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Our Future Health Care Providers


Front Row Left to Right: Theresa Griles, RN Educator, Sophia Crowder, Cindy Trejo, Hailey Forbes, Natalie Hall, Hazel Willis, RN, Camp Coordinator; Second Row Left to Right: Kaylee Newman, Madyson Willis, Lillie Puryear, Alex Love, Miguel Ballesteros, Matthew Gaskins; Third Row Left to Right: Steven Gardner, Ayrin Matthews, Nicole Stanley, Mackenzie Long, Ashley Balducci

CSI (Career Scene Investigators) returned to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, not to investigate crime scenes, but to explore the suspects of health care. VCU Health CMH offered a week camp to seventh and eighth graders from local middle schools July 30th thru August 3rd.  Fifteen students from Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Brunswick, and Bluestone Middle Schools participated in the camp. The focus of the camp was to give the students an opportunity to learn about the many exciting careers available in health care. The camp offered a variety of activities that allowed the students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment.  The campers rotated through various departments getting hands on experience with simulated activities that health care professionals perform daily.         

The middle school years are the ideal time to introduce students to the various career opportunities in health care. It attributes to the selective Science, Math, and or English courses that they may include into their curriculum as they choose their classes throughout their high school years. By the end of the week some of the campers want to be doctors, nurses, physical, speech, or occupational therapists, while others want to become engineers or computer technologists.  We are excited that some of our campers from previous years chose health care careers, have graduated from college, and are currently employed here at VCU Health CMH as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Exercise Physiologists.   

VCU Health CMH is pleased that they can offer this excellent opportunity to area students to learn about the world of health care.  Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta participates and supports the camp each year with the provision of activities and a pizza lunch. Southside Virginia Rescue and VCU Health Med-Evac also participate in the activities for the campers. According to the students, it was a fun week and they learned what health care professionals do daily to help and provide care to others. 

We encourage other middle school students to apply to attend the CSI Camp next summer. The information and the application for the camp will be delivered to the local schools in the Spring, of 2019 and it will also be available on the VCU-CMH.org.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for June, 2018

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (far right) presented John Watson, Jr., DPT, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for June.  There to congratulate John was (L to R) Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services; Mike Simmons, Respiratory Manager; and Donna Jarrell,  Director of Rehab Services.

You know you’re doing it correctly when a patient’s family takes the time to write a note to your supervisor about your workday.  John Watson, DPT, from the physical therapy department, was calm, cool and collected when an emergent situation happened while he was working with a patient in the hospital recently.  To quote the family member, “John was instrumental in getting quick assistance when my son passed out while visiting.”

For his efforts, John was named the VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Month for June.  The family member also wrote about John’s effort working with her mother following knee replacement surgery.  “He has a friendly disposition and demonstrates caring for his patients. He is very articulate,” she wrote.

John works in Acute Rehab in the Physical Therapy Department and spends quite a bit of his time in the hospital. He’s been with VCU Health CMH for almost nine years and enjoys the teamwork his department shows and he’s really enjoying the new hospital.

Originally from Weldon, NC, John did his undergraduate work at Winston Salem University and stayed there for his post graduate degree. He received his doctorate from Chatham University and another from the Neuro Recovery Institute.

Mike Simmons, his supervisor, said John is an exemplary employee who takes customer service seriously. Mike was also proud of the way John handled the emergent situation with the family member.

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

John resides in LaCrosse, VA

VCU Health CMH is Upbeat about New Cardiologists

         

VCU Health CMH knows that cardiovascular (CV) disease is the most common cause of acute and chronic illness globally, in the U.S. and in Virginia. Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Virginia and stroke is the third cause of death in our state. It is predicted that CV patients will account for 15% of overall hospital utilization by the year 2028. With this information, it is clear, that local access to advanced diagnostic cardiovascular services is critical for the patients in our region.

VCU Health CMH recently increased the scope of cardiovascular services with the opening of our new hospital in November, 2017 and the addition of our in-house catheterization laboratory. Dr. Nimesh Patel, Cardiologist, has been providing cardiology services here since 2016. He performs diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in the new cath lab. Having diagnostic cardiac catheterization available helps to promote faster care and better clinical outcomes.

On July 2, 2018, VCU Health CMH, in collaboration with VCU Health in Richmond, took another leap forward with the addition of Dr. Bethany Denlinger and Dr. Jayanthi Koneru to our CMH Physician Services cardiology practice. Dr. Bethany Denlinger, who is no stranger to CMH, has been providing cardiology services to the area since 1995 through South Hill Internal Medicine & Critical Care, previously known as Dr. Strunk’s office. Dr. Denlinger has been traveling from Richmond three days each week since 1995 and for years was the only cardiology provider in the area. Dr. Denlinger will continue her travels to South Hill each week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but will now see patients at CMH Cardiology Services located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

Dr. Jayanthi Koneru is also well known in our area. He has been seeing patients and providing cardiology services through South Hill Family Medicine two days each month. Dr. Koneru specializes in cardiac electrophysiology/heart rhythms and will now provide services through CMH Cardiology Services.

In September, Dr. Khalid Mojadidi will join CMH Cardiology Services as a full-time cardiologist. Dr. Mojadidi is an Invasive Cardiologist and is currently at VCU Health in Richmond completing a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease.

Our patients and families can continue to expect the highest level of care -- today and well into the future, thanks to this team-based care. Having these cardiologists in one location will provide easier access to cardiology services and bring substantial expertise in the diagnosis and treatments for patients with heart disease and related conditions to our service area.

VCU Health CMH Auxiliary Annual Awards 2018

If you’ve ever been inside a hospital—as a patient, family member, or friend—you’ve probably been assisted by an Auxilian. Perhaps he or she helped you make a selection in the gift shop . . . or gave you directions to a patient’s room . . .  or comforted you as you waited to hear the outcome of a loved one’s surgery. 

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill is fortunate to have the wonderful support of a large team of volunteers through the Hospital's Auxiliary.  VCU Health CMH volunteers provide service, support and good cheer for patients, visitors and staff, and help complete the hospital community.

