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Greensville County Business, Professional and Occupational Licenses for 2019 are now due.  To avoid penalties, please secure your 2019 license from the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office on or before March 1st.  We are located in the Greensville County Government Building at 1781 Greensville County Circle, Rm 132 on Highway 301 North – Sussex Drive.  Our office hours are from 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday.


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Greensville County, Virginia

Dr. Indu Shivaram Joins VCU Health CMH

Dr. Indu Shivaram

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Indu Shivaram to our family of healthcare providers.  Dr. Shivaram specializes in Pulmonology and Critical Care.

Dr. Shivaram earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Government Medical College in India and completed her Fellowship in pulmonary medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and her Fellowship in critical care medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 

Dr. Shivaram comes to South Hill from New York where she was an attending physician in pulmonary and critical care medicine. She is Board Certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine.

Dr. Shivaram is currently working at CMH ENT and Pulmonology Services located inside the C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.  She is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 584-2273 (CARE). To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Dr. Khalid Mojadidi Joins VCU Health CMH

Dr. Khalid Mojadidi

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Kahlid Mojadidi to our family of healthcare providers.  Dr. Mojadidi specializes in Cardiology.

Dr. Mojadidi earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan and completed his Fellowship in cardiology at the University of Florida. 

Dr. Mojadidi comes to South Hill from VCU in Richmond, where he is an Assistant Professor. He is skilled in cardiovascular disease, cardiac catheterization, transthoracic echocardiography, TEE, nuclear cardiac imaging, cardiac CT, Holter monitoring, stress testing, pacemaker & ICD management

Dr. Mojadidi is currently working at CMH Cardiology Services located inside the 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. Mojadidi joins Dr. Bethany Denlinger, Dr. Jayanthi Koneru, and Dr. Nimesh Patel, to provide a complete range of personalized and preventive cardiac care.  To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Jenea Bennett-Talley, FNP-C, Joins VCU Health CMH

Jenea Bennett-Talley, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Family Nurse Practitioner, Jenea Bennett-Talley to our family of healthcare providers.  Nurse Practitioner Bennett-Talley specializes in Family Care.

Jenea Bennett-Talley earned her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Chamberlain University in Illinois where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Jenea is also certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Practitioner Bennett-Talley is currently working at Chase City Primary Care Center located at 200 East Fifth Street in Chase City.  She is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 372-0900. To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Michelle Ashby – VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Year

Getting a really big surprise twice in one year at your workplace can be disconcerting, just ask Michelle Ashby.

Michelle was named the Team Member of the Month in October 2018 and was shocked then, but was even more surprised to learn she was named the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Star Service Team Member of the Year for 2018.

Michelle’s work as a home health nurse earned her the distinction thanks to her interaction with a patient over many weeks.

“I’ve been in home health for 20 years and it’s great to enjoy what you do and to be honored like this, I just want to thank the patient who nominated me,” she said.

Her patient was glowing in praise for Michelle’s knowledge, friendliness and efficiency.

The patient said, “I am an extreme introvert. The thought of someone I don’t know coming into my home was not a good feeling for me. Add to that, not feeling well and just having been through a traumatic emergency surgery and you can guess how apprehensive I was. But we needed help and I could not have had a better experience.”

She continued, “I never felt like she was rushing to her next home visit even when my questions kept her with me longer than normal. And speaking of normal, she put me at ease many times over my expectations of how long my healing was taking versus how I thought it SHOULD be going. I could ask her absolutely anything health related and knew I would get an honest answer and helpful suggestions.”

Michelle’s supervisor, Megan Gardner, agreed with the patient about Michelle. “In her short time here at VCU Health CMH, Michelle has touched the lives of many patients within our community. She is always thinking ahead on how to improve organizational processes and is more than willing to go that extra mile for her patients. Michelle is an integral part of our home health and hospice team and our organization as a whole is better because she is a part of it.”

