Friday, December 4, 2015

Virginia Nurses Association Honors Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Nurse

Rebecca Myers, RN
   Rebecca Myers, nurse care manager at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, said she has always had a passion for nursing. It shows.
   She earned her BSN in 2008, her MSN (in health systems management, with a certificate in nursing education) in 2011, and is working toward a post-masters certificate to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She says she loves learning and enjoys being on the forefront of evidence-based practice and research. “It’s so important to stay current.”
   Rebecca also is an adjunct teacher on the nursing faculty at Shenandoah University.
   On November 21, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 award from the Virginia Nurses Association for her leadership and positive impact on nursing. Forty nurses under 40 years old were chosen.
   Rebecca is 29 years old, and has known she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. Her mom, aunt and grandmother were all certified nursing assistants. “I think my grandmother had the biggest influence on me. When I was 5 or 6 years old, she would take me with her when she went to the homes of people in need, bringing food and offering comfort. We visited nursing homes together. She taught me to treat people with respect, to give freely to those in need, and to always leave a place better than you found it. She died in 2009, but I carry her spirit with me.”
   Rebecca says that when she has a sticky problem, she will ask herself, “What would grandma do?”
   As a nurse care manager at FHRNC, Rebecca manages residents’ care plans, helps with staff education, and acts as an advocate for residents. Although she has enjoyed working in acute care facilities, she says she treasures the long-term relationships she is able to develop with residents.
   As a teacher and mentor to young nursing students since 2011, Rebecca says, “I work with nursing students who are at the very beginning of their training, during their first clinical experience. I get to break ground with them, and see their progression. I get to be there when they have those ‘Aha’ moments.”
   Rebecca’s own mentor wrote the nomination for the 40 Under 40 award. Rebecca says, “She was someone who watched me grow as a student, to become her manager. She was my teacher, my mentor, my coach, my go-to person for my nursing career.”
   The award is a major accomplishment, but was completely unexpected. “I was very surprised to get the letter. It was so nice to know that someone noticed I was making a difference. I’ve always been a cheerleader for other people. It was nice for me to have a cheerleader in my corner.”

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fauquier Health Reschedules Unused Medication and Sharps Collection for November 21

Fauquier Health has rescheduled an Unused Medication and Sharps Collection event – originally set for October – for Saturday, November 21, 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 (253 Veterans Drive in Warrenton) to safely dispose of unused medication and sharps.

Margaret Rowe, director of Fauquier Hospital’s Pharmacy, said, “Our collection events are an easy and safe way for the general public to dispose of their unused medication and sharps. Correct disposal of medication and sharps is not only environmentally friendly; it also protects members of our community from accidental ingestion of medications, and prevents controlled substances that have abuse potential from falling into the wrong hands.”

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.

The collection effort is sponsored by Fauquier Health and the Warrenton Police Department. For more information, call 540-316-3588.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers


Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 26 to 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed centers; the Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers.
There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. 
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. Covington goes on to say, “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”

The Wound Healing Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
  •  Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider.
  • Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection.
  •  Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses.
  •  Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks).
  •  Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis.
Contact the Wound Healing Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 540-316-HEAL or visit

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fauquier Health's Senior Expo Set for October 24

More than 450 people attended last year’s Senior Expo at Fauquier Hospital.
Anyone who pre-registers for the 2016 event will be placed in a drawing for an iPad Air.

Senior Expo

When: Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: Fauquier Hospital Bistro and Conference Center

Cost: FREE

Register: 540-316-3588
FREE Health Screenings

· Blood pressure

· Cholesterol

· Height and weight checks (BMI)

· Balance and flexibility assessment

· Bone density testing

Get Expert Advice

· Stroke prevention

· Medicaid and Medicare

· Cancer

· Social Security handouts

· And much more!

Individuals 55 and older represent the fastest-growing age group in America, and this population is focused on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Fauquier Health’s Senior Expo, slated for Saturday, October 24, will provide an opportunity for the community to take advantage of FREE health screenings and experience firsthand the services available locally.

Screenings, demonstrations and advice from health experts will be included. Anyone who pre-registers will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Air (must be present to win).

Festivities will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and continue until 12 noon. At 1 p.m. there will be a cancer panel discussion in the Sycamore Room focusing on prostate and colon cancer, with oncologist Syed Salman Ali, M.D., general surgeon Kip Dorsey, M.D., urologists Brian DeCastro, M.D., Kathryn Sullivan, M.D. and David Pfeffer, M.D., gastroenterologist Paul Arnold, M.D., and Richard Shrout, RN, MSN, oncology nurse navigator.

The Bistro on the Hill restaurant will be open during and after the event, and the Bistro’s chef, James Wedderburn, will offer healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the morning.

Fitness demonstrations covering Zumba, a stretch, strength and balance demo, and yoga will also be presented in the Bistro.

Screenings will be offered in the Conference Center on the first floor of the hospital and are all FREE.


Prostate and Colon Cancer Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 24

1 p.m.

Sycamore Room

Prostate and colon cancers are two of the most common types of cancers. The panel will discuss different treatment options and their side effects, as well as moving on after treatment. Those who attend the panel discussion will be placed in a drawing for an iPad Mini, which will be given out after the discussion.

With Syed Salman Ali, M.D.


Paul Arnold, M.D.


Brian DeCastro, M.D.


Kip Dorsey, M.D.

general surgery

David Pfeffer, M.D.


Kathryn Sullivan, M.D.


Richard Shrout, RN, MSN

oncology nurse navigator