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Construction on a new Neuroscience Center of Excellence has recently begun in front of Johnston-Willis Hospital.Set to open in summer 2018, the center will include a variety of outpatient neurological services, including several neuroscience physician practices, a sleep lab and an outpatient physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy clinic for patients rehabilitating from neurological conditions like stroke and movement disorders.The practices that will be relocating their offices to the new building include Neurosurgical Associates, Neurological Associates and Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic and Pain Clinic.

“I’ve watched Johnston-Willis’s neurosurgical and neurological expertise grow over the last 30 years, and I’m confident the construction of a neuroscience center of excellence will provide our patients even stronger neurological care since we’re now so close to Johnston-Willis,” said K. Singh Sahni, M.D., medical director of Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Neurosciences and Gamma Knife Center and neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates.

The two-story, 50,000 square foot facility has an anticipated project cost of $10.5 million. There are approximately 17,000 square feet remaining available for lease. Additional project details include Emerson Companies as the developer and civil design by Townes Site Engineering. Architecture is by Walter Parks Architects and construction by KBS, Inc.

“Johnston-Willis and its healthcare providers have become well recognized in Central Virginia as the leader in neurological care,” said Zach McCluskey, CEO of Johnston-Willis Hospital.  “We’re pleased that Neurosurgical Associates and Neurological Associates have chosen a site near the front doors of Johnston-Willis in order to deliver enhanced outpatient comprehensive care for patients.”

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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

HCA Virginia’sChippenham Hospital has received verification as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for a period of three years. 

The achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The hospital first received designation as a Level II trauma center in 2015 by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. 

“This verification is a testament to the commitment of our trauma team and their dedication to providing top-level trauma care our community deserves,” said Greg Lowe, chief executive officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “We are extremely proud of our highly talented and skilled team for their continuous efforts to improve the quality of life for our most critically ill patients.”

As a Level II trauma center, the facility is able to initiate definitive care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site general trauma surgeons required to be at bedside within 15 minutes. In addition, trauma experts with a variety of surgical specialties are on call 24/7 and required to be at bedside within 30 minutes.

The verification program was established by the ACS in 1987 and is headed by the verification review committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma in its current “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured” patient manual.

Chippenham Hospital plays a critical role to emergency care as central Virginia’s busiest adult and pediatric ER, staffed 24/7 by pediatric-trained emergency nurse and physician specialists.

In Virginia, the trauma designation process is voluntary and intended to identify the various levels of capability available at participating hospitals. There are three levels in the state. These include:

  • Level I – facilities capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.
  • Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.
  • Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. For more information, visit

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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.

HCA Virginia has announced that Zachary Reed will serve as chief operating officer for Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

“We are both excited and fortunate to gain a leader with Zach’s experience, talent and vision,” said Will Wagnon, chief executive officer, Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “Zach’s administrative experience will prove valuable to our hospital and I have no doubt that under his leadership, we will continue to grow our high quality health care services in order to better meet the growing demands of the Richmond community.”

Reed previously served as the executive director of operations for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, a 100-bed acute care hospital that opened in Braselton, Ga. in 2014. Prior to his role as executive director, he spent six years in a variety of administrative roles with Northeast Georgia Health System Gainesville, a 557-bed tertiary medical center recognized as a Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals and Georgia’s No. 1 heart program for 13 years in a row.  

During his time with Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Reed actively led the day-to-day operations across ancillary and support services, overseeing the hospital’s key service lines including cardiovascular, imaging, pharmacy, lab, inpatient rehab, supply chain, environmental services, food and nutrition services, security, facilities and campus construction. 

Reed has his masters’ degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University.


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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.

HCA Virginia’sHenrico Doctors’ Hospital has announced the opening of its new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The opening of the new unit completes the final expansion phase of The Women’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art women’s health facility that opened in December 2016. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital now features the largest community-based Level III NICU in Central Virginia and the only NICU with 24/7 neonatologists on-site.

