Friday, May 29, 2009

Dr. Norris Royston is a Good Scout

A front-page article in the Fauquier Times-Democrat today (Friday, May 29) announces that Dr. Norris Royston, a physician with Countryside Family Practice in Marshall, received the Good Scout Award. The annual award is given by the Piedmont Region chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.

The story provides a nice portrait of a dedicated doctor who has made community service a cornerstone of his life.

With permission of the Fauquier Times-Democrat, the story is reprinted here.

Scout's honor
Marshall doctor receives award from Boy Scouts for community service

By Connie Lyons
Fauquier Weekend Contributing Writer

A family physician in Marshall for 30 years, Dr. Norris Royston has made community service the cornerstone of his life.

“I discovered as a young man the contribution I could make to my community was through medicine. I grew up knowing family doctors who knew the patient, knew my family, and office nurses who were dedicated to relief of human suffering,” explained Royston, who, on May 27, received the Good Scout Award from the Piedmont Region Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.

A dinner held in his honor at Fauquier Springs Country Club drew more than 200 people, with Willard Scott acting as Master of Ceremonies. Frank Serene, one of the organizers of the event, said the selection of Royston to receive the award was easy.

“A bunch of us sat down together and tossed around 10 or 12 names,” said Serene. “We were looking for someone whose life represents the standards and ideals of scouting. When Dr. Royston’s name came up, we looked at each other and said, ‘well, that’s the one.’

“He’s someone the youth of our country can look up to and use as a guidepost for their future, someone who genuinely believes in people helping people. He served as medical examiner for the county, chaired the Virginia Medical Society, served on the Board of Fauquier Hospital. He’s done it all.”

For Royston, community service is a family tradition.

“Basically it’s bred in the bone for me,” he said. “My father, grandfather, great grandfather, for over 100 years my ancestors were involved in public service.”

Having grown up in Middleburg, Royston said that he was “taught integrity, professionalism, duty. Most of those who ultimately came to serve the community had also served as young soldiers in World War II and came home to raise their families. Sense of public service was ingrained in me as far back as I can remember.”

Royston remembers the role his family played in the community when he was a child.

“There were no rescue squads, no 911. My father had the only ambulance so ours was the only phone answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he said. “There were no central alarms. We set off the fire siren from the top of our basement steps. My father was a funeral director. Often relatives of those who died joined us at meals for my mother's extraordinary home cooking.”

He learned about community service not only at home, but at school as well.

“When I was in sixth grade, my class delivered food to a family in Fauquier County. I could see the dirt between the floorboards. Chickens were wandering through the first floor. The house had no indoor plumbing. It was then that I first perceived the need in my own community,” said Royston, who attended The Hill School in Middleburg and Episcopal High School in Alexandria before going to the University of Virginia, where he majored in French.

“I’m really glad that I had a broad-based education that exposed me to languages, literature, the arts,” he said. In 1973, Royston was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree by the Medical College of Virginia. In 1976, he set up an office in his home, where he lived and raised three daughters while building a family-oriented practice.
Scouting is the linchpin of Royston's life’s work.

“I entered Scouting in my formative years. It provided me the foundation by which I live my life every day and it contributed to my sense of community service,” he said, noting that he can still recite the 12 principles of Scout law “as if I had learned them yesterday.”

He refers to Scouting as “ a leadership program with camping as the bait. It instills leadership qualities in our youth. It also teaches basic survival skills: what to do if a bear comes after you; how to cook in the outdoors without getting food poisoning. One of the original concepts of Scouting was to teach people to live off the land. The organization forms our future leaders and gives them the necessary tools that will help them in their careers, personal lives, communities, and society as a whole.”

Royston said that the Good Scout Award “recognizes the life accomplishments expected of an Eagle Scout.” Both Royston and Serene point with pride to the accomplishments of John F. Kennedy, first Scout to assume the presidency, Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, and the entire crew of Project Mercury, the first manned space craft, all eight of them Eagle Scouts. Although he is no longer actively involved in Scouting, Royston performs physicals for Scouts and their leaders every year.

While Royston has a long history of community service, he continues to work to help others in his everyday life.
Concerned about the possible devastating effects of a pandemic illness, Royston serves on the Secure Commonwealth Panel which is focused on protecting the citizens of Virginia against all hazards. As a result, Virginia is now one of the top three states in preparedness for all types of potential dangers.

“We already have one set of doses of vaccine for 25 percent of Virginia’s population in the event of a flu pandemic,” Royston said.

