Tuesday, April 27, 2010

May Calendar of Events for Fauquier Health

Monthly Calendar of Events
May 2010

Monday, May 3
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; May 3, 10,17, 24
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, May 4
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Saturday, May 8
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

MS Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Register: 800-344-4867

Tuesday, May 11
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut room
When: 6 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Wednesday, May 12
Managing Your Cardiac Arrhythmia: Is There A Cure?
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Lecture with Chirag Sandesara, M.D..
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, May 13
Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Details: Gina Moore, M. D. will speak on Women’s Sexual Health with Diabetes
Register: 540-316-2652

Saturday, May 15
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hosptial Family Birthing Center
When: Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, May 18
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Wednesday, May 19
Financial Planning for Parents of Special Needs Children
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 7 p.m.
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, May 20
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Joint Replacement
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 6 p.m.
Details: Lecture with Blue Ridge Orthoepaedic & Spine Center physicians
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, May 22
Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, May 24
Massage for Couples level II
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
Register: 540-316-2640

New LIFE Center Classes for Young Teens

Starting the week of May 3, the Fauquier Health LIFE Center will be offering a new exercise class for young teens (aged 9 to 15). It's called Gotta Move It!

There will be two classes a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Class Features:

• Group exercise format including but not limited to: Zumba®, yoga, Pilates, body sculpt, circuit training

• Registered dietician will present nutrition information or handouts regularly for the class

• No sign up necessary, parents/guardians must fill out health history and informed consent prior to first session. Participants can start any time as the class is ongoing.

• Classes are included in a LIFE Center membership (membership available to those 13 years and older). For non-members and those aged 9-12, a punch card may be purchased: 10 classes for $65.

Earth Day at Fauquier Hospital

Fauquier Health joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Earth Day last Thursday, April 22.
• Employees submitted their ideas on how to recycle, reuse and reduce trash and were included in a special Earth Day video that was shown throughout the day in the Bistro on the Hill.

• Employees submitted entries for a Recycled
Accessory Contest. (Community Outreach employee Barbara Crierie won the contest with a homemade blanket, at right.)

• Employees and members of the public “recycled” their blood by donating at the American Red Cross Blood Drive.
• Almost 50 people participated in the Unwanted Medications and Sharps Drop-off Day on April 24.

• Staff members picked up trash around the Fauquier Hospital campus in their spare time.

• Visitors to the Bistro learned about environmentally sound practices at
education tables set up in the Bistro and took Earth Day quizzes.

Fauquier Health Foundation Staffer Indulges Her Inner Child

Gainesville Super Target delivered -- literally. Recently the store’s executive team leader,Joanna Paeno, dropped off 15 shopping bags full of donated toys for Fauquier Health's VIPeds (Very Important Pediatrics) program.

Here, Kirsten Dueck of the Fauquier Health Foundation poses with some of her new friends before they are delivered to children in the hospital.

Special thanks to Joanna and the team at Super Target in Gainesville for their genorosity.

Easter Bunny Visits Residents at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

By now a holiday tradition, the Easter Bunny (Linda Strope) visited the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center April 2 to deliver Easter gifts to residents
and patients.

The popular rabbit also visited patients in the hospital and took a spin around campus in Danielle Wojtasik’s Mustang. The Easter program is coordinated by the
Medical Imaging Department.

Fauquier Health LIFE Center Hosts Women's Heath Lectures

Fauquier Health LIFE Center is pleased to offer the second in a series of free health discussions focused on pelvic floor dysfunction to help women cope with chronic pain.

The guest speaker, Dr. Gina Moore OB/GYN, will be discussing diagnosis and treatment of painful gynecological conditions and symptoms that contribute to pelvic, abdominal and low back pain. Also, LeAnn McCusker, a trained exercise physiologist, will provide information on an individualized exercise/
stretching program that can help reduce pain.

Sessions will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10 and 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, at the LIFE Center, 419 Holiday Court (Suite 200) in Warrenton.

If you need any further information or have any questions, please contact Marilyn Caine at 540-349-
9325 or mcainepfd@aol.com.

Fauquier Health Cyclist Thanks Supporters

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you so much for your support for my Tour de Cure campaign. There are not words to express how much I appreciate all of your support, donations and words of encouragement. Besides being a giant personal feat, it was a major success in the fight against diabetes. From my understanding there were over 900 riders there, and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to support research to find a cure -- from this ride alone.

It's very touching to see the Type I and Type II folks riding in their red jerseys, and even more touching to see the teams riding for children or loved ones. There were dozens of motorcycles patrolling the routes and hundreds of volunteers keeping us safe, well hydrated, well fed and happy. There was one church in particular who enlisted all of their ladies to scream for the riders. They were at every rest stop, some intersections, sometimes just on the side of the road, and often times riding up and down the route screaming words of encouragement as if we were winning the Tour de France. God bless them....I hope they weren't in the choir because they will be hoarse for a few days.

Because of your donations, I was among the proud few individuals who wore the green jersey for raising over $500 for diabetes research. After about 90 miles when I really (really, really, really) wanted to quit riding and lay down somewhere, I took comfort in knowing that I was riding for about $8 per mile. That is amazing, and it truly kept me going when things were tough. The total course turned out to be 101 miles....there wasn't much comfort in that last mile, I think I cried for most of that one.

For those of you who are number people, here are some stats:

Total Distance: 101 miles

Moving Time: 5 hours 22 minutes

Average speed (moving): 18.7 mph

Max Speed: 27.4 mph

Average Cadence: 79 rpm

Total rest stops: 5 (there were 7, I skipped 2 and regret it)

Gatorade: 60 oz

Clif Bars: 2 (chocolate almond fudge)

Bananas: 3

Orange: 1 wedge

Water: 40 oz

Duplex Creme Cookies: 4

Motrin: 4

Rain Showers: 1

Loose dogs on the route: 1

Thank you again!!!!