Designated a Level III NICU by the State of Virginia, the family centered unit provides a higher level of medical care for premature and critically ill infants.“We are excited to offer an enhanced level of care to our patients,” said Will Wagnon, chief executive officer at Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “The newly renovated unit sets a new standard of care in the Richmond community and enables our team to provide our tiniest of patients with access to high-quality, comprehensive care, on an even greater scale.”

Located on the third floor of The Women’s Hospital, the new unit includes 21,000 square feet of renovations and new construction, 40 NICU and progressive care nursery treatment areas, 33 private rooms, four sets of connected rooms for twins, a transitional nursery, a family support lounge, and on-unit training and educational rooms for parents. The unit also features the latest technology, including a brand new patient monitoring system and an advanced communications system for patients, providers and staff.“Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has a great reputation for women’s and children’s care”, said Vicki Rose, medical director of the NICU at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. “Parents can rest assured knowing that if their infant needs special care, we are able to provide expert medical attention, while keeping mother and baby together in the same space.”

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in Central Virginia, with more than 4,000 babies expected to be delivered in 2017. For more information on Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s women’s and children’s services, visit


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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.

Five local businesses in Richmond’s East End received Supporting East End Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) grant awards today, totaling $107,000. Bon Secours and Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) created the SEED program in 2011 as an economic development and job creation initiative for Richmond’s East End.

The SEED program provides grants to business owners who plan to open or expand a business within the city of Richmond, along the 25th Street and Nine Mile Road corridor. Today’s announcement, the sixth in program history, consisted of four first-time award recipients: a dance studio, neighborhood food shop, ice cream shop, and a landscaping and yard services business. These four first time winners join a hair salon that previously received a SEED award in 2015.

“The SEED program is an important initiative for Bon Secours. As a faith based, mission driven health care organization, our goal is to improve the overall health of our communities through health promotion, job creation, food access, education and affordable housing,” said Toni R. Ardabell, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “SEED has been a catalyst for a new vibrancy in the neighborhood, creating jobs, enhancing quality of life, and drawing people from across the region to this historic district.”

Since the program’s inception, a total of $420,000 in SEED awards has helped 30 East End businesses take root in the community. For the past three years, Capital One has also been a supporter of the program.

“We at Virginia LISC have greatly enjoyed working with the SEED businesses – expanding and bringing increased investment into the Church Hill community,” said Candice Streett, executive director of Virginia LISC. “Services and amenities are vital to residents because neighborhoods are where jobs go to spend the night.”

Beyond the grant funding, Virginia LISC provides the SEED recipients with business planning and coaching to teach each business owner key strategies for how to run a successful business. Both Bon Secours and Capital One have provided funding beyond their grant donations to cover the cost of these critical business-mentoring services.

The 2017 SEED Blue Ribbon Panelists who selected the 2017 SEED recipients includes; Becky Clay Christensen, director community partnerships, Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Patricia Foster, director, Minority Business Development Department, City of Richmond; Killeen King, communications coordinator, Virginia LISC; John Murden, writer and photographer, Church Hill People’s News; Van Knick, managing director/market executive and head of middle market corporate banking, Capital One; Candice Streett, executive director, Virginia LISC; Barb Upchurch, business coach/consultant, The Apple Cart Company; and Albert Walker, director healthy communities, Bon Secours Richmond Health System.




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.

About Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Created by the Ford Foundation in 1979, LISC helps organizations transform distressed communities into healthy neighborhoods of choice and opportunity. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs. Since 1990, Virginia LISC has raised $26.1 million locally, which we used to attract $428 million to invest in Virginia neighborhoods, creating more than 3,300 affordable homes and 300,000 square feet of commercial and community facilities space. To learn more, visit

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in its commitment to its communities across the country that it does in its business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities -- good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families -- benefits us all, and Capital One is proud to support this and other community initiatives.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is proud to announce that Graham M. Bundy, M.D., with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first thoracic surgeon in central Virginia to perform 100 minimally invasive, Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies.

A lobectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung. It is used to treat multiple types of conditions, but is most often used to treat lung cancer. 

“The da Vinci robot is an excellent surgical tool that allows our team to offer a completely minimally invasive technique to treat lung cancer as well as other conditions in the chest,” said Bundy. “Ultimately, this allows our patients to recover more quickly and with less pain and blood loss than traditional open techniques. We believe this allows patients a quicker return to their usual activities, such as working and driving.”

Traditionally, a lobectomy was done during a surgery called a thoracotomy, during which the chest is opened. Due to the invasive nature of the procedure, this traditional approach results in greater blood loss, greater risk of infection and a more lengthy recovery. It is typically among one of the most painful procedures for the patient.

According to Bundy, performing a lobectomy using the da Vinci robot enables the surgeon to perform the procedure with precision and accuracy using minimally invasive incisions, resulting in less trauma and blood loss to the patient. The robotic-assisted technique also results in better surgical outcomes, decreased risk of infection, less painful recovery and a shorter hospital stay for the patient.

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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

About Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates currently performs more cardiothoracic surgeries, including heart valve surgeries and lung surgeries, than any other practice in Central Virginia. The surgical team specializes in treating heart disease and lung disease through different types of surgery including bypass surgery, heart valve replacement or repair, atrial fibrillation surgery, aneurysm surgery, lung surgery, and minimally invasive surgery procedures. Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates is a proud affiliate of Sarah Cannon, HCA’s Cancer Institute.

To learn more about Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, visit:  
To learn more about the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, visit

Leaves are falling and summer is winding down, but autumn brings little relief for many allergy sufferers.  Ragweed pollen troubles millions of people with allergies.  The pollen may not grow where you live, but it can travel hundreds of miles on the wind.  Don’t confuse allergic reactions with cold symptoms.

Viruses cause colds while allergies are caused by a person coming into contact with allergens – substances in the environment, like ragweed or mold, that cause an allergic reaction to that person.

Allergy and cold symptoms are similar in most people, but there are differences:

  • Fever is common with a cold
  • People suffering from allergies do not have a fever.
  • Cold symptoms usually last 3 – 7 days
  • Allergy symptoms may last an entire season.
  • 8 am to 10 pm every day at all Patient First medical centers – walk in anytime.
  • Fast Track Flu shots are for patients who are not allergic to eggs, who do not wish to see a physician, and who are at least 4 years old.

Flu season is also near.  Protect your family with a flu shot.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated.  It is the best way to fight the flu.  You can get a flu shot with little or no wait at Patient First.  The Patient First Fast Track Flu Shot Program features:

  • Protect yourself against four flu strains with our quadrivalent flu shot.
  • If your insurance covers flu shots at Patient First, pay only the copay (which is often $0) or $35, whichever is less.  A self-pay flu shot costs $35.

Patient First physicians are available to answer your questions about allergy, cold, and flu treatment.


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About Patient First

All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays.  Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician.  Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. 

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital is partnering with ESPN 950 to offer a free prostate cancer screening and seminar in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The event will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, 2621 Grove Ave., Richmond and will feature informational seminars from the physicians of Virginia Urology.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registrations can be made by calling (804) 320-DOCS (3627) or by visiting

According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. More than 160,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year and nearly 27,000 men will die from prostate cancer in 2017. Early detection from routine screenings have proven to significantly improve the survival rate of prostate cancer.

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On September 22, 2017, Sheltering Arms, along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), will recognize the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall.

Most falls can be avoided. Adults accept dizziness, vertigo, and unsteady balance as a consequence of age. Those symptoms are often a sign of a vestibular/inner ear problem which impacts balance and can lead to unsteadiness or a fall.

“Falling is not a normal part of aging and it is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries. These balance issues can affect people of all ages. Every adult has the power to prevent a fall with a few simple tests,” said Preeti Verma, MS, PT. Ms.

