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E.W. Wyatt Middle School will be hosting soccer conditioning/tryouts on August 14-15 from 10:00am - 11:00 am. 

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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.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH MILESTONE YEARS OF SERVICE

Emporia, VA – EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently honored retirees and employees with milestone years of service in 2017 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week, where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift. Employees with twenty or more years of service were also presented with flowers. “Our strength is in our people,” said Jerad Hanlon, SVRMC’s Interim CEO. “Their hard work providing top quality care and service to the Emporia and Greensville County communities is a shining example of dedication to our patients.”

                                    

5-Year Awards

5 Year – Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Desha Powell, Surgical Tech, Sarah Jessee, Physical Therapist

10-Year Awards

10 year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Christina Pope, RN Surgical Services, Tom Clinedinst, Director of Plant Ops

15-Year Awards

15 Year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Kerrie Combs, RN Cardiac Rehab

25-Year Award

25 Year – Amanda Posey, LPN Abstractor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

30-Year Award

30 Year – Tammy Butler, RN Acute Care, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

35-Year Award

35 Year -  Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Lorenzo Dennis, Mental Health Tech, Patricia Horne, Nuclear Med. Tech, Ricky Mitchell, Accounting Clerk

40-Year Award

40 Year - Brenda Bowen Director of Case Mgmt, Kathy Matthews, Medical Records Coder, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

45 Year Award

45 Year – Faye Rawlings, Medical Records Clerk, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

48-Year Retiree

48 Year Retiree - Linda Burnette, CNO, Barbara Jordan 48 Years of Service, RN Nursing Supervisor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

Years of Service - No Picture Available:

  • 5 Year - Brenda Coleman, Security
  • 20 Year - Mozelle Rose, RN ICU

Retirees – No Picture Available:

  • 11 Year - Janet Arrington, Administrative Assistant
  • 12 Year - Dana Musser, Medical Technologist
  • 36 Year - Annie Odom, Unit Secretary

 

 

 

We Are Always Here to Help

Emporia, VA – With the high profile news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s deaths by suicide, the topic of mental health is at the forefront for many. It’s important to remember mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths by suicide have seen a 25% increase in the United States. In Virginia, the suicide rate is up 17.4% between 1999 and 2016. Depression is a leading cause of disability across the planet according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rakesh Sood, MD, FAASM, FAPA of Southside Physicians Network says, “We need to show concern to people who are depressed and suicidal. Being compassionate, caring and developing trust is key to helping them.”

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Feeling sad
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment of activities
  • Reduced energy
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Poor concentration
  • Medically unexplained symptoms

“We need to help people understand that depression can be treated effectively and that we are always here to help,” says Dr. Sood. Family, friends and colleagues should not be afraid to speak up if they notice a change in someone’s mood or behavior.

What can you do to help?

  • Ask the person if they need help
  • Keep them safe
  • Be there
  • Help connect them
  • Follow up

Family and friends should be available and sensitive to the person’s emotional needs and seek emergency room help or call 911 if he or she threatens suicide. Remove weapons from their home, keep an eye on drug/alcohol use and DO NOT leave them alone.

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Isolation
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health (SVRMC) unit offers acute inpatient care to those ages 18 and over who need immediate intervention. Patients receive 24-hour-a-day supervision in a therapeutic environment. To enhance recovery, they participate in a structured program that includes psychotherapy, problem-solving group activities and life skills classes.

SVRMC’s Behavioral Health unit is available to help 434-348-4580.

https://www.svrmc.com/behavioral-health-services

CDC>>> https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/

WHO>>> http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces April Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Krystal Murrell has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for April 2018. Ms. Murrell, who works in SVRMC’s Intensive Care Unit, has been employed at SVRMC since February 2015.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for April was the All Star Award.  Ms. Murrell’s nomination included the following statement:  “Krystal is an exemplar of professionalism and customer service. She models the behavior of compassion and kindness to both internal and external customers. She maintains a calm demeanor in spite of chaos and robust activities of the unit.  She provides great care for her patients and is very supportive to her co-workers.  Krystal loves what she does and it shows in the quality of care she provides and the warm smile she displays.  We are so very lucky to have Krystal on the SVRMC team.”

