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June 2017

Southside RAM this Weekend!

Today is Tuesday and our health weekend is only a few days away, Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. W're ready, but we still need patients! Remember, each one sent two!

If you haven't referred someone, why not?!  There will be something for everyone.

  • Anyone can come....yes, anyone. No age requirement, no ID needed, no money needed, no application to fill out and no insurance required. 
  • It's perfect for Seniors who have Medicaid and wear glasses or can't afford their Medicare co-pays. It's my understanding that Medicaid doesn't pay for glasses only prescriptions.
  • It's great for children of ALL ages because of the awesome eyeglasses donated by a retired eye doctor, Dr. Tillar's from Emporia, and other direct services.
  • Same day pick up for glasses!  Glasses will be made on the spot for most. Those with the highest prescriptions will be able to pick them up on August 2nd at the local library from 1 -7p.
  • It's perfect for free sports physicals!
  • Need your teeth cleaned, pulled or a cavity filled? Now is the time -it's free!
  • Diabetes and ccholesterol testing with results available on the spot.
  • We will have a chapel for prayer: impacting mind, body and soul
  • Medical Team (33): 15 Physicians, 7 Nurse Practitioners and 11 Medical Students/Assistants
  • Vision Team (31): 1 Opthalmologist, 6 Optometrist, 6 Opticians, 10 Vision Techs and 8 Vision Students
  • Dental Team (45): 12 license dentists, 10 Patient Ready Students with Faculty as overseers, 3 Dental Hygienist, and 21 Dental Assist
  • Triage will go fast because we have 68 Registered Nurses
  • Educational Workshops: Opiod Overdose, Mental Health First Aid, Health Care Basic and Questions (partnered with Bureau of Insurance and an attorney), Nutritional Classes based on blood level, Biblical Nutrition, Kidney, CPR Training, Azheima, Diabetes, GAP, and MORE

There's something for EVERYONE; so, PLEASE SEND PATIENTS or CLASS PARTICIPANTS!!!!

Greensville County High School

Doors Open at 6 a.m.; COME EARLY, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE

Saturday, June 24th (full day) & Sunday, June 25th (half a day)
A GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY FROM THE COMMUNITY

Frank Spencer Anderson, III

Frank Spencer Anderson, III, 80, of Emporia, VA passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at home after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Helen Carter Anderson; two sons, Dr. Michael Anderson (Bonnie) and Todd Anderson (Terri); four grandchildren, Carter, Clarke, Christopher, Catherine and Richard Kramer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lucille Kritzer Anderson. After graduating from MCV School of Pharmacy in 1959, he relocated to Emporia, VA where he owned and operated Anderson’s Emporia Pharmacy for over fifty years before retiring in 2013. It was a true joy for him to interact with his customers and employees and he considered them as friends. During his professional career, he was awarded Business and Business Person of the Year by the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce and Award of Excellence by the Downtown Development Board. Mr. Anderson was passionate regarding community service. He served as a member of the National Guard. He was a charter member of Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, serving as its first operations officer. He was an active member and past president of Meherrin Ruritan Club and the Village View Foundation as well as a host of other community organizations. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he currently served as trustee and choir member. In addition, he was past deacon chair and Sunday school teacher for many years. Visitation will be held on Friday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Village View Foundation. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program with Krendl Magic

The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to be a part of our Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design! Our first event will be held Thursday, June 29th, and will feature an amazing science-based magic show from Krendl Magic. The event will be held at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.

Events begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis. For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Boyd Chevrolet Supports Jackson-Feild

 

Chris Butler, General Manager, presenting a check to Larry Pair, JFBHS Director of Plant Services.  Also pictured are Jeff Finch, General Sales Manager and  Maxie Moore, Sales Advisor.

Boyd Chevrolet presented a generous check to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services which was used to purchase a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan that replaces a 2004 twelve-passenger van with more than 300,000 miles on it.

Each year, Jackson-Feild provides residential treatment services to more than 100 children.  It is essential that they have safe reliable vehicles to transport children to off-campus appointments and events.

Boyd Chevrolet has been very good to JFBHS by offering gently-used vehicles to Jackson-Feild at prices that the nonprofit organization can afford. This latest acquisition has already been pressed into service to meet the daily transportation needs on campus.

Tricia Delano, JFBHS CEO expressed her thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Boyd Chevrolet for their gift to support the children and mission of Jackson-Feild.

CCH Coffee Chat - Social Connectivity and Aging

We hope to see you at our next monthly Coffee Chat! Join us on Thursday, July 6th at 8:00 a.m. for a discussion on Social Connectivity and Aging with Jay White, Ed. D, CDP, Gerontologist.

We will discuss the risks for social isolation and loneliness for older adults and how individuals can remain healthy and connected in mind, body and spirit across the lifespan.  As usual, the Coffee Chat will be held at our offices at 3916 South Crater Road in Petersburg.

Certificates of Attendance can be made available.

This is an educational presentation with the opportunity for questions and networking. Please rsvp by July 5th. We hope to see you there! 

Register Now to RSVP, and note the "Forward Email" link below for colleagues or friends who may be interested!

CARITAS to open recovery program for women

By Carolanne Wilson, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – CARITAS, a nonprofit that strives to end homelessness, plans to start a long-term recovery program for women in Richmond after the success of its program for men, The Healing Place. The women’s facility is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.

In the midst of what federal and state officials call an opioid epidemic, the new program will allow CARITAS to offer residential treatment for addiction to Richmond-area women for the first time.

Since 2005, The Healing Place for men – a 214-bed residential recovery facility in Southside Richmond – has a success rate of 70 percent of graduates staying sober for more than one year and becoming taxpaying citizens, according to CARITAS.

“In the past, we’ve had to send women to Louisville or Raleigh from Richmond for help. And when they got on their feet, they contributed to those communities and economies,” says CARITAS onsite volunteer coordinator Todd Weatherless. “Now they will be able to get that help here locally and contribute to the communities and local economy they come from.”

