Thursday, November 20, 2014

Couple Marries in Chapel at Fauquier Hospital

Jarett Houk hugs his new bride moments after Jud Fischel pronounces them husband and wife.

The wedding ceremony of Jarett Houk and Emily Howell in Fauquier Hospital’s Chapel was short but sweet. The bride’s mom and stepdad were there for the event.

Emily Howell’s mom Kimberly Lovewell, a patient at Fauquier Hospital, checks out the wedding bouquet.

Jarett and Emily Houk.

Some traditions are essential: The Bistro on the Hill provided the wedding cake.

Kimberly Lovewell of Marshall was disappointed that her daughter Emily Howell had to forego a big church wedding, but was thrilled to be a part of a simple ceremony – even though she was a patient at Fauquier Hospital. Howell married her fiancĂ©, Jarett Houk, in the hospital chapel the morning of November 18. Houk will be leaving for boot camp in January, and the paperwork for their marriage was due with the Marine Corps this week. The couple wanted to be sure the bride’s mom was a part of the ceremony, so arrangements were hastily made to tie the knot in the hospital.

Lisa Spitzer with Fauquier Hospital ran out to buy flowers for the Chapel and a “bouquet” (a small pot of flowers from the Gift Shop) for the bride. The bakers in the Bistro were enlisted to provide a cake and an amateur photographer was located. When Kimberly Lovewell arrived in her wheelchair, all was ready.

Local attorney Jud Fischel was the Justice of the Peace. He noticed that after he declared the couple married, Houk didn’t need to be reminded to kiss the bride.

Lovewell shed a few tears after the ceremony, as she shook her head and said to her daughter, “I can’t believe you are all grown up.” The bride’s stepdad, Steve Lovewell, just smiled indulgently.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Houk met about 18 months ago at a BMX race where he was competing. She remembered, “We were in a bar in Virginia Beach and I bought Gatorades for all the BMXers. I thought Jarett was cute, so I bought him two.” Jarett proposed in that bar a year later, at the same competition, in front of 300 people.

Houk is signed up for a four-year stint in the Marines, but says he would like to make it a career. His goal is to work as a mechanic. Emily Houk plans to return to college in the fall, and train hard for the 2016 Olympics in field hockey. She played as a forward for several years after high school in Scotland, and is eager to make the U.S.A. team. Jarett knows the first few years of their marriage will be difficult because of the frequent separations, but is completely supportive of his wife’s dream. “If she is going to do it, she needs to do it now.”

When the couple was asked if they felt any differently after the ceremony, the bride shook her head no, but the groom answered in the affirmative. “It’s a different level of happy.”

Monday, November 10, 2014

Annual Holiday Fair Set for November 21

Fauquier Hospital will hold its annual Holiday Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 21, in the conference center of the hospital, in the Bistro and outside the Bistro entrance.

 The event is a community favorite and will feature vendors selling everything from homemade holiday crafts and decorations, to paintings and photographs to jewelry – and everything in-between. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some unique holiday gifts.

Fauquier Health Urology Recruits New Physician

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Fauquier Health Urology
Dr. Brian DeCastro
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
550 Hospital Dr.
Warrenton, VA 20186

7915 Lake Manassas Dr.
Gainesville, VA 20155
Office hours at both locations: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Urologist Dr. Kathryn Sullivan recently joined Fauquier Health Urology in Warrenton. Most recently, she was a major in the United States Air Force, and a chief of Urology.

Dr. Sullivan said, “I accepted the position with Fauquier Health because the hospital provides superior care and service to patients of the greater Warrenton community. After meeting Dr. Brian DeCastro, my partner, I realized we would work well together as a team and bring excellent quality care to the community.”

Urology is a specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract -- including kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra -- and male reproductive organs. Urological conditions can occur in both sexes and at any age. Although urology is considered a surgical specialty, a knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and other specialties is necessary because of the wide variety of clinical problems that may be encountered. In three years as a urologist, Dr. Sullivan has found that she especially enjoys this diversity of patients and surgeries.

 She says that while people think of urological conditions as men’s issues, she disagrees. “Women, like men, can also have kidney stones, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and incontinence.” Indeed, kidney stones are one of the most common problems she encounters.

 Dr. Sullivan is grateful that her job offers her so much personal satisfaction. “It is very gratifying when I encounter a patient in pain or in a stressful situation and I am able to intervene and resolve their pain or help the patient understand what is going on and decrease their stress. I strive to provide excellent patient-centered care, every day.”

 Dr. Sullivan attended George Washington University School of Medicine for medical school from 2001 to 2005 and completed her urologic residency training at the University of Colorado Denver from 2005 to 2011.

She is thrilled to be in Fauquier County. “I think it’s going to be a great place to raise my family,” she says. At the same time, she realizes there may be downsides: “I like to cook and garden, but I was recently welcomed to gardening in Virginia with my first bout of poison ivy.”