Monday, November 29, 2010

Fauquier Hospital will welcome the holiday season with its annual Lights for Life celebration on December 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Folks bought lights for the trees on Hospital Hill in honor of their loved ones, and the proceeds go to the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Sale at Fauquier Hospital November 29 and 30

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary will host a book sale on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30 in the hospital's Sycamore Room. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Give a book to someone for the holidays. No batteries required!

Fauquier Health in Pictures

In an effort to amuse myself and keep from missing my (college-bound) children too much, a few months ago I made a commitment to improving my photography skills. After all, as PR specialist here at Fauquier Hospital, it's part of my job to provide great photos to go along with my stories.
I've taken hundreds of photographs since then, read a dozen books on composition and lighting, and listened to many hours of podcasts while driving. I even took a couple of classes at McClanahan's Camera here in Warrenton and one in Photoshop at Germanna Community College. It's all been tremendously fun and educational.

I understand what aperture is and have a rudimentary understanding of exposure. (It's more complicated than you'd think!) I know where the white balance and metering buttons are on the camera, but the intricacies are still pretty much a mystery.

Then just when I was feeling pretty full of myself, I got to spend a few hours with Alain Jaramillo, a professional photographer who came in to shoot some specialized photos at the hospital. I was humbled.

Of course, Alain had some great subjects to work with. The Villa at Suffield Meadows, Fauquier Health's new assisted living facility, is a showcase from top to bottom. You can't turn around without seeing a beautiful accent or design theme. And Alain took pictures at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where the rooms have just been renovated. They're beautiful, and Alain did a great job of bringing them to life.

And he got to shoot a cute baby too. That was an easy one!

Anyway, it's back to the drawing board for me. Maybe I can rustle up a cute baby ...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Calendar of Events for December

Wednesday, December 1
Lights for Life Holiday Celebration
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Details: The trees on Hospital Hill will be lit to welcome the holiday season. Residents purchased lights for the trees in honor of loved ones past and present. Lois Sutphin, a longtime Infusion Center nurse, will be the top of the tree honoree.

Saturday, December 4
First Aid/Infant & Child CPR
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, December 7
Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health LIFE Center
When: “Intro to insulin pumping,” 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; “Advanced insulin pumping,” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register: 540-316-2652

Saturday, December 11
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Tuesday, December 14
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 21
Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Tuesday, December 28
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Holds Book Fair

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary has been a flurry of activity the past few months. In addition to running the Fauquier Hospital Thrift Shop on Warrenton's Main Street, the group sponsored a handbag sale recently and is gearing up for a Books Are Fun book fair on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s Sycamore Room B. Proceeds will be donated to the Fauquier Health Foundation.

With more than 250 titles, categories of books will include:
• Children's storybooks
• Cookbooks
• General interest books
• New York Times best sellers

Also on sale will be:
• Stationery and scrapbooking materials
• Music collections
• Gifts for all ages
• Early learning products
• Children's educational products

First run, top-quality products from the world's leading publishers will be sold at great prices.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kudos for Fauquier Hospital's Patient-Centered Care

The Freelance Star wrote a beautiful editorial about Fauquier Hospital's philosophy of care. At Fauquier Hospital, the Planetree model of patient-centered care is so much a part of our culture that sometimes we forget how special -- and how rare -- it is. This editorial is a good reminder.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Freelance Star Recognizes Fauquier Hospital's Exceptional Patient Satisfaction

Jim Hall, a reporter with Fredericksburg's Freelance Star, did a great job of explaining how Fauquier Hospital puts patients first. His article about Fauquier Hosptial's stellar patient satisfaction scores appeared on the front page of the newspaper yesterday.

Click here to read the whole story and its sidebars; don't forget to click on the "more photos" button for nice pictures of Dr. Alireza Tajick, a Fauquier Hosptial hospitalist.

I was with the Freelance Star photographer when he took these photos. He had to wait a while because Dr. Tajick was spending quality time with his patients and their families. Every time we thought we were ready to take a picture, Dr. Tajick excused himself to calm another concern or answer another patient's question. I talked to some of Dr. Tajick's patients that day; they really appreciated his solid medical experience and nurturing care.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stroke, Dementia & Falls, Oh My

Join Fauquier Health for a discussion with Dr. Kristen Williams, neurologist, about stroke and how neurological disorders can affect you.

Stroke, Dementia and Falls, Oh My

Thursday, November 4

5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Villa at Suffield Meadows