Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bone Marrow Drive Registers 550 Potential Donors

Fauquier Hospital is pleased to report that the Be the Match bone marrow drive held at the hospital last week resulted in 450 new members joining the Be the Match registry.

Delilah Steinbach, one of the organizers of the drive, said, “The event was a huge, smashing success! It will take about six weeks for the swabs that were collected to be processed and added to the registry.”

She explained, “The Be the Match organization normally expects an average of 75 to100 people to attend a bone marrow drive, but we collected more than 450 swabbed kits. We also collected paperwork for 100 more people after we ran out of the kits. Those people will have kits mailed to them.”

Many who attended on Friday did so in the hopes of helping Sydney Davies, a 12-year-old Auburn Middle School girl whose leukemia has kept her hospitalized since July. Sydney needs a bone marrow transplant immediately. After hearing about the drive, Sydney’s mother Jen Davies said, “There are no words. What our family is feeling is more than gratitude and greater than love for this community we now call our ‘village.’ The stories of encouragement and hope from the very successful bone marrow drive has truly touched our hearts.

“We want to thank Rebecca Mathis with Be the Match and Kari Schwind, Andrea Johnson, and Delilah Steinbach for organizing this worthwhile event. Also, all the volunteers who helped make this run so smoothly. And a special thanks to all those who came out and joined the registry. You may have saved a life by becoming a donor. I know how an event like this can change your life... please know that all of you have changed ours. God bless you all!"

Jackie O’Hara is the mother of another Fauquier child, Owen O’Hara, who is battling leukemia. She said about the drive, “Incredible! What I'd like the community to know is this: Fighting cancer, especially when it is your child who is affected, is a tough challenge, but it is made much less burdensome by acts of kindness such as this one with the bone marrow donor drive. People in our community are astonishingly giving! It really lifts our spirits to see this."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Potential Bone Marrow Donors Sought for Registry

On Friday, December 16, Fauquier Hospital will host a Be the Match® event for those who would like to join the Be the Match® Registry for bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. All it takes is a quick cheek swab and filling out some paperwork. With the completion of these two tasks, participants will be members of a nationwide network of potential donors.

The Be the Match® event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital. It costs $100 to add each potential bone marrow donor to the nationwide registry, but those who join the registry are not required to pay anything.

If a match is confirmed, there is no cost to donors, and in most cases, donating bone marrow involves nothing more than donating blood —a small sacrifice for the chance to save a life.

By joining the registry, participants will be sending a message to thousands of cancer patients that they are not alone. Not all of these potential bone marrow recipients are strangers. There are five young cancer patients in the area right now who could at some point have to rely on the Be the Match® Registry to find bone marrow donors. One Fauquier child is in need of a transplant immediately. (See story, below.)

Parents of Leukemia Patients Take One Day at a Time
Twelve-year-old Sydney Davies of Warrenton has been a patient at Inova Fairfax since July, when she was first diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia, a rare kind of leukemia usually found only in adults). Sydney needs a bone marrow transplant, and for four months, doctors have been searching unsuccessfully for a match. The seventh grader’s mother, father and brother have been screened, but are not perfect matches.

Sydney’s mother Jen Davies says that oncologists have until late January or early February to find a perfect match. At an event at Fauquier Hospital on December 16, the Be the Match® organization will be recruiting new potential donors (see sidebar). If the right donor is not found, another, much riskier procedure will have to be attempted to save Sydney’s life.

If a donor is found, Sydney will have the bone marrow transplant, then remain in isolation for weeks while her immune system gathers strength. Her mother is hopeful that by the fall, Sydney will be able to return to school at Auburn Middle School.

Jen Davies’ “girlie girl” loves music and playing the violin; poring over the latest fashions and hanging out with her friends and her two Yorkshire terriers. Since her illness, she has been supported by her school community and by other Fauquier organizations. A group from Taylor Middle School created 1,000 Origami cranes, like in the story “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes;” students from P.B. Smith Elementary and Auburn Middle schools created fabric stars with prayer verses on them. Jen Davies said, “They hang all around Sydney’s hospital room so she is surrounded by prayer. They say it takes a village. Warrenton has been our village.”

Many local families have also donated to the Sydney Davies Leukemia Foundation, which Sydney wanted to create in order to highlight the fact that only 8 percent of cancer research is focused on childhood cancers.

There are five other local children who are also battling leukemia. Nine-year-old Owen O’Hara is one of the luckier ones. Diagnosed in January with ALL (T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia), Owen responded well to the months of chemotherapy and radiation and has returned to school at C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary School, where he is a third grader.

Owen is in what is called the maintenance phase of treatment. Until February of 2013, he will have chemotherapy treatments once every three weeks and will see his oncology doctor every week.

He still gets anxious when he has to go in for another procedure, says his mom Jackie, but he has accepted the treatments without complaint. Owen is a quiet boy who likes to draw and read. “Since he had to spend so much time at home with me, he’s learned to cook, too,” said Jackie O’Hara.

Jackie and her husband Jerry O’Hara have both joined the Be the Match Registry® already. They are grateful that Owen doesn’t need a bone marrow transplant right now, but understand all too well what other families are going through and want to reach out to help if they can. They also realize that depending on how Owen’s illness progresses, he could need a bone marrow transplant in the future.

Jackie O’Hara says that she, her husband and their five children have learned to take each day as it comes and not look ahead. “It’s too easy to get overwhelmed if you do that,” she said.

Jerry O’Hara added, “We just count our blessings every day.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Donation

Learning the facts about bone marrow donation allows potential donors to make an informed decision about joining the Be The Match Registry®.

Q: How many patients are waiting for a bone marrow transplant? How many will receive one?
A: For 10,000 patients a year, their only hope for a cure is a transplant from someone outside their family. Fewer than half of these patients receive the transplant they need.

Q: Do all bone marrow donations involve surgery?
A: The majority of donations do not involve surgery. The patient's doctor most often requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical.
The second way of donating is marrow donation, which is a surgical procedure.
In each case, donors typically go home the same day they donate.

Q: Is donating painful? Does it involve a long recovery?
A: There can be uncomfortable but short-lived side effects of donating PBSC. Due to taking a drug called filgrastim for five days leading up to donation, PBSC donors may have headaches, joint or muscle aches, or fatigue. PBSC donors are typically back to their normal routine in one to two days.
Those donating marrow receive general or regional anesthesia, so they feel no pain during donation. Marrow donors can expect to feel some soreness in their lower back for one to two weeks afterward. Most marrow donors are back to their normal activities in two to seven days.

Q: Is donating dangerous? Does it weaken the donor?
A: Though no medical procedure is without risk, there are rarely any long-term side effects. Be The Match® carefully prescreens all donors to ensure they are healthy and the procedure is safe for them. The organization also provides support and information every step of the way.
Because only 5 percent or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save the patient's life, the donor's immune system stays strong and the cells replace themselves within four to six weeks.

Q: In bone marrow donation, are pieces of bone are removed from the donor?
A: No pieces of bone are taken during marrow donation. Only the liquid marrow found inside the pelvic bone is needed to save the patient's life.

