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GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

Public Notice - Environmental Permit

Purpose of notice: To seek public comment on the draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the filling of wetlands and stream bed in Greensville County, Virginia. 

Public comment period: June 14, 2019 until July 14, 2019 until 5:00 PM

PERMIT NAME: Virginia Water Protection Permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality, under the authority of the State Water Control Board.

Name, address, and permit number of applicant: Iluka Resource Inc.; Attn: Adam Haywood; 12472 St. John Church Road, Stony Creek, VA 23882-0129

Permit Number 06-1948

Project description: Iluka Resources Inc. has requested to modify its current Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permit for the Iluka Resources Inc., Brink Surface Mine project. The project consists of completing open pit surface mining of mineral sands within 626 acres of a 1,423 acre site known as the Brink Surface Mine and the site is located at the intersection of Brink Road (Route 627) and Independence Church Road (Route 633) in Greensville County, Virginia. The proposed permit modification will allow the permittee to partially change the remaining on-site permittee-responsible compensatory mitigation requirements. The requested modification adds 3.11 mitigation bank credits to be purchased in place of on-site restoration.  3.04 acres of the originally required on-site wetland restoration will still be completed by the permittee.  No additional impacts are proposed to surface waters with this modification request. The project will result in permanent impacts to 6.15 acres of forested wetlands and 175 linear feet (0.02 acre) of stream bed.  The activity proposed in the permit modification will affect wetlands and streams that drain to Fountains and Cattail Creeks in the Chowan River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. The applicant will provide compensation for permanent impacts to wetlands and streams authorized by this permit through the purchase of a monetary contribution of $461,752.00 to the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (VARTF), the purchase of 3.11 wetland mitigation bank credits from a private mitigation bank, and through the on-site restoration of 3.04 acres of impacted wetlands and 260 linear feet of stream. The total compensation ratio will be 2:1. The DEQ’s preliminary decision is to issue the permit modification. 

HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing by e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requester, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. DEQ may hold a public hearing, including another comment period, if public response is significant and there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit. The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed below.

Contact for public comments, document requests and additional information: Name: Bryan Jones; Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23060; Tel: (804) 527-5074; bryan.jones@deq.virginia.gov; Fax: (804) 527-5106. 

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SVRMC Celebrates Men’s Health Month

Emporia, VA – To celebrate Men’s Health Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) along with Men’s Health Network, the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, and hundreds of other local and national organizations will be focusing on men’s health awareness.

The goal: Educate the public about the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys, and empower them and their loved ones to move towards a healthier, happier life. Men die five years younger than women, on average, and die at higher rates for nine of the Top Ten causes of death. Men are the majority of workplace injuries, less likely to be insured, and far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care. All of this impacts their ability to be an involved father, supportive husband, and engaged member of their community.

“We recommend men complete an annual physical with their primary care provider to ensure they are in their best health,” says Spencer Feldmann, Jr., M.D. “It is important to make sure they are getting age-appropriate screenings.”

“This year continues to be a pivotal one for men’s health—new guidance on prostate cancer screenings and the declining mortality rates for large groups of men means awareness and education is paramount,” says Ana Fadich, Vice President at Men’s Health Network.

You can find more information on a variety of health issues at the Men’s Health Resource Center: www.MensHealthResourceCenter. Visit SouthsidePhysicians.com to make an appointment with a primary care provider or call (434) 348-4680 and health profiles of men and boys in each state can be founstateshealth.com.

McEachin & Olson Lead Bipartisan Bill Cracking Down on Robocall Violators

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a bipartisan group of House members led by Congressman A. Donald (D-VA) McEachin and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General. This would strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls.

The bill was introduced by Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX), with original co-sponsors Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), Congresswoman Susan Brooks(R-IN), Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN).

“Robocalls can be a nuisance or even predatory,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin.“This bill will allow for greater transparency and oversight over the enforcement of robocaller infractions which is desperately needed at a time when robocalls are on the rise. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan legislation that will help protect Virginians and all Americans from these unwanted calls.”  

