Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lisa Mountjoy, RN, Receives 2017 Fauquier Health Mercy Award



Lisa Mountjoy, RN, works with Will Brown, an Infusion Center patient who says he is grateful for the wonderful care Mountjoy -- and the Infusion Center -- provides.
There are chairs in Lisa Mountjoy’s life, but she never seems to use them. There are chairs in the Infusion Center where she cares for cancer patients with professionalism and warmth, and at Relay for Life fund raisers where she volunteers tirelessly; there are even rocking chairs on her front porch – which she ignores while baking breads and cookies for patients and their families, for fund raisers, and for her grateful co-workers.

Mountjoy, the 2017 recipient of Fauquier Health’s Mercy Award, has been an RN at Fauquier Health for 47 years. CEO Chad Melton explained in an awards ceremony that “In all that time, she has been recognized by fellow employees and patients alike as tireless, efficient and endlessly nurturing. Mountjoy is known as ‘the best IV starter’ around; anyone who has received multiple painful “sticks” knows the importance of this expertise.”

Mercy Award recipient Lisa Mountjoy, RN, was honored at an awards ceremony at Fauquier Hospital recently.
Mountjoy has also been a mentor and example to dozens of young nurses, sharing the encyclopedic knowledge she has acquired over the years and leading by example. The empathy and kindness that she shows every day to patients is the best lesson of all for those who are just starting out on their nursing careers.

Melton said, “She is an exceptional nurse, efficient and knowledgeable, but the magic happens when she listens to a patient who is explaining their concern over a new treatment or medication. She lets them know they are in it together, and she always finds a way to make them smile.”

When it comes to community, Mountjoy is a giver – to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and fashion show fund raisers, to her church, to anyone who needs a reason to be hopeful. In the nominations received from Mountjoy’s co-workers, her gifts to the community are enumerated: She is an enthusiastic baker and volunteer, and an equally energetic spokesman for the importance of healthy living and diagnostic screenings. She educates her patients, her neighbors, her patients and her church family through one-on-one conversations and more formally, through articles in her church bulletin.”

Mountjoy has seen it all during her long tenure at Fauquier Health. She remembers the early days in the hospital’s Emergency Room. “I remember one man came in who had been hit in the head with an ax. There was a lot of blood, but he was still talking. I held his head together with my bare hands while he was taken to Fairfax. HIV and Hepatitis were unknown back then.”

Now, as then, she is willing to jump in with both feet to save a life. At a recent concert, she used an Epipen to save a stranger who had been stung by a bee. Mountjoy never hesitates, she never rests – she never sits – when others are suffering.

As the Fauquier Health Mercy Award recipient, Mountjoy will attend the LifePoint Health Mercy Award ceremony, and be considered – along with 71 other Mercy Award winners from other LifePoint hospitals -- for the health system-wide award. 

Living the attributes celebrated by the award – compassion, energy, a commitment to community – she has had a lasting effect on Fauquier Hospital -- one smile, one cookie, one life-giving medical intervention at a time.

Summer Cornwell, RN, Recognized for Nursing Excellence



Summer Cornwell, RN, received the 2017 Fauquier Health Nursing Excellence award.
Nurses provide selfless care to patients when they are most vulnerable. Fauquier Health employs more than 300 nurses, and each one is a critical member of the team. 


Every year Fauquier Health recognizes one special nurse for his or her expertise and compassionate care. Nine nurses were nominated for this year’s Nursing Excellence award: Debbie Brown, RN (Surgical Services); Summer Cornwell, RN (Medical/Surgical Unit); Jennifer Horste, RN (Progressive Care Unit);  Patty Jeffries, RN (Case Management); Shana Jenkins, RN (Intensive Care Unit); Tonya Lee, RN (Progressive Care Unit); Emily Martin, RN (Progressive Care Unit); Jessica Randall, RN (Progressive Care Unit), and Kim Steves, RN (Emergency Department). This year’s recipient of the award for Nursing Excellence is Summer Cornwell.



Cornwell joined Fauquier Hospital in June of 2006, where she worked as a tech until she earned her nursing degree in 2007. Cornwell soon developed into a strong clinical leader. She is active on the third-floor patient care unit as a primary pediatrics and resource nurse and has been a mentor to new nurses. Cornwell achieved her Clinical ladder III recognition earlier this year.  



Cornwell is recognized by her patients for her compassionate and loving demeanor and her willingness to listen. Ranelle Merrick, RN, who nominated Cornwell, said, “Summer is an active voice for her unit and her patients. Summer will bring up issues and problems, but always has ideas and possible solutions. And Summer welcomes new staff with open arms and a welcoming smile.”

Fauquier Health Calendar of Events for June


Thursday, June 1
Medicare and Medicaid Benefits Counseling
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Details: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

Families Overcoming Drug Addiction (F.O.D.A.)
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 6:30 p.m.
Details: Meets first and third Thursday of the month
Information: Caroline Folker at 540-316-9221 or MyFODAfamily@gmail.com.

Friday, June 2 and 3
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Weekend class
Cost: $120 per couple
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, June 5
Breastfeeding Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Details: Meets every Monday
Register: 540-316-3588

Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 10 a.m.
Register: Christina Ballard at 240-994-2863
Details: This class is intended for cancer patients

Bereavement Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 p.m.
Register: Roxanne Woodward at 703-957-1800

Tuesday, June 6
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Addiction Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Meets every Tuesday; the support group helps those struggling with addiction to find freedom and hope
Information: Suzanne Odum at 540-935-8148 or sznnodum@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 7
Stroke Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10
Safe Sitter Babysitter’s Training
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Junior Chef Program
Where: Fauquier Hospital Bistro on the Hill restaurant
When: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Cost: $45
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, June 12
CREW (Cancer Resources, Education and Wellness)
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Register: Richard Shrout at 540-316-CARE (2273)

Breastfeeding Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Details: Meets every Monday
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 13
Community Lecture
Where: Fauquier Health Bistro on the Hill
When: 6:30 p.m.
Topic: Diabetes and Nutrition: Show and Tell, with Beth Potter, registered dietitian and David Martin, chef of The Bistro on the Hill
Register: 540-316-3588

Addiction Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Meets every Tuesday; the support group helps those struggling with addiction to find freedom and hope
Information: Suzanne Odum at 540-935-8148 or sznnodum@gmail.com

Thursday, June 15
Families Overcoming Drug Addiction (F.O.D.A.)
First and Third Thursday of the month
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore Room
When: 6:30 p.m.
Information: Caroline Folker at 540-316-9221 or email MyFODAfamily@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 17
First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult/ Infant and Child)
American Heart Association
Where: Fauquier Health Medical Office Building
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $85
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, June 19
Bereavement Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 p.m.
Register: Roxanne Woodward at 703-957-1800

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Piedmont Family Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Information: Kathy Weigel at 540-347-9104 or weigelww@yahoo.com

Breastfeeding Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Details: Meets every Monday
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 20
Addiction Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Meets every Tuesday; the support group helps those struggling with addiction to find freedom and hope
Information: Suzanne Odum at 540-935-8148 or sznnodum@gmail.com

Thursday, June 22
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person
Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, June 23
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For appointment call 540-316-3588

Monday, June 26
Breastfeeding Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Details: Meets every Monday
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 27
Addiction Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Meets every Tuesday; the support group helps those struggling with addiction to find freedom and hope
Information: Suzanne Odum at 540-935-8148 or sznnodum@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 28
Alzheimer’s and Dementia-Related Illness Support Group
Where: The Villa at Suffield Meadows
When: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Register: 540-316-3800