Read on for the inside scoop about the people and events behind the scenes at Fauquier Health System - Hospital in Northern Virginia.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Here is a video of the 3Fold Chord Trio performing a quick concert at Fauquier Hospital's Infusion Center. It was really beautiful. Naomi Schrock, one of the trio, is a patient at the Infusion Center. The music was gorgeous, really amazing, and was appreciated by patients and staff alike.
Blood drive collection is at a 15-year low. Blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the country, with 50,000 fewer pints of blood available than expected.By donating blood, you can make a significant impact in someone’s life.
Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. It could be used for the little girl with a rare blood disorders, a family member fighting cancer, or a friend involved in a car accident. A supply shortage means that blood may not be available when it’s needed most. The Red Cross is grateful to those who are responding to this emergency call for help. Before coming in to donate blood, remember to drink plenty of water, eat a good meal and bring a photo ID. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free Varsity Haircut from Sports Clips.
Fire and Rescue employees will be wearing pink shirts during the month of October. These shirts are available for presale to the public if you would like one. Short-sleeve shirts are $20; long sleeve are $23. Sizes small through 3 XL are available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Fauquier Health.
You can pay by check or cash at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center, the Infusion Center or the Medical Imaging registration desk. Order by September 10 to have your shirt by October 1, the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
When I walked in to Fauquier Hospital for my first day of volunteering this summer, I was excited, but more than a little scared. Although I had been a Junior Volunteer for two summers as part of the volunteer concierge program, this year I was going into a new department and was unsure about what to expect.
I should have known better. As soon as I walked into Outpatient Special Procedures I was greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome. Allison Cameron, unit support specialist II, brought me to the Interventional Radiology Department, and the nurses there showed me how to answer the phones. I found my favorite task was helping to connect callers with the right department.
Anne Ziegler, RN, one of the nurses in the IR Department, led me through all the steps. She even called me from another phone so I could practice transferring calls. Of course, I completely bungled my first call. As I stammered out a frantic apology, Anne smiled reassuringly. Sheand the rest of the nursing staff made me feel right at home with their friendly conversation. Kari Schwind, RN, and I talked about mutual acquaintances; I chatted with Daniel Carter, RN, about homecoming dresses; and Dr. Douglas Markert expressed interest in my recent track season.
Every day before I left, a nurse would take my hand with both of hers, look me in the eye, and tell me how much they appreciated my help. I looked forward to coming into work each day.
The next week I filled in for a vacationing staff member in OPSP. I greeted patients, checked them in, and put together the patient charts. I loved putting stickers on all of the charts. Each sticker has a patient’s name and some basic information about the patient. It’s very important that the correct sticker is placed on each and every page of a patient’s chart so the nurses and doctors are absolutely sure about the specifics of the patient they are treating.
Sandy Shipe, OPSP director, made it a point to make me feel like a part of the OPSP team. I knew the job I was doing was crucial to the department. If I wasn’t there to help put the charts together, a nurse might have to take on that responsibility, taking attention away from the care of his or her patients.
Speaking with my fellow volunteers, I found that they had very similar positive experiences. Lauren Maxey was a first-time volunteer this summer -- in the ED in the mornings, at the Family Birthing Center in the afternoons. Lauren said her favorite part of the job was connecting with the patients. “I tried to put myself in their shoes to understand what they may need, or what I could do to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.”
Ashtyn Foddrell (pictured above), who has been volunteering at The Villa the past two summers, absolutely loves her work. She runs movies, goes on short field trips, and sometimes just visits with the residents. “They love having company. They make me laugh every day,” she said. Ashtyn is a sophomore at Strasburg High School and aspires to be an OB/GYN.
Amy Blankenship is a senoir at Kettle Run High School. She also works at The Villa, and wants to be a nurse one day. She enjoys playing cards with the residents, “They are always happy to take time to teach you.”
Maria Canas, who worked at FHRNC earlier this summer, said her favorite part of volunteering was exercising with the patients and visiting them.