Q: Do donors have to pay to donate?
A: Donors never pay to donate. Be the Match® reimburses travel costs and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fauquier Health Rehabilitationa & Nursing Center Hosts Lecture on Aging with Grace

Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and Hospice of the Rapidan are partnering to present a discussion, “Aging in Place, Aging with Grace: The truth about hospice,” on Tuesday, December 13.

The presentation will explore the many myths surrounding hospice and palliative care. Among the topics discussed will be the services that are available to those in the community living with severe illness and how they can qualify for support throughout difficult times. Two meeting times are available.

Aging in Place, Aging with Grace
When: Tuesday, December 13; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3: 30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The dining hall of Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Hospital Hill, Warrenton
Details: Presented by Gloria Alleman, RN, Community Educator of Hospice of the Rapidan.
Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Chris VandenBosche at (540) 316-5473

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fauquier Health's Dr. Jeffrey Joseph Shares Tales of Africa

“I live Africa every day,” says Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, Fauquier Health Emergency Department physician. It’s been five months since he and his 18-year-old daughter Devin returned from a two-week mission trip to Africa, but the people he met – some of whom he was able to help -- are always on his mind.

Dr. Joseph, who lives in Haymarket, started a journal to record the details of the trip, but when he talks about the experience, he doesn’t need to refer to its pages. The words come unbidden and it’s clear this was a life-changing experience. He has lots of pictures to share and a story goes with each one. Dr. Joseph particularly enjoys talking about one little boy he encountered after a full day of delivering medical care in the streets of an African slum. “I sat down on a stoop. This little boy just walked over and sat down next to me and put his arm on my leg. We didn’t speak. He was happy to sit there with me, and I was happy to have him there. I have since found out that he is 3 years old and his name is Kevin. It was a rare moment.”

The mission team took suitcases full of 300 pounds of supplies – supplied by Fauquier Health’s Materials Management Department and through Dr. Kenneth Kornetsky who works with Medical Missionaries – and provided first aid care in the streets. “It was simple things we were doing, but you would have thought we were handing them gold instead of an analgesic and a bandage.”

The group treated hundreds of residents, many of them children. “It was very emotional. After a day of it, we would all feel pretty wrung out. One morning, the pastor we were staying with, Pastor Jack Mila, thought we needed a break, so he took us to visit President (Barack) Obama’s grandmother. She runs an orphanage of 100 children. We sat in chairs in a semi-circle under a mango tree and chatted with Grandma Obama. We were allowed to take all the pictures we wanted and ask questions. President Obama was scheduled to visit there the next month, but she said she was just as excited to see us, because we were her children, too.”

Visits to local hospitals to evaluate patients were heartbreaking. Dr. Joseph saw much suffering for want of simple medical supplies and treatments that patients in the U.S. would take for granted. He remembers seeing four children at one facility who needed chest X-rays, and a 32-year-old woman who died while waiting days for laboratory results.

He also spent some time at a high school talking to teenage boys about their health concerns. “Every one of them wanted to talk about sex and AIDS. I told them they could ask any questions they wanted, but they just wanted to know about AIDS. ‘If my girlfriend has AIDS, can she still marry?’ ‘If someone has AIDS in their blood, can they replace the blood and get rid of the AIDS?’

“AIDS has destroyed their country. It is a country of little kids and grandparents. The parents are all gone. About 20 percent of children in this area are ‘living positive.’ ” In 2008, about 200,000 children under the age of 5 died from AIDS-related causes and nearly all lived in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although “Pastor Jack” was a gracious host and the mission team was treated well, living conditions for the group were stark. Dr. Joseph said, “we stayed in bunk beds. We had one toilet, one bathroom with cold water. We would take basins of cold water and dump them over our heads for a shower. The water was not safe to drink, so we boiled it or drank fresh water from plastic jugs we bought at the store. Safety is a major concern. Anybody that has anything at all has a wall around their house, a gate with spikes and barbed wire to keep intruders out.”

Dr. Joseph was amazed that people living in such squalid and dangerous conditions were so warm, welcoming and friendly. “There was no sanitation at all, and there was garbage everywhere, but the people wore beautiful clothes and were so friendly and grateful for any help we could give. The kids at the school all wore uniforms. They were respectful and kind and applauded us politely.”

Dr. Joseph’s relationship with Africa did not end when his plane touched back down in the U.S. in August. He and another member of his group began a fund to buy a diesel water pump for the Salem Orphanage Farm in Kenya. He explained, “this orphanage was on a lake, but they didn’t have a way to get the water to the farm. They needed a water pump.” On October 19, Dr. Joseph announced they had raised more than the $5,000 needed to buy the pump. Even after the goal was achieved, the money kept coming in. The extra $2,000 raised will go to three orphanages and will provide 8,000 meals for children.

Fauquier Health Lights for Life Celebration December 7

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s annual program to honor loved ones with holiday lights will be held this year on Wednesday, December 7. Hospital supporters will gather in the Sycamore Room at 7 p.m. to watch while Hospital Hill is lit up for the first time this season.

Reverend Richard (Dick) Winter will be honored as this year’s Top-of-the-Tree nominee. The Rev. Winter arrived in Warrenton to serve as pastor of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church in 1951. He quickly became active in the community, serving as a volunteer fireman and as chaplain of the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department. He has been and is still active in several community organizations. At Fauquier Hospital, he participated in the dedication of the hospital in 1954 and at the groundbreaking for the hospital expansion in 1976. Reverend Winter has served his church, his community and Fauquier Hospital for six decades. Currently, he is the Minister Emeritus of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church.

The choir from the Warrenton Presbyterian Church will sing in the season and young pianist Madeline Clore will entertain visitors as well.

How to Prevent that Extra Few Pounds in January

It’s the eating season. We’re all familiar with it: it begins with a daily dip in the candy dish starting on Halloween and ends abruptly February 15 with a bad chocolate hangover and an extra five, flabby pounds.

It's been reported that nearly half of us gain one to two pounds each holiday season and about 10 percent of us gain five or more pounds due to overeating and under exercising this time of year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Enjoying the holidays and staying true to good habits don’t have to be mutually exclusive,” said
Fauquier Health’s Registered Dietician Aren Dodge. Dodge offers the following “Top Ten” Healthy Holiday Commandments to keep you feeling and looking great straight through to spring break:

10. Thou shalt never leaveth the house hungry. Eat a small snack like an apple with a large glass of water before leaving the house and pack healthy snacks in your handbag. It will prevent you from attacking the food court, the buffet, or the hors d’oeuvres as soon as you arrive at your holiday destination.

9. Thou shalt partaketh of the dessert “sampler.” Instead of getting a serving of one large dessert, choose a bite-size portion or sampler and savor every morsel.

8. Thou shalt taketh easy on the adult beverages. Mixed drinks, beer and wine can pack a walloping 100 to 150 calories each. Try staggering a glass of water between drinks. You won’t get tipsy as fast, you’ll stay full and hydrated, and you won’t derail your daily calorie count.

7. Thou shalt chooseth wisely at the buffet, selecting protein and green veggies, and staying away from puff pastries, breaded items, heavy cream-based or cheese-laden dishes.

