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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to offer alcohol impairment simulation series


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital will host three alcohol impairment simulation events this week to raise awareness of how one’s balance, motor planning, and coordination skills are effected by alcohol.

The simulation series will be held in the Forest Lobby of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Road, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; and at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to participate in National Kidney Registry program


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Virginia Transplant Center recently was recognized as one of 12 hospitals across the country that has agreed to participate in the National Kidney Registry’s Advanced Donation Program.

The ADP is a paired exchange separated in time that allows a medically and psychosocially acceptable donor to donate their kidney before their intended recipient receives a kidney. Some ADP donors have donated only weeks before their intended recipient was transplanted and others may be donating now, while they are healthy enough to donate, to secure a future transplant for a loved one who may not yet need a transplant (or another transplant).

Virginia to begin testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

JULY 13, 1:15 P.M. – Virginia officials will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas statewide for the Zika virus, Governor Terry McAuliffe said today.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will conduct the testing for the virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

“The surveillance of Zika cases in Virginia is critical to our ability to prepare for and provide treatment to people affected by this virus. This is why I established the Zika task force this past February,” McAuliffe said.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital designated Level II trauma center

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently achieved designation as a Level II trauma center by the Virginia Department of Health’s State Health Commissioner.

The designation makes Henrico Doctors’ Hospital the second Level II trauma center in Central Virginia, joining another HCA facility – Chippenham Hospital – which earned a Level II trauma designation in January 2015. There are 16 designated trauma centers in the state.

Henrico Doctors’ designation will provide additional access to lifesaving trauma care and allows emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to a trauma center within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective.

Patient First again accepting Anthem patients


Four months after a dispute caused Patient First to stop accepting Anthem health insurance patients in Virginia, the two sides have reached an agreement that will allow Anthem patients to return.

Patient First, Virginia’s largest provider of primary and urgent health care, had stopped accepting Anthem patients Feb. 2, citing Anthem's reduction in reimbursement rates as the reason. At the time, Anthem officials said that they were paying the same reimbursement rates to Patient First as to other Virginia heath-care providers. But Patient First officials contended that Anthem had reduced its reimbursements back to 2012 levels.

Good for the heart


In recognition of February as American Heart Month, all newborn babies at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital were dressed in hand-knitted red caps, provided by the American Heart Association, one day earlier this month. The AHA is seeking to increase awareness about heart disease in women specifically and general heart health for men and women.

Open enrollment for health insurance marketplace ends Jan. 31

Approximately six million people have signed up for the health insurance marketplace in the states that use healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31.

The marketplace also saw 2.4 million new consumers sign up for coverage; in Virginia nearly 376,000 had signed up as of Dec. 19.

Bon Secours seeks health input from local residents


Bon Secours Richmond Health System is seeking respondents for a community health needs survey of residents within the areas of its hospitals (Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital, and Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center).

The survey will help Bon Secours identify the areas of greatest need in the metro Richmond community where the not-for-profit health system might improve the health of the community.

Barbados girls treated at St. Mary’s


World Pediatric Project (WPP), in cooperation with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados and the government of Barbados, welcomed two young girls to Henrico earlier this month for advanced medical treatments performed by Bon Secours Richmond Health System pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Chester Sharps at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Seven-year-olds Miracle and Raven (pictured) both suffer from Blount’s disease, a growth disorder of the shinbone (tibia) in which the legs angle inward, causing a bowed appearance below the knees. The reason for the shinbone’s failure to develop is unknown.

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will screen NT Live’s broadcast of “War Horse” at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, “War Horse” features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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