Monday, November 12, 2012

Blood Drive Crucial After Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy caused cancellations of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of thousands of units of blood and platelets. Fauquier Hospital will host a blood drive in the Sycamore Room tomorrow, Nov. 13, from 1-5 p.m. The emphasis for this drive is on Type O blood, since that is the most in demand, but all are welcome to contribute.

Donate now, it's more important than ever.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Car Control Clinic Prepares Young Drivers for Unexpected Emergencies

My 15-year-old daughter and I attended the New Driver Car Control Clinic, sponsored by Fauquier Health, last weekend. I had participated in the clinic five years ago with my son, but it was a very different experience.

The Car Clinic was the same as it was five years ago -- a very wonderful event that prepares teens to deal with emergencies on the road. It was my partner in the class who was different this time.

When my son and I took the class, he was a young driver, but he already had logged his mandatory hours behind the wheel and had his license. Even as a beginner, he had been confident and relaxed behind the wheel. When he was faced with the "obstacles" presented by the course, he maneuvered them easily and with a sense of fun.

When the class was over and he was faced with a real-life obstacle in the road one rainy night, he dealt with it beautifully and avoided an accident. Thank you, Car Control Clinic!!

With my daughter at the clinic last weekend, it was a different story. She still has her learner's permit, and has not spent nearly as much time in the driver's seat. She is also a more cautious personality, and nervous about making mistakes. At the beginning of the behind-the-wheel portion of the class, she was very tense and worried. She relaxed after a few exercises and I thought we might get through the ordeal without a nervous breakdown.

It turned out that she did fine at most of the tasks asked of her, but when she had to skid on purpose and avoid hitting some cones that were set up... well let's just say the cones took a beating. Her reaction surprised me. Instead of feeling angry and defensive about running over the cones, she was completely comfortable and did better each time she tried. She kept her sense of humor and learned the lessons she set out to tackle. I credit the instructor, Ed Haines, for making her feel relaxed.

The big bonus of the class came a few days later, when she got behind the wheel of our car to drive to Culpeper. Before we took the class, every time she drove was a challenge. We would fight because she was tense and resented any suggestion from me. The trip to Culpeper was different. She showed a new confidence and had shed her fears that led to our conflicts. Thank you, Car Control Clinic!!!

I am thankful that this is the last child I will have to teach to drive. But I am glad I had the Car Control Clinic to help. When it comes time to giving up the keys for her maiden drive alone, I will feel much better knowing she has the experience -- and confidence -- to cope with an unexpected emergency.

VHHA Honors Fauquier Hospital CEO for Distinguished Service

Rodger Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fauquier Health, received the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the VHHA’s annual meeting on November 8.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to past or present chief executive officers of member institutions who have long records of performing outstanding, valuable or unique services to the hospital community. The VHHA’s award criteria states that recipients have made “exemplary contributions to the hospital and health system community through leadership, management, education, research or service.”

Rodger Baker has led Fauquier’s health system with vision and resolve for more than 35 years, taking it from a small community hospital to a 97-bed, state-of-the-art facility with a 33-bed emergency department, a nursing home/rehabilitation facility, assisted living facility, wound healing center and wellness center. Most significantly, Fauquier Hospital was named a Planetree-Designated Hospital in 2007. Planetree hospitals undergo a rigorous multi-year screening process demonstrating their commitment to patient-centered care. The hospital was one of the first five Planetree-designated facilities in the country.

Baker’s nomination explained, “The health system’s dedication to this transformation required not only vision and funds, it demanded a complete culture change. Patient-centered care required physical changes – like building single rooms with beds for family members; spiritual changes – like building a chapel on site and incorporating art and music into the design throughout the hospital; and philosophical changes – like hiring a patient concierge to meet with each inpatient upon admittance.

“Those changes started at the top with Baker. From the director of medical services to the workers in the housekeeping department, every employee knows that Baker walks, talks and sleeps Planetree. He lives it every day. It shows in his effort to know every of his 1,000-plus employees, in his constant striving to help the hospital achieve the highest patient and employee satisfaction numbers. Through his leadership, Baker has given staff the tools they need to do their jobs with efficiency and with compassion.

“Throughout his years with the health system, Rodger has continued to steer the health system to serve the needs of the community. An assisted living facility, wound healing center and wellness center have expanded the health system’s reach into the community.”

Marshall Doeller, chairman of the Fauquier Health System Board of Directors, spoke about Baker at the VHHA ceremony on Thursday morning. He said, “Baker does not seek the limelight or recognition for himself, but always promotes the hospital and the accomplishments of the Fauquier Health team. He is very fair and even-handed and is a real gentleman.”

Doeller pointed out that Baker has also shown the capacity to look beyond Fauquier’s borders and see the bigger picture. He has served in many leadership roles with the VHHA, including chairman in 2005-2006. He served as a delegate to the American Hospital Association and is currently a member of the AHA’s regional policy board. He was also chairman of the board of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance from 2007-2008, and was a member of the board of directors of the Northwestern Virginia Health Systems Agency from 2007-2009.

Board member Anne Hall said, “Rodger never ceases to amaze me. His calm demeanor, quick wit and ability to smoothly handle controversy are rare qualities in today’s world. In my opinion, Rodger deserves the lion’s share of credit for the growth and development of our healthcare system.”

Robin Gulick, local attorney and member of the Fauquier Health System board of directors, also spoke at the award ceremony. He said, “Rodger is a great leader. Through every decision he makes, every new initiative he spearheads, Rodger’s genuine concern is always synonymous with the mission of the hospital: to restore, promote, and maintain the health of the community.”

Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Handbag Sale

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a handbag sale in the hospital’s Sycamore Room on Tuesday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, November 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature discounts of up to 60 percent off retail prices on a large selection of leather and designer handbags, briefcases and luggage, wallets, mini-bags and small leather goods.

Cash, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to support the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary.

Medicare and Medicaid Explained at Forum

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center will host a forum on Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Toni Browning and Poppy Foddrell, from the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services, will speak on: Medicare A and B basics; differences between Medicare Advantage and supplement (Medigap) plans; Medicare Part D prescription details; Medicaid eligibility for those older than 65 or those receiving Social Security disability benefits; and long-term care Medicaid benefits.

Open enrollment for Medicare benefits ends December 7, so now is a good time to learn about your options.

Light refreshments will be served at the forum. Call 540-316-5500 to RSVP.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hospitals Coordinate Across the Region

Here's an article on how healthcare organizations work together across regions to coordinate during  emergencies. Fauquier Hospital is a member of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance (NVHA), a really effective agency that ensures communicaiton and cooperation during crises that effect the region.