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Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic, is turning 50 years old in 2018. To help plan the agency’s 50th anniversary, Health Brigade is trying to locate people who have been a part of its 50 year history.  Were you a patient, client, volunteer, staff or board member? If so, you are invited to attend a Listening Circle during July and August.  
Ten circles will be held in the Ginn Auditorium at Health Brigade, 1010 N. Thompson Street on the following dates: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12- 1 pm  OR 5:30- 6:30 pmWednesday, July 19, 2017 12–1 pm OR 5:30–6:30 pmWednesday, July 26, 2017 12–1 pm OR 5:30–6:30 pmWednesday, August 2, 2017 12–1 pm OR 5:30–6:30 pmWednesday, August 9, 2017 12–1 pm OR 5:30–6:30 pm.
Please RSVP to indicate which circle you will attend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By telling your story, you will help Health Brigade honor and celebrate an incredible 50 year legacy as it looks to grow and serve the Richmond community for another 50 years.
Health Brigade provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment and was the first free clinic in Virginia established in 1968.

HCA Virginia’sRetreat Doctors’ Hospital has announced the opening of the Retreat Doctors’ Hospital Center for Emotional Growth.

The Center for Emotional Growth uses evidence-based practice to provide engaging treatments and foster positive outcomes for patients suffering from mental health-related issues. “The opening of the Center for Emotional Growth provides Richmond area residents with recovery choices and greater access to mental health resources,” said Beth Matish, CEO of Retreat Doctors Hospital. “We are proud to offer this level of care to our community and look forward to providing the best possible healing experience and positive outcomes for our patients.”

Treatment consists of a variety of group and individual services including relaxation techniques, medication management, management of acute symptoms, safety management, pet therapy, aroma therapy, and other activity therapies.

Providing short-term intensive mental health treatment for adults in crisis, the treatment team at the Center for Emotional Growth consists of psychiatrists, registered nurses, nutritionists, case management personnel, activities therapists and mental health technicians.

“The program was designed to help meet the needs of our patients seeking emotional recovery for a variety of conditions,” said Dr. Benjamin Wiseman, medical director of the new behavioral health unit at Retreat Doctors Hospital. “Using an interdisciplinary and therapeutic team approach, our program develops an individual plan based on mind, body and social evaluation of each patient.”

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital’s Center for Emotional Growth provides services and intervention for the following conditions: major depression and mood disorder, bipolar disorder, anger management, self-injurious behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sexual abuse and assault.

With a care model that is centered on addressing all aspects of wellness in a holistic treatment environment, the program provides an individualized recovery plan for each patient. Individualized care plans include the following: 24/7 access to a psychiatrist, psychiatric evaluations, medication management and administration, daily progress and clinic meetings, structured group therapy and support groups, community and recovery support services, patient-centered goal setting and treatment planning.

The new unit is located on the fifth floor of the hospital and includes 20 single occupancy rooms, three group therapy rooms, consult rooms for medical evaluations and the latest therapeutic interventions for treating patients with mental health disorders. For more information, please call 804-254-5408.

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 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. In Richmond, 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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HCA Virginia’s Retreat Doctors’ Hospital will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Center for Emotional Growth.

The event will take place June 21, at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, 2621 Grove Ave. Opening remarks will begin 5:15 p.m. at the Center for Emotional Growth and will be followed by tours of the new facility.

The expansion project features a 12,100 square-foot behavioral health unit and is located on the fifth floor with 20 single occupancy rooms, three group therapy rooms, and a consult room for medical evaluations.

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VBCF is moving this week! While they will still be available by phone and online, they will re-open at their new address on Thursday, June 22nd.

2821 Emerywood Parkway
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23294


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,  

The Department of Gerontology in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health Professions will receive a final certification for their Assisted Living Administration in June and offer courses in the subject in the upcoming fall semester.

The Assisted Living Concentration provisionally became received academic accreditation from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) in November 2016, with final approval on track for its June meeting in Salt Lake City.

"This accreditation has opened VCU Gerontology's door to students across the country who want to become licensed assisted living administrators, by providing them a quality educational experience that has been endorsed by those who create the national standards," said Co-Program Director of the Assisted Living Administration Concentration Jennifer Pryor.

The final accreditation makes VCU Gerontology the only NAB accredited program in Virginia, and the first-ever accredited program in Assisted Living Administration. The NAB is the nation's leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care.

