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Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

 

Job#: 2017-10

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2017-10
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org

New Breast Cancer Prevention Options

Is Genetic Testing Right for You?

Petersburg, VA– Since 1985, the U.S. has dedicated the month of October to a national focus on the screening, prevention and survivors of breast cancer. The increased focus on education, screening and lifestyle changes has been a critical tool in driving down both the number of deaths and new diagnoses of breast cancer.

Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice, both for human interest about our ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that ancestry might increase our risk for certain diseases. Recent medical news has focused on the BRCA genes and their role in increased cancer risks, and now there are affordable, at-home testing options for those with specific risk factors.

The two BRCA genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – normally help protect women from cancer. However, some women experience a mutation of these genes that can actually lead to cancer. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women with a BRCA gene mutation are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 30 times more likely to get ovarian cancer, when compared with women without the gene mutations.

So, should all women be tested for the BRCA gene mutation? The experts say, absolutely not.

“It’s important to keep in mind that gene mutations are only a small part of the breast cancer story,” said Sasa-Grae Espino, MD, fellowship-trained Breast Surgeon. “It’s true that having an immediate family member with breast cancer can double your risk of being diagnosed. But it’s also true that more than 80% of women who get breast cancer have NO family history of the disease. There are many other factors, some inside and some outside of your control.”

Both the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the medical community agree there are certain risk factors that indicate a woman should seek genetic counseling, and BRCA testing if recommended after counseling:

  • A family history of someone having a positive BRCA mutation
  • Ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer at any age in a family member
  • Breast cancer in a family member before the age of 50
  • Triple-negative breast cancer before the age of 60
  • Male breast cancer in any family member
  • People of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
  • Two or more family members with breast cancer, on either side of the family

Beyond BRCA genes, there are more than 30 gene mutations associated with various types of hereditary cancer. Tremendous information can be gained through genetic testing, but it’s important to work with your physician and/or a genetic counselor to ensure you pursue the right options for you.

“Genetic testing is exciting, but in no way does it reduce the need for vigilance on the more prevalent risk factors for cancer,” said Dr. Espino. “A healthy, whole food diet, regular exercise, regular mammograms and a no-smoking policy, are still by far the most critical tools for reducing the risk of all forms of cancer. Genetic testing is another tool for early intervention and managing increased risk, and should be used judiciously.”

If you meet the criteria set by the USPSTF, talk with your doctor about the best prevention and genetic testing for you. To find a primary care physician, visit SRMConline.com.

About SRMC:

Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is a 300-bed, acute-care facility located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, VA. SRMC serves nearly 200,000 residents and boasts a medical staff of more than 380 physicians representing over 40 specialties. SRMC treats more than 60,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department and is a Level III Trauma Center. The medical center provides inpatient care for approximately 12,000 patients per year. SRMC is owned in part by physicians. For more information about SRMC and the services it provides, please visit SRMConline.com.

About Sasa-Grae Espino, Breast Surgeon

Fellowship trained in breast surgery, Dr. Sasa-Grae Espino practices at Southside Physicians Network in Petersburg.
Dr. Espino specializes in breast diseases, including the surgical treatment of breast cancer, benign diseases and managing high risk patients (genetic testing and counseling). Surgeries include biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies and
immediate breast reconstruction. She is an active member of the medical staff of Southside Regional Medical Center. For more information, visit SouthsidePhysicians.com or call 804-520-6730.

Southside Regional Medical Center Offers CPR Training

Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center will offer a Basic Life Support Provider CPR Training class on Wednesday, September 20 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. The class will be held in Classrooms A & B located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg. Class size is limited and the fee is $65. The registration deadline is close of business on Monday, September 18. Call 804-765-5729 to register or for more information. 

Southside Regional Medical Center Offers FREE CPR Class

Petersburg, VA –Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is offering a FREE Friends and Family Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class on Wednesday, June 14 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. Participants will learn how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, heart attack and choking. This CPR class is designed for those who want to learn the skills, but are not required to obtain certification in CPR for employment.

SRMC is located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, Virginia. The class will be held in the A/B classroom. For more information and to register, call 804.765.5729.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 9. Class size is limited.

SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS SPECIALIZED TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM VEIN DISEASE

PETERSBURG, VA – According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, almost 40% of Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). And what many people don’t realize is that it can be treated. Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) offers a specialized procedure called peripheral venous stenting that can help.

Most common in individuals over the age of 50 and women who have experienced multiple pregnancies, CVI occurs when veins in the legs have difficulty sending blood back to the heart. Blood then pools in the legs, raising pressure in the veins and causing a variety of problems.

“Symptoms of CVI include heaviness, pain, swelling and discoloration of the legs,” explains Saquib Samee, MD, FACC, RPVI. “Veins that have lost their valve effectiveness become elongated, rope-like, bulged and thickened. In more severe cases of CVI, poor circulation can lead to painful ulcers on the legs and feet.”

CVI is often treated with compression stockings, elevation and weight loss. Skin ointments and pain medication can also provide some relief from symptoms. In individuals with substantial compression or blockages in their veins, however, these treatments may not be enough.

During peripheral venous stenting an ultrasound catheter is inserted into the vein through a small incision in the leg. Using imaging from the intravascular ultrasound, the physician places a stent, a mesh-like expandable metal tube, at the point where the vein is compressed or obstructed. The stent opens up the vein, allowing blood to flow normally again.

Dr. Samee, an interventional cardiologist and vascular specialist, performs this specialized procedure in the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab at SRMC’s Center for Heart and Vascular Care. “We have patients coming from as far away as Maryland and West Virginia to seek this treatment,” says Dr. Samee. “Patients tell me that they feel symptomatic relief immediately, and their ulcers are healed within weeks.”

In addition to peripheral venous stenting, the cardiac cath lab at the Center for Heart and Vascular Care offers a multitude of services and procedures, including peripheral vascular studies, pacemaker insertions, implantable cardiac defibrillator insertions, heart catheterization and interventions, and emergency heart attack care. SRMC follows the American College of Cardiology’s standards of a 90 minute door-to-balloon time, meaning that heart attack patients are being treated in the cath lab within 90 minutes of arrival in the emergency department. For individuals needing more intensive care, SRMC’s open heart surgery team is available 24 hours per day.  

Talk to your physician if you are experiencing the symptoms of CVI. To make an appointment with Dr. Samee, call the Varicose Vein & Vascular Clinic at 804.621.7262 (Colonial Heights) or 434.336.1900 (Emporia). For more information on the comprehensive services offered at the Center for Heart and Vascular Care at Southside Regional Medical Center, visit SRMConline.com/heart.

Free Presentation on Slip and Fall Prevention

Petersburg, VA – June is National Safety Month. Learn tips to keep yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, June 25 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.
 

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Southside Regional Medical Center Offers FREE CPR Class

Petersburg, VA – Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is offering a FREE Friends and Family Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class on Wednesday, June 24 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at SRMC’s campus. Participants will learn how to recognize and treat life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, heart attack and choking. This CPR class is designed for those who want to learn the skills, but are not required to obtain certification in CPR for employment.

SRMC is located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, Virginia. The class will be held in the A/B classroom. For more information and to register, call 804.765.5729.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 19.  Class size is limited.

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