Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Janice Foley is Top of the Tree Honoree at Lights for Life Celebration

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, together with the Fauquier Health Foundation, will hold the annual Lights for Life Ceremony and the Donor Recognition Reception on December 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
All Foundation donors and Lights for Life donors are invited to participate in the festivities.

Welcoming remarks will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Lights for Life Ceremony, which will be viewed indoors this year. You can honor a special person or remember a loved one by placing a light on the spruce trees atop hospital hill to shine throughout the holiday season.

This year’s honoree will be Janice Foley, a registered nurse who worked at Fauquier Hospital from 1971 until 2008. Janice tended patients in the Emergency Department and in the Employee Health, Outpatient Special Procedures and Volunteer departments.

During her long tenure as a Fauquier Hospital nurse, Janice was honored with the Ruth Krusie award, the hospital’s highest honor, for “excellence in nursing.” Janice has lots of great stories to tell about the early years of her nursing career. She remembers a time when there was a shootout at a big country music concert in town. “I saw someone was shot, so I started to jump down and help. Bullets were flying. My husband pulled me back and said, ‘You can’t do that!’ ”

Janice’s friend and fellow nurse Bernice Pearson said with a smile, “Yes, Janice was one of those ‘eager’ nurses.”

Janice remembered another dramatic moment from the years when there wasn’t always a
doctor present in the Emergency Department. She and Bernice were working in the ER when they heard someone outside calling for help. They found a man hanging on to the wall in the parking lot. He had been shot in the leg and was AWOL from the service. They brought him in. Janice said, “We didn’t have any security back then. We figured if they can make it as far as the parking lot, that’s good enough for us.”

Janice and her husband Charles have two grown children and two grandchildren. She is a
member of Warrenton Baptist Church and is an active member at the church, a past member of the Christian Women’s Club.

Janice currently spends most of her time in North Carolina tending to her mother and in Richmond with her grandchildren.

Make One Change for Health

Fauquier Health offers a rigorous wellness program for its employees. The current focus is on "Make One Change" -- choosing just one habit to change at a time.

It's a good concept. Instead of making 27 resolutions about avoiding French fries and walking five miles every day, the idea is to pick just one change at a time. Focusing on just one shift in your lifestyle allows you to really conquer it and make it a part of your life ... then you're ready for another change.

(Lance Armstrong's site,, takes a similar approach. The site "dares" you to take on specific challanges, and offers lots of support and information to help.)

Once you get some good ideas about where to start making your one change, Fauquier Health can help. The LIFE Center offers nutrition counseling, in addition to a full fitness center.

If you like, try a week for free. Take classes, use the equipement, and get a start on your "one change."

Calendar of Events for December


Diabetes Self Management Training
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center, 419 Holiday Court, Warrenton
When: Classes are forming
Details: Covers diet, exercise, medication
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most insurance plans
Register: 540-316-2652;

Cancer Support Group
When: Meets the third Tuesday of every month
More info: Call an American Cancer Society representative at 540-878-2136 to confirm time and location.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
When: Meets the second Saturday of the month.
More info: Call the National MS Society at 800-344-4867 to confirm time and location.

Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: Meets the second Thursday of every other month, from 6 to 7 p.m.
More info: Call 540-316-2652 or e-mail for more information.

Tuesday, December 1
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, December 2
Lights for Life and Donor Recognition
Where: Sycamore rooms
When: 6 p.m.
Details: Janice Foley, retired nurse, will be this year’s Top of the Tree honoree as the holiday lights surrounding the hospital are lit up for the season. All health system donors are welcome to attend.

Saturday, December 5
First Aid; Infant and Child CPR
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Details: Includes infant and child CPR; basic first aid
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, December 12
First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR; and AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Details: Includes adult, infant and child CPR; basic first aid; and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.
Cost: $65.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, December 15
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

Couple Lends an Ear to Help Joint Replacement Patients

Carol and Frank Gilliam are a couple on a mission. They are Fauquier Hospital volunteers with a very specific job, to make the experience of joint replacement just a little bit better for our patients. Carol had both of her knees replaced at Fauquier Hospital's Center of Excellence for Joint Replacement, and Frank was her care partner throughout both surgeries.

