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St. Mary’s Hospital guest house opens

Out-of-town families visiting Henrico to care for loved ones being treated at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital now have comfortable overnight accommodations in the spacious Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, located adjacent to the hospital campus. Situated along Libbie Avenue on property owned by Bon Secours, the 14,000-square-foot guest house opened last month.

Va. Transplant Center to host ‘National Donate Life Month’ ceremony Apr. 22

The Virginia Transplant Center at HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is hosting an event in honor of National Donate Life Month Apr. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the courtyard outside of the Forest entrance lobby, 7605 Forest Ave., Henrico.

The event is aimed at raising awareness for organ donation.

Faison School offers holistic approach to autism care


The Faison School for Autism in Henrico offers a unique opportunity for autistic children through a continuum of care methodology that focuses on providing support and resources for students throughout their lifespan for the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation.

Founded in 1999 by Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman, The Faison School was built in response to the lack of specialized services that were available locally for his granddaughter, Brittany Faison, who had been diagnosed with the disorder. Kirshner felt it was necessary for the community to have a school available for autistic children that was based upon proven techniques and philosophies.

NAMI to host free 12-week series on mental illness

NAMI of Central Virginia will sponsor a free family-to-family education program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The 12-week series of classes takes place on Tuesday of each week, beginning May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, Social Hall 1st Floor, at 411 E. Grace St., Richmond.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

Henrico doctor honored as ‘Humanitarian’ by local hospital

Dr. William D. Brickhouse, an orthopaedic surgeon and occupational health specialist with Advanced Orthopaedics, was honored Feb. 26 by HCA Parham Doctors' Hospital with the Frist Humanitarian Award. Frist Awards are given in memory of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of Hospital Corporation of America, the predecessor company of HCA.

The award honors employees, volunteers and physicians at HCA-affiliated facilities on a local and national level. Recipients are chosen for their demonstration of extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients, co-workers and their communities.

HCA opens ‘Center for Emotional Growth’ at Parham Doctors’ Hospital

HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital opened its new Center for Emotional Growth Tuesday, a center designed to provide inpatient behavioral health care for patients with acute emotional health stressors and symptoms that can't be safely and adequately addressed on an outpatient basis.

“Emotional wellness is an essential part of a person’s overall health and well-being,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “We are proud to offer this new program, which will provide more patients with comprehensive, individualized care when they need it most.”

Racing for a cure, one breath at a time

More than 250 participants will take a stand against lung cancer in the fourth annual Richmond Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk March 8 at Innsbrook Corporate and Community Center, which aims to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research in the early detection of the disease.

Susan Keen, a thoracic nurse navigator at CJW Medical Center, founded the local area race after losing four family members to lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in men and women.

Faison autism residence to break ground next week at Henrico site

The Faison Centers of Excellence will break ground Sept. 26 on The Faison Residence, a new state-of the-art residential community in Henrico’s Near West End tailored to meet the challenges of young adults with autism.

The facility, to be located at the corner of West Broad Street and Byrd Avenue, will be the first residential community of its kind on the eastern seaboard. (An artist’s rendering appears at right.)

Serving a growing need

Because of the downturn in the economy and Virginia’s strict Medicaid qualifications, many low income earning adults are having difficulties affording health care.

CrossOver Ministry, founded in 1983, has provided those who are uninsured with health care options. The organization operates three clinics in the Richmond region, including one in Henrico County.

Benefitting from a recent program funded by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), the clinic has been able to bring in a full-time nurse practitioner.

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