Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Bon Secours Richmond Health System announced earlier this month that Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va., Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va., and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. were recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Grade, a standard measure of patient safety, by The Leapfrog Group. These facilities were among only 32 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive the “A” grade.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades of A, B, C, D and F are assigned to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals across the nation twice annually, once in the fall and once in the spring. The grade represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.

“Patient safety has always been and will always be a top priority for us,” said John McCurley, M.D., chief medical officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “Our hospitals are a trusted part of the greater Richmond community and we pledge to honor the trust of our patients by being transparent about our progress and working toward the highest possible standard of safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, is peer-reviewed and fully transparent and free to the public. To see Bon Secours Richmond’s detailed scores, as well as individual hospital grades and state rankings, visit the Hospital Safety Grade website at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

 

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides compassionate medical care 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 fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Richmond is a Catholic health ministry that partners with the community to create a more humane world, build health and social justice and serve those who are vulnerable. Bon Secours Richmond provides nearly $130 million in community care through Medicare, Medicaid, charity care and other community benefits. As one of Richmond’s largest employers, the not-for-profit health system employs more than 9,000 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. Bon Secours Richmond includes St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Rappahannock General Hospital and Westchester Emergency Center. 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.

Mike Menen SFMC CMOBon Secours announces Michael J. Menen, M.D., FACC, has joined Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center as chief medical officer (CMO) effective September 11, 2017.

Dr. Menen will have oversight for safety, quality, patient experience, performance improvement, care management and clinical integration at St. Francis, the 130-bed hospital located in Midlothian, Va. Dr. Menen brings more than seven years of clinical, strategic, and operational leadership experience.

“We’re very pleased to have Dr. Menen join our health care ministry and our leadership team,” said Chris Accashian. “His impressive and extensive background will bring perspective, experience and compassion to this position. I’m excited to have someone of his caliber join St. Francis as we continue improving the health of our community.”  

Dr. Menen presently serves on the Board of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and is co-chair of its Legislative Committee. He is certified by the American College of Physician Executives in leadership, finance, negotiation, marketing, strategic planning, communication and quality improvement.

“I look forward to working with the entire St. Francis clinical team as we continue to enhance the top-notch services at St. Francis and provide patients with the highest level of care possible,” said Dr. Menen. “I’m also excited to have a direct impact on patient care while serving as the hospital's CMO.”

For the past three years, Dr. Menen served at HCA Chippenham Johnston-Willis as CMO. Prior to his time at HCA, Dr. Menen practiced invasive cardiology in Eugene, Oregon and subsequently Providence Health in Olympia Washington. In addition, he was chief of staff/CMO at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon, and then CMO for three years at Providence Health.

Dr. Menen holds a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside. He earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to medical school, Dr. Menen taught math at an inner-city Los Angeles high school.

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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides compassionate medical care 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 fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Richmond is a Catholic health ministry that partners with the community to create a more humane world, build health and social justice and serve those who are vulnerable. Bon Secours Richmond provides nearly $130 million in community care through Medicare, Medicaid, charity care and other community benefits. As one of Richmond’s largest employers, the not-for-profit health system employs more than 9,000 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. Bon Secours Richmond includes St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Rappahannock General Hospital and Westchester Emergency Center. 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.

University of Virginia Health System (UVA) and the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia will collaboratively care for patients at Bon Secours’ facilities in Richmond and Newport News that may need liver transplants at UVA. The Bon Secours facilities include St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News.

Under the affiliation agreement, care teams from Bon Secours and UVA will co-manage patients at the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia with liver disease – including those with advanced cirrhosis and liver cancer – who will be evaluated for a liver transplant.

“Our goal is to provide patients in the Richmond and Hampton Roads area who have liver disease with convenient, expert care while limiting their travel time,” said Thomas Auer, M.D., MHA, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group.

“Through this affiliation, we seek to bring UVA’s expertise to more convenient locations and closer to home for patients throughout the Commonwealth,” said Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center.

Patients who may be candidates for a liver transplant will receive a preliminary evaluation at a Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia location, followed by a formal transplant evaluation at the UVA Transplant Center. Patients determined to be candidates for a transplant will receive ongoing disease management and care from teams at the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia, returning to UVA periodically throughout their time on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waitlist.