Verma is certified in vestibular rehabilitation through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is one of the principal therapists involved in the development and implementation of the vestibular disorders program and in the writing of the clinical practice guidelines for treatment of vestibular disorders at Sheltering Arms.

“Many adults go undiagnosed or see several doctors over a period of years before the root cause of the balance issue is identified,” added Verma.

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information involved with balance. A balance disorder is a condition that makes an individual feel unsteady or dizzy. Whether standing, sitting, or lying down, there is a feeling of movement such as spinning (vertigo) or floating.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury with more than 27,000 fall deaths in older adults each year.
  • The total cost of fall injuries was $31 billion in 2014. As the population ages, this figure may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including more than 800,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 deaths.
  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Balance is an integral part of daily life, and one that most people take for granted. Sheltering Arms and the NCOA stand together to prevent falls. For more information about the Sheltering Arms balance and vestibular program, go to

About Sheltering Arms
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and eleven outpatient centers, visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook (/ShelteringArms), Twitter (@SheltArmsRehab), YouTube (/ShelteringArmsRVA), or LinkedIn.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.

LaDIFF is tickled pink to now floor the popular Bink Mobile Media table in a fresh hue, all while supporting those fighting against breast cancer. Currently offered in seven colors, BDI Furniture’s media table, Bink is now available for a limited time in fresh pink, with proceeds from its sales benefitting breast cancer research at City of Hope, a world leader in research and the treatment of serious illnesses.

Designed by Matthew Weatherly, the best-selling Bink is widely popular as a mobile media table, perfect for everything from using with a laptop, to lounging by the pool with a cold drink. Constructed with steel and aluminum, it is a durable side table that can be used inside or out. Weighing only 23 lbs., Bink is lightweight and is designed to easily slide on floor surfaces and under sofas or chairs.

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Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, customers can now #ThinkPinkBink in support of this great cause. Store customers can also gift the Pink Bink to a friend or loved one they are supporting in their own fight against breast cancer. The campaign will run October – December 2017, or until supplies last on this limited series.

“More than 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone and it will provide an enormous challenge for them and their families,” said Sarah Paxton, President of LaDIFF. “It is our hope that the proceeds from sales of our Pink Bink can support the outstanding research, clinical programs and overall level of care City of Hope provides for cancer patients and their families each day. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to do something special, and support such an amazing organization with what we believe is the perfect product in the BDI line.” Locally, LaDIFF is matching BDI’s donation with an equal amount given to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.

As a limited edition series, each Pink Bink will be sequentially numbered, and each table base boasts the designer’s signature and a custom designed breast cancer awareness ribbon.

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“Thanks to this initiative, Bink is not only a stylish, functional addition to any home, but also a partner in the fight against breast cancer, a disease that has affected the lives of so many,” added Paxton.

It is currently available at LaDIFF, located at 125 S. 14th Street in downtown Richmond. For more information on this campaign, visit: or .


About BDI: BDI is a premier designer and manufacturer of high-performance furniture and an industry leader in media furniture, office and modular shelving systems. Guided by the philosophy that everything has its place, BDI furniture combines great design with innovative functionality to seamlessly integrate technology into the home and office environments. BDI products are available through leading furniture and electronic retailers throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and elsewhere. To learn more, visit

About City of Hope: City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other lifethreatening diseases. Designated as one of only 48 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

About LaDIFF: LaDIFF is located at 125 S. 14th St. at the corner of 14th & Dock Streets in downtown Richmond. Its 55,000 square foot showroom in a refurbished warehouse offers the mid-Atlantic’s most abundant and varied selection of modern and contemporary furniture. Since 1980, LaDIFF has attracted customers up and down the east coast to its colorful, comfortable, and fun showroom. At LaDIFF, the difference is style. For more information, please visit or call 804-648-6210.

About Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation: VBCF was established in 1992 as a statewide, state-based nonprofit organization committed to its mission of the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, the goal of VBCF is to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer, and to educate all Virginians on the facts about breast cancer. For more information, please visit


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