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.