Perhaps in no other industry is volunteering more vital than in health care.  Each year, these dedicated volunteers make valuable contributions to VCU Health CMH through countless hours of service to patients and the hospital with donations that strengthen health care services for the community. 

The Auxiliary's mission is to advance the welfare of the hospital.  With a membership of 170 members, these dedicated volunteers donated 22,281 hours of service to patients and the hospital over the past year.  

The Auxiliary holds fund-raisers throughout the year to help support its programs and services. Their main source of funds is from the “Fish Bowl” Gift Shop.  Each year, the Auxiliary makes a generous donation to the Hospital on behalf of its fundraising efforts. During their Annual Awards Luncheon held recently, outgoing Auxiliary President, Nancy Bradshaw, reported on their accomplishments for the past year and presented VCU Health CMH CEO, W. Scott Burnette with a $47,000 check. This donation is the third installment of the Auxiliary’s $225,000 pledge to VCU Health CMH’s “Healthcare for Life” capital campaign. 

During the banquet, new officers were installed and members were awarded pins and certificates for the number of hours of service to the hospital.  Also the special “Lou Saunders Award of Excellence” was given.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 2018/2019 Officers –  Ruth Reams, President; Kenny Pitts, First Vice President; Linda McNabb, Second Vice President; Becky Waters, Treasurer; Nancy Bradshaw, Recording Secretary; Jean Zembower, Corresponding Secretary

Joyce Tudor was awarded the Lou Saunders Award of Excellence, the Auxiliary’s highest honor.  The Lou Saunders award was established in 2010 and named after longtime CMH Auxiliary volunteer, Lou Saunders. Joyce is a past President of the CMH Auxiliary and she currently serves on the Auxiliary Board as Historian and Mecklenburg County Co-Coordinator. Joyce also volunteers at the information desk. She recently served on the CMH Foundation’s Capital Campaign Committee raising funds for the C.A.R.E. Building.

New Auxiliary Members - Bonnie Johnston, Lily Atkinson, Dorothy Minter-Saunders, Will Woodall, Trevor Kidd, Keith Ellis, Tom Watters, Sandra Burch, Mabel Wood, Carolyn Wagoner; NOT PICTURED: Patricia Buebendorf, Judy Echard, Shayna Kendall-Maxey, Sandy Mechalske, Zahra Murtaza, Tammy Oakes, Joyce Bagley Pinkney, Heather Raum, Matthew Rodriguez, Frances Tuck, Richard Watson

6,600 – 13,500 HOURS OF SERVICE – June Meyer, 13,000; Virginia Lucy, 11,000; Sylvia Lambert, 13,500; Anne Cole, 8,300; Lois White, 8,000; Charlene Gray, 8,500; Sandra Gainer, 7,000; NOT PICTURED: Delphine Harris, 6,600; Shirley Carrillo, 10,400

3,300 – 6,400 HOURS OF SERVICE – Marlene Reinders, 4,100; Gerry Nash, 6,400; Ann Gauchat, 6,000; Joyce Tudor, 5,400; Ruth Reams, 4,500; Leanna Jones, 4,200; Barbara Fife, 3,800; Hattie Baird, 3,300; NOT PICTURED: Deborah Wilson, 3,500; Brigitte Eberle, 4,500; Brenda Roberts, 5,400; Shirley Huested, 6,000

2,000 – 3,000 HOURS OF SERVICE – Dorothy Williams, 2,900; Belle Jones, 2,700; Dottie Collins, 2,500; Sylvia Solari, 2,900; Roger Pendergrass, 3,000; Rebecca Waters, 2,500; Nancy Bradshaw, 2,000; Edna Jones, 2,500

1,000 – 1,900 HOURS OF SERVICE – Ann Allman, 1,900; Jean Zembower, 1,500; Janet Morris, 1,500; Pat Adams, 1,500; Gladys Jenerette, 1,100; Larry Minter, 1,900; Mary Werber, 1,300; Ann Jones, 1,200; Kenneth Pitts, 1,000; Brenda Curtis, 1,000; NOT PICTURED: Carmen Cornely-Clarke, 1,100; Mary Carter, 1,500; Sharon Watson, 1,500

500 – 900 HOURS OF SERVICE – Doris Turner, 900; Brenda Cahoon, 600; Ruth Griggs, 700;  Sharon Carter, 500; Linda McNabb, 900; Margaret Waller, 700; Suzanne Creek, 500; Billie Wells, 700; Barbara Heagran, 700; NOT PICTURED: Phyllis Beasley, 600; Dick Smith, 600; Judith Moody, 800; Sadie Simmons, 800; Vicky Walker, 800

100 – 400 HOURS OF SERVICE – Linda Gage, 400; Fran Steiert, 300; Jane Stringer, 200; Clare Williams, 200; Tom Watters, 100; Willis Woodall, 100; Darleen Ferguson, 100; Carolyn Wagoner, 100; Jean Houston, 200; NOT PICTURED: Shari Beale-Hasenmueller, 100; Fannie Echard, 100; Sandy Mechalske, 100; Frances Tuck, 100

Nourish Your Brain

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why?  Perhaps you’ve misplaced your glasses just to find them on your head a little later. As we age we must make a concerted effort to provide our brain plenty of nourishment from healthful foods and mentally stimulating activities to prevent or at least slow the progression of more serious brain conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about antioxidant-rich foods and physical/mental activities that can contribute to brain health then you should attend July’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center.

This FREE program will be on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

Amy Moore Hawkins, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Virginia Cooperative Extension for Mecklenburg County, will be the speaker for the program.  Amy has been with the Virginia cooperative Extension for 14 years. Her job responsibilities include education the public on nutrition, health and wellness, particularly chronic disease prevention and maintenance.  She also focuses on local foods and their connection to health and wellness.  Since coming to Mecklenburg County, she has implemented the Balanced Living with Diabetes program, Mast Food Volunteer training, multiple nutrition and wellness workshops, food safety and food preservation workshops as well as school garden projects.  