He also serves on the advisory board of the Department of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“We’re in the process of creating a model of what we want family practitioners to be like in the next generation. Among other things, we need to design a system to take care of uninsured and under-insured people,” said Royston, who was the 185th president of the Medical Society of Virginia and served twice as its chair. “I’ve always tried to advocate in the legislature for what I felt was in the best interest of the patient.”

Royston chaired the Dean's Advisory Committee at the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine for six years which includes 58 doctors from all sub-specialties and every geographic region of Virginia, and is a founding board member of Oak Hill National Bank (in formation) set to open on June 8 in Warrenton and Marshall.

Though he enjoys looking to the future, Royston is not thrilled with some modern trends.

He deplores the growing narcissism he sees in today’s society. “Many of today’s practices run directly contrary to ‘duty, honor, integrity’. Twitter is a good example. People go on non-stop about every mundane minute of their lives,” he said, noting that he feels life should be guided by passion.

“Doing something with enthusiasm, not because you have to, but because you want to. Not allowing the challenges and adversities in your life get in the way of your goals. Pursuing a cause with tireless diligence because you believe in it wholeheartedly,” he said. “Find your passion — whether it’s through your career, your hobby, or your family life. Use your skills to work for the cause you believe in, and, inevitably, you'll make the world a better place. “

Childhood Diabetes In Europe Increasing Rapidly

The incidence of diabetes is rising quickly, according to all reports. Below is a link from the BBC about the frightening increase in diabetes in children, in Europe. The author says lifestyle factors are perhaps more influential than genetics.

If you have questions about raising healthy kids, talk to your pediatrician. These specialists offer more than booster shots and strep tests. They can be real partners in keeping your children happy and healthy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mama Bear Goes to the ED

I’ve been writing about Fauquier Health's Emergency Department for more than a year now, and even had to visit as a patient once during that time.

But last night I gave it a real test. My 12-year-old daughter was injured while playing soccer – a nasty hamstring pull – and the folks in the ED were absolutely wonderful to us.

We came limping in about 6:00 p.m. or so. She was in a lot of pain and I was worried. When I’m worried about one of my children, I become a pain in the neck to those around me. I just want somebody to FIX IT, already.

The ED staff was more than up to the task of FIXING IT -- and calming me down. They attended to us quickly, patiently answered my preponderance of questions, and did not get ruffled when I kept popping out of the exam room to ask for an extra pillow, or tissues or to ask about Motrin.

Linda Nixon, Patient Access greeter, couldn’t have been sweeter. She greeted us warmly and gently joked with my young athlete, making her feel better.

Penny Delsignore was one of the nurses. She quickly assessed the situation and after checking with the nurse practitioner, ordered X-rays. Throughout our time in the ED, she was smiling and cheerful, sympathetic and informative.

Medical Imaging technologist Amy Inskeep took X-rays right in our exam room, with as little jostling as possible.
Cindy Hennigh, nurse practitioner, came in next after looking at the X-rays. She had to manipulate my daughter’s leg to make a diagnosis. It hurt a lot and that’s when the tears started flowing. Mama Bear instincts kicked in for me and I asked a lot of questions. Cindy was compassionate and professional; she explained everything completely.
Tim O’Donnell, clinical services technician, helped my little girl into her leg brace and explained what she needed to do and how to do it. He was extremely thorough and his sense of humor was much appreciated. He demonstrated the right – and wrong – way to use crutches (no races, no leaning on your armpits and no wearing flip flops). He covered everything from sleeping to bathing to managing the hallways at school.

I want to thank everyone in the ED for their kindness. They obviously have lots of experience dealing with Mama Bears, and know just how to handle them – with respect, caring and lots of patience.

We all were pretty tired at finally arriving home, but the leg brace helped a lot, so my girl was smiling again. As my daughter scooted up the stairs on her rear end – as directed by Tim – we got a phone call. Tim rang up to say my daughter had left her flip flops in the exam room.

It was sweet of him to call, and I really appreciated the extra courtesy-- even though she won’t need that particular footwear for a while.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Liberty High Students Shadow Healthcare Workers

Here you'll find a guest blog, contributed by Emily Campbell, Liberty High School student. Thanks, Emily, for writing about your classmates' experiences.

On April 23, students from Liberty High School participated in a career shadowing day. Thirty-five students took a trip to Fauquier Hospital. Students shadowed in the Emergency Department, the Infusion Center, the Family Birthing Center and the Intensive Care Unit.

Sue Harmon, Liberty High guidance counselor, helped to pair students with the healthcare workers they chose to shadow.