The Healing Place is free to Richmond-area residents. For people from out the area, the cost remains minimal especially in comparison with private rehabilitation facilities and detox centers.

Funded through taxes and contributions, a bed at The Healing Place costs $7,200 per year, while the alternative for many clients – imprisonment – can cost taxpayers up to $45,000 a year. A short-term private treatment program can cost $50,000.

“One of the benefits we will see by having a program locally is that we will be returning functional members of society back into the Richmond community,” says Weatherless, himself an alumnus of the Healing Place.

Those who have graduated from the program and those who work there believes the structure of the program, a self-paced, peer-led recovery model, goes beyond just “sobering up.” The facility strives to give dignity back to those who have fallen most vulnerable to addiction.

“They try to stretch and pull you … it’s behavioral modification,” says James, a 2014 graduate of The Healing Place. (Because he is in recovery, CNS is using only James’ first name.) “It’s just not telling you, ‘Don’t drink, don’t get high.’ It’s saying, ‘How do we change your behavior to a point where you’re able to be a productive member of society?’”

James says the Healing Place has taught him more than just how to stay sober, especially with help from continuation programs like CARITAS Works Workforce Development. He benefited from courses ranging from using computers to practicing compassion during his time there.

“At the Healing Place, every single rule, every single time they have you get up, everything is thought out, and there is a reason behind it – and that’s why it is so successful,” James said.

He credits a lot of his achievements to his time in the facility. He has since gone on to work in Richmond-area real estate.

The Healing Place model exists in other cities. Louisville, Kentucky, for example, has a facility for men and a separate facility for women – just as CARITAS hopes to create in Richmond.

Louisville has found that the programs have been equally successful for both men and women. The structure is the same, but women are given, over time, the option to interact with their children at the facility.

Heather Gibson, who oversees all The Healing Place programs in Kentucky, stresses that healthy relationships and confidence are issues that may need more attention for women clients than male ones. As a result, the process for women may take a little longer.

“Men and women are different in a certain way, and they need recovery in a little bit of a different way,” Gibson says. “When women enter our type of recovery process, they’ve probably been out a little bit longer than men, a little more beat up than men, and have a lot of trauma in their background that can’t be ignored.”

The general structure of The Healing Place is a five-phase program, where certain privileges are granted further along each phase. Each phase is self-paced, but clients are held accountable by their peers.

CARITAS is waiting for its Southside building to qualify for both historic and new market tax credits to start renovations. With architectural plans completed, the new CARITAS center will house not only the women’s program but also a furniture bank, a 47-unit sober living complex, a community laundromat and other projects.

More about CARITAS and The Healing Place

CARITAS

Website: https://caritasva.org/

Phone: 804-358-0964

Email: info@caritasva.org

The Healing Place

Website: https://caritasva.org/programs/healing-place/

Address: 700 Dinwiddie Ave., Richmond, VA 23224

Phone: 804-358-0964, ext. 114; or 804-230-1217

Email: thehealingplace@caritasva.org

SENS. WARNER, HATCH, WARREN & RUBIO, REPS. PRICE & BYRNE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION PROVIDING RELIEF FOR BORROWERS OF JOINT CONSOLIDATION STUDENT LOANS

~ Bipartisan bill provides remedy for joint consolidation loan quagmire faced by borrowers, including those experiencing domestic or economic abuse ~

 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with U.S. Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL), introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would provide much needed relief to borrowers who previously consolidated their student loan debt with their spouse’s. From 1993 until 2006, the U.S. Department of Education issued joint consolidation loans to married couples. Congress eliminated the program in 2006, but did not provide a means of severing existing loans, even in the event of domestic violence, financial abuse, or an unresponsive partner. As a result, there are borrowers nationwide who remain liable for their abusive or uncommunicative spouse’s consolidated debt with no legal options for relief.

 The Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act would allow two borrowers to submit a joint application to sever their joint consolidation loan, or allow one borrower to submit a separate application in the event that they are experiencing domestic or economic abuse, or are unable to reasonably reach or access the loan information of the other borrower.

 “I first learned about this issue when one of my constituents in McLean contacted my office for help with a joint consolidation loan following a divorce. Her case showed us a reality faced by many Americans who continue to be responsible for these loans despite difficult, and sometimes dangerous, situations with their partners,” said Sen. Warner. “Congress should not turn a blind eye to this oversight. This legislation is a commonsense fix that provides victims of economic and physical abuse or those dealing with an unresponsive partner with a mechanism to relieve themselves from unjust financial obligations.”

 “I am honored to join my colleagues in working toward fixing a policy oversight that leaves people unduly burdened by an old consolidation program,” said Sen. Hatch. “Over the years, I have met many constituents who were unfairly encumbered with a joint consolidation loan with no path for relief. I gladly support this bill that will give affected individuals a way to relieve themselves from unfair debt.”

 “A federal student loan shouldn't shackle someone to a former spouse—particularly in cases of domestic and economic abuse. Congress made the right call when it ended the joint consolidation loan program in 2006, and I hope Congress will pass this bipartisan bill to help more struggling student loan borrowers move forward with their lives and obtain their financial independence,” said. Sen. Warren.

 “This bill is a direct response to my constituent’s experience with a damaging joint consolidation loan. This carefully crafted bill will provide relief to borrowers who are victims of abusive or uncommunicative spouses and allow them to sever their joint financial responsibility. Congressional action to fix this problem is long overdue,” said Rep. Price.

 “This is an example of an unintended consequence that Congress must address. I'm pleased we are able to come together in a bipartisan manner with my House and Senate colleagues to put forward a solution. This commonsense legislation offers a simple fix that provides relief to some Americans caught in a difficult situation,” said Rep. Byrne.