By earning the Team Member of the Year Award, Michelle received a special gift from VCU Health CMH, a gift certificate for $200 to spend on a getaway and $300 in spending cash. The patient who nominated Michelle learned about her selection as the Team Member of the Year and said, “I’m extremely happy that she received this well-deserved honor.”

Michelle has been with VCU Health CMH for just over a year. She was recently married to Mike Thomas and Michelle has two children, Daleigh, an RN herself, and Hunter.

She’s a graduate of Lenoir College in Kenston, NC and resides in the Bracey, VA area.

Michelle has experienced a major health issue herself. She broke her neck in two places nearly 10 years ago and understands the impact healthcare can have on a person and how the treatment a patient receives makes such a huge difference in their life.

Other nominees considered for 2018 VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Year were: Erin Davis, Lovellah Ballesteros, Brian Jones, Laure Gill, Bertha Evans, John Watson, Megan Llewallen, Ashley Wray, Patricia Urda, Mildred Waye and Linda Wilkins.

Mary Hardin – VCU Health CMH’s New VP of Patient Care Services

Sometimes you just know what you’re going to do for a career very early on. For Mary Hardin, that job was nursing.

Mary has been named the new Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, replacing the retiring Ursula Butts. Mary took over for Ursula in December.

Mary comes from a family of nurses.  Her mother, Joyce Tudor, was a nurse at CMH and area doctor’s offices for years, her brother is a nurse practitioner and her aunt is a nurse. Mary was encouraged by her mom to enter the field and after helping her mom take care of her ill grandmother, Mary knew what she wanted to do.

“I entered the Brunswick- Lunenburg-Mecklenburg Practical Nursing program at CMH in September 1986,” Mary said. “While in the LPN program, CMH hired nursing students to become nursing assistants and I was hired May 1987 as a nursing assistant on Lower West, aka Skilled Care.”

Mary was a Licensed Practical Nurse after graduating from the CMH program in 1987 – the program’s 25th class.  Her mother graduated from the very first class. Mary started her additional educational road to becoming a registered nurse in 1989 with Barton College. Mary has a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University.

Mary was born at the original CMH and is from Bracey, VA. She attended LaCrosse Elementary and then Park View Junior and Senior High Schools.

She has held quite a few jobs at CMH through the years. She was a nursing assistant on Lower West for five months and once she graduated as an LPN, she worked five years on West, before earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 1992. Mary has been a charge nurse, team leader and a staff nurse through the years, as well as patient care coordinator, nursing supervisor for two years, education coordinator for three years and for the past 20 years, she was the Director of Oncology at the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center. Mary even found time to be an adjunct nursing instructor at Southside Virginia Community College for two years. Hard work has never bothered Mary.

Mary’s varied experience at CMH made her an ideal candidate for the Vice President of Patient Care Services.

“We had several qualified candidates for this position, but Mary’s vast experience, demonstrated leadership attributes and the respect she garnered from her co-workers and colleagues made her stand out as our top choice,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Mary has a message for the citizens of Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina. “I want the citizens of the community to be able to trust in our care.”  She continued, VCU Health CMH’s nursing mission is to  “deliver safe, effective care that produces outcomes in a manner that allows nurses to leave at the end of the day proud of what they have accomplished, knowing their care has made a difference.”

And making a difference is very important to Mary Hardin.

“I can make a difference in serving our patients and families, by inspiring and engaging team members by operating with transparency to sustain our culture of excellence in care,” she said.

Mary’s management style is that of a servant leader. “I want to be a role model as a leader,” she added.

Mary feels her last 20 years at CMH have helped prepare her to be an empathetic leader. “I have learned such valuable lessons about life from the oncology patients and their families.  They keep me humble to know life is precious and how important people and relationships are to us.  I have also learned throughout my journey in oncology how important spirituality and faith is for me and for others,” she said.

There is an adage in health care that the only constant is change, and Mary can cite many examples of change in her career.

“When I entered into nursing, I wore white uniforms and a cap.  However, it was short lived and transitioned to colored uniforms by 1992.  Wearing gloves to bathe a patient was considered offensive to a patient and of course now our nurses wear gloves for most patient interactions.  So much has changed in 30 years as patients have shorter lengths of stays and the focus is now more on the patient experience,” she added.