Some Junior Volunteers find it hard to give up volunteering. Tevy Ribero volunteered for three years as a member of the patient concierge team. After she turned 18, Tevy returned to Fauquier Hospital as an adult volunteer. She is currently attending the University of Virginia and working toward a career as a doctor. “It exceeded all of my expectations in many ways! Part of this was due to my mentor Lisa Spitzer, who encouraged all of her volunteers to go above and beyond to exhibit Planetree ideals and keep each patient’s wellbeing as your first priority.”
I know from my own experience that patients and visitors seem to like seeing a young face ready to help them out. At least twice a day I heard, “Well, I haven’t seen candystripers in years.” I even struck up a conversation with a patient about our uniforms. She had been a candystriper herself, years ago.
Why do we do it? I don’t know about all the Junior Volunteers, but for me, bringing a smile to the face of a patient at Fauquier Hospital was reward enough for waking up at 5:30 a.m. during my summer vacation.
Dr. William Cloud (on the left in the above picture)
Board Certified: General Surgery
Medical School: University of Virginia, 1977
Internship: University of Mississippi, General Surgery, 1978
Residency: University of Virginia, General Surgery, 1983
Fellowship: University of Virginia, Gastric Physiology, 1980
Additional: University of Southern California Keck Medical School, Master of Academic Medicine, 2011
Surgical Practice: Charlotte Surgical Group (1983 – 2001), Charlotte, NC; Cloud Surgical Solutions (2001 – 2012), Morganton, NC.
Dr. Kip Dorsey (on the right in the above picture)
Board Eligible: General Surgery
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, 2007
Residency: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, General Surgery 2012
Additional: Served as Chief Resident, 2011-2012
Fauquier Health recently welcomed two new general surgeons to its staff of physicians. In addition to establishing themselves as highly trained and skilled experts in the general surgery field, both physicians believe communication and trust are the cornerstones of the doctor-patient relationship. “I think that a lot of questioning early on, and especially during the decision-making process, forms the foundation of patient care,” says Kip Dorsey, M.D. “Communication builds trust between the physician and the patient. Just being up front with each other, being on the same page together, and both knowing what’s going on throughout the whole process, is how you develop that bond.” Dr. Dorsey recently relocated to Warrenton after completing medical school and residency at the University of Oklahoma, where he gained valuable experience using the most up-to-date procedures and technology for a broad range of surgical specialties, including general, trauma, critical care, breast, and pediatric. William Cloud, M.D., agrees. One of the things that impressed him the most during his initial visits to the area was the level of trust various community members expressed for the health system. “The first few times I visited Warrenton, I asked people in restaurants, gas stations and throughout the community how they felt about the hospital,” Dr. Cloud explains. “They all had positive opinions, which reinforced my desire to join the team. And I want patients to know they can trust us. If they come to visit Dr. Dorsey or myself, I want them to know they will receive excellent care.” Dr. Cloud recently joined Fauquier Health after practicing for 29 years in North Carolina, where he averaged 1,000 surgical cases per year. Some of his specialty areas include abdominal and GI surgery, endoscopy, complex foregut surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, multisystem trauma, vascular and hepatic surgery.
Fauquier Health General Surgery 550 Hospital Drive Warrenton, VA 20186 540-316-5940 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 Gainesville, VA 20155 703-743-7300
There is currently a shortage of donated blood in our community and throughout the country. The American Red Cross always sees a slowdown in donations during summer months, but this season, supplies have hit a 15-year low.
Here at Fauquier Hospital, we appreciate that our community is so generous when it comes to giving the gift of life. Each year, hundreds of residents take time out to donate blood so that supplies are there when our patients need them. In the last year, the American Red Cross has collected 294 pints of blood at Fauquier Hospital drives, providing life-saving blood for 882 people. The Red Cross will hold four blood drives this fall in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room. • Thursday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Friday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Tuesday, November 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. (This is a special type O drive, encouraging donors with this universal blood type to come in, but all donors are welcome.) • Friday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health to give blood. Each pint of donated blood can help up to three people. For more information on donating blood, go to: www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-236-3276.
What started out in 2008 as an ambitious experiment has become a Fauquier Hospital tradition. VIPeds (Very Important Pediatrics) Medical Camps have become more popular every year; before the summer is over, about 100 students will have explored different medical professions through the unique – and immensely fun --- two-day camps.