“During this pre-transplant period, patients can largely remain in their home community and receive coordinated, well-managed care from Bon Secours and UVA to prepare them for a transplant,” said Mitchell Shiffman, M.D., medical director of Bon Secours Liver Institute.

Following transplant surgeries at the UVA Transplant Center, patients alternate follow-up visits between UVA and Bon Secours, with care coordinated between the two institutions. Depending on the progress of the patient’s recovery, these visits may be formally transferred to Bon Secours within a short timeframe following transplant. UVA clinicians remain engaged with the patient’s care and are available as needed.

“Following the transplant, we will work closely with our colleagues at Bon Secours to monitor and assist patients as they recover and get back to their regular routines,” said Daniel Maluf, M.D., director of living donor transplantation at UVA.

“We believe this collaboration will enable patients to receive high-quality care in a more streamlined way,” said Shawn Pelletier, M.D., director of liver transplantation at UVA.

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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.  

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, part of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, is one of the first hospitals in the greater Richmond area to offer partial knee and total hip replacements for patients with Stryker’s Mako System.Total knee replacements with Mako will be offered in the fall.

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade in the United States; total knee replacements are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent, according to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Utilizing a virtual three-dimensional model of the knee or hip, this robot assists surgeons in performing minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery to provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. A total hip procedure is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip.

During surgery, the surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan. A partial knee procedure is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can use the Mako robotic-arm to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint.

“We are proud to be among the first hospitals to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Chris Accashian, CEO, St. Francis Medical Center. “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding health care. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to perform total hip and partial knee replacements, with total knee replacement ability coming in the fall.”

Bon Secours Richmond OB-GYN, an obstetrics and gynecology provider of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, has established a midwifery practice at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in the West End of Richmond, Va. Three nurse-midwives will provide 24/7 quality midwifery care to women and their families — the first midwifery practice of its kind in the West End of Richmond.

Certified nurse-midwives bring an understanding of the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women during pregnancy. They are registered nurses with master’s degrees, post-master’s training and board certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

These specialty-trained providers will work with physicians at Richmond OB-GYN including Alice Hirata, M.D. and Sarah Peterson, M.D., in a caring, collaborative and compassionate manner.

"Midwives are a wonderful addition to our Richmond OB-GYN West End practice. Their enthusiasm for providing health care to women of all ages is contagious,‖ said Dr. Hirata.  This integrated, patientfocused model of care will be a real asset to our patients in this area.:

  1. Lee-Ann Parker, RN, MSN, CNM, enjoys all areas of women’s health and obstetrics, but she has a special place in her heart for young mothers. After 13 years as a labor and delivery nurse, she obtained her master’s in nursing, specializing in midwifery, from Frontier Nursing University. She is board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  2. Dana Taylor, RNC, MS, CNM/WHNP-BC worked as a labor and delivery nurse for fifteen years before returning to school and graduating with honors with her master’s in nursing/ women’s health nurse practitioner. While working as a nurse practitioner, she completed a postmaster’s degree in nurse midwifery at Shenandoah University. Dana is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife and has additional training in advanced fetal monitoring and colposcopy.
  3. Julie Weathers, MSN, CNM, has participated in over 1,000 births and describes assisting women who are delivering their babies as a rewarding experience every single time. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a small community hospital until she enrolled in the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She completed the program in 2004 and has been practicing full-scope midwifery ever since. She is board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

While midwives are best known for helping with the birth process, they also serve women of all ages in all stages of life, providing professional, state-of-the-art medical care, including providing well-woman annual exams; providing complete prenatal and postpartum care for women with low-risk pregnancies; providing lactation and breastfeeding consulting; counseling women about family planning; helping women navigate menopause; and treating common gynecological problems and infections.

Richmond OB-GYN also provides midwifery services at Bon Secours 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; threedimensional and four-dimensional ultrasound; digital mammography; reconstructive surgery and pelvic medicine services.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, call 804-320-2483 or visit richmondobgyn.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 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.  

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