 

“When survivors escape abuse, they should be able to start over without the debts of their abusers. We applaud this bill for creating a solution for those survivors who consolidated loans either in good faith or under duress and are now rebuilding their lives,” said Monica McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

 “The Action Alliance is pleased to support these efforts to provide victims of domestic and economic abuse with student loan relief. This bill will make a difference for the people who need it, and we hope Congress will move swiftly to enact it,” said Kristine Hall, Policy Director at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

 “Many survivors of intimate partner violence in North Carolina find themselves burdened with their abuser’s debt after escaping their abusive partner. The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds that our state representative, David Price, is sponsoring this bill so that survivors may be truly free to rebuild their lives,” said Dana Mangum, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 “For far too long, many student loan borrowers have been stuck in joint consolidation loans, and this bill ensures that struggling borrowers, including survivors of domestic and economic abuse who previously consolidated their student loan debts, have the opportunity to regain their financial footing. We applaud the sponsors of this bill for their efforts. This bill would benefit many vulnerable student loan borrowers, and we are proud to support it,” said National Consumer Law Center Attorney Joanna Darcus.

 A summary of the bill is available here. The full text of the bill is available here

Brother and Sister Medal in Shot Put

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Isaiah Stephens participating in the Virginia District Qualifier for Jr. Olympics at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, VA.  Stephens has advanced to the Regional Qualifier for Jr. Olympics.  He won a gold medal in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet 9 inches.  He also won a gold medal in the discus with a throw of 103 feet 1inch.  He is ranked #1 in the discus and shot put in the District.  The Regional meet will be held June 24-25, 2017 in Gloucester, VA. 

Stephens also competed in the 19th Annual Atlantic Coastal Track Invitational Meet on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA.  He won a gold medal in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet 8 inches which is personal record.  He also won a gold medal in the discus with a throw of 107 feet, which is also a personal record. 

Stephens’ little sister, Victoria Stephens competed in the shot put event at the Annual Atlantic Coastal Track Invitational.  She won a silver medal with a toss of 11 ½ feet.  This was Victoria’s first time competing in the shot put.  

Market Square Concerts in South Hill

The South Hill Market Square Committee continues its 2017 Sunset Sounds (#thirdthursday) Concert Series onJuly 20 with JB and the Get Down Browns. Time is 6:30p.m to 9:30 p.m at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.   Refreshments/concessions will be available for purchase at the eventincluding adult  beverages.  Coolers (and food) are not allowed and a photo I.D. will be required for alcohol purchase. Bring Lawn Chairs.  

The event is sponsored by J.A. Barker Construction, Rosemont of Virginia,  South Hill Family Medicine, Benchmark Community Bank, South Hill Chamber, Parker Oil & Propane, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, Robert Harris Photography,  Exit Town and Lake Realty,  Edmonds Printing Company,Rent E Quip, Newmart Builders,  Coors Light, Vulcan Materials Company, South Hill Express Care & Car Wash, 3WD FM 107.7, Southside Mortgage Corporation, HH Forest Management, Biggs Construction,B and B Consultants.  First Citizens Bank, Days Inn of South Hill, Watkins Insurance Agency, Rudd’s Creek Marina, Xtreme Signs & Graphics and Citizens Community Bank, Rewind 107.7, US 98.3 and Shine 96.7 WSHVand Memory Makers.  

The Third Thursday Concert Series will continue, August 17-  Blackwater and September 21- Tim Cifers. Picnic in the Park is July 3 this year and Monster Mash is  October 31, 2017.  

 Gate Opens at 6:00 PM – Concert from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
$3.00 Admissionfor these events unless special savings $10 ticket has been purchased and you present the cut off tag at the event – Photo ID Required for ABCpurposes – 

50th Year Celebration of the E. W. Wyatt High School Class of 1967

Thelma Atkins-Riley (front) who Started with the Class But Transferred to Greensville County High School, Jeanette Williams Mason, Bernice Parker-Jones, Carol Jean Wells, Mary Cribb-Love, Jean Hawthorne Miller, Thelma Givens-Jones, James Hall, Matthew Allen, Willie Moore, Milton mason, McKinley Jordan, Hazel Butts-Dent, Hayes Tillar, Donnie Cain, Samuel Smith, Donald Grant, Cephas Jackson, Lawrence Woodley

 

The E. W. Wyatt High School Class of 1967 observed its 50th year reunion in Myrtle Beach SC with some traveling by a Magic Carpet Tours’ bus, others by motor vehicles and some meeting us there on Friday, June 2 through Sunday June 4th, 2017.  With more than 35 E. W. Wyatt High School Panthers/Panterettes, friends, children, a grandchild, spouses, a son-in-law, associates, etc., the evening started with dinner at Preston’s Family Seaford Restaurant and a play at the Alabama Theatre.  Oceanfront suites provided scenic views and we certainly took advantage of all that they offered.  Saturday’s festivities were spearheaded by Thelma Atkins-Riley (who started with the class of 1967 but transferred and graduated from Greensville County High School) serving as Mistress of the Ceremony.  A powerful invocation was delivered by Bernice Parker-Jones that further set the atmosphere for an exciting and fun-filled time of fellowship.  The purpose for the event was given by Jeanette Williams Mason along exciting icebreakers that each classmate had to take part.  We laughed, laughed, and laughed even the more about details that have transpired among each other in the 50 years since graduating.  Carol Jean Wells read the names of deceased classmates from the yearbook and Mary Cribb-Love led the reading of the 1967 class poem.  Thelma Atkins-Riley presented memorables to non-1967 classmates who accompanied us, along with giving the same to Classmates with noteworthy life events.  Thelma Givens-Jones presented 1967 Panthers and Pantherettes  with beautiful gift bags while photos were taken.  Afterwards the group enjoyed outlet shopping until the time came that they had to ready for a meal at the 1,000 room seating eatery of the Original Benjamin’s Restaurant followed by another fun-filled show of Motown’s Legends in Concert. It was at the concert that Jeanette Williams Mason, had an opportunity to put Emporia VA on the map!  The opportunity was presented from the stage to mention the significance of the group’s visit and she enjoyed saying, “We are from Emporia VA for our 50th High School Reunion” to a crowded audience who applauded.   The show proved enjoyable with the performances of a Comedian, impersonator of Gospel Legend, Prince, and others.  On Sunday, the bus loaded en-route to Emporia VA with gospel music playing.  However,  it was at 1:00 PM someone announced – church is over – its 1 o’clock!  Well about 1:01 PM we listened to “oldies-but-goodies musicals” the rest of the way back home - the likes of Gladys Knight,  The Temptations, The O’Jays, etc.  Travelers could be heard talking about the great time that everyone had.  Some said  - “we needed at least one more day”!

