Monday, November 24, 2008

Dr. David Snyder Is this Year's Top of the Tree Honoree

Past Honorees

1983 Gay Kerns
1984 J. North Fletcher
1985 Louis and Edna Stevenson
1986 Hilde van Roijen
1987 William D. and Agnes Doeller
1988 Community Volunteers
1989 Marshall Hawkins
1990 Rodger Baker
1991 Vincent and Betty Tolson
1992 Diana Lescalleet
1993 Mary Denning
1994 Hellen Dellinger
1995 Robert W. Iden, MD
1996 Reverend Carl Schmahl
1997 Harriet Mae Benimon
1998 Edyth Burton
1999 Janice Traver
2000 Brenda Wood
2001 Mary O’Shaughnessy
2002 Brian T. O’Connor
2003 Caren Eastham
2004 Fran Regan
2005 Doris Kearney
2006 C. Hunton Tiffany
2007 Ruth Gray
2008 David M. Snyder, M.D.

Celebrate the Holidays with Lights for Life

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s annual program to honor loved ones with holiday lights on Hospital Hill will be held this year on Wednesday, December 3. Visitors will gather near the Fauquier Health's Emergency Department entrance at 7:00 p.m. to see five Norway spruce trees illuminated.

The lights will represent hundreds of special individuals who have been remembered or honored by friends and family. Money raised from the sale of the lights will go toward the Auxiliary’s pledge to Fauquier Hospital’s cardiopulmonary unit.

The Lights for Life celebration is always festive and never fails to put everyone in the mood for jingle bells and gingerbread. The St. James Episcopal Church Junior Choir will provide music this year.

The Lights for Life program began in 1983, when Airlie donated the beautiful evergreens and the community was invited to remember loved ones by purchasing lights. Every year, on the first Wednesday in December, the hospital’s Auxiliary has continued the tradition.

Each year one person is chosen as the top of the tree honoree, for his/her contributions to the hospital and the auxiliary. The 2008 top-of-the-tree honoree is Blue Ridge Orthopedic Associates surgeon David M. Snyder, M.D. He is being honored for years of service to his patients and to the community.

For more information on the Lights for Life celebration, those interested may call the hospital information desk at 540-316-4636.

The Helping Hands of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary is an integral part of the Fauquier Health team. Founded in 1954, the Auxiliary's original mission was to help hospital personnel by providing necessary funding and a wide variety of supplemental services. The Auxiliary pays for equipment and the development of patient-centered programs.

The Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop, now located on Main Street, was established in 1955 as the group’s first fund-raising project. Still going strong, the Thrift Shop has proven to be one of the most prosperous sources of funding for the Auxiliary year after year. In addition to generating funds to support Fauquier Health, the store also provides donations of clothing to families within the community.

Items for sale range from household items, books, jewelry and toys to dresses, pants, shoes and even gently worn prom and wedding dresses. The shop’s volunteers generate $30,000 to $50,000 each year.

Another source of revenue for the Auxiliary is the hospital Gift Shop. The all-volunteer staff sells everything from candy and flowers to handmade jewelry. From $25,000 to $60,000 is raised each year through the Gift Shop.

In 1959, the Auxiliary began one of its most important and rewarding projects, the Nurse Scholarship Program. The program has since been expanded to include scholarships for all health care-related fields and for young men as well as young women.

The Candy striper program, introduced in 1961, has evolved into the current Jr. Volunteer program, which attracts more than 60 young people every year. It’s a year-round program that gives young people in the community the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the community. Junior Volunteers also broaden their horizons, acquire knowledge and expand their experiences by working in all areas of Fauquier Health.

Fifty years after the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s humble beginnings, more than 330 volunteers and auxiliary members support the day-to-day operations of the 86-bed hospital, contributing more than 36,000 hours of dedicated service each year.

Looking for a Reason to Celebrate

I think that the holidays are arriving just in the nick of time.

Every place I look, I see evidence that people really need something to be happy about -- a reason to be distracted from failed mortgages, global strife and an endangered environment.

I noticed last month that on Halloween, the percentage of folks who dressed up for the occasion was way up, and spirits (if you’ll excuse the expression) were high. More houses than usual sported happy little skeletons and my kids’ Trick or Treat bags were very full at the end of the night. It was a night of reveling, a chance to forget.

