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Vaccination is the Key to Preventing the Spread of Measles

Emporia, VA - Measles, a highly contagious virus, is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 102 cases of the measles in 14 states were diagnosed in January. The majority of these cases have been linked to a measles outbreak at an amusement park in California.

Although measles were eliminated in the United States in 2000, the CDC said that in 2014 the US experienced the greatest number of measles cases since being declared eliminated, with 644 cases in 27 states. The majority of these cases were in people who were not vaccinated.

“Vaccination is an important tool in preventing the spread of measles,” said Fitzgerald Marcelin, MD, who is certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.  “CDC research shows that one dose of the measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if someone is exposed to the virus, and two doses are about 97% effective,” he said.  

Measles is still common in other countries and travelers with measles continue to bring the virus in the US. An outbreak can occur with the disease reaches a community where groups of people are unvaccinated. To prevent the spread of measles, the CDC recommends that every child receive a first dose of the measles vaccination (MMR) after reaching the age of 12 months. A second dose is recommended for 4- to 6- year-olds. Vaccination is also recommended for adults who do not have evidence of immunity to the measles.

If you have questions about the measles vaccine, speak with your primary care provider or contact your local health department.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES JANUARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Latoya Vaughan has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for January 2015.  Ms. Vaughan, who has been employed at SVRMC since March 2011, is Lead Pharmacy Tech. in the SVRMC Pharmacy. 

Employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior highlighted during that month.  The highlighted Standard of the Month for January was Commitment to Co-workers.  Ms. Vaughan was nominated by SVRMC’s Pharmacy Director and a pharmacy co-worker who wrote, “Latoya relentlessly demonstrates an exceptional work ethic.  If something needs to be done and she is aware, she either does it or assigns it to someone. She is always smiling and laughing while maintaining a work appropriate attitude.  Latoya is very knowledgeable about the pharmacy and its role throughout the hospital making her a huge asset to the team.  She can be called the “Go-To” lady.  She shows commitment by demonstrating leadership in teaching, checking, and supporting the team. She has the ability to work with everyone in the facility with an even tempered, professional attitude. Latoya quietly goes the extra mile to make a difference and to make the department more efficient.  She is largely responsible for the development of the most effective pharmacy tech team SVRMC has ever had.”

As SVRMC’s January’s Employee of the Month, Ms. Vaughan received a certificate, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers in the Pharmacy, a cash prize and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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That painful sore throat - Could it be a cold, strep throat or tonsillitis?

By: Tejas Raval, MD

 

EMPORIA, VA - During cold weather, it’s not unusual to get a scratchy throat – and sometimes the surefire comforts of chicken soup, hot tea and a warm blanket don’t make a difference. When sore throat symptoms persist, you often wonder if it’s from a cold, strep throat, or tonsillitis. A sore throat can often simply be caused from the common cold – or it can be more serious, requiring antibiotics to make the nagging pain go away.

A sore throat can often be the first sign of a cold. In this case, the sore throat usually gets better or goes away after the first day or two and is often followed by other cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headache, nasal congestion and sometimes fever.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for a sore throat caused by a cold virus, but there are things you can do to minimize discomfort and get better more quickly. To speed healing of your sore throat and cold, be sure to get enough rest, and remember that a healthy diet and plenty of fluids also help to speed healing.

Although over-the-counter cold medications may relieve cold and sore throat symptoms, the benefits are minimal. Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can offer relief from the aches and pains of a cold and sore throat. Sore throat sprays and lozenges can also soothe the throat and numb the pain temporarily.  Antibiotics should not be used to treat a cold virus and sore throat, since antibiotics are effective only against bacteria.

Strep throat, which is caused by Streptococcus bacteria, is a major cause of sore throat and tonsillitis. With strep throat, the pain is often more persistent and severe. While a cold goes away on its own, strep throat usually requires antibiotics.

Strep throat spreads through close contact with an infected person and/or sharing an infected person's personal items. If not treated properly, strep throat can cause more serious illnesses, such as rheumatic fever, a disease that may harm the heart valves.

Symptoms of strep throat include sudden sore throat, loss of appetite, painful swallowing, red tonsils with white spots, fever and headache.  Physician can easily diagnose strep throat by examining the patient and performing a strep test, a painless test that looks for Streptococcus bacteria. If you have clear signs of strep throat, your doctor will most likely start you on an antibiotic treatment in order to kill the bacteria causing the infection. With proper treatment, strep throat can usually be cured within 10 days.  If after 10 days you don’t feel any better, let your doctor know right away. Also, even if you feel better after a day or two, never stop taking the prescribed antibiotic until the full dosage is taken. The bacteria can still be alive, even if you are feeling better.

Sometimes, other bugs cause tonsillitis. If, like strep throat, the tonsillitis infection is bacterial, then antibiotics are given. However, if the tonsillitis infection is viral, antibiotics will not help. The virus will just need to run its course for the sore throat to go away.

Symptoms of other tonsillitis infections are very similar to those of strep throat.  They include sore throat, bad breath, fever, hoarseness, painful swallowing, swollen lymph glands in the neck and swollen tonsils that may have white or yellow spots.  Only with an exam by your doctor will you know whether your tonsillitis is caused by a virus or bacterium.