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506

Book Signing Set for July 10th

Willoughby Hundley, III, MD

SOUTH HILL, VA– The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a “book signing” event featuring Willoughby Hundley, III, MD on July 10th from 11:00AM - 2:00PM in the front lobby of the hospital, located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA.

Dr. Hundley, Emergency Room Physician at VCU Health CMH has recently published his fourth novel titled, “Evil Wake” and will be in attendance to sign copies for the public. This event is free and open to the public and a portion of the book sales from the event will benefit the CMH Auxiliary.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for May, 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Megan Llewallen, Registered Nurse, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Megan was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director.

Megan has been employed at VCU Health CMH for six months.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf from a patient’s family member stated, “Megan has amazing bedside manner.  She is very empathetic and caring with her patients.  She is a very knowledgeable nurse who is in this field for the right reasons.”  Megan’s director stated, “Megan brings her ‘A’ game every day she works.  Her focus on patient-centered care is noted by both her peers and patients.”

In addition to the award certificate, Megan 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.

Megan resides in Chase City, VA

VCU Health CMH Presents 2018 Nursing Awards

Teresa Collins, RN, ONC, the Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award recipient; Icie McMiller, the Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award recipient; Ursula Butts, BSN, MSHA, CNAA-BC, FACHE, the Ursula Butts Nurse Leader Award; and Magen Wright, LPN, the Carol Love Licensed Practical Nurse Award recipient.

The Professional Development Council of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital recently recognized four extraordinary people.  One of the council’s goals is to offer recognition to nurses and nurse care partners for their continual commitment to excellence.

VCU Health CMH first gave out these awards on Nurses’ Day, May 6, 2009 and this tradition has continued and grown stronger each year.  This year the Professional Development Council of VCU Health CMH received numerous nominations, a testament to the many dedicated professionals among the hospital’s staff.  This year’s awards were given to four incredible individuals, whose impact and contributions to nursing at VCU Health CMH have been tremendous.

The three original awards were named after three special people, Dee McMillan, Carol Love and Alice Tudor. These women embodied the values that are respected in nursing: hard work, diligence, kindheartedness, compassion, knowledge, loyalty and support. 

This year the Professional Development Council presented a new award, the Ursula Butts Nurse Leader Award.  This inaugural award was presented to the person for which it was named, Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.  Ursula has been at VCU Health CMH for 41 years.  She has seen and lived many changes, but her compassion for nursing and her vision of giving the best possible care and leadership has never changed.  Under Ursula’s leadership and guidance, VCU Health CMH was able to establish Home Health and Hospice Care.  As a nursing leader, she has stimulated and encouraged many nurses to stay challenged, focused and unwavering in their determination to be the best they could be.

The Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award is named after the late Dee McMillan, who was a true nurse partner for many nurses and nursing staff at VCU Health CMH. She was a person who wore many hats when she worked within the organization. Dee demonstrated commitment in her work and a kindhearted attitude toward everyone she met. This award is presented each year in her memory as the Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award.  This year’s recipient is Icie McMiller.  Icie works in Surgical Services and has been employed at VCU Health CMH for more than three years.  She collaborates with team members all over the campus and beyond to acquire information to provide safe and timely care for our patients.  Icie has a trademark smile and truly values her relationship with patients, families and team members.  Her personality is so engaging that others remember her name.  She is especially talented with the computer system and is a resource to the department.

Carol Love, LPN, was awarded the first LPN Award from the Professional Development Council of VCU Health CMH in 2009 for her leadership, commitment, caring attitude, demonstration of professionalism, and contribution to the Practical Nursing Program.  Thereafter, the award was named the Carol Love Licensed Practical Nurse Award in her honor, and is given each year to an LPN, for their exemplary contribution to nursing at VCU Health CMH.

The recipient of this year’s Carol Love Award is Magen Wright, LPN.  Megan has been employed by VCU Health CMH for twelve years.  She started her career in The Hundley Center and is currently working with our Physician Practices.  Magen is described as being conscientious of patient safety and exhibits empathy and concern for each patient and their family members.  She displays a sense of calmness that puts patients at ease.  Megan always conveys professionalism and a positive impression in both her appearance and demeanor.

The Alice Tudor Professional Nursing Award is named after Ms. Alice Tudor, a CMH professional registered nurse. Ms. Tudor always presented with a professional appearance at work, her demeanor was an example of how a professional registered nurse should behave around their co-workers, patients and families. For more than 50 years, nurses looked up to Ms. Tudor and what she stood for as a professional nurse. This award is presented to a Registered Nurse each year in her honor as the Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award.

The recipient of this year’s Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award is Teresa Collins, RN, ONC.  Teresa has been employed by VCU Health CMH for more than twenty years and is currently in Oncology as the Clinical Coordinator. Theresa is the perfect example of a professional nurse.  She has been a pervious Alice Tudor Award winner. Her co-workers felt that this year she was well-qualified to be nominated again as she continues to display superb professionalism, with patients and families, every day in the Cancer Center.

All 2018 Nursing Award recipients were nominated by their peers or their manager. Each one has demonstrated care and compassion to patients and families and exemplifies excellence in nursing practice and leadership.

Books for New Parents Donated to VCU Health CMH

Pictured (L to R): Front row:  Connor Lacks, Drew Jones, Regan Tanner, Cody VanGoethem, Nathan Daniel, and Addison McDaniel; Second row:  Tucker Warren, Seth Bishop, Aveline Wollenberg, Joshua Rosenfeld, Kyndall Jones, Alyssa Hershey, Ken Kurz (VCU Health CMH), Ally Clark, Saylor Moody, and Amanda Boileau

The joy of reading was shared by students at First Christian School with patients at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.

The 5th and 6th grade students at First Christian School recently completed a mission project under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Amy Crowder. 

“The students spear-headed the "Books for Babies" project, whose goal was to put books into the hands of parents in our community who give birth at VCU Health - CMH in South Hill,” according to Ms. Crowder. “New moms and dads will have the opportunity to pick out a book to share with their new little one.  Together with book and financial donations, the students collected almost 150 books.”