It was that way too, at Fauquier Health’s annual Holiday Faire. Fifty-two vendors offered their wares last Friday and the mood was decidedly jubilant.

Del Clarambeau of the Fauquier Health Maintenance Department played a jolly Santa Claus and the ever-cheerful Amy Ashby of Human Resources was a taller-than-average elf in bright green and red regalia.

When young Ryan Brundage (son of Jennifer Brundage, a Fauquier Health clinical technician) toddled into the Fauquier Health Resource Center with his mom, he spotted Santa and immediately walked purposefully over and climbed on the big guy’s lap. Although not yet talking in full sentences, Ryan knew who was the most important person in the room.

Gift-wrapping volunteers Edythe Burton, Nancy Allen and Betty Seniw watched while Ryan snagged a candy cane out of the basket and showed everyone the meaning of happiness: peppermint candy and the promise of toys.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the floor shopping was intense. Urologist David Pfeffer, M.D. manned a booth that displayed the results of his glass-blowing hobby. Holiday ornaments and other glassware in swirling colors caught the eye of many a shopper.

Members of the Fauquier Health Arts and Entertainment Committee sold popcorn, cookies, and other baked goods. Holiday decorations, hats and scarves, jewelry and gifts for the home were on sale. Business was brisk.

Everyone seemed to have a good time. Laughter filled the halls of the conference center and it felt right.

It was just the right medicine, at just the right time.

Now, who’s ready for another dose?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Veteran's Day at Fauquier Health

Fauquier Hospital has for years been the site of a Veteran's Day ceremony, at the top of Hospital Hill.

On Tuesday, veterans gathered to remember their colleagues, both past and present. Rich Lee was the master of ceremonies, while Liberty High School's Symphonic Band, under band director Patrick Neidich, and the school's JROTC, under Lt. Col.(retired) John O’Sullivan, the Senior Army Instructor set the mood.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's from the Bistro. Mmm Mmm good.

Some things in life are so good, you've got to share the experience.

Have you tried the chicken and rice soup at Fauquier Health's Bistro on the Hill? No. I'm serious. It's unbelieveable. I won't say it's like mother used to make. My mom used to make Campbell's.

The Bistro version is rich and meaty, flavorful and fragrant. It'll warm you down to your toes.

Don't get me started on the chocolate chip cookies ...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Speaking out for Vegetables

Fauquier Health nutritionist Aren Dodge is a strong proponent of eating smart. That includes a wide variety of vegetables.
There are a lot of good reasons to eat up all your veggies -- and reach for more. A quick perusing of easy-to-find Web sites, including one from the Tufts University School of Medicine, shows that there is a plethora of evidence that vegetables can be good for your health in dozens of ways.

-- "Tufts nutrition experts find that the vitamin folate – found in a variety of foods including vegetables and cereals – may help ease depression and prevent memory loss."

-- "Cutting edge research at Tufts uncovers the anti-aging powers of blueberries and other dark-colored fruits and vegetables, signaling the growing importance of a colorful diet."

-- "Vitamin K, found in the likes of spinach and kale, is crucial to maintaining good bone health."

And here's a surprising study out of California that gives hope to parents everywhere:
-- "Contrary to popular belief, a new study released by First 5 California found that parents don't need to sneak fruits and vegetables into their children's meals -- kids say they actually like them! Interviews with more than 100 preschoolers across California revealed that kids not only know it's important to eat fruits and vegetables, they frequently prefer them to candy.

"The research found the common belief that it's an uphill battle to get young kids to eat healthy foods like broccoli or carrots is false," said Kris Perry, executive director of state agency First 5 California. "We were thrilled to see preschoolers express real enthusiasm for a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy drinks like milk."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

CDC: Diabetes diagnoses up 90 percent over 10 years

November is American Diabetes Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported a 90 percent increase in the rate of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults in the past 10 years.

Based on data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the rate increased from 4.8 cases per 1,000 people during 1995-1997 to 9.1 cases per 1,000 in 2005-2007. State-specific estimates ranged from 5 per 1,000 in Minnesota to 12.7 per 1,000 in West Virginia. States with the highest incidence were predominantly in the South.

