Health

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital names new chief medical officer

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HCA Virginia has named Dr. Ajit Singh the new chief medical officer of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, which comprises the Forest, Parham, and Retreat campuses, effective immediately. Singh has spent 13 years with HCA Healthcare, most recently serving as the chief medical officer of HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital. During his tenure at Johnston-Willis, he improved physician relations and subsequent physician engagement […]

HCA Virginia purchases BetterMed Urgent Care centers

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HCA Virginia Health System, through its parent company HCA Healthcare, announced June 2 that it had purchased 12 BetterMed Urgent Care centers located throughout the Metro Richmond area, Fredericksburg, and Charlotte, North Carolina. HCA Virginia Health System will operate 10 of the Virginia BetterMed urgent care centers, which will join their three CareNow Urgent Care centers in Northern Virginia. “For […]

VDH offers advice for those facing baby formula shortage

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Virginia Department of Health officials are urging those affected by the ongoing baby formula shortage to use only approved substitutions, consider breastfeeding, and consult resources on their website. Those in need should contact officials at the Henrico WIC office, who can identify or obtain sources of infant formula nearby. Parents and caregivers seeking information are encouraged to visit a VDH […]

Local health officials urge caution ahead of extreme heat

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Officials from the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts and Richmond Ambulance Authority are urging Henrico and Richmond residents to take precautions to avoid heat related illness this weekend, when extreme temperatures are predicted. “Severe hot weather can pose risks to individuals’ health,” said RHHD Emergency Manager Jessica Coughlin. “Folks can still have fun this summer while staying safe… just stay […]

Baby formula shortage: What Henrico families should know

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Henrico infants and their families are suffering from the nationwide baby formula shortage, leaving county stores with empty shelves and infants with empty bellies. The recent shortages can be attributed to supply chain issues and a recall of powdered formula produced at Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that tests of the facility […]

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts name new health director

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Perry arrives from Central Shenandoah Health District

After a three month vacancy, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts soon will have a new health director. Elaine Perry will join RHHD as director July 10, allowing acting director Melissa Viray to move back to her previous role as deputy director. Perry is a board-certified preventive medicine physician who comes to RHHD with public health experience at the local, […]

Virginia Department of Health launches online vital records application

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The Virginia Department of Health has launched a new online vital records application, which can be used to request certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. The new online application is accessibly at www.vdh.virginia.gov/vital-records/applications-for-a-vital-record/. “We believe the new system will help us meet the needs of our customers faster, and provide them service in a more accessible and convenient […]

BeWellVA to host virtual workshops about childhood trauma

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Officials with BeWellVA, a collaborative organization between Henrico and six other Central Virginia community service boards, will offer four virtual workshops to bring awareness to adverse childhood experiences. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, with future sessions planned for July 21, Oct. 20 and Jan. 19, 2023. Registration is required and […]

Henrico ranked 26th healthiest locality in Virginia

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Henrico ranks 26th among Virginia’s 133 localities in a new national report that analyzes the health of every locality in the nation according to a variety of factors and outcomes. The County Health Rankings, published annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, rated every locality according to data about length and quality of life; health behaviors; clinical care; […]

Air quality in Henrico and Virginia among nation’s best, report finds

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Henrico County is among the 280 or so cleanest counties in the nation (of more than 3,000) in terms of short-term particle pollution, and Virginia is home to four of the 10 overall cleanest places to live in the United States, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2022 report, which was released Thursday morning. Air in […]


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