Any down time on the trip was utilized in the lobby with laughing and reminiscing of old times, realizing for many that those really were the “good old days”.

1967 E. W. Wyatt High School Graduates are looking forward to catching-up some more on July 21, 22 and 23, 2017 at the Mass Reunion and encourage classmates who did not travel to Myrtle Beach to join us then.  Among the contact persons for the Mass Class Reunion is Joan Grant Innis, sister of our Classmate, Donald Grant.  

Cynthia "Cindy" Veliky Murphy

Cynthia "Cindy" Veliky Murphy age 62 of West Palm Beach passed peacefully into eternal sleep on June 13th, 2017 with her loving husband Tim at her side. She was a devoted daughter who was predeceased by her parents, Daisy Bell and Charles Veliky. Cindy was raised in Emporia the cherished sister of Judy English and Michael Veliky. During her life Cindy gave and received comfort from the canine members of her family. She was also a beloved aunt who will be dearly missed by family and friends. 

A memorial service is being planned at St.  John the Baptist Lutheran Church in Emporia 

Happy Father's Day (Do You Qualify)

Are you there when e're you're needed
reaching out before the fall
making sure you show no favorites
but treat equal one and all.
 
Can you see ahead when it is best
to kindky step aside
knowing that if they can't work it out
in you they will confide.
 
Yes there's times you must show patience
pay attentuon from afar
sometimes children need that extra space
to respect just who you are.
 
You must show them that you love them
through words alone don't pass the test
a nice compliment won't hurt the cause
but a special hug is best.
 
Now some won't call you Father
yet that is not so bad
you see if you pass the test above
you're a very special dad.
 
Happy Father's Day to all.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Workforce Development Week began June 12, 2017

Success starts here is our motto at Southside Virginia Community College and for six employees working for Toll Brothers advanced manufacturing plant in Emporia, success is occurring one class at a time. Toll Brothers, a luxury homebuilder, is taking part in the SVCC Apprenticeship program. 

The success plan began with identifying a need to train the machine operators in electrical, mechanical, OSHI10, and troubleshooting skills to learn how to effectively repair and maintain Toll Brothers equipment. Currently, the students have completed two electrical classes and have started the Programmable Logic Controller class. This educational accomplishment only required attending class one night a week at the Industrial Training Lab in Emporia. In addition to taking educational classes, they also actively participate in an on-the-job training component. Apprenticeship training is a great way to grow and develop the local workforce of Southside Virginia.

Apprentices: Steven Brown, Calvin Terry, Timothy King, Jeffrey Ernest, Rene Gutierrez. Not pictured is Stoney Allen.

CARPER, KAINE INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE MARKETPLACE & LOWER PREMIUMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act to help stabilize the individual health care marketplace and lower premiums. The Act would provide certainty in the marketplace by creating a permanent reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market, similar to the successful programs used to lower premiums and spur competition in the Medicare Part D program. U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

This reinsurance program would provide funding to offset larger than expected insurance claims for health insurance companies participating in the state and federal insurance marketplaces, encouraging them to offer more plans in a greater number of markets, improving competition and driving down costs for patients and families. Additionally, the bill would provide $500 million a year  from 2018 to 2020 to help states improve outreach and enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces, drawing in new members and educating the public about the need to be insured.  This outreach funding prioritizes counties where there are limited insurers left in the marketplace.

“The Affordable Care Act has made incredible strides toward ensuring access to high-quality health care for every American, but the law isn’t perfect and Congress must work together across party lines to make it better,” said Carper. "That is why Senator Kaine and I have introduced legislation that would inject more stability into the individual insurance market, and do so by replicating the stabilization efforts that have worked so well in the bipartisan Medicare Part D program. By providing insurers with the certainty they need to participate in the individual insurance markets, this bill will increase competition among insurers and lower premiums for consumers.”

“The only way to get health care right in this country is for both parties to work together on real solutions for all Americans,” Kaine said. “After months of uncertainty, our bill would work to stabilize the individual market through a reinsurance program modeled after the bipartisan Medicare Part D plan. I have long said I was willing to work on ways to improve the Affordable Care Act, and if my colleagues are serious about looking for a way to fulfill President Trump’s promises that no one will pay more and no one will lose coverage, especially those with preexisting conditions, then this is a great place to start. This is just one way to improve affordability and choices for consumers and I look forward to working on additional solutions.”

“We have to focus on finding ways to fix our nation’s health care system, and this bill, which will help reduce premiums for Floridians by as much as 13 percent, is one step in the right direction,” said Nelson.

"The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect but there's no doubt that it's made New Hampshire healthier,” said Shaheen. “This legislation would inject stability into the individual insurance market through a program included in the original ACA, which sunset in 2016, that helps lower premiums and spur competition. I continue to urge colleagues across the aisle to work with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act though legislation like this, not wholesale repeal a law that is working."

“We must work together across party lines to help ease the burden of health care costs that are squeezing far too many hard-working Granite Staters and Americans,” Hassan said. “This common-sense legislation will help lower premiums for middle class Americans and stabilize the individual market, which the Trump Administration has been working to sabotage. I continue to stand ready to work with anyone who is serious about improving upon the Affordable Care Act and lowering health care costs for Granite State families, and this bill is an important first step.”

The Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act would:

  • Lower premiums, which would then decrease the cost of Advance Premium tax credits,
  • Increase competition among insurers,
  • Provide funding to states to improve outreach and enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces,
  • And provide additional marketplace stability for insurers, providers, and patients.

