Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fauquier Health Staffer Makes One Change for Health

When Linda Davidson arrived here from England 24 years ago she only planned to stay a couple of years, but sometimes life gets in the way, and she remains here today. And that is the way her weight gain happened as well, a little at a time, hardly noticeable at first. Perhaps it was too much American fast food or maybe the stress of adjusting to a new culture; it’s hard to pinpoint any one reason. But when Linda heard about the Make One Change wellness program that Fauquier Health was offering to its employees, she decided it was time to lose those extra pounds.

When Linda first read about the program, she thought, “I can’t do this. It is way too much!” But LeAnn McCusker, director of the Fauquier Health Wellness Center (formerly the Fauquier Health LIFE Center), explained, “Make One Change just asks you to commit to changing one aspect of your lifestyle. For 12 weeks you can focus on just one change that will help you be a healthier person. We have lots of options, designed to work for you and your specific situation.”

Since then, Linda has lost 28 pounds through Make One Change and is on her way to losing the final 7 that will put her at her goal weight. She is looking and feeling great. She explains, “What I like about Make One Change is it isn’t extreme. There are no foods I have to eat and no foods I can’t eat. I exercise moderately and I stay under 1,600 calories, which is a healthy long-term amount. This is not a crash diet, it is a lifestyle change. I keep a food journal one week every month, which is enough to show me where I can improve and not so much as to have my life revolve around food journaling.”

Why does she stick with Make One Change instead of other programs? Linda says, “In addition to the sensible program, I like the upbeat e-mails with tips, recipes and encouraging messages, and the Wellness Center staff are always there to answer my questions.” As an additional motivation, those who finish the 12-week program are eligible for rewards. Linda says the rewards are a very nice extra.

Linda can sign up for a new session of Make One Change every 12 weeks. She has tried following a plan on her own, but found being in the program helped a lot. “I can maintain just fine off of the program, but I didn’t lose. It helps you stay on track and accountable.” So, until she reaches her goal, she will stick with it.

Linda had been on diets before, “None of my previous diets re-educated me or got me down to my ideal weight. The skills I learned through Make One Change will help me keep it off for a lifetime.”

Make One Change Offered to Community for First Time

In January, Fauquier Health is offering the Make One Change program to the community for the first time. You can choose one of five goals to focus on: while weight loss is one option, you can also choose to learn to eat healthier, get more exercise, learn to manage your stress, or even stop smoking. Whichever you choose, Make One Change is the sensible and affordable way to do it. When you join the program, you receive a full-access gym membership* plus many extras for any Make One Change goal you choose. There are pre- and post-assessments, free physician lectures, special demos and lots of giveaways. Those who complete the program will be eligible to win some really great prizes. To sign up or to learn more, call 540-316-2640.

* In January, new Wellness Center members who sign up for the Make One Change program receive a 30% discount; current members who sign up for the program in January will receive a free month when they complete the program.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Compassionate Care at Fauquier Hospital

Fauquier County is a unique and wonderful place. I was reminded of that again this morning as I pulled into the local landfill to drop off my trash -- as I have done about twice a week for the last 16 years.

Over that time, I have become used to the cheery smile and wave I always get when pulling through the checkstop and the small talk with the workers there as I drop off my bags. This morning, though, one of the nice gentlemen who is always stationed nearby gave me a hug. Just an "Oh gee, it's good to see you" hug. An overabundance of holiday spirit, perhaps? Could be. But his simple geture was genuine. It took me out of my busy day for a moment and made me smile.

One of the comments I hear most often when I talk to patients who have been at Fauquier Hospital is how very kind and considerate the staff was to them. They are amazed that a nurse gave them a hug or a doctor looked them in the eye and patted them on the shoulder. They tell me it's just the comforting gesture they needed at the time. And they insist that it made a big difference to them.

It's human nature to need that connection with another person, particularly when we are worried, under stress or feeling vulnerable. The wonderful clinicians at Fauquier Hospital understand this and take the time to provide kind, compassionate care. It's just one reason that Fauquier Hospital is a unique and wonderful place.


Arthritis lecture January 17

As part of an ongoing physician seminar series, Fauquier Hospital will host a seminar called “Healthy Living with Arthritis,” presented by rheumatologist Nandini Chhitwal, M.D. The discussion will be held on January 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at the hospital.

The lecture is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call 540-316-3588 to register.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the tissue around the joints to become inflamed, causing severe pain and swelling. The condition makes everyday tasks difficult. In the seminar, Dr. Chhitwal will discuss ways that patients and families can make living with arthritis easier.

Dr. Chhitwal earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating, she completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, then stayed to complete an ACGME accredited fellowship in rheumatology. Some of Dr. Chhitwal’s specialties include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, scleroderma and fibromyalgia.

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 and healthy lifestyles.

For more information, log on to www.fauquierhealth.org.

Fauquier Health Calendar of Events for January

To register for classes or find more information, go to www.fauquierhealth.org.

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

Wednesday, January 5
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Saturday, January 8
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

Wednesday, January 12
Blood Pressure Screening
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s main lobby
When: noon to 2 p.m.
Details: Free

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

Physician Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Healthy Living with Arthritis, with Dr. Nandini Chhitwal, rheumatologist
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, January 13
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Diabetes Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Details: Diabetes and Stroke, a lecture by Dr. Kristin Williams, neurologist
Register: 540-316-2652

Friday, January 14
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Weekend class
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, January 18
Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Wednesday, January 19
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Thursday, January 20
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25

Medicare and Medicaid Benefits Counseling
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Register: 540-316-3588

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

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

Thursday, January 27
Community Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Introduction to Reiki Healing, with Gerry Eitner, Reiki master.
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, February 2
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Wednesday, February 9
Weight Loss Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Medical Interventions for Weight Loss, with Dr. Esther Bahk, Internist
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lights for Life Honors Lois Sutphin


The holiday season was welcomed in style December 1 as the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary held its annual Lights for Life celebration. All those who have donated to the hospital over the last year were invited to the event and the spruce trees on Hospital Hill were illuminated. Community members also donated to the hospital in honor of loved ones with the purchase of lights on the trees.

Top of the Tree honoree was Lois Sutphin, RN, an Infusion Center nurse at the hospital and volunteer extraordinaire. Mrs. Sutphin has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the public schools, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as the Warrenton Sunrise Lions Club and many other smaller organizations. She is the current president of the Fauquier chapter of the American Cancer Society and has for years been one of the organizers of the Relay for Life and the ACS annual Daffodil Sale and Fashion Show. Mrs. Sutphin has been a nurse with the hospital since 1973 and was the 2002 recipient of the annual Ruth Krusie Excellence in Nursing Award.