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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital named to top-50 list

Becker's Hospital Review magazine has selected Henrico Doctors’ Hospital as one of the “50 Best Hospitals in America” for the second year in a row.  The award is based on patient safety, clinical outcomes and reputation.

“This distinction would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the physicians, nurses and staff,” said Pat Farrell, CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. “They work hard every day to make sure that the patients are put first in everything that we do.”

Some of the other facilities on the list include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA), Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC), Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD), and The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). According to the publication, “Becker's Hospital Review has named the 50 best hospitals in America, which cover a wide spectrum from well-known academic medical centers to less widely recognized community hospitals that have reached greatness without much fanfare .… Each of these organizations has put patients’ needs first, is driven by a variety of innovations and helped to set the bar for high-quality care.”

Of HDH, the magazine wrote: "The opening of a cardiac medical intensive care unit and a new ED in Jan. 2011 is the latest phase of its five-year, $100 million renovation. An intra-operative MRI suite opened in April 2010 and the hospital will open a new lobby, a pre-admission testing area, a laboratory and a satellite pharmacy in fall 2011. The hospital was the first in central Virginia to receive patient data via WiFi. Among many distinctions, the hospital received the outstanding achievement award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, an award given to less than 20 percent of all cancer centers."


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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