Friday, July 13, 2018

Medical Camps Offer Hands-on Approach to Learning

Photos by Ciao Bella Photography
During the June 12 Level 1 Medical Camp, Mackenzie Hoover learns how to intubate a patient.
FauquierHealth is celebrating its 11th year of offering summer Medical Camps for middle and high school students.

The camps provide students 14 to 18 years old with hands-on experience and insight into possible medical careers, drawing children from around the East Coast. Some medical camp graduates are now in medical school, nursing school or exploring other healthcare professions.
The camps offer two levels of hands-on activities during which students learn and practice skills essential to patient care. Acceptance into the camp program is competitive, and applications are available every year in early February. This summer, 115 students will be participating.

First-time campers attend the Level 1 Medical Camp, learning skills like typing blood in the lab, how to intubate a patient, how to suture, starting an IV, mixing medications in the pharmacy, and seeing how X-rays are performed. Students participate in a mock code in the Emergency Department, learn how to triage patients, take blood pressures and harvest a cornea from a human eye.

On June 19, Kayleigh Trent and
Makayla MacWelch
performed CPR during a mock code
in the Emergency Department.

Level 2 Medical Camp activities include all of the following on the first day: applying a cast to a partner’s arm (and cutting the cast off using the cast saw); placing internal sutures and closing skin incisions with staples, and extricating a patient from a vehicle using a cervical collar and backboard. On the second day, students learn to do injections and blood draws, in addition to other learning activities. Students must have participated in a Level 1 camp in a prior year to be eligible for the Level 2 camp. The first Level 2 camp will be July 10 and 11; a second session will be held July 17 and 18.

Registered nurses Wendy Greenwood and Tamela Jenkins teach some of the modules and facilitate the clinical activities, enlisting the help of dozens of nurses, physicians and other staff members, as well as professionals from Blue Ridge Orthopedics and the Old Dominion Eye Foundation. Meredith Wingo is the community coordinator of the Medical Camps. Wingo said, “These folks provide the students with a unique hands-on experience they otherwise wouldn't have until well into their college careers. We are grateful that these staff members and volunteers dedicate so much of their time and expertise to Medical Camp each summer.” 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Surgeon Joe Brown Joins Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center Team

Dr. Joe Brown, general surgeon
General surgeon Dr. Joe Brown will be joining the Wound Healing Center’s physician panel beginning June 15. He’ll be joining the current physician panel, which includes Dr. Tam Ly, Dr. Joseph David, Dr. Lynn Samuel, Dr. Jorge Minera and Dr. Jeffrey Abrams.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Brown specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Dr. Brown also has a clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of breast disease and hernia repair. As a general surgeon, Dr. Brown will bring a unique skill set to the Wound Center panel.

The Wound Healing Center focuses on aggressive treatment of chronic wounds using advanced treatment modalities. Referrals are now being accepted to schedule with Dr. Brown.

Fauquier Hospital Receives Gold Certification from Planetree International

Fauquier Hospital has been awarded Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care by
Planetree International. The certification represents the highest level of person-centered care, which prioritizes the active participation of patients and their families throughout the healthcare process with an emphasis on partnership, compassion, transparency, inclusion and quality.

Fauquier Hospital was first awarded designation as a Planetree hospital in 2007, and is one of only 77 healthcare organizations worldwide to receive the Gold Certification. Chad Melton, chief executive officer, said, “Planetree has been an important part of our culture for more than a decade. As the healthcare landscape has changed, Planetree’s emphasis and standards have evolved to include empirical data on patient satisfaction and quality of care measures. This hard-won certification is a testament to our staff’s continued commitment to person-centered care.”

“The Planetree certification is the only award that recognizes excellence in person-centeredness across the continuum of care,” said Susan Frampton, president of Planetree International, a not-for-profit organization that has been at the forefront of the movement to transform healthcare – from the perspective of patients – for nearly 40 years. “This gold certification signals to its patients and community that Fauquier Hospital is an organization where staff partner with patients and families, and where patient and family comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being are prioritized as key elements of providing top-quality clinical care.”

The criteria that Fauquier Hospital satisfied to achieve Planetree Gold certification address components of a person-centered healthcare experience, including the quality of patient-provider interactions, access to information, family involvement and the physical environment of care. The criteria also focus on how the organization supports staff, opportunities for staff, patients, and families to have a voice in the way care is delivered, and the ways that Fauquier Hospital is reaching beyond its walls to care for its community.

As part of the certification process, which included a site visit by representatives from Planetree, discussion with recent Fauquier Hospital patients, families and current staff, validated that specific person-centered policies are in place. This includes non-restrictive visiting hours and a shared medical record policy, that staff members at all levels are involved in the implementation of person-centered care, and that the organization’s physical environment supports patient and family engagement in their care.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fauquier Health Wound Center Earns Center of Excellence Distinction

Fauquier Health physicians, leaders, and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award.

Fauquier has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years.
The center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Of 700 Healogics managed centers, only 268 were honored with this award. 

The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former CEO for Healogics. 

The Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network. 

The center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.
Advanced treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. 

New Physician Added to Wound Healing Center Team
General surgeon Dr. Joe Brown will be joining the Wound Healing Center’s physician panel
Dr. Joe Brown
beginning June 15th. He’ll be joining the current physician panel which includes Dr. Tam Ly, Dr. Joseph David, Dr. Lynn Samuel, Dr. Jorge Minera and Dr. Jeffrey Abrams.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Brown specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Dr. Brown also has a clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of breast disease and hernia repair. As a general surgeon, Dr. Brown will bring a unique skill set to the panel.

