Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Joyful Noise

Volunteer Hunter Payne tickled the ivories while Fauquier Health employees entertained visitors to the hospital with carols of the season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Visit to the Free Clinic (The Night Before Christmas)

This delightful poem about the Fauquier Free Clinic was written by Larry Stillwell, a volunteer receptionist and financial screener at the clinic. The Fauquier Free Clinic is supported by Fauquier Health and by the Fauquier community.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and at the Free Clinic,

No one could complain, not even a cynic.

The needles and meds were stored with great care,

And the staff and volunteers had all disappeared;

The patients had emptied the calm waiting room

Where the radio played an old Christmas tune.

And Rob with his whiteboard was doing his best

To close up for Christmas while the staff got their rest.

But there at the window, a new patient stood,

Waiting with patience like a good patient should.

“I’m sorry, we’re closed,” Rob began to explain,

But the man interrupted: “Dear sir, I’m in pain!

I have no appointment, no money, no hope.

Can’t I please see a doctor? Can’t you throw me a rope?”

So what could Rob do, how could he say no

To a bedraggled Santa with reindeer in tow?

Santa looked unhealthy and obviously sick:

Rob knew in a moment he’d need help real quick.

Santa’s symptoms were many; as he called out his list

Rob thought it a wonder he could even exist!

“I’m hungry and thirsty and worn to my bone,

I’m arthritic and crippled – and I could use a small loan!

My heart is a mess, my B.P. is sky high;

If I don’t see a doctor, I’m going to die!”

As dry heaves shook his body he uttered a yelp

And shook like red Jell-O as Rob phoned for help.

“Come, doctors! Come, nurses! Come, each volunteer!

Come someone to care for Santa’s reindeer!”

He was dressed from a thrift store, this dodgy old coot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

He was way overweight, porky and meaty;

And the doctors could tell that he had diabetes.

He had melanoma and a rhythmic heart murmur

And what looked like the start of a cancerous tumor.

His nose it was bulbous and red as a cherry

And he tested allergic for gluten and dairy.

He spoke not a word, but his head gave a jerk;

Tom greeted him warmly and brought paperwork:

“Do you live in the county? Can you show us some proof?

What is your income? Please tell us the truth.

A letter of support would provide reassurance;

We’ll be glad to help if you don’t have insurance.”

Then the doctors made an astute diagnosis

And some meds from the pharmacy improved his prognosis.

The whole team pitched in and soon – Ho! Ho! Ho!

By midnight old Santa was now good to go.

He thanked everyone in both English and Spanish,

Then out the backdoor they all watched him vanish.

And they heard him exclaim in that voice people mimic,

“I’m forever grateful to the Fauquier Free Clinic!

So thank you, my friends, your clinic, it’s clear

Has saved Christmas for all, so Happy New Year!”

This story’s moral I need not belabor:

Like the folks at the clinic, take care of your neighbor!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fauquier Health's Hospitalist Program

Some folks who are admitted to Fauquier Hospital may be confused if they are visited by physicians other than their own family doctor. Fauquier Hospital in 2008 instituted a Hospitalist program to meet the needs of inpatients. Always on hand, these physicians provide 24/7 attention so that independent doctors can continue to see patients at their offices.

Hospitalist physicians care for patients admitted to the hospital until they are discharged. With wide experience in multiple disciplines, they are trained to treat a broad range of medical conditions.
Hospitalists embrace Fauquier Health's patient-centered care philosophy, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our hospitalized patients in a warm, comfortable and supportive environment.

Each day you’ll find them partnering with patients and their family members to satisfy a wide range of patient needs and preferences.

A few frequently asked questions about the Hospitalist program:

What are the advantages of a hospitalist program?
Without an outside practice or office hours to keep, our hospitalists can focus on the needs of patients. They are available around the clock. Because they are experts on Fauquier Hospital procedures and staff, they can smooth the way to recovery for their patients.

What are the hospitalists’ qualifications?
All of our hospitalist physicians are board certified in internal or family practice. Each has also completed an Internal Medicine or Family Practice residency program, and is trained in the care of critical patients.