Give a Massage for Mother's Day

Does your mom have all the cologne and scarves she needs? As Mother’s Day approaches on May 9, loving sons and daughter may consider a massage gift certificate from the Fauquier Health LIFE Center for Mother’s Day!

Prices are as follows:

1/2-hour massage: $35

1-hour massage: $68

90-minute massage: $99

15-minute chair massage: $20

Hot stone massages are also available, and massage packages can be purchased as well.

Call 540-316-2640 to arrange for a gift certificate or to make an appointment with a certified massage therapist.

Fundraiser Will Benefit Cancer Patients

The Fauquier Health Foundation will host its annual Outback Steakhouse fundraising luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.

The lunch buffet, at $25 per person, includes boneless chicken breast, sirloin steak, french fries, Caesar salad, rolls, cookies and a beverage.

All proceeds for the event will benefit Fauquier Health’s Medical Oncology programs and Infusion Center.

Contact Kay McClure at 540-316-2612 or mcclurek@fauquierhealth.org for more information.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Carla Adams: In the Right Place at the Right Time

A couple of days ago at a Fauquier High baseball game, Carla Adams, senior director of patient care at Fauquier Health, got a hug from a retired D.C. firefighter she had met only a week before. The hug was a thank you for saving his life.

On March 19, during an earlier game at the high school, a man suddenly collapsed in the bleachers. Carla got to him quickly and found he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. She looked up and saw a young man -- the Fauquier High School athletic trainer -- already in position to start CPR. They worked together and Joan Bunn, a middle school nurse, stepped in to help with compressions, too.

Carla said, “I wondered aloud if there was an AED (automated external defibrillator) nearby and within two minutes, it appeared. I remember looking around and seeing all that metal on the bleachers. I yelled, ‘Clear the bleachers! Now!’ and everybody ran off the bleachers.” (Carla worried that anyone remaining on the bleachers might get an electrical shock from the AED.)

The AED shocked the man’s heart into action and Carla found a thready pulse. That pulse grew stronger as the rescuers continued CPR. Then the rescue squad arrived and the patient -- breathing on his own -- was helped onto a stretcher by some of the men in the crowd.

“The AED really made the difference,” said Carla.

Brian, the FHS athletic trainer on the scene, told Carla that the school’s athletic Booster Club bought the AED, and he carried it with him to whichever field he was working on.

Carla had lots of praise for everyone: “Brian was wonderful, his compressions were perfect; the nurse who helped was right there when we needed her; and everyone at the field cooperated beautifully.”
Although the patient and his family might disagree, Carla takes no special credit for her part in the drama.

She said, “Any healthcare worker would have done the same.”

Fauquier Hospital: Treating Patients Right

While at an American Hospital Association conference recently, a fellow member of the Regional Policy Board sought out Rodger Baker, CEO and president of Fauquier Health, to give him some welcome positive feedback.

Rodger remembered, “He was the deputy director of operations for all of the VA hospitals in the country. He came up to me and asked me if I was from Warrenton.

“I said I was and he said, ‘Boy, you guys really get it down there.’

“He lives in Gainesville and said that he and his wife have been in our Emergency Department and that his wife had surgery here. He was very happy with the way they were treated.

“He added that his parents lived in Tidewater and went to a big hospital with a good reputation. He said, ‘They could learn a thing or two from you.’ ”

Mary Groves Gives Patients a Taste of Kindness

Melissa Finley, of the Patient Accounts Department at Fauquier Hospital, tells the story of a dear friend’s mother who was in and out of Fauquier Hospital during the last months of her life. A Hospice patient, she was battling pancreatic cancer and her appetite was poor.

“Mary Groves, in Food Services, made a real difference in this woman’s last days. Mary would do little special things so that she would have her food just the way she liked it. She put just a little milk in her tomato soup, or some maple syrup in her oatmeal.

“More than this, Mary was so tender and kind to my friend’s mom. She would come in and sit down by the bedside, eye to eye, and talk to her, listen to her. Even when my friend was back at home, she would talk about Mary’s kindness to her; when she had to be readmitted, she immediately wanted to know where Mary was.”

Melissa said she met Mary in the hall recently and they spoke for a moment or two of their friend’s passing. “Mary teared up a little,” said Melissa.

Mary said she used to wonder what she was put on this earth to do. “Then I realized, I could help people.”

Volunteer Treated Like "Queen of England"

Edythe Burton, 83, has been a Fauquier Hospital volunteer for 47 years. She says that people come in to the Gift Shop where she works to tell her how nice everyone is at the hospital, and how people go out of their way to help.

A couple of weeks ago, Edythe had the chance to see for herself. One Thursday afternoon, she and her Gift Shop partner had just closed up the shop. As they were preparing to leave, Edythe told her friend she felt sick. She sat down and promptly fainted. When she came to, an Emergency Department supervisor, two nurses and a security guard were on their way to escort her to the ED.
“They treated me like Queen Elizabeth. They put me on the fast track and kept checking on me. Even the security guard kept checking on me.”

She joked, “I think one of the nurses must have told him I stole something.”
After she was transferred to the second floor, Edythe said, “One of the women looking after me gave me a sponge bath and did my hair for me. She teased it so it wouldn’t look so flat.” Edythe enthused, “I was never treated so well in all my life.

“I told the nurses that with all this attention, I might not want to leave.”
But after about 24 hours, Edythe was discharged with a diagnosis of anemia, and a week later she was back in the Gift Shop -- can’t keep a good woman down.