Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fauquier Health's First Television Commercials

We at Fauquier Health are pretty excited about our very first television commercials.

They are a hoot!

There are two -- you can click on them here to take a look or check them out on local cable channels. Look for them on CNN, Fox News, the Food Network and TLC.


Family Birthing Center commercial


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Fauquier Health commercial

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fauquier Health's H1N1 Summit Held September 17

The Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance has been working since early summer on plans to mitigate the effects of the H1N1 pandemic flu, which the state has recently classified as "widespread." In one initiative, the Alliance gave its 12 member hospitals the opportunity to sponsor a community education event about H1N1. Fauquier Health jumped at the chance to organize an evening and became the first health system to stage an event.
Fauquier Health teamed up with the Virginia Department of Health to offer the community an H1N1 Summit for Caregivers. More than 100 physicians, nursing home leaders, government officials and hospital staff attended the three-hour forum, held on September 17 at Fauquier Springs Country Club.
It was a good night. I have been immersed in H1N1 education for months, and I learned a lot. Presentations combined the technical with the common sense. The latest research was shared, and lines of communication were established. The audience was very engaged, eager for good information and for strategies for coping with the pandemic.

Rodger Baker, Fauquier Health’s president and CEO started off the evening with a few words of welcome. He was followed by Dr. Mark Levine (at right), the Virginia Department of Health’s deputy commissioner of Emergency Preparedness and Response, who gave an illuminating overview of the H1N1 pandemic in the commonwealth.

Fauquier Health’s vice president of Support Services, Tracy Turman, shared details on how Fauquier Health is preparing to cope with a possible surge in flu patients during the coming months.

Dr. Joseph Servideo, head of the Emergency Department, talked about the potential effect of the pandemic on ED services. Dr. Tam Ly, infectious disease physician with Fauquier Health
Physician Services, touched on prevention and treatment of the H1N1 flu.

Dorothy Seibert, Fauquier Health’s specialist in infection control, offered advice to everyone on keeping patients and employees healthy.

A lively question and answer period concluded the evening, with Dr. Dana Bradshaw of the Fauquier office of the Health Department joining the other speakers. Physicians and physician office staff inquired about everything from infection control to legal liability for the vaccines they would be giving.
There are those who claim that the H1H1 flu has generated a lot of hype. They ask "What's the big deal?"
It's true that symptoms of the illness are proving to be relatively mild in most cases. But H1N1 is very contagious, as we've seen on college campuses all over the country. If the strain were to become more virulent than it is now, I think we might see more clearly that the concern over H1N1 has been justified.
We'll all hoping the H1N1 virus will remain relatively mild, but in any case, it's best to be prepared.

Asthma Camp for Kids and Parents

Even though asthma cannot be cured, it can almost always be managed. The better children and their parents understand asthma and its treatment, the better they will be able to control it.

During a free half-day event on Saturday, October 17, parents will have an opportunity to hear educational seminars from physicians and respiratory therapists who are experts in pediatric asthma treatment. Children ages 7 to 11 years old will play games to learn how their lungs work; what triggers an asthma episode; how to use medication safely; and how to use a peak flow meter.

Educational seminars for parents will be presented by Dr. Michael Amster of Warrenton Pediatrics; Dr. Suzanne Hayes of Piedmont Pediatrics; and Dr. Margaret Jeffries of Child Health Associates. Equipment demonstrations will be provided by the Fauquier Health Home Medical Store.

After completing the educational activities, children are invited to enjoy some fun at the Green Zone Carnival.

Asthma Camp will take place in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore rooms from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required; call 540-316-3588.

Calendar of Events for October

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

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 diabetes@fauquierhealth.org for more information.

Saturday, October 3
Diabetes Product Fair
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 1 to 4 p.m.
Details: Event will offer information on diabetes-related products, including meters, insulin edications,
pumps, mail-order pharmacies and educational materials. Speak with a diabetes educator at an
“Ask the Educator” booth.
Cost: Free
More info: Call 540-316-2652 or e-mail diabetes@fauquierhealth.org

Tuesday, October 6

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, October 8
My Child Has Just Been Diagnosed with Asthma — Now What?
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Dr. Jyothi Gadde, asthma and allergy specialist, and Dr. Maria Juanpere, pediatrician, will explain the asthma facts parents need to know, including what causes asthma, asthma treatment and lifestyle changes.
Registration required.
Register: 540-316-3588


Saturday, October 10
First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR; and AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut 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, October 12
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Four-session class – Mondays, October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 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, October 13
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14
Blood Pressure Screening
Where: Fauquier Hospital lobby
When: noon to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 15
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 Michael Amster, M.D., board certified in pediatrics.
Cost: $20 per person.
Register: 540-316-3588


Medicare and Medicaid Benefits Counseling
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Chestnut room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Details: Receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits counseling from Virginia Insurance Counseling and
Assistance program counselors. They will help explain Medicare for individuals older than 65; disabled beneficiaries under 65; Medicare Parts A, B and D; and Medicaid Savings programs. Registration
required.
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, October 17
Asthma Camp: Tools for Asthma Management
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Details: During this free half-day event, parents will have an opportunity to hear educational seminars from
physicians and respiratory therapists who are experts in pediatric asthma treatment. Children ages 7 to 11
years old will play games to learn how their lungs work; what triggers an asthma episode; how to use
medication safely; and how to use a peak flow meter. After completing the educational activities, children
are invited to enjoy some FUN at the Green Zone
Carnival. Registration required.
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, October 20
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

Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: Obstetrical nurse lactation consultants will teach about breastfeeding benefits
and techniques.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, October 21
Heart Health
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore rooms
When: 7:00 p.m.
Details: Cardiologist Ara Maranian, M.D., will speak on “Coronary and Peripheral Arterial Disease: Who is
at Risk?”
Cost: Free
Details: Call 540-316-3588

AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore rooms
When: Wednesday and Friday, October 21 and 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Taught by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), this is a
refresher for motorists age 50 and older. Participants must attend both days.
Cost: $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.
Registration: 540-316-3588.