How do hospitalists ease communication?
Because hospitalists are on site, they are available to meet with patients and their care partners to discuss treatment, care plans and discharge planning.
Hospitalists will contact a patient’s primary care doctor within 24 hours of admission. That doctor can share necessary information with the hospitalist.
In turn, physicians will be updated about any significant changes in a patient’s condition during their stay. Primary care doctors receive a summary of the hospital stay and discharge medications.
If follow-up care is needed, the doctor will be contacted before discharge.

How can I be seen by a hospitalist while in the hospital?
Your primary care physician must be enrolled in Fauquier Hospital’s Hospitalist Program to participate.

Meet the Hospitalists

Alireza Tajick, MD
In addition to being trained in internal medicine, critical care, intensive care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, renal disease and cardiology, Dr. Tajick is a former biomedical engineer who is an expert in designing prosthetics, orthotics and mobility aids for children and adults with disabilities.
He is board certified in internal medicine and certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

Ahmad Basharmal, MD
Dr. Basharmal not only graduated in the top 1 percent of his medical school class, he also received clinical training specifically designed for hospital medicine. His residency program included electives in internal medicine, nephrology, dermatology and hematology/oncology. Dr. Bashharmal is board certified in internal medicine.

Scott Chung, MD
Dr. Chung came to Fauquier Hospital after working for more than seven years at the Suncoast Medical Clinic— a Florida medical group known for pioneering the multispecialty group concept. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1995, Dr. Chung completed his training at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital family practice residency program. He is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Chung grew up in Northern Virginia.

Kamrul Kashem, MD
Dr. Kashem came to Fauquier Hospital from one of the busiest hospital centers in Northern Virginia where he treated a large volume of patients and a wide variety of medical conditions. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Kashem is also fluent in Bengali. Dr. Kashem’s residency training was specifically designed for hospital medicine.

Yemisrach Mulugeta, MD
Prior to joining Fauquier Hospital, Dr. Mulugeta completed a variety of clinical rotations that spanned more than a dozen years. In that time she covered specialty areas such as internal medicine, infectious diseases, geriatrics, pulmonology, rehabilitative care, gastroenterology, pediatrics, gynecology/ obstetrics and surgery. She is board certified in internal medicine and is also fluent in Amharic.

Alyaman Saeed, MD
Dr. Saeed spent the first part of his medical career in the fast-paced hospitals and urgent care centers of Northern Virginia and suburban Washington, D.C. His experience and training cover multiple areas, including: internal medicine, emergency medicine, intensive care, progressive care, coronary care, geriatrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, sports medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and dermatology. He is board certified in internal medicine and certified in advanced cardiac life support.

M. Fareed Siddiqui, MD
Dr. Siddiqui earned his medical degree in India, his country of origin, in England and the United States. He finished a family medicine residency program at Southside Hospital on Long Island, N.Y. and is board certified in family medicine. Before joining Fauquier Health, Dr. Siddiqui was a hospitalist physician and family medicine physician with the Aroostook Medical Center in Maine, where he was also active in committee leadership positions.

Lisa Provance, NP
Lisa Provance is a board certified family nurse practitioner with 26 years of critical and emergency nursing experience. She is also an ACLS/PALS/BLS instructor and has a subspecialty certification in addiction and substance abuse management. She was a core member of the hospitalist team at Fair Oaks Hospital and transitioned to the Fauquier Hospitalist Group in 2008.

Hospital’s Fourth Floor Welcomes New Babies (and their moms)

Eleven rooms on Fauquier Hospital’s fourth floor have been waiting in readiness since they were completed over the summer. Patients were officially welcomed into the space for the first time on Wednesday, December 16. Mary Sauer of Culpeper and her new daughter Adeline were among the first four mom/baby pairs to christen the unit. The area, known as 4 West, will host moms and babies when the Family Birthing Center is full, or medical/surgical patients if those floors are at capacity.

Friday, December 4, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine More Accessible

Karen Remley, State Health Commissioner, acknowledging that cases of H1N1 have dropped off in December, emphasizes that history tells us that a resurgence is probable. The emphasis, she says, should be on getting vaccinated.

She added that the best way for residents "to identify sites with vaccine available is to call the Virginia Department of Health Inquiry Center at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 weekdays or to use the VDH website’s Flu Vaccine Locator tool at"

Information on H1N1 can be found on the Fauquier Health website.