Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spirit of Planetree Winners Celebrate

It was a good time today for Fauquier Health staffers at the Planetree conference. There were several highlights.

Dr. David L. Katz, who was recently in the running for surgeon general, gave a keynote speech on obesity and its disastrous effects on our health -- our family's, our country's and our world's.
Dr. Katz is a renowned scientist, a prolific author and a dynamic speaker.

He made a convincing case for eating less and moving more. His website is and it's a must for anyone who is concerned about the health-destroying effects of obesity.

The final keynote speakers of the conference were billed as "The Three Doctors." An internist (Dr. Rameck Hunt), an emergency room doctor (Dr. Sampson Davis), and a dentist (Dr. George Jenkins), grew up together on the dangerous streets of Newark, New Jersey, poor but lucky to have one another. With a few breaks, some kind help along the way and their mutual bond, the three all reached their dreams.

In addition to their medical practices, they spend their time giving back to the community by inspiring other young people to reach beyond what they see in front of them to find something better. They are proponents of patient-centered care and try to live by those principles every day.

The presentation was sincere and endearing and was a favorite of those attending. Their website is

The finale of the day was the presentation of the Spirit of Planetree awards.

Winners from Fauquier Hospital were:
Dr. Alireza Tajick, Physician Champion award
Wendy Greenwood, Caregiver award

Winners from the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center were:
Dr. Donna Vannata, Physician Champion award
Melanie Phillips, Caregiver award

Lisa Spitzer, Fauquier Health Concierge, was given a special Family, Friends and Social Support award for her outstanding concierge program.

Lots of cheering and smiles ensued during the award ceremony. It's several hours after the banquet now, but I think Lisa is still teary-eyed over the honor.

For more photos of the banquet, see the Fauquier Health Facebook page. Go to and search for Fauquier Health. (While you're there, become a fan.)

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