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YARD SALE - SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 IN THE ELKS HOME PARKING LOT

Clothing adult and children, toys, shoes, pocketbooks,House-ware, and furniture. Starting at 6:00 am until noon.

The proceeds will benefit the Building Fund of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Emporia, VA.

Obituary-Dessa Kusaj Eschmann

Dessa Kusaj Eschmann, 50, of Jarratt, passed away Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Steven Eschmann; daughter, Angela Kusaj Petry; son, Timothy Zacharopoulos; grandchildren, Kenneth Lowell Petry, Elizabeth Naomi Petry and Themistoklis Zacharopoluos; her parents, Kenneth and Louise Kusaj; sisters, Debbie Gallant and Deana Eschmann-Kusaj and a brother, Darren Kusaj. The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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Southside Regional Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver award recognizes high standards

Petersburg, VA – Southside Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR* ACTION Registry–GWTG** Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Southside Regional Medical Center is one of only 139 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Southside Regional Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Southside Regional Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, Southside Regional Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Southside Regional Medical Center for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

 “This award is a proud achievement for Southside Regional Medical Center. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff that care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Doug Moyer, Chief Executive Officer. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

*National Cardiovascular Data Registry

**Get With the Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit cardiosource.org/ACC.

SRMC is a 300-bed, acute-care facility located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, VA. SRMC serves nearly 200,000 residents and boasts a medical staff of more than 380 physicians representing over 40 specialties. SRMC treats more than 60,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department and is a Level III Trauma Center. The medical center provides inpatient care for approximately 12,000 patients per year. For more information about SRMC and the services it provides, please visit SRMConline.com.

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First Day of Kindergarten at BA

Kindergarten students at Brunswick Academy had no worries the first week of school.  Students were read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  The students were able to relate their “new school year worries” to Owen, a character in the story.  They also enjoyed a special kiss, “a Hershey Kiss” that was shared by their teacher, Mrs. Bette Ferguson (THE LUCKIEST TEACHER IN THE WORLD!).  Mr. Dave Newsom, Head of School, enjoyed some first day fun with the students too!

 Mrs. Ferguson’s Class, 2014-2015 Kindergarten

Autumn, Olivia, Ana, Sarah, James, Jud, Addison, Harrison, Lacey, Mallory, Maddison, Koen, Grayson, AryaKennedi,and Chloe.

 

 ALSO PICTURED, MR. DAVE NEWSOM, HEAD OF SCHOOL.

September is National Preparedness Month

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

The national Ready campaign established four building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The Ready Virginia and Listo Virginia campaigns echo these messages. Now America’s PrepareAthon! goes a step further and builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness. 

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. This September, which is National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities are encouraged to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day event on or near September 30. The theme of the month is, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” For more information on NPM, to register a National PrepareAthon! day event, or download the 2014 NPM toolkit, visitwww.ready.gov/september.

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MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO SAVE LIVES ON VIRGINIA’S HIGHWAYS DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Increased Enforcement Targets Drunk Drivers

RICHMOND – As the last holiday weekend of the summer season approaches, motorists traveling through the Commonwealth this Labor Day weekend can expect to see significant increased enforcement by the Virginia State Police. Troopers will provide stationary and roving patrols across Virginia’s roads looking for impaired drivers.  Last year, Virginia experienced nine traffic deaths during the four-day holiday statistical counting period. Six individuals were killed in traffic crashes in 2012.

The stepped-up law enforcement operations are part of the nationwide Drive to Save Lives campaign that aims to not only reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014, but to also increase officer safety for those on patrol. To achieve a 15 percent reduction in the Commonwealth, there must be 111 fewer traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways this year.

In 2013, Virginia State Police arrested 120 drunk drivers during the four-day Labor Day weekend. Troopers also cited 11,834 speeders and 2,552 reckless drivers. They issued 883 safety belt violations and 335 tickets to adults who failed to properly secure their infant and child passengers.

In addition to the Drive to Save Lives initiative, Virginia State Police will engage in the annual Operation C.A.R.E. traffic enforcement campaign.  The Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use occupant restraints. As a participating agency, Virginia State Police will increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts throughout the Commonwealth beginning Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. and continuing through midnight Monday, Sept.1, 2014.

As state police increase patrols on the Commonwealth’s highways for the holiday weekend, motorists are reminded of Virginia’s Move Over law. The statewide law requires drivers to either move over a lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass all emergency personnel stopped on the side of a road. The law also applies to emergency response vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights. To see Virginia’s latest Move Over public service announcement, which is available in both English and Spanish, click on http://www.youtube.com/user/vspvideos.

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FAMILY YMCA OF EMPORIA-GREENSVILLE TO HOST THE VIRGINIA PEANUT FESTIVAL FALL 5K/10K FUN RUN/ WALK

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville will host The Virginia Peanut Festival Fall 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The race will begin at 8:00 AM in the YMCA parking lot, and is open to all ages.  Registration cost is $20 per person and everyone that pre-registers by September 22, 2014, will receive a free t-shirt.  Fees increase to $25 per person after September 22, 2014.  Following a course of paved roads, the 5K/10K will feature a water station and post-race refreshments.  For more information, please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.   

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CANCER CONNECTION BACK ON SCHEDULE IN THE FALL

EMPORIA, VA – Earlier this year, the oncology staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical (SVRMC) established a support group, Cancer Connection, for oncology patients and caregivers.  After taking off the summer months, the group is ready to “fall” back into their regularly scheduled meetings beginning in September.  

Cancer Connection meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be a combined session for patient and caregivers together, followed by breakout sessions comprised of patients only or caregivers only.  Each month there will be a program on different topics related to living with or caring for someone with cancer.  This group meeting is FREE and open to all cancer patients and caregivers.

The September meeting of Cancer Connection will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  Reservations for this meeting are not required.  For additional information, contact Cancer Connection Coordinators, Peggy Dunn, RN at 434-348-4625 or Robin Harris, RN at 434-348-4644.

 

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