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Bon Secours Richmond Health System announced its first patients have been enrolled in a new expanded indication trial for the CoreValve™Evolut™ R System, a minimally invasive treatment for patients with failing aortic heart valves. Patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at a low surgical mortality risk as determined by the Bon Secours heart team will be considered for enrollment in the trial. Patients approved for the study will be randomized on a 1:1 basis to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or surgical aortic valve replacement. To date, the technology is commercially approved only for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered at high or extreme risk for surgery.

The new trial is currently only available in the Greater Richmond Region at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and is led by the Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute physicians D. Scott Lim, M.D. and Mark Bladergroen, M.D.

The Evolut R System is a next-generation TAVR system commercially available in the United States for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered at high or extreme risk for surgery. The system was designed to increase the potential for optimal device placement during TAVR by providing physicians the option to recapture the valve and reposition it during the procedure.

“More than 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis each year,” said Dr. Lim. “The most common cause of aortic stenosis is excessive wear on the aortic valve. This usually develops with age, but the process may be expedited in patients who are congenitally predisposed to disease.”

“Symptoms can vary and change over time, but can include: fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath during activity, heart palpitations and fainting,” said Dr. Bladergroen. “If left untreated, severe aortic stenosis can lead to serious heart problems, including heart failure and even death.”

The investigational device exemption (IDE) trial will include 1,200 patients with severe aortic stenosis who have a less than three percent risk of mortality after open-heart surgery, as determined by a heart team. Aortic stenosis is a common heart problem caused by a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve due to excessive calcium deposited on the valve leaflets.

When the valve narrows, it does not open or close properly, making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Eventually, this causes the heart to weaken and function poorly, which may lead to heart failure and increased risk for sudden cardiac death.

The CoreValve Evolut R System replaces a diseased aortic heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure, without open-heart surgery and without surgical removal of the diseased valve. The device is typically inserted via an artery in the leg and then guided through the arteries into the heart. Once in place, the device expands and takes over the original valve’s function to help enable oxygen-rich blood to flow more efficiently out of the heart.

The CoreValve Evolut R transcatheter valve and the CoreValve EnVeo R Delivery Catheter System were FDA-approved for commercial use in the United States in June 2015 for severe aortic stenosis patients who are at high or extreme risk for surgery. The device is investigational for this study and patient population.

 For more information about aortic stenosis and the trial, please call (804) 287-7843.

CAUTION: Investigational device. Limited by Federal Law (USA) to Investigational Use; Exclusively for Clinical Investigations”

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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.

  • ·Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • ·Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation

The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visitwww.bsvaf.org.  

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has recognized three Bon Secours Richmond hospitals with a Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for their efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center were the only two hospitals on the list designated with four stars. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center was designated with three stars.

The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding.

An awards ceremony took place at the annual in-person learning session of the Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative. The Collaborative works with Virginia’s birth facilities on quality improvement in maternity care practices to protect, promote and support safe and effective infant feeding and care.

Bon Secours offers lactation consultants who are specially trained and certified to assist mothers with breastfeeding preparation and learning successful breastfeeding skills. They can often make the difference for a positive, long-lasting breastfeeding experience. Rooming-In allows families to keep their baby with them throughout their stay in the hospital. Evidence shows that Rooming-In has many benefits including better breastfeeding, early response to hunger cues, higher milk production, increased confidence in going home, safe sleep practice, and more sleep for everyone.

In an effort to enhance bonding between parents and newborns and support breastfeeding, Bon Secours practices “Magic Hour.” Barring any unusual medical needs immediately following delivery, nurses dry infants and place them skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest, allowing precious time for bonding and breastfeeding. Breastfed babies will nurse better when placed skin-to-skin on the mother immediately following birth.

To learn more about Bon Secours labor and delivery options, visit: http://mybonsecoursbaby.com/.

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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.

  • Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation

The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visit www.bsvaf.org.  

Richmond OB-GYN, an obstetrics and gynecology provider of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, will open a new office at Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute building in Henrico County. The building, which serves as an extension of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, is located in Reynolds Crossing at Forest and Glenside Avenues. The practice will be open and operational for patients on March 20.

Bon Secours is pleased to announce that Alice Hirata, M.D., joined the Bon Secours Medical Group and is now part of the physician team at Richmond OB-GYN, where she will help to establish a midwifery practice at St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Hirata enjoys helping all of her patients manage their health to the best of their ability. At Richmond OB-GYN, she will focus on low-risk pregnancy, low-intervention birth and midwifery care. Dr. Hirata was previously with Virginia Women's Center for 25 years.

