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STUDENTS COMPLETE SAFE SITTER® TRAINING AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

(EMPORIA, VA) – Eight young ladies recently completed Safe Sitter® training at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC).  The two day course, held on July 10th   and 11th, culminated with a graduation ceremony during which each participant received a certificate of completion for the Safe Sitter® course, and a certification from the American Heart Association for successful completion of Heartsaver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CRP).  Following the graduation ceremony, the students and their guests were treated to refreshments. 

Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies when caring for children.  Specifically, the Safe Sitter learns:  what to do when a child chokes, safety for the sitter, how to call for emergency help, babysitting business skills, basic child care skills (diapering, feeding, etc.), and how to entertain children and keep them safe.  In addition, Safe Sitter parents are given tips for helping their Safe Sitter to stay safe and make the most out of their babysitting experiences.  Since it’s inception in 1980, more than 400,000 young people in the United States and England have graduated from the program. 

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is proud to be a training site for Safe Sitter®.  If you would like to be put on a list for the next Safe Sitter® course or for additional information on the program, contact Cynthia Mason-Kemp, RN, SVRMC Safe Sitter® Site Coordinator at 434-348-4456.

Front Row, L – R:  Tamar Jeter, Emily Lachance, Olivia Ulch, Erica Lachance, Cynthia Mason-Kemp, Safe Sitter Site Coordinator.

Back Row, L – R:  Queen Daniels, Safe Sitter Instructor, Destini Boone, Rachel Rego, Sarah-Paige Fajna, Cassie Robinson, Karen Kemp-Bynum, Safe Sitter Instructor

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES MAY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Frank Greenway has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for May 2014.  Mr. Greenway, who has been employed with the hospital since April 2006, is a Radiology Technologist (RT) in the Radiology Services Department.

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BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH RECOGNIZED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

EMPORIA, VA – Each year in May for more than 75 years, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month.  This month is not designated to recognize Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, but to raise public awareness of the 40 million Americans who suffer with developmental disorders related to hearing, speech, language and/or voice, or those who have acquired such a disorder as a result of illness or injury.  Fortunately, when detected early most people with communication disorders can be helped with proper treatment.

Recently, the ASHA launched a nationwide public awareness campaign, Identify the Signs, to encourage parents, teachers, caregivers and others to educate themselves about the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing disorders.  According to an ASHA membership survey, 45% of respondents reported lack of awareness as the number one barrier to early detection of communication disorders.

With the nationwide launch of the new public awareness campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s speech-language pathologist Stacy Eubanks encourages parents, caregivers, and others to familiarize themselves with the signs of communication disorders. In children from birth to four years of age these signs may include: words are not understandable and/or saying only a few sounds, words, or gestures (18 months to 2 years of age); doesn’t combine words into phrases (starting at 2 years); doesn’t interact socially (infancy and beyond); struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years); and doesn’t follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year). In adults signs of a communication disorder may include: struggles to say sounds or words; repetition of words or parts of words; speaks in short, fragmented phrases; says words in the wrong order; struggles with both using words and understanding others; difficulty imitating speech sounds, inconsistent errors, slow rate of speech; and slurred speech.  

Results of a recent survey of ASHA’s membership revealed that research has shown that early detection is critical to treating—and oftentimes reversing—communication disorders. Delayed treatment can result in isolation, poor academic or career performance, and delayed development.

“As a certified speech-language pathologist, I see how delayed intervention impacts the people of our community every single day,” Stacy says. “ASHA’s campaign has great potential to help the public identify and act on the early warning signs of communication disorders, allowing people to get the most effective treatment for the best chance at improved quality of life.”

ASHA’s campaign consists of English and Spanish television, radio, and print public service announcements disseminated to outlets across the country. In addition, the effort includes an online banner ad and features a campaign website highlighting the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing disorders, as well as consumer resources for treatment and help.

“Far too many people in Emporia—and across the country—suffer from communication disorders. This campaign has the ability to reduce that number by helping people to identify the first signs of these disorders and seek professional help immediately,” Stacy says.

For more information, visit www.IdentifyTheSigns.org.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 SUMMER TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Teen Volunteer Program.  Under the supervision of SVRMC’s Human Resources Director, Becky Parrish, 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 13th.

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, provide a parental consent form to participate, parental consent for drug screen and TB skin test, a photo ID and social security number (for drug screen), and $20.00 to cover the cost of the test.