The reinsurance program would increase stability in the individual health insurance marketplaces by providing federal funding to cover 80 percent of insurance claims between $50,000 and $500,000 from 2018-2020. Starting in 2021, federal funding would cover 80 percent of insurance claims between $100,000 and $500,000.

View full text of the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act, here

SVCC 2017 Machining Skills Graduates

Machining Skills Certification Program graduates completed recently in Emporia at the Southside Virginia Education Center.  These students are veterans transitioning from active duty, and this program is a collaborative effort with Fort Lee.

They are (Left to Right) Michael Carrigan, Christopher Weber, Steven Welton,Tyler Green, Antonio Hargrove, Jeremy Leesmann, Darrin Sloan, Andrew Berger,  Hugo Palacios, Jeff Combs, Russell Kaneko and Byran Leeds.

Colleges must provide counseling after a student suicide

By Mai-Lan Spiegel, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – When a college student commits suicide, it can shake the campus to its core, as other students struggle with grief, perhaps guilt and a range of emotions.

Beginning next school year, public colleges and universities in Virginia will have to offer counseling and other services to students after such tragedies. The requirement is the result of Senate Bill 1430, which was unanimously passed by the General Assembly this year.

“The board of visitors of each baccalaureate public institution of higher education shall develop and implement policies that ensure that after a student suicide, affected students have access to reasonable medical and behavioral health services, including postvention services,” the bill states.

It defines “postvention services” as “services designed to facilitate the grieving or adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors, and prevent suicide contagion.”

SB 1430 was proposed by Sen. Bryce E. Reeves of Fredericksburg. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed it into law in March. It will take effect July 1.

Existing law requires colleges to have procedures to identify and help students who may be suicidal. The new law goes a step further by mandating what schools should do to help other students after a suicide.

Virginia Commonwealth University, among other schools, already offers postvention services after a student death. Last fall, for example, two VCU students died after falling from the Towers on Franklin apartment building. Jordan Bowman, 18, died in September, and Emma Pascal, 19, in October.

Authorities have not ruled the deaths suicides. However, some news outlets initially reported that the students had “jumped” to their death, implying self-infliction. Experts say that such gossip can lead to suicide contagion or “copycat suicides.”

This phenomenon is also known as the Werther effect, after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th-century novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther.” David Phillips, a sociologist at the University of California at San Diego,coined the term in 1974. In his research, he found that suicides seemed to rise after a well-publicized suicide.

“Hearing about suicide seems to make those who are vulnerable feel they have the permission to do it,” Phillips said.

An associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Dr. E. David Klonsky, said that when a suicide happens nearby, it can make other people see suicide as an option.

“Learning that someone from one’s community has died by suicide, especially when the person is a peer or colleague, can make suicide seem more realistic and attainable, especially if the method of suicide has been publicized and is available to others,” Klonsky said.

Emma Pascal’s mother, Cindy Pascal, who is a mental health counselor, said she supported Reeves’ bill.

“Even if it is a death that is questionable, there should be counseling provided to kids because the adolescent brain is amazing and brilliant but it also very fragile,” Pascal said.

Dr. Jihad Aziz, the director of Student Counseling Services at VCU, said the bill won’t affect the university greatly because it already provides postvention services.

“If the death of a student is on campus or near campus, we go to the site for support, and it’s part of our postvention and intervention services,” Aziz said. “We will also go to the classrooms and faculty. Students who are grieving come in without having to fill out paperwork, and they always have access to our crisis line.”

Aziz said VCU has a range of suicide prevention services and activities. For instance, every year, the university holds an Out of Darkness Walk, aimed at raising suicide awareness. Also, resident assistants and other dormitory staff members receive “Question, Persuade, Refer” training to recognize when a student is showing signs of distress.


Help is available to prevent suicide

If you or somebody you know is struggling with self-harm or has suicidal thoughts, contact a counselor. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. VCU also has a hotline at 804-828-3964.


Extremely Low Turnout Marks Primary Elections

Democratic Primary Results

 

Statewide (at time of publication)

City of Emporia

Greensville County

Governor

 

Ballots Cast: 292

Ballots Cast: 609

Ralph S. Northam

284,605 (55.78%)

194 (66.45%)

437 (71.76%)

Tom S. Perriello

225,628 (44.22%)

98 (33.56%)

172 (28.24%)

Lt. Governor

 

Ballots Cast: 281

Ballots Cast: 565

Justin E. Fairfax

237,406 (49.21%)

206 (73.31%)

399 (70.62%)

Gene J. Rossi

56,990 (11.81%)

37 (13.17%)

71 (12.57%)

Susan S. Platt

188,061 (38.98%)

38 (13.52%)

95 (16.81%)

 

Locally, the results for the Democratic Primary are in line with the statewide results, Ralph Northam will be the Gubernatorial Candidate in this fall’s General Election while Justin Fairfax will be on the ticket for Lieutenant Governor.

Republican Primary Results

 

Statewide (at time of publication)

City of Emporia

Greensville County

Governor

 

Ballots Cast: 154

Ballots Cast: 290

Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie

153,422 (43.62%)

83 (53.90%)

169 (58.28%)

Cory A. Stewart

150,190 (42.70%)

54 (35.06%)

102 (35.17%)

Frank W. Wagner

48,129 (13.68%)

17 (11.04%)

19 (6.55%)

Lt. Governor

 

Ballot Cast: 142

Ballots Cast: 282

Brice E. Reeves

138,138 (40.48%)

74 (49.33%)

142 (50.90%)

Glenn R. Davis, Jr.

58,538 (17.15%)

10 (12.00%)

32 (11.47%)

Jill H. Vogel

144,566 (42.36%)

58 (38.67%)

105 (37.63%)

 

In the Primary for the Governor’s race, the results mirrored the statewide results and Ed Gillespie will be the candidate. In the race for Lieutenant Governor the local results differed from the statewide results. While Jill Vogel was leading the three-way race statewide (at the time of publication), Brice Reeves won both the City and County.