Sarah Peterson, M.D., also joins the physician team at the new Henrico County office. Dr. Peterson joined Richmond OB-GYN last year and practiced at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. She enjoys caring for women of all ages, with a particular interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She is an advocate for low-intervention childbirth and is supportive of patients wishing to have a vaginal birth after having a cesarean section. Dr. Peterson is trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including both laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Richmond OB-GYN will continue to operate its location at St. Francis Medical Center, serving women of all ages in all stages of life, providing professional, state-of-the-art medical care, including all areas of obstetrical and gynecological care as well as high risk pregnancies; urogynocology; three-dimensional and four-dimensional ultrasound; digital mammography; reconstructive surgery and pelvic medicine services.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, visit http://richmondobgyn.com/new-location/.

About Bon Secours Richmond HealthSystem

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

Bon Secours announces Winslow J. Borkowski Jr., M.D., has joined the health system as the leader of its Pediatric Neurology Clinic located at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. Pediatric neurologists are trained to recognize neurological disorders in children. The Bon Secours Pediatric Neurology Clinic provides comprehensive services to treat several of these neurological disorders, including headaches and migraines, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and stroke, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis and tourette disorder, among others. “I am excited to spearhead the Bon Secours Pediatric Neurology Clinic,” said Dr. Borkowski. “Many children have neurological disorders that require unique medical needs from birth into young adulthood. At the Bon Secours Pediatric Neurology Clinic, we work as a team with our patient’s pediatricians or other primary care doctors to provide comprehensive care for these chronic conditions.” Dr. Borkowski has extensive scholastic experience, having attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies and earning his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has a master's degree in Public Health and spent time in Thailand conducting research on the effects of maternal pesticide exposure on the neurological examination of newborns. Dr. Borkowski completed his pediatrics residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals and a fellowship in electroencephalography at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Borkowski has a clinical interest in epilepsy, particularly treating patients with refractory seizures with the vagal nerve stimulator. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. # # # About Bon Secours Richmond Health System Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals. - Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. - Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital. About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visit www.bsvaf.org.

Bon Secours challenges all Richmond residents to take the Heart Check Challenge, the first step toward heart health through self-awareness, education, prevention and early diagnosis. Taking the Heart Check Challenge can be done by taking a free online HeartAware assessment at http://rvaheart.com and https://bonsecours.com/richmond or by scheduling a discounted heart scan for $99 during February. To schedule a heart scan call 1-800-691-4327.

A heart scan is a quick and noninvasive medical test also known as a calcium scan, which provides images of the heart that enable physicians to detect and measure calcium-based plaque in the arteries.

“The best way to beat heart disease is through prevention and education. I want all of RVA to take the Heart Check Challenge and become knowledgeable on where they stand when it comes to their heart health,” said Roberta Bogaev, M.D., FACC, FACP. “Many people who die from a heart attack have no previous symptoms. Knowing the condition of your heart might just save your life or the life of a loved one, so take the Heart Check Challenge today.”

According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death both in the world and in the United States, killing over 375,000 Americans per year. Because of these alarming statistics, the AHA designated every February as American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it.

Bon Secours aligned its goals for a healthier Richmond around February and Heart Month to challenge Richmond to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle and ultimately a healthier heart.

“This is the second year of the heart Check Challenge. We had nearly 8,000 Richmond residents join the effort last year and we would like to surpass that number this year because every person who completes the challenge has taken one step towards a healthier heart,” said Dr. Bogaev. “What many people do not know is that heart disease does not have to be permanent, and that there are numerous ways in which you can halt its progression.”

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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.

  • ·Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • ·Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation

The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visitwww.bsvaf.org.  

Bon Secours Richmond Health System announces Roberta Bogaev, M.D., FACC, FACP, has joined the health system as the medical director of its Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Center.

A Virginia native, Dr. Bogaev received her mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech and her medical degree and training from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is board certified in cardiology and advanced heart failure. She joins Bon Secours from the Texas Heart Institute where she served as the director of outreach for the Advanced Heart Failure Program. Prior to that role, she was director of heart failure and transplant.

“I am excited to return to Virginia to join Bon Secours Advanced Heart Failure Center,” said Dr. Bogaev. “Many people assume heart failure means that a person’s heart has stopped working, when in fact it is a chronic, progressive condition that can make everyday activities such as walking and climbing stairs very difficult.”

Dr. Bogaev, the region’s first cardiologist to be board certified in heart failure, will lead the Advanced Heart Failure Center in providing compassionate, leading–edge cardiac care that includes the latest medical and surgical treatments. The center’s specialized services include cardiac monitoring, cardiopulmonary stress testing, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), heart transplant evaluation and inpatient as well as outpatient management of advanced heart failure.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bogaev has co-authored articles, book chapters, and abstracts in her field and has been active in clinical research. She is passionate about the prevention of heart failure, early treatment for heart failure patients and optimizing outcomes for patients who require mechanical circulatory support, such as the LVAD.

“One in five Americans will develop heart failure, with many studies indicating that race, ethnicity and socio-economic status contribute to a greater risk of developing heart disease,” said Dr. Bogaev. “Early detection is vital to improving cardiovascular health outcomes, so I encourage everyone to become heart health aware. Education and prevention remain the best methods for stopping all forms of heart disease.”

