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2017-9-15

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WARNER & KAINE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.3MILLION TO SUPPORT FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,357,959 in federal funding for nine Virginia fire departments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding for nine fire departments in Concord, Chilhowie, Fairfax, Gasburg, Glade Spring, Kenbridge, Lovingston, Newport News, and Norton will be awarded through FEMA’s Assistant to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

“This federal funding will provide fire departments with critical support to enhance training operations and purchase life-saving equipment that will help keep Virginians safe,” the Senators said.

The following Virginia fire departments will receive funding under the AFG program:

  • The Concord Volunteer Fire Department will receive $64,762 to purchase vehicle extrication equipment;
  • The Town of Chilhowie Fire & EMS Department will receive $60, 313 to purchase portable and mobile radios;
  • The City of Fairfax Fire Department will receive $136, 182 to support training operations for firefighters;
  • The Gasburg Volunteer Fire Department will receive $46,116 to purchase an air compressor and fill station equipment;
  • The Glade Spring Volunteer Fire Department will receive $38,096 to purchase an air compressor and fill station equipment.
  • The Kenbridge Fire Department will receive $54,739 to update its source capture exhaust system technology;
  • The Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department will receive $142,381 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment;
  • The City of Newport News Fire Department will receive $404,600 to purchase power lift cots and stretchers and;
  • The City of Norton Fire Department will receive $320,358 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment and face pieces.

The primary goal of FEMA’s AFG program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and State Fire Training Academies for critically-needed resources. 

Robotic Assisted Surgery Now Available at Southside Regional Medical Center

PETERSBURG, VA - (September 13, 2017) Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is pleased to announce the addition of robotic assisted surgery, the first of its kind to be offered in the Tri-Cities.  

SRMC performed its first cases yesterday. The new equipment features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The robotic assisted technology allows surgeons to operate using the tiniest incisions - with greater vision, precision and control. Chief Executive Officer Trent Nobles, who was instrumental in bringing the new technology to Southside Regional Medical Center, noted “This technology, which performs advanced maneuvers, opens the door for a wider range of laparoscopic procedures to be completed with a robot technique at SRMC.”

Tejwant Datta, MD, FACS, both a general and bariatric surgeon at SRMC, is trained in this highly specialized surgical approach and performed the first robotic assisted surgeries yesterday. According to Dr. Datta, “Robotic surgery (as opposed to traditional open surgery) offers a faster recovery for patients. Generally, patients experience a shorter recuperation period with less intense pain and many can return to their normal routine in a shorter period of time. Our ultimate goal is to provide exceptional, compassionate care to our patients, using advanced technology for the best patient outcomes.”

Examples of surgical procedures that have benefitted from robotic surgery include, but are not limited to: urologic (prostate) surgery, general laparoscopic surgery, gynecologic surgery such as hysterectomies and ovary removal for benign conditions, certain thoracic procedures, gallbladder removal and early stage (T1 or T2) cancers.

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