Monday, August 31, 2009

Listen to the Sound of Hope

On August 3, I posted a blog about Fauquier Health's Relay for Life team, a group of caring and compassionate women from our Infusion Center and Pharmacy.

On reading the blog, you'll note that the Fauquier Health Infusion and Pharmacy team wrote and performed the winning original song during the Relay for Life. In my first attempt to add some lively entertainment to my blog, I gathered the Relay team together and hooked up our handy dandy new microphone. They sang their song (with gusto) and the result was stupendous!

Have a listen.

Listen to Fauquier Health's winning “Purple Army Fight Song”

Friday, August 28, 2009

Stepping Up

Fauquier Health hosted a Level 2 version of its popular Medical Camp August 12 and 13. This advanced course was offered to students who enjoyed the Level 1 session last summer. During day one, Sarah Rhodes watched as one of her fellow students used the saw to remove her cast during a lesson in orthopedics.

Thanks for the Memories


Orthopedists Dr. David Snyder and Dr. Robert Dart retired recently from their practice at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center. Many Fauquier Health employees stopped by a reception in the Sycamore rooms to give the physicians a proper send off.

LIFE Center Puts Health Goals Within Reach


Everyone has different reasons for swapping cake for carrots, television for exercise. For Louise
Windon, billing specialist for Home Care Services, the reason was pretty cut and dry. “I couldn’t
breathe and I didn’t feel well. I quit smoking in March of 2008 after 40 years and joined
Fauquier Health's LIFE Center a few months later in May.”

Complete Change In Lifestyle

She’s glad she did. Louise says, “I come five days a week at about 6 a.m., start on the elliptical, the treadmill or with stretching. Then I take an early morning class with Sara Freeman. Sara is great. She mixes it up. We do pilates, yoga, weight training, core training, plus stretching and relaxation.”

What has been the result of all this activity? “I feel great,” says Louise. “I have lots more energy -- and I know I’m easier to get along with. I have more endurance, and mentally I feel much better.”

LIFE Center Offers New Motivation

Stephanie Paugh, who works at Home Care Services as an administrative assistant, had a different motivation. In her 40s and leading a hectic lifestyle with two kids, Stephanie found that she was unhappy with her weight. A diminutive 4”11”, she was a size 12. Her goal was to lose several sizes and get down to a size 6.

Stephanie started going to the LIFE Center two to three times a week, but the weight was slow
to come off. When she upped her frequency to four to five times a week and started evaluating her food choices, “The weight started to move. I was so inspired by the LIFE Center employees, especially cycling instructors Amy (Moore) and Laurie (O’Conner), that it became my second home. I lost 33 pounds. After a year, I am now down to a size 2. I have changed what I eat and I am not going back!”

Sarah Pearson, former acting director at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and current Planetree facilitator for FHRNC, joined the LIFE Center to become healthier and to lower her
cholesterol. She likes the spin and sculpting classes. “They offer some variety and keep me from getting bored.”

And there is one other part of the LIFE Center that keeps Sarah going back. “I go see Heidi Leavell (certified massage therapist) every month for a hot stone massage – it’s my treat to myself.”
Linda Costello, rehab nurse specialist at the LIFE Center, said she signed up as a member so she could be a positive example to her patients. “I wanted to lose weight and get in better shape. I have made some progress and have a goal to lose another 20 pounds.”

Classes Keep Employees on Their Toes

What motivates Linda? “Starting Zumba made all the difference in my weight loss. I take all the Zumba classes I can fit into my schedule.”

All of these women agree that the supportive and friendly atmosphere at the LIFE Center has made getting in shape easier. Sarah adds, “I really like the atmosphere, the warm physical environment and the warm and inviting staff members all have a great sense of humor, which I love. It’s not an intimidating gym like other facilities.”

Louise sums it up: “I want to go there every morning. It’s part of my social life.”

Best Place to Work

For the third year in a row, Fauquier Hospital was voted the “Best Place to Work” by Warrenton Lifestyle magazine. The publication has a contest every year, seeking reader input on the best of the best in Warrenton. Winners were announced in the August 2009 issue.

