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‘Belly-button’ surgical training at HDH

In an 85-foot tractor trailer parked at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond- area medical professionals had the opportunity to learn and practice the new “belly-button” surgical method earlier this month.

Inside of this mobile training unit were several workstations where local surgeons trained on this new method that is more aesthetically pleasing and less invasive than previous techniques. With this belly-button procedure, known as single-incision laparoscopy, surgeons can now make one small cut right below a patient’s belly-button instead of multiple small cuts on the abdomen to perform gallbladder and kidney removal, hysterectomies and hernia repairs, in addition to other abdominal procedures.

Henrico Doctors’ Chief of Surgery Dr. William Kelley Jr. (pictured, at left, with Dr. Clifford Deal, III) pointed out that the hospital is the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to take advantage of this method. “In the last two years, [Henrico Doctors'] has been the center for surgical innovation,” he said.

Kelley is recognized by many of his colleagues for his extensive knowledge and experience of the procedure, as well as being the first to utilize robots during abdominal surgeries. Over the years, he has performed more than 250 of these single-incision belly-button surgeries.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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