Thursday, December 27, 2012

January Calendar of Events

Monday, January 7

Your Childbirth Experience

Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center

When: 7 to 9 p.m.

Details: Four sessions; January 7, 14, 21 and 28

Cost: $120

Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, January 9

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

Thursday, January 10

Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center Training Room
When: 10 a.m.
Register: 540-667-2315

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

Friday, January 11

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: January 11 and 12
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, January 12

Safe Sitter Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, January 19

Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult/ Infant and Child)
American Heart Association
Where: Fauquier Health Medical Office Building
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $85
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, January 23
Intro to Reiki Class
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
When: 6 p.m.
Register: 540-316-2640

Friday, January 25
Massage for Couples
Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $55
Registration: 540-216-2640

Wednesday, January 30

Laparoscopic Surgery Advances: Shorter Recovery, Better Outcomes
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: With Dr. William Cloud, surgeon
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, January 31

Baby Care Essentials

Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Home Care Shop Debuts at Fauquier Hospital

The new Fauquier Health Home Care Shop is open in Fauquier Hospital’s Resource Center on the first floor. The shop offers home medical supplies on a cash and carry basis (not billed to insurance).

Items for sale include comfort care items like compression socks and Biofreeze (an analgesic pain reliever); breast pumps; wound care supplies; bathroom safety items; walkers and transporter wheelchairs; bedding and bath supplies; and other items that can make life easier for those recovering from an illness or injury. The shop is currently the only location in Fauquier to carry a line of decorative Air Boot accessories from CastMedic. The goal is to offer discharged patients and their families the convenience of picking up these items before leaving the hospital.

Hours for the Home Care Shop are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reach the shop, call 540-316-4437.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lights for Life Illuminates Hospital Hill

Longtime friend Alan Poe congratulates Eleanor Hazel on her Top of the Tree honor.

Black Friday sales ended long ago, the Warrenton Christmas parade is a sweet memory, and Gumdrop Square is open for business. These are all harbingers of holidays in Fauquier County, but there are some who don’t believe the holiday season can officially begin before the annual Lights for Life celebration at Fauquier Hospital. Break out the egg nog, Lights for Life was held Wednesday night, in a glorious burst of poinsettias and evergreen.

Organized by the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary and the Fauquier Health Foundation, the event is a special thank you gift to donors who have supported the hospital and all its entities during the year. 2012 Top of the Tree honorees were Bill and Eleanor Hazel, longtime contributors to the hospital and to a host of other Fauquier County and Northern Virginia organizations. The larger-than-life Mr. Hazel passed away three months ago, but his presence was felt in the standing-room only crowd, as family, friends and health system supporters remembered his legacy.

Sandra Brown, president of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, opened the festivities with a tribute to Mr. Hazel’s many accomplishments and generous philanthropy to the hospital, to Warrenton Presbyterian Church, Lord Fairfax Community College, Highland School, and Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow organization for troubled youth. Mrs. Brown also recognized Mrs. Hazel’s significant contributions over the years, as an invaluable behind-the-scenes helpmate.

Rodger Baker, president and CEO of Fauquier Health, graciously thanked all of the health system’s supporters, and reminded his audience of all that the organization has accomplished over the last year: the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling renovated rooms and dining area; the health system contributed $11.2 million to the community in services and charity care; in keeping with requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the health system is ahead of the curve on providing electronic medical records for its patients; and community wellness initiatives like hosting the Warrenton Farmers Market, creating an organic garden on campus, and providing reduced-cost healthy meals for senior citizens through the Senior Supper Club are thriving.

Dr. William A. Hazel, an orthopedic surgeon and Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, said a few words honoring his father. “Dad always did love a party,” he said. “He would have been thrilled with this. It’s been three months, and we miss him.”

He said, “Here in Fauquier County, we come here to the hospital to be born, when we are in distress, to see loved ones… I have been all over Virginia. You may think hospitals everywhere are the same, but they’re not. The level of care you have here… it’s very important.”

Henry Hazel, grandson of the Top of the Tree honorees, was asked to entertain Lights for Life guests with a song, but had a Highland School concert to attend. So the gathering was treated to a video performance of Henry singing “The Captain and the Kid” by Jimmy Buffet, as photographs of his grandparents appeared behind him. It brought down the house.

After that moving tribute, there was only one thing left to do. The crowd counted down and watched as Hospital Hill was illuminated, officially welcoming in the holiday season.
For a complete album of photos of the event, visit Fauquier Health's Facebook page.

Infusion Center Patient Inspires Fundraiser

Warrenton Middle School students and staff used their talents October 26 to raise $3,604 to benefit the Infusion Center at Fauquier Hospital.

Proceeds from the school’s annual talent show, which featured 27 performances (plus a flash mob!) by more than 39 students and faculty members, were used to buy items to make Infusion Center visits more pleasant for patients.

“Our goal was to raise money to make the patients’ time at the center more comfortable and relaxing,” said Tina Ference, ITRT at the school, who co-produced and co-directed the show with business teacher Cathy Medlock.

A patient of Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology's Dr. Salman Ali, Medlock is currently undergoing her second round of chemotherapy. Medlock’s sister Betsy said, “When they discovered the cancer, Cathy was in the middle of directing the spring musical, and opted not to start chemo until the show was over. The show was performed on a Friday, and she started chemo on Monday.”

Lois Sutphin, RN, of the Infusion Center, helped the school group compile a list of needed items – iPads, headphones, portable movie players and other technology items. The Infusion Center now has a new coffee maker as well, thanks to the Warrenton Middle School community.

“The school chose the Infusion Center as our beneficiary because at WMS we have seen many staff members, friends and parents utilize the center for their healthcare needs,” said Ference. Besides helping one of their own teachers, the WMS family wanted to give back to the local community. “We know the money will be used for the Warrenton and Fauquier County community,” she said.

In addition to money collected from admission tickets and concessions, funds to benefit the Infusion Center were raised through donations from three local businesses. Country Chevrolet and Oak View Bank gave cash donations, and Fauquier Bank donated items for a gift basket that was auctioned.

Others donating baskets or raffle items were Mary Kay, Touchstone Jewelry, Tastefully Simple and Redken consultants, along with homeroom classes and faculty and staff. Students in WMS’ eighth-grade family and consumer science classes gathered the donated items and assembled 26 baskets that were either raffled or sold in a silent auction that evening.