As SVRMC’s April Employee of the Month, Ms. Murrell received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces March 2018 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Zhiquita Adams has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for March 2018. Ms. Adams, who works in SVRMC’s Patient Access Department, has been employed at SVRMC since April 2009.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for March was Customer Waiting.  Ms. Adams’ nomination included the following statement:  “Ms. Adams dedication to understanding the value of our patients’ time in regards to customer waiting is her most valuable asset.  As an outpatient registrar, Ms. Adams recognizes when patients are waiting and makes a concerted effort to ensure that patients are registered in an efficient and timely manner, while not making them feel rushed through the process.  She has a welcoming demeanor and positive attitude putting our patients at ease during their visit.  In addition, Ms. Adams always thanks her patients and manages to lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.”

As SVRMC’s March Employee of the Month, Ms. Adams received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Optimizing Postpartum Care, Renewed Focus on Improving Mental and Physical Health for New Moms

Petersburg, VA – Not long after the world was wowed with photos of Duchess Kate Middleton and her new royal baby, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released guidance to improve mental and physical care for new moms.

These recommendations set the stage for long-term health for women and infants. The report states, “Postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter.”  It also advises insurers to cover the costs for new moms to see their doctors sooner and more often. This 11-page report represents a shift from an intense focus on prenatal care to a long-term care plan that includes what’s called the “fourth trimester.”

Dr. Daphne Bazile-Harrison, MD, FACOG an OB/GYN with Southside Physicians Network says, “I endorse the new recommendations! The relationship a woman makes with her Obstetrician does not end once the baby is delivered.”

The current standard for postpartum checkups is six weeks from child birth. ACOG now recommends cutting that time in half to three weeks, and for women suffering from hypertension, as little as three days. ACOG also says new mothers should work with their OB/GYN to develop an ongoing care plan and have a comprehensive postpartum visit no later than 12 weeks.

The comprehensive visit should include a full assessment of the following:

  • Physical, social and psychological well-being (including mood and emotional)
     
  • Infant care and feeding
     
  • Sexuality, contraception and birth spacing
     
  • Sleep and fatigue
     
  • Physical recovery from birth
     
  • Management of chronic disease
     
  • Health maintenance
     

The days and weeks after childbirth can be a time of particular vulnerability for mothers, with physical and emotional risks that include pain and infection, hypertension and stroke, heart problems, blood clots, anxiety and depression. 

Here at The Birth Place at Southside Regional Medical Center, we make sure all patients are doing well following delivery. Postpartum visits are made prior to discharge, and our excellent nursing and office staff call to check in on mom once she has gone home,” continues Dr. Bazile-Harrison.

This should come as welcome news to new mothers adjusting to life with a new baby. Balancing home, work, baby and other family commitments can be overwhelming. These new recommendations allow women to take a step back and say, “Its ok to take care of me.” With as many as 40% of women missing a postpartum visit, this is an opportunity to promote the overall health and well-being of moms.

Dr. Bazile-Harrison is encouraged and notes, “With these new recommendations, hopefully we can become more proactive in advocating continual good health for our patients and their families.”

For additional comments or more information contact Dr. Bazile-Harrison at 804-481-0143.

The full report can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2KhO1dJ

Celebrating 40 Years of the Meherrin River Arts Council

SVRMC’s Jay Ewing and Wilson Clary

Emporia, VA – For one Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center staff member, the connection to the concert series goes much deeper than a corporate sponsorship. Jay Ewing, Facility Compliance Officer, Admin. Director - Laboratory, Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Sleep Services, has enjoyed the concert series from the beginning. But it was his father Jim, a member of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors, who played a big role in helping make the Emporia Greensville Performing Arts Center what it is today. 

In 1976, it was the vision of Jim, members of the Board of Supervisors and Emporia City Council to build an auditorium for the school that would meet the programming needs of the Meherrin River Arts Council. Jay says, “It means everything to have SVRMC sponsor the shows and be able to continue what he started by supporting MRAC.”

Local entrepreneur, Wilson Clary, remembers that it was Jim’s idea to add one important part onto the new auditorium. “I always thought it should be called the Jim Ewing Lobby!” The auditorium was a much needed addition at Greensville Elementary School that not only made sense for the students but as a way to grow the concert series.