Applications may be picked-up at the SVRMC hostess desk.  For additional information on the 2014 Summer Teen Volunteer Program contact Vicky Powell, Human Resources Assistant at 434-348-4486.  Deadline for applications is Friday, June 13, 2014.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH MILESTONE YEARS OF SERVICE

EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) honored employees with milestone years of service in 2013 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week.  “This was a great opportunity for us to thank our employees,” said Eric Lachance, CEO of SVRMC.  “Our dedicated and passionate employees set Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center apart from other healthcare providers,” he said. 

As a part of the celebration, staff were invited to a special luncheon where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift.  Employees with twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years of service were also presented with flowers and the respective manager spoke to the group about the contributions of these long term employees.  Thirty-seven employees reached milestone years of service in 2013 representing a total of 480 years of experience.

 

5 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
Front L- R :  Bonnie Cummings, Jakai Barnes, Troy Watson, Erica Brown, Donna Taylor
Back L – R:  Kelly Byers, Lauren Barnes, Dora Smith-Person, Leroy Smith, Rhonda Robinson, Telisha Seward
Not Pictured:  Linda Allen, Alberta Babaran, Catherine Clary, Ronchetta Jackson, Ashley Page
10 Year AwardsPhoto Above Right
Front L – R:  Terry Joyner, Ruby Etters
Back L – R:  Alison Phillips, Bonnie Anderson, Stephanie Speller, Stacy Atkins

 

15 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
L – R:   Shelby Wyatt, Kandy Poarch, Linda Thompson – Not Pictured:  Penny Powell
20 Year Awards – Photo Above Right
L – R:  Virginia Worrell, Wendy Durham, Lisa Wiant

 

25 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
Gladys Bowser – Not Pictured:  Arleatha Young
30 Year Awards – Photo Above Right
Barbara Finch – Not Pictured:  Lorenze Dennis

35 Year Awards
Helen Wilson, Chris Avent, Vickie Michael

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) joined with hospitals across the nation in celebration of National Hospital Week May 12-16. Dating back to 1921, National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication to the patients they serve.

SVRMC kicked off their Hospital Week celebration on Monday with a $1.00 lunch special in the cafeteria followed by an ice cream social that afternoon.  Other activities included BINGO in the cafeteria and an afternoon candy cart, the annual services awards luncheon, and afternoon wings and things snack attack, and SVRMC casino games and a seafood buffet in the cafeteria.  The celebration at SVRMC culminated on Friday with a cookout featuring hot dog, hamburgers, grilled chicken and bratwursts with all the trimmings. 

Each year, staff participate in fund raisers leading up to and throughout Hospital Week to benefit the Emporia/Greensville Relay for Life. On the Friday prior to Hospital Week, staff participated in an SVRMC Denim Day, collecting $5.00 from staff who wore their favorite jeans to work.  During Hospital Week, all proceeds from the $1.00 lunch special were added to the collection and raffle tickets were sold throughout the week for prize drawings to be held following the Hospital Week picnic.  When all was said and done on the final day of the celebration, staff had raised a total of $1,057.00 that they donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  

Susan Mitchell and Brenda Pultz, Co-Chairs of the Emporia Greensville Relay for Life accept the donation raise by staff during National Hospital Week from SVRMC Chief Executive Officer, Eric Lachance.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HOSTS MAYOR FOR PROCLAMATION DURING NATIONAL NURSES’ WEEK

EMPORIA, VA – A national recognition day for nursing professionals was first signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 proclaiming "National Recognition Day for Nurses" to be May 6th of that year.  In 1990, the American Nurses Association expanded the recognition of nurses into a week-long celebration each year May 6 – 12.  The first annual National Nurses’ Week was celebrated in May 1991 and has continued every year thereafter.  The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the integral role nurses play in the delivery of healthcare national wide. 

Nurse leaders from Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) organized events for nursing staff throughout the National Nurses’ Week.  Some of the events included Nursing Superlatives for each unit voted on by that staff, handing out of Lifesavers to staff, and candy baskets delivered to each unit.  The week culminated, on Friday, May 9th when SVRMC nurse leaders hosted a reception for nursing staff and nurses from other organizations throughout the community.  During this event, Mary Person, Mayor of the City of Emporia, presented a proclamation proclaiming May 6 – 12 as National Nurses Week in the City of Emporia.  

In the above photo, CNO, Linda Burnette and Peggy Dunn, Director of Surgical Services look on as Mary Person, Mayor of the City of Emporia, reads the Nurses’ Week Proclamation.  The photo at the top of the story were the  Nurses attending the reception  along with the Nurses’ Week Proclamation and  Mayor Mary Person.

