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Two HCA Virginia hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Hospital for 2017-2018.

They are Chippenham Hospital for congestive heart failure treatment and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital for colon cancer surgery.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

“This national recognition is a reflection of the commitment and dedication of the exceptional physicians, nurses and staff at Chippenham Hospital and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital,” said Ann Latstetter, vice president of Quality, HCA Capital Division. “I applaud them for their continuous efforts in providing the highest level of compassionate care for each and every patient.”

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. For more information about the 2017-18 rankings, visit the FAQ.


U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals.

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About HCA VirginiaAs the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional

HCA Virginia’sJohnston-Willis Hospital has performed its first case using the Mazor X surgical assurance platform, which combines unprecedented pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intra-operative guidance, giving patients the most advanced spinal surgery options available.

Joshua Herzog, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals and OrthoVirginia performed the spine surgery.

"After a comprehensive study of surgical guidance systems on the market, we chose the Mazor X system to provide the highest level of pre-operative assessment and intra-operative precision,” said Herzog. "As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive techniques, and this is where Mazor X can deliver its greatest value.” Minimally-invasive procedures can mean less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and shorter recovery time for patients. According to Herzog, smaller incisions usually pose a challenge to surgeons due to the limited view of the anatomy. The Mazor X system helps to overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan and analytics that provide unprecedented information before the surgery even starts, resulting in greater precision, efficiency and confidence. 

"Minimally-invasive surgery has been a major focus for us in recent years," said Zach McCluskey, CEO of Johnston-Willis Hospital. "We believe in providing the most advanced technologies along with the highest quality care for our patients. Our analysis of surgical guidance systems showed that the Mazor X system would further enable our surgeons to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.” Mazor Robotics Guidance Systems enable surgeons to conduct spine procedures in a more accurate and secure manner. For more information, please visit www.MazorRobotics.com.

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.

 
 
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Dominion Women’s Health, Inc. will celebrate the grand opening of its new medical spa, DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Located at 11739 West Broad Street in The Shoppes at Westgate, the spa’s grand opening will include demonstrations, complimentary consults with licensed experienced professionals, chair massage, facility tours, and light bites and wine. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public (see below).

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our new medical spa, where women and men of all ages can achieve their health and beauty goals.  Our vision has always been the integration of beauty and medicine and now with our new, greatly expanded location in Short Pump, we can offer a more complete array of services, including bio-identical HRT, in a convenient location,” said Danny Shaban, M.D., founder, Dominion Women’s Health and medical director at DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa.

DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa moved from its original medical office location in Mechanicsville to its new retail location in Short Pump in June 2017.  Expanding from 500 sq ft to 2,600 sq ft, the new location quintuples the spa’s size.  The visually stunning and soothing new location offers nine treatment rooms: five facial/massage rooms, one laser/Pelleve treatment room, one SculpSure body contouring treatment room, one bio-identical HRT room as well as one relaxation Zen room.

“At DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa, we utilize a total care approach that sets a standard we are truly proud of.  Our medical grade skincare line  and personalized treatments allow us to offer the most innovative and effective services, and we go a step further by treating internal needs with nutrition and weight loss, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, massage therapy and energy work. Our desire is for our patients to feel cared for as a whole person when they come to our spa,” said Badeha Hamze, spa director and master esthetician, DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa.

DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa’s expanded services include a wide array of skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction treatments, including radio frequency collagen stimulation, fractional laser, chemical peels, injectables and facials; hair reduction and removal; massage therapy and energy work; hormone balancing and replacement therapy (bio-identical); nutrition and weight loss; body sculpting; medical- grade skin care products (including Neova) and make up (Jane Iredale).

In addition to individual appointments, DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa is available for private parties, including bridal events, groups of moms and expectant moms and girls night out to name a few.

About DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa                                                                                
DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa’s vision is the integration of beauty and medicine, where clients feel cared for as a whole person, inside and out. This is achieved through a total care approach with individualized treatment plants to help each client reach his or her health and beauty goals. 


For more information or to RSVP to the grand opening, call (804) 447-2303 or visit 
http://www.dominionwomenshealth.com/medspa/


About Dominion Women’s Health, Inc.

Dominion Women’s Health provides well woman care, obstetrics, mid-life and menopause care; minimally invasive robotic, laparoscopic and invasive surgery; and

in- office procedures.  With four convenient locations in greater Richmond - Mechanicsville, West End,Midlothian, and Tappahannock -  the physicians at Dominion Women’s Health are affiliated with Memorial Regional Medical Center, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, and Johnston-Willis Hospital.  For more information visit http://www.dominionwomenshealth.com/

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HCA Virginia has named Suzanne Bertsch the new chief nursing officer for Johnston-Willis Hospital. “Suzanne is a proven leader whose expertise, compassion and dedication to patient care will be a positive impact on our hospital and the surrounding community,” said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. “We look forward to working with her and know that she will continue to promote growth and excellence for our dynamic team.”

Bertsch comes to Johnston-Willis from Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla., where she served as assistant chief nursing officer. She joined Lawnwood in January 2015, and since 2016, also has served as the interim chief nursing officer. She has been a member of the HCA family since 2002, recently celebrating her 15-year anniversary. Prior to joining Lawnwood, she was the assistant chief nursing officer at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

She received her nursing degree from Florida Community College and attended Nova Southeastern University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Science with a concentration in leadership.

 

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional

Physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life.

Seniors are having a moment. As the U.S. population trends upward in age, the definition of what it means to be a “senior citizen” is shifting.

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. 

The summer swelter has arrived as temperatures and humidity rise. This increases health risks as you work and play outside, especially for older people and young children.

Excessive heat can cause several health problems including heat exhaustion. Symptoms include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Skin that feels cool and moist
  • Muscle cramps.

Move this person to a cooler location, apply cool wet cloths to their body, and give them cool water to drink. If the person vomits or refuses to drink, call 9-1-1. Heat exhaustion can lead to heart stroke.

How can you avoid heat-related illnesses?

  • Wear light-weight, light colored clothing made of breathable material, like cotton.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity on hot days.
  • If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in a cool place.
  • Air-conditioning is the best way to protect against heat-related illness. If you do not have air-conditioning at home during extreme heat. Try to spend time in air-conditioned locations such as a shopping mall, public library, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelter in your area.
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