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 http://www.fauquierhealth.org/services-woundhealing.

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

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Intermediate Care Nursery Closed for Renovations and Expansion

 As of October 7, Fauquier Hospital's Family Birthing Center’s Intermediate Care Nursery has suspended operations temporarily.

The Intermediate Care Nursery is undergoing renovation and expansion, so that it may provide a higher level of care for newborns.  Until the construction is complete, some infants  with health challenges may need to be transferred to a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit.

The nursery is expected to reopen in March with six beds.