Saturday, October 24
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 – Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, 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

Fauquier Health Employee Picnic a Success


Fauquier Health’s annual Employee Picnic was a huge success, featuring a “green” employee gift, the debut of a Fauquier Health video and a dunking booth starring the Senior Management Team.

New FitFirst Program Aims at Improving Surgical Outcomes

As mounting evidence shows a clear connection between fitness and surgical outcomes, the Fauquier Health LIFE Center announces a new fitness and nutrition program tailored for patients facing elective surgery.

FitFirst is designed as a 12-week program, but patients without that much time before surgery still can benefit. The program begins with an assessment by an exercise physiologist and a consultation with a physical therapist to FitFirst: Fauquier Health’s New Preoperative Fitness Program ensures a program tailored for each individual’s needs and abilities. If appropriate, physical therapy may be recommended for some patients instead.

FitFirst is free for LIFE Center members. Non-members pay $15 a week, which covers three visits to the gym or to the warm-water therapy pool. There are no contracts to sign.

Sign Up for FitFirst Today!
Whether you want tocome for one week or 12, call 540-316-2640 for complete FitFirst
program information.

Cardiologist to Speak on Healthy Lifestyles

Dr. Christopher Leet, cardiologist, will speak on “60 is the New 40: How Lifestyle Keeps Us Young,” on September 30. The health lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 West Washington Street in Middleburg.

The session is sponsored by Fauquier Health and is free to the public. Registration is requested and may be arranged by calling 540-316-3588.

Come learn about lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart attack and stroke.

New Rheumatology Doctor Brings Needed Services to Area

Everyone complains about their aches and pains, but some people have it worse than others. Rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, are often chronic and can have far-ranging effects on a person’s ability to participate in daily activities. And because rheumatic diseases are often difficult to treat, the emotional impact can take a toll on a patient’s work, marital, family or social life. To make matters worse, finding a specialist to treat a chronic rheumatic condition can be a real challenge, and can result in agonizingly long wait times and lengthy commutes.

Meeting our community’s needs
Fauquier Health recently conducted research to identify the medical needs of the local community, and the results revealed an immediate need for rheumatology services. To address this need, the health system added rheumatologist Nandini Chhitwal, M.D., to its physician staff.

“There is such a tremendous need for a rheumatologist in the Warrenton area is because the field is still an emerging specialty, and therefore, there aren’t very many of us to begin with,” explains Dr. Chhitwal. “And even though there are a number of rheumatologists up in the Northern Virginia area, once you travel outside of that area, the number drops dramatically. For patients who are not feeling well, it’s a major inconvenience to have to drive 40 minutes or more each way in heavy traffic to see a physician.”

Treating a wide range of problems
Rheumatologists diagnose and treat painful disorders that affect the joints, muscles, connective tissue and soft tissue around the joints and bones. Arthritis is the most common of these disorders, and Dr. Chhitwal treats everything from the regular mechanical (wear-and-tear) type of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, to the more inflammatory types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

“I also deal with the whole spectrum of autoimmune diseases, including lupus, scleroderma and sjogren’s, as well as the rarer types of immune disorders, such as vasculitis. And I treat a variety of disease processes, including musculoskeleteal diseases and pain disorders, such as myofacial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and vitamin D deficiency.”

The perfect fit
Across the country, rheumatologists are in great demand and have many choices when deciding where to set up practice. Dr. Chhitwal chose Fauquier for several reasons: she grew up nearby, her entire family lives in the area, and she was impressed by the beauty and charm of our quiet community. But most importantly, she liked the health system.

“The main reason I chose this area is because it felt like the right fit. Everyone here is amazing, and the staff shows a great amount of compassion and respect. That’s very important to me because it fosters the perfect type of working environment. And I like that the health system’s patient care philosophy meshes so well with my own.”

Dr. Chhitwal’s patient care philosophy
Fauquier Health’s Planetree patient-centered philosophy demands that patients’ needs always come first. Dr. Chhitwal agrees. She also believes communication is the most important part of the doctor-patient relationship.

“For me, listening to the patients and hearing what they have to say is the top priority. Some patients don’t completely understand why they were referred to me, so I always try to make sure they understand those reasons right up front. And once I figure out what my patients are looking for, I can determine what is in their best interests as far as their medical issues are concerned.”


About Nandini Chhitwal, MD
Dr. Chhitwal is a board-certified physician. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed her internal medicine internship and residency program at Emory University, and completed a rheumatology fellowship at Emory University.

Prior to joining Fauquier Health, Dr. Chhitwal treated patients at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Georgia. She has volunteered her services for Hurricane Katrina victims and orphaned Honduran children.

Fauquier Health Physician Services
550 Hospital Drive
Warrenton, Va. 20186
Phone: 540-316-5940
Rheumatology services include the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and pain disorders for adult patients.