Mary foresees many challenges and changes moving forward as well with reduced government reimbursements, staffing challenges and addressing the nationwide shortage of nurses.

But one thing is clear, Mary Hardin is ready to face those challenges with a smile and a kind word.

Mary has been married to Jimmy for the past 26 years and they have twins, Jon and JoBeth. She will be gaining a daughter-in-law this June. In her spare time, Mary enjoys singing and dancing, although she claims not to be a good dancer – just a dancer who enjoys dancing. She’s an active member of South Hill United Methodist, where she is in the choir and leads the children’s music ministry and helps with a teen Bible study.

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

Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Erin Davis, Registered Nurse in Acute Care, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for December.  There to congratulate Erin was Mary Hardin, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director.  Erin has been employed at VCU Health CMH for three and a half 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, “Erin has completed an extensive amount of work in the field of palliative care and her passion for this area of work is evident.  She has collaborated with the VCU Palliative Care Department to search out the feasibility of a palliative care program at VCU Health CMH.”  “Erin is all about patient care and this is just another example of that.”

In addition to the award certificate, Erin 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.

Erin resides in Henrico, NC on Lake Gaston.

MARCH OF DIMES AWARDS GRANT TO CMH WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES

JOINING IN THE FIGHT FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL MOMS AND BABIES IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA

(SOUTH HILL, VA, DECEMBER 2018) – March of Dimes Virginia has awarded a grant to CMH Women’s Health Services, a practice of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, to support Centering Pregnancy Group Prenatal Care, aimed at serving maternal and child health needs here in Southside Virginia. This program will serve pregnant women in our area by providing prenatal care in a group setting that facilitates interaction and discussion and allows women to be more involved in their care. Centering Pregnancy has been shown to have an array of benefits for moms who participate, including lowering the occurrence of preterm birth and low birth weights.

This grant is one of many that March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.  This grant is made possible through a partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to help meet our objective to expand our Centering program, which allows us to offer quality group prenatal care to expecting moms in our area,” said Terry Wootten, Certified Nurse Midwife at CMH Women’s Health Services.  “We are grateful to those in our community who support March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways.  That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” she said.

CMH Women’s Health Services reinstated the CenteringPregnancy program in January of 2017. In November of that same year, we moved to a brand new hospital with a Labor and Delivery unit and, since then, have delivered more than 170 babies. It is our goal to provide the women in our area with the support they need to have a healthy pregnancy and birth experience.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is all about improving patient outcomes and speeding up recovery following surgery.  Having an operation can be both physically and emotionally stressful.  After hip and knee replacement, the enhanced recovery program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital helps to make sure patients receive the right education before surgery while getting them up and moving shortly after their operation so that they can retain their independence and recover more quickly.  What is ERAS?  How can ERAS help after surgery?

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

This FREE program will be on Thursday, January 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

The speaker for the program with be Dr. Niraj Kalore.  Dr. Kalore is an Orthopedic Surgeon that specializes in joint replacement and preservation, arthroscopic and minimally invasive treatments of sports injuries and other problems involving hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.  Dr. Kalore practices at CMH Orthopedic Services, located in the C.A.R.E Building at VCU Health CMH.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0917 or visitwww.vcu-cmh.org. All attendees with have a chance to win door prizes!

VCU Health CMH Recognizes Veterans on Staff

South Hill, VA - VCU Health is proud of the many team members whom are veterans and have served our nation.  Pictured are the team members that were recognized during a special ceremony held on Veteran’s Day in November.  Each team member received a lapel pin that honors their branch of service.

(L to R) Tommy Pistolis, Eric Williams, Linda Norman, Curtis Poole, Larry Tucker, Earnest Hatcher, Ronnie Allen, Mike Simmons, Sherry Jobe, Jonathan Mayo and Archie McCartney.  Not Pictured:  Benjamin Davis and Pat Stables

VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Month for October 2018 - Michelle Ashby, RN

When you wake up excited to go to work, it tends to produce pretty solid results.