“We must step up efforts to prevent and control diabetes, particularly in the Southern U.S. region where we see higher rates of diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity,” said lead author Karen Kirtland, a data analyst in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

For news about diabetes control in Fauquier, see an earlier blog post at

While we're on the subject, Fauquier Health's own Aren Dodge, diabetes educator, was recently honored at the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk for Diabetes on October 18 as a member of the community who is “changing the future of diabetes.”

An announcer read the following as Aren appeared, wearing a bright teal Fauquier Health shirt: “This is Aren Dodge. Aren was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over 15 years ago when she was 13. Not long after her diagnosis, she discovered the rewards of helping others through their struggles with the same day-to-day challenges with diabetes.

“Aren is a certified diabetes educator and director of the nutrition and diabetes program at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. She is the educator for the Fauquier County school system, supporting a staff of students with diabetes, and also organizes diabetes education for the Fauquier Free Clinic.

She also leads classes on living healthy with diabetes, and coordinates diabetes support group and other community events -- like the Fauquier Health StepOut Team (which participated in the walk)! Aren is stepping out to change the future of diabetes.”

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November Calendar of Events for Fauquier Health

Tuesday, November 4
Health Education
When: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Registration required: Yes
Topic: Holiday Eating
Cost: $12 for non-L.I.F.E. Center members
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Thursday, November 6
New-Driver Control Clinic
When: Classroom segment will be held at 7:00 p.m. Behind-the-wheel part of the course will be held November 8 or 9, morning or afternoon.
Where: Classroom segment – Sycamore rooms at Fauquier Hospital; behind-the-wheel – lower parking lots of Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton
Cost: $169
Details: Designed to give teen drivers skills to handle the unexpected.
Call for info: 800.862.3277 or go to

Health Education
When: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Registration required: Yes (space is limited)
Topic: Holiday Eating
Cost: $12 for non-L.I.F.E. Center members
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Saturday, November 8
Free Advance Directives Seminar
When: 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Meet at the Information Desk of Fauquier Hospital
Registration required: Yes
Call for info: 540.316.3588

First Aid, Adult, Infant & Child CPR, AED
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
Cost: $65
Registration required? Yes
Call for info: 540.316.3588

Monday, November 10
Health Education
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Registration required: Yes
Topic: What’s Next? Taking Your Exercise to the Next Level
Cost: $12 for non-L.I.F.E. Center members
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Wednesday, November 12
Free blood pressure screening
When: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Planetree Quilting Bee meeting (New quilters welcome)
When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Hospital Resource Center
Call for info: Terry Pfautz, ext. 1480

Thursday, November 13
Diabetes Support Group
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Will meet in Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms for talk on “Diabetes and You.” Deepak Kashyap, M.D., of Fauquier Health Endocrinology will speak to attendees about diabetes prevention and treatment.
Call for info: On support group -- Aren Dodge, 540.316.2640; for info on “Diabetes and You,” talk, call 540.316.3588

Diabetes and You
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
Details: Deepak Kashyap, M.D., of Fauquier Health Endocrinology will speak to attendees about diabetes prevention and treatment.
Call for info: 540.316.3588

Health Education
When: 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Registration required: Yes
Topic: What’s Next? Taking Your Exercise to the Next Level
Cost: $12 for non-L.I.F.E. Center members
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Friday, November 14

Type O Blood Drive
When: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
Registration required: No
Call for info: 540.316.3588

Wednesday, November 19
Massage for Couples, Level II
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Cost: $45 per couple
Registration required: Yes
Details: Therapeutic massage for couples, taught by Heidi Leavell. Couples should bring two pillows and a sheet and wear comfortable clothing. Ladies should bring a bathing suit or a halter top. Level II is for couples with some experience.
Call for info: 540.316.3588

Thursday, November 20
Free Joint Replacement seminar
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
Registration required: Yes
Details: Dr. David Snyder will discuss every aspect of joint replacement, from initial consultation to rehabilitation, as well as non-surgical alternatives.
Call for info: 540.316.3588

Friday, November 21
Holiday Craft Faire
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: First-floor conference areas at Fauquier Hospital
Registration required: Anyone who would like to reserve table space for the annual Holiday Craft Faire must do so by November 1.
Call for info: 540.316.5000 -- Brenda Bohon (ext. 3528); Carmen Contreras (ext. 4918); Evelyn Smith (ext. 3144)

