Friday, January 30, 2015

Fauquier Hospital Earns Accreditation as Chest Pain Center

Michael Jenks, M.D., is the chief of Fauquier Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Fauquier Hospital received full accreditation status as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care(SCPC) on December 12. The three-year accreditation from SCPC is the result of the rigorous evaluation of Fauquier Hospital’s ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

The accreditation assures that processes are in place aimed at: reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment; treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved; and monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack, to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Michael Jenks, M.D. chief of the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department, explained, “Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation, as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. The accreditation process has been a long and worthwhile process that has involved every one of our hospital departments.”

Rodger Baker, CEO and president of Fauquier Health, added, “Our clinicians and support staff have done an amazing job, examining our protocols and processes to make sure that folks who come to our Emergency Department with chest pain are treated quickly and effectively. This accreditation comes after more than a year of focused work in chest pain care.”

Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly  
  •  Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms 
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel 
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment 
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. Another  important aim of the SCPC accreditation is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public -- through community outreach programs -- to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack.

Dr. Jenks added, “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake. The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. With our new accreditation, we hope to bring more attention to this and help even more people in Fauquier County.”

Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Fauquier Hospital is one of 23 of the system’s hospitals that have achieved SCPC accreditation in 2014 as part of a company-wide commitment to enhancing quality and ensuring excellent service and care in the emergency department.

Fauquier Hospital Hosts Two New Support Groups

In order to help people who are going through difficult times, Fauquier Hospital is hosting two new support groups.

The Cancer Support Group will meet the second Monday of every month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

Oncology nurses, licensed social workers, and spiritual care providers will offer cancer education,
hope and support to patients, family members and caregivers who share similar experiences.
This professional support, provided by Heartland Hospice, will help guide patients and families through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Heartland Hospice of Warrenton provides end-of-life care for the mind and spirit as well as the body. To learn more, contact Mary Kelly, nurse liaison at 540-349-3970.

The Bereavement Support Group has been formed to help those who are experiencing a loss because of the death of a loved one. The group, for those 18 and older, will meet the third Monday of every month at 1 p.m., in Fauquier Hospital’s Chestnut Room and is sponsored by Capital Caring.

To register, or for more information, contact Roxanne Woodward, bereavement counselor, at 703-957-1800. Participants should feel free to drop on at any meeting, without having to notify a counselor in advance.

Fauquier Health Calendar of Events for February 2015

Monday, February 2
Breastfeeding Support Group
Where: FauquierHospital Family Birthing Center
When: Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5
AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $15 members; $20 non-members
Register: 540-316-3588 (Must attend both sessions.)

Thursday, February 5
Medicare and Medicaid Benefits Counseling
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Details: Free
Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7
Your Childbirth Experience
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, February 7
Safe Sitter Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, February 9
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 10 a.m.
Register: 540-316-3588

Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Details: For more information or questions please contact Richard Shrout at 540-316-CARE (2273). This is a new group that will meet the second Monday of every month.

Thursday, February 12
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Details: Lida Tabatabaeian, M.D., Endocrinology will host a question and answer session.
For more information: Call 540-316-2656 or email

Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13
Handbag Sale hosted by Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary

Saturday, February 14
Junior Chef Program for ages 10-18
Where: Fauquier Hospital Bistro on the Hill restaurant
When: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Cost: $45
Register: 540-316-3588

MS Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 10:30 a.m.
Call 540-349-2826 for more information

Monday, February 16
Bereavement Support Group
Where: Fauquier Health Chestnut Room
When: 1 p.m.
Details: This is a free general grief and loss discussion support group for all types of losses. The support group will meet the third Monday over every month.
For more information: Roxanne Woodward, bereavement counselor, at 703-957-1800

Tuesday, February 17
Epilepsy Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information: Call Carina Richard-Wheat at 540-222-9024 email

Thursday, February 19
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, February 21
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

Breastfeeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $25
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, February 23
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For appointment: Call 540-316-3588

Wednesday, February 25
Alzheimer’s and Dementia-Related Illness Support Group
Where: The Villa at Suffield Meadows
When: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Register: 540-316-3800

Wednesday, February 26
Exercise Solutions for Osteoporosis
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Lecture with Dr. Elena Dwyer, physical therapist
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wellness Center Gears Up for Health

Nutrition and exercise experts at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center want to help you kick off a healthy year with the center’s new Gear Up for Health program. The six-week plan will give you the tools you need to make small changes on the way to big ones. Weekly education sessions will tackle topics like “Readiness for Change,” “How to Say Goodbye to Processed Foods,” “Exercise for Health,” “How to Track Your Progress” and “Taking the Stress out of Stress Reduction.”

While learning how to feel and look better, you’ll develop a personalized Master Action Plan, with assistance from Wellness Center dietitians and exercise physiologists. Between lectures, you’ll tackle specific nutrition and fitness challenges designed to motivate and inspire.

LeAnn McCusker, director of the Wellness Center, will join internal medicine physician Joseph David, M.D., for the first talk, "Readiness for Change," on Wednesday, February 4. McCusker says, “Some folks feel sort of obligated to start a new diet every January. But all the best intentions in the world won’t get you where you want to go unless you have a plan."

Week six of the program will feature one-on-one sessions with Wellness Center staff. They'll help adjust your plan and troubleshoot concerns, so you can continue your progress into March and beyond.

The program is available to current and new members of the Fauquier Health Wellness Center. Join in January and receive the Gear Up Program at no additional cost, along with a discount on your detailed fitness assessment and several special gifts. Call 540-316-2640. Last day to sign up is January 31.

Education Sessions
Wednesday, February 4: Readiness for Change
Wednesday, February 11: Say Goodbye to Processed Foods
Wednesday, February 18: Exercise for Health
Wednesday, February 25: Tracking Your Progress
Wednesday, March 4: Taking the Stress Out of Stress Reduction
All lectures will take place at the Wellness Center.

Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13: Schedule one-one-one sessions with Wellness Center experts to refine your Master Action Plan.