“I just love my job,” said Michelle Ashby, the October Star Service Team Member of the Month at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, where she is a registered nurse working in Home Health.

“I’ve been in home health for 20 years and it’s great to enjoy what you do and to be honored like this, I just want to thank the patient who nominated me,” she said.

Her patient was glowing in praise for Michelle’s knowledge, friendliness and efficiency.

The patient said, “I am an extreme introvert. The thought of someone I don’t know coming into my home was not a good feeling for me. Add to that, not feeling well and just having been through a traumatic emergency surgery and you can guess how apprehensive I was. But we needed help and I could not have had a better experience.”

She continued, “I never felt like she was rushing to her next home visit even when my questions kept her with me longer than normal. And speaking of normal, she put me at ease many times over my expectations of how long my healing was taking versus how I thought it SHOULD be going. I could ask her absolutely anything health related and knew I would get an honest answer and helpful suggestions.”

Michelle’s supervisor, Megan Gardner, agreed with the patient about Michelle. “Michelle goes above and beyond on a daily basis for her patients. Michelle is team-focused and relationship-focused. I am honored to have her as part of the Home Health team.”

Michelle has been with VCU Health CMH for just under a year. She was recently married to Mike Thomas and Michelle has two children, Daleigh, an RN herself, and Hunter.

She’s a graduate of Lenoir College in Kinston, NC and resides in the Bracey, VA area.

Her words of wisdom come from having a major health issue herself. Michelle broke her neck in two places nearly 10 years ago and she now lives by the motto of “live everyday as if it’s your last.”

Others nominated in October were: Jessica Fleming from the ED, Emelita Gaskins and Carl Hillbert of Acute Care, Renea Johnson of Med Surg, Mike Lloyd of Environmental Services, Lisa Smith and Hilary Tackett of the ICU and Belinda Wells of Wound Care.

Microsoft and MidAtlantic Broadband Communities Corporation Donates for Purchase of Dental Equipment for Children

Front Row: Todd Howell, Vice-President of Professional Services at VCU Health CMH; Sandra Hubbard, CMH Foundation Cabinet Co-chair; and Shannon Lambert, CMH Foundation Manager. Back Row: Tad Derisio, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation; Nathan Hamm, IT Operations Manager at the Microsoft Data Center; Brian Bourroughs, Data Operations Manager at the Microsoft Data Center; and Jeremy Satterfield, Manager of the Tech Spark Initiative.

During a recent joint initiative, Microsoft and MidAtlantic Broadband Communities Corporation came together to donate $75,000 to benefit the purchase of pediatric dental equipment for the new VCU Health CMH Family Dental Clinic.

The clinic, which opened on November 26, 2018 will serve adult and pediatric patients, providing a full array of dental services for residents of the community.

Led by Dr. Natasha Grover, staff members, dental students, dental residents, endodontic residents and faculty in addition to oral surgeons for the VCU School of Dentistry will provide state of the art dental care in a new technologically-advanced facility.

Generous support from Microsoft and MidAtlantic will ensure access to specialized dental equipment for children.

“Support from our leaders in the business community is so important to the success of a community hospital. We are so appreciative of the generosity of Microsoft and MidAtantic Broadband Communities”, said Todd Howell. “This philanthropic generosity will mean a great deal to our patients, and to our community.”

 

VCU Health CMH Cuts "Floss" for New Dental Clinic

On November 19, 2018, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital held a "Floss" Cutting event for the new CMH Family Dental Clinic.

Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. Among the services offered at the clinic are exams, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, dentures, root canals, bridges, endodontics, extractions, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery featuring faculty and residents from the VCU School of Dentistry.

    

On Monday, November 26, 2018, the CMH Family Dental Clinic opened its doors and began seeing patients.

The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment.

The Clinic is housed in the new C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. There is a separate entrance to the CMH Family Dental Clinic located on the north side of the C.A.R.E. Building.

