Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snowstorm Update: Most Fauquier Health Offices are Open

The Fauquier Health Wellness Center will open this morning at 9 a.m. All classes and appointments scheduled for 9:30 a.m. or later will take place at the scheduled time. Questions? Call 540.316.2640.

All outpatient rehabilitation locations are resuming regular hours today, including Pediatric Rehab in Lake Manassas.

Most Fauquier Health Physician Services offices will open on time this morning:
• Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton (phones, office on time; a provider will be in at 9 a.m.)
• Fauquier Health Endocrinology (on time)
• Fauquier Health General Surgery (on time)
• Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases (on time)
• Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas (on time)
• Fauquier Health OB/GYN (on time)
• Fauquier Health Rheumatology (on time)
• Fauquier Health Urology (on time)
• Piedmont Internal Medicine (on time)

Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology will be closed today.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fauquier Health Holds Biggest Loser Contest

Biggest Loser contestants with their coaches:
Paulette Borek and Denise DeCarlo;
Robin Earl and Pete Petropulos;
Rachel Frisk and Adam Gontkovic;
Travis Chaney and Al Maxey;
Nikki McClanahan and Meghan Costello.

Spoiler Alert: Everyone Wins
While the rest of the world was trying to hold the line on weight gain this holiday season, five participants in a Biggest Loser competition at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center were defying the odds – losing pounds and inches, and getting healthier.

The competition was the brainchild of Al Maxey, recently appointed director of the Wellness Center. “We wanted to do something special for our employees. It was a pilot program that we hope we can build on and offer to community members as well.” Participants received two months free membership to the Wellness Center and two hours a week of personal training.”

Each participant had different goals and abilities, and all five made significant strides toward better health. Two enjoyed double-digit weight loss; all had improved health markers (lower LDL cholesterol and decreased BMI), and everyone lost at least a few pounds, got stronger and increased flexibility.

Besides the catchy name, the Wellness Center’s contest bore little resemblance to the Biggest Loser television show. The contestants achieved their successes through careful coaching on exercise and nutrition – eight-hour daily workouts with a screaming coach were not part of the plan, and nobody starved themselves to achieve quick results. And we (your writer was one of the contestants) had a lot of fun along the way, trash talk notwithstanding.

In early January, Travis Chaney, clinical coordinator in Fauquier Hospital’s operating room (and the only man in the contest), was named the winner; Chaney lost 23 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by 59 points. It is accepted that most men have an easier time losing weight than most women, but we women don’t begrudge Chaney’s success (well, maybe a little).

Rachel Frisk, RN, who sported a beatific smile and a new confidence at the group’s “after” photo shoot, came in a close second to Chaney; she lost 18 pounds. Nikki McClanahan, a licensed practical nurse with Fauquier Health General Surgery, dropped her cholesterol by 60 points. “I am no longer a heart attack waiting to happen,” she said, beaming.

Paulette Borek, a physical therapist whose job can require lifting, squatting and other feats of strength, said she is much more confident in what she can do on the job. “I learned what I’m capable of.”

For myself, I saw my A1c (a diabetes marker) drop from 6.2 to 5.8. I’ve struggled against that number for years now, and no matter what I did, couldn’t get it to budge. High intensity interval training, it seems, was the answer.

Although all participants reported good results, it wasn’t a painless process. When McClanahan stepped on the scale about halfway through the contest, for instance, she was disappointed to see that she had only lost a pound or two. ”I was near tears, and ready to give up,” she said. “I had worked so hard, gone to the Wellness Center almost every day, and cleaned up my diet. I was devastated.” Within a few days, though, McClanahan learned about her improved cholesterol numbers. “The weight will come off in time, but to know that exercise made such a profound difference in such an important health marker means that all the work I’ve put in has been worth it.”

Team Travis Chaney
Clinical Coordinator, OR

Trainer: Al Maxey
Weight lost: 23 pounds
Cholesterol dropped: 59 points
Triglycerides dropped: 100 points

“I am seeing many successes. I am starting to hear compliments from people who notice that my clothes fit differently. I am also proud to say that I am wearing a pair of jeans that I have not worn in years. They may be a bit outdated but hey, they fit!”

Rachel Frisk, RN

Trainer: Adam Gontkovic
Weight lost: 18 pounds
Cardio test improvement: 37 points
Flexibility improved: 8 points

“I’m doing exercises and lifting weights I never could have imagined in the beginning. Adam’s focus has been on education and getting me ready for what comes after the eight weeks. He wants to set me up for success in life, not just win a contest.”

Paulette Borek
Physical Therapist, PM&R

Trainer: Denise DeCarlo (in blue at right)
Weight lost: 6 pounds
Cardio test improvement: 20 points
Fat-free percentage: dropped 8.4 points
Flexibility improved: 7 points

“I am so proud that at 57, I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been. Clothes that were tight are now comfortable -- if not downright baggy -- and my blood pressure readings are great!”

Nikki McClanahan, LPN
Fauquier Health General Surgery

Trainer: Meghan Costello
Weight lost: 4 pounds
LDL cholesterol dropped: 60 points
Cardio test improvement: 10 points

“I have noticed that I have a lot more energy and really do feel good. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity and plan on continuing into the new year with my lifestyle changes.”

Robin Earl
PR Specialist, Marketing

Trainer: Pete Petropulos
Weight lost: 6.8 pounds
LDL cholesterol dropped: 39 points
A1c dropped: .4 points
Flexibility improved: 8.5 points

“ I learned that what’s possible can change over time… After a recent tabata workout, for instance, Pete announced that in the course of a 30-minute workout, I had run 36 flights of stairs. I’d found a new possible.”

