Tuesday, July 27, 2010

August Calendar of Events for Fauquier Health

Go to www.fauquierhealth.or to register for classes or events, or call 540-316-3588.

Friday, August 2
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; August 2, 9, 16 and 23
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 10
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Friday, August 13
Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, August 14
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Tuesday, August 17
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 24
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Thursday, August 26
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25

Friday, August 27
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 28
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Weekend class
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 AARP members, $14 non-members
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, August 30
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; August 30, September 13, 20 and 27
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

FHRNC Says Goodbye to a Loyal Friend

Employees and residents of the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center recently bade farewell to Dutch, the 12 1/2 year old chocolate lab who was a fixture at FHRNC during the last seven years. All who loved the familiar and loyal canine expressed condolances to owner Sarah Pearson.

Patty Lovell, activities director at FHRNC, remembered, “Once Dutch had been coming in for a while, he would ‘make the rounds,’ as we put it. He would head out on a mission to visit all the residents that were saving him food from breakfast. After his morning treats he would just hang out for a while.

“Later, he would round again, beginning with one resident who lives near the courtyard door. He would go in and let out a little bark to say it’s time to let me out. Then he would visit again. This would continue on throughout the day until his shift was up.

“Dutch learned who his favorite fans were and would spend extra time bouncing among their rooms. He completed our family here at FHRNC.”

FHRNC would like to say a special thank you to residents and staff for allowing Dutch to be a member of our community for so many years. He truly will be missed.


Level 2 Medical Camp

Fauquier Health's Medical Camp, level 2 was held last week to great acclaim.
The students were taught medical skills throughout the day. Karen Gilbert (fourth from left)and Michele Glowicki (right) taught casting.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Preventive Care Will Be Free to Many, Under New Health Care Reform Bill

These are two articles about the new health care reform rules that will allow those who have eligible insurance to receive preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs. Most beneficiaries will start seeing these benefits January 1, 2011.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/07/15/obama_unveils_new_health_care_guidelines/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/14/AR2010071405994.html



Fauquier Health already offers many preventative care screenings. For all women turning 40 this year, free screening mammograms are offered. After obtaining a doctor's order, women who are 40 this year can call 540-316-5800 to arrange a free screening mammogram.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Villa at Suffield Meadows Looking for Front Desk Volunteers


The Villa at Suffield Meadows, a new assisted living facility on U.S. 29 just north of Warrenton, is looking for volunteers to work at the front desk. The position, available August 23, will be needed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and may be shared by several volunteers. Duties will include answering the main switchboard, directing incoming phone calls and directing guests as they enter the building.

Temporary volunteers are also needed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting September 13, to help support move-in efforts.

The Villa at Suffield Meadows has 56 assisted living units and 11 memory support units and will welcome residents in mid-September.

Anyone interested in serving as a Fauquier Health front desk volunteer at the Villa may call the volunteer office at 540-316-2910.

Fauquier Health's Calendar of Events for August

Friday, August 2
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; August 2, 9, 16 and 23
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 10
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Friday, August 13
Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, August 14
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Tuesday, August 17
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, August 24
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Thursday, August 26
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25

Friday, August 27
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 28
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Weekend class
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Fauquier Health Sycamore rooms
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 AARP members, $14 non-members
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, August 30
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Health Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; August 30, September 13, 20 and 27
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, July 12, 2010

2009 Report to the Community Available Online


Fauquier Health's 2009 Report to the Community is online now at http://www.fauquierhealth.org/.
It's an annual report that highlights the year's accomplishments and acquisitions. It gives a thorough accounting of the benefits Fauquier Health has provided for the community and offers a special thanks to those who donate through the Fauquier Health Foundation.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Videos Highlight Fauquier Health LIFE Center

Three new videos about the Fauquier Health LIFE Center are posted on the Fauquier Health website. Starring in the short videos are three different LIFE Center members who speak to different aspects of the Warrenon fitness center.

To see them, go the website at www.fauquierhealth.org and scroll down to the bottom for the video section of the site. Click on more videos to see the LIFE Center videos. While you're there, click around on our other videos, which include interviews with Fauquier Health physicians, our commercials (now an Internet sensation) and loads of multimedia pieces with practical health information.

Project Linus Warms Hearts at Fauquier Hospital


Project Linus, which provides cheerful quilts and afghans to Fauquier Hospital patients, has been expanded. Lisa Spitzer, concierge and patient advocate, said, “We not only give these quilts and afghans to our pediatric inpatient population. We have now extended the program. We provide our outpatient pediatric patients with a blanket from the blanket warmer in the recovery room.”