"The constant interruption from unwanted and illegal robocalls disrupt and aggravate all Americans," said Congressman Olson. “The Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act will provide important information to the Department of Justice, so they can fully prosecute criminals who engage in deceptive and illegal robocall practices. I'm proud to work on this bipartisan issue to help Texans hang up on harassing robocalls. I thank my colleagues for helping on this critical issue and hope we can pass it on the floor soon.”

“These robocalls aren’t just annoying, they’re a tool for fraud aimed at members in our community and they must be stopped,” said Congressman Kim. “I’m proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to bring this solution to the table. I look forward to working together to get this passed into law and give New Jersey residents the relief from this predatory behavior they deserve.”

Robocalls are disruptive and often prey on our communities’ most vulnerable populations in hopes to capitalize off of their private and personal information,” said Congresswoman Brooks.“With these kinds of scams on the rise, we must do more to protect consumers by ensuring those who violate the law are prosecuted. The Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act is a bipartisan bill we can all support that works to diminish the dangerous telemarketing scams Hoosiers and people across the country face daily by better providing law enforcement the information they need in order to put a stop to fraudulent robocalls.”

“Upstate New Yorkers are fed up with intrusive and unwanted robocalls,” said Congressman Brindisi. “These calls aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and can scam hard-working Americans out of time and money. I'm proud to support the bipartisan Locking Up Robocallers Act to make sure law enforcement officials have the information they need to put an end to these scam calls and financial frauds”

“I have heard from countless people throughout West Tennessee who are tired of the endless stream of harassing robocalls,” said Congressman Kustoff. ““Robocalls are illegal, abusive, dangerous and anyone with a phone can fall victim to them. I look forward to getting this bipartisan legislation passed into law and finally put an end to these scams.”

According to the FCC, they receive over 200,000 complaints a year from residents receiving predatory robocalls. Another FCC report shows that an estimated 26.3 billion robocalls were made to mobile phones and more than 47 billion were made in total to phones in the U.S. in 2018.

“Every day, Americans’ phones are flooded with unwanted robocalls, often originating from scammers,” said NCTA, the internet and television association who has endorsed the legislation. “Both the Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act and the Ending One-Ring Scams Act take important actions to alleviate illegal robocalls and keep consumers safe from harmful schemes. While combatting robocalls is a complex challenge, we look forward to working with House members on passage of these two pieces of legislation.”

The full text of the bill can be found by clicking here.

Mother/Son Graduate from SVCC

Mother and son team, Amy Sloan(Left) and JaReese Arrington (Right) are proud graduates and shown being congratulated by Dr. Al Roberts, President of Southside Virginia Community College on May 11, 2019 during the annual commencement ceremony.  

By Meredith Feinman

Every graduate is unique; however, Amy Sloan and JaReese Arrington truly stood out on May 11, 2019, when mother and son graduated from Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From Emporia, Virginia, they attended Greensville County High School where Sloan graduated in 1997 and Arrington graduated in June 2019.

Sloan’s journey to her diploma was far from easy. She began taking classes at SVCC in 2004 after being recruited by Dr. Al Roberts who is currently the president.   Between raising three children and working full-time, life just got in the way of taking classes. In 2015, Dr. Roberts urged Sloan to return to Southside to finish her degree. Life was not any less hectic for Sloan as it was in 2004. She was still working full-time, raising her family, and would soon be a caretaker for her mother. With the help of her son, JaReese, Sloan returned to Southside in 2015 to complete her degree.

JaReese’s path to his degree began in high school. His guidance counselor pushed him to take advantage of the great opportunity SVCC provides to high school students. By taking dual enrollment classes at his high school, while also working, playing sports, and teaching dance classes, JaReese was able to complete his associate degree before his high school graduation.

Both Amy and JaReese say that their most meaningful experiences at SVCC came from the people they met. Dr. Roberts, Erica Andrews, Kayla Green, and Kathryn Slagle are a few of the people that helped this mother and son on their journey. Dr. Dianne Edmonds also played a vital role in their success as she not only taught both these graduates, but counseled them after the passing of Sloan’s mother and kept her from leaving college in her time of grief.

