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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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