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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Therapist/Case Manager

(In-Patient)

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks licensed/licensed eligible clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting.  Virginia license, two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents, and residential experience are preferred. 

Competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.  JFBHS is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to: 

Chris Thompson
Re:  Job #: 2018-4
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org

"There Must Be Some Mistake"

We are rated third in City Planning
and fourth for a business to build
this is a lot like when I go hunting
I saw five, but none were killed.
 
Our schools are rated very low
and the teacher's pay is lower yet
we talk constant of improvements
but how many do we get.
 
Just look at our entertainment
I mean past the city park
you can't rely on that alone
for half the year its dark.
 
Now we can get another quickie
or perhaps an antike store
yet if you want tourists to come in
believe me you need more.
 
You still have room for the bowling alley
which really is over due
yes something exciting for the tourist
so they kon't just keep passing through.
 
It seems our present leaders
do not care about a change
yes it mayy take the next election
for some thoughts to be rearranged.
 
                                              Roy E. Schepp

Isaiah Stephens Wins Gold at Junior Olympic Championship Meet

Lazers’ Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens, competed in USA Track & Field Virginia (USATF) Association Junior Olympic Championships on June 23-24, 2018 at Virginia State University.  Isaiah earned a gold medal in the javelin, a silver medal in the shot put and discus. He is ranked #1 in javelin and #2 in shot and also #2 in discus in the state of Virginia.  Isaiah has qualified for USATF Junior Olympics Regional Championship to be held at Hampton University in July.  

Jackson-Feild Promotes Two Staff Members

    

Ms. Marie Hyppolite who has served as Clinical Director heading the behavioral health services at Jackson-Feild for the past four years has been promoted Director of Programs and Clinical Services. She has been employed by Jackson-Feild for twenty-five years. She previously serves as Director of the Eleventh House an independent living program which has since closed and as a clinical social worker at Jackson-Feild.

Also promoted is Adrienne Foster to the role of Clinical Manager. She has served as a clinical social work for thirteen years.

Both Ms. Hyppolite and Ms. Foster have helped Jackson-Feild achieve an excellent reputation for the provision of high quality residential treatment services to help children struggling with mental health disorders and their  families.          

Both Ms. Hyppolite and Ms. Foster are outstanding thereapists who have helped countless children understand and manage their disorders.

They will provide great leadership and direction to ensure that Jackson-Feild provides trauma-focused, cutting-edge and evidence-based mental health services in the future.    

Two Local Men Perish in James River Boating Accident

A boating collision in Newport News has claimed the lives of two Emporia-Greensville residents.

Just after 8 am Saturday, July 14, the crew of the tug Miss Hannah called watchstanders after witnessing the bow of a pleasure craft pop up behind a tug pushing an oyster barge with a pump barge alongside.

Good Samaritans rescued four of the people on the boat and they were transported to local hospitals.

The Coast Guard, crews from Newport News, Hampton, York County, the Port of Virginia and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission searched nearly 200 square miles, with additional support form the U. S. Navy, for the two remaining passengers until Sunday, July 15, using boats and aircraft.

“We would like to extend our condolences to those affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads after the search for survivors was called off. “As a first responder, suspending a search is never an easy decision to make.”

Officials from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) confirmed the bodies recovered Monday morning by police in Victory Landing Park around 8 a.m. were those of Leroy Parker and Robert Coleman, both from Emporia-Greensville. Newport News Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Lay says the bodies were found about a quarter-mile apart from each other on either side of the park.

The Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Resources Commission are jointly investigating the cause of the crash.

"They'll end up trying to reconstruct the accident as best they can to determine ways it can be prevented in the future and possible who's at fault for criminal charges and civil liability," said Officer Henry Reichle.

Keeping Your Cool

By Dr. Al Roberts

As temperatures outside rise, indoor thermostats often respond by calling for cooler air. This ability to control the indoor environment helps people be more comfortable. It protects infants, children, medically vulnerable individuals, and the elderly from heat-related illnesses. It enables workers to be more productive.