For either type of infection, be sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, use a vaporizer, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Eating soft, soothing foods such as ice cream, milk shakes and soup will also make your throat feel better.

If the tonsil infection does not respond to antibiotics or occurs repeatedly – or if the tonsils interfere with sleep and breathing – your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of the tonsils.

For any sore throat conditions, call your doctor if you experience nausea or vomiting, earache, headache, skin rash, painful joints, shortness of breath, dark urine or chest pain.

The information in this article was provided by Tejas Raval, MD, Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Raval’s practice, Southside Regional Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, is located at 317 North Main Street in Emporia.  For more information on services offered by Dr. Raval or to schedule an appointment, call at 434-632-1685 

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There’s still time to sign up for health insurance

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Can help



EMPORIA, VA - If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans were required to have health insurance coverage beginning in 2014.  For the first time during the 2015 tax season, Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance, or an approved exemption, in 2014 as required by law, or face a tax penalty. 

To be compliant with the ACA in 2015, individuals must enroll in a qualified health insurance plan before the last day of the open enrollment period, February 15, 2015.  Those who fail to obtain insurance by the deadline or without an approved exemption will have a penalty applied to his/her annual taxable income for each full month without health insurance in 2015. The penalty fee is $325 per adult, $162.50 per child – up to $975/family or 2% of family income, whichever is higher. Additionally, those without insurance will also be financially responsible for all of medical costs throughout the year.

The good news is that some individuals, based on household income and number dependents,  may qualify for financial assistance from the government – or subsidies – towards the cost of the premium and other financial obligations like co-pays or deductibles.

“This is where Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center can help the uninsured in our community,” said Joe Wilkins, Interim CEO.  “With many people lacking access to a computer or just needing help to navigate through the enrollment website, our application counselors can help. We can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans, and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options,” he said.

In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.

“Although Virginia has chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in our community who may qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Wilkins.   “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

2015 open enrollment runs through February 15, 2015. To make an appointment for enrollment assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid, contact the enrollment counselors at SVRMC at 434-348-4406.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HONORS PRINCE, SQUIRE AND WALKER

EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently held a dedication reception to formally name each of the three classrooms located within the facility after a founding member of the Greensville Memorial Hospital medical staff who also practiced at SVRMC.  On Sunday, January 25 2015, SVRMC unveiled markers in each classroom officially naming them The John S. Prince, Sr., MD Classroom, The Peter W. Squire, MD Classroom and The Thomas A. Walker, MD Classroom in the company of more than 100 family, friends and invited guests.

Those assembled were welcomed by Joseph D. Wilkins, Interim Chief Executive Officer at SVRMC.  He opened by thanking the honorees for their contributions to healthcare in Emporia/Greensville, and contemplated that SVRMC would not be in this community today were it not for visionaries such as themselves who were compelled to pursue the establishment of a hospital late in the 1950’s. 

After the welcoming address, a son of each of the honorees, all of whom followed their fathers into the practice of medicine, addressed the crowd with a brief history of his father’s education, military service, medical training and family stories about growing up with a physician father, and how that impacted their decisions to go into healthcare.

John S. Prince, Jr., MD spoke of his father, John S. Prince, MD, who explained that his father never earned the Sr. behind his name until he, John Prince, Jr., came back to Emporia to practice medicine, and the office and hospital staff needed a way to distinguish one from the other.  At that time, they became Prince, Sr. and Prince, Jr.  Dr. Prince, Jr. said that his father was born and raised in Stony Creek.  In 1940, he entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he earned a starting position on the baseball team.  After the United States entered World War II, Dr. Prince, Sr. entered the Navy where he served until 1946 earning the rank of lieutenant.  He returned to Virginia Tech. for his post graduate and pre-medical training before entering the Medical College of Virginia where he earned his Doctor of Medicine and completed his internship.  In 1953, Dr. Prince and Dr. Peter Squire established a general private practice in Emporia, where they worked together until their retirement in August 2013. Dr. Prince was among the local physicians who spearheaded the initiative for a hospital in the community.  Through his efforts, in part, Greensville Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1961.  Dr. Prince was a Charter Member of the GMH Medical Staff and served three terms as Chief of Staff.  After the hospital moved in 2003, he continued as an active member of the medical staff.  Dr. Prince had been married the former Jane Holland for 60 years, and together they have four children and five grandchildren. 

R. Hall Squire, MD began his remarks by saying that Peter W. Squire, MD is affectionately known by, pretty much everyone including his patients, as Peter.  He went on to say that his dad was born in 1926 in Fairmont, West Virginia.  His family moved to Greensville County, Virginia when he was five years old, and he attended and graduated from Greensville County High School where he was the President of his class during both is Junior and Senior years.  In 1943, he entered Hampden Sydney College where he was captain of the football team and a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.  During World War II, Dr. Squire earned the rank of Ensign in the Amphibious Forces Pacific Theater, and continued to support the war effort as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve after returning to Hampden Sydney in 1946.  In 1948, Dr. Squire began his medical school training at the Medical College of Virginia where he later received his Doctor of Medicine.  After completing his internship at Stuart Circle Hospital in 1953, Dr. Squire joined Dr. John Prince, Sr. in opening Prince Squire Medical Center.  At that time, Family Practice was not an officially recognized ‘specialty’.  Doctors who provided general care were called General Practitioners and there was no Board that governed these providers.  In 1969, The American Board of Family Practice was born and officially recognized as the 20th primary medical specialty.  Having met the requirements to sit for this Board during his training, Dr. Squire successfully completed and earned his status as a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice in 1971, eighteen years after completing his medical training.  When GMH opened its doors in 1961, Dr. Squire was a founding member of the medical staff and the hospital’s first ever Chief of Staff.  Dr. Squire made the transition to the SVRMC medical staff in 2003.  Dr. Squire and his wife, Nancy, married in 1953 and have four sons and ten grandchildren.