6. Thou shalt never skippeth breakfast. Eat it every day. Eating breakfast actually keeps your metabolism going, and staves off hunger longer if you include some protein like a few hard-boiled egg whites with oatmeal or a yogurt and fruit parfait.

5. Thou shalt resisteth the urge to “save room” all day for a big meal at night. Continue to space your food intake evenly over the course of the day, eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day.

4. Thou shalt strappeth on sneakers for holiday shopping and errands and use that time to get some exercise. Park your car furthest from the store entrance and walk the distance. Walk up the escalators or take stairs. Every little bit helps.

3. Thou shalt maintaineth a consistent bed time. A good night’s sleep, such as seven to eight hours for an adult, is actually one of the best ways to maintain your health. Sleep actually helps maintain your immune levels and it prevents late night snacking.

2. Thou shalt listeneth to thine stomach. Avoid overstuffing yourself beyond comfortable, (maybe even into painful) by pacing your portions and stopping once you are full.
1. Thou shalt washeth thine hands like crazy - every time you enter your house and before eating anything. Hum your favorite holiday tune as you wash to make sure you do it long enough. Washing hands is still the best way to prevent the spread of viruses like flu or the common cold.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Senior Supper Club Begins Tuesday, November 15

On Tuesday, November 15, The Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital will launch a delicious new offering just for senior citizens. Every Tuesday and Thursday, The Bistro will host The Supper Club from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Diners 55 and older will be able to purchase a tasty, healthy meal for only $4.50.

The menu available every Tuesday and Thursday at our special reduced-cost will be your choice of one of the following:
• The Bistro’s Homestyle Chef’s Table (an entrĂ©e and two sides)
• A fajita or stir-fry from the Mongolian Grill
• A sandwich or wrap from the Deli counter
• An entree-sized salad from the salad bar

All meals come with soup, fruit salad and coffee and a choice of milk or iced tea. Other dinner items will be available, but at the regular price.

Zach Erickson, director of The Bistro on the Hill, says that he and his staff are excited at the prospect of serving special meals just for seniors. “It is our hope that those who join us at the Supper Club will find the food delicious, the ambience relaxing, and the conversation enriching. We anticipate that we’ll see many of the same faces again and again, and that they will spread the word and bring new friends as well.”

He added, “We will have occasional presentations on a variety of health and wellness topics, giving visitors the chance to meet special guests, including health professionals. The Supper Club builds on our commitment to support healthy neighbors.”

Friday, November 4, 2011

White Horse Auto Wash Hosts Car Show to Benefit Fauquier Health

White Horse Auto Wash in Warrenton will hold its first-ever car show this Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sears parking lot.

Paul Bartlett, of White Horse, said that about three dozen cars have already registered and he expects that number will grow before the show commences. “We’ll have current cars, foreign cars and classic cars – something for every enthusiast.”

Prizes for first-, second- and third-place cars have been donated by Sears ($1,100 worth of tools and a tool chest); Tintworx (free window tinting worth $400); and by White Horse Auto Wash (a $270 hand wash and full detailing).

Visitors to the car show can enjoy food by Chik-fil-A and fresh coffee while they admire the shiny, tricked-out cars. All proceeds from the day will go to the Fauquier Health Foundation.

White Horse Auto Wash is located at 111 West Lee Highway, in front of Sears.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Today Fauquier Hospital began offering flu shots to its employees. Administrators and clinicians here think it's very important for our staff and volunteers to have flu shots -- to protect them from the flu, and to protect their patients.

I was one of the first in line to get my injection. Do you detect a note of pride in that statement? If you do, you're right. I know now that I have provided myself a layer of protection from all the coughs and sneezes that have already begun to plague those around me. One co-worker already lost a week of work because of the flu.

My family and I get the flu shot every year, because you know when it's like when the flu bug enters your house. One person is sick for a few days, then is joined in misery by the next family member, and so on. It's a merry-go-round I prefer to avoid.

So go get your flu shot. You'll be happy you did, and your friends and family will be, too. It's safe, it's easy, it's inexpensive.

It just stings for a second, but protects you all winter. (And if you are under 50 years old, you can have the flu mist and even avoid the momentary sting.) The hospital doesn't offer flu shots to the general public, but there are lots of places where you can get it -- your doctor's office, local pharmacies, Wal-mart, even some supermarkets.

Do it for yourself. Do it for your family, friends and co-workers. Stay off the merry-go-round.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Orthopedist Dr. Robert Smith to Talk on Joint Replacement

Robert Smith, M.D., of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, will discuss all aspects of joint replacement on Wednesday, November 2, at 6 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital's Sycamore Room. Dr. Smith is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee arthroscopy, sports medicine, joint replacement and general orthopedic surgery.

While joint replacement surgery is major surgery, it has a high success rate and most patients are very satisfied with the pain relief and improved mobility that surgery brings. In most cases, the new joint will last many years. In the talk on November 2, Dr. Smith will explain that long-term success is often dependent on age, weight and activity level, as well as other factors. He'll discuss the surgery and recovery, as well as how to tell when it's time to consider joint replacement surgery.

Registration is free and requested. Call 540-316-3588 to register or for more details.

Free Screenings at Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation's Open House

Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, helping children to grow and reach their full potential at school, at home and in their community. Therapists will be available at an Open House on Tuesday, November 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. to provide free screenings and to answer questions. Physical, occupational, and speech screenings will include tests to gauge language skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills for children up to 18 years old. Depending on screening results, therapists may recommend that parents obtain a prescription for a full evaluation.

Parents, pediatricians, educators and professionals are welcome to attend.

The Open House will be held at Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation’s Lake Manassas location at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101, in Gainesville. The rehab group also has another office in the Warrenton Professional Center at 493 Blackwell Road in Warrenton. Those interested in Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation or the Open House may call 540-316-2680.

Thrift Shop Needs Donations

The Fauquier Auxiliary Thrift Shop on Main Street in Warrenton is seeking donations of clothing for all ages – from babies to adults. The Thrift Shop volunteers would also like to replenish the shop’s inventory of small appliances.

All Thrift Shop sales directly benefit the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary. To learn more about the Thrift Shop and the Auxiliary, go to

Aging Together and Fauquier Health Collaborate on Falls Prevention Symposium

One of every three adults 65 years and older falls each year; falls are among the top ten causes of death for seniors. Fauquier Health and Aging Together are partnering to educate the community about the danger of falls and how easily they can be prevented. Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. They are preventable. Collaborate.

The Falls Prevention Symposium will be held Wednesday, November 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room. Local experts will showcase the most effective ways to prevent falls; most are practical, cheap, and easy to accomplish. They include good medication management, vision assessment, exercise, and home or environmental modifications.

Deb Muir, occupational therapist at Fauquier Hospital and yoga instructor at Fauquier Health Wellness Center, says that many seniors are concerned about falling. “A lot of my older clients tell me that they don't shower but rather sponge bathe because of a fear of falling. They are unable to step in and out of the tub, can't stand long enough or don't have the balance to shower. For some of these patients, exercises like yoga, tai chi, or walking in a pool could help to improve their strength and balance enough to increase their safety in the shower; for others a tub transfer bench and a grab bar would make showering safe again."

