Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital
Richmond, Va.

National Night Out symbolizes what can happen when citizens take responsibility for the well-being of neighborhoods. Goals include: bringing diverse communities together, sharing high-quality health information with 500-plus families, and giving away school supplies to 400 East End Students. In August, in a location down the street from RCH, residents experienced an opportunity to feel part of a community to which they can contribute and from which they can draw support and assistance. These connections generate a sense of ownership and responsibility within neighborhoods, critical elements in a healthy neighborhood.

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
Midlothian, Va.

The Shepherd Center’s Medical Transportation Program brings access to critical services for seniors aging in place in the suburban and rural community surrounding St. Francis Medical Center. Lack of transportation leaves seniors isolated unable to access health care, groceries, banking services, or entertainment. Suburban areas have the most insufficient transit options and this is where many older adult now live. Mobility and accessibility are essential for healthy and independent living, and transportation is the link that allows seniors access to critical medical care. “The Age Wave Readiness Plan” noted that three in five adults say it would be difficult to stay in their home without access to transportation.

Carilion Medical Center
Roanoke, Va.

The FFRx program was developed by Healthy Roanoke Valley partners to address needs identified in the 2012 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment: access to healthy foods, high prevalence of obesity and the need for prevention and chronic disease management programs. The 16-week program provided patients at a Carilion Family Medicine practice with health education and easy access to fresh, local foods. The overall goal was to reduce obesity and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in participants’ diets. Participant selection criteria:

  • Overweight/obese, with a body-mass index (BMI) of 25 or more.
  • Low-income, uninsured or using Medicare or Medicaid.
  • At risk for or diagnosed with diabetes.

Participants met with a care coordinator weekly and received a “prescription” for $25 worth of fresh fruits and veggies from the LEAP Mobile Market. Patients also met with providers monthly to check blood pressure and weight and to discuss any needed behavior changes, then attended a group education session where they learned from community health educators from Carilion, the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the YMCA of Roanoke Valley. At the beginning and end of the 16-week program, participants had lab work completed to check their fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c levels. The results:

  • Overall reduction of 2.5 percent in average BMI.
  • One percent decrease in body weight overall.
  • Improvements noted in blood pressure (statistically significant decrease in diastolic blood pressure) and hemoglobin A1c overall.
  • All participants reported an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption upon completion of the program. Most participants also reported that even though they are no longer receiving vouchers, they are continuing to fill their plates with fruits and vegetables.

Centra Health
Lynchburg, Va.

Centra performs three formal, in-depth, Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to better understand how to improve the health of the community it serves.The three assessments are conducted by region. Lynchburg General, Virginia Baptist, and Centra Specialty hospitals are in the Lynchburg regional community assessment; Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital is in the Bedford regional community assessment; and Centra Southside Community Hospital is in the Farmville regional community assessment. Centra seeks input from the communities in identifying health needs priorities to develop a comprehensive three-year plan to address those needs. Through the CHNA, Centra examines areas in need and identifies opportunities to make clinical services more responsive to community need and to collaborate with other like-minded organizations to improve the other factors that affect the health of the community. The information gleaned can support the strategic plan, ensure Centra’s long-range plans are responsive, and help guide the awarding of community grants. Health care needs and requests also are assessed through focus groups, and surveys of community residents and civic leaders as well as hospital and health care system patients. Centra also teams up with agencies and organizations to study community needs and propose the best solutions.

Centra Southside Community Hospital
Farmville, Va.

Centra Southside Community Hospital had a number of teams walk in fundraising walks such as the Jingle Bell Run for Cancer, the March for Babies, and the Cumberland 5K Run for Scholarships. Centra Southside Community Hospital is the primary participating sponsor in the free monthly community “Moton Museum Prayer Breakfast” event, located in downtown Farmville. The hospital provides the breakfast, and sends employees from different departments each month to assist in serving the breakfast and participate in the prayer time. The hospital is eager to connect with and to help serve the community through educational classes and support groups provided throughout the year, at no cost to the participants, including:

  • Breastfeeding Classes;
  • Car Seat Classes;
  • Childbirth and Family Education;
  • Birthing Center Tours;
  • Nursing Career Day;
  • Medical Career Camp for Middle Schoolers;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group;
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia Support Group; and
  • Diabetic Education Class/Support Group.

Centra Southside Community Hospital is honored to have hundreds of volunteers from throughout our service area making a difference to our patients, visitors, and staff. Some of the volunteer services include:

  • Women’s Auxiliary of Southside Community Hospital: Fundraising for hospital - provides scholarships for medical/nursing students.
  • CSCH Volunteers: Front desk, Registration, Emergency Dept., Centra Medical Group, Transport, Tele-Med-Surg, OB, Same Day Surgery, etc.
  • Hospice Volunteers: Care for end-of-life patients.
  • Cardio-Rehab Volunteers: Assistants in the gym for cardio patients.
  • PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Volunteers: Assists with activities for the elderly.
  • Longwood University/Hampden-Sydney College/Local High School Student Volunteers.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Henrico County, Va.