After completing her associate degree in Human Services, Amy plans on continuing to work full time and attend Old Dominion University in the fall to study sociology. She wants to work improving the lives of others by teaching and mentoring, just as Dr. Edmonds did for her. After completing his associate degree of Arts and Sciences, General Studies, JaReese plans on attending Virginia Commonwealth University to major in dance, possibly with another major in social work. He has been dancing since the age of seven, choreographing since he was 10, and dreams of showing people how dance can be a powerful counseling tool.

When asked if they had any advice for future SVCC students, JaReese said, “SVCC makes everything worth your while. They are always there to work with you, and they give you the chance to succeed.” Amy replied, “Adults and parents, SVCC gives you the opportunity to keep your current life and still succeed. They help you get to the next level; they open every door to you.”

STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK R. HERRING ON SUPREME COURT WIN IN REDISTRICTING CASE

~ Court agrees with Attorney General Herring that the House of Delegates lacked standing ~

RICHMOND (June 17, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the statement below following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill. The Court agreed with Attorney General Herring that “the House lacks standing, either to represent the State’s interests or in its own right” and dismissed House Republicans attempt to protect racially gerrymandered districts:

“This is a big win for democracy in Virginia. It’s unfortunate that House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts, but the good news is that this fall’s elections will take place in constitutionally drawn districts. I’m really proud of the work my team and I did to protect the new, constitutional districts, and to protect the voting rights of all Virginians.”

Writing for the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “In short, the State of Virginia would rather stop than fight on. One House of its bicameral legislature cannot alone continue the litigation against the will of its partners in the legislative process.”

In June 2018, a three-judge panel found that eleven House of Delegates districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. In July 2018, Attorney General Herring announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia would not appeal the decision, citing the seriousness of the constitutional violation, the low likelihood of success, and the considerable time and more than $4.5 million in taxpayer money spent by House Republicans to defend racially gerrymandered districts.

Eight Students Graduate from Jackson-Feild

Eight students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild received either their high school diploma or GED certificate on June 7. 

Mr. Johnnie McKeller, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony which was held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Seven scholarships and two book awards were given to students to help with college, nursing school, or trade school expenses. The funds for these scholarships were donated by loyal supporters of Jackson-Feild.

The Rev. Johnnie Worrell, pastor of Grace Commission Outreach Baptist Church in Franklin     provided the commencement address. Rev. Worrell is a retired New York City police officer. He message of life choices and their consequences was well received by the graduates and Gwaltney students.

One graduate spoke about her experience at Jackson-Feild and at the Gwaltney School. She expressed thanks for the help and assistance she received while in treatment and shared her plans to attend nursing school in the fall.

Each graduate was presented with a class ring given an anonymous donor. Young ladies were given a dozen roses, and young men a wallet. In addition, cash gifts were given from two anonymous donors and the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the food service staff of Jackson-Feild.

Since its opening in 1994, 185 students have graduated from The Gwaltney School.

Dr. Walker Receives Honarary Degree

Dr. Kenneth Garren, President of the University, Dr. Thomas Walker and Sally Selden, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Thomas Walker, MD, received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Lynchburg during the University's recent Baccalaureate Service.

The citation he received read as follows:

"Dr. Thomas A. Walker, '53, paired his work as a physician with philanthropy and service to the community for more than 55 years. He earned his biology degree with a chemistry minor at Lynchburg College in 1953 and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1957.

He practiced medicine in Stony Creek, Virginia, for seven years before settling in Emporia, Virginia. When he retired in 2012 he still had patients whom he had served in his first year of practice.

He met his wife, Barbara Jones Walker, when they were both Lynchburg College students. All three of their children pursued careers in health care. They started the Susan Lynn Walker Scholarship Fund in honor of their daughter, a member of the first Lynchburg College nursing class.

Dr. Walker served on the Lynchburg College Board of Overseers for 10 years before joining the Board of Trustees in 1995. As a trustee he served on the Advancement and Educational Programs Committees. He retired from the board in 2018.

He and Barbara have been generous as well. In addition to several capital campaigns they supported the creation of the Walker Human Performance Libratory, an integral component of the University's Exercise Physiology Program.

