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HCA Virginia Hospitals have been recognized in the spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, recently were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph Medical Center, and Retreat Doctors’ all received an A ranking, and were among 798 hospitals in the country to earn this honor. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. > Read more.

Citizens urge increased reading focus


Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.

At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.

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Photos courtesy Megan Heath

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.
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Final Holiday Shoppers Fair scheduled Nov. 6-7

The 21st and final Holiday Shoppers Fair, presented by the Museum Stores of Richmond, will be held Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue. Admission is free.

At the event, Richmond-area museum gift shops sell their wares, including many specialty items that make unique holiday gifts. Proceeds from the sale benefit the participating museums. They include:

• Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

• Science Museum of Virginia > Read more.

HCPS to host College and Career Night Nov. 4


Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2015 College and Career Night, Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives from colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military.

Last year’s event attracted 136 colleges and universities. Twenty-nine businesses also participated. > Read more.

Southwest to discontinue Richmond-to-Orlando flights


Southwest Airlines announced this week that it will discontinue its nonstop service from Richmond International Airport to Orlando as a part of a larger flight restructuring plan. The change will take effect April 12. Southwest will continue to make three daily flights from RIC to Atlanta, and it will add more connecting flights in Atlanta.

"This is disappointing news after Southwest's much-anticipated Richmond service launch in November 2013, once it had completed the acquisition of AirTran," Capital Region Airport Commission President and CEO Jon Mathiasen said. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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