According to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at CMH, the books will be featured in the Garland Birthing Center at the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The students went the extra mile by designing and constructing a bookcase to store the new baby book library.  Students worked to teams to come up with their own design and model which was presented to the class.  The model selected was designed by Drew Jones, Addison McDaniel, and Cody VanGoethem, and represents a Ticonderoga pencil.  The classes shopped for supplies and constructed the bookcase with the assistance of parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends. 

“We were thrilled when Amy contacted us,” he said. “What the students did, not just gathering so many books to be shared with our new parents, but constructing a fun bookcase to house those donations was just fantastic.”

Ms. Crowder used this project as an opportunity for her students to utilize skills that were learned in the classroom and apply them in a real world setting.  She is very proud of the effort and excitement that her students have shown throughout the process, but is more impressed with the desire to give back to the community selflessly by blessing those around them.

According to Ms. Crowder, a special thank you goes to Home Depot in South Hill and Det. Chris Whittemore of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with the project.

Menopause What Every Woman Must Know

Eric Reinertson, MD

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Menopause is an inevitable component of aging.  The physical and emotional symptoms may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy and affect overall health.  What happens during menopause?  What is hormone therapy and how is it given?  What can you do to stay healthy after menopause?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend June’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about menopause.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the new C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

Dr. Eric Reinertson will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Reinertson is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He practices at VCU Health CMH Women’s Health Services located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA. 

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

Phi Beta Lambda Business Club of SVCC Donates Books

Pictured with some donated books are Phi Beta Lambda members from Southside Virginia Community College, Crystal Jones, instructor, Nirali Patel, Kenyada Baker, Ashley Jones, Drequan Robinson and Janet Wilson, along with VCU Health CMH’s Marah Michael, Marketing Administrative Assistant.

Green eggs and ham; one fish two fish, red fish, blue fish. These are very familiar refrains from some of Dr. Suess’s classic children’s books and thanks to the Phi Beta Lambda Business Club at Southside Virginia Community College, children who are in the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital or C.A.R.E. Building will be able to read them for themselves.

Crystal Jones, advisor for the group, explained, “We held a book drive from March12th -31st for new or gently used children’s books in celebration of Reading Month and Dr. Suess’s birthday.”

The club had drop-off sites at the Christanna Campus in Alberta, the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville and the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill and collected a total of 59 books that the group presented to VCU Health CMH in May.

“Anytime folks want to do something to benefit our patients and families, we get very excited,” said Ken Kurz, director of the CMH Foundation. “When Crystal called me and told me what they were doing, I just knew this was going to make a lot of kids happy.  We will place a sticker in the books letting people know they came from the Phi Beta Lambda book drive. We will place them in the C.A.R.E. Building and also in the hospital.”

He continued, “We want to express our sincere thanks to this fine group of students and everyone who helped them by donating books to this project. We are a community hospital and we have always enjoyed tremendous community support and this is another great example of that.”

Kurz added that others who might be interested in helping should contact the CMH Foundation at 434-774-2575.

CU Health CMH Receives National Recognition for Stroke Care

SOUTH HILL, VA, June 2018 ― VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award after a recent survey. VCU Health CMH has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization and by the American Heart Association since 2016.

This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“We’re proud to achieve these distinctions because it sends a key message to people throughout the region; all stroke care is not equal,” stated Vickey Morgan, Stroke Program Coordinator at VCU Health CMH.  “The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association only recognize hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients.”

“These prestigious designations signal to South Hill and surrounding communities that we have the physicians, nurses and clinical protocols in place to respond quickly and intervene when stroke occurs,” said David Brown, MD, Director of Emergency Services at VCU Health CMH.  “We applaud the excellent teamwork and coordination required within the hospital to achieve such a designation.”

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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Just in the STROKE of time! Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.  Every minute the brain is oxygen deprived, brain cells are damaged.  The good news is, if the stroke is treated immediately, brain damage can be minimized. 
 
As a Primary Stroke Center, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of stroke.  American Stroke Month in May gives us an important opportunity to join together to prevent, treat and beat the number five killer in the United States.
 
How can a stroke be prevented?  What are clot busting drugs with new clot “retrievers”?  What are ways to beat stroke and manage fatigue and depression?
 
If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend May’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about stroke.
 
This FREE program will be on Tuesday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center located inside the C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg, Avenue, South Hill, VA.
 
Dr. Nina J. Solenski will be the speaker for the program.  She is an associate professor in neurology, subspecializing in cerebrovascular disease at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  Dr. Solenski is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA ’89).  She received her residency training at Dartmouth Mary-Hitchcock in internal medicine and at University of Virginia in neurology.  She completed an ACGME accredited cerebrovascular disease fellowship training program at UVA in clinical and basic research.  She is currently dual APBN boarded in general and vascular neurology.
 
Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Ashley Wray, Registered Nurse in Surgical Services, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for April.  There to congratulate Ashley was Joanne Paynter, Director of Perioperative Surgical Services.

Ashely has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 13 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Ashley has always demonstrated pride in her work at CMH and has exhibited true teamwork.  She has recently taken on working every weekend and also helped in the ER when needed.  Even though this wasn’t her normal area, she remained upbeat and positive through a very busy day.  Ashley definitely demonstrated STAR service by going above and beyond to offer support to another area that she knew was in need.”  “Ashley is a remarkable person.  She is very willing to do whatever is asked of her.  Ashley always represents this hospital well and is a true STAR performer.” 

In addition to the award certificate, Ashley 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.

Ashley resides in LaCrosse, VA.

CSI: Career Scene Investigation

Special Summer Camp for Middle School Students

South Hill—No, we’re not investigating crime scenes, we’re exploring the world of healthcare.  Area middle school students in Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties will have the opportunity to attend a unique program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill that will introduce them to a broad range of health careers. 