Tributes to the honorees were concluded by Stephen T. Walker, MD, son of Thomas A. Walker MD.  Dr. Stephen Walker said that his father was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Mecklenburg County, VA.  His first job was as a clerk at the five and dime.  Times being what they were, he used the income from this job to pay his way to Lynchburg College and to get back and forth, he hitch hiked.  In his final year at Lynchburg College, his boss at the five and dime encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine.  Knowing that Dr. Walker did not have the financial means continue his education, his boss offered to co-signed Dr. Walker’s student loans so that he could attend medical school.  This being resolved, Dr. Walker then faced his final semester crammed with the usual courses along with all the required course work needed to be eligible to attend medical school the following year.  He persevered and graduated Lynchburg College in 1953 where he received the highest alumni award, the T. Gibson Hobbs Memorial Award for service to church, community and alma mater.  Dr. Walker attended Medical College of Virginia, where he completed his medical school education in 1957 and his internship in 1958.  His first practice after completing this training was in Stony Creek, VA.  In March of 1961, Dr. Walker received an invitation from J. B. Kiser, MD to join the medical staff of Greensville Memorial Hospital.  He joined a practice in Emporia with J. B. Adams, MD and Avis Adams, MD, and later helped form Emporia Medical Associated where he practiced until his retirement in December of 2012.  Like his peer, Dr. Walker continued to be a vital member of the medical staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for the remainder of his career.   Dr. Walker and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters and one son, all of which followed their father into the medical field, and five grandchildren. 

In closing, Joe Wilkins thanked the three honorees for their contributions to healthcare in the community, as well as the active roles they each have played in their families, churches and various volunteer organizations.  Those assembled were invited to share refreshments and join Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in celebrating these great men.

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Sleep Disorders and Treatments

By: Rakesh Sood, MD

As one of the most basic human needs, sleep allows the body to rest and restore energy. However, depriving the body of sleep can result in impaired memory and thought processes, depression, a decreased immune response, and a greater chance of being diagnosed with high blood pressure. If you often feel restless, tired or have trouble sleeping through the night, you could have a sleep disorder, which can be managed and treated once diagnosed by a doctor. With the help of your physician, you can quickly get back on the path to a full night’s sleep.

Sleep disorders, which can be caused by physical, psychological or external issues, occur when one cause repeatedly interrupts the normal sleep cycle. A person’s lifestyle can also contribute to sleep problems. For instance, people who regularly smoke cigarettes or drink coffee or alcohol are more likely to have sleep problems. Medication, depression or anxiety can also contribute to sleep problems.

Common sleeping disorders include:

  • Snoring:a problem where inhaled air rattles over the tissues of the throat. In some cases this can be a sign of sleep apnea.
  • Sleep apnea:a condition where the upper airway becomes completely or partially blocked, interrupting breathing during sleep. Severe sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure and a high risk for heart attack or stroke.
  • Insomnia:a problem where people do not get enough sleep at night due to trouble falling asleep; 10 to 15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS):a disorder where people feel the need to move their legs or feet, often delaying the onset of sleep and causing people to wake up during sleep.
  • Narcolepsy:a brain disorder that causes excessive, constant sleepiness during the day. Though television often shows narcoleptics falling asleep in the middle of everyday tasks, this only happens to a small percentage of people with this condition

All of these examples of sleep problems can be triggered by various issues. For example, insomnia may start as a side effect from stress or medication, but because people can become conditioned to insomnia, it may last far longer than it would otherwise. Snoring can be caused by allergies. Sleep apnea can be caused by abnormal breathing during sleep and is often associated with being overweight.

Due to the wide variety of possible causes, sleep disorder sufferers may need to try several treatment options or a combination of treatments in order to effectively treat the problem. Treatments used for sleep disorders include behavioral therapy, medication or alternative therapy. Behavioral treatments often include relaxation exercises, such as mental or breathing exercises. Stimulus control, another behavioral treatment, makes the bedroom into a space for sleep and little else, conditioning the person to sleep when in the bedroom. Medications for sleep deprivation are usually prescribed by a doctor. Medicines for sleep disorders are widely varied and are usually prescribed only for short term use as they can be habit-forming. Alternative therapy includes regular exercise, relaxation, and meditation, all of which are shown to help deepen sleep in people with or without sleep disorders.

It is always best to discuss any sleep problems with your doctor, who can diagnose sleeping disorders and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific problems and needs. See your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping, waking up, or falling asleep during the day.

The information in this article was provided by Rakesh Sood, MD, who is certified by both American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Sood’s practice, Southern Virginia Behavioral Health and Sleep Medicine is located at 727 North Main Street in Emporia.  For more information on services offered by Dr. Sood or to schedule an appointment, call at 434-348-4422.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Dana Moore has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for December 2014.  Ms. Moore, who has been employed at SVRMC since March 2010, is a Registered Nurse (RN) and also holds the position of Clinical Coordinator in the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). 

Employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior highlighted during that month.  The highlighted Standard of the Month for December was Appearance.  Ms. Moore was nominated by SVRMC’s BHU Director who wrote, “Dana takes much pride in her attire being professional, clean and appropriate, it always looks new and never worn, and she always wears her name badge.  Dana is a neat/clean freak who does not like the nurses’ station or unit to have any clutter.  She also immediately reports any safety concerns and hazards.”

As SVRMC’s December Employee of the Month, Ms. Moore received a certificate, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers in the BHU, a cash prize and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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Flu Season is in Full Swing

It’s not too late to get a flu Vaccine

by:  R. Hall Squire, MD

As in much of the country, local doctor’s offices and our hospital have experienced a recent surge in the number of patients being seen with flu and/or flu-like symptoms, as well as the number of those patients who require hospital admission for treatment.  Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is cause by the influenza virus, which effects the nose, throat and lungs.  Flu is transmitted through tiny aerosol droplets that spread through the air when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs. 

With roughly 24,000 deaths attributed to flu and its complications annually, flu is one of the nation's leading causes of death.  While timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary in different part of the country and from season to season, the most recent information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that flu is currently widespread in all but seven states.  Flu activity typically peaks in the U.S. between December and February, but can begin as early as September and continue as late as May.

The good news: the flu vaccine is the simplest and most effective way to protect against flu, and it’s not too late to get it. 

Here are three main things you can do to be safe this flu season:

  • Vaccinate. Get the flu vaccine for yourself and everyone in your family. It’s available at your doctor’s office and many area pharmacies.  The CDC recommends everyone older than six months, except people with severe egg allergies, get immunized. Both shot and nasal spray vaccine forms are safe and effective and rarely have side effects.
  • Get Treatment. If you do get the flu, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to treat flu illness and prevent serious flu complications. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable to catching the flu and experiencing complications. It’s important to treat high-risk individuals promptly to avoid hospitalization. Treatment with antiviral medication works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. These drugs can also lessen serious flu complications.
  • Prevention. Stay away from sick people and wash your hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and resist touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Avoid close contact with people who have flu or symptoms and if you’re sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others.

Though you may have heard reports indicating that that this year’s flu vaccination is not a perfect match for the prevalent virus strain, it’s still the best way to protect against flu, and may minimize symptoms should the patient become infected with flu. 

For more information on flu or flu vaccine, speak with your primary care provider or visit the special flu section at www.svrmc.com.

This information was provided by R. Hall Squire, MD, a Board Certified Family Physician with Southern Virginia Medical Group (SVMG) located at 511 Belfield Drive in Emporia.  For more information on Dr. Squire or to schedule an appointment, contact SVMG at 434-348-4860.

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A New Year, a New You: Healthy Weight Loss Resolutions

By: Sonya Bullock, PA-C

Every year as the ball drops and a new year begins, millions of Americans promise themselves they are going to lead healthy lives and

lose weight. It is a resolution that often lasts only a few weeks or possibly a couple of months, but it won’t be destined for failure if you follow a few pointers.

Exercise:Performing regular physical activity helps control your weight by using excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. Doing a combined number of physical activities, like the ones below, for just thirty minutes a day can greatly improve your physical condition as well as the general state of your health. Consider the health benefits of making a minor adjustment in your everyday habits when you:

  • walk the dog or enjoy conversation with a friend over a long stroll;
  • do simple yard work;
  • park your car farther away and walk further to work or the store;
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator.

After steadily increasing your daily activity, you may start to notice a moderate increase in your overall stamina. You may consider joining a gym and taking part in some planned physical, aerobic activity. A physical trainer and physician can help put together an exercise plan that is right for your body. The key is finding an activity you enjoy so you are more likely to do it several times a week.

Dieting: Instead of thinking about how you should cut back, focus on what you can add to your diet. Make sure you are getting the recommended five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Plan your meals and snacks in advance, and you will be less likely to let your stomach make poor decisions for you.

Don’t Skip Meals: Research shows that on average those who eat breakfast weigh less than those who skip out on the meal. Ironically, eating fewer than three meals a day usually leads to the intake ofmore calories throughout the day.

Avoid Liquid Calories: A recent study shows that more than 20 percent of Americans’ caloric intake comes from beverages. You may forget to consider your caloric intake from drinking when planning your diet. To avoid excess weight gain, only drink alcohol, sugary coffee drinks and regular soda in moderation, and consider substituting water, light alcoholic drinks and diet sodas to eliminate excess calories.

Re-think Your Goals: This year make your goal more specific than just trying to lose weight. For example, plan to:

  • go to the gym three days a week;
  • only eat out twice a week;
  • walk thirty minutes a day;
  • or only consume one glass of alcohol a week.

With specific guidelines to follow you’ll find your resolution easier to stick with on a daily basis. More importantly, pick a weight goal that is healthy for your body type and don’t expect to see results immediately. Instead, celebrate small milestones along the way as you work towards a healthier you. 