Junior Emma Miller was one of the students who shadowed at Fauquier Hospital. Emma spent the day in the ICU shadowing a dialysis nurse and an EKG technician. She enjoyed working with the nurses. “It was a good experience. The nurses are all really nice and helpful,” said Emma.

Another large department of the hospital is the ED. Junior Katherine Spiteri shadowed in this particular department. “The nurse I shadowed worked with me on patient charts; we looked at CT scans and X-ray machines in the radiology department. The nurse also put two people in trauma rooms.” Katherine said working in the ER was very exciting and that she would consider it as a career because she has wanted to for a long time.

Junior Kristen Attkisson shadowed in the hospital's Family Birthing Center. While there, she followed four different neonatal nurses. Kristen checked the heart rate of babies and checked the monitors of the mothers. All mothers had delivered the day before. Kristen said that she would definitely look into being a neonatal nurse as a career. “I’ve wanted to work in this field since I was little because I like working with babies,” she said.

One of the most important fields in the hospital was the pathology lab. Within the pathology department are a bunch of smaller departments, which include microbiology, cytology, the blood bank used for blood transfusions, and histology. Senior Shauna Plesmid, who shadowed a pathologist, was able to look at anthrax, HPV, AIDS, and she helped test for staph infection.

Overall, the students that participated in this exciting trip to the hospital were able to explore different career paths. Sue Harmon and the rest of the Liberty staff would like to thank Fauquier Hospital for their participation and willingness to help educate these students on life in a hospital environment.

Wound Healing Center Opens June 9

They say that time heals all wounds, but that’s not necessarily true. Without advanced therapies, some wounds can take years or even decades to heal; in extreme cases, wounds that do not respond to treatment may lead to amputation. On June 9, Fauquier Health will open the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center at 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 104, to offer the community state-of-the-art specialized wound healing care.

Dr. Jorge Minera, medical director for the new facility, said, "With the rising rate of diabetes, there is a great need for a specialized care center that can treat the wounds associated with the disease, as well as help patients with other skin, bone and tissue conditions caused by illness or injury.”

In addition to Dr. Minera, six local physicians will be providing care for patients: Dr. Tam Ly; Dr. Joseph David; Dr. Robert Dart; Dr. Kevin McCarthy; Dr. Lynn Samuel and Dr. William Simpson. The doctors and clinical staff are skilled in the latest therapeutic methods in wound management and stay abreast of leading information through continuous training.

To establish the center, Fauquier Health partnered with Florida-based National Healing Corporation, which manages wound healing centers nationwide.

Dr. Minera explained, "Patients will be treated with state-of-the art technology and will have their progress charted through digital photographs.” He added, “Our treatments are evidence-based and best practice driven. Our patients do not undergo any treatment or progress to a new level of treatment until the need is clearly indicated."

Likely candidates for treatment are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. The center's hyperbaric oxygen chambers can also be used to treat patients suffering from such uncommon ailments as cyanide poisoning, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, brown recluse spider bites and the “bends,” or decompression sickness.

Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans may self-refer to the Wound Healing Center. However, one of the center's missions is to build relationships with patients' primary care physicians.

"We become a partner in the patient's medical care," said Dr. Minera. "While we dedicate our efforts to healing the patient's wound, the primary care physician is free to focus on treating the underlying cause or disease. Through regular reports and phone calls, we work with the patient’s doctors and other experts in the program to develop a total approach to treatment and care."

One of the highly specialized treatments offered at the center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and, in the case of wounds, allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out. Diabetic foot wounds are an example of wounds that may benefit most from this type of treatment.

Relaxing on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell, patients can watch movies or DVDs on televisions mounted above the chamber, while hearing the movies and conversing with others outside the chamber through a speaker system. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.

In addition to tissue oxygenation, the Fauquier Health Wound Center also employs the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, bio-engineered skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.

For more information about the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center or to make an appointment, call 540-316-HEAL (4325).

Assisted Living Complex Breaks Ground

Fauquier Health is pleased to announce the construction of an assisted-living complex in the Suffield Meadows community, located on U.S. 29 between Warrenton and Gainesville.

In an effort to develop a pleasing space for residents, plans include architectural touches such as water features, soothing, natural colors and other special finishes. The two-story building will have the welcoming feel of a Virginia colonial estate.

The project is also LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating) and includes indigenous landscaping. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.
It means that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.

There will be 56 assisted-living units available, ranging from small studio apartments to two-bedroom apartments, as well as an 11-bed memory unit for dementia patients. The memory support unit will have life-skills areas. Although apartments will be equipped with kitchenettes, dining options will include a formal dining room and a more casual Bistro.