A special, one-week, summer camp has been planned for the last week in July entitled, “CSI: Career Scene Investigation” and will focus on the many exciting career opportunities that are available in health care.  Partnering with Southside Virginia Community College, VCU Health CMH will choose fifteen middle school students who have an interest in a health career to attend this summer’s health care camp during the week of  – July 30th  – August 3rd   .   

The camp will be offered at no charge to students.  During this week-long camp, students will spend time with staff from many clinical areas and have “hands-on” opportunities.  They will learn how to apply casts and splints, take x-rays, learn about monitoring the heart, spend time in the Emergency Department, dress in scrubs, see the operating rooms, learn how to suture, work with Rehabilitation Therapists and much, much more!  The week will be fun, interactive and exciting for students and VCU Health CMH staff. 

“We are very pleased to offer to area students this excellent opportunity to learn about the world of health care,” said Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, Education Department Manager for VCU Health CMH.  “The program will offer a variety of activities that will allow students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment and gain valuable insight into health care careers.  We want to provide a positive learning experience for students and encourage teens to explore health care careers.”

According to Mrs. Willis, health care careers are the fastest growing, and will be the most in demand careers for the future. Rapid technological and scientific advances in the medical field, along with a large aging population have created high demand for health care professionals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth rate of new jobs in health care professions will be twice the rate of job growth in non-health care professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a need for 5.3 million health care workers to fill job openings created by departures and new positions in the next five years.

The middle school years are the ideal time to reach students and introduce them to career ideas so they can begin to plan a curriculum that includes the necessary sciences and other required courses. 

A total of fifteen students from local middle schools with at least a “C” average will be selected to attend the camp from applications that include a short essay about why they want to attend the camp, and from teacher/guidance counselor recommendations.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily for the students.  Transportation to and from VCU Health CMH will be the responsibility of the students’ parents.  Students will receive a backpack with supplies and a CSI: Career Scene Investigation T-shirt.  Parents will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the week.

Applications for the camp may be obtained through each school’s guidance counselor, online by visiting vcuhealth.org, from VCU Health CMH’s Education Department or Human Resources.  For more information or for an application, please call Hazel Willis at (434) 584-5438.

Dr. Eric Reinertson Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Eric Reinertson to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Reinertson specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Reinertson is a Board Certified OB/GYN who has devoted his career to providing the best and most complete OB/GYN care for his patients for more than 24 years. He earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, North Dakota and completed his internship and residency training at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Dr. Reinertson has spent most of his professional career working in women’s health in Pekin, Illinois.  Most recently he worked as an independent contracted physician in Illinois and Hawaii.  He is skilled in minimally invasive surgery including outpatient hysterectomy, pelvic prolapse and abnormal bleeding problems.  He also provides complete care for pregnant women.

Dr. Reinertson is currently working at CMH Women’s Health Services located inside the new C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.  He is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 584-2273 (CARE).

Dr. Reinertson joins Dr. Cynthia Austin, OB/GYN and Terry Wooten, Certified Nurse-Midwife, to provide a complete range of personalized and preventive gynecologic care to women at every stage of life.  To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

VCU Health CMH Saved My Life

Karen Kurz, a native of Ohio, whom currently resides in Bracey, VA.

SOUTH HILL -- You might not think it’s possible to mistake an appendicitis attack for the flu, but if you ask Karen Kurz from Bracey, Virginia, she will assure you it was actually pretty easy.

Karen was scheduled for a colonoscopy on a Wednesday at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital and began her prep on Tuesday. But prior to starting the prep, she began experiencing stomach cramps, which she attributed to being hungry since you can’t eat prior to a colonoscopy.

Being a compliant patient, Karen started her prep, but quickly realized it wasn’t going to work as she got sick to her stomach. Stomach cramps, nausea and what inevitably happens when you begin prep for a colonoscopy certainly check off a lot of boxes that would lead a lay person to believe she had the flu. She also started running a slight fever that first day.

Move to day two and now the fever is rising and all the other symptoms continue unabated. She even had her husband text their son to let him know they wouldn’t be traveling to visit the grandkids that weekend because she ‘had the flu.’

Day two saw her fever spike to 102.2 with no let-up of her other symptoms. Unable to keep things down, Karen was quickly becoming dehydrated. Fast forward to day three and she finally experienced right lower quadrant abdominal pain  - severe enough abdominal pain to prompt a visit to VCU Health CMH’s Family Care.

There she was seen by Teresa Parham, nurse practitioner, and Dr. Paul Weidman.  A blood draw showed an extremely high white blood cell count, coupled with severe dehydration, nausea and pain and the Family Care providers moved her quickly to the Emergency Department.

That move, according to Karen’s husband, Ken, most likely saved her life.

“You have to know my wife to understand how tough she is,” he said. “I knew she was truly ill because she didn’t fight going to the doctor. For two days she thought she had the flu. But Teresa (Parham) took one look at her and sprang into action ordering a stat complete blood count to go along with a urinalysis and the physical exam. I firmly believe they, along with the ED staff and Dr. Michael Tozzi, saved her life. I can’t say enough good about the care provided by them and everyone at CMH.”

As Karen was wheeled from the CARE Building to the emergency department, things were already in motion. A CT confirmed a ruptured appendix which meant emergency surgery on a Thursday night.

Ken explained, “Dr. Tozzi came in and told us he would be performing the emergency appendectomy and he feared that she was going to face a serious ordeal. He explained that he would most likely have to open Karen up completely to take care of the problem.”

Normally the appendix can be removed through laparoscopic surgery, but because of the rupture, Karen would be looking at a full-blown 3-4 hour surgery.

“Karen was really, really sick,” her husband said. “When we got to the doctor’s office her blood pressure was 80 over 50 and everyone was afraid she was going into septic shock. Dr. Tozzi told me after surgery that she was in shock. This is the kind of stuff that people die from.”

According to Ken they worked in the emergency department infusing fluids into Karen prior to the surgery to get her BP up, but they also began an extensive regimen of antibiotics to battle the poison that was flooding her system from the ruptured appendix.