Proclamation

Nurses Week

May 6, 2014 through May 12, 2014

Whereas, nurses are knowledgeable health care professionals who are leaders in the management and delivery of health care services; and

Whereas,  nurses are striving  to meet the challenges of an ever evolving health care system while continuing to provide safe, dependable, and conscientious care for each of us; and

Whereas, professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in the safety and quality of care for patients; and

Whereas, there is an urgent need, not only to recruit well-qualified candidates into the profession, but also to retain nurses in the workplace; and

Whereas,the week of May 6, 2014 through May 12, 2014 has been declared throughout the United States as National Nurses Week with the theme "Nurses: Leading the Way" in celebration of the ways in which nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care.

Now, Therefore,I,Mary L. Person,by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Emporia, Virginia do hereby proclaim May6, 2014 through May 12, 2014 as Nurses Week in the City of Emporia, Virginia and ask all residents of the community to join me in honoring all nurses for their significant contributions to patient care and to our health care system.

Done this 9th day of May, 2014.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES APRIL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Patsy Rose has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for April 2014.  Ms. Rose, who has been employed with the hospital since March 1984, is an a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  in the Behavioral Health Unit.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Celebrates National Volunteer month

 

EMPORIA, VA – Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  This quote sums up the three different volunteer organizations that serve the patients and staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC).  They truly are mighty though few!  

Each year since 1974, the President has signed an executive order designating April as the time to officially recognize those who selflessly give of their time and talents.  As a part of this national movement, SVRMC joins with organizations across the country to recognize the many contributions made by the SVRMC Auxiliary, Inc., the SVRMC Volunteers and the SVRMC Volunteer Chaplains throughout the year that make these organizations an integral part of the SVRMC family. 

“Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center knows first-hand what volunteers bring to an organization,” said Eric Lachance, CEO. “The services our volunteers provide are invaluable. Through their compassionate and friendly interactions with patients and visitors, and their assistance to our staff, they make a difference in the lives of others each and every day,” he said.

On Friday, April 11th SVRMC hosted a luncheon for the SVRMC Volunteers and the SVRMC Volunteer Chaplains.  Together, the two organizations have 26 active members (12 Volunteers and 14 Volunteer Chaplains).  While the Volunteer Chaplains do not keep record of the number of hours worked throughout the year, a representative from this group is on call every day to minister to patients and staff as the need arises.   The 12 members of the SVRMC Volunteers perform a variety of functions throughout the hospital in 2013 for a total of 2040.5 volunteer hours worked to SVRMC.

On Thursday, April 24th, SVRMC entertained the SVRMC Auxiliary, Inc. with a luncheon honoring their service.  This group, originally founded in 1961, currently boasts 34 active members who volunteered 4804.5 hours in 2013.  

There’s no doubt that volunteers make a difference in the lives of the people they encounter.  If you would like to join one of our volunteer organizations, or for additional information, contact Tracy Mitchell, Director of Volunteer Services, at 434-348-4455.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES MARCH EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Thomas Hennessey has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for March 2014.  Mr. Hennessey, who has been employed with the hospital since March 2013, is an Emergency Department Technician in the Emergency Department

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS SUPPORT GROUP FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

EMPORIA, VA – The idea of a group to support patients undergoing cancer treatment and those providing care for them is not a new one, although one has not been offered through SVRMC.  The oncology staff of SVRMC recently witnessed the power of such partnering firsthand.  It happened that two patients, who already knew one another, were coming for oncology clinics.  As they were seeing each other so frequently, and under such stressful circumstances, they developed a special friendship through shared experiences and concerns that carried over to their spouses.  Through their mutual support of one for another, the relationship between these two couples inspired the SVRMC oncology staff to establish Cancer Connection, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s (SVRMC) new support group for oncology patients and caregivers.

The kickoff meeting of Cancer Connection will be Wednesday, April 9th at 5:30 PM in the SVRMC classrooms. Subsequent monthly meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 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 like exercise, diet, medication side effects, anemia or personal experiences.  This group meeting is FREE and open to all cancer patients and caregivers. 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’S NUTRITIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPONSORS ‘’STOP HUNGER” FOOD DRIVE

EMPORIA, VA - The Nutritional Services Department of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is planning a community food drive in conjunction with Sodexo’s “STOP HUNGER” program to benefit the local Family Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Program. 

Sodexo, SVRMC’s vendor for food service management, serves thousands of nutritious meals in facilities across the country each day.  Unfortunately, an estimated 49 million people, including more than 16 million children, are at risk of hunger.  These daunting statistics lead to the development of Sodexo’s hunger-related initiative, the STOP Hunger program.  Through this program, Sodexo employees, clients and partners are encouraged to use their talents to help end hunger in America. 