Wednesday, November 26
Planetree Quilting Bee meeting (New quilters welcome)
When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Hsopital Resource Center
Call for info: Terry Pfautz, 540.316.5000, ext. 1480

Vascular screening
When: Wednesdays (Call for appointment)
Where: Fauquier Health Vascular Lab
Cost: $50 each; $125 for all three tests
Registration required: Yes
Call for info: 540.316.5800

Cholesterol screening
When: Monday to Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health L.I.F.E. Center
Cost: $26
Registration required: Yes
Call for info: 540.316.2640

Flu Season Is Upon Us

Chris Kelleher of the Fauquier Health Radiology Department is not looking her best as she receives her flu shot Friday morning, October 31. Fauquier Health employees received flu shots as part of an initative to keep staff healthy this flu season.

For residents 18 and older, the Rapphannock-Rapidan Health District will hold a Drive-Through Flu Clinic from 2:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 3 at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton. A limited number of doses will be available.

Special Blood Drive on November 14

A Type O Blood Drive will be held on Friday, November 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sycamore rooms of Fauquier Hospital.

All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for Type O donors. O is the most common blood type. Type O blood is used for premature newborns, trauma victims and people of any blood type. Be a “Universal Hero” and give blood on November 14.

Fauquier Health Celebrates Pastoral Care

David Smith, Fauquier Health chaplain, gathered his volunteer chaplains together October 28 for a Pastoral Care open house in the Sycamore rooms. Chaplain Smith lent his own caring presence to the event by greeting all who visited with his welcoming smile and quiet, reassuring voice. And of course, to start things off with a lively note, he led a drumming session.

Chaplain Smith has expanded the pastoral care offerings at Fauquier Health to include:

• The Spirituality Work Team (SWT) meets the first Monday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Chestnut Room. This is an open meeting and all are invited to attend.

• Praying Hands Ministry: This initiative of the SWT responds to the request of patients who are asked upon admission if they would like to have someone pray for them. The names of those patients are sent to SWT members (under confidentiality) and the SWT members are asked to pray for these individuals.

• In addition to the Praying Hands Ministry, the Hospital has lay ministers from the community come to the hospital chapel each Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and conduct a “Healing Prayer” service of liturgy readings and prayer. With chaplain assistance, patients are identified who desire prayer and are included in this service. A system wide “Prayer Line” is available to patients and staff who wish to have prayer offered in their behalf by calling ext. 2229 and leaving a request on an automated system.

• In conjunction with our Palliative Care initiatives, a special group of volunteers designated as “Chaplain Assistants” are working with the hospital Chaplain to provide support to patients who do not have family or friends to be with them during their difficult time. These volunteers provide a “Caring Presence.”

“David’s leadership is so inspired,” said Beverly Hunsaker, a volunteer chaplain and follower of the Bana’i faith. “David is so organized – he keeps us focused. There was a time, years ago, when volunteer chaplains were barely tolerated here, but the hospital is so welcoming now. There is a new attitude about the role of religion and healing.”

The Rev. Liz Danielson, founder of Spiritual Care Ministries, was also eager to talk about her work with Fauquier Health. She works with the Chronically Ill Support Group, which meets Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in The Bistro. The chronically ill are largely a forgotten group, she said. “There are people here who are hurting from constant back pain or other illnesses,” she said. “They are functioning, they are working, but it’s difficult. They need our support.”

Donna Meadows (mother to Beth Foddrell, physician relations specialist) is a part of the Wednesday night prayer group, along with Betsy Anderson and Connie Chintall. Led by Chaplain Smith, they pray for anyone who asks to be remembered.

The Fauquier branch of Gideon International was represented at the Pastoral Care open house as well. Betsy Surles and Clyde Tisdale handed out Gideon Bibles to those who stopped by.
Kaye Kready, a volunteer chaplain, was present, representing Liberty Community Church in Bealeton.

Rochelle Applewhite, chaplain’s assistant, was also at the open house, sharing information on the Caring Presence program. Trained by Chaplain Smith, volunteers serve at the bedsides of those who are dying without family members present. Rochelle said, “We listen to them, bring music or read poetry. We are just there for them so they are not alone.”

She said the volunteers are expanding their duties to attend patients who are ill who are alone and want someone to talk to.”