This information was provided by Sonya Bullock, a Certified Physician Assistant with Southern Virginia Medical Group (SVMG) located at 511 Belfield Drive in Emporia.  For more information on services offered by Ms. Bullock or to schedule an appointment, contact SVMG at 434-348-4680.

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There’s still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and southern virginia regional medical center can help

If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

The Affordable Care Act required that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty is applied to annual taxable income for each month without health insurance after February 15, 2015, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, health insurance coverage may be available at no cost through Medicaid. For those who do not qualify for Medicaid, coverage may be available on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

That is where Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) can help!  The applications counselors at SVRMC can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine eligibility for Medicaid or other insurance options, as well as assist with the enrollment process

Enrollment counselors are available Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment by calling 434-348-4406.  Beginning January 6th, SVRMC will hold Enrollment Fairs in the Registration Department every Tuesday from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM throughout the open enrollment period (enrollment fairs will end on 2/10/15).  During this time enrollment counselors will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the enrollment process.  Those interested should bring proof of residency or a driver’s license, proof of income (pay stub or W2) for all family members applying, and the social security number of anyone who is applying.

For more information regarding qualifying for any type of health insurance coverage, contact Nicole Mitchell at 434-348-4406.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STAFF RAISE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS HAPPINESS FUND

Emporia, VA – In the spirit of the holiday season, the staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) participated in four dress-down, denim days throughout November and December to raise money for the Christmas Happiness Fund.  For these events, employees purchased the right to wear their favorite jeans to work for a donation of $5.00.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff is pleased to donate a total of $820.00 to this year’s Christmas Happiness Fund.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Barbara Finch has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for November 2014.  Ms. Finch, who has been employed at SVRMC since March 1983, is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the Emergency Department (ED). 

Employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior highlighted during that month.  The highlighted Standard of the Month for November is Attitude.  Ms. Finch was nominated from an SVRMC manager outside her department who wrote, “Barbara is always welcoming and kind to everyone.  She has a positive attitude, treats everyone like family, especially patients, and uses AIDET. She is the sweetest, most kind hearted person in the ED and deserves recognition.”

As SVRMC’s November Employee of the Month, Ms. Finch received a certificate, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers in the ED, a cash prize and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE NET OVER ONE TON IN DONATIONS

(EMPORIA, VA) – The employees and staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently participated in their annual food drive and competition.  Departments within the hospital compete against one another to see which department can collect the most donations in pounds per person.  The competition winner was decided by dividing the total weight of the donations from each individual department by the number of employees in that department to arrive at an average weight of the food donated per employee.  The winning department was the Quality Department(which included Data Abstraction, Infection Control, Medical Staff Credentialing, Patient Care Coordinators, and Risk Management)  166 lbs. of food, and equates to 23.7 lbs. of food donated by each employee in those departments.  The total weight of all donations collected totaled 1,340.4 lbs.  This year’s food drive will benefit the local Improvement Association.  

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized as Top Performer for the Second Time List Published by The Joint Commission Honors Exemplary Care

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. Hospitals receiving this distinction have exceled in implementing clinical processes that have shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations. SVRMC has been specifically recognized for the excellent care we provided in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the secondtime SVRMC hasearned the designation.

Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

“This honor means that our community can turn toSVRMC with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Joseph D. Wilkins, SVRMC’s InterimChief Executive Officer. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”

Top Performersare recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

SVRMCis one of just 712hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for twoconsecutive years. It was recognized in 2012for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Rakesh Sood, MD, SVRMC’s Chief of Staff. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

For more information about the Top Performers program, please visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES OCTOBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Doris Cooper has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for October 2014.  Ms. Cooper, who has been employed at SVRMC since September 1979, is a cook in the SVRMC Nutritional Services Department.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE AND MANAGERS OF THE YEAR

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently announced the winners of the Employee of the Year, Clinical Manager of the Year and Non-clinical Manager of the Year for 2014. Given annually, these awards recognize and honor the chosen employee and managers as being crucial to the success of the hospital.

SVRMC staff selects the Employee of the Year from the winners of the Employee of the Month.  The Employee of the Year for 2014 is Shauna Boone. Employed at SVRMC since April 2013, Ms. Boone is a registered nurse (RN) who also holds the position of Clinical Coordinator of the SVRMC Acute Care Unit (ACU). As an RN, Ms. Boone is responsible for the nursing care of the patients she is assigned, and she often functions as the ACU charge nurse delegating nursing assignments, troubleshooting issues as they arise and mentoring coworkers and other staff.   In her role as the ACU Clinical Coordinator, Ms. Boone assists the Acute Care/Intensive Care Director in planning, organizing, directing and controlling the operations of the ACU.  It was in this capacity that Ms. Boone truly excelled in 2014 earning her the Employee of the Month honor.  After only one month in the Clinical Coordinator position, Ms. Boone was asked to assume the leadership role for her unit during her Director’s leave of absence.  She graciously accepted, and never missed a beat!  During this time, Ms. Boone worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of managing the unit were thoroughly and accurately completed in a timely manner.  She built relationships with her staff, physicians, and others managers throughout the organization all while maintaining a calm, professional demeanor and making patient satisfaction and safety a priority.    Known to be kind, compassionate, soft spoken and dependable, Ms. Boone is a tremendous resource for the ACU and SVRMC. In addition to her professional commitments, Ms. Boone is a member of the Nurse Ministry and a volunteer for their Anointed Movement of Praise for her church and she serves on the SVRMC Chest Pain Accreditation Task Force.    She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters and a son. 