The Wound Healing Center focuses on aggressive treatment of chronic wounds using advanced treatment modalities. Referrals are now being accepted to schedule with Dr. Brown.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Medical Imaging Office Temporarily Closed

Fauquier Health's Medical Imaging location at the Warrenton Professional Building (493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton, VA 20186) is temporarily closed. It is not known how long the office will be closed.

Full medical imaging services are available at Fauquier Hospital (500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Visiting Restrictions Lifted at Fauquier Hospital

Temporary restrictions on Fauquier Hospital’s open visitation policy have been lifted. Restrictions were put in place in January to help prevent the flu from spreading. 

According to the Virginia Department of Health, visiting restrictions at the hospital are no longer necessary.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Conversation in Ethics Focuses on Web-Based Medical Information

Fauquier Hospital will host a community Conversation in Ethics from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in the hospital’s Sycamore Room. The topic will be Pearls and Perils of Internet Medicine.


Patients around the world use the Internet to compare medical symptoms, learn about illnesses and explore treatment options. While some sites present objective, evidence-based information, others may  be outdated or offer unsubstantiated information -- or advice.


Speakers Dr. Chris Chang, ENT; Dr. Jeffrey Abrams, hospitalist; and Debbie Hayes, RN FNP-C

will discuss how to determine whether a website is reliable, current and appropriate. The availability of data from peer review journals or websites will be discussed. The speakers will also explain how the patient/provider relationship can be helped or hindered, depending on the reliability of the information the patient finds through other sources. In addition, speakers will go over some do’s and don’ts of social media.


Attendees are asked to call for reservations at 540-316-4490. Lunch will be served.


Come join the conversation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fauquier Health Receives John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety

LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), of which Fauquier Hospital is a part, has been named the recipient of the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level. Presented annually by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF), the prestigious Eisenberg Awards acknowledge major achievements in healthcare quality and patient safety.

The first investor-owned health system to earn an Eisenberg Award, LifePoint is being recognized for its National Quality Program, a structured process for ensuring consistent, high standards of quality and patient safety. Created in partnership with Duke University Health System, this program has led to significant enhancements across the LifePoint network, including a more than 60 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety. Fauquier Hospital is enrolled and actively participating in this program.

The LifePoint National Quality Program is a data-driven program rooted in patient-centered care. The program is focused on leadership that empowers people, proven systems of performance improvement, and a culture of safety.

This initiative has helped create a highly reliable culture of safety and drive enhancements across the LifePoint system, including a 62 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety compared to the company’s 2010 baseline. LifePoint has also achieved 12 months of zero central-line infections at 73 percent of its hospitals.

Additionally, from 2010 to 2017, hospital-acquired infections at LifePoint hospitals’ decreased by 78 percent for urinary tract infections, 58 percent for sepsis infection, and 73 percent for pneumonia.

“We are so proud to be part of an organization like LifePoint that is deeply committed to providing high quality care and ensuring the safety of all patients,” said Chad Melton, chief executive officer of Fauquier Hospital. “Through the National Quality Program, our team has worked closely with Duke and LifePoint quality coaches to further strengthen our culture of safety, continuously work to improve care and enhance the patient experience for those we serve.”

“The LifePoint National Quality Program has established at the hospital and system level an ongoing, measurable approach to driving sustainable improvements in patient safety, quality and patient experience,” said Rusty Holman, M.D., chief medical officer for LifePoint Health.

He added, “Because of the diverse hospitals within the LifePoint system, this program offers many lessons for how healthcare facilities of all types and sizes serving a variety of patient populations can operationalize quality, create a national learning laboratory, and engineer a sustainable culture of safety.” 

The Eisenberg Awards, launched in 2002, honor the late John M. Eisenberg, M.D., MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Each year, Eisenberg Awards honor those making strides in innovating patient safety and quality at the individual level, local level and national level. The John M. Eisenberg Awards were presented at NQF’s annual conference in Washington, DC, on March 12, and will be featured in the July 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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Some Fauquier Health Offices Will be Closed Wednesday, March 21

Fauquier Health medical offices and some non-essential departments will be closed on Wednesday, March 21. Those with appointments will be notified.

These off-site entities will be closed:
  • Fauquier Health Sleep Center
  • Fauquier Health Wellness Center
  • Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center
  • Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehab (in Warrenton and in Lake Manassas)
  • Fauquier Health Medical Imaging in the Warrenton Professional Building

These physician offices will be closed:
  • Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
  • Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology
  • Fauquier Health Infectious Disease
  • Fauquier Health Neurology
  • Fauquier Health OB/GYN
  • Piedmont Internal Medicine
  • Fauquier Health Rheumatology
  • Fauquier Health Urology

Of course, the Emergency Department will be open 24/7; surgical services, medical imaging and outpatient special procedures will be open as well. If you have an appointment, you can call 540-316-5000 to be connected with the right department, to confirm before you come.

Lecture Canceled Due to Weather

Dr. Ash Diwan's lecture on Chronic Pain and the Opioid Addiction Crisis -- scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Fauquier Hospital -- has been canceled because of potentially difficult weather conditions.

Anyone with questions may call 540-316-3588.