The accreditation journey began in 2014, led by Pryor. She and VCU Gerontology Professor Jennifer Inker will appear at the June NAB meeting to review the final steps taken by VCU during the accreditation process. These include three new courses within the concentration added within the department - available to students this fall.

"We're eager to continue the important work of preparing students for this dynamic field," Pryor added.

Applications for the program remain open. For more information about the Assisted Living Administration Concentration and VCU Gerontology, visit

HCA Virginia’sJohn Randolph Medical Center announces the opening of its new TriCities Emergency Center, a free standing ER that officially opens today.

Located at 1700 Temple Parkway in Prince George, the new 11,000 square-foot free standing ER is staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“This is a great opportunity for the community. It’s a continuation of the fulfillment of community need that John Randolph has exhibited over many years, said Aimee Cocolin, vice president of operations, John Randolph Medical Center. “We’re leveraging the expertise of our health system to ensure that we can take care of the most critical patients in their time of need.”


Designed to meet the community’s needs, the new center will feature 

·         A separate pediatric entrance and waiting area

·         11 private treatment rooms

·         CT capabilities

·         Digital ultrasound

·         Digital diagnostic & portable X-rays

·         On-site laboratory

·         Telemedicine technology with a specific focus on stroke care and behavioral health


“The goal of TriCities Emergency Center is to bring care to our patients so that they can access it as quickly as possible,” said Cocolin. “While our approach to treatment has advanced, we continue to deliver what this community should demand, which is warm, compassionate and high quality healthcare.”


According to hospital officials, patients visiting TriCities Emergency Center can expect the same level of care as a hospital-based emergency department. Should the patient require in-patient treatment, TriCities has access to a number of other leading area hospitals as part of the HCA network, including John Randolph Medical Center, Chippenham Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital.


For more information, visit

HCA Virginia’s Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals have received the Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the Virginia Department of Health.

Chippenham and Johnston-Willis were designated with two stars for their efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding.

“We are proud to join the Department of Health in its efforts to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in Virginia,” said Sandy Aderholt, chief nursing officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “Our efforts are focused on evidence-based practices that we hope will increase breastfeeding and ensure a healthy breastfeeding experience for our moms and babies.”

Participating facilities in Virginia earn a star for every two steps implemented from the “Ten Steps.” The Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation is valid for a period of three years. Facilities that implement additional steps may re-apply for a higher star level at any time. This initiative promotes a continuum of quality improvement and is endorsed by the Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force, theVirginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Safe Kids Virginia.

In January 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released  ”The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding,” which included the Health Care Action Step to “ensure that maternity care practices throughout the United States are fully supportive of breastfeeding.” (Insert Facility Name) is committed to improving the care of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 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. In Richmond, HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, three freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.

HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital recently performed central Virginia’s first single site incision procedure using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, which allows surgeons to perform more complex minimally invasive procedures with greater precision.

Joanne Glanville, M.D., a robotic fellowship and endocrine fellowship trained surgeon with Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals and Surgical Associates of Richmond, completed a single site cholecystectomy, or complete removal of the gallbladder on a patient with gallstones.

“When it comes to minimally invasive surgery, using the da Vinci Xi robot allows us to provide patients with the best technology and a more defined approach to care,” said Glanville. “I’m proud to offer patients more opportunities that will allow them to experience a better quality of life.”

According to Glanville, the single site procedure results in one skin incision as opposed to previous procedures that may require three or four. Additional benefits of robotic surgery as compared to traditional approaches include shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less scarring and faster return to normal activities.

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments that fit into a patient’s body through a series of tiny incisions. These instruments are mounted on three robotic arms and a fourth arm holds a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. 

At the console, a surgeon uses finger, eye and foot controls to manipulate the arms of the robot allowing the surgeon maximum range and precision of motion in performing an operation. 

“Through skill, collaboration and technology, we are dedicated to treating our robotic surgery patients to the highest standard of care,” said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. “Our surgeons are among the most skilled in the field of robotic surgery, and will continue to bring patients the superior care they deserve.”

Johnston-Willis Hospital is a designated Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation. It was the first hospital in Virginia and only one of 14 in the nation to earn this recognition. The designation recognizes hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate a commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care through a structured program to help robotic surgeons continuously improve quality of care and patient safety.

Glanville, who has completed more than 300 robotic surgery procedures is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery. She specializes in endocrine surgery, which includes thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals and some pancreas and robotic general surgery. She has special interest in foregut, colon, hernias and gallbladder surgery.


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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, three freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.

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