The theater boasts comfortable seating, with excellent views from all seats and exceptional sound quality. The stage is even large enough to hold a full symphony orchestra. MRAC has pulled in big names over the years including Boyz II Men, Scotty McCreery, The Beach Boys, and Leann Rimes. Capping off the 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday May 5th is a performance by The Temptations and the Four Tops. There’s one act Jay wishes would make a stop in Emporia, “I’d love to see James Taylor come, I suggest it every year.” Hopefully James Taylor will one day see the sunny skies of Emporia and Greensville County.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is proud to sponsor the Meherrin River Arts Council. Together we help enrich our communities with exceptional health care and high quality entertainment. You can see a special video tribute featuring Jay and other local supporters at Saturday’s show.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces February 2018 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Kim Lyons has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for February 2018. Ms. Lyons, who works in SVRMC’s Quality & Medical Staff Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since July 2015.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for February was Communication.  Ms. Lyons’ nomination included the following statement: “Kim has proven to be a very valuable employee for our organization.  She greets all staff and guests that enter her work environment with a smile.  She delivers excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has developed a rapport with those she serves to include physicians, staff, and visitors. Although she works in a very busy environment, with lots of distractions, she is able to multi-task, complete work assignments accurately, and maintain effective levels of communication with others. We are lucky to have Kim on our team.” 

As SVRMC’s February Employee of the Month, Ms. Lyons received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces January 2018 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Erin Johnson, RNhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for January 2018. Ms. Johnson, who works in SVRMC’s Emergency Room, has been employed at SVRMC since August 2014.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for January was Commitment to Co-Workers.  Ms. Johnson’s nomination included the following statement: “Erin is always kind and considerate, she treats everyone with respect.  She is committed to helping her other co-workers, never complaining and always looking for ways to help others.  She is thoughtful, kind, and hardworking. She always displays a positive attitude when interacting with her co-workers and her patients. She is a wonderful asset to our team.”

As SVRMC’s January Employee of the Month, Ms. Johnson received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Hospitals update visitation policy during flu season

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, hospitals and health systems that are members of the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition are updating their visitation guidelines to protect patients, visitors and health care providers during flu season. 

VCU Health System facilities including VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, Bon Secours, HCA Virginia, Southside Regional Medical Center, Centra Southside Community Hospital, and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center are limiting visitors in patient care areas to include only healthy adults who are 18 years or older, and no more than two adults per patient at one time. The guidelines apply to visitors, and do not affect children who need to be hospitalized.

In close collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the limitations are implemented in years when the flu is a widespread concern. Signs at entryways to the health system facilities will alert the public of the limited-visitation policy.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Transitioning to a Free Senior Circle Program

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is transitioning its Senior Circle program from a paid membership to a FREE Senior Circle program, beginning in 2018.

The hospital has sponsored a local chapter of the national Senior Circle Association since 1999. The national organization is closing at the end of 2017, so there will be no national affiliations beginning in 2018.

“We’re committed to helping seniors in our community live a healthy, active lifestyle and excited to carry on this mission by transitioning to a free Senior Circle program,” said Matt Tavenner, Chief Executive Officer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. “Our free membership program will continue to focus on supporting adults age 50 and older, except that now more seniors will have access to the education and activities, since there will be no dues.”

Tracy Mitchell, Senior Circle Advisor stated the hospital’s future Senior Circle program will include most of the activities and events members have enjoyed:

  • Physician education lectures
  • Lunch and Learn opportunities
  • Social and fitness activities
  • Health fairs and screenings
  • Free faxing and copying of important documents
  • Line dance lessons, Friday bingo and much more

Information about Senior Circle events are posted on Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s website at svrmc.com.  Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter and calendar of events.  To join Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Program, call Tracy Mitchell at

434-348-4455 or e-mail tracy_mitchell@chs.net.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces December Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Leroy Smithhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for December 2017. Mr. Smith, who works in SVRMC’s Environmental Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2008.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for December was Appearance.  Mr. Smith’s nomination included the following statement: “Leroy is one of the most professional and respectful employees at SVRMC. He has a very conscientious attitude about the cleanliness of the work environment as well as his personal appearance.  He takes pride in his work, ensuring that his equipment is well maintained and in proper working order. He is quick to respond when EVS needs arise and works diligently to ensure that SVRMC shines.  Leroy’s dedication to ensuring that SVRMC is “top notch” does not go unnoticed by anyone.  We are so grateful to have Leroy on our team.” 

As SVRMC’s December Employee of the Month, Mr. Smith received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with his co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces 2017 Employee & Manager of the Year

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has named its 2017 Employee and Managers of the Year. Employees and managers are nominated for these awards by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism, and their contributions on the job. The recognitions are the highest honors hospital employees can receive.