Dr. Stephen von Elten of Piedmont Family Medicine was named Warrenton’s “Best Doctor” and Dr. Joshua Jakum of Piedmont Pediatrics was proclaimed “Best Pediatrician.”

Answers to Your Questions About the Novel H1N1 Virus

Fauquier Health is preparing for the possibility of an outbreak of novel H1N1 flu this fall. Below you’ll find some questions that seem to be on everyone’s mind. Dr. Robert Dana Bradshaw, Rappahannock-Rapidan District health director, Virginia Department of Health and Dorothy Seibert, Fauquier Health’s infectious control practitioner offered their expertise. Keep in mind, this is the most current information available, but the situation is constantly changing.

What are the symptoms of the novel H1N1 virus?
Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

Who is most at risk from the novel H1N1 virus?
• Pregnant women
• Those who live with or care for infants less than 6 months old
• Healthcare and emergency services workers
• Anyone younger than 24 years old
• Those 25-64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems

What special steps do I need to take to protect myself and my family?
• Get the novel H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
• If you have flu symptoms, you should stay home until free of fever and signs of fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing drugs
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based and sanitizer.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it in the trash.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

When will a vaccine be available?
All indications are that it will be available by mid-fall.

How important is it to get vaccinated?
Those in high-risk groups should get vaccinated for their own safety and the safety of their families. The vaccine, which can be administered as an injection or nasal mist, will provide the best level of protection available.

How much do we know about the safety and/or effectiveness of the vaccine?
It is believed that for the novel H1N1 virus, vaccination could prevent illness in 70-90 percent of those who are immunized. It also should reduce hospitalizations and deaths. The safety and effectiveness of this new vaccine is expected to be similar to that of a seasonal flu vaccine.

Will the vaccine make me feel like I have the flu?
The flu shot cannot give you the flu. Some people may have mild symptoms for a couple of days as their body builds an immune response. These symptoms are very mild compared to developing influenza. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help. The most common side effect of immunization is a sore arm.

How will the vaccine be administered?
The novel H1N1 vaccine will be administered in two doses, given approximately three to four weeks apart. Although the first dose will provide a level of protection, your best protection will be two weeks after the second dose. Details about how the vaccine will be given are not finalized. If you have questions, contact your family physician.

Should my children be vaccinated for novel H1N1? How about my elderly parents?
It is recommended that children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years be vaccinated. The novel H1N1 virus has particularly affected those in this age group. Currently, the elderly do not appear to comprise a high risk group for novel H1N1.

Can I have the novel H1N1 vaccine if I’m pregnant?
Pregnant women are among those that should be first in line for the vaccine. They may receive the vaccine at any time during their pregnancy.

Do I need a seasonal flu shot too, and when should I get that?
You should get vaccinated against the seasonal flu as soon as possible. Call your family doctor for more information.

What if I get sick?
If you get the flu, stay home from work, school and social gatherings and do not run errands for several days, until you are no longer contagious.
When should I seek emergency medical care?
If you have any of the following symptoms:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Where can I get more information?
• Visit www.pandemicflu.gov.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hotline, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY:
• 1-888-232-6348. The website is www.cdc.gov. Questions can be e-mailed to dcinfo@cdc.gov.
• Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Central Hotline: (877-ASK-VDH3 / 877-275-8343)
• Links to state departments of public health can be found at www.cdc.gov/ther.htm#states

September Calendar of Events


Ongoing

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; diabetes@fauquierhealth.org

Cholesterol Screenings
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center, 419 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: $24 for the month of September (Usually the cost is $30. Price is reduced this month to recognize Cholesterol Awareness Month.)
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


Tuesday, September 8

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

Look Good and Feel Better!
Where: Fauquier Health Chestnut room
When: 6:00 p.m.
Details: This American Cancer Society-sponsored program helps women overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Participants must be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Cost: Free
Register: Call an American Cancer Society representative at 540-878-2136.