This event is free and includes lunch, but participants must register to attend. Contact Aging Together at 540-829-6405 or info@agingtogether.org by October 31.

Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Selling Holiday Poinsettias

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary will be selling poinsettia plants this holiday season to raise money to benefit Fauquier Hospital.

Red, white or marble poinsettias can be ordered by October 31 in the hospital’s Gift Shop, and must be picked up on December 1. Small plants (4.5-inch pots) are $6 each or two for $10. Large plants (8-inch pots) are $20 each or two for $38. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.

More information about the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary may be found at www.fauquierhealth.org.

Fauquier Health Calendar of Events for November

Wednesday, November 2
Joint Replacement Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 6 p.m.
Details: With Robert Smith, M.D., orthopedist
Register: 540-316-3588

Falls Prevention Symposium
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room.
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: A joint effort with Aging Together; local experts will showcase the most effective ways to prevent falls.

Thursday, November 3
Diabetes Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: “Your Heart and Diabetes” with A. Maranian, M.D., cardiologist;
“Keeping Up with Diabetes” with Esther Bahk, M.D., internist
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, November 5
Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, November 7
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: 4 sessions; November 7, 14, 21
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, November 8
Pediatric Rehabilitation Open House
Where: Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation’s Lake Manassas location at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101, in Gainesville
When: 1 to 6 p.m.
Details: Therapists will be available to provide free screenings for children and to answer questions. Parents, physicians, educators and professionals are invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 9
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 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

Thursday, November 10
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Register: 540-667-2315

Diabetes Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: “Holistic Approaches to Managing Diabetes” with Joseph David, M.D., internist
Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, November 11 and 12
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

Saturday, November 12
First Aid/Adult, Infant and Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, November 14
National Diabetes Day
Free Glucose Testing
When: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Fauquier Hospital main lobby; 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
Details: Free

Tuesday, November 15
Type O Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-667-2315

Thursday, November 17
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, November 18
Fauquier Health Holiday Fair
Where: Fauquier Hospital Conference Area and Bistro on the Hill
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Crafts and holiday gifts will be on sale.

Saturday, November 19
Babysitter Training
Where: Sycamore Room
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, November 28
Reflexology for Your Feet
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 per couple
Register: 540-316-2640

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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fauquier Hospital, from a Distance

I learned a lot about social media at the third annual Healthcare Social Media Summit at the Mayo Clinic (pictured here). And, far from home, once again I learned how very special Fauquier Hospital is.

On the second morning of the conference I got a call from my ex-husband. He had had some sort of episode and was dizzy and confused. He had managed to get our daughter off to school, but obviously was not well. I got him to call 911 and alerted a friend that he’d be heading to Fauquier Hospital by ambulance. He was seen quickly in the ED, and given the necessary tests.

I received by-the-minute text updates from my friend on site, as I tried to focus on the seminars I attended hundreds of miles away. I was glad to read that our ED nurses were so thoughtful and professional, and that the hospital’s endlessly empathetic concierge stopped by to generally spread sunshine and concern. When the patient was admitted for observation, another friend drove my daughter to the hospital for a reassuring visit. My girl has been a volunteer at the hospital, so she felt right at home.

I mostly repressed my need to control everything long distance, but did call the charge nurse on duty at Fauquier Hospital. She was patient and reassuring, and for the hundredth time that day, I thanked my lucky stars that my kids’ dad was in the care of kind, smart clinicians who would do their best for him.

Knowing that everything was more or less OK at home, I turned my mind to focus on the conference.

The Mayo Clinic has a worldwide reputation for medical excellence. It is also a truly beautiful hospital -- as big as a small city and designed with elegant lines and designs taken from nature. When Fauquier Hospital was renovated in 2001, guided by patient-centered Planetree principles, the aim was the same -- to create a comforting, calming, welcoming environment. Both institutions seem to have achieved the same feeling -- on very different scales.

The Kahler Grand Hotel, where the conference is being held, is located directly across from the Mayo Clinic. It was built in the 1930s and has maintained the feel of a grand old hotel. Its customers, I think, may include patients at the Mayo Clinic and their families. The rooms are designed for the comfort of folks who may be staying a few days or a few weeks. Each room has a microwave and a small fridge, an iron and ironing board.

There isn’t much hustle and bustle in the hallways at the Kahler. The staff speaks gently to guests, always ready to hold the elevator for someone in a wheelchair or for a dad cradling a fussy baby. There is a touching effort here to foster an unhurried dignity for guests. I wonder if the staff at the Kahler have gone through Planetree training. They treat their guests with respect and kindness, just like the staff at Fauquier Hospital.

Funny how my thoughts keep going back to Fauquier Hospital and one particular patient. As an advocate for a health system, I often write about patients in general and healthcare in terms of specialties and services, but I know that our patients and their families are only concerned with one patient at a time. I’m glad the patient I care about right now is at Fauquier Hospital, where they, too, care about one patient at a time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Online Health Information Can Be Fun

I am lucky enough to be attending -- on behalf of Fauquier Health -- a healthcare summit on social media in Rochester, Minnesota, across the street from the Mayo Clinic. The conference is being run by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Ragan Communications.

I am learning a ton and am inspired by all the smart people bringing reliable health information to the public through social media.

There have been a lot of highlights. This video, for instance. It's truly wonderful, and produced by the folks at Mayo. You'll laugh, and you'll learn something about heart disease too.

Then there was the video about Dozer the dog, who spontaneously joined a half marathon fundraising race in Maryland. Someone from the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center caught it on tape, and Dozer became the largest cancer research fundraiser in the race. Here's the video: http://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-raises-17000-running-marathon-cancer-research/story?id=14179339

Yesterday afternoon's keynote speaker was especially inspiring. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a pediatrician who is absolutely passionate about her patients and about keeping kids healthy. In addition to seeing patients, she writes a wonderful blog: http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/ , that is a must-read for anyone with kids. As a physician, she feels it is her responsibility to use her training to reach out to parents everywhere, not just in her community, to provide solid health advice in a very appealing, readable form.

And just for fun, I'll include here a video from the Mayo Clinic that is just meant "to make you feel absurdly happy." It did it for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-l0tK8Ok0 . The couple in this video was present at the conference and was honored with a "Healthy Virus" award -- their video was viewed 7.7 million times on Youtube, although the couple still doesn't know what You Tube is.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fauquier Health Recognizes first Daisy Award Recipients for Excellence in Nursing

Fauquier Health’s first-ever Daisy Awards for compassionate nursing were presented Monday, October 3. Tena Barnes-Carraher, national DAISY Foundation co-founder, was the keynote speaker.

Daisy recipeints were Ina Bowman, RN, director of the Fauquier Health Emergency Department and Deb Larsen, RN, clinical coordinator for the ED. Barnes-Carraher, who created the DAISY Foundation in honor of the wonderful nurses who cared for her husband through a long illness, said that the nomination submitted for Bowman and Larsen told a compassionate tale. A family passing through the area was involved in a car accident that resulted in the mother’s death. The family’s dog was lost in the chaos that followed. Bowman and Larsen tracked down the dog at Fauquier’s SPCA, retrieved and cleaned up the family pet before returning it to the family. This simple act of kindness was immensely comforting to a bereft family coping with a tragic death.