Employee of the Year

Cardiovascular Technologist, Tammy Green has been employed at SVRMC since October of 2004. Ms. Green performs cardiovascular diagnostic and educational modalities on patients including echocardiography, stress testing, EKG, EEG, Carotid Duplex and vascular testing. Her coworkers had the following to say about her: “Tammy is a great ambassador for our hospital. She is always smiling and brightening the day of our patients, physicians, and staff.”  Tammy was recently recognized by Dr. Firas Kaddaha, Cardiologist, for her responsiveness to her patient. Tammy’s proactive approach to this patient’s condition led to a change in his treatment plan and ultimately saved his life.

Clinical Manager of the Year

Dr. Richard Alexander, Director of Rehab Services, has been employed at SVRMC since August of 2016. He is responsible for the management and development of the rehabilitation therapy services in all areas of SVRMC.  He coordinates and supervises the functions of each rehab service; including: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Cardiac Rehab.  Dr. Alexander’s coworkers had the following to say about him: “Richard is passionate about his patients’ health, wellness, and rehabilitation.  He is a motivator, an initiator, and a team player. He is constantly striving to improve the success of his departments by building relationships and becoming a community champion for SVRMC”

Non-Clinical Manager of the Year

Anita Ivey, Chief Quality Officer, has been employed at SVRMC since 2005. She is responsible for the planning, administration and monitoring of consistent readiness of all quality management regulatory requirements and the quality improvement processes.  Ms. Ivey’s coworkers had the following to say about her: “Anita is an avid supporter of the facility throughout the community.  You will often find her volunteering at community events, representing the facility and being a champion for SVRMC and the services it provides.  Anita is not only devoted to her job, her employees, and her co-workers, but she is also a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend.”

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces November Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Latoya Vaughanhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for November 2017. Ms. Vaughan, who works in SVRMC’s Pharmacy Department, has been employed at SVRMC since March 2011.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for November was Attitude.  Ms. Vaughan’s nomination included the following statement: “Latoya demonstrates many of the standards of behavior, but most importantly she comes to work with a good attitude and prepared for the day. She takes pride in her work and in that of the department. The pharmacy department and SVRMC are fortunate to have Latoya as a team member.”

As SVRMC’s November Employee of the Month, Ms. Vaughan received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces September & October 2017 Employees of the Month

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the September and October 2017 Employees of the Month: Robin Duncan and Jakai Barnes. These employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior. As Employees of the Month, they each received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with co-workers and a cash prize.

 

September

Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Sense of Ownership, September’s Employee of the Month, Robin Duncan, RN works in SVRMC’s Emergency Department. Ms. Duncan’s nomination included the following statement:  “Robin takes responsibility for all tasks assigned to her and ensures they are completed accurately and thoroughly.   She often takes charge of difficult situations without any hesitation, making sure that she does so in the best interest of the patient and the facility.   She is actively involved in the community and promotes SVRMC in a positive manner.  We are lucky to have Robin on our team.”

 

October

Nominated for the All-Star Award, highlighting several Standards of Behavior: Responsiveness, Attitude, and Commitment to Co-Workers, October’s Employee of the Month, Jakai Barnes, works in SVRMC’s Patient Access Department. Ms. Barnes’ nomination included the following statement:  “In addition to Jakai’s daily role as Insurance Verification Clerk, she steps in as PBX Operator, ED registrar, Outpatient Registrar, and Centralized Scheduler, as necessary.  She has the ability to wear many hats and takes pride in her work. She has a strong commitment to her co-workers as she is always willing to adjust her schedule for the needs of the department while maintaining a smile and a positive attitude.  She is an asset not only to the department, but also to SVRMC. “

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is an 80-bed, acute-care facility located at 727 N. Main Street in Emporia, VA. With a medical staff of more than 70 physicians representing over 25 specialties, SVRMC serves nearly 50,000 residents in Emporia and the surrounding communities. The medical center is conveniently located near Interstate 95, Hwy 58 and Hwy 301. For more information about SVRMC and the services it provides, please visit SVRMC.com.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces August Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Alison Phillips has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for August 2017. Ms. Phillips, who works in SVRMC’s Imaging Department, has been employed at SVRMC since June 2003.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for August was Service Recovery.  Ms. Phillips’ nomination included the following statement:  “Alison strives to ensure that each of our patients has an excellent customer experience while at SVRMC.  When one of our patients expresses a concern, she always goes above and beyond to accommodate them. Alison is a true patient advocate and is very deserving of the Employee of the Month Award for Service Recovery”.