In our current age, air conditioning is something many folks take for granted. To address this blasé attitude, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry observes Air Conditioning Appreciation Days every year from July 3 to August 15.

But how does one show appreciation to an air conditioner? One way is to learn how it works and how it all began.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) offers a simplified explanation: A chemical (called the refrigerant) circulates through a closed system that includes three main components where the refrigerant is compressed, condensed, and evaporated. During the process, the refrigerant undergoes changes in pressure and temperature. This enables indoor heat to be absorbed and transferred to the outdoor environment.

The process of cooling the air also accomplishes other tasks. Filters can reduce allergens and other airborne particulates, helping people with allergies or other respiratory problems breathe more comfortably. Also, in addition to removing heat, the process reduces humidity. In fact, air conditioning was invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier originally as a means to reduce humidity in a printing plant. Cooling was a by-product.

Another way to appreciate your air conditioner is to keep it well maintained. Industry experts offer these tips: replace air filters on a regular schedule; use fans to help circulate air; cover windows with curtains or blinds; and run appliances that generate heat, such as ovens, washers and dryers, and dishwashers, during the evening.

When things go awry, you can call on qualified HVAC technicians, the superheroes of sweltering summer days. HVAC technicians are trained to restore your cool and help AC equipment to operate at peak efficiency.

The demand for HVAC technicians is high across our state and nation, and qualified job candidates can earn above-average wages. Southside Virginia Community College offers two fast-track career studies programs for students wishing to embark on careers in the HVAC industry, a Basic program and an Advanced program. Both are housed at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill. The HVAC curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn how to install and repair residential and commercial HVAC systems. A solar component teaches students how a heat pump powered by solar panels can cool a house and reduce homeowners’ cooling bills.

For more information about entry into HVAC or other technical career pathways, call Chad Patton, SVCC’s Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, at 434-949-1038.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Vocational Instructor: This is an academic program position.  The focus is to create a vocational technical and academic environment that provides inmates/detainees the opportunity to maximize their learning potential and achieve or enhance an ability to perform vocational tasks. JOB ORDER # 1385317

Corrections Officer: Correctional officers must follow procedures to maintain their personal safety as well as the safety of the inmates they oversee.  Duties:  * Enforce rules and keep order within jails or prisons * Supervise activities of inmates * Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet security and safety standards * Search inmates for contraband items * Report on inmate conduct * They maintain security by preventing disturbances, assaults, and escapes, and by inspecting facilities. JOB ORDER # 1384731

Unloader: Stocking, backroom, & receiving associates work to ensure customers can find all of the items they have on their shopping list. Depending on the shift you work, your job could include moving inventory in the backroom, unloading trucks, or helping customers while stocking shelves. From hot trucks in the summer to filling ice cream in the freezer, this fast paced job can be physically demanding. Unload trucks, sort products in the backroom, stock products on shelves, ensure aisles are neat and area is clean. JOB ORDER # 1383851

PCA, Nurse Aide, Certified Nursing Assistance: Seeking aids to provide patient care and perform other assigned duties under supervision and direction of nursing staff. Must be able to work in various assigned areas. Duties assigned will include but are not limited to: bathing, feeding, dressing and grooming patients. May assist in moving patients, changing linens, tidying patient rooms and providing other duties for care and comfort of patients. JOB ORDER # 1383781

Plant Maintenance Utility-Night Shift: Position is responsible for maintaining a clean plant area and performing assigned mechanic and oiler responsibilities. Inspects and cleans platforms, catwalks, foundations, etc. Reports plant conditions to appropriate personnel. Candidate will be expected to service all plant equipment. Perform oil, lube and filter service on all assigned equipment as directed. Provide assistance in equipment inspections and identify conditions (wear, alignment, function, etc.) and monitor performance as directed. Welding experience is a plus, but not required. JOB ORDER # 1383174      

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

Reading is Fun at the Library

Reading is fun at the Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program “Reading Takes You Everywhere”.

