Monday, August 30, 2010

Remembering Dennie Sutherland

This is a piece written by Wendy Greenwood, RN, who works in Fauquier Hospital's Surgical Services Department. Wendy wrote this column when she learned of the death of Dennie Sutherland, a much-loved resident and Warrenton Town Council member-- and the husband of a fellow Fauquier Hospital employee.

Recently I came to the realization that I share a connection with someone right here in Fauquier Hospital -- to Anita Sutherland, through her sweet husband Dennie. Unfortunately, it took his passing to bring that connection into clarity for me. You see, I did not know that Dennie was Anita’s husband. I guess it never came up in conversation.

Dennie Sutherland had a great impact on my life here in Warrenton. In fact, I live with a part of him every day of my life. Our relationship started over the color green. Let me explain. As a military wife we moved every two to three years. Until I moved to Virginia we rented or purchased a home with the intent of selling quickly, so we NEVER painted color on walls….only white.

Fast forward to my move to Fauquier County. Home purchased, Check. Going to paint walls any color but white, Check. Going to pull out pictures I’ve been saving for years of rooms and color schemes and use them in my new home, Check. Going to The Paint Shop in Warrenton to purchase paint, Check. Standing in front of paint color sample section with a magazine picture in hand and looking like a deer caught in head lights, Check.

Yes, that was me ... anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m science-minded and not very artistic. So who knew that “green” came in so many variations? I needed a flow chart, an algorithm ... something! I needed green! Not just any green but the green in my picture. Enter Mr. Dennie into my story.

We called him Mr. Dennie because that is what my son Alex (3 at the time) dubbed him immediately upon introduction. That just stuck, even after he left The Paint Shop.
Back to my sad, pitiful self staring like a lost soul at the green section of the paint store. Mr. Dennie, in his soft spoken way, asked if I needed help. I’m sure he was really thinking more along the “psychological type” since I’m sure I looked like I was about to have a nervous breakdown over ... paint colors! After much explanation and showing him my catalog of saved pictures, he diagnosed me. “You are color phobic.”

It took about trips trips to The Paint Shop and multiple “consultations” to finally come up with the color: Great Barrington Green. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure. I had actually picked out a darker color. Mr. Dennie disagreed. He said perhaps I should consider a slightly lighter color with a different undertone considering the fabric selections in my formal dining room. What? Undertones….I have to consider undertones, really? I wanted to cry. I just wanted two gallons of green paint!!

After the final selection, mixing the color and the purchasing of brushes, tape and assorted other “tools,” Mr. Dennie sent me home to paint. But before I left, he pulled me aside and said something to me I will NEVER forget. (It’s a life lesson, so stick with me here.) “When you start this project, prep everything first. It will take a lot of time, but it will make the whole project easier. Then when you start painting, don’t stop and look at the project, just keep going until you’ve finished the first wall. Next, don’t freak out at the color after the first coat, it will require at least two coats for full coverage. So, don’t think about it girl….just keep going.”

Well, true to his advice the prep work made the project easier, the first coat of paint looked atrocious, and he was correct that I was internally “panicking” over the color and the spottiness of the wall. But he was right about many other things too…..The color Great Barrington Green, while very dark, looks fantastic at night when lit up with a chandelier and candlight. It is a color that invites you to come in and be cocooned into its warmth. At night, it also seems strangely comforting and peaceful, making you want to linger over another glass of wine, port or dessert. It’s a “homey and hospitable color.”

Since that time, Mr. Dennie helped me pick out about 10 different paint colors and taught me the basics of “glazing” for a wall project in my living room. He helped me pick out the colors on my garden fencing and my barn color. He even helped me research an old Benjamin Moore paint color that used to be “1038;” a favorite color of our dear friends and our former Marine Commander. (In case you are wondering it’s now called “Everlasting” and it shows off art work and collectibles fantastically.)

So, it is true. Mr. Dennie colored my world, literally. He took me past my color phobia and helped me make decisions about the colors and moods that dominate my home. I see those walls every day. I think of him now more than ever. Now, when I look at those walls, I think of how he touched my family’s life. But really, I think the lesson he shared with me that first day of painting was even more profound.

• Do your prep work up front to make your project easier.
• Don’t stop and second guess your choice.
• Just keep on going, girl.

And finally, although not explicitly stated. Don’t let your fear stop your progress and if you can do these things, you may just end up with something beautiful.