As SVRMC’s August Employee of the Month, Ms. Phillips received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

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.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces July Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Christina Pope has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for July 2017. Ms. Pope, who works in SVRMC’s Surgical Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since May 2007.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for July was Safety Awareness.  Ms. Pope’s nomination included the following statement:  “Christina speaks up for safety and encourages others to do the same; she follows up to ensure that safety issues have been addressed and resolved. The safety of our patients, staff, and facility are of high importance to Christina. She is well deserving of the July Employee of the Month for the ‘Safety Awareness’ standard.”

As SVRMC’s July Employee of the Month, Ms. Pope received a certificate of recognition, balloons,  cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces June Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Tammy Green has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for June 2017. Ms. Green, who works in SVRMC’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2004.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for June was Responsiveness.  Ms. Green’s nomination included the following statement:  “Tammy is being nominated for the June Employee of the Month because of her keen responsiveness to our patients and their wellbeing.   Most notably, there was a recent event involving a patient, where Tammy’s proactive approach and responsiveness to his condition led to a change in his treatment plan and ultimately saved his life.  Tammy is a great ambassador for our hospital.  She is always smiling and brightening the day of our patients, physicians, and staff. She is a valued member of our team.”

As SVRMC’s June Employee of the Month, Ms. Green received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces April Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Brittany Wrennhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for May 2017. Ms. Wrenn, who works in SVRMC’s Rehab Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2015.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for May was Privacy.  Ms. Wrenn’s nomination included the following statement:  “Brittany welcomes and registers between 40-50 patients a day, for five different departments in her role at SVRMC.  One of her job duties each day is to ensure that each patient’s privacy and personal information are safe, secure, and handled with care.  Brittany utilizes sensational organizational skills and efficiency, combined with friendly customer service to make this happen without a hitch.  She is often an unsung hero when it comes to HIPAA compliance and her continued work guarantees that our clinicians’ and patients’ needs are met with a smile each time they come in for an appointment in our rehab department.” 

As SVRMC’s May Employee of the Month, Ms. Wrenn received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH MILESTONE YEARS OF SERVICE

EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently honored it’s retirees and employees with milestone years of service in 2016 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week. As a part of the celebration, staff were invited to a special luncheon where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift.  Employees with twenty or more years of service were also presented with flowers.   “Our employees are the key to our success,” said Matt Tavenner, SVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  “and we take this opportunity each year to celebrate their dedication and hard work.

Matt Tavenner, CEO, presents the awards to the honorees.

5 Year Award – L-R: Latoya Vaughan, Krista Hollowell, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Lynn Grant, April Eure, Tare Mabry. Not Pictured: Shannon Crutchfield and Ted Huff

10 Year Award – L-R: Avis Taylor, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Cassandra Singleton. Not Pictured: Frank Greenway, Andi Hux, Yemica Nicholson, Tim Owens, Valerie Sessoms, and Jennifer Watson

25 Year Award – L-R: Robin Heese, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Roslyn Tyler. Not Pictured: Mattie Washington

30 Year Award – L-R: Keith Johnson, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Peggy Dunn. Not Pictured: Deborah Powell

35 Year Award- L-R: Wanda Powell, Matt Tavenner, CEO, Randy Newsome, Robin Duncan. Not Pictured: Annie Odom

40 Year Award – L-R: Wanda Williams, Matt Tavenner, CEO

Retirees- L-R:  Joyce Webb, 46 Years of Service; Matt Tavenner, CEO; Pam Daves, 30 Years of Service Not Pictured: Edith Morgan, 44 Years of Service; and Rita Barnes, 45 Years of Service.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces April 2017 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Frances Taylor has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for April 2017. Ms. Taylor, who works in SVRMC’s Nutritional Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2009.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for April was the All Star Award.  Ms. Taylor’s nomination included the following statement: “Frances takes responsibility for her area, displaying a sense of ownership in the department.  She often gives credit to her co-workers instead of taking praise for her own work; displaying great commitment to her co-workers. She is always cheerful, forever dependable, and exceeds expectations on a daily basis.  She communicates well with everyone. Frances is simply a joy to have around, she is wonderful!”