Wednesday, September 9

Is Your Thyroid Hypo or Hyper
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore room
When: 7:00 p.m.
Details: Endocrinologist Deepak Kashyap, M.D. will give an overview of thyroid physiology, along with the signs and symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism. He will also discuss signs and symptoms, disease management and treatment options.
Cost: Free
Details: Call 540-316-3588


Thursday, September 10

Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center, 419 Holiday Court, Warrenton
When: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Details: “Diabetes and Heart Health” by Christopher Leet, M.D. This group is for anyone with diabetes and those who support or care for a person with diabetes. Class meets the second Thursday of every other month.
Cost: Free
Register: Call 540-316-2652 or e-mail diabetes@fauquierhealth.org.


Saturday, September 12

First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR; and AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
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


Monday, September 14

Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 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 pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588


Tuesday, September 15

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.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588


Thursday, September 17

Joint Replacement Lecture
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 6:00 p.m.
Details: A physician from Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center will discuss joint replacement – from the initial physician’s consultation through postsurgical rehabilitation.
Cost: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Details: Taught by certified childbirth educators. Topics include diapering, bathing, cord care, circumcision care, feeding methods and infant safety. Listen to a presentation from pediatrician, Dennis Rustom, M.D., board certified in pediatrics.
Cost: $20 per person.
Register: 540-316-3588


Saturday, September 19

Rappahannock Rough Ride
Where: Little Washington, Va.
When: Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Details: Bicyclists will have a choice of a 12-mile course, a 20-30 mile course or a 35-50 mile course. All riders must wear helmets, sign a release and those under 16 must be accompanied by adults. The event will be held rain or shine.
Cost: Registrations received before September 12 are $25. Children under 12 are $15. Same day registration is $30.
Register: www.fauquierfreeclinic.org; call 540.428.3610 or e-mail roughride2009@gmail.com for more information.

Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Weekend class – Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 9:00 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 pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588


Big Brother/Big Sister
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Details: This class acquaints expectant brothers and sisters between ages 3 and 10 with the changes that
commonly occur when a new baby arrives.
Cost: $10
Register: 540-316-3588


Tuesday, September 22

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


Saturday, September 26

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


Sunday, September 27

Nanette’s Walk
Where: Middleburg
When: Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Details: The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund of the Piedmont Community Foundation has been a generous supporter of Fauquier Hospital, contributing $20,000 in 2008 and $30,000 in 2007 to help bring digital mammography to the area. Since 2007, the fund has raised nearly $100,000, in which 100 percent has benefited non-profit organizations like Fauquier Hospital in the fight against breast cancer.
For more information: Call the Fauquier Health Foundation at 540.316.2610.


Monday, September 28

Massage for Couples, Level II
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Details: Instructed by Heidi Leavell, C.M.T., Level II is for couples who have some experience with massage.
Cost: $45
Register: 540-316-2640

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blood Drive August 13

Fauquier Health will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, August 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Sycamore rooms at Fauquier Hospital. Be registered to win two tickets to a Redskins game, a signed Redskins jersey, a Redskins hat, golf towel, an autograph or T-shirt. Plus -- get a free Red Cross football cup and flip flops, while supplies last!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sleep Apnea Screening Available

Good news for those who snore (and the ones who love them), or for folks who just don't ever seem to feel rested.

The Fauquier Health Home Medical Store, located at 129 West Lee Highway in Warrenton, is offering a free two-part sleep apnea screening program. No appointment is needed. Call the store at 540-349-1279 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday for more informaiton.

Patient-Centered Care Caught on Camera

We really know how to have fun here at Fauquier Health.

For the past couple of weeks a film crew (well ... one person with a video camera) has been seen all around the hospital filming examples of Fauquier Health's Planetree philosophy. Planetree, adopted in May of 2000, is a model of personalized care that is all-encompassing, from the design of the physical environment to the welcoming of family members as part of the health care solution.

Chris Kelleher of Medical Imaging has been capturing: a nurse explaining medical records to a patient and his care partner; a pediatric patient being comforted by a nurse; happy diners in the Bistro; a patient having an X-ray using the portable X-ray equipment in the Emergency Department; a pet therapy dog spreading cheer; and our chaplain, David Smith, leading a drumming session (it eases stress) on the Bistro patio.