In recognition to the service he has rendered to his alma mater, his patients, and his community, the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees is pleased to confer upon Dr, Thomas A. Walker the degree of Doctor of Science."

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Electrician I:  Responsibilities of this job will include providing electrical support in a manufacturing facility. Will be a responder to service calls pertaining to electrical malfunctions in automated machinery within the plant. These malfunctions may be in various types of electrical devices, such as switches, electric valves, analog input or output devices, motors, wiring, or PLC/computer anomalies.  Job Order #1684554

Machine Operator:  Will be responsible for performing various tasks to set up, operate, monitor, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance on assigned machines. The Machine Operator will also be responsible for inspecting parts to specifications and making adjustments, or tool changes as necessary to maintain quality specifications.  Job Order #1684472

Oil & Propane Delivery Driver:  Employer will train the delivery process. Valid driver’s license with CDL A or B and no more than -6 points on record in past 3 years. Prefers hazmat endorsement. Must have minimum of 1 year experience driving with CDL.  Job Order #1683609

Housekeeper:  Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.  Job Order #1682187

Millwright I:  Will perform repetitive and physically demanding tasks for extended periods (lifting, walking, climbing, pushing, twisting, stooping). Demonstrated knowledge and skills in: advanced hydraulics, pneumatics, reading hydraulic schematics, fabrication, reading tap charts, basic layout, blueprint reading, precision measurement, knowledge of bearings, chains, sprockets, gear boxes, troubleshooting, precision alignment of motors and couplings and computer skills.  Job Order #1684540

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de portunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedido para personas con discapacidades

Summer Reading is Fun for the Family

The Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program features events and movies that are sure to delight children of all ages. Monday Movies begin June 24th, with events beginning Thursday, June 27th.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” All events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia at 2:00 PM.

Uncle Henry and his animals will present “The Wild Side of the Alphabet” on June 27th for our first event. On July 11th, ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone and his “ventriloquppets” will use music and comedy to share the joys and benefits of reading. Hunter Rhodes will be on hand July 18th to present a fun and interactive live magic show for all ages. The last event on July 25th will feature author Christine Emery, who will use storytelling, comedy, and magic to encourage children to see themselves and the world in a magical way. Door prizes will be given out at all events, and Top Reader Grand Prizes will be given out at the last program to those who read the most books in their age group.

Monday Movies will be held at the Brunswick County Library at 10:30 AM and at Richardson Memorial Library at 2:00 PM. The Lego Movie: The Second Part will be shown on June 24thHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 1stThe Lion King on July 8thFinding Nemo on July 15th; and Wonder Park on July 22nd. Snacks are welcome, and children under age 10 must be supervised.

To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit www.meherrinlib.org for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

VIRGINIA’S 2018 CRIME ANALYSIS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2018 is now available online at the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.virginia.gov, under “Forms & Publications.” The detailed document, titledCrime in Virginia, provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses and arrests by the reporting agency.

Overall, Virginia experienced a 2% decrease in violent crime (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault) compared to the previous reporting period.

The following 2018 crime figures in Virginia are presented in the report:

  • The number of reported homicides decreased from 455 to 391 or (-14.1%). Victims tended to be younger males; 43.7% of homicide victims were men between 18 and 34 and 49.4% of offenders were men between 18 and 34.
  • Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased 2.4% compared to the previous year.  During 2018, 10,472 motor vehicles were stolen and 9,836 motor vehicles were recovered. Of all motor vehicles stolen, 42.5% were taken from the residence/home and an additional 21.8% from a parking lot or garage. The reported value of all motor vehicles stolen was $94,796,605.
  • Drug and narcotic arrests increased when compared to the previous reporting period (3%). Marijuana arrests accounted for 59% of all drug arrests, with an increase of 3.6%, when compared to the previous reporting period. Arrests for amphetamines/methamphetamines had the greatest increase from 2,063 to 3,483 (68.8%).
  • Fraud offenses decreased 8.5% compared to 2017.
  • Of the 663 arsons and attempted arsons that were reported, slightly more than 56% reported the location as “residence/home.”  Neither the time of the day nor the day of the week appears to be associated with this offense.
  • Robbery decreased 16.1%. Of the 3,623 robberies and attempted robberies, 42% took place between 6 p.m. and midnight. Days of the week showed little variability in terms of the number of robberies that took place.
  • Of the known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 77.2% of homicides and 55% of robberies. Firearms were used to a lesser extent in the offense of aggravated assault (27.4%).
  • There were 161 hate crimes reported in 2018, which represented a 20.3% decrease compared to 2017. More than half (60.2%) were racially or ethnically motivated. Bias toward religion and sexual orientation were next highest (15.5%, 14.3%, respectively). Of all reported bias-motivated crime, 33.5% was associated with destruction/damage/vandalism of property; another 36% was associated with the offense of assault.    