On Thursday, July 19, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will demonstrate the role agriculture plays making cookies. Events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, VA at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, VA at 2:00 PM.

Monday, July 23rd will feature Disney’s Ice Age: Collision Course (rated PG, 95 minutes). Ice Age: Collision Course will be shown at the Brunswick County Library at 10:30 AM, snacks welcomed. The Richardson Memorial Library will have a showing at 2:00 PM, snacks will be provided during the show. Children under age 10 must be supervised.

On Thursday, July 26, Impressions Theatre will present classic characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on a new adventure. Events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, VA at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, VA at 2:00 PM.

For more information about Summer Reading at the Library, please stop by or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilson Thomas, MBA as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 13. In his role as CEO, Thomas will be responsible for the strategic growth and day-to-day operations of SVRMC.

Thomas, an Alabama native, is currently Assistant Chief Executive Officer at North Okaloosa Medical Center (NOMC), a 110-bed hospital in Crestview, Florida. He was instrumental in leading the hospital’s renovation and construction projects and development of several new service lines, most notably Wound Care, Urology and Orthopedics.

“Wilson’s tireless energy, dedication and healthcare administrative background make him an excellent choice to lead our extraordinary team of professionals at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center,” says The Honorable Steve Bloom, Chairman, SVRMC Board of Trustees.

Thomas has more than 8 years of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to his work at NOMC, Thomas was Assistant Administrator with Sparks Health System (SHH) in Fort Smith, AR. At SHH he was responsible for opening the orthopedic and cardiology service lines. Thomas was also Director of Facility Operations and Safety Officer at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park, TX. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University.

“I’m impressed by the staff’s positive attitude and dedication. We will build on the strong foundation that currently exists and continue the high level of quality care while expanding services to fit the needs of the community” said Thomas.

An active member of the community, Thomas participates in the Rotary Club and American College of Healthcare Executives. He is excited to be relocating with his wife and new baby daughter to the Emporia and Greensville community.

SVCC Granted Reaccreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed accreditation for Southside Virginia Community College.  The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

SVCC was notified recently that the SACSCOC Board of Trustees reaffirmed accreditation on June 14, 2018.   The notification stated, “No additional report was requested. Your institution's next reaffirmation will take place in 2028 unless otherwise notified.”

Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “We are elated to receive the reaffirmation of accreditation for our college.  The reaccreditation process is a huge undertaking and we have been successful only due to the diligence and committed effort of the entire college community working towards one goal, one mission.”

Accreditation means that the institution has (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements.  Accreditation by SACSCOC is a statement of the institution’s continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.  Accreditation is necessary for SVCC to participate in Federal Financial Aid programs and for transfer credit acceptance by other universities and colleges. 

SACSCOC has six core values which are integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self-regulation, student learning, accountability and transparency.  The mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education established as part of the statewide system of community colleges created by the 1966 Virginia General Assembly.  The college serves the largest area of any of the community colleges in Virginia, a total of 4,200 square miles. The Christanna Campus in Alberta was opened in 1970 and the John H. Daneil Campus in Keysville was added a year later. The college operates off-campus sites also.

Focusing On The Positive Generates Positive Results for SVCC Graduate

Hilton Bennett, 12.5 K up on Mount Royal.  Avid climber, SVCC alum keeps climbing for the top.

 

According to John W. Gardner, Educator and Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

There were times in life when Hilton Bennett could have used an eraser.  But since he could not erase some bad choices in his life, he made the best of a bad situation and turned his future around.

Incarcerated in Lunenburg Correctional Center in Victoria, Virginia, Bennett said that the trials he had in life made him rethink his next steps. 

“I could do nothing for the next seven years or I could do something positive,” he said.

Always a good student, he began teaching fellow inmates math, reading and other lessons mainly for something to do.   He enjoyed this positive activity and how it helped to pass the time.   Soon, he caught the attention of Ann Cavan, Regional Principal of the Department of Corrections School, who found him a job in the prison library and allowed him to tutor other inmates.