The best part of the filming was spending time with Ashley Hoffman, clinical services technician, in the Outpatient Special Procedures Department. Ashley was generous enough to share her newborn twins, Aiden and Aaron, with the camera. Her OB/GYN, Dr. Lorraine Chun joined us along with a couple of nurses, and it was quite the welcoming party. Those babies were so adorable. We even got a baby yawn on tape. (See above.)

The result of all this creative activity will be a two-minute video that will be presented at the annual Planetree conference in October. The conference will be co-sponsored by Fauquier Hospital and will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. As part of the event, hospital officials from all over the country will visit Fauquier Hospital to "see how it's done."

As part of the video, 50 or so staff members participated in a specially designed line dance. For musical accompaniment, John Ferguson of the LIFE Center and Laura Payne of Dietary Services will sing a slightly altered version of "Don't Worry, Be Happy."

It has been tremendous fun drafting people for the video. Everyone has been great. Chris has proven herself to be a fine cameraperson and as director, I have reached new levels of bossiness -- and that is saying something.

When it's all done, we'll post it here on the blog, on our Facebook page (type in Fauquier Health in the search section of your Facebook page and join our page as a fan.) and on our website at http://www.fauquierhealth.org/.

Stay tuned.

Fauquier Health Plans for Hard-Hitting Flu

There already has been a lot of talk about the potential for a pandemic flu this fall. Reports of illness and deaths from the H1N1 virus surfaced in the spring and have continued during the summer months. Health experts predict that the disease could make a strong comeback in September or October.

The most current information is that vaccines may be available by October, but the news about the H1N1 virus changes daily. The symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

Fauquier Health's Emergency Management team is playing it safe – planning for the worst while hoping for the best.

Plan Ahead
• If you get the flu, stay home from work, school and social gatherings. Prepare to stay home for seven days, until you are no longer contagious. That means stay home. Don’t run to the store for milk
or to your child’s school to drop off forgotten homework.
• Plan for the possibility that essential services you depend on may be disrupted. These could include services provided by
your doctor, banks, restaurants,
government offices, telephone and
cellular phone companies and post offices.
• Schools, preschools, childcare facilities, trade schools and colleges and universities may be closed to limit the spread of flu in the community and to help
prevent children from becoming sick. Stores may have limited supplies.
• Keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks in small denominations for easy use.
• Store two weeks of nonperishable food,
and select foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation (including the
use of water) or cooking. Store two weeks
of water, one gallon of water per person
per day, in clean plastic containers.
• Insure that formulas for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning.

Stay Healthy
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or with a hand sanitizing liquid.
• Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately in the trash.
• To keep germs from spreading, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


For More Information


www.pandemicflu.gov

• The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) hotline, 1.800.CDC.INFO
(1.800.232.4636)
www.cdc.gov
email to cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Links to state departments of public
health can be found at www.cdc.gov

Calendar of Events for August

Ongoing

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; diabetes@fauquierhealth.org

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: $30
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

Saturday, August 8
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

Monday, August 10
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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
pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 11
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

Thursday, August 13
Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Details: Those donating blood this month will automatically be registered to win fun prizes, including two tickets to a Redskins game. Other prizes will be a signed Redskins football jersey, a Redskins hat, a golf towel, an autograph or T-shirt. All donors will receive a free Red Cross football cup and free Red Cross flip-flops (while supplies last).