As the SVRMC Employee of the Year, Ms. Boone and a guest will be treated to an all-expense paid weekend at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. During the trip, Ms. Boone, along with the Employee of the Year winners from each of more than 200 Community Health Systems hospitals nationwide, will be recognized at the Employee of the Year Banquet. Each of the Employee of the Year winners will receive a commemorative plaque and cash award.

The 2014 Clinical Manager of the Year honor went to Peggy Dunn, RN, Director of Surgical Services for the second year in a row, and the third time in four years.  Employed with the hospital since 1986, Ms. Dunn has been in her current role since 2010, although she has served in many different capacities in her long tenure with SVRMC, and while working her way through nursing school.  As the Director of Surgical Services, Ms. Dunn is responsible for the day to day workings of the Operating Room, Recovery, Outpatient Services, Oncology and Central Sterile Supply.   in addition to serving on numerous hospital committees and work groups.  A team player who is always willing to pitch in to do whatever is needed to get the job done, Ms. Dunn serves on the hospital’s Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Environment of Care, Disaster Preparedness, and Mortality Review Committees, and in 2014, she was instrumental in the establishment of SVRMC’s new support group for cancer patients and their families, Cancer Connection.  Respected by staff, physicians and her peers, Ms. Dunn is a well-rounded, clinical manager who handles the challenges of running multiple units in a cost effective manner, volunteers to spearhead new projects in her areas and throughout the hospital, and assumes the role of house supervisor as needed.  Ms. Dunn’s dedication and commitment is also evident in the organizations she serves outside her professional duties.  She is a member of the Association of Operating Registered Nurses, the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a volunteer for the local Boys and Girls Club and the President of her church’s Nurse and Children’s Ministries.  In addition to being a three time winner of the Clinical Manager of the Year award, Ms. Dunn was named SVRMC Employee of the Month in February of 2000 and the Emporia/Greensville Boys and Girls Club Volunteer of the Year in 2002. 

Rick McClenny was chosen as the 2014 SVRMC Non-clinical Manager of the Year. Employed by the organization since April of 2012 as Risk Manager, Mr. McClenny has willingly taken on numerous additional responsibilities including Facility Compliance Officer, Patient Safety Officer Quality Coordinator, High Reliability and Safety Champion, Safety Coach Co-Champion and he serves on a number of other working committees throughout the organization.  In his role as High Reliability and Safety Champion, Mr. McClenny spear-headed the High Reliability project at SVRMC.  By ensuring that safety was always a priority and a major focus of every meeting and event, Mr. McClenny led the organization on a 307 day run without a serious safety event in 2014.   His commitment to patient safety was further demonstrated when he accepted the challenge of piloting a Safety Coach Program at SVRMC, and acting as the programs Co-Chair.  Since the successful implementation of SVRMC’s Safety Coach Program, Mr. McClenny has shared his knowledge with peers from sister facilities across the company to help ensure success in their own Safety Coach Programs.  As Risk Manager, he was instrumental in the development of a fall risk prevention program that includes the use fall mats and bed alarms.  To help staff evaluate the reason that falls occur, and prevent similar fall situations in the future, Mr. McClenny implemented the facilities CODE AUTUMN process that includes a post fall huddle to ensure that every precaution was in place to reduce the fall risk.  He also identified the need for a patient elopement policy and as a result instituted SVRMC’s CODE GREEN protocol and policy.  In his “spare” time, Mr. McClenny, who is an RN and also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, is pursuing a Masters of Healthcare Administration degree in hopes of one day advancing to the administrative management level in a healthcare setting.  Outside of his professional aspirations, Mr. McClenny is very active in his church serving as bassist/vocalist for his worship team, youth leader and children’s church teacher, and as a member of the youth music ministry.        

The Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Clinical and Non-clinical Managers of the Year compete regionally against other Clinical and Non-clinical Managers of the Year for the titles of Divisional Clinical and Divisional Non-clinical Manager of the Year. Managers selected as Divisional Managers of the Year are invited to attend the Employee of the Year Banquet in Nashville, TN along with the Employees of the Year from each facility and the other Divisional Clinical and Non-Clinical Divisional Managers of the Year.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO HELP CONSUMERS SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

Emporia, VA  - Beginning November 15, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace provides U.S. citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits including, preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services, and coverage cannot be denied based on a pre-existing condition. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government, or subsidies, towards the cost of the premium.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

“This is where SVRMC can help,” said Joe Wilkins, SVRMC’s Interim CEO.  “As a primary health provider in the area, we want to help educate residents on the health plan options available through the Marketplace and assist with eligibility determination for Medicaid or financial help to lower the cost of health insurance premiums.  Although this is a major function of www.healthcare.gov, SVRMC application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process.”

Beginning in 2015, individuals who can afford health insurance but don’t sign up, may have to pay a penalty of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child – up to $975/family or 2% of family income, whichever is higher. And, without insurance, you will be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program also covers adults who fall below a certain income level. 