Construction work had already begun, but Fauquier Health hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on May 14. The Villa at Suffield Meadows has a planned opening date of June 2010.

Rental agreements will operate on a month-to-month basis. As residents need increased care, additional nursing and support staff can be added. To be added to the current waiting list, call 540-316-5004.

Calendar of Events


Diabetes Self Management Training
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center, Holiday Court, Warrenton
When: Classes are forming
Details: Covers diet, exercise, medication
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most insurance plans
Register: 540-316-2652;

Cholesterol Screenings
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center, Holiday Court, Warrenton
When: Monday through Friday
Details: In 5 minutes, receive results for total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose. No physician referral necessary, but an appointment is required.
Cost: $35
Register: 540-316-2640

Cholesterol Screenings
Where: Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas (7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101)
When: Monday through Friday
Details: In 5 minutes, receive results for total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose. No physician referral necessary, but an appointment is required.
Cost: free
Register: 703-743-7300

Monday, June 8

Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Details: Discussion-oriented class goes over anatomy, labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, medical interventions, cesarean delivery and postpartum concerns. Expectant parents should attend this class during the second trimester of
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 9

Support Group for New Moms
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Call to confirm class time.)
Details: Discussion group for new mothers of infants between the ages of 2 days and 6 months old
Cost: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, June 10

How Ticks Can Make You Sick
Where: Sycamore room
When: 7:00 p.m.
Details: Tam Ly, M.D., infectious disease specialist, will explain what Lyme disease is, what the
ticks that carry Lyme disease look like, how to protect yourself from them and the latest testing and treatments for Lyme disease.
Cost: free
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, June 13

MS Support Group
Where: Sycamore room
When: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register: 540-346-6266

First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR; and AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: Includes adult, infant and child CPR; basic first aid; and automated
external defibrillator (AED) training. Registration is required.
Cost: $65.
Register: 540-316-3588

Babysitters’ Training Course
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Details: American Red Cross-certified babysitting course teaches leadership and
caregiving skills, how to prevent and manage emergencies, first aid, how to interview for babysitting jobs and more. The class is for kids ages 11 to 16. Bring a bagged lunch; drinks and cookies will be provided.
Cost: $40.
Register: 540-316-3588

Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Weekend class sessions – Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Details: Discussion-oriented class goes over anatomy, labor and delivery, breathing
and relaxation techniques, medical interventions, cesarean delivery and postpartum concerns. Expectant parents should attend this class during the second trimester of
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 16

Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Details: Call 540-316-3588 or 800-322-7500

Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut room
When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (call to confirm time and place)
Cost: Free
Register: 540-878-2136

Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: noon to 2:00 p.m.
Details: Obstetrical nurse lactation consultants will teach about breastfeeding benefits
and techniques. Dads are welcome.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, June 18

Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Details: Taught by childbirth educators. Topics include diapering, bathing, cord care, circumcision care, feeding methods and infant safety. Also hear from pediatrician Michael Amster, M.D.
Cost: $20 per person. Grandparents are also welcome to attend this class at $20 per person
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 23

Support Group for New Moms
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Call to confirm class time.)
Details: Discussion group for new mothers of infants between the ages of 2 days and 6 months old
Cost: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, June 24

Health and Nutrition Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 7:00 p.m.
Details: Family doctor Jorge Minera, M.D., will provide tips for healthy eating and optimal health.
Cost: free
Register: 540-316-3588

AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: Wednesday, June 24 and Friday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Details: Taught by AARP representatives for motorists ages 50 and older. Participants must attend both days of the class.
Cost: $12 for AARP members: $14 for nonmembers. Participants are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital’s Bistro on the Hill restaurant. Registration required.
Register: 540-316-3588 or 800-322-7500

Fauquier Health Celebrates Years of Service

Fauquier Health employees kicked up their heels April 23 at a dinner to recognize staffers for their years of service. The event included socializing, a buffet dinner, awards and dancing.

The annual employee recognition dinner was held at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville. Among those invited were employees recognizing anniversary years in 2008 for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Also invited were employees who have contributed more than 20 years of service, retired in 2008, or were named employee of the month, biannual leader, or leader of the quarter in 2008.

Awards for Employee of the Year, (Helen Gaines) Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Employee of the Year (Amber Heflin), and Medical Staff Employee of the Year (Joyce Pullen) were also announced.