Friday, August 14
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

Saturday, August 15
First Aid and Infant and Child CPR
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Includes infant and child CPR and basic first aid training and will prepare you to respond to children up to age 8 or up to 55 pounds. Registration is required.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, August 17
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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
pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 18
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, August 20
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

Saturday, August 22
Growing Healthy Babies
Where: Family Birthing Center
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Details: This class is for those thinking of becoming pregnant or in their first trimester. Topics include nutrition, exercise, physical discomforts, stages of baby growth, warning signs, preterm labor and emotional challenges. Presentation from obstetrician Lorraine Chun, M.D. Registration is required.
Cost: $45 per couple
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

Monday, August 24
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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
pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 25
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, August 26
Immunization—Not Just For Kids!
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Benefits of immunization for all ages, discussed by internist William Simpson, M.D.
Cost: Free
Details: Call 540-316-3588

Saturday, August 29
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Weekend class sessions – Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, 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
pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, August 31
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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
pregnancy.
Cost: $120 per couple.
Register: 540-316-3588

Volunteers Get a Health Boost Too

Lynn Lauritzen, director of Volunteer Services at Fauquier Health, was commenting to one of her volunteers, Grace Andrea, on all the time she gives to Fauquier Health. Grace’s response was, “It keeps me young! If I don’t use it, I lose it!” That inspired Lynn to share these thoughts.

There’s plenty of science to back up the idea that volunteering is a “two-fer” -- that is, while you’re helping your community, the environment or other worthy causes, you’re also helping your own physical and mental health. In one study, people with chronic pain who volunteered as peer counselors found that their pain, disability and feelings of depression all lessened.

Other research looked at more than 7,500 older U.S. residents and showed that those who were frequent volunteers had a significantly lower death rate than non-volunteers – even after adjusting for health problems. And on college campuses where students gave above-average hours to volunteer projects, students also had
a 26 percent lower risk of binge drinking.

Of course, most folks don’t get into volunteering for the health benefits. They volunteer because they care about a cause or want to improve their neighborhood or world.

But healthy rewards may be a part of why many stay dedicated to volunteerism.
“The volunteer role provides physical, cognitive and social activity that’s added on to the daily routine,” says Nancy Morrow-Howelle, PhD, a professor of social work and researcher on volunteerism at Washington University of St. Louis.

It’s been shown that volunteer work enhances well-being (defined by measurements of happiness, life satisfaction, self–esteem, sense of control over life, physical health and depression). Some research shows that investing 100 volunteer hours per year is the threshold you need to reach to experience health benefits.


It’s just one more reason to volunteer.

Nurses Earn New Certifications

Eight nurses from Fauquier Health Home Health Services passed their Rehab Certification examinations and are now credentialed as Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN). The hard-working eight are: Lisa Morgan, Geri Cantor, Rachel Payne, Gretchen LaForce, Connie Ballenger, Donna Shiflet, Lois Spoden and Mary Nally.

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center also had three nurses take the class and earn their CRRN accreditation. They are: Melissa Clark, Amy PerDieu and Emma Chauzin.

The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disabilities and chronic illness. Rehabilitation nurses are skilled at treating alterations in functional ability and lifestyle resulting from injury, disability or chronic illness.

Rehabilitation nurses provide comfort, therapy and education; promote health-conducive adjustments; support adaptive capabilities; and promote achievable independence. Rehabilitation nurses also provide holistic, comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care. This advanced education enables the RNs to have a better understanding of rehabilitation needs and to coordinate the multiple services that patients need.

The impetus to get these nurses additional certifications was an effort to support the Fauquier Health Joint Center of Excellence standards of quality.

Blood Drive August 13

On Thursday, August 13, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Sycamore rooms at Fauquier Hospital, the Red Cross Fantasy Football blood drive will give donors the chance to win a pair of Washington Redskins tickets to a game at FedEx Field, along with VIP parking.

In addition, those who donate blood at the blood drive this month will automatically be registered to win lots of fun prizes. Prizes include a signed Redskins football jersey, a Redskins hat, a golf towel, or even an autograph or T-shirt. Plus, all donors will receive a free Red Cross football cup and free Red Cross flip-flops while supplies last.

Your donation of a single pint of blood will help three people in need of blood. The need is constant. The gratification is instant.

Junior Volunteers Enjoy Life-Changing Experiences

A guest blog by Ally Law, Fauquier Health intern

Two sisters are sharing an experience this summer that is full of fun and learning. Sarah and Stephanie Rhodes have spent a few weeks working alongside 93 other volunteers in the Junior Volunteer program at Fauquier Health.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Rhodes is working with Pre-Op Testing. This is her fourth year in the program. “I have enjoyed every year,” said Sarah. “I heard about the program through school and since I want to be an anesthesiologist, I thought it would be good to see the hospital environment.” Every year Sarah has decided to venture into a different department. While they are all different, Sarah has been able to learn and take away something from each experience.