So, thank you Mr. Dennie, and thank you Anita for unknowingly sharing a part of your kind husband with me and my family.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fauquier Health Voted Best Place to Work

For the fourth year in a row, Fauquier Health has been voted the Best Place to Work in Warrenton Lifestyle magazine's 2010 Best of Warrenton competition.

Categories in the contest cover every aspect of life in Warrenton, from best hardware store to best chiropractor. Other businesses mentioned in the best place to work category were Fauquier Bank and the Fauquier County School System.

I'm not surprised that Fauquier Health earned top honors -- again. Employees of Fauquier Health are treated with respect and consideration and are given the tools they need to do their important work. I see it every day at every level. Staffers are encouraged to do the best job possible -- keeping in mind always that our patients are our main priority. They are recognized and rewarded for those efforts, and are viewed as important contributors to our commnity.

It's a great place to work!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

September Calendar of Events at Fauquier Health

Tuesday, September 7
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 9
Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Details: Sleep Apnea discussion, presented by a Fauquier Health respiratory therapist.
Register: 540-316-2652

Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 10:30 a.m. to noon
Register: 540-878-2136

Saturday, September 11
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, September 14
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: noon
Cost: $30
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, September 16
Joint Replacement Lecture
Where: Sycamore room
When: 6 p.m.
Details: With physicians from Blue Ridge Orthoepaedic & Spine Center
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, September 18
First Aid/Infant & Child CPR
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 23
AARP Driver Safety Program for Motorists Ages 50 and Older
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore rooms
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $12 AARP members and $14 nonmembers
Details: Participants must attend both days
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, September 21
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, September 23
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, September 25
Family Wellness Fair
Where: Fauquier County Fairgrounds
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Monday, September 27
Massage for Couples level I
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
Register: 540-316-2640

Wednesday, September 29
Coping with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 7 p.m.
Details: With hematologist/oncologist Syed Salman Ali, M.D.
Register: 540-316-3588

New Driver Car Control Clinic Set for September 23

Fauquier Health will once again sponsor a Car Control Clinic for new drivers. A classroom session will be held in the Sycamore rooms at Fauquier Hospital on Thursday, September 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will also get to choose a behind-the-wheel session, offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 and on Sunday, September 26. Behind-the-wheel classes will be held in the lower parking lot of the Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton campus.

The purpose of the clinic is to expose young drivers to emergency situations and give them the opportunity to learn and perform the correct response to each crisis. Each teen attends with a parent, so the parent can learn the techniques and reinforce the messages that are taught. Records show that attendees to the New Driver Control Clinic have 77 percent fewer crashes than their peers.

Having taken this course with my then-17-year-old son, I can say truthfully that it's a lifesaver. A week or two after we received our certificates for completing the class, he was driving home late at night, in the pouring rain. As he came around a corner, he saw in the shadows a large truck tire smack in the middle his lane on the tiny two-lane country road. Because he had manuvered his car around obstacles -- on wet pavement -- during the class, he was able to handle the potential emergency easily. I have heard other parents tell similar stories. It's worth your time. You can bet when it's time for my 13-year-old daughter to climb behind the wheel, we'll be signing up for the class again.

Teen participants must have a Learner’s Permit or a Driver’s License. The cost for each parent/teen pair is $179.

Those interested in attending may visit or call 800-862-3277 to register.

Fauquier Health Hosts Lectures on Joint Replacement and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

As part of an ongoing physician seminar series, Fauquier Hospital will present two lectures in September; one on joint replacement on September 16 at 6 p.m., and another on Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on September 29 at 7 p.m. Both classes will be held in the Sycamore rooms at the hospital.

The lecture on joint replacement will be given by one of the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic group surgeons. This lecture will be particularly interesting to those considering a knee or hip replacement. The discussion will cover the entire process — from the initial physician’s consultation through postsurgical rehabilitation. Participants will also learn about nonsurgical alternatives and treatment options for arthritis.

The lecture about coping with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma will be given by oncologist Syed Salman Ali, M.D. Dr. Ali is new to Fauquier Hospital. His practice, Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, is located in the hospital and is the only one of its kind in Fauquier County.

These lectures are part of a year-round series of physician lectures that Fauquier Health offers to the public free of charge. Fauquier Health is committed to educating the public about issues that are important to their health. Other lecture topics include childbirth, breast cancer, chronic pain, etc.

