Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fauquier Health Stars in AHA video

Volunteer Dave Mailler greets patients and families at the front door of  Fauquier Hospital.

Bruce Edwards, physical therapist, works with patient (and director of Patient Access) Melissa Finley.

Julie Ross was generous enough to share her newborn daughter with the camera.

April Robinson is a nursing student, being mentored by Jammie Hall, RN, in the Family Birthing Center.

Dr. Alirezza Tajick, Fauquier Hospital hospitalist, is a great doctor, and always photogenic.

Below you'll find a link to a video produced by the American Hospital Association for its annual meeting. If you are alert, you will see some familiar faces. The AHA visited Fauquier Hospital (the ED, physical therapy, the Family Birthing Center, etc.) a couple of weeks ago and shot some footage for this presentation. As always, our staff members were very generous with their time and talents.
It’s very cool. See if you can pick out our stars!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sharon O'Neill Retires after 30 Years with Fauquier Health

Sharon O'Neill is congratulated by Linda Sharkey, Vice President of Patient Care, on her more than three decades of service to Fauquier Health.

Sharon O’Neill, IS Clinical Analyst, will be retiring this month from Fauquier Health, after a little more than 30 years of service. 

Sharon began her career with Fauquier Hospital on November 6, 1982 as a radiology technician. Bernice Pearson, who worked with Sharon in those early years, remembers that she always provided courteous and compassionate care to her patients. She had an amazing focus on customer service and treated her patients as if they were her own family members. She was a team player, and always willing to help out a patient or a coworker, said Bernice. Sharon also spent several years as an office manager in the Radiology Department.

In 1999, Sharon transitioned to an analyst role in the IS Department, and was an integral part of the team that brought up the new Meditech system. She translated the caring attitude she had for patients into a passion for building the system to be effective for end-users and for teaching her supported departments the most efficient ways to use the system. She trained all levels of users and was known for her patient and confidence-building approach. Sharon assumed responsibility for more modules within Meditech and was soon sought out by others for her global understanding of the highly integrated system.

Dr. Jeffrey Joseph Heading to Africa for Third Mission Trip

   Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, of the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department, is hearing the call of Africa once again, and once again he’ll be traveling there in July to lend his medical expertise to a new endeavor. This will be the good doctor’s third mission trip. As a seasoned veteran, he knows more or less what to expect – few amenities, blazing heat and many, many patients who need medical attention and education.

Dr. Joseph will be traveling to Kisumu in western Kenya to help establish a new medical clinic for villagers who do not have any access to healthcare. Sally Lunetta, an organizer for the clinic, says that the facility is not up and running yet. “We have the buildings and are busy collecting all the supplies we need to get it opened before June.”

Dr. Joseph will be spending his time in Kisumu working with patients, educating Kenyan doctors and nurses – and learning from them about the particular needs of their patients. The clinicians will also help the clinic venture out into the community to do some outdoor clinic days -- setting up an area in and around the clinic buildings where villagers can come and get free medical care.

The clinic will not be able to accomplish surgeries, but clinicians hope to offer immunizations, HIV testing, treatments for various common local diseases (like malaria, typhoid, etc.) and perhaps some well baby care.

Medical supplies and medicine are scarce, so Dr. Joseph has taken on the task of gathering as much as he can to help stock the shelves. He is actively fundraising for trip expenses and for medical supplies.

Dr. Joseph’s excitement about his upcoming journey is palpable; he knows from previous trips how rewarding the experience can be. After his first adventure in Africa, he wrote this: “It was a great, great trip. I relive some part of it every day...it has profoundly affected me and my life.” Then he quoted an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Words to live by.

Jr. Chefs Program Debuts

The Junior Chef program got off to a great start Saturday. Twelve students got a cooking lesson that included good information on healthy eating as well.

Above, Natalie Ramos, director of Nutrition Services for Fauquier Hospital, works with Paige Ramirez and Sydney Baker on a lemon thyme shortbread cookie recipe.

The next Jr. Chef class will be held Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bistro. The cost is $45 per student. Call 540-316-3588 to register, or go to www.fauquierhealth.org.

DAISY Award Will be Announced April 30

Fauquier Hospital will honor its extraordinary nurses at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Bistro on the Hill. The celebration will recognize nurses who have displayed exceptional compassion to patients and their families. One nurse will be chosen as the recipient of the DAISY Award for Compassionate Nursing.

Nominees are chosen every quarter, and one nurse is named the Daisy Award winner. On April 30, the celebration will be particularly meaningful because the founders of the DAISY award, Mark and Bonnie Barnes, will join us for the ceremony.

The public is invited to help us honor our wonderful nurses.

   Looking for a family-friendly place to eat on Sunday mornings? Beginning April 14, the Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital will be offering an all-inclusive Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lots of choices and a special price for children.

   Families can enjoy selections from the grill (made to order eggs and pancakes) with all the fixings (like bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes) or fruit and salad bar. A homestyle station will offer one carved selection and another traditional lunch-style entrĂ©e. Pizza is on the menu too, in kid-sized slices, and a pasta station will include a choice of two sauces. Muffins, scones and breads will be available, and for those thinking ahead to Sunday dinner, whole pies and breads may be purchased to bring home.

   The cost for adults is $9.95; kids 12 and under are $3.95 and children under 4 eat free. Fountain drinks, coffee and tea are included in the price, but bottled drinks are extra.

   Natalie Ramos, director of Food and Nutrition Services at Fauquier Health, said that the idea for a Sunday brunch came from a desire to provide a variety of healthy, freshly made foods that families could enjoy together. “I won’t say that kids are picky eaters. I’ll say they have definite ideas about what they like. Our brunch will offer plenty of variety for children – and their parents.”

Warrenton Farmers Market Returns to Hospital Hill May 1

For the third consecutive year, the Warrenton Farmers Market will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables from the Bistro parking lot at Fauquier Hospital every Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting May 1. 

Following the market, there will be a cooking demonstration at the night owl area in the Bistro, to showcase items purchased at the farmers market.

Medical Training Scholarship Funds Available

Medical training scholarship funds are available through the Dr. Eric Maybach Scholarship Fund. Dr. Maybach was a physician with Fauquier Hospital for many years.

Applications are available for the $500 scholarship. Money awarded can be used to pay for medical training. Good candidates for the award might be anyone going to medical school or to school to be a CNA, for instance.
The application is due April 27, and may be found here: 

Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Handbag Sale April 18 and 19

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor an In the Bag sale on Thursday, April 18 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday, April 19 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fund raiser will take place in the conference area of Fauquier Hospital, and all proceeds will go to the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary. 
All kinds of bags, purses, luggage and carryalls will be featured. 

Unused Medication and Sharp Collection

Sharps Collection
When: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Medical Office Building on the Hospital Hill campus of Fauquier Hospital
Sponsored by: Fauquier Health, NOVEC and the Warrenton Police Department
For more information: call 540-316-3588.

What do you do with the medications in your cabinet that have expired or are no longer being used? If you toss them in the garbage or flush them down the toilet, they may filter into the groundwater and end up in our lakes and streams.

To provide an alternative to this environmental hazard, Fauquier Health will hold an unused medication and sharps collection day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A free service of Fauquier Health, the program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used medication or medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and waste management and landfill staff. Residents may stop by the Medical Office Building on Hospital Hill to safely dispose of unused medication and sharps.

To help make this day a success, please remember:
  • Medicine should be in original packaging if possible.
  • Personal information should be blacked out with a marker.
  • Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can penetrate.
  • No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.