As part of the joint replacement volunteer program, Carol and Frank visit current joint replacement patients to encourage and support them.

They can say, “We have been through this. We know it isn’t easy but you will feel so much better soon.”sometimes for a few minutes and other times for a half hour or more. Sometimes, they step in the room and can tell that a patient really isn’t up for a visit, so they respectfully slip out. Patients have responded very positively to their visits. Staff members are also grateful. “They are extra sets of eyes and ears.

If a patient is feeling down or upset, they let the staff know so the issue can be handled,” one third-floor nurse explained.

Home Health Care Services Among Best in Country

Fauquier Health Home Care Services has been selected as one of the 2009 Home Care Elite. This is an annual compilation of the most successful home health care providers in the U.S.

Home Care Services helps patients to recover from an illness or surgery, to learn how to manage conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, traumatic injuries, and to overcome joint and mobility issues and pain management problems. They also provide treatments like intravenous infusion or tube feeding therapy at home. The Home Care Services team is made up of nurses, home health aides, medical social workers and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

There were 9,000 agencies considered for the Home Care Elite; 2,200 were selected. Those 2,200 – including Fauquier Health’s Home Care Services – represent the top 25 percent of providers in the country for quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance measures.

Only eight hospital-based agencies in Virginia made the list; only 25 total – including independent for-profit agencies – were chosen in the commonwealth.

Home Care Services may be reached at 516.316.2700.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Opens Second Location

Fauquier Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation department is now open at a second location. The Lake Manassas clinic is located at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 in Gainesville, VA 20155.

This facility provides easier access for our families that live in the northern Fauquier area and in southern Prince William County. Currently, the clinic is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The clinic can be reached at 540.316.2680.

This facility offers a spacious waiting room, including cable television for siblings (or parents) while they wait. There are three private treatment rooms with doors, and one glass-enclosed room that functions as a gym. Visitors can frequently see children using an obstacle course, hula hoops or scooters down the hallways.

Photos and more information can be found on the Fauquier Health physical therapy blog at

Missy Good Achieves Certification

Missy Good, director of development at Fauquier Health, has earned her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation. In addition to having to demonstrate years of experience, dollars raised, campaign management and volunteer commitment to a committee, she had to pass a comprehensive exam.

Physical Therapist earns Doctorate

Dr. Terri Hallett, physical therapist with Fauquier Health, recently graduated from Shenandoah University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Dr. Hallet has been a physical therapist in Fauquier Health’s PMR department for the past 11 years. She originally graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland in 1988.

Dr. Hallet is an experienced clinician who enjoys working with orthopedic and occupational injuries. She holds multiple specialized certifications within the physical therapy field. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified ergonomic assessment specialist, and certified functional capacity evaluator.

Fauquier Health Loses a Compassionate Healer

Fauquier Health employees, volunteers, physicians and the community lost a fine physician and a steadfast friend recently when George Ringholz, M.D, neurologist with River Oaks Neurology, passed away November 11. With a PhD and more than a decade of experience in clinical neuropsychology, and as a teaching faculty member in neurology, Dr. George Ringholz possessed one of the strongest medical backgrounds in his field. Board certified in neurology, Dr. Ringholz was a trusted medical advisor who thoroughly understood the needs of his patients.

Rodger Baker, CEO and president of Fauquier Health, said, “In his short time here on our medical staff, Dr. Ringholz touched many lives with his sincerity, generosity and kindness. He was the consummate professional, and will be sorely missed by all who worked with him.”

Remembering Dr. Ringholz
Those Fauquier Hospital clinicians who worked alongside Dr. Ringholz described him as a compassionate physician and an inspiring colleague. “He was an incredible person,” said Annette McVicker, nurse case manager in 2S/2W. “Dr. Ringholz had a huge impact on the hospital. He really valued the nurses, treated us all as colleagues. If we had a concern about a patient, we could always pick up the phone and he’d drop everything to talk to us.

“When we had a truly critical patient, he was a calming influence. I remember the first time we used TPA (a blood clot-busting medicine administered by IV). We had never done it before and he spent the day with us. Our patient did great. Now we do it all the time in ICU. Dr. Ringholz brought us to a new level.”