For more information about these lectures, call 540-316-3588 or log on to

Fauquier Health Welcomes New Hematologist/Oncologist

Dr. Syed Salman Ali, hematologist and medical oncologist, has joined Fauquier Health. His practice, Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology will be the only practice in that specialty in the county. Bringing this practice to Warrenton has been a priority for Fauquier Health, said CEO and president Rodger Baker. “We believe that Dr. Ali will be a great complement to the patient-centered experience that we have been able to create at Fauquier Hospital as well as The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas,” Baker says. Dr. Ali will work closely with radiation oncologist Sanjeev Aggerwal, M.D., of the Cancer Center at Lake Manassas when radiation therapy is necessary. The Cancer Center in Gainesville is a partnership between Fauquier Health and Prince William Hospital.

Dr. Ali recalls that he chose to specialize in cancer care because of the special bond he is able to develop with his patients. “The relationships that develop when you are helping someone through cancer treatments are unique,” Dr. Ali says. “I think it’s important to treat the whole person. To me that means considering the needs of patients and their families, the social impact of a cancer diagnosis and the potential financial issues that arise during treatment. Prescribing a treatment plan is the easy part. But a good cancer care provider does his or her best to treat the whole patient.”

As a further commitment to bringing cancer care close to home, Fauquier Hospital is expanding its Infusion Center, where hormonal therapy and chemotherapy are given.

“I love it here at Fauquier Hospital,” says Dr. Ali. “It undoubtedly provides a very nurturing environment for all my patients. The system-wide dedication to patient-centered care is well exemplified here. It takes a special model of care to work with cancer patients and their families. Clearly, Fauquier Hospital has the right people for this job.”

Dr. Ali stresses, “I believe in supportive care, a minimization of side effects from chemotherapy, and prevention of complications such as infections. Quality of life must be an integral part of any treatment considerations.”

Fauquier Health Hematology and Oncology is located on the first floor of Fauquier Hospital near the
front lobby. Dr. Ali can be reached at 540-316-4360.

Ivy League-Trained Physician Joins Cancer Center at Lake Manassas

The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas has announced that Moira Sutton, M.D., radiation oncologist, has joined the staff at the center, with privileges at both Fauquier Hospital and Prince William Hospital. Dr. Sutton holds degrees from Duke University, Goucher College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was chief resident in the department of radiation oncology at Columbia University and comes to the center from Trident Cancer Center in Charleston, S.C. She is a specialist in radiation oncology and has experience treating multiple types of cancer.

Dr. Sutton first became interested in oncology as a teenager when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said, “During my mother’s battle with the disease, I was impressed by her oncologists’ skill and dedication,” she said. “I am excited to join the team at The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas and looking forward to being part of a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive and individualized cancer care for patients.”

Sanjeev Aggarwal, M.D., medical director of The Cancer Center, said, “A top-notch staff is key to providing the best possible care, and I am pleased to introduce Dr. Sutton as a member of our team. Dr. Sutton’s education, medical expertise and approach to patient care make her an invaluable asset for our center.”

In recent months, The Cancer Center has made several additions to its staff, including a patient navigator and additional nurses and radiation therapists. The center has also been adding treatment and support services such as patient navigation, support groups, RapidArc™ (a faster, more precise form of radiation therapy), PET/CT imaging for more precise treatment planning, and brachytherapy (seed implants) for prostate cancer patients. The center is also gearing up to become a certified breast center later in 2010.

“Since opening in 2007, we have pioneered the use of innovative technologies and focused on providing high-quality, compassionate care for cancer patients in this community. Expanding our team to include Dr. Sutton allows us to treat even more cancer patients and continue to provide excellent care utilizing the latest technologies,” added Dr. Aggarwal.

About The Cancer Center
The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas opened in February 2007, through the cooperative efforts of Fauquier Hospital and Prince William Hospital. The 20,000-square-foot facility is centrally located near U.S. 29 and I-66 to offer patients in Fauquier, Prince William and surrounding counties radiation therapy and oncology services close to home under the care of physicians they know and trust. In 2010 the center received full accreditation as a radiation oncology facility from The American College of Radiology.

The Cancer Center houses some of the leading radiation technologies, including a Varian linear accelerator radiation therapy treatment machine with IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) and IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy) innovations. The Cancer Center is proud to be the first facility in Northern Virginia to use RapidArc™ radiation therapy from Varian Medical Systems, a form of IMRT that provides faster, more precise treatments that are more comfortable for patients and minimize side effects. The Cancer Center has also been a leader in the development and planning of other services, including PET/CT imaging and brachytherapy.