VCU Health CMH Auxiliary Tree of Love Ceremony set for December 4th

South Hill—The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate the Christmas season with their annual “Tree of Love” program and reception on December 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the VCU Health CMH first floor main lobby.

The “Tree of Love” is an annual fundraising event that raises money for the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund.  This year special music will be presented by First Christian School Students. During the ceremony recipients of the scholarship fund will be recognized.

Come out and enjoy the fellowship with your friends, neighbors and healthcare providers.

To make a donation to the “Tree of Love” Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund, make your check payable to CMH Auxiliary and mail to “Tree of Love” VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970 or make your gift online at www.vcu-cmh.org and click “Support VCU CMH” at the top right of the page.

Names of the ones you gave to in memory or honor will be listed beside the “Tree of Love” Christmas tree, which will be on display in the VCU Health CMH Main Lobby. If you wish to remain anonymous, your request will be honored.

CMH Family Dental Clinic Opening November 26th

~Something to Smile About~

Smile!!! A new service is coming to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. On Monday, November 26, 2018, the CMH Family Dental Clinic will open its doors and begin a new era for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment. The Clinic is housed in the new C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. There is a separate entrance to the CMH Family Dental Clinic located on the north side of the C.A.R.E. Building.

Among the services offered at the clinic are exams, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, dentures, root canals, bridges, endodontics, extractions, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery featuring faculty and residents from the VCU School of Dentistry.

Dr. Grover has 15 years of dental experience. She is a graduate of VCU School of Dentistry and spent the past year at a dental clinic in Danville.

“We are excited to be working with the VCU School of Dentistry to bring this new family dentistry practice to VCU Health CMH to help fill the provider gap caused by the recent retirement of some dentists in our service area.  We recognize the valuable services the existing community dentists have been providing in this region for decades and hope to develop strong collegial working relationships with them all,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The new six-operatory CMH Family Dental Clinic was made possible, in part, by a $235,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. That grant helped equip the clinic. The grant money was used to purchase a 3-D imaging system, a microscope used for a variety of dental services and two complete operatories in the clinic.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation awarded the grant to VCU Health CMH because the CMH Family Dental Clinic will be serving, in part, an at-risk patient population. The Clinic will participate in Medicaid’s Smiles For Children Program and will also see patients who qualify for CMH’s indigent and charity care programs.

“VCU Health CMH’s new Family Dental Clinic will bring greatly needed and affordable access to dental and oral health services to this part of Virginia, which is a Dental Professional Shortage Area. This is at the heart of our mission and we are delighted to be a partner in this exciting endeavor,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation.

Additional support was provided by donations from Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Dominion Energy.

A wide variety of dental insurances will be accepted at the CMH Family Dental Clinic, according to Dr. Grover.

“We are accepting all of the most popular dental insurances – Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, DentaQuest, MetLife, Anthem, United Concordia, United Healthcare and Interactive Medical Systems to name a few,” Dr. Grover said. “But we encourage our patients to call ahead to make sure we accept their dental insurance to be sure.”

Dr. Grover is a general dentist, but she has a special interest in dentistry for children, as well as root canals and difficult extractions.

“I want people to know I can treat the entire family,” she said.  “From your baby’s first tooth, to your child’s fillings, to whitening your teeth and giving you a nice smile to helping your parents hold on to their teeth for as long as they can.”

Dr. Grover explains her approach to dentistry as a team effort. A team that includes the patient as part of the decision making process.

“I want the patient to know they will always stay in control of their treatment plan and they make the decisions,” she said. “We don’t want anyone to experience pain and we want them to have comfortable visits so they can change their dental story to one full of successes.”

Dr. Grover further explained, “I don’t practice dentistry as a job. I practice dentistry like it is a team activity and the patient is the star. I empathize with anybody who has had a bad dental experience and my team and I will work tirelessly to turn that feeling around.”

Floss Cutting Ceremony To Celebrate New CMH Family Dental Clinic Opening

Most everyone knows flossing is very important to proper dental hygiene, but did you know floss is also a great way to celebrate a grand opening?

