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Project SEARCH graduates receive diplomas


Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently recognized and awarded diplomas to 25 Virginia high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities for their completion of Project SEARCH, a nine-month national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities in Central Virginia and in Portsmouth. Project SEARCH provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of gaining employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program also participating in clinical research.

The Project SEARCH program began at St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico and has since expanded to three other sites.

Stroke, aneurysm support group launches


Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently launched the Richmond Brain Aneurysm, Stroke and AVM Support Group to help survivors of the afflictions. The Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, a guest house run by Bon Secours located at 1100 Libbie Ave. At a recent meeting, Dr. Salmaan Khawaja, a neurocognitive psychologist (seated, at far right), spoke with the attendees about issues related to short-term memory loss that they might be dealing with.

Survivors are not required to have been treated at a Bon Secours hospital.

Sheltering Arms to open new outpatient therapy center in West End


On April 20, Sheltering Arms will welcome patients to its newest outpatient rehabilitation center. Located in the Reynolds Crossing complex in Henrico, this will be Sheltering Arms’ largest outpatient facility, primarily serving the rehabilitation needs of patients with orthopedic conditions which may include sports injuries, arthritis, joint injuries, and back pain. The center will also provide services for women’s health issues, such as urinary incontinence.

Programs at the 18,500 square-foot facility will include physical therapy, rehabilitation physician services, medical psychology and a specialized industrial rehabilitation program focused on helping injured workers return to the job safely and effectively.

A suburban epidemic


Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette.

Could new children’s hospital land in Henrico?

The Richmond region is closer to having a freestanding, independently-operated children's hospital, and the site may be announced as early as June, the head of the organizational alliance told a Henrico women's group recently.

Addressing a Feb. 5 meeting of The Tri Club Woman's Club at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Katherine E. Busser, CEO and president of the Virginia Children's Hospital Alliance, described a movement that has taken years to get underway but is rapidly gaining momentum.

Babies in red

Babies at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital (and other Bon Secours hospitals) were dressed in red earlier this month to celebrate National Wear Red Day Feb. 6, which helped kick off American Heart Month. The red knit caps worn by the infants were hand-knitted by Bon Secours volunteers.

Bon Secours promotes St. Mary’s Hospital CEO

Bon Secours Virginia recently announced that it will promote St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni R. Ardabell to chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Ardabell will be responsible for all operations in Central Virginia, with the exception of the Medical Group and HealthSource, which will remain directly reporting to Bernard. Ardabell will continue to serve as CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. She also will assume the role with the Bon Secours Richmond Board as the CEO of Bon Secours Richmond.

Ardabell joined Bon Secours in 2009 as the chief executive officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2012 she was given additional responsibility for Women’s, Pediatrics, Retail and the Senior Services service lines. Most recently, in 2014, her responsibilities grew to include chief executive officer of St. Francis Medical Center.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals hosting physicians from China

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals is hosting a group of 16 Chinese physicians through Dec. 19. The visiting physicians will be shadowing physicians at Henrico Doctors’ to learn American methodology and practice in medicine.

The group, sent by the Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, is in Henrico as part of an exchange program run by the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS & Affiliates).

“Healthcare is continuing to expand globally bringing international cultures closer together for the same cause,” said Anthony Spensieri, M.D., chief medical officer for Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals.

Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy.

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