As SVRMC’s April Employee of the Month, Ms. Taylor received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces March 2017 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Margaret Robinsonhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for March 2017. Ms. Robinson, who works in SVRMC’s Acute Care Department, has been employed at SVRMC since April 2009.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for March was Customer Waiting.  Ms. Robinson’s nomination included the following statement: “Margaret addresses each family member as they approach the nurses’ station with a smile. She promptly ensures assistance is provided to our patients when answering the call lights. Margaret is a team player and believes in keeping patients updated and works collaboratively with nursing staff and other disciplines to meet the patient’s expectations.”

As SVRMC’s March Employee of the Month, Ms. Robinson received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Staff Participate in National Nutrition Month

Emporia, VA – During the month of March, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) staff participated in National Nutrition Month. March has been marked annually as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign is designed to educate and place attention on the importance of making informed food choices and participating in physical activities. SVRMC participants had the opportunity to wear their favorite jeans for either a $5.00 donation or a donation of 5 canned goods. These donations were given to the Samaritan Helping Hands Home, Inc. Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $160.00 and collected 8 boxes of food that will benefit this organization and those in need.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Colonoscopies are a Slam Dunk

EMPORIA, VA - According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the top five most common cancers in the United States—and it is the third leading cause of death by cancer in Americans. Colorectal cancer often goes undetected because symptoms do not usually occur until the disease is advanced.

“Colorectal cancer affects both men and women equally,” says colorectal surgeon Homayoon Akbari, MD, PhD, FACS. “Because your risk for the cancer increases after age 50, regular screenings are recommended for adults age 50 and older. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, certain gastroenterological conditions or diseases, eat a diet high in fat content, or smoke, you are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.”

The good news is that with early detection – through a colonoscopy – the survival rate dramatically increases. If colon cancer is detected before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is about 90 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute, but if not caught before the cancer spreads to other organs, the survival rate dips to about 14 percent.

“A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor, usually a gastroenterologist, to see inside the colon and rectum,” explains Dr. Akbari. “Used as either a screening test or a diagnostic tool, it can help your doctor investigate early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum, as well as help diagnose the causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits, including abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss. If anything abnormal is observed, such as a polyp or growth, it is painlessly removed at that time and later tested in a laboratory for signs of cancer.”

Depending on your age, a colonoscopy screening may be a covered “wellness” test under your insurance plan, and most plans cover a colonoscopy completely as a follow-up test or diagnostic tool. To find a doctor or learn about the colonoscopy and other gastroenterology and surgical services offered at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, visit SVRMC.com. And as you watch the basketball games this month, remember that the ball is in your court to take action to reduce your risk for this preventable cancer.

Board certified in general and colorectal surgery, Dr. Homayoon Akbari practices at Southern Virginia Medical Group. Dr. Akbari specializes in colon and rectal surgery, including the treatment of colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and constipation. He is an active member of the medical staff of both Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and Southside Regional Medical Center.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces February Employee of the Month

February 2017 SVRMC Employee of the Month,

Emporia, VA – Virginia Worrell has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for February 2017. Ms. Worrell, who works in SVRMC’s Environmental Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since June 1993.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for February was Communication.  Ms. Worrell’s nomination included the following statement: “Virginia has exemplary communication skills.  She always introduces herself to our patients prior to going into their room and always greets everyone she meets in the hallways with a smile.  When answering the phone, she is always polite and utilizes proper phone etiquette, you can hear Virginia’s smile through the phone.Virginia is well deserving of the Employee of the Month.”  

As SVRMC’s February Employee of the Month, Ms. Worrell received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces January 2017 Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Clint Paseos, RNhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for January 2017.  Mr. Paseos, who works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit, has been employed at SVRMC since December 2015.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for January was Commitment to Co-Workers.  Mr. Paseos’ nomination included the following statement: “Clint always treats his peers and co-workers with respect and courtesy. He is kind and honest in all his interactions and is willing to do whatever is best for the Behavioral Health Unit, his patients, and his co-workers. An outstanding example of his commitment was shown most recently when Clint came in to cover a shift during the snow storm, although he was not scheduled to work.  That example shows a commitment, not only to his job, but also to those he works with every day.”