Southside Virginia Community College partners with the Virginia Department of Corrections to offer the Campus Within Walls program at the Lunenburg facility. The philosophy of the program is “We believe in the transformative power of education because we see it every day! With a college degree, men leaving prison are more likely to get good jobs and earn more money. Men who earn a degree while in prison are almost 50% less likely to return.”

“Within six months, I was enrolled in classes through SVCC,” Bennett said speaking of the program.   

It took about five years to complete his Associate’s degree from SVCC due to the scheduling of needed classes and funding availability.  Two years after his release, Bennett was invited to be the speaker at an SVCC Commencement ceremony at the prison.

Before he was incarcerated, he had a job, a house, a family and was prospering in life.    He said he realizes now that everything has worked out for the best and that he needed to have the experience of prison to arrive where he is today.

He currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Product Innovation from VCU’s da Vinci center.  He interns for a Biomedical Engineering firm designing Orthopedic Implants. He plans to start a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Medicine soon. 

In this semester alone, VCU has filed four patents for which he has been the primary engineer on.  These include a device that make the epidural space visible to anesthesiologists and a device that effectually treats the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the Military which is Pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

In another collaboration, Bennett and others are working on a device to prevent the loss of guide-wires during surgery.

“If a wire is left behind, he said, “It’s a risky situation for the patient.  The patient must undergo an additional procedure to have it removed,” he noted.

Bennett said that the team’s current design, a clip with lights and a buzzer, attaches to the wire to serve as a constant reminder to the physician or clinician that the wire is inside the patient’s body. Over the summer, Bennett is working on designing the mold for the device and developing prototypes out of different materials,” according to Invention Seeks to Prevent Wires from Being Left Inside Patients, which appeared on the VCU College of Engineering’s website on August 9, 2017.

In the article, W. Paul Murphy, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in the VCU School of Medicine, said working with engineers and others outside his field to solve real-world problems has been an exciting experience.

“To have folks like Hilton and Ben Ward say, ‘If you do it this way, the problem could be avoided,’” he said, “that’s been a blast.”

An avid rock climber, Bennett also started his own company in 2016 designing Traditional Climbing Gear for indoor use.

Recently, Bennett was a guest speaker at Vera Institute of Justice Conference held in Detroit, Michigan. The mission of Vera is “to drive change. To urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.”

Surprisingly, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, and Lisa L. Hudson, SVCC Campus Within Walls Coordinator, were both in the audience.  And, duly proud of one of the college’s own.

Dr. Anne Hayes, formerly Coordinator of Campus Within Walls at SVCC, said, “completing an associate degree served as a ‘reset button’ for Mr. Bennett.  He graduated SVCC with a 4.0.(Grade Point Average)”

Bennett believes education behind bars is key to making it possible for inmates to thrive on the outside.  He knows many who went through the SVCC program with him and have made the successful transition since being released. 

Not only is Bennett making his life better, his diligence and interest in finding solutions to problems that affect others is a great way for him to continue his pursuit of the positive.  

Summer Feeding Program Locations Announced ***UPDATED***

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, andthere will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows:

                                                                                 

Location Days of Service

Greensville Elementary School

1011 Sussex Drive, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45– 9:00 am.; Lunch 10:45 am.–12:45 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45–8:30 am.; Lunch 11:00 am. – 12:30 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45–8:30 am.; Lunch 11:00 am. – 12:30 pm

William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library

100 Spring Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 11, 18, 25 Wednesday’s Only

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

July 2-July 31 Mondays & Thursday Only

Snack 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Word of Life Assembly of God

707 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

The Scottsdale Community

91 Scottsdale Drive, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 – July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Northwood Village Apartments

300 Lewis Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm

Brookridge Apartments

1325 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Main Street United Methodist Church

500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

El Shaddai Ministry

609 Halifax Street

Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Elnora Jarrell Worship Center

490 Liberty Road

Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9:00 – 10:00 am

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

**All sites will be closed July 4 & 5, 2018.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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