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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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Wood named 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year


Seeking to help professionals looking for new jobs or careers and those caught off-guard by unexpected layoffs, Charlie Wood founded a networking and personal and professional development group called Career Prospectors in 2002. The organization hosts free weekly meetings in Henrico County that feature networking opportunities, guest speakers, mock interviews and group discussions, among other components. The group became particularly important after the 2008 recession and it continues today.

For his efforts, Wood has been named the 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce's Henrico Business Council. He will be honored at a breakfast banquet May 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane. > Read more.

Henrico 4-H to host plant sale

Organization also opens summer camp registration

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $7. Order forms are available online at henrico.us/extension and from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive and at any location of the Henrico County Public Library. To receive a form by fax, call (804) 501-5160.

All orders received by Thursday, March 10 will be filled. > Read more.

Additional land at 2 Civil War battlefields in Henrico to be preserved

Sites among 13 in Virginia to receive federal funding

More land at two Civil War battlefields in Henrico County will be preserved, thanks to federal funding awarded to Virginia through the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants.

The two Henrico sites – 4.92 acres at Deep Bottom Battlefield II and 1.68 acres at Glendale Battlefield – are among nine Civil War sites statewide that will be preserved as part of the $2.7 million in grant money, which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 3.

Grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund were awarded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program to seven states. Virginia was awarded the most money for the most projects, which will be completed in partnership with the Civil War Trust and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. > 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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