As with all primaries, turnout was disappointingly low. In the City of Emporia there was an average of 675 ballots cast while there are 3,717 registered voters, that is a turnout of 18.16%. In Greensville County there are 6,388 registered voters but only 1,041 (average) ballots cast, a turnout of 16.3%. Overall, voters turned out for the Democratic Primary in larger numbers than those voting in the Republican Primary-by about two to one.

Invaders Concert Raises More than $5,000 for Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– The Invaders held their 50th Reunion Concert on June 3rd at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  The concert benefitted VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center.  Thanks to hundreds of fans in attendance, donations given totaled $5,186.02 that went directly into the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment.

The Invaders 50th Reunion Concert was sponsored by Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Community Bank and J.A. Barker Construction, Inc. 

Jackson-Feild Graduates Ten Students

June 9th was a milestone day for ten students at the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes as they graduated from high school.  The Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises were held at Southside Virginia Community College’s Golden Leaf Commons.

Five students received their high school diploma and five students received their GED. This was the largest graduating class since 2009. In its 20 year history, a total of 167 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony. Three students, Aureana, Genya and Fidel were the commencement speakers. Their speeches provided everyone in the audience an understanding of how important this day was to them as well as their deep gratitude towards the faculty and staff who helped them along the way.  

Five scholarships were awarded to students to help them with the expenses to further their education.  In addition to the scholarships awarded, there were special gifts that were given to all the graduates. Among these were cash gifts, gift cards, flowers for the girls and wallets for the boys. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia was in attendance and presented each graduate with a cash gift as a token for their accomplishment. An anonymous donor gave each graduate a $100 gift certificate and each girl a bouquet of red roses and each boy a wallet.  Each student also received a class ring that was funded by an anonymous donor.

This ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for both children and staff as it culminates and validates the mission of Jackson-Feild and celebrates the accomplishments of it children.

Summer Feeding Program Sites Announced

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, andthere will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows:

 

Location Days of Service

Greensville Elementary School

1101 Sussex Drive

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:45 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45 am – 8:30 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:00 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:30 am.

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library

100 Spring Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Thursday’s Only

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Word of Life Assembly of God

707 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Northwood Village Apartments

300 Lewis Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm

Brookridge Apartments

1325 Skippers Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Community Youth Center (CYC)

800 Halifax Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 29-July 29 Thursday – Saturday only

Snack only 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Main Street United Methodist Church

500 South Main Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:30 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

 

**All sites will be closed July 3 & 4, 2017.

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Brat, McEachin highlight importance of bipartisanship

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Though they come from different sides of the aisle, two Virginia congressmen came together for a moderated discussion on entrepreneurship and economic growth. U.S. Reps. Dave Brat, a Republican from Glen Allen, and A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Richmond, highlighted the importance of bipartisan cooperation in moving Virginia and the nation forward.

While Brat and McEachin disagreed over issues such as health care, they found common ground in supporting broadband service in rural areas and deregulation that will stimulate business growth.

“If you don’t have internet, you can forget about bringing jobs in,” McEachin, who was elected last fall, told the approximately 80 people who attended Thursday’s forum, which was sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals.

Brat, a tea party stalwart who advocates for limited government, agreed that expanding infrastructure is important for business growth. “I’m trying to be as pro-business as I can on every policy I’m for,” he said at the event, held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch building.

Although the officeholders were cordial and friendly to each other, such sentiments were not shared by some members of the audience. About a dozenmembers of the audience jeered at Brat, frequently interrupting his answers with scoffs. A small group in attendance continually raised red index cards every time Brat said something they didn’t like.

The topics for discussion were prepared beforehand and presented by the moderator T. Otey Smith, a principal of RLJ Equity Partners in Bethesda, Md. Each congressman was given about three minutes to give his take on the given question.

The two men may not often see eye to eye on certain issues. But on Thursday night, they frequently agreed on certain aspects of the discussion and exchanged encouraging words on topics where they shared similarities.

The discussion was not without its disagreements. One that stood out was health care. McEachin supported former President Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare didn’t do everything right, but all the problems in the health-care system were not created by Obamacare either,” McEachin said.

He criticized President Donald Trump and other Republican officials for their vow to repeal and replace Obamacare. “They don’t have a lot of places to go to fix our health-care system and make it look different from Obamacare.”

Brat started off by calling Obamacare “in the ditch,” saying it “focused on coverage up front and paid no attention to price – prices have gone up 105 percent under Obamacare.” Brat is in favor in delegating health-care coverage to the states rather than having the federal government issue mandates.

“Politicians are not good at running things. Let’s bring that power down to the state level,” he said.

Brat represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches from Chesterfield County to Culpeper. As an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, he won the seat in 2014 by upsetting House Minority Leader Eric Cantor.

McEachin represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes Richmond, Petersburg and parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties. An attorney, he previously served 17 years in the Virginia General Assembly.

After the hourlong discussion, both men shook hands and stayed around to talk to constituents. Some attendees said the respect Brat and McEachin showed for each other provided a model for other members of Congress.

“I think bipartisanship is key, especially in a time like this,” said Mark Stafford, a resident of Brat’s district. “I don’t want to watch my country waste away.”

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run recentyl came through Emporia/Greensville. Runners from the community started at the auditorium and ran to Grensville Elementary School.

Volunteer Torch Bearers-Anthony Harrison, Linda Whitfield and Debbie Rillo 

GCHS Scholar Athletes

Athletes at Greensville County High School with a GPA of 3.2 or higher were honored at an Athletics Banquet on May 23, 2017

First Row: Breana Alston, Deona Hancock, Savanna Jones, Samantha Dockens, Caroline Taylor; Secong Row: Shelleigh Turner, Elizabeth Tranka, Amanda Capps, Briana Person, Lenah Clements, Diamond Daniels, Brooklyn Mason,    Ariana Phillips, Catherine Robinson, Samantha Richard, Karolina Allen, Mattie King; Third Row: Aaron Tudor, Jazlyn Jefferson, Tia Eason, Hunter Astrop, De’Ja Mangrum, Walker Richard, Jared Lynch, Jayquan Simmons, Edwin Ramos

Monday marks 50th anniversary of ‘Loving’ decision

By Chelsea Jackson, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – In Caroline County in the 1950s, Richard and Mildred Loving began an important story that would become an award-winning film: falling in love, getting married and then getting thrown in jail – because he was white, she was black and Virginia had outlawed interracial marriage.