As SVRMC’s January Employee of the Month, Mr. Paseos received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cake to share with his co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is an 80-bed, acute-care facility located at 727 N. Main Street in Emporia, VA. With a medical staff of more than 70 physicians representing over 25 specialties, SVRMC serves nearly 50,000 residents in Emporia and the surrounding communities. The medical center is conveniently located near Interstate 95, Hwy 58 and Hwy 301. For more information about SVRMC and the services it provides, please visit SVRMC.com.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces 2016 Employee and Managers of the Year

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has named its 2016 Employee and Managers of the Year. Employees and managers are nominated for these awards by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism, and their contributions on the job. The recognitions are the highest honors hospital employees can receive.

Employee of the Year

Central Scheduler Jasmine Redia Harvey has been employed at SVRMC since July of 2014. Ms. Harvey schedules patients for outpatient diagnostic testing, coordinating the scheduling with physician offices and working to ensure requests are completed in a timely manner. Her coworkers had the following to say about her: “Jasmine always wears a smile. She remains calm in all situations and appears the happiest when she is the busiest. She manages her heavy work flow with ease and is always willing to lend a helping hand.”

Clinical Manager of the Year

James Ewing, III, Director of Cardiopulmonary, Respiratory, Sleep and Laboratory Services and Facility Compliance Officer, is a long term employee at SVRMC.  He is responsible for the daily activities, including staffing and budgets, of the four aforementioned departments, as well as ensuring that the entire facility and all staff adhere to corporate compliance requirements. Mr. Ewing’s coworkers had the following to say about him: “Jay is respected by all of his peers for the multiple jobs he performs in this facility. He is an asset to the facility as well as to other leaders. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and provide guidance whenever needed. He is a wonderful advocate for our hospital and is very involved with community service. He represents our facility in a very positive way.”

Non-Clinical Manager of the Year

Rebecca T. Parrish, Director of Human Resources, has been employed at SVRMC since 2004. She is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and administering all human resource policies and practices. Ms. Parrish’s coworkers had the following to say about her: “Becky always goes above and beyond in her duties for this facility, spending many hours planning and participating in events. As a manager, I depend on Becky’s expertise, and she has always gone out of her way to help me with whatever I needed. She always has the answers, and the insight she provides helps me to do my job better.”

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces July, August and September Employees of the Month

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the July, August and September 2016 Employees of the Month: Cody Jones, RRT, Alberto Babaran, RPST, and Brinkley Allen. These employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior. As Employees of the Month, they each received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with co-workers and a cash prize.

July

Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Safety Awareness, July’s Employee of the Month, Cody Jones, RRT, works in SVRMC’s Respiratory Therapy Department. Ms. Jones’ nomination included the following statement:

“Cody provides excellent patient care, always keeping the safety of her patients and co-workers in mind. She ensures that orders are always verified before providing care and verifies and double checks medications prior to administration. Cody is an extremely reliable registered respiratory therapist and always has a great attitude and a smile.”

August

Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Service Recovery, August’s Employee of the Month, Alberto Babaran, RPST, works in SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center. Mr. Babaran’s nomination included the following statement: “Alberto is an extremely professional and caring individual who consistently receives excellent customer service comments from his patients. So many times following their first study, patients request Alberto for their second study because he is so reassuring and has created a comfort level with them. Alberto is very deserving of the Employee of the Month recognition and is a very important member of our team.”

September

Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Sense of Ownership, September’s Employee of the Month, Brinkley Allen, works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Department. Ms. Allen’s nomination included the following statement: “Brinkley is a true asset to both our unit and to SVRMC. She is a dedicated employee who takes pride in her work and in helping others. She always comes to work with a positive attitude. No matter how busy or hectic we may be, Brinkley’s quiet disposition and calm demeanor help to settle our unit. Brinkley ensures that her responsibility to her patients, co-workers and our physicians is always a priority.”

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center Earns Reaccreditation

EMPORIA, VA(October 10, 2016)– Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center recently received program reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the sleep center at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving reaccreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Ronald D. Chervin, AASM president. “SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”               

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

“Our sleep center team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with sleep disorders” explains Rakesh Sood, MD, Medical Director of SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center. “I am proud that we have once again been recognized by the AASM for providing high-quality care.”

More than 80 types of sleep disorders exist, including sleep apnea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome, all of which can significantly impact an individual’s overall health. SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center performs sleep studies on both children (age 12+) and adults in a comfortable, home-like environment. Call 434.348.4422 or visit SVRMC.com for more information.

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