The report employs an Incident Based Reporting (IBR) method for calculating offenses, thus allowing for greater accuracy. IBR divides crimes into two categories: Group A for serious offenses including violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault), property crimes and drug offenses, and Group B for what are considered less serious offenses such as trespassing, disorderly conduct, bad checks and liquor law violations where an arrest has occurred.

Between 2017 and 2018, adult arrests for Group A and Group B offenses decreased 1.1%. Juvenile arrests also decreased by 4.3%. For both Group A and Group B offenses, there were a total of 279,288 arrests in 2018, compared to 282,987 arrests in 2017, representing an overall decrease in arrests in Virginia of 1.3%.

Per state mandate, the Virginia State Police serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices. The data are collected by the Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division via a secured internet system. This information is then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, media and the general public.

These data become the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and sent to the FBI incorporating them into their annual report, Crime in the United States.

Remote Area Medical coming to Emporia, VA to provide free care to those in need

ROCKFORD, TN (May 23, 2019) – Remote Area Medical- RAM® -- a major non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals-- is returning to Greensville County High School June 22-23. 

All services are free and no ID is required.   

Patient parking will be located at Greensville County High School, 403 Harding Street Emporia, VA 23847. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 22. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 23.

Services available at the 2019 Emporia RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women's health exams, mammograms, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams. Along with the standard services provided by RAM, specialists will be onsite to provide EKGs, immunizations, HEP A screening, HIV screening, diabetes care, labs, pharmacy services, dermatology, endocrinology, pediatric, gastroenterology, and podiatric services. RAM will also be performing school physicals. No additional or prior paperwork is required.

“We want to help empower the Emporia community by addressing some of the health care issues of their most vulnerable,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “Our clinics enhance quality of life so people can reach their full potential.”  

For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Shana Williams, VHU-CMH May Team Member of the Month

W. Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer; Shana Williams, Dietary Aide; Curtis Poole, Director of Food and Nutrition Services; and Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

Shana Williams, a dietary aide with Food and Nutrition Services, is the Star Service Team Member of the Month. She has been employed at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for nearly a year and a half, and worked in food services for about five years prior to working at the hospital. Her quick attention to a patient in his time of need shows how much of a wonderful asset she is to VCU Health CMH.   

Shana said she was talking with a patient early one morning, and everything seemed fine. While seated in his room, the patient later went to pick up his tray, leaned over, and began slurring. Shana said she immediately contacted his nurse, and the nurse checked to see if the patient could squeeze her hand. When the patient couldn’t, it was clear he was experiencing stroke symptoms.

“I used to do personal care and in-home care eight years ago,” Shana added. “I’ve very familiar with the signs of a stroke.”

The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated Shana went “above and beyond the call of duty.”

Shana said favorite part of her job is interacting with patients.

“I love how everyone has different personalities and I enjoy hearing about, their backgrounds and stories,” she said.

Shana lives in Chase City with her two children Sharniece Cary, 12, and Kenyae Carter, 9.

In addition to the award certificate, Shana received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Other team members nominated in May were: Jannifer Alcudia, Latasha Alexander, Krystal Cheely, Brenda Closson, Binyam Dessie, Sonya Hall, Jonathan Mihnovets, Saleem Naviwala, Nimesh Patel, Gloria Rogers, Larry Rogers, Gabby Spainhour, and Terry Wootten.

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