As depicted in the movie “Loving,” the young couple faced ostracism and threats of violence. Eventually, they went to court to challenge the state’s ban against miscegenation. On June 12, 1967, that case – Loving v. Virginia – produced a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage.

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the ruling. Supporters call it Loving Day– a day to reflect on and celebrate multicultural unions.

The founder of the Loving Day website, Ken Tanabe, has a personal connection to the celebration.

“The Lovings’ story and case are important to me because my father is from Japan, my mother is from Belgium, and I was born in the U.S. Without the Lovings, I may never have been born. I’m humbled by their struggle and grateful for their perseverance,” said Tanabe, an art director, animator and educator in New York.

The website lists dozens of Loving Day events that will be held around the world, including in Paris and Tokyo, and across the United States – from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles.

No events are listed in Virginia, the Lovings’ home state. But state officials will mark the occasion by dedicating a “Loving v. Virginia” historical highway marker. Gov. Terry McAuliffe will speak at the dedication, which will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at 1111 E. Broad St. in Richmond. (The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will erect the marker in Caroline County.)

“Though it has been 50 years since the Loving decision, it’s still important to share their story and educate people about its significance. According to a Gallup poll, 11 percent of Americans still disapprove of interracial marriage,” Tanabe said. “As Loving Day celebrations spread across cities in the U.S. and around the world, so does a more positive and nuanced conversation about who we are.”

While Loving Day celebrations spread, another couple from Pennsylvania is using their story to commemorate the Lovings’ place in history.

Farrah Parkes and Brad Linder are an interracial couple in Philadelphia and creators of The Loving Project. The pair produce a biweekly podcast that chronicles the everyday lives of interracial couples.

The project has received a positive response; it was featured on IndieWire’s list of “must-listen podcasts” for 2017.

For Linder and Parkes, the Lovings’ case holds significance because without it, they may have never had the chance to be together.

“For me, it is sort of the ultimate civil rights issue because it gives me my right to be who I am,” Parkes said. “I couldn’t imagine someone telling me no.”

In the podcast series, Linder and Parkes interview other interracial couples, including same-sex couples.

Richard Loving died in 1975 and Mildred Loving in 2008. They may not be here to see the lasting impacts of their brave fight for a basic right, but it can be seen all around. According to the Pew Research Center, one in six newlyweds is intermarried.

But the circumstances that led to Loving v. Virginia still elicit strong feelings of injustice.

“It was obscene and absurd to have a law on the books that made it illegal for whites and blacks to marry,” said Ana Edwards, who chairs the Defenders’ Sacred Ground Project, which is devoted to civil rights.

“My parents married in 1960. My mother is white; my father is black. Aside from the myriad feelings that come from getting married at the tender age of 22 and 23, there must also have been the tightness in the belly from knowing that you are taking a step that society as a whole is not quite ready to accept.”

Text of the ‘Loving’ highway marker

According to the state Department of Historic Resources, here is what the marker will say:

Loving v. Virginia

Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a woman of African American and Virginia Indian descent, married in June 1958 in Washington, D.C., and returned home to Caroline County. In July they were arrested for violating Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage. The Lovings were convicted and sentenced to one year in jail, suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia. The American Civil Liberties Union unsuccessfully argued their case before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 1966. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Loving v. Virginia that laws prohibiting interracial marriage violate the Constitution’s 14th amendment.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH MILESTONE YEARS OF SERVICE

EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently honored it’s retirees and employees with milestone years of service in 2016 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week. As a part of the celebration, staff were invited to a special luncheon where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift.  Employees with twenty or more years of service were also presented with flowers.   “Our employees are the key to our success,” said Matt Tavenner, SVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  “and we take this opportunity each year to celebrate their dedication and hard work.

Matt Tavenner, CEO, presents the awards to the honorees.

5 Year Award – L-R: Latoya Vaughan, Krista Hollowell, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Lynn Grant, April Eure, Tare Mabry. Not Pictured: Shannon Crutchfield and Ted Huff

10 Year Award – L-R: Avis Taylor, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Cassandra Singleton. Not Pictured: Frank Greenway, Andi Hux, Yemica Nicholson, Tim Owens, Valerie Sessoms, and Jennifer Watson

25 Year Award – L-R: Robin Heese, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Roslyn Tyler. Not Pictured: Mattie Washington

30 Year Award – L-R: Keith Johnson, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Peggy Dunn. Not Pictured: Deborah Powell

35 Year Award- L-R: Wanda Powell, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Randy Newsome, Robin Duncan. Not Pictured: Annie Odom

40 Year Award – L-R: Wanda Williams, Matt Tavenner, CEO

Retirees- L-R:  Joyce Webb, 46 Years of Service; Matt Tavenner, CEO; Pam Daves, 30 Years of Service Not Pictured: Edith Morgan, 44 Years of Service; and Rita Barnes, 45 Years of Service.

Law requires mental health training for school counselors

By Will Thomas, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND — More than 20 percent of children in the U.S. have or have had depression or other serious mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Soon, school counselors in Virginia will be in a better position to help identify students with such problems. Beginning July 1, a new state lawwill require school counselors to receive more training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress.

“Mental health can get better with intervention. Without identifying it, it will only get worse,” said Dr. Donna Dockery,the director of clinical practice in the counseling and special education department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Senate Bill 1117 was sponsored by two Democrats from Northern Virginia – Sen. Jeremy McPikeof Prince William County and Del. Vivian Wattsof Fairfax County. It states that anyone “seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license with an endorsement as a school counselor shall complete training in the recognition of mental health disorder and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse.”

