Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pediatric Rehab Relocates Office



As of December 11, Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation services will be provided at the Medical Office Building on the Fauquier Hospital campus, instead of at the office in the Warrenton Professional Center. Parents can arrange for their children to receive physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy at 253 Veterans Drive (first floor).

Pediatric rehab will still be available at the Gainesville office, at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive. Each site offers a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists—including licensed PTs, OTs and SLPs—who are trained to handle the unique needs of younger patients.

Call 540-316-2680 for more information.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Need Support? Find it Here.


For anyone looking for a little extra support, Fauquier Hospital offers these support groups.

Addiction Recovery Support

Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Chestnut Room


Alzheimer’s and Dementia-Related Support

Fourth Wednesday, monthly

4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Villa at Suffield Meadows


Bereavement Support

First and third Mondays, monthly

1 p.m.

Fauquier Health Chestnut Room

Breastfeeding Support

Mondays

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Family Birthing Center


CREW (Cancer Resources, Education and Wellness)

Second Monday, monthly

4:30 to 6 p.m.

Chestnut Room


Families Overcoming
Drug
Addiction Support

First and third Thursday of every month

6:30 p.m.

Sycamore Room

Lyme Disease

Third Thursday of the month

7 p.m.

Chestnut Room


NAMI (National Alliance
on
Mental Illness)
Piedmont
Family Support Group

Third Monday of each month
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Sycamore
Room


Prostate Support Group

Third Wednesday of every month

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sycamore Room


Stroke Support Group

First Wednesday (starting May 3)

12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Chestnut Room

Call 540-316-3588 for further information on any of these groups.








Staying Safe and Healthy During the Holiday Season



The holidays are a favorite time of the year for many. From sparkling decorations and festive gatherings to scrumptious holiday food and savored time with family, December is often full of joy and celebration.

But amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves. The busyness and stress that often accompanies the fun and frivolity makes it all the more important that we stay focused on maintaining our health and safety.

This holiday season, Fauquier Hospital wants to help make sure that everyone in our community has a safe, healthy and happy holiday. Here are just a few simple ways to help keep your season merry and bright.

Be Safe
Many common holiday-related injuries can be prevented by thinking smart and being aware of your surroundings.
At home. Exercise caution when hanging lights and decorations, and place your tree and other flammable decorations away from heaters, fireplaces and candles. Always turn off your decorative lights when leaving the house or going to bed at night and never leave fireplaces, candles or portable heaters unattended.
On the go. Always buckle up on the road no matter what, and slow down on roads made slick by rain and winter weather. If you are planning on indulging in a spirited beverage or two, assign a designated driver ahead of time.

Be Healthy
There are few things as tempting as a holiday spread at a party. With so many opportunities to indulge, mindful eating is key to maintaining your health. But being mindful doesn’t mean you need to deprive yourself entirely. In fact, healthy holiday eating is easily achievable when you follow these tips:
·         Aim for smaller portions of festive treats to help keep you on the right track and guilt-free.
·         Plan and prepare healthy snacks and meals ahead of time. If you know you’re going to be partaking in a holiday treat later in the day, prepare a healthy salad with protein for lunch.
·         Pay attention to what you’re eating, rather than the “mindless” eating and grazing many of us are guilty of when at a party or at home watching our favorite holiday programs.
·         Cook smart. Think of ways to give your favorite holiday dishes and treats a heart-healthy spin, like using olive oil and herbs and spices instead of unhealthy oils and salt. And try substituting Stevia or natural honey for refined white sugar in your holiday baking.

Be Happy
The holidays can be a very difficult time for many. The death of a loved one or the pressure to do everything and be everywhere can cause a great deal of stress – not to mention mental and emotional fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these things, consider reducing any added pressures on your schedule. Don’t feel obligated to ”do it all.” Instead, try to focus on taking part in meaningful traditions that emphasize the holidays’ spirit of togetherness.

Most importantly, it’s OK to ask for help. You are not alone. If you are experiencing severe stress and depression, consider reaching out to a local support group or a mental health professional. If you don’t have one, call 540-316-3588, and we’ll be happy to connect you to the right care to help you cope with the stresses of the season.

At Fauquier Hospital, we care about your health and well-being during the holidays and throughout the year. We’re thankful to be your neighbor and privileged to help make our community healthier by providing quality care close to home. 

We wish each and every one of you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. Be well.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fauquier Hospital Earns Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A


The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. 
Fauquier Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
CEO Chad Melton said, “It is very gratifying to receive this recognition after months of unwavering focus on patient safety. Thank you to the physicians, nurses and support staff who work so hard to protect our patients from harm. We will continue to improve by putting patient care quality first.” 
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. 
Polly Roush, director of Quality, Regulatory and Accreditation and Infection Prevention, said that Fauquier Hospital received perfect marks for all measures that were compiled in 2017. 
Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Marti said that among the improvements that have been made this year, six new processes contributed to the A rating:
  • Made improvements to medical records to ensure safe medication prescribing by physicians. Enhanced the process for scanning medication barcodes; direct monitoring of the system has been improved. 
  • Physicians and the Pharmacy are partnering on antibiotic administration to ensure that each prescription is the most effective choice for the individual patient. 
  • Education on the importance of handwashing has included everyone in the organization – board members, nurses, physicians, technicians, as well as all support staff, nutrition services and housekeeping staff. 
  • Senior leaders and nurse supervisors are working more closely together to ensure nurse staffing is always at the appropriate level. 
  • Implemented strategies to quickly identify and mitigate any patient safety risks or hazards throughout the organization.