Nominations for the Daisy Award were accept¬ed from Fauquier Health patients, visitors and employees over several months and reviewed by the Daisy Review Commit¬tee. Nominees were: Judy Pohodich, RN (Intensive Care Unit); Theresa Thompson, RN (third floor patient care); Stephanie Snouffer, RN (second floor patient care); Kim Steves, RN (Emergency Department); Sedar Sertas, RN (Emergency Department); Bram Stevens, RN (Emergency Department); Jennifer Deane, RN (Emergency Department); Katrina McLean, RN (Emergency Department); Kasey Saunders- Carter, RN (Emergency Department); Christine Pierce, RN (Family Birthing Center); Dottie Williams, RN (Wellness Center); Kelly Leathers, RN (works in various departments); Daniel Carter, RN (Interventional Radiology); Sonya Gray, RN (Operating Room), as well as Bowman and Larsen.

Fauquier Health will present the Daisy Award every quarter to a deserving nurse in the health system. Recipients receive a Daisy pin, a hand-carved trophy, and a Cinnabon party for their unit.

Nominations are accepted any time and may be submitted online at
www.fauquierhealth.org (look for the daisy on the home page) or by picking up a nomination form at the front desk of the hospital.

Monday, October 10, 2011

FDA Approves Liquid that Stops Bleeding During Surgery

At first glance this one seems to fit under the catagory of science fiction, but it's for real.

The FDA this week approved LeGoo, a new gel that allows surgeons to temporarily halt blood flow during certain procedures.

The gel—which is liquid at room temperature and solid at higher temperatures—prevents blood from filling the surgical area without damaging blood vessels, which often occurs when surgeons use clamps or elastic loops. The gel can stop blood flow for up to 15 minutes and dissolves later on its own, according to FDA.

The agency based its approval on research that showed that LeGoo is biocompatible and non-toxic, and on a clinical trial that showed that the gel as safe and effective as vessel loops used during coronary artery bypass grafting surgery.

According to Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, LeGoo is "an innovative device that offers surgeons an additional aid during vascular surgery. The gel's unique properties may facilitate surgeries that entail the joining or grafting of blood vessels."

LeGoo is indicated for use in blood vessels that are four millimeters or less in diameter and below the neck. It is contraindicated for use on vessels that supply blood to the brain. Read more here. (Be aware that there is a video of the surgery on this site, so if you're squeamish, don't scroll down.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fauquier Health Supports Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Walk October 9

As a beneficiary and supporter of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation of Middleburg for the past several years, Fauquier Health supports the Foundation’s Sunday, October 9 breast cancer fundraiser for county women.

Conducted at the Warrenton Branch Greenway at 1 pm, the money raised by this family event will help Fauquier women with breast cancer detection, treatment and education. With grants the past several years (totaling $80,000), the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation assisted with funding the hospital’s first digital mammography system and funded mammograms for uninsured/underinsured women.

For more information on the two mile walk/ three mile run, visit www.cherryblossombreastcancerfoundation.org

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fauquier Hospitals Culinary and Healing Garden Will Provide Organic Food for Patients and Bistro Customers

The first phase of Fauquier Hospital’s Culinary and Healing Garden is up and growing. Adjacent to the Bistro patio, it is designed to be a working kitchen garden. It will provide a source of organic, locally grown food for the Bistro. It will also be a teaching tool for learning about healthy food and where it comes from, and a place where patients, staff and visitors can sit and relax among the greenery.

The idea for the garden grew out of the “Green and Growing” program, a collaboration of Fauquier Health Nutrition and Food Services, Unidine Food Services, the Fauquier Health Wellness Center, and Fauquier Health Foundation in consultation with area youth groups, schools, local businesses, physicians and community organizations.

Support for the garden comes from Fauquier Health and community donors and volunteers. The garden will be overseen and maintained primarily by volunteers, most notably Warrenton resident Judy Roper, who stepped forward to be the garden coordinator. She will create the planting plan; direct planting and harvesting; and lead volunteers. Other contributors and donors include Gilliams Lumber, Rankins Hardware, Providence Landscaping, Stuart A. Stanley Company, Wegman’s, Wholesale Wood Products (Calverton), Boxwood Montessori, Anne Hall of Long and Foster, and others. Area gardeners and farmers have pledged to donate plants and seeds. Pediatrician Joshua Jakum, M.D., has been a great champion for the garden as well.

Kirsten Dueck, development officer for the Foundation, said, “One of great aspects of the new garden has been the way people in the community got excited about it and came together to make it happen.”

A ribbon cutting for the Culinary and Healing Garden will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, during the Fauquier Health Family Wellness Fair.

Fauquier Health Focuses on Diabetes This Fall

Here are just a few statistics from the American Diabetes Association:

  • 25.8 million children and adults in the United States -- 8.3% of the population -- have diabetes.

  • About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes.

  • Diabetes can contribute to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

There is good news too. Type 2 diabetes is largely a lifestyle disease and can often be prevented. Healthy habits can also help manage symptoms and delay complications.

Fauquier Health is holding several events this fall that address the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Diabetes Mini-Medical School

All sessions will be held at Fauquier Hospital's Sycamore Room, from 7 to 9 p.m.
October 13
Diabetes Basics
With Lida Tabatabaeian, M.D., endocrinologist
Kidneys and Diabetes
With Nivedita Chander, M.D., nephrologist

November 3
Your Heart and Diabetes
With R. Preston Perrin, M.D., cardiologist
Keeping Up with Diabetes
With Esther Bahk, M.D., internist

November 10
Holistic Approaches to Managing Diabetes
With Joseph David, M.D., internist

Diabetes Expo
October 1
• Screenings
• Meet with diabetes vendors
• Q & A with opthalmologist, pharmacist, sleep apnea specialist and wound care specialist

Healthy Cooking Demo
October 26
6:30 p.m. at The Bistro

National Diabetes Day
November 14
Free blood screenings – 7 to 10 a.m. in the hospital’s main lobby; 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center

Call 540-316-3588 to register for Mini Medical School or the Healthy Cooking Demonstration. Call 540-316-2652 for more information about the Diabetes Expo or National Diabetes Day.

Physicians Will Address Spine and Neck Injuries During Panel Discussion

Almost everyone has felt some back or neck pain at some point in their life – an over-enthusiastic workout, heavy lifting on moving day, or just roughhousing with the grandkids can cause a twinge or two.

But when the pain is consistent or severe, it may be time to visit a spine specialist; a presentation on October 12 may help you decide when to make that call. Orthopedic experts in spine surgery and pain management from Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center will present a panel discussion called “Spine and Pain” at 7 p.m. in the Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room. The presentation will address common back and neck problems and answer questions about specific concerns.

On the panel will be orthopedists Charles Seal, M.D., and Jeffrey Wise, M.D., as well as pain management specialists Daniel Heller, M.D., and David Kim, M.D. Bruce Edwards, physical therapist for Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will also be on the panel.