Over the past two years, the program has changed to accommodate the growing number
of applicants. The new structure allows the junior volunteers to spend quality time in one department, rather than getting an all-too-quick overview of many departments. They work four-hour shifts, Monday through Friday for three weeks, completing a total of 40 hours. At the end of the session, they submit a scrapbook page reflecting on their time at the hospital.

Thirteen-year-old Stephanie Rhodes said she wanted to be a veterinarian up until she became a volunteer. After working alongside Patient Concierge Lisa Spitzer, she is considering work in the healthcare field. “I have a lot of passion for helping people out and I enjoy working with people,” Stephanie said.

Within her first week of volunteering, Stephanie was given the opportunity to sit down and talk with a couple of the patients. One woman was in the hospital because of a horseback riding incident. Stephanie, who is an avid rider, was able to connect with the woman through their common experiences.

The Junior Volunteer program has been attracting siblings for years. Leslie Jones, a 16-yearold who is volunteering in the Outpatient Special Procedures, follows in the footsteps of her older brother and sister. Leslie’s sister was once a Junior Volunteer at Fauquier Health and now works as an RN in the Family Birthing Center. “This department is like my family,” Leslie said about OPSP. “I like spending my time here and helping people. I have been able to make a lot of new friends in the program.”

A few of the Junior Volunteers have been participating in the program for years, but for many this is a first-time experience. All of the volunteers seem to agree on one point: these few weeks are fun and they want to come back again next summer.

Relay for Life Team Raises $3,500 for Cancer Research


Guest blog by Ally Law,Fauquier Health intern

For the last couple of decades, the
American Cancer Society has sponsored a community event called Relay for Life. This year it took place on the football field at Fauquier High School. The fundraiser is an all-night event where teams camp out and take turns walking around the track throughout the night. Everyone is there for the same reason: to raise money for cancer research in hopes of one day finding a cure.

Lois Sutphin and Chrissy Patterson, RNs in the Infusion Center, spearheaded a team for
Fauquier Hospital. The co-captains were able to gather 17 members from the Infusion Center, Outpatient Services, Preadmission Testing and Scheduling. In preparation for the big night, held this year on May 30, the team raised $3,500 by holding lunches every week in the Infusion Center, raffling off gift baskets and collecting donations.

Opening the event were the Survivor’s Walk – always a moving experience – and the Lighting of the Luminaries, in honor of those who have cancer and those who have lost the battle. After the opening ceremony, doves were released. The snow-white birds flew gracefully around the field once before heading home.

New to the event, Jane Weatherford, an RN in Fauquier Hospital’s Infusion Center, was asked to release one of the doves. She said,“It was so emotional, seeing the dove fly off. The whole thing surpassed my expectations. The event was so family friendly, expressing positive attitudes. I really appreciate the creativity of those who participated.”

Throughout the evening the hospital had a booth set up providing cancer education. Visitors to the booth were able to gather information about different screenings and when they should be done, prevention and early detection.

Among the many games and contests that were held over the course of the night, Fauquier Hospital won “best song,” which was written by Kris Lewis from Outpatient Services. She titled the song, “Purple Army Fight Song.” Kris said, “I am a cancer survivor and a nurse so I just went with it. Also, I work with a wonderful group of friends, so one of the verses was ‘we fight cancer with our friends.’ I am very blessed to be where I am and have a wonderful support group,” said Kris.

Chrissy said, “I am told I say this word too much, but the way I would describe the whole event is ‘awesome.’ Everyone was there for the same reason, it was definitely worth the work.”

The teams that gathered for Relay for Life raised more than $250,000. “It’s all about trying to find a cure for cancer,” said Lois. “We have seen huge strides.”
Lois and Chrissy plan to take an active role in the event again next year and encourage fellow hospital staff members to join in to support the cause.