Friday, February 10, 2017

Spread of Flu Causes Visiting Restrictions at Fauquier Hospital

Visitors to Fauquier Hospital and Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center will find visiting restrictions in place as of today, due to the spread of the flu. No visitors under 18 (except for siblings in the Family Birthing Center). In the Birthing Center, visitors will be limited -- only two at a time per room.

Throughout the hospital -- if you have any flu symptoms, please don't visit until you are feeling better. 

You'll see these signs posted. Thanks for helping to keep our patients and staff safe.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lecture for Heart Month: The Ins and Outs of Heart Disease

Dr. Michael Jenks, emergency medicine
Dr. Michael Jenks, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist, will present a lecture, "The Ins and Outs of Heart Disease," at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 21, in Fauquier Hospital's Sycamore Room.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions; coronary artery disease is the most common. During this presentation, Dr. Jenks will explain the difference between these conditions and how a cardiac event can present differently in women and men. Dr. Jenks will also discuss how you can prevent heart disease.

Patients Rights and Responsibilities Revised, Modernized

Fauquier Health has recently revised its Patient Rights and Responsibility materials. The new flyers and posters that may be seen throughout the health system have been reworked to be simpler, clearer and more eye-catching.

The goal was to create easy-to-read, meaningful patient rights and responsibilities that meet CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and Joint Commission requirements. 

You don't have to wait until you come to the hospital. It's good information to have before your next visit.

SOUPer Bowl Collects Food to Feed the Hungry

As the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons prepare to face off in the NFL Super Bowl LI, Fauquier Health will host its own SOUPer Bowl. We’d like to collect 1,100 cans of soup (one for each employee) and deliver them to a local food bank in early February. Please bring your donated can(s) of soup to the Bistro and place them in the box of the team you think will win.

The SOUPer Bowl will run through February 3.

Reaching Out to Help Our Community
The idea for a SOUPer Bowl community project originated four years ago with Marshall Middle School’s assistant principal Les Balgavy. The school’s successful effort to help feed the hungry has inspired Fauquier Health to expand on that effort.

As a Planetree facility, Fauquier Health is dedicated to supporting our community by contributing to projects outside the walls of our organization. We try to positively impact our community with donations to Toys for Tots, Adopt-a-Family, the Relay for Life, and other organizations.

The SOUPer Bowl is another great way to serve our community.

For Heart Month, Fauquier Hospital Offers Discount on Calcium Scoring CT Scan

New Cancer Care Physician Joins Fauquier Health

Dr. Raj Pal Manchandani, oncology, hematology
Hematologist/oncologist Dr. Raj Pal Manchandani has joined Fauquier Health’s Center for Cancer Care. He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology, with extensive training in management of solid and hematologic malignancies, as well as in benign hematologic disorders.

Dr. Manchandani acknowledges that cancer is a difficult disease. “Cancer patients are living longer and better, but a cancer diagnosis is still overwhelming. That’s why I give compassionate care for the whole person, not just for the disease. I am privileged to be able to help people during this very difficult time in their lives.”
Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology is at the heart of Fauquier Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, which also includes its Infusion Center. Dr. Manchandani said, “Patients appreciate being able to come to a familiar environment and get the same standard of care as a bigger hospital. Having cancer care in their own community saves time and offers comfort, to patients and to their caregivers.”

He describes nurses in the Infusion Center as “eyes and ears for me. I may only see a patient once a month, but they see them every week or every other week. They spend more time with patients and if they are concerned or see anything unusual, they can let me know. They are an integral part of our care team.”

Dr. Manchandani also appreciates having an experienced oncology nurse navigator to provide additional support. “Richard (Shrout, MS, RN) provides a bridge between me as a physician and the other services we provide. He sees patients on their first visit and guides them through the process. He provides additional education on their disease and treatment plan and coordinates evaluation forclinical trials. He also helps make appointments, arrange transportation, and helps with insurance. He is a wonderful resource.”

Dr. Manchandani says that he was inspired to work in oncology in part because in his native Pakistan, there is so little available. Patients don’t have access to doctors, to chemotherapy or technology. When it became time to decide on my career, I remembered their suffering.” Dr. Manchandani is optimistic about the future of cancer care. He believes that within five to seven years, a cancer diagnosis will no longer require chemotherapy, which can be so hard on patients. “We have medications now that allow us to boost the immune system to be an active agent against cancer cells. Some cancers – some melanomas, lung, kidney, bladder and throat cancers are already being treated this way. In the near future, we’ll be able to treat lymphomas and even colon cancer this way.”To make an appointment with Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, please call (540) 316-4360.