@chs.net.  Deadline for applications is Friday, June 14, 2019.

From Farm Life to Healthcare: Dr. Richard Alexander’s Passion for Physical Therapy Began on His Family Farm

Emporia, VA - Richard M. Alexander PT, DPT, is the director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services (RTS) at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) and a first generation healthcare provider in his family.  He grew up in agriculture, working long summer hours raising tobacco, peanuts, and grain on his family’s farm in northeast North Carolina – a farm that has been in his family for 5 generations. Farm life taught him his strong work ethic and the value of hard work. It was also where he developed an appreciation for mechanical operations, something which he applies to the human body in his practice at SVRMC. Dr. Alexander says, “The body is the ultimate machine.  I love understanding the relationship between the moving parts and being able to use that knowledge to repair system failures and restore optimal performance.”

Dr. Alexander’s passion for healthcare and physical therapy can be pinpointed back to a moment in his life that sparked his drive to help people recover from injury. He explains, “My grandfather was involved in a severe car accident when I was a child and his unique injuries required unique solutions to restore his mobility.  Although I always gravitated towards healthcare, this was my first encounter with physical therapy and watching how they engineered and tailored specific interventions to his complex problems. This stuck with me from that point forward.”

Dr. Alexander brings his hometown service to the Emporia, VA, community. He is passionate about bringing top quality care to Emporia, VA; the difference, he says, is that it is delivered with small-town values and a customer service centered focus.

Dr. Alexander says the average patient is typically treated by therapy services 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, he says, specialty healthcare services all too often gravitate towards bigger cities serving metropolitan populations; it becomes unfeasible for the average patient to make such trips with that frequency.  Dr. Alexander says, “It’s not enough for us to strive to be as good as clinics in larger areas, we must be better.” 

Rehabilitations Therapy Services at SVRMC cares for the full spectrum of rehab patients, utilizing the latest treatment techniques and equipment.This program offers a full array of therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. The clinic is fully equipped to meet all therapy needs of Emporia and the surrounding areas. It is the only full service clinic in the area able to offer all of the aforementioned services in one place.

Physical therapy treats patients with diverse conditions, everything from heart attacks and strokes to joint replacements, sports medicine, neck and back pain, balance disorders and vertigo. For more information on how Dr. Alexander can assist you with recovery from injury, cardiac surgery, or pain management, contact Rehabilitation Therapy Services at SVRMC at 434-348-4871.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and the Family YMCA of Emporia – Greensville Partner to Provide FREE Health Fair for Community

Emporia, VA – On Tuesday, May 21, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) employees will be volunteering their expertise and medical services to the YMCA for a health fair from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nurses and hospital staff will be offering health screenings and have information and refreshments.

The health fair will be inside the YMCA located at 212 Weaver Ave in Emporia in Group Fitness Studio 2. This event is free and open to the public.

Cancer Care in Emporia

By E. Brent Perkins, M.D., Ph.D., hematologist-oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center

More than 20 years ago, VCU Massey Cancer Center founded the Rural Cancer Outreach Program to provide state-of-the-art oncology care in areas of rural Virginia identified by high cancer rates and with limited resources and poor access to oncology care. In Emporia, Massey’s Rural Cancer Outreach Program partnered with the community hospital, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC), to staff a cancer clinic.

For the last two decades, one or two doctors and one nurse traveled once per week from Massey in Richmond to SVRMC in Emporia. Most recently, that has been nurse practitioner Kevin Brigle and me. We evaluated patients with new diagnoses of cancer, provided follow-up to patients on treatment, made referrals for radiation therapy where appropriate and consulted with local physicians about the care of their patients.

The program was designed to enable the primary doctors to care for their patients when the outreach doctors were back in Richmond. The outreach clinic operated daily, administering chemotherapy, transfusions and monitoring pain under the supervision of the local physicians and nurses.

The goals of the program were to provide as much care as possible within the community; teach physicians and nurses living and serving in this community about the care of cancer patients; and bring advanced treatment through clinical trials.

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s (MCV Associated Physicians’) lease at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has since expired, and Massey was not offered the option to renew it. I regret to share that as of April 19, 2019, Massey will no longer practice at SVRMC.

While Massey would like to remain in Emporia as a cancer care provider, resources are not available to ensure a sustainable model for patient care that is independent from SVRMC. The Outreach Program was designed to operate in partnership with them.

To continue cancer care with Massey, we can offer local patients an appointment with another Massey provider at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in South Hill. Oncology physicians at VCU Health CMH are part of Massey Cancer Center, are well qualified and compassionate and will be able to continue to provide Emporia-area patients with high-quality cancer care. A fully operational clinic is offered five days a week there with hematology, medical and radiation oncology care. Additionally, Massey is assessing the transportation needs of existing Emporia-area patients and will work with them individually to assist them with their transition of care.

Our providers at Massey’s clinics in the Richmond area are available for referrals and appointments as well. Southside Regional Medical Center, which is not affiliated with VCU Massey, also offers high-quality cancer care in Petersburg that patients may find convenient.

Furthermore, Massey Cancer Center will continue to serve the Emporia and surrounding communities with health education, screening and prevention programs through our Cancer Research and Resource Center in Lawrenceville.

It has been my sincere pleasure to serve this community and to get to know many of you. I will miss spending time in Emporia each week. If my team and I can be of assistance to you, please call us at (804) 628-1918. 

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