The brand new CMH Family Dental Clinic will be holding a Floss Cutting Ceremony on Monday, November 19th at 5:00 pm at the clinic’s entrance which is outside the C.A.R.E. Building on the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital campus located at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

An open house will follow at the Dental Clinic where visitors may tour the brand new space and meet the staff of the clinic.

“We are excited to be working with the VCU School of Dentistry to bring this new family dentistry practice to VCU Health CMH to help fill the provider gap caused by the recent retirement of some dentists in our service area.  We recognize the valuable services the existing community dentists have been providing in this region for decades and hope to develop strong collegial working relationships with them all,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The CMH Family Dental Clinic will open for business on Monday, November 26th at 8:00 am at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue.  Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment.

The CMH Family Dental Clinic was made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. 

The Virginia Health Care Foundation awarded the grant to VCU Health CMH because the CMH Family Dental Clinic will be serving, in part, an at-risk patient population. The Clinic will participate in Medicaid’s Smiles For Children Program and will also see patients who qualify for CMH’s indigent and charity care programs.

“VCU Health CMH’s new Family Dental Clinic will bring greatly needed and affordable access to dental and oral health services to this part of Virginia, which is a Dental Professional Shortage Area. This is at the heart of our mission and we are delighted to be a partner in this exciting endeavor,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation.

Additional support was provided by donations from Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Dominion Energy.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for August 2018

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Laure Gill, Administrative Representative, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for August.  There to congratulate Laure was Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Lillian Gibson, Director of Patient Experience and Administrative Representatives.

Laure has been employed at VCU Health CMH collectively for more than 22 years.  Laure has spent all but four months of her professional career at VCU Health CMH.  She is a Park View High School graduate and also received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baker College in Health Care Administration. 

The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “When Laure received a request for a Notary Public in the home of a hospice patient, she volunteered her time, without hesitation, to go to the patient’s home to complete this task. The family was very appreciative of her kindness and prompt service.”  “Laure went well above and beyond for the patient.  She always does what is best for each patient and is an awesome example of STAR Service.”

In addition to the award certificate, Laure 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.

Laure resides in South Hill.

Breast Cancer – Symptoms, Treatment and More

~Community Out-Reach Education~

South Hill – Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide.  Each year, breast cancer accounts for 12 percent of all cancers diagnosed globally, and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women.  What are causes, symptoms and stages of breast cancer?  What are current treatments and the newest research related to breast cancer?  What are breast cancer risk factors?

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

This FREE program will be on Monday, October 22nd 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.

The speaker for the program with be Dr. Masey Ross.  Dr. Ross specializes in oncology, the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.  Dr. Ross received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.  She completed her residency and internship as well as a fellowship from VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.  Dr. Ross evaluates, diagnoses and coordinates care for patients at the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center in South Hill; at VCU Medical Center North Hospital and Stony Point 9000 in Richmond.

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0854 or visitwww.vcu-cmh.org.

Dr. El Mouallem Joins VCU Health CMH

Nemer Junior El Mouallem, M.D.

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Nemer Junior El Mouallem to our family of health care providers as a Medical Hematologist-Oncologist and Medical Director of VCU Health CMH Cancer Care. 

Dr. El Mouallem comes to VCU Health CMH with clinical specialties in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.

Dr. El Mouallem received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Medicine from the American University of Beirut located in Beirut, Lebanon.  He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, located in Birmingham, Alabama.  He completed his Fellowship at the Department of Internal Medicine – Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care Division at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, also located in Richmond. He is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. El Mouallem is a professional member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. El Mouallem is currently working at the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill. Dr. El Mouallem joins the CMH Cancer Care team of Dr. Monica Morris, Radiation Oncologist; Dr. Shekhu Brar, Medical Oncologist; Dr. Masey Ross, Medical Oncologist; Dr. Mark Malkin, Neuro-oncologist; and Mrs. Lisa Moss, Oncology Nurse Practitioner.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. El Mouallem call (434) 774.2417.