Please join SVRMC employees and staff as we support our Nutritional Services Department in this worthwhile effort.   Non-perishable food donations may be dropped off at the front desk located in the main lobby of the hospital or delivered to the cafeteria beginning Monday, March 17th through Monday, March 31stSVRMC staff will deliver the donations to the Family Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Program on April 1, 2014.   Should you have questions regarding this information, please contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing, at 434-348-4447.

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FREE CHOLESTEROL SCREENING PROVIDED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Wanda Proctor has her blood pressure checked by Cardiac Rehab. Nurse, Kerrie Combs.

Gladys Bowser, Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) prepares to draw Milan Veliky’s blood for the cholesterol screening.

Barbara Wyche and Cassandra Jones help themselves to the Heart Healthy breakfast at the Heart Month Cholesterol Screening.

EMPORIA, VA – Cholesterol.  At some point, nearly everyone will have a conversation with his/her physician about managing cholesterol.  Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the body and found in certain foods, such dairy products, eggs, and meat.  While the body needs some cholesterol to function properly, too much cholesterol can build up inside the arteries, reducing blood flow and increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke.   

There are many factors that contribute to unhealthy cholesterol. Age, gender and ancestry are a few that an individual is pretty much stuck with.  Others, however, can be controlled or mitigated by lifestyle changes including:

  • Healthy Diet – Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fat.  Switch to low-fat or fat free dairy products, and limit meat selections to no more than six ounces of lean meat, fish or poultry a day.  Choose plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables high in soluble fiber and whole-grain foods.
  • Exercise – Incorporate 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity into each day.
  • Smoking - If you smoke, STOP!

Unfortunately, if high cholesterol runs in your family, making some or all of these positive changes may not be enough.  In such cases, one should work with his/her primary care provider to devise an individualized treatment plan to reach the desired cholesterol goal.

As a part of the annual Heart Month activities, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently hosted a cholesterol screening that was FREE, and open to the public.  Approximately 50 participants took advantage of the cholesterol screening, blood pressure checks, weight, and body mass index (BMI)   calculation, followed by a heart healthy breakfast. 

For more information on maintaining healthy cholesterol, go to www.svrmc.com and click on the Health Resources tab or speak with your physician.

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Basic Life Support Training Center receives perfect score

Pictured L – R:  SVRMC staff who serve as AHA instructors include Cynthia Mason-Kemp, RN, Robin Harris, RN, Amanda Posey, LPN, Deborah Powell, RN, and Barbara Jordan, RN.

EMPORIA, VA – The American Heart Association (AHA) recently conducted an on-site visit and course monitoring for Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Basic Life Support Training Center (TC).  During this biannual review, Regional Faculty from the AHA assess the TC’s course curriculum and compliance with the mission and guidelines of the AHA.  Finding no deficiencies, the AHA awarded the Basic Life Support Training Center at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) a perfect score.

Originally certified as Community Training Center (CTC) by the AHA in the 90’s, the designation evolved over the years to that of TCSVRMC’s Basic Life Support TC has proudly maintained this certification by the AHA on a continuous basis since the inception of the initiative.   The role of the TC as defined by the AHA is to deliver lifesaving Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) educational courses to the community, and thereby strengthen the chain of survival.   In keeping with this goal, the TC at SVRMC offers Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) classes to healthcare professionals and the community, and also ensures that affiliate AHA instructors are kept current on the most up-to-date training programs and guidelines set forth by the AHA. 

Under the direction of TC Coordinator (TCC), Cynthia Mason-Kemp, RN, the TC at SVRMC’s has approximately thirty AHA instructors including members of the SVRMC staff, staff from Southampton Memorial Hospital, Chesterfield, Fort Lee and Petersburg.  In addition to her role as TCC for SVRMC, Mrs. Kemp also serves BLS Regional Faculty for the AHA. 

For more information of the TC at SVRMC or to register for an upcoming BLS class, call 434-348-4486.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

(EMPORIA, VA) – Larry Hale has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for February 2014. Mr. Hale, who has been employed with the hospital since February 2013, is a Nutritional Services Technician in the Nutritional Services Department.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER GOES RED FOR WOMEN

 (EMPORIA, VA) – Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, having claimed the lives of more women than men each year since 1984, and more than all forms of cancer combined.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills approximately 1,100 women each day, or one every minute, and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease.  Still, only one in five women believes that heart disease is the greatest threat to her health.  