A three-hour surgery that saw Dr. Tozzi use about 10 liters of saline to flush Karen’s abdominal cavity saved her life.

“I can’t say enough about how everyone worked so well together, from Teresa and Dr. Weidman through the Emergency Department, Dr. Tozzi and all the nurses,” Ken said. “When someone you love experiences a life-threatening emergency, you don’t want to worry about the people taking care of that person.  I will tell you that I never once worried that she wasn’t receiving outstanding care. They kept me informed throughout the surgery, they all answered questions about what was going on, what could happen, what should happen.  It was exactly how I feel things should have been handled. They showed confidence in their abilities and I felt they were certainly capable of taking care of my wife.”

The good news is, Karen is home now after a six-day hospital stay.  She has an eight-inch incision to show for her “flu.” She does face a prolonged recovery period because of the seriousness of the surgery, cutting of her stomach muscles, and the infection because of the ruptured appendix, but the prognosis is very good.

“I believe we owe an incredible debt to VCU Health CMH, Teresa Parham, Paul Weidman, Michael Tozzi and all the other staff,” Ken said. “I know they saved Karen’s life.”

VCU Health CMH to Offer Babysitting Training Course

SOUTH HILL --The Health & Wellness Department of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill will offer the Smartkids 101 Babysitting Training Course this summer.

The Smartkids 101 Babysitting Training Course is especially designed for student’s age 11 to 14.  It teaches essential child care skills needed for responsible babysitters caring for infants, toddlers and older children.

The class will include child and infant safety, poison control, CPR, first aid and basic child care skills.  At the end of the class students will receive a babysitting certificate, and be certified in American Heart-Heart Savers CPR and First aid.  Students will also be taught to react in an emergency situation and know who to call.  Students will learn about the babysitting business, build self-esteem and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

This one day, 8-hour course will be taught in the VCU Health CMH Education Center (inside the C.A.R.E. Building) at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill from 8:00AM to 4:15PM on the following dates- June 15th, June 29th, July13th and July27th.  The class is free but limited to 10 participants. To register for one of these courses, please contact the Health & Wellness department at 434-774-2541. These classes fill up quickly, so call today!

Why Be An Organ Donor?

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure.  Today, there are 115,000 men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. What is organ donation and transplantation?  What organs and tissues can be transplanted? How can I become an organ donor?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend April’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the new C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

    

Hannah Lee, MD and Dhiren Kumar, MD

The speakers for the program with be Dr. Hannah Lee and Dr. Dhiren Kumar.  Dr. Lee is a practicing transplant hepatologist with VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center in Richmond, VA. Dr. Lee graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed a residency at New England Medical Center. Dr. Lee also specializes in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Kumar is a transplant nephrologist with VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center. Dr. Kumar graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a residency and a fellowship at VCU Medical Center. Dr. Kumar also specializes in Internal Medicine.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

First Citizens Bank Presents Check to VCU Health CMH Foundation

South Hill – First Citizens Bank representatives Dean Marion, Cindy Thomas and Tammy Manning present Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing & Development for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, a check that benefits the Health Care for Life Capital Campaign.  The check that was presented is part of a $25,000 pledge First Citizens Bank made during the Health Care For Life Capital Campaign last year.  Donations for the Capital Campaign are still being accepted, for more information call (434) 774-2575.

Test of Faith - A Local Transplant Success Story

A man of God, Dr. Wayne Guynn ministers to his congregation at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Blackridge, and he travels abroad to fulfill his mission. Yet, his faith was severely tested when at the age of only 49 his heart suddenly failed. Only one thing could save his life and return him to his family, his work and life as he knew it — a heart transplant.

In April 2016, Wayne returned home from a two-week mission trip to Ghana. Over the weekend he felt tired, short of breath and mildly ill. Thinking that his symptoms were due merely to the long flight and being a bit out of shape, he went about his business and worked Monday and Tuesday. But, by the end of the week and two trips to the emergency room at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, it became apparent that this was more than a mere case of jet lag. Wayne’s kidneys were shutting down and he was immediately transported to VCU Health in Richmond.

The doctors at VCU Health Pauley Heart Center quickly realized that Wayne was suffering from heart failure. The medical team could not find a direct cause, and determined that a virus might have attacked and damaged Wayne’s heart. The specialists initially hoped the problem could be treated with medication, but in a matter of days they realized more aggressive measures were needed. Several options were considered, from a pacemaker to an artificial heart called a “Freedom Driver” that would serve as a bridge until a heart for transplant could be located.

Ultimately, the treatment team determined that the best solution would be a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) — a mechanical device that is surgically attached to the heart and helps pump blood from the left side of the heart to the rest of the body. The LVAD was a temporary measure and a heart transplant would still be needed, so Wayne and his family settled in for what they thought would be a two- to four-year wait for a new heart. “The LVAD worked well and was nothing more than a minor inconvenience,” comments Wayne. “My life pretty much went back to normal.”

Unfortunately, that state of normalcy was short-lived. The Monday before Thanksgiving, Wayne suffered a mild stroke and was transported by medical helicopter to VCU Health in Richmond. “It’s hard to believe, but my stroke was actually a blessing in disguise,” he reflects. “I immediately moved up the list for a heart transplant from a priority B to an A.”

On May 14, 2017, Wayne and his wife, Sarah, were celebrating Mother’s Day in Richmond with their children, Ashleigh, Christian and Jonathan. During dinner, the family received the phone call they had been waiting for. Wayne was told to come straight to VCU Medical Center. A heart that was a perfect match was waiting.

The very next day, Wayne had his heart transplant, performed jointly by VCU Health’s Hume-Lee Transplant Center and Pauley Heart Center. His recovery was miraculous. He was discharged from the hospital after only 12 days, and subsequent heart biopsies performed periodically after surgery show no signs of rejection. “I’m feeling better and stronger every day,” he says. “I’m even back at work about three quarters of the time. We’re very fortunate to have access to this level of healthcare — starting here in South Hill and then up in Richmond.”