“While Virginiahas chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in the community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Wilkins.“We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

Open enrollment runs November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.  If you would like to make an appointment to speak with an SVRMC application counselor, call 434-348-4406

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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AND ENGINEERING WEEK TO BE OBSERVED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Emporia, VA – In recognition of National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week, October 19 – 25, 2014, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) would like to thank the Engineering Department staff for the important role they play in keeping the hospital safe and operational. 

A vital part of the healthcare team, the engineering staff at SVRMC work in all areas of the hospital including building and grounds, plant operations, design and construction, safety, security and clinical engineering.  In addition to keeping the facility efficient and operational, they make sure there is power, running water and a safe and comfortable healing environment for patients, physicians, visitors and staff.  Without this dedicated team, it would be impossible to provide for the health needs of the community.

National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week, which is observed annually during the fourth week in October, is sponsored by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association.  For more information on ASHE, go to www.ashe.org.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STAFF GO PINK FOR NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY AND BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

EMPORIA, VA - According to the National Cancer Institute, the five year survival rate of breast cancer patients is 98% when detected early, and in the localized stage.  The best method of detecting breast cancer in these earliest stages - Mammography.  Although there has been some controversy surrounding the use of mammography in recent years, it remains the best method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, and before it is large enough to feel through clinical or self-breast exams.

The importance of making people aware of breast cancer and breast cancer screening through mammography, is in the statistics.  It is estimated that 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  Although much less common, in men, approximately 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.  The good news, death rates attributed to breast cancer has been on a steady decline since 1991.  This decline is thought to be in response to increased breast cancer awareness, early detections through mammography screening, and advances in the treatment of breast cancer.   

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that all women begin getting yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams at age 40 (earlier if the woman is considered at high risk of developing breast cancer).   ACS also recommends that women between the ages of 20 and 39 have clinical breast exams every 2 – 3 years, and all women over the age of 20 are encouraged to perform monthly self breast examinations.

National Mammography Day was designated as the third Friday in October by President Bill Clinton as a one day recognition during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for encouraging women to schedule an annual mammogram.  In recognition of National Mammography Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) had a “Go Pink & Denim Day” to promote breast health awareness on Friday, October 17th. For a $5.00 donation, participating employees were allowed to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wear their favorite jeans to work. Other staff not participating in the Denim Day also wore pink to raise awareness of the importance of mammography, and made donations to support this worthy cause.  An additional donation was made by the SVRMC Cardiac Rehab Nurse who contributed $5.00 on behalf of each of her patients who participated in the Go Pink fun.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $400.00 that they donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.     

For more information on breast cancer or the benefits of mammography, contact your primary care provider or Betty Lou Robinson, SVRMC Mammography Technologist, at 434-348-4836.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Paige Morgan, LPN has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for September 2014.  Ms. Morgan, who has been employed at SVRMC since August 2005, is the Central Scheduler for SVRMC.

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Time is On Your Side AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’S ER

EMPORIA, VA —When you’re experiencing a healthcare emergency, the last thing you need to do is wait. Emergency medicine is about three things: compassion, skilled care and speed. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) knows the importance of prompt service – especially in the emergency room (ER). “That’s why SVRMC is launching a 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge – to assure patients we’re dedicated not only to offering quality care, but also providing that care as efficiently and quickly as possible,” said Linda Burnette, CNO/Interim CEO. 

When a patient enters the ER at SVRMC, the arrival time is noted. The 30-Minute ER Service Pledge begins the minute a patient checks in at the ER desk. “Our pledge is that a clinical professional will work diligently to initially see each patient within 30 minutes or less of their arrival to begin evaluation and treatment. When the patient is seen by a clinical professional -- a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner -- the time is logged on the patient’s chart, so we can track our performance in keeping our pledge of short ER wait times,” said Burnette.

The hospital records and monitors many ER indicators as part of its ongoing quality improvement efforts.  “One of the items we track is patient wait times in the ER to determine how efficiently we triage patients and get them to a  clinical professional for initial evaluation and treatment,” said Burnette.   “While the goal of SVRMC’s ER pledge is to work diligently to  initially see every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival, the most critical health emergencies will always receive top priority at triage.  I’m pleased to report that the majority of patients at SVRMC’s ER were already being seen within 30 minutes of their arrival time,” she said.

The hospital will launch the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge in October 1, 2014. “We believe this service pledge will distinguish us from other health care providers in the area, and underline our commitment to the patients we serve,” said Burnette.  

“Though we’re committed to prompt and appropriate care for our ER patients, the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER pledge should not be misinterpreted as an effort to rush patients though the ER,” she added. “Our process improvements focus on getting ER patients into a treatment room as quickly as possible, enabling our clinical professionals to see a patient and begin diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner.”

For more information on the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge at SVRMC, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment.

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National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week OBSERVED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Emporia, VA – National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week is observed annually in September.  During this week, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) would like to recognize their environmental services staff for the important role they play in maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment for our patients, visitors, physicians and staff.    

“Environmental services staff are essential to the overall healthcare delivery process at SVRMC,” said Linda Burnette, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “Too often seen in the background, our environmental services staff are called upon to provide a wide range of services.  While daily duties consist of empting trash and general cleaning, what is not as widely known is the vitally important role they play in preventing infections in a complex medical environment.  Our staff consistently provide a high quality service as is evident from our recent patient satisfaction scores which rank cleanliness in the 97th percentile nationwide and fourth overall company-wide out of 206 hospitals,” she said.