Dr. Heller said, “Some people think that surgery is the only answer to severe back pain, but only about 10 percent of our patients ever need spine surgery. Depending on the individual situation, we can use a host of other non-surgical and minimally invasive methods to free our patients from nagging back or neck pain.”

Dr. Heller added, “Spine issues can be really confusing. A patient might have pain in their legs or arms. They might be having trouble with their hands, and find themselves dropping things. Any of these might indicate a spine or neck injury or condition.”

Dr. Seal, a spine surgeon, explained for instance that sciatica – pain shooting down the legs – could be caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, depending on the patient’s age. Pain in the shoulder or arm may stem from a neck problem. Muscle cramping in the arms and legs or balance issues may also be caused by a problem with the spine or neck. “Our job is to help sort out the root cause and provide treatment options. Sometimes it requires surgery, but most of the time, it doesn’t.”

“There are so many treatment options,” said Dr. Heller. “We even have a psychologist who can help patients with behavioral therapies including biofeedback, and a registered dietitian who can counsel patients whose weight is contributing to their back problems. And of course, as pain management specialists, we have many, many tools available to address patients’ discomfort.”

The panel discussion will take a multi-disciplinary approach to neck and back disorders, and will cover:
• Testing and diagnosis
• Non-operative treatment options
• Minimally invasive treatment options
• Common surgeries

To register for the discussion, call 540-316-3588 or go to http://www.fauquierhealth.org/.

Calendar of Events for October

Saturday, October 1
Diabetes Expo 2011
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Details: Free

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

Thursday, October 6
Stroke Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: “Stroke/TIA” with Kristin Williams, M.D., neurologist
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, October 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

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

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

Spine Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Spine and Pain: A Panel Discussion, with David Kim, M. D., and Daniel Heller, M.D., pain management specialists, and Charles Seal, M. D., and Jeffrey Wise, M.D., orthopedists
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, October 13
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Register: 540-667-2315

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

Diabetes Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Diabetes Basics, with Lida Tabatabaeian, M.D., endocrinologist; Kidneys and Diabetes, with Nivedita Chander, M.D., nephroligist
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Wednesday, October 19
Community Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Details: Conversation in Ethics: Social Media in the Hospital Setting
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, October 20
Medicare and Medicaid Benefits Counseling
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Details: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Wednesday, October 26
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Diabetes Healthy Eating Demonstration
Where: Fauquier Hospital Bistro on the Hill
When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

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

Wednesday, November 2
Joint Replacement Lecture
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Joint Replacement, with Robert Smith, M.D., orthopedist
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, November 3
Diabetes Lectures
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Your Heart and Diabetes, with R. Preston Perrin, M.D. cardiologist; Keeping Up with Diabetes, with Esther Bahk, M.D., internist
Register: 540-316-3588

Fauquier Hospital’s Infusion Center Nurses Focus on Patient Care

It's a good idea now and then to look beyond amazing technology and high-profile treatments to the folks who care for patients. Among the dozens of caring, compassionate, knowledgeable nurses at Fauquier Hospital are the very special nurses who care for patients in our Infusion Center.

Some patients in Fauquier Hospital’s Infusion Center have treatments that last for several hours at a time. That’s one reason they find it so comforting to be cared for by such compassionate and experienced nurses. (And Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, with Salman Syed Ali, M.D. is located adjacent to the Infusion Center, for seamless cancer care.)

Together, the Infusion Center’s eight nurses boast more than 200 years of nursing experience. Carol Casavecchia is an RN IV on the clinical ladder, which is the highest level. It requires professional development through participation in continuing education, community and committee involvement, and being a clinical leader. She has 41 years of nursing experience, including 27 years of oncology experience, and has earned her Oncology Certified Nursing certification.

Lorie Harris has 14 years nursing experience. She is chemotherapy biotherapy certified.
Jane Weatherford is also an RN IV on the clinical ladder. She has 25 years of nursing experience and is OCN certified. Mary Armstrong has 24 years experience as a nurse.
Chrissy Patterson has eight years experience as a nurse, all of them in oncology nursing, and is OCN certified.

Lois Sutphin is RN IV on the clinical ladder as well and is OCN certified. She has spent her entire 38 years as a nurse at Fauquier Hospital and has nine years of oncology experience. Trenna Larson has 26 years nursing experience. She is chemotherapy biotherapy certified. Fran Cecere is a parttime Infusion Center nurse. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and has earned her Advanced Oncology Certified Nursing certification.

In the photo: Nurses of the Fauquier Hospital Infusion Center: Carol Casavecchia, RN; Lorie Harris, RN; Jane Weatherford, RN; Mary Armstrong, RN; Chrissy Patterson, RN; Lois Sutphin, RN; and Trenna Larson, RN.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fauquier Health Hosts Healthy Eating Initiative at Warrenton Farmers Market

Ever wonder how to pick out a ripe cantaloupe? Do you know the difference between English peas and snow peas? What’s the best kind of onion to use in a stir fry? Are you just a little afraid to try okra?

You can find answers to dozens of food-related questions at the September 21 Warrenton Farmers Market. Josh Gegoski, Chef of the Bistro on the Hill, will be at the market from 10 to 11:30 a.m., chatting with visitors and vendors, and choosing delicious, affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables for a signature dish he will prepare at 11:30. The cooking demonstration, held outside at the Farmers Market, will feature all locally grown produce.

Fauquier Health’s Wellness Center will also be providing blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to noon. Aren Dodge, dietitian at the Wellness Center, will be present during that time to answer questions about healthy eating.

Fauquier Hospital hosts the Farmers Market every Wednesday through October, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bistro entrance to the hospital on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

Participation in the Farmers Market is part of Fauquier Hospital’s commitment to improving community health; promoting access to fresh, healthy and sustainable agriculture; and supporting the local economy. The Farmers Market Initiative complements and builds upon established hospital programs such as the diabetes workshops, community education, family health initiatives and the VIPeds summer Medical Camps.

What Are The Benefits of a Farmers’ Market?
Reasons for “going local” vary, but specific positives include:
• Freshness and Nutrition. The nutritional value of produce falls as time passes after harvest; locally grown fruit and vegetables are often picked within 24 hours of purchase.
• Taste and price. Eating local produce helps ensure that your food is at its peak taste, in good supply
and well priced.
• Regional economic health. Supporting local farmers keeps money in our community.
• Environmental protection. Flying, trucking and shipping food negatively affect the environment.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fauquier Hospital Builds Culinary and Healing Garden

Construction started Wednesday on Fauquier Hospital’s Culinary and Healing Garden. It will be installed adjacent to the Bistro patio and is designed to be a working kitchen garden. It will provide a source of organic, locally grown food for the Bistro. It will also be a teaching tool for learning about healthy food and where it comes from, and a place where patients, staff and visitors can sit and contemplate or putter to relieve stress. Installation should be completed by Friday.

The idea for the garden grew out of the “Green and Growing” program, a collaboration of Nutrition and Food Services, the FH Wellness Center, and FH Foundation in consultation with area youth groups, schools, local businesses, physicians and community organizations. The garden concept was unanimously approved by the Architecture and Interior Design Committee. Construction is being overseen by Facilities.