The law strengthens the Virginia Department of Education’s existing regulations for school counselors. Dockery said it’s important that counselors be able to recognize the signs of mental illness.

“We treat the physical pain; let’s treat the mental pain,” she said.

Dockery said young people today often have a lot of anxiety and must deal with traumatic events. With the help of counselors and families recognizing these situations, students can get the help they need.

McPike’s legislative assistant, Devin Cabot, said that under the new law, the state will establish guidelines for the mental health training that school counselors must complete.

“We are very focused on the new trends of bullying and teen suicide,” Cabot said.

In the past, Cabot said, school counselors in different school districts might have received different training. McPike’s legislation will provide a more uniform approach, she said.

Local school officials are taking measures to educate themselves about the new law.

Chris Whitley is the public information officer for Hanover County Public Schools. Hanover school officials are waiting on guidance from the Virginia Department of Education before moving forward, Whitley said.

School districts will be affected by more than a dozen bills that were approved by the General Assembly during its 2017 session and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The Virginia Department of Education is working to ensure that school divisions are aware of the new laws.

Veterans center will be named for 2 war heroes

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A veterans health-care center planned for Virginia Beach will be named for two war heroes from the area, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The facility will be called the Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center.

“I am proud to announce that we are naming the new veterans care center after two Tidewater natives who served Virginia and our nation,” McAuliffe told a crowd of about 100 people. The facility – a long-term nursing care center that will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads – will carry the names of:

  • Col. William A. Jones III, a Norfolk native who received the Medal of Honor for rescuing a fellow pilot in Vietnam in 1968. He died in an airplane accident near Woodbridge in 1969.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, a Virginia Beach native who died in 2010 when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan, attacked his vehicle with a homemade bomb.

The veterans care center will sit on a 26-acre site next to the planned extension of Nimmo Parkway. The land for the site was donated by the city of Virginia Beach. The 128-bed facility will feature all private rooms, organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.

The center will specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other chronic illnesses. It will provide both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.

The center will be operated by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, which already runs similar facilities in Richmond and Roanoke.

The Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is expected to open in late 2019. At about the same time, the state plans to open the Puller Veteran Care Center in Fauquier County, which will offer similar services.

Also at Wednesday’s ceremony, McAuliffe signed four bills aimed at helping veterans and their families:

The new laws will take effect July 1.

VCU Health CMH receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

American Heart Association recognizes VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

South Hill, June 1, 2017 ― VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, ortPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. VCU Health CMH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

 “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” saidVickey Morgan, VCU Health CMH RN, BSN, Stroke Program Coordinator.

“VCU Health CMHcontinues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize VCU Health CMH for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

As a nurse and former stroke coordinator, Teri Ackerson is aware that every second counts when a stroke strikes. In May 2013, the training she used to help others helped save her own life. Ackerson’s left arm suddenly went numb, she felt the left side of her face droop and she was unable to speak. Despite her symptoms, Ackerson remained calm, made note of the timing of her symptoms and, with the help of her son, proceeded to get treatment quickly.

“Hospitals that follow AHA/ASA recommended guidelines not only know the importance to treat quickly with tPA, but they also follow evidence-based research that helps to determine why you had a stroke in the first place and report these findings,” said Ackerson, 46, who completed a marathon 26 days after her stroke. “Without the treatment I received, I would not have recovered as well as I did.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  

David G. Stainback

David G. Stainback, 75, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia D. Stainback; two brothers, Dan Stainback and wife, Georgia of Franklin and Donald Stainback and wife, Sherry of Newport News and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Interment will follow at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

New law lets schools help diabetic students

By Sean Boyce, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Virginia students afflicted by diabetes may receive additional support in schools thanks to a new state law.

Senate Bill 1116, which takes effect July 1, will allow school nurses to help diabetic students reinsert the tube that connects their insulin pump to their body if it becomes dislodged at school.

“This bill is for kids who need help inserting or reinserting their insulin pump,” said Devon Cabot, legislative aide for Sen. Jeremy McPike, who proposed the measure.

McPike, who represents the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and part of Prince William County, decided to sponsor the bill after numerous parental complaints about diabetic children being forced to leave school early or parents having to leave work to help reattach their child’s insulin pump.

“Kids knock their insulin pump out and then need to go home for it to be reinserted,” Cabot said.

The new law authorizes only certain school personnel to assist with a student’s insulin pump. The school employee must be a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or certified nurse aide who has been trained in the administration of insulin and insulin pumps.

Such employees may assist the diabetic student only after receiving prescriber authorization and parental consent.

“This bill is geared towards younger pump users,” Cabot said. “When they reach high school age, most kids are able to reinsert the pump themselves without assistance.”

Sam Wagner, a sophomore at Godwin High School in Henrico County, knows the day-to-day difficulties of being a diabetic student firsthand. Sam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system mistakenly targeting the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. Without insulin, the body cannot properly convert food into energy, which can be fatal.

To manage his Type 1 diabetes, Sam must take insulin for the rest of his life.

He had to wait more than six months to receive his first insulin pump. Before the pump, Sam gave himself periodic injections of insulin by syringe just as his grandfather did decades ago.

“The insulin pump changed my life,” said Sam, now 16.

That’s because the pumps are unobtrusive – they’re about the size of a cellphone. Sam’s device provides a continuous supply of insulin to the user, is easily adjusted by touch screen and has a rechargeable battery life of one week.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 1 million diabetics use insulin pumps worldwide.

Sam’s biggest concern about using his insulin pump at school is when he needs to charge the device.

While every insulin pump varies in the tubing and cartridge size it uses, all pumps use the same cord – a micro USB – to charge. “One time I had to ask another student to borrow his phone charger in the middle of class so I could charge my pump,” Sam said.

Sam praises his school for accommodating class time he has missed because of his diabetes. “I’ve never really had an issue with making up assignments for any of my classes,” he said.

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