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National Reader’s Week – November 10-14, 2014

BOOK IT! sponsored by Pizza Hut encouraged principals to read from bell to bell one day during National Reader’s Week.  Principal, Mrs. Nicole Coker, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tammy Hand of Greensville Elementary School accepted the invitation.  On Monday, November 10, 2014, Mrs. Coker read all day to students in her pajamas.  On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Mrs. Hand read to students from on top of EVFD Ladder Truck.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE NET OVER ONE TON IN DONATIONS

(EMPORIA, VA) – The employees and staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently participated in their annual food drive and competition.  Departments within the hospital compete against one another to see which department can collect the most donations in pounds per person.  The competition winner was decided by dividing the total weight of the donations from each individual department by the number of employees in that department to arrive at an average weight of the food donated per employee.  The winning department was the Quality Department(which included Data Abstraction, Infection Control, Medical Staff Credentialing, Patient Care Coordinators, and Risk Management)  166 lbs. of food, and equates to 23.7 lbs. of food donated by each employee in those departments.  The total weight of all donations collected totaled 1,340.4 lbs.  This year’s food drive will benefit the local Improvement Association.  

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Library of Virginia Teams with Dominion for Essay Contest

The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion, presents the 2014 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. This program highlights eight African American leaders and their achievements through an essay contest

The original deadline was November 14 however we are extending it to November 25th  because we’d hoped for greater participation. Here is a link to more information, an overview of the contest and guidelines:http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/2014/

Essay entries of 400 words or less will be accepted online.

 

 

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Dear Editor,

As a board member of Crater Community Hospice we work hard year-round to make sure people know the full range of services that we provide in the community. November, however, is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in which we ramp up our efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care that’s available. Every year, more than 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive hospice services. Crater Community Hospice (CCH) is the leading hospice provider in Central Virginia and is now celebrating our twentieth year of changing the way people think about hospice care by focusing on living and what the end of life can be. In those twenty years, we have provided compassionate care to over 6,300 in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties.

Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness may be the hardest work a family ever faces.  Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of appointments and care needs and figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of your family, can be overwhelming. Hospice services help to manage care to the patient bringing skills for pain and symptom management and providing holistic support, comfort and love to the family when they’re most needed.

CCH provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not the goal.  The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The CCH team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans with no cost to the family.  Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any life limiting illness.  CCH professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say.  They make your wishes a priority.  If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about Crater Community Hospice is right now at www.cratercommunityhospice.orgor (804) 526-4300.

M. Stephen Cates, Vice President
Crater Community Hospice
Petersburg, Virginia

Meherrin Regional Library System Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Meherrin Regional Library System will be closed the following days this holiday season:

Wednesday, November 26 – Library Open 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29 – Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

For more information please contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the W.E. Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized as Top Performer for the Second Time List Published by The Joint Commission Honors Exemplary Care

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. Hospitals receiving this distinction have exceled in implementing clinical processes that have shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations. SVRMC has been specifically recognized for the excellent care we provided in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the secondtime SVRMC hasearned the designation.

Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

“This honor means that our community can turn toSVRMC with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Joseph D. Wilkins, SVRMC’s InterimChief Executive Officer. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”

Top Performersare recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

SVRMCis one of just 712hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for twoconsecutive years. It was recognized in 2012for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Rakesh Sood, MD, SVRMC’s Chief of Staff. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

For more information about the Top Performers program, please visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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Thanksgiving Sanitation Schedule

CITY OF EMPORIA

   THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

SANITATION SCHEDULE

RESIDENTIAL SERVICE:  TRASH, BULK/YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING

 

NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

Tuesday, November 25, 2014                                     Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014                               Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014                                   Tuesday, November 25, 20

Friday, November 28, 2014                                        Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ALL WASTE MUST BE PLACED AT STREET FOR REMOVAL BY 7:00 A.M. ON COLLECTION DAY.

COMMERCIAL SERVICE

NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014

LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION

NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014 AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS TO REFRAIN FROM PUTTING TRASH OUT AFTER THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULED COLLECTION DAY.

 



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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO HELP CONSUMERS SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

Emporia, VA  - Beginning November 15, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace provides U.S. citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits including, preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services, and coverage cannot be denied based on a pre-existing condition. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government, or subsidies, towards the cost of the premium.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

“This is where SVRMC can help,” said Joe Wilkins, SVRMC’s Interim CEO.  “As a primary health provider in the area, we want to help educate residents on the health plan options available through the Marketplace and assist with eligibility determination for Medicaid or financial help to lower the cost of health insurance premiums.  Although this is a major function of www.healthcare.gov, SVRMC application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process.”

Beginning in 2015, individuals who can afford health insurance but don’t sign up, may have to pay a penalty of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child – up to $975/family or 2% of family income, whichever is higher. And, without insurance, you will be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program also covers adults who fall below a certain income level. 

“While Virginiahas chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in the community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Wilkins.“We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

Open enrollment runs November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.  If you would like to make an appointment to speak with an SVRMC application counselor, call 434-348-4406

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The next Look Good Feel Better for women who are currently in treatment for cancer will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center classrooms.

For more information or to register please contact Brenda Pultz at (434)637-6198 or bpultz4@hotmail.com.

Visit the Look Good Feel Better Website here.



 

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