Look Out for the Red Stripes

It’s Junior Volunteer time again. With record numbers of these young volunteers working at Fauquier Health (in the hospital and at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center), visitors and patients won’t go a day without seeing one of the smiling students with their red and white striped tunics. They will join us beginning June 15 and will be with us until early August.

These volunteers are learning valuable lessons about giving, and gaining some great experience, too.

Jane Weatherford is Nurse of the Year

When announcing the winner of the annual Fauquier Health’s 2009 Ruth Krusie Excellence in Nursing Award, Linda Sharkey, executive chief nurse, made it clear that in addition to an extra dose of compassion, a nurse’s most important asset is a sense of humor. She said, “You know you’re a nurse when:
  • You compliment complete strangers on what great veins they have; and

  • You can talk about ANY bodily function at lunch.

Jane Weatherford, RN, this year’s Ruth Krusie Award winner, was a late bloomer when it came to nursing, but quickly made up for lost time. She went to school to become an LPN in the early 71970s, but did not become a registered nurse until years later, after her 40th birthday. She has been a nurse for 23 years.

Jane is effusive about her profession. “Nursing is a good fit for me because I’ve always had my grandmother’s heart to serve and nurture people.

“The most satisfying part of nursing for me is the relationships with patients. I love being able to get to know them, to allay their fears, and provide them with a good healthcare experience. I have enjoyed each department I’ve been in over the years,” Jane said.

“My coworkers during my 21 years at Fauquier Hospital have been fantastic. I have worked with nurses who have been here many years. I have gained so much knowledge from them and have learned how people can work together to provide really special care – and also have fun.”

Jane now works in the Infusion Center. She is enthusiastic about this nursing specialty. She says, “The personal care we are able to provide in the Infusion Center is very special. We have the luxury of one-on-one care with our patients and caring for those same patients over a period of time. I especially love it that we are taking care of patients who live in this community. It’s like an extended family.

“In the Infusion Center, I am blessed to work with nurses who have years of experience in oncology nursing and are also giving,nurturing people. It is a great place to be.

“Sometimes former patients greet me while I am out in the community and tell me that I was their nurse and that it made a difference to them. That means the world to me.”

Jane is glad she spent the majority of her years at Fauquier Health. She explains, “I worked at Prince William Hospital as an LPN for three years while I went to school. I worked there briefly as a registered nurse. Because of a move, I applied to Fauquier and another hospital. I was won over by a prompt response and the positive atmosphere here.”

She adds, “Fauquier Hospital does an awesome job of keeping up with technology while maintaining a personal touch. There has, over the years, been such a positive, supportive atmosphere that it makes one want to succeed.”
Jane admits that nursing is not always easy. She adds, “You don’t really know about nursing till you are plunged into it.”

Even with all the challenges, she recommends nursing to the next generation. “To a young person, I would suggest that they get all the education they can to be marketable in this changing health care environment – but when it comes down to it, what matters most to patients is that you are kind to them and do what you say you will do.”

Friday, May 8, 2009

Recruiting Joint Replacement Focus Group Participants

Have you or someone you know had a hip or knee replacement anywhere in Northern Virginia, Fauquier or Culpeper counties? If so, we have a great opportunity for you to share your experiences, while also earning money for your participation on this important project. Metro Research, the company organizing the focus group, is a well-respected market research company. Because Fauquier Health will have access to the outcome report of this research, this is an exciting opportunity for us to learn information to help continue to improve and grow our orthopedic services.

If you choose to participate, the research report will include your feedback, along with that of others from around the region. If you are interested, please call Metro Research directly.

Details of the project…

Metro Research Services is looking for people who have had knee or hip replacement for focus groups to be held at Airlie Conference Center in the near future. If qualified for participation, you will receive a $150 cash honorarium for two hours of participation.If interested, please contact Maggie Noctor at or 800-899-1108. When you call, Metro Research will ask a few additional questions to see if you qualify for this study.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fauquier Hospital Plays a Part in County's Heritage

Some folks from Fauquier Health joined Fauquier County's 250th anniversary celebration by marching in the parade on Main Street on Friday, May 1. Pictured are Margaret Rowe, director of the Pharmacy; Trent Sutherland, a clinical staff pharmacist; and Lionel Philips, Fauquier Health's vice president of Finance.

After the parade, Margaret set up a Civil War hospital display on the lawn of the Warren Green Building. She showed the medical instruments that were used during the Civil War era and answered questions. Margaret has been involved in reenactments for a couple of years now and really enjoys it.
And since I used the handy-dandy sepia tool on my photo program, they all look like they would fit right into the 1800s, don't they?