Dr. Ramesh Seeras Joins VCU Health CMH

 

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Ramesh Seeras to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Seeras specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN).

Dr. Seeras 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 23 years. He earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and completed his residency training  in obstetrics and gynecology also at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Dr. Seeras comes to South Hill from Illinois, where he has been in private practice since 1998 and served as Chief of the Department of OB/GYN at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois.  He has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Illinois in Chicago since 1995.  He is skilled in minimally invasive surgery including outpatient hysterectomy, pelvic prolapse and abnormal bleeding problems.  He also provides complete care for pregnant women including high risk prenatal care and delivery.

Dr. Seeras 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. Seeras joins Dr. Cynthia Austin, OB/GYN, Dr. Reinertson 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

Dental Health Why a healthy mouth is good for your body

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Good oral health has a positive impact on your general health and timely dental care can help you keep your teeth longer.  Bad oral bacteria that cause tooth and gum disease can travel to other parts of your body, contributing to chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. How can natural aging affect my teeth?  Is there a link between gum disease and heart disease?  Which dental treatment options will work best for me?

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

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, September 18th 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. Natasha Grover will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Grover is a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is licensed with the Virginia Board of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association and The Royal College of Surgeons in England.  Dr. Grover’s scope of practice includes general dentistry for children and adults, with special interest and continuing education in pediatric and adult restorative dentistry as well as root canals, crowns, bridges and dental extractions.  She will practice in the new CMH Family Dental Clinic that will be located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA. The new dental clinic is planned to open in November, 2018.

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 visitwww.vcu-cmh.org.

Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

Jenna Lindner, RN Mentor, Heather Hill, Nurse Extern, Kassie Felts, Nurse Extern, April Hayes, Nurse Extern, Ashley Willis, RN, Nurse Mentor (Nurse Externs not pictured: Keri Lenhart, Jamie McGhee, Allison Meyer)

Submitted by Hazel Willis, RN, BSN

Six Registered Nursing Students participated in the Nurse Extern Program offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital this summer. The Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health CMH is designed to give Registered Nursing students that will graduate next year the opportunity to work side-by-side under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Mentor. It is a ten-week program that allows them to rotate to different nursing units of their choice. The students get hands-on experience while working with registered nurses.  The program expands their knowledge and helps to prepare them for their senior year of nursing school and the role of a Registered Nurse in the workforce. 

The Nurse Externs described their experiences as wonderful and a great learning adventure. They stated, “We really felt like we were a part of the VCU Health CMH health care team. It boasted my confidence tremendously and it was an awesome experience to have the opportunity to apply what I have learned in school.” The Nurse Externs had many nursing stories to share and reiterated that they were glad they had taken the time this summer to participate. They completed the program stating they would strongly recommend it to other registered nursing students.

This was the fourteenth year that VCU Health CMH has offered the program. We are pleased that we can offer this opportunity to registered nursing students,” states Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, VCU Health CMH Nurse Extern Coordinator. It has been a positive recruitment tool to attract nurses to VCU Health CMH upon graduation. The nurses that attended the program previously and joined the VCU Health CMH Nursing team after graduation described the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse as already feeling as if they were a part of the dynamic health care team at VCU Health CMH. We encourage other nursing students to take advantage of the program next summer to better prepare themselves for the workforce and their senior year of the Registered Nursing Program.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month July 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Bertha Evans, Environmental Services Supervisor, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Bertha was Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

Bertha has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 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, “Bertha consistently exceeds expectations.  She is a wonderful example of whom a supervisor should be in that she never asks of her team anything she wouldn’t do herself.  She always has a warm and approachable manner.  Bertha recently went above and beyond to find a patients phone that had been lost in a linen pile.  Bertha along with her team member Linda Wilkins took on the challenge and found the phone while having a positive attitude. There isn’t a time that she has not stepped up to resolve an issue, especially for patients.”

In addition to the award certificate, Bertha 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.

Bertha resides in South Hill, VA.

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.

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