Support for the garden comes from Fauquier Health and community donors and volunteers. Once in, the garden will be overseen and maintained primarily by volunteers, most notably Warrenton resident Judy Roper, who stepped forward to be the garden coordinator. She will create the planting plan; direct planting and harvesting, and lead volunteers.

Other contributors and donors include Gilliams Lumber, Rankins Hardware, Providence Landscaping, Stuart A. Stanley Company, Wholesale Wood Products (Calverton), Boxwood Montessori, Anne Hall of Long and Foster, and others. Area gardeners and farmers have pledged to donate plants and seeds.

Kirsten Dueck, development officer for the Fauquier Health Foundation, said, “one of the most exciting parts has been the way people who had not previously been actively involved with the hospital got excited about it and came together to make it happen.”

Dr. Joshua Jakum, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Dart, and Doug Larson have been great champions for the garden, as have Foundation board members Anne Hall and Karen Wachtmeister, Town Councilman Yak Lubowsky and Fauquier County Supervisor Peter Schwartz. Staff who have helped out include Michael Kresse, Tracy Turman, Zach Erickson, Aren Dodge, Elizabeth Henrickson and Kirsten Dueck.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fauquier Health Hosts Family Wellness Fair

Knowledge is power. This statement is especially true when it comes to your health. This fall, Fauquier Health will provide an opportunity for you to gather knowledge about your own health profile. Fauquier Hospital will host a Family Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24.

This free event will help residents take an active approach to monitoring their health and wellness. Complete health screenings and learn how to stay healthy at interactive demonstrations and information booths.

All screenings are free.

Cholesterol -- Do you know your numbers? A simple cholesterol screening is the most important step you can take in understanding your risk for developing cardiac disease. (The cholesterol screening includes total cholesterol and HDL. Fasting is not necessary.) A limited number of screenings will be offered.

Blood Glucose -- Your blood sugar level is a good measure of your risk for diabetes, as well as conditions like hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar. (Fasting is not necessary.)

Prostate Cancer -- Prostate cancer can often be found early by testing the amount of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in your blood. Finding cancer early makes the disease more treatable.

Breast Exams -- Early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

Bone Density -- Are you at risk of osteoporosis? A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of developing this disease.

Other FREE offerings at the Family Wellness Fair include:
Blood pressure and pulse checks
BMI evaluation
Height and weight checks
Balance assessment
Pediatric developmental assessments
Healthy snack demonstrations
Ask the pharmacist
Fitness demonstrations
Asthma educational games
Hospital tours
Handwashing demonstrations
Information booths
More fun activities for kids

To learn more, go to http://www.fauquierhealth.org/ for all the latest details on the health fair.

Fauquier Health Hosts Sharp Collection Event

Many people have medical conditions such as diabetes or allergies that require self-injections or blood testing at home. A free service of Fauquier Health, the community sharps disposal program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and waste management and landfill staff.

Fauquier Health will hold a Sharps Collection Day on Saturday, September 24. Residents may stop
by the Bistro entrance of Fauquier Hospital between 9 a.m. and noon to dispose of sharps.

To help make this day a success, please remember:
• Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can penetrate.
• No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.
• No medications will be collected at this event.

Farmers Market Hosts Healthy Initiative at Fauquier Hospital

Ever wonder how to pick out a ripe cantaloupe? Do you know the difference between English peas and snow peas? What’s the best kind of onion to use in a stir fry? Are you just a little afraid to try okra?

You can find answers to dozens of food-related questions at the Wednesday, September 21 Warrenton Farmers Market. Josh Gegoski, Chef of Fauquier Hospital's Bistro on the Hill, will be at the market from 10 to 11:30 a.m., chatting with visitors and vendors, and choosing delicious, affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables for a signature dish he will prepare at 11:30. The cooking demonstration, held outside at the Farmers Market, will feature all locally grown produce.

Fauquier Health’s Wellness Center will also be providing blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to noon. Aren Dodge, dietitian at the Wellness Center, will be present during that time to answer questions about healthy eating.

Fauquier Hospital hosts the Farmers Market every Wednesday through October, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bistro entrance to the hospital on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

Pediatricans Weigh in on Concussion Risks

Warrenton pediatricians Joshua Jakum, M.D., and Michael Amster, M.D., agree that education on the subject of concussions is vital. To help educate coaches, parents and other physicians, Drs. Jakum and Amster will speak on Concussions in Athletics at 7 p.m., on Thursday, September 22 in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

Dr. Jakum says, “I am a youth lacrosse coach, and at a recent national convention, educating coaches and players about concussions was a major topic. Middle and high school athletic departments are required to have a plan in place to recognize and deal with concussions, and that is filtering down to recreational sports as well.”

A rugby player who has seen his share of concussions, Dr. Amster explains that a concussion is not necessarily due to a direct blow to the head. “It’s an injury caused when the brain is forced to move rapidly, like the snap of a head during a big hit. There is damage at the cellular level; the injury disrupts how the brain cells speak to one another. Children with concussions often have difficulty recalling old information and learning new information.”

Dr. Amster says, “For those younger than 21, if an athlete suffers a second concussion before fully recovering from an earlier one, it can cause the brain to swell and could result in significant brain damage.” Dr. Amster adds that only 40 percent of children who have suffered concussions are fully recovered after a week.

Dr. Jakum says, “If there is an injury, it’s important that the athlete is pulled off the field immediately and evaluated. Recognizing a concussion requires attention by coaches, athletic trainers and knowledgeable parents.”

Signs of a Concussion
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Signs of a Concussion that
May Be Reported by an Athlete
• Headache or pressure in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fauquier Health Seeks Nominations for Nurse's Award

Fauquier Hospital is asking for input from the community as it embarks on a new tradition. Within the next few months, a special nurse will be recognized with a DAISY Award for his or her hard work, devotion and compassion. Because patients and their families are the best judges of the care they receive, Fauquier Hospital’s patients and their families are asked to submit nominations.

On October 3, Fauquier Health will award one of its nurses the first DAISY Award. The lucky winner will receive many perks in recognition of his or her hard work and dedication. Tena Barnes Carraher, co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, will present the first award.

Anyone can nominate a nurse. The nomination form may be found in the front lobby and at the Emergency Deapartment reception desk at Fauquier Hospital, or on the health system’s website, http://www.fauquierhealth.org/. Just scroll to the bottom of the home page and look for the daisy. A new recipient will be chosen each quarter.

What is a DAISY Award?
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

After his death, Barnes’ family found comfort in the positive experiences they had while he was in the hospital. They created the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to recognize the super-human work nurses do every day all over the country. More information on the Daisy Foundation may be found at http://www.daisyfoundation.org/.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Want Your Kids to Think Better? Send Them to Gym Class

I've always known that gym class and recess were good for kids -- not just good, essential. Now, here's more evidence.

The Importance of Vaccinations for Children

Found this great article about vaccinations for children. It's timely, now that back-to-school checkups are in full swing.