To further complicate the matter, the symptoms that women often experience with heart attack can be much different than the highly publicized symptoms that most men experience.  Shortness of breath, sweating, pressure, nausea/vomiting, back/jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness and/or fainting are all common symptoms of heart attack in women that are all too often dismissed as some other benign illness.  Because women misread these symptoms, care is often delayed which puts the woman’s life at risk.  For this reason, it is vitally important to know one’s risks and make the necessary changes to reduce or eliminate them altogether.  To reduce the risk of heart disease, try making these lifestyle changes:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
  • Maintain/Lower Blood Pressure
  • Maintain/Reduce Cholesterol
  • Know Your Family History
  • Be Active
  • Maintain A Healthy Weight
  • Eat Healthy

In 2003, the American Heart Association launched Go Red for Women to educate all Americans about the risk of heart disease.  Since that time, much progress has been made, but the battle against heart disease continues.  Held each year on the first Friday in February, this national campaign provides women and men across the country an opportunity to show their support for this life-saving movement by showing off their favorite red dress, shirt, or tie. 

On Friday, February 7th, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) staff participated in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women day.  SVRMC participants were asked to wear their favorite red article of clothing to join in the national celebration and remind women that cardiovascular disease in not just a “man’s” disease.  In addition to wearing red, staff had the opportunity to wear their favorite jeans for a $5.00 donation.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $480.00 that will benefit the American Heart Association.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES JANUARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

EMPORIA – Stacy Eubanks has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for January 2014.  Ms. Eubanks, who has been employed with the hospital since January 2013, is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in the Rehabilitation Services Department.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES AMERICAN HEART MONTH

EMPORIA, VA- Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring February as American Heart Month.  The purpose of American Heart Month is to raise awareness about our nation’s number one killer, cardiovascular disease.  In recognition of American Heart Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)has scheduled a variety of events throughout the month of February. 

Every Friday during the month of February from 10:00 AM – Noon, the public is invited to take advantage of FREE blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) screenings in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of SVRMC.  BMI is a tool for indicating weight status in adults by dividing the weight of a person in pounds by the person’s height in inches.  BMI is only one factor used to predict risk and it does not diagnosis any disease or condition, although higher BMI calculations are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers increase.

On February 7th SVRMC staff will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating Go Red for Women day, and you are invited to join in the fun.  First observed, in February 2004, Go Red for Women is an initiative to raise awareness that heart disease is not just a men’s disease, but the number one killer of American women with more the deaths of more than 300,000 women attributed to cardiovascular disease annually.   The good news is that 80% of heart-related illness can be prevented by educating oneself on cardiovascular risk factors and making the right choices to protect one’s heart.  Go Red for Women provides women and men across the country an opportunity to wear red and unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease.  Anyone can participate in this life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie.

On Wednesday, February 19th, SVRMC will hold a FREE cholesterol screening from 7:00 – 9:00 AM in the classrooms, followed by a heart healthy continental breakfast.  Those wishing to participate are encouraged not to eat or drink anything prior to having their blood drawn.

Hearth Month activities conclude with “Lunch and Learn” on Thursday, February 27th at noon featuring Sanquib Samee, MD, Cardiologist.  This FREE monthly educational series sponsored by Senior Circle provides an opportunity for the public to join a member of the SVRMC medical staff to learn about various health-related topics.  For additional information on “Lunch and Learn” or to reserve your seat, contact Tracy Mitchell, Senior Circle Advisor; at 434-348-4455 to reserve a seat (seating is limited and reservation are required). 

If you would like additional information on National Heart Month or any of the activities scheduled at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing, at 434-348-4447.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF LABORATORY SERVICES

John W. Summerville, MD, was recently appointed Medical Director of Laboratory Services at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC).  Specializing in anatomic and clinical pathology, Dr. Summerville examines blood, fluid and tissue samples to diagnoses various diseases by looking for specific factors that are either lacking or present in the sample.  Once all testing on a sample is complete, he reports the findings to the physician who ordered the study.  As Medical Director, Dr. Summerville is also responsible for the accuracy of all laboratory tests performed at SVRMC.  Although patients may never meet him face to face, the services provided by Dr. Summerville are vital to our medical community. 

Dr. Summerville received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  He attended medical school at University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, WI followed by a residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in surgical pathology at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, and a residency in clinical pathology and a residency in hematopathology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Summerville is certified by the American Board of Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

For more information on pathology services offered at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, call 434-348-4800.

SVRMC Offers Assistance with the Affordable CAre Act

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 requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.

“This is where Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center can help the uninsured in our community,” said Eric Lachance, SVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “With many people lacking access to a computer or just needing help to maneuver 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.  To make an appointment for sign-up help, contact Nicole Mitchell at 434-348-4406.

All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the available health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.

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

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