Annette recalled another instance when it was necessary to put a patient’s brain to sleep because it kept seizing. “The patient needed a 24-hour EEG and Dr. Ringholz was there. He was subtly teaching us, empowering us.”

And Annette has another reason to remember Dr. Ringholz fondly. “He was my doctor. I had a traumatic brain injury and he put my head back together. He always made me feel like I was the only patient he had.”

Azman Ghadam, an RN on the second floor, said that when he was in nursing school, Dr. Ringholz took him along when he did assessments and took time to explain every normal and abnormal finding. “Dr. Ringholz was a perfect teacher; with every neurological assessment I remember his calmness and reassuring effect on staff, patients, and families. He was always approachable, so easy to ask questions.

Danish Shahmehdi, RN, said that Dr. Ringholz was particularly great with families. “He took time to explain things.”

Terri Schick, RN, agreed. “He had a great bedside manner. He had a young cancer patient and spent a lot of time with that patient and the family, answering questions and listening.”

Fran Norman, director of process improvement, worked closely with Dr. Ringholz on Fauquier Health’s Stroke Program. “Dr. Ringholz was a kind and gentle person who gave so much, to so many. I will always remember his calm demeanor and comforting laugh.”

Annette McVicker, with tears in her eyes, stated it for all those who knew Dr. Ringholz: “I’ll miss him, very much.”

In Lieu of Flowers
Dr. Ringholz’s family made the following request, for those who would like to remember him.
“The folks at Johns Hopkins were incredible during George’s brief, but brave, battle with pancreatic cancer. If you would like to honor George and help fight this terrible disease,
1. Make a donation payable to: Johns Hopkins University.
2. Indicate on the memo line of the check that the donation is being made in George’s name.
3. Mail the donation to:
Ralph H. Hruban, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
401 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242
Baltimore, MD 21231-2410
4. Please include the name and address of where you would
like acknowledgments to be sent (or call 410-955-9132).
Johns Hopkins will send us a complete list of the names
and address of the donors.”

Friday, November 13, 2009

Voice of America Records H1N1 Preparedness

Voice of America visited small town America last week to see how Fauquier Hospital is managing the H1N1 virus. Although our health district -- the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District -- has been the hardest hit in the state, Fauquier Hospital has been handling the pandemic well.

At the H1N1 virus's October peak, the hospital saw 50 flu patients a day, which added considerably to the Emergency Department's workload. But a seperate flu clinic and careful management of visitors to the hospital staved off the worst ramifications. In talking with other facilities, I find we are among the best prepared. It's comforting to know.

Readiness is all.

Numbers of flu patients have decreased significantly for now, so the separate clinic has been suspended. Visitor restrictions remain in place. Health experts expect a resurgence in flu patients before the flu season is over, so we are staying alert.

Click below for a peak at the Voice of America news piece on Fauquier Hospital. Dr. Tam Ly, Fauquier Health's infectious disease specialist and Tracy Turman, in charge of Emergency Preparedness, are featured in the video. Several patients are interviewed too, including an adorable -- though feverish -- infant.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Community Honors Veterans Wednesday

On Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m., community members will honor members of the armed services at the War Memorial on the Loop Road on Hospital Hill.

This Veteran's Day ceremony is an annual event on Hospital Hill and will be particularly meaningful following the tragedy at Fort Hood last week.

The administration and employees of Fauquier Health welcome those in the community who would like to pay tribute to all of the service men and women who serve our country.

FluMist Available to High-Risk Populations in Fauquier

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District will offer free H1N1 FluMist vaccine in two clinics on Wednesday, November 11.

They will be held at:
-- Liberty High School in Bealeton from 8 a.m. to noon
-- Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper from 3 to 7 p.m.

The clinics are targeted to those high risk populations that are eligible for vaccination with the nasal mist vaccine.
-- Healthy children and young adults from 2-24 years old.
-- Healthy individuals under 50 years old who share a household with infants younger than 6 months old.

The FluMist vaccine is not right for everyone. Pregnant women, those with asthma, heart, lung or kidney diseases, immune disorders or other chronic health conditions must receive the injectable vaccine. Those who are not eligible for the FluMist should ask their primary care doctor about the availability of the injectable vaccine.