Lisa added, “We stock the Comfort Carousel Cart with crochet or knitted afghans to offer our elderly patients, or any patient needing additional cheering or comfort. I continue to advocate the giving of a quilt to our Hospice patients, it is so important to have something that comforts these patients prior to their passing. Families take them home with them and they have something that was comforting to their loved one in their last days."

Project Linus is coordinated by Rosanne Hines, Project Linus coordinator, Culpeper chapter, Madison Quilt Guild member and Culpeper Quilt Guild member.

Jr. Volunteers to the Rescue -- STAT!


As you may have read before, my daughter, 13, is a Junior Volunteer with Fauquier Health. She is enjoying it immensely, working with Lisa Spitzer, the hospital's concierge and patient advocate. She and two other girls have spent the last three weeks or so visiting patients, wheeling the Comfort Carousel (a cart with books, toiletries and games) to patient rooms, and generally spreading sunshine and light.

MacKenzie takes the responsibility very seriously. Every morning, she adjusts her red and white striped smock, straightens her hospital badge and I drive her to "work."

Sometimes the girls sort donated toys or quilts, but often they spend time visiting with patients who would like some company.

This morning, as we drove to work, MacKenzie told me that yesterday, the excitement level was pushed up a notch. "We had an emergency yesterday, Mom, and I was right there. I got to help."

I imagined briefly my bright-eyed teen doing CPR on an unconscious patient, or perhaps a little open-heart surgery. I saw her in my mind, calm and cool in the face of a life or death situation.

Then she pulled me out of my reverie by explaining, "Somebody called for a cup of ice and some ginger ale, STAT, and we ran to bring it!"

Apparently, a woman was feeling unwell as she waited for the elevator and my baby girl came to the rescue with a life-giving soft drink. I am so proud.

I asked her if she had to run to the Bistro on the Hill for the drink and she replied that there are drinks and ice in every pantry on the patient floors.

"Really?" I said casually. "Well, you know more than I do."

She looked at me sideways with a wry expression and said, "Get used to it, Mom."

Fauquier Health Jr. Volunteers Trade Sun for Service




This entry was written by Connie Lyons, a freelance writer and a volunteer at Fauquier Health. The photos were taken by Peggy Cybrowski, also a Fauquier Health volunteer.
“I’m having a lot of fun.” This was the sentiment echoed by six of Fauquier Health’s Junior Volunteers. They’re not talking about trips to the beach, or rock concerts, but about their experiences working with patients, nurses and doctors at the hospital as summer volunteers.

This summer the hospital has 83 Junior Volunteers. In order to be accepted into the program, they have to fill out a lengthy application, provide a teacher reference, and go through an interview, a health screening and two days of training.

“You gain as much as the patients,” said Tevy Ribeiro, 17. “You learn a lot from the patients’ experiences, what they’re going through, how they’ve dealt with it.” Tevy -- who is a 2010 graduate of Fauquier High School with a 4.2 grade point average and a student at the Mountain Vista Governor’s School -- is headed to the University of Virginia, where she plans to major in biology.

She is aiming for a career in medicine, either human or veterinary. “After my experiences here, I’m leaning toward human medicine,” she said. Tevy heard about the volunteer program through her high school guidance counselor; this is her third summer as a volunteer. Working with Fauquier Hospital’s Concierge/Patient Advocate Lisa Spitzer, Tevy has formed some close relationships with her patients. “One of them is making me a case for my cell phone. She’s adopted me as a sort of honorary granddaughter. Another, badly burned 30 years ago and never fully recovered, keeps his hopes high through his faith in God. Working in the hospital has changed what I want to do with my life.”

MacKenzie Earl volunteered for the program because, “I want to be useful; I like doing community service. Here, I go around to the patients and make sure they’re comfortable, that they don’t need anything. We bring the Comfort Carousel, a wagon full of things like hand-made afghans, toiletries, stuffed animals, crossword puzzles/Sudoku books and backscratchers. Everyone loves the back-scratchers.”

MacKenzie, who is an eighth grader at Cedar Lee Middle School, is an accomplished actress; she starred as Helen Keller in Fauquier Community Theater’s recent production of The Miracle Worker. “I’m having a lot of fun,” she said. “Besides, it’s a great feeling to make someone happy; to make sure their stay in the hospital is really nice. When you come in the patient’s room, and he or she is really glad to see you, it just makes your day.”

Hailey Miller, 15 and a sophomore at Fauquier High School, is volunteering for the second straight summer. “I started here last year because lots of my older friends had done it, and said it was great. Besides, I want to be a nurse and I wanted to get used to the hospital atmosphere.”