Front row L – R:  Mary Jane Lucas, Wanda Phillips, Sharon Brown, Erica Brown; Back row L – R:  Eric Drake, Randy Newsome, Daniel Jenkins - Environmental Services Director, Stephanie Jefferson; Not pictured – Gloria Gary, Timmy Harris, Timothy Owens, Leroy Smith, Marlin Stallings, Avis Taylor, Virginia Worrell

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS TEAM UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE

EMPORIA, VA – During World War II, our nation called on the Red Cross to develop a system that would supply lifesaving blood for the men and women of the United States armed forces injured in combat.  This large scale, desperate need led to the establishment of the American Red Cross Blood Donor Service. Recognizing that there was also a need for blood and blood products in times of peace, the Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program after the war.  Today, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 15.7 million units each year.   This accounts for more than 40 percent of all blood supplied to patients in hospitals across the country.   

 

As one of more than 2,700 hospitals nationwide who depend on the American Red Cross (ARC) for blood and blood products for our patients, and in keeping with the mission of the ARC, to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply through voluntary donations, SVRMC recently hosted their annual end of summer blood drive with a goal of 19 units.  Throughout the 4 hour event, SVRMC staff and individuals from the community generously donated 20 units to surpass the goal set for this drive.

For more information on the American Red Cross or to locate a collection event near you log on to www.redcrossblood.org.

In the top photo, Donna Munden anxiously awaits the ARC technician for her first donation in many years.

In the lower photo, Troy Watson plays it cool while donating at the SVRMC Annual Summer Blood Drive.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES AUGUST EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

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EMPORIA, VA) – Shauna Boone has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for August 2014.  Ms. Boone, who has been employed with the hospital since April 2013, is a registered nurse (RN) and the Clinical Coordinator on the Acute Care Unit.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Blood Drive Today!

EMPORIA, VA – According to the American Red Cross (ARC), there has been a recent increase in the number of donors answering the call to donate at blood drives across the country.  Despite this increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, leaving an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients requiring this life saving gift.  It is estimated that someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States every two seconds, which adds up to about 41,000 units of blood that are needed to meet the daily demand. 

To help prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is please to host an ARC Blood Drive on Thursday, August 28th from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.   Whether veteran or first time donor, the process is quick (usually about an hour from start to finish), easy and each donation could save up to three lives.  Donors are required to provide two forms of identification, be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at 434-348-4447.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CANCER CONNECTION BACK ON SCHEDULE IN THE FALL

EMPORIA, VA – Earlier this year, the oncology staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical (SVRMC) established a support group, Cancer Connection, for oncology patients and caregivers.  After taking off the summer months, the group is ready to “fall” back into their regularly scheduled meetings beginning in September.  

Cancer Connection meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be a combined session for patient and caregivers together, followed by breakout sessions comprised of patients only or caregivers only.  Each month there will be a program on different topics related to living with or caring for someone with cancer.  This group meeting is FREE and open to all cancer patients and caregivers.

The September meeting of Cancer Connection will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  Reservations for this meeting are not required.  For additional information, contact Cancer Connection Coordinators, Peggy Dunn, RN at 434-348-4625 or Robin Harris, RN at 434-348-4644.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES JULY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Erica Brown has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for July 2014.  Ms. Brown, who has been employed with the hospital since November 2008, is an Environmental Services Aid in the Environmental Services department.

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LACHANCE RESIGNS CEO POSITION AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

 (EMPORIA, VA) – Eric Lachance, CEO of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC), announced this week that he has resigned from his position as SVRMC’s CEO.  In a statement to staff, he indicated that he had accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed CHS-affiliated hospital located in Ocala, Florida.

While members of the board, medical staff and administration work to identify candidates to permanently fill the role of CEO, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Linda Burnette will serve as interim CEO.

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Partners with EmCare for Hospitalist Services

Emporia, VA– Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is partnering with EmCare®, a leading national provider of physician practice management services, beginning August 1st for management and physician staffing of the SVRMC’s new Hospital Medicine Service.

Hospital Medicine is a newer medical specialty in which physicians, sometimes called hospitalists, focus on caring for patients who have been admitted to the hospital either through the Emergency Department (ED) or directly from the primary care provider’s office.  Hospitalist physicians devote themselves entirely to patients who have been admitted.to the hospital, and they coordinate the patient care throughout their inpatient stay with other medical specialist and ancillary departments such as laboratory, radiology and rehab services. As the patient readies for discharge, the hospitalists works closely with case management, the patient’s primary care physician and the patient’s family to ensure that the transition from inpatient care goes smoothly.  Once discharged, the patient resumes the relationship with his/her primary care provider.

“We are pleased to expand the services available to patients of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.” said Eric Lachance, SVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer, “The hospitalists will partner with the patient’s primary care physician, making certain that the patient’s doctor receives prompt and appropriate communication regarding the care being provided. This way, there is a seamless transition once the patient is discharged from the hospital, assuring continuity of care.”

For more information on the hospitalist program at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at 434-348-4447.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES JUNE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Sarah Wright has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for June 2014.  Ms. Wright, who has been employed with the hospital since April 2007, is an Emergency Technician in the Emergency Department.

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