The most recent level one camp was held July 11 and 12. Students harvested corneas, typed their own blood, stitched wounds and participated in a mock code in the Emergency Department. In level two camps (which began July 25), the teenagers learned advanced suturing, applied a cast, handled a patient on a backboard and performed a full forensic dissection and examination of a preserved fetal pig specimen.
Response from the kids, as always, has been enthusiastic. Julie Fainter, one of the organizers of the program, said, “The kids tend to be kind of quiet during our short orientation session the morning of the first day, but as we go through the different modules, they become more and more excited about what they are doing. By the time we get to the obstacle course at the end of the second day, they have bonded with their group, and there is a lot of chattering and laughter. Their voices grow louder and louder as they try to speak over each other to share their stories from the week.” The obstacle course sets half a dozen tasks for the health-workers-in-training – bandaging a wound on their “patient,” putting them in an isolation gown and mask, feeding them applesauce, putting on a compression stocking and placing their arm in a sling. They manage this all while wearing “drunk” goggles, which impair their sight as if they were tired or drunk. It’s a lesson we hope they’ll never forget.”
Universally, what the students appreciate most about the camps is the hands-on learning, said Fainter. “They are so surprised when they hear they are going to create a sterile field and actually learn how to suture. Some of the students are really adept at it. They have great hand-eye coordination. They love the adrenaline rush of the mock emergency in the Emergency Room, and when you hand them a scalpel and show them how to harvest a cornea, they are completely engaged.”
“This has been my favorite part of the summer,” said 15-year -old Warrenton resident Cassandra Lubowsky. “I am a Type 1 diabetic, so I found endocrinology to be very interesting.”
Cassandra, like many others in the program, has considered a career as a doctor. The Medical Camp experience showed Cassandra how the different elements of a hospital work together -- volunteers, doctors, nurses and staff. “I look forward to volunteering in the hospital later this summer,” says Cassandra, “and hope to participate in the level two program next year.”
Thirteen-year-old Logan Love used the opportunity to confirm that he wanted to become an Emergency Room doctor. “The ED mock code was such an adrenaline rush, I would compare it to being on a roller coaster,” said Logan. “We worked as a team and I feel like that is what they do here at Fauquier Hospital.”
Many of the teenagers are also participating in the health system’s Jr. Volunteer program. Each volunteer spends two weeks of the summer volunteering in the hospital, the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, or at The Villa at Suffield Meadows.
Kudos go to Julie Fainter and Wendy Greenwood of the VIPeds Committee and to the many, many clinical personnel who worked with the students this summer. Staff members from Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center were among those who instructed the children, and Tamela Jenkins, Heather Reid, and Nicole Polster were also very involved in leading the level one camp sessions.
On Tuesday, July 31, Fauquier Hospital's Operating Room was a little more crowded than usual; it was the scene of an emergency preparedness drill that simulated an operating room fire and patient evacuation. About 15 volunteer members of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Medical Reserve Corps pretended to be patients during the exercise.
At 4:20 p.m., strobe lights and an alarm signaled the start of the drill. The OR was full, with four simulated surgeries underway and patients in the prep area and in recovery. Within about four minutes, all patients had been moved to a safe place in the hospital. Because of the location of the mock fire, a patient in one of the operating rooms was carried down stairs using a new Med Sled. (If it had been an actual fire, the Med Sled would protect the patient while the Med Sled is guided down the stairs.) Minutes later, members of the Warrenton Fire Department arrived to put out the (imaginary) flames.
During a discussion after the drill, staffers and volunteer patients offered thoughts and suggestions. Several volunteers praised the communication skills that led to the smooth operation, and appreciated that throughout the drill they felt like their safety was always the first priority for the medical staff.
Tracy Turman, vice president of Support Services and Emergency Planner for Fauquier Health, said that the objectives of the drill were met. "We wanted to test our ability to deal with a fire and evacuation in the OR. The drill also gave us a chance to evaluate our communications internally and with our local EMS workers.”
Fauquier Health periodically carries out emergency preparedness drills, testing healthcare workers’ response to disasters -- from tornados to epidemics.