Wayne is now a real advocate for organ transplants, saying, “It’s amazing that one person as an organ donor can help many other people — and it makes perfect sense in the context of Christian faith.”

“I feel very fortunate to know another heart transplant patient right here in our community,” says Wayne. “Jimmy Murray, a friend and member of our congregation, received his heart 12 years ago. It’s encouraging to see how well he is doing and reassuring to think that I might have such a positive outcome.”

“This experience has had a profound effect — extending far beyond the scars on his chest and the 20+ pills that Wayne takes every day. “Now, when I hear my own heart beating, I am reminded that this heart once lived in someone else’s body and that a family lost a loved one. I was given a second chance at life. Now, I have to be a good steward of this amazing gift.”

To learn more about being an organ donor, please call the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center at (804) 628-0711 and speak with one of our living donor coordinators.

If you or a loved one needs an organ, contact the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center at (804) 828-4104 or vcuhealth.org/transplant.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for February 2018

When Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, told Mildred Waye, LPN and Care Partner, that she was the team member of the month for February, she couldn’t believe it. Her co-workers were excited for her and as a group said she deserved it.

Mildred was nominated by a co-worker and a patient, high praise indeed.  The nomination form from a patient and visiting guest stated, “Mildred did excellent work. She was friendly, courteous and knowledgeable while doing her job. She also worked well with her co-workers.”

Her co-worker said, “Mildred is always a STAR Service Performer.  Her patients notice and compliment her on her skill, professionalism and caring.  She consistently demonstrates excellence in patient care.”

Mildred’s words of wisdom are, “Work hard, put forth your best effort and stay positive.” Two minutes with Mildred will convince you she lives by those words.

Mildred has been with CMH for 38 years and works in the Acute Care area.

Mildred and husband, Larry, have one son, Dennis, and one grandson, Nikolas. They live in Lunenburg County and Mildred graduated from Brunswick High School.

In her off hours, Mildred enjoys her two dogs, reading and doing puzzles.

VCU HEALTH CMH CUTS RIBBON ON NEW C.A.R.E. BUILDING

CARE Ribbon Cutting – On Tuesday, March 6th, VCU Health CMH introduced the public to its new C.A.R.E. Building by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house.

South Hill, VA – Another milestone took place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 as officials cut the ribbon for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s new C.A.R.E. Building. Brenda Palmore, Vice President of Practice Management & Business Development and Wayne Parrish, Chairman of the VCU Health CMH Board of Directors, cut the ribbon together at the entrance to the new facility.

The name C.A.R.E. reflects the services offered in the new building:  CMH Physician Services Clinics, Administration, Rehabilitation and Education.

The $15.5 million, 67,000 square foot, C.A.R.E Building is located adjacent to the new hospital on the 74 acre campus and houses the following physician practices and hospital services:  CMH Cardiology Services; CMH Ear, Nose & Throat & Pulmonology; CMH Family Care Center; CMH Orthopedic Service; CMH Pain Management Services; CMH Surgical Services; CMH Urological Services; CMH Women’s Health Services; Administration; Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab; Education Center; Human Resources; and Health Information Management; (CMH Family Dental Clinic coming soon).

VCU Health CMH’s commitment to making comprehensive health care as accessible as possible is why, with the community’s help, the new C.A.R.E. Building was constructed adjacent to the new hospital.  Together, these facilities create an impressive campus; a true medical destination for all residents of Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.

Also in attendance for the ribbon cutting and open house was members of the VCU Health CMH Board of Directors, representatives from the South Hill Chamber of Commerce, CMH Foundation Board members, CMH Staff and Physicians, local officials and more than 250 members of the community.  After the ribbon cutting, an open house ceremony was held from 4:00-6:00PM where attendees toured the facility, met the providers and staff, and enjoyed refreshments. 

Two door prizes were also available for attendees who registered at the event and the winners were:  Greg Thrift of Boydton who won a photo session with Robert Harris Photography including a 16x20 Gallery Canvas Portrait and Diane Nichols of South Hill who won an Apple IPad 32GB.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for February 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Linda Wilkins, Environmental Services Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for January.  There to congratulate Linda was Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services and Gary Perry, Director of Environmental Services.

Linda has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 years.  Her dedication and attention to detail are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Linda went beyond what is outlined in her job description to help a nurse.  She demonstrated a level of teamwork that embodies the true feel of a community hospital. Service that shows you care is a great quality that Linda shows each day.  She cares about the patients on her hall and doesn’t hesitate to speak up for them! ” 

In addition to the award certificate, Linda 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.

VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Year for 2018

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Nellie Hawkins, Licensed Practical Nurse, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Year Award for 2017. There to congratulate Nellie was (left to right) Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Linda Norman, RN, Assistant Director of Medical-Surgical Telemetry.

Nellie has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 31 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “One of my very close friends had a scare with her child and she was admitted to CMH overnight for observation.  The couple was so complimentary of every staff member they came into contact with, however, one really stood out.  The parents were emotionally and physically drained.  The nurse caring for the baby told the mom and dad that when she got off from work she would come back to the room and rock the baby so they could rest, grab dinner, and a change of clothes.  The mom had tears in her eyes telling this story.  It meant so much to them that she offered and they knew she meant every word.  They said that this nurse was focused on their child’s wellbeing and it was obvious she was passionate about caring for babies.  This nurse was Nellie Hawkins.”  “What an excellent example of STAR Service! Nellie’s dedication to her patient and family made a tremendous impact on them showing how much she cared.  I am so proud to have a nurse of her caliber working with me and being a role model to her peers.”

In addition to the award certificate, Nellie received a STAR Service Team Member of the Year lapel pin, a gift certificate worth $200.00 for hotel accommodations to any location of her choice and $300.00 of spending money.

New VP of Practice Management & Business Development for VCU Health CMH

Brenda T. Palmore, DHA, FACMPE, FASPR

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to announce that Dr. Brenda T. Palmore is the new Vice President of Practice Management and Business Development.