Having interviewed several of our local pediatricians about the importance of vaccinations, I do believe that they would agree wholeheartedly with this article.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dr. Wesley Hodgson, OB/GYN, Joins Fauquier Health

Obstetrician and gynocologist Dr. Wesley Hodgson, M.D., has joined Fauquier Health OB/GYN on Hospital Hill. Dr. Hodgson served eight years active duty in the military, four of those as an OB/GYN physician at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Dr. Hodgson is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

“Camp Lejeune was a very busy place for a community hospital,” Dr. Hodgson says. “The staff delivers more than 2,000 babies each year, so the pace is always hectic. It was an excellent training ground.”

Dr. Hodgson’s military experience also taught lessons in compassion. He took care of hundreds of patients who were affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “So many of our moms who were delivering were alone because their husbands were deployed,” Dr. Hodgson explains. “That really brings a whole new element to a pregnancy because it involves so many more stressors.”

Dr. Hodgson remembers the moment he knew he wanted to become a doctor. He was 13 at the time and was attending an Orioles baseball game. “One of the ground crew workers had a heart attack right in the middle of the field, right in front of everybody,” Dr. Hodgson explains. “Some folks in the stands rushed down to do CPR, and the man having the heart attack was actually revived by the resuscitation. The event made such a huge impression on me. From that point forward, I was very focused on going into medicine, and I have not wavered since.”

Dr. Hodgson’s passion for obstetrics and gynecology developed during medical school. “It was the one area in the hospital where, even though there are often emergencies, there are so many happy endings, which was very appealing to me. And second, I really admired the close personal relationships that the OBs had with their patients. You don’t always see that, but it’s absolutely essential in this specialty. So I’ve been trying to emulate that ever since,” says Dr. Hodgson.

“Labor and delivery are big, life-changing events, so I think it’s our job to help guide them through that, and to try to reduce their stress while providing the safest care possible,” says Dr. Hodgson.
“I could not be more impressed with with the philosophy of patient care the health system embraces — always putting the patient first. The values of the Fauquier Health caregivers are unmatched from what I’ve seen elsewhere, and I’m looking forward to helping them deliver the best care possible,” says Dr. Hodgson.

Red Cross Blood Drive August 30

On Tuesday, August 30, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital's Sycamore Room.

Remember to drink plenty of water, eat a good meal and bring a photo ID.

All donors will receive a FREE “Be Extraordinary” Red Cross T-Shirt and a free coupon for a six-piece box of chocolate-dipped fruit from Edible Arrangements, while supplies last.

The Villa Resident Turns 101 Years Old

George Nevins, resident of The Villa at Suffield Meadows, received a celebratory kiss from a fellow resident on the occassion of his 101st birthday party. George was one of the first
residents to move into The Villa, Fauquier Health's assisted living facility, last September.

Piedmont Business Journal Discusses Employee Wellness

An article in the Piedmont Business Journal titiled "Get well soon: Health, fitness take center stage in benefit packages," talks about how many businesses are placing a stronger emphasis on employee health and fitness. The result? Health insurance costs can come down and the workforce is healthier and more productive.

Fauquier Health has a robust employee health program, including a health clinic for employees and incentives for living a healthy lifestyle.

The story on employee wellness starts on page 48, and a sidebar about the Fauquier Health Wellness Center (where employees can join for a discounted price and be reimbursed if they utilize it regularly) starts on page 56.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ice is Nice

I have gotten enough minor injuries in my life that I'm familiar with the mantra, "Put ice on it." Whether it was a sprained ankle or a broken elbow, I'd do it for a day or two, but quickly get bored with the concept. You have to stay in one place. And it's cold. And it drips.

But recently, I've become a believer.

I'd been having some issues with bursitis in my hip. With daily doses of Tylenol/Motrin/Aleve, it wasn't too bad; it would get stiff after sitting for a while, but didn't slow me down too much. The medicine also helped with some residual pain I was having from shoulder surgery.

But recently, my stomach let me know that it wasn't too happy about the multiple doses of painkillers. So now I had a choice: hip and shoulder pain, or stomach pain.

Then I remembered the wisdom of Terry, my physical therapist (of Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). "Try putting some ice on it," she suggested. This sounded familiar. My orthopedist, Dr. Ralph Garretson, had urged me to do the same. So, belatedly, I reached into the freezer and followed their advice.

I still have to stay in place for 20 minutes at a time, it's still cold and it still drips. But it doesn't hurt anymore.

I'll put up with the drips.

Just one 20-minute session a day with ice packs draped over my shoulder and hip, and I'm good to go for the whole day. And no more damage to my stomach. Amazing. Thanks to Terry and to Dr. Garretson for reminding me that ice is nice.

Monday, July 25, 2011

AP Story About Fauquier Medical Camp Hits the Web

Fauquier Health's medical camps are featured in an AP story that came out today. A great story with great photos, and even a video. The story has been picked up all over the country, from the Miami Herald, to The Republic in Indiana, the New Hampshire Journal and the Kansas City Star, just to name a few. NPR, the Huffington Post, and Yahoo are also featuring the story.

I've seen the medical camp firsthand and it is pretty awesome. Just the right amount of gross factor -- from harvesting corneas to testing blood, to suturing. Very cool.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Family Practitioner Joins Fauquier Health

Ana Born, MD
Family Practice Physician
Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
Dr. Born can be reached at 540-439-8100.

Fauquier Health is pleased to announce the addition of a new family medicine physician. Ana Born, M.D., has joined Drs. Diane King and Kevin Tate at Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton (formerly Fauquier Medical Associates).

As a family practice physician, Dr. Born is passionate about a variety of medical specialty areas, including women’s health, pediatrics and immigrant health.

“Kids are wonderful,” Dr. Born says. “Being able to treat them always brings a smile to my face. And women have a unique niche of their own, so I enjoy being able to help them with their particular needs as well.”

Dr. Born’s passion for helping immigrants stems from her early upbringing and educational pursuits. Born and raised for a time in Puerto Rico, Dr. Born is fluent in Spanish. She also served as a Spanish medical interpreter during her undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, and created a Spanish medical curriculum for the staff at Morton Plant Hospital during her University of South Florida residency program.

“Spanish was the first language I learned,” Dr. Born says. “I strongly believe that to be able to communicate with patients in their own language, it is important to thoroughly understand all the cultural aspects and belief systems that go hand-in-hand with the language.”

Fauquier County’s diverse patient population, the friendliness of the staff and physicians, and the practice location were the features that lured Dr. Born to Fauquier Health.

“I went to George Washington University for medical school, so I already knew I loved the Northern Virginia area, but I didn’t want to be in the hustle and bustle of the city,” she explains. “I really like that this is a very family-oriented area with a much slower pace. And I love the fact that you can go horseback riding and hiking. It’s just very outdoorsy, which is the perfect fit for me.”

Dr. Born is looking forward to treating patients from all age groups, newborn through geriatrics, as well as specializing in a variety of medical procedures, including incision and drainage (for abscesses), suturing, biopsies, endometrial biopsies, and the placement of IUDs.

She’s also looking forward to partnering with local families.

“I love kids and I love adults. In order to treat both effectively, I prefer to do it within the context of their lives, environments and families. That’s the reason I chose family medicine. By treating the whole family, I can do a better job of treating the disease process, which makes families healthier.”