Why not a doctor? “I love to help people. A nurse spends more time with the patients. I want the experience of being with the patient from the time he or she comes in the door until they leave the hospital.”

Hailey is following in the footsteps of some family members. “Lots of them have medical careers, mostly as doctors,” she said. “I love it here. It’s a great experience to have, one I plan to continue until I go off to college. I love being around the patients.” Hailey also enjoys working with the medical staff. “It’s fascinating to take in the staff atmosphere; to see how they act and interact. It’s really awesome. The nurses work really hard, both singly and as a team. And it’s also fascinating to watch how the doctors work in the Emergency Department.”

“It’s not like what you see on the TV shows,” said Megan Graap. Her sister, Katy, introduced her to volunteering. “It is a lot of fun,” said Megan. “Some of it’s upsetting, but on the other hand, the babies being born give you a really up experience.” Katie, 16, is a junior at Kettle Run High School, and thinks she might want a career in medicine. “I’m looking into it. This is my second summer volunteering here. It’s great to feel like you’re helping someone, making their day better.”

Courtney Winfrey, 13 and a student at Cedar Lee Middle School, wants to be a doctor. “I want to help people, that’s why I’m doing this,” she said. “And I wanted to get used to this kind of work environment. It’s really cool and fun. And the people who work here are really nice.”

Courtney, whose stepfather is in the U.S. Navy, has lived all over the country. She enjoys talking to patients, helping to get them drinks and food, and doing paperwork. “Working in the Emergency Department is a little harder,” she said. “It’s fast-paced, and sometimes it’s hard to deal with all the stress. You never know what’s going to be coming in the door.”

Ashley Kaase has no ambivalence about where she wants her life to go. “I want to be a heart surgeon,” she said decisively. “I want to save people’s lives.” Ashley, who is 14 and a ninth grade student at Fauquier High School, plans to go to the University of Virginia. This is her second summer as a volunteer. “It looks good on my record,” she said matter-of-factly. “Besides, it’s fun to get to know people.”

Ashley is working in Medical Imaging, changing chart numbers, filing and faxing. “We all get to work in the different departments,” she said. “The Emergency Department is the best; that’s where I’d like to be. It’s fun to be around the different environments and watch how they function. Here in Imaging, I get to look at all different types of X-rays. I really like working with the doctors.”

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Healthy Happenings, Fauquier Hosptial's Newsletter, Available Online


Fauquier Health's Summer 2010 edition of Healthy Happenings (a quarterly newsletter) is now available online.

You can read the stories individually, or click on the cover picture at the bottom of the web page to see the pdf of the printed version.

Most residents in the area will recieve a copy in the mail, but if you're out of our area, click on the link above to read about new medical imaging options; an update on The Villa at Suffield Meadows (opening in September); news on pediatric therapy; and how to stay safe this summer. In a Q & A feature, local physicians answer questions on Lyme disease, wounds that won't heal and how to make a good recovery after orthopedic surgery.

For perhaps the most exciting news of all, read all about our new medical oncology/hemotology physician, Syed Salman Ali. He'll be starting work with Fauquier Health any day now. He is arriving just as Fauquier Hospital is expanding and improving its infusion center. A great big welcome to Dr. Ali.

LIFE Center Partners with Fauquier County Employees to "Lighten Up"

Fauquier County government and school division employees have partnered with the Fauquier Health LIFE Center in a new program called Lighten Up Fauquier: What Are You Weighting For? It's running for 12 weeks, with a different event each week. Events range from classes (yoga, Zumba, Pilates, etc.) to presentations (label reading, motivation, benefits of exercise, etc.). Participants also will enjoy a free week at the LIFE Center and a picnic in July to celebrate their successes.

“The county is trying to improve the health of its employees and introduce them to wellness initiatives and information,” said Sara Freeman, exercise physiologist at the LIFE Center.

Mary J. Murphy, benefits and risk manager of Fauquier County government and public schools, said, “The reason we partnered with the LIFE Center is because of its relationship with the hospital and the availability of the medical staff. We are trying to increase wellness among our employees and thought that offering a program that incorporates wellness education along with various exercise programs would help get employees off to a good start.”

She added, “The LIFE Center staff has done a wonderful job. The instructors for the exercise classes are very personable and make the classes enjoyable. The presenters for the seminars are very knowledgeable and use great analogies and examples to really get the employees thinking.

“LeAnn McCusker, director of the LIFE Center, worked with us to make this an affordable program that we can offer to our staff.”