The VP of Practice Management and Business Development will have administrative oversight to the operations side of all CMH physician practices and hospital based physician services.  In addition, the role will involve the development of new regional practice and business opportunities for VCU Health CMH.  The role will also entail coordinating any new VCU Health System regional population/community health initiatives developed in our service area. 

Dr. Palmore has been employed with VCU Health CMH since 1999. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Longwood University and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University. She received her Doctorate of Health Care Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Palmore is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).  Additionally, she earned Lean Six Sigma Certification, Yellow Belt.

Dr. Palmore was born at Community Memorial Hospital (now VCU Health CMH) and raised in the South Hill, VA area. She still resides in South Hill with her husband, Wilson, and her seven year old daughter, Addison. She is also very active in the community volunteering with the following local organizations:  Board Member, Lake Country Young Professionals; Board Member, First Christian School; Board Member, FEAT (Families Embracing Autism Together); Mecklenburg County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society; Co-Organizer Annual Adopt-a-Child Christmas program through social services/HALO.

Dr. Palmore resides in South Hill, VA

C.A.R.E. Building Opens on February 12th

With the generous donations from the people in our community, employees, and the financial commitment from VCU Health, we are pleased to announce that VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s C.A.R.E. Building will open its doors to the public on Monday, February 12, 2018. 

The name C.A.R.E. reflects the services offered in this modern comprehensive medical center; Clinics, Administration, Rehabilitation and Education.

The C.A.R.E building will be home to the following VCU Health CMH physician practices:  CMH Cardiology Services; CMH ENT & Pulmonology Services; CMH Family Care Center; CMH Orthopedic Service; CMH Pain Management Services; CMH Surgical Services; CMH Urological Services; and CMH Women’s Health Services.  The new facility will also house a new family dental clinic that is set to open late 2018.

The C.A.R.E. Building is adjacent to the new hospital which is located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA.

Providers of the eight practices that are moving will begin seeing patients in the C.A.R.E. Building on February 12th; the practices’ previous locations will be closed.  The new phone number for each practice will be (434) 584-CARE (2273).

An open house event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00PM.  Attendees will get the opportunity to tour the new facility, meet the providers and staff, enjoy refreshments, receive giveaways and register for door prizes.  There will be two door prizes given away, one an Apple iPad and the other a photo session with Robert Harris Photography including one 16x20 Gallery Canvas Portrait valued at $895.00 (once registered, you do not have to be present to win).

Hospitals update visitation policy during flu season

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, hospitals and health systems that are members of the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition are updating their visitation guidelines to protect patients, visitors and health care providers during flu season. 

VCU Health System facilities including VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, Bon Secours, HCA Virginia, Southside Regional Medical Center, Centra Southside Community Hospital, and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center are limiting visitors in patient care areas to include only healthy adults who are 18 years or older, and no more than two adults per patient at one time. The guidelines apply to visitors, and do not affect children who need to be hospitalized.

In close collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the limitations are implemented in years when the flu is a widespread concern. Signs at entryways to the health system facilities will alert the public of the limited-visitation policy.

2018 Flu Season

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is currently receiving a higher than usual volume of patients in the Emergency Department.  This is causing extended wait times and in some cases diversion to other area hospitals.  This is not just an issue for VCU Health CMH, but for other hospitals across central Virginia.  A principle reason for the high volume is from a very active flu season that is occurring in Virginia and all across the United States.

Gayle Sutton, RN, BSN, CIC, Infection Preventionist at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, stated, “I think it is important first for the public to understand the difference between the flu and a cold. A cold often presents with a sore throat that lasts up to 48 hours, followed by a runny nose, cough and congestion.  Fever is not usual in adults but more common in children.  The symptoms usually last about a week and the person is contagious for the first three days.”

She continued, “Flu also presents with a sore throat, but other symptoms include fever, head and muscle aches, congestion and cough.  Vomiting and diarrhea are also associated with some strains of flu.  These symptoms usually improve after a few days, but the person may feel a general malaise for some time.  Flu can be dangerous for people who have a weakened immune system or people who are very young or elderly. It also poses a risk for people with pulmonary or heart problems.”

Sutton recommends people who expect they may have flu to follow up with their primary care physician first and as soon as possible.  Sutton explained that if they come through the Emergency Department at VCU Health CMH, they are put on droplet precaution. The flu is a wet molecule that travels three feet and drops, so anyone entering their room is required to wear a mask. 

Hospital visitation is discouraged if a family member or friend has the flu.  Masks are available upon entry into the Hospital/Emergency Department as well as hand sanitizer.  VCU Health CMH's incidence of flu admission this year has been high. 

She recommends people who believe they have the flu should stay home, get plenty of rest and follow physician orders regarding returning to work, resuming school, etc. 

Good hand washing is still considered the most important defense against the flu; while the vaccine has been proven to have only 10% effectiveness against the strains this season it is still recommended and takes at least two weeks to be effective.  It is still not too late to receive a flu shot. The CDC recommends vaccination prior to the flu season in October, but states that it’s not too late and urges people to receive the vaccine through January.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Rick Clary, Pharmacy Director, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for December.  There to congratulate Rick was Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services.

Rick has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 32 years.  When asked about his time at VCU Health CMH Rick said, “I started here as a pharmacy technician working for Mr. Berryman in 1985, he hired me as a pharmacist when I graduated from VCU-MCV College of Pharmacy in 1986.”  He was my mentor in my earlier years and shaped me into the person I am today.  I have been so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given by Community Memorial Hospital.  The administrative team at CMH has been very supportive of me over the years and I feel they really care about me as a person.”

The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “Rick served as co-chair for the facility move committee.  He worked with Christy Reese to help coordinate the team meetings with our consultant and at the same time had to work to coordinate the installation of a new medication dispensing system for both acute and long-term care.  All this while planning to move the entire pharmacy operation and all medications in a 48-hour window before opening the new hospital.  His performance was invaluable in effecting the smooth transition to the new CMH.” 

In addition to the award certificate, Rick 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.

Rick resides in Bracey, VA.

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