Snowstorm Update: Several Fauquier Health Departments Closed Monday

Due to continued difficult travel conditions, several departments at Fauquier Health will be closed on Monday, January 25.

-- The Wellness Center
-- The Wound Healing Center
-- All Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation locations
-- Home Health
-- Fauquier Health Physician Services, including:
• Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
• Fauquier Health Endocrinology
• Fauquier Health General Surgery
• Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology
• Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases
• Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas
• Fauquier Health OB/GYN
• Fauquier Health Rheumatology
• Fauquier Health Urology
• Piedmont Internal Medicine

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fauquier Health Physician Services Offices Closed on Monday

Because of the inclement weather, Fauquier Health Physician Services Physician’s offices will be closed on Monday, January 25. 

FHPS offices include:
• Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
• Fauquier Health Endocrinology
• Fauquier Health General Surgery
• Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology
• Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases
• Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas
• Fauquier Health OB/GYN
• Fauquier Health Rheumatology
• Fauquier Health Urology
• Piedmont Internal Medicine

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fauquier Hospital Will Continue to Serve Patients During Predicted Storm

Fauquier Hospital and its ancillary facilities will be open as usual during any inclement weather over the next few days. Fauquier Hospital is open 24/7, to care for residents and their families. There will be a few adjustments, to make sure patients and staff remain safe during the upcoming snowstorm.

The information desk in the front lobby of the hospital will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Patients who are already scheduled for services have been notified to go directly to the appropriate departments. Anyone who arrives for an unscheduled exam will be asked to go to the Emergency Department to register.

Fauquier Health Physician Services Physician’s offices will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Patients who are already scheduled are being notified. FHPS offices include:

  • Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
  • Fauquier Health Endocrinology
  • Fauquier Health General Surgery
  • Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology
  • Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases
  • Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas
  • Fauquier Health OB/GYN
  • Fauquier Health Rheumatology
  • Fauquier Health Urology
  • Piedmont Internal Medicine

The Wound Healing Center will be closed on Friday. All patients who had appointments have been rescheduled.

The Fauquier Health Wellness Center will close on Friday once the snow begins to fall, and will be closed on Saturday. All members and patients are advised to call (540) 316-2640 to hear a recording about Monday hours.

The cashier’s window at Fauquier Hospital will be closed on Friday, and the Health Information Management department will close at noon on Friday and reopen on Monday; the opening time will depend on road conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control provides comprehensive information on how to prepare for a winter storm, including common-sense preparations and what to do in the case of a power outage. See the CDC’s winter storm preparedness page at:http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.asp.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Virginia Nurses Association Honors Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Nurse

Rebecca Myers, RN
   Rebecca Myers, nurse care manager at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, said she has always had a passion for nursing. It shows.
   She earned her BSN in 2008, her MSN (in health systems management, with a certificate in nursing education) in 2011, and is working toward a post-masters certificate to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She says she loves learning and enjoys being on the forefront of evidence-based practice and research. “It’s so important to stay current.”
   Rebecca also is an adjunct teacher on the nursing faculty at Shenandoah University.
   On November 21, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 award from the Virginia Nurses Association for her leadership and positive impact on nursing. Forty nurses under 40 years old were chosen.
   Rebecca is 29 years old, and has known she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. Her mom, aunt and grandmother were all certified nursing assistants. “I think my grandmother had the biggest influence on me. When I was 5 or 6 years old, she would take me with her when she went to the homes of people in need, bringing food and offering comfort. We visited nursing homes together. She taught me to treat people with respect, to give freely to those in need, and to always leave a place better than you found it. She died in 2009, but I carry her spirit with me.”
   Rebecca says that when she has a sticky problem, she will ask herself, “What would grandma do?”
   As a nurse care manager at FHRNC, Rebecca manages residents’ care plans, helps with staff education, and acts as an advocate for residents. Although she has enjoyed working in acute care facilities, she says she treasures the long-term relationships she is able to develop with residents.
   As a teacher and mentor to young nursing students since 2011, Rebecca says, “I work with nursing students who are at the very beginning of their training, during their first clinical experience. I get to break ground with them, and see their progression. I get to be there when they have those ‘Aha’ moments.”
   Rebecca’s own mentor wrote the nomination for the 40 Under 40 award. Rebecca says, “She was someone who watched me grow as a student, to become her manager. She was my teacher, my mentor, my coach, my go-to person for my nursing career.”
   The award is a major accomplishment, but was completely unexpected. “I was very surprised to get the letter. It was so nice to know that someone noticed I was making a difference. I’ve always been a cheerleader for other people. It was nice for me to have a cheerleader in my corner.”

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fauquier Health Reschedules Unused Medication and Sharps Collection for November 21

Fauquier Health has rescheduled an Unused Medication and Sharps Collection event – originally set for October – for Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A free service of Fauquier Health, the program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used medication or medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and waste management and landfill staff. Residents may stop by the Medical Office Building on Hospital Hill (253 Veterans Drive in Warrenton) to safely dispose of unused medication and sharps.

Margaret Rowe, director of Fauquier Hospital’s Pharmacy, said, “Our collection events are an easy and safe way for the general public to dispose of their unused medication and sharps. Correct disposal of medication and sharps is not only environmentally friendly; it also protects members of our community from accidental ingestion of medications, and prevents controlled substances that have abuse potential from falling into the wrong hands.”

To help make this day a success, please remember:
  • Medicine should be in original packaging if possible.
  • Personal information should be blacked out with a marker.
  • Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can penetrate.
  • No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.

The collection effort is sponsored by Fauquier Health and the Warrenton Police Department. For more information, call 540-316-3588.