For additional information about Bon Secours Advanced Heart Failure Center, visit https://bonsecours.com/richmond/find-a-doctor/practices/advanced-heart-failure-center.


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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.

  • ·Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • ·Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation

The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visitwww.bsvaf.org.  

As you travel along life’s journey, it can be fun to step back and take a look at how far you’ve come. That holds true in the journey toward better health as well.  

Bon Secours Health System has been selected as the winner of Practice Greenhealth’s 2016 System for Change Awardfor the sixth year. This environmental excellence award is bestowed upon health systems which have proven success in improving environmental performance and demonstrated dedication to a higher standard of sustainability. Practice Greenhealth is a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.
New hospital safety scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the United States health care system, were announced recently by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital were among 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the country. Hospital safety scores can be viewed at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

 

Three programs that expand the reach of palliative and end-of-life care will be honored with the 2016 Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, along with three programs awarded a Citation of Honor. The Circle of Life Award, now in its 17th year, celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.

Bon Secours Palliative Medicine, Richmond, Va.; Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, Seattle; and Susquehanna Health, Williamsport, Pa., will each receive the award at a ceremony on July 18 in San Diego. Citations of Honor will be presented to Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Symptom Management Consultants, Houston; Meridian Health Palliative Care Service, Neptune, N.J.; and OSF Supportive Care, Peoria, Ill.

“This year’s Circle of Life honorees have made great advancements in incorporating palliative and end-of-life care into all aspects of care, from primary to specialty, and into the community,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We are honored to recognize these organizations, which have found new ways to work innovatively with compassion and dedication for their patients and communities.”

Highlights of the Circle of Life Award programs

Bon Secours Palliative Medicine – Richmond, Va.
Covering the five hospital subsystem of Bon Secours, the palliative care program follows patients and their families wherever they receive treatment, including hospitals, nursing homes, primary care practices and their own homes. As part of the medical group, it uses primary and specialty palliative care as cornerstones of the program and is involved in innovative delivery and payment models. Interdisciplinary teams focus strong attention on the psychological and social needs of patients and families, as well as staff. The program also is involved with the community and two other local systems in embedding advance care discussions into primary care practices.

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington – Seattle
The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (Center) serves four hospitals, including academic medical centers and community hospitals; 12 neighborhood clinics, a clinic involved in homeless outreach; 14 assisted living facilities; a house call program; and several partnerships. The Center focuses on implementing cutting-edge education and research on palliative care into clinical practice. With a strong commitment to promoting both primary and specialty palliative care, it has adapted new care delivery models over a variety of provider and community settings. The Center has developed and implemented palliative care quality metrics to assess and improve the palliative care it delivers across the health care system and also incorporates cultural mediators to help foster greater understanding of patient and family needs for those from other cultures.

Susquehanna Health Hospice and Palliative Care – Williamsport, Pa.
Susquehanna Health encompasses four hospitals as well as long-term care facilities, home care and other services. The hospice and palliative care program addresses palliative care system-wide in all settings and in the community, which stretches over a broad rural area. Hallmarks of the program include its relationships with long-term care facilities to monitor and improve palliative and end-of-life care; cultural sensitivity to religiously and socially conservative communities; and commitment to education and training.

Citations of Honor will be presented to:

  • Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Symptom Management Consultants, Houston, for their integrated partnerships, including academic settings and community hospices as well as collaborative leadership efforts in improving quality of care.
  • Meridian Health Palliative Care Service, Neptune, N.J., for its innovations in new delivery structures and payment models with a focus on community-based and long-term care and advance care planning education for its community.
  • OSF Supportive Care, Peoria, Ill., for its focus on spreading and standardizing advanced care planning conversations and documentation, and assuring patient and family goals are communicated and implemented across care delivery settings.

The 2016 awards are supported, in part, by grants from the California Health Care Foundation, based in Oakland, Calif., and the Cambia Health Foundation. Major sponsors of the 2016 awards are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the National Hospice Foundation. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, and the National Association of Social Workers. The Circle of Life Award program is administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Circle of Life Award nominations were reviewed and site-visited by a selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work and health administration. The Circle of Life Award honors palliative programs that:

  • Serve people with life-limiting illness, their families and their communities;
  • Demonstrate effective, patient/family-centered, timely, safe, efficient and equitable palliative and end-of-life care;
  • Use innovative approaches to meet critical needs and serve as sustainable, replicable models for a segment of the field;
  • Pursue quality improvement consistent with the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs or other widely-accepted standards, within their resources and capabilities;
  • Address medical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs throughout the disease trajectory;
  • Use innovative approaches to reach traditionally marginalized populations;
  • Actively partner with other health care organizations, education and training programs, the community, providers of care, and/or insurers; and
  • Use metrics that demonstrate significant impact and value for individuals, families and communities.

For more information on the Circle of Life Award visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.

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About the American Hospital Association (AHA)
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit www.aha.org.

 

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