“Tackling Colon Cancer” takes a game plan. But with the advances in surgical treatment and prevention, Retreat Doctors’ Hospital can help you to block Colon Cancer. Retreat Doctors’ Hospital hosted a free seminar with NFL Hall of Famer and colonoscopy champion, Willie Lanier, in March 2015. To raise awareness and educate the community of the latest treatments, risk factors, and prevention options, Drs. Cary Gentry and Emily Rivet with Colon & Rectal Specialists spoke and the seminar and were available to answer any questions from those who attended. With more than 100 people in attendance, a new level of awareness and education about the local services provided and available at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital was shared with the community.

Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs can often times pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, family members, pets, and even the environment.Properly disposing of unused prescriptions can save thousands of lives.

Each year in April, West Creek Emergency Center partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and serves as an official collection site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where they community can properly dispose of potentially dangerous expire, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. The public is able to take place in this event and visit West Creek Emergency Center’s Emergency Department entrance, dropping off medications through a drive-thru set up.
With West Creek Emergency Center’s partnership with the DEA, we are able to educate the community and reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion in the United States.

In February of 2015, Hanover County deputies host an “Adapt a Senior Program.” Deputy James McLaughlin looked to Henrico Doctors’ hospital for a partnership in helping independent seniors to stay in the comfort of their own homes. Henrico Doctors’ supplied 1,500 File of Life Cards – which is essentially medical history that is critical to have in an Emergency Department when the patient cannot speak for themselves. The File of Life is placed on the refrigerator door and Hanover County EMS is now able to look for those cards when they are working and meeting with the seniors.

The support of the Hanover County Sheriff and his team is a part of Henrico Doctors’ “Health Aging for Seniors” program. This program’s goal is to communicate and educate the senior community on basic medical advice and helpful information. Presentations are given by Henrico Doctors’ Hospital at several local community senior living homes, discussing topics like “when to call 911, because minutes matter.” With a strong partnership with our local EMS providers, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Emergency Room Director and the EMS paramedic are able to discuss signs and symptoms of strokes, heart attacks, and again, making sure you have your Medical File of Life card on hand or on your refrigerator in a visible location for EMS to find in case of an emergency.

John Randolph Medical Center
Hopewell, Va.

In honor of John Randolph Medical Center’s 100th anniversary, in 2015, the hospital celebrated with several different events to commemorate the impact and the contributions to the community that John Randolph has had. Some of these events included a contest featuring artwork with the theme “Health and Happiness” submitted by area elementary students. The purpose of the contest was to promote healthy eating and wellness activities among all audiences, especially children. The hospital then framed all of the artwork and invited all participants and families to view their pieces on display at the hospital. Today, the artwork adorns the halls of John Randolph Medical Center. This was just one example of John Randolph engaging even their youngest audiences to take part in active, healthy lifestyles.

In addition, John Randolph Medical Center hosted a birthday celebration for all babies born at John Randolph since 1915. This provided “JRMC Babies” the chance to connect with current hospital leaders and other individuals who shared in celebrating their birth at JRMC. The hospital also recognized the youngest born, oldest born and others who were part of the John Randolph’s rich history. Finally, the 100 year celebration culminated with a gala event for community dignitaries. This was a chance for hospital and community leaders to take part in honoring John Randolph for serving so many in the Tri-Cities community over the last 100 years.

Today, John Randolph Medical Center is a 147-bed facility dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the entire Tri-Cities Region. The hospital is nationally recognized as one of the Joint Commission’s Top Performing Hospitals.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Fredericksburg, Va.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center supports the local community with health and wellness opportunities in a variety of events. We are honored to bring health education and screenings to the Fredericksburg region through expo events, health fairs, full screenings, Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics, and weight loss initiatives.

March for Babies Walk at Spotsylvania Regional is a family-friendly educational event that advocates for healthier births in the Fredericksburg region. A celebration of life for survivors and honoring the memory of those we have lost with parents, grandparents, siblings and community members is a way we bring hope to the families. More than 700 participants and local vendors come together to share in the community health partnership.

At the beginning of the year, Spotsylvania Regional kicked off a weight loss challenge called “Lose Big Win Big.” Open to the public, we provided an opportunity to not only lose weight, but to challenge a lifestyle change for healthier living. Through this challenge, adults 18 and over, were encouraged to engage in exercise, nutrition, healthy habits, employing important health tips from physicians to make a difference. This was a 16-week program was met with more than 300 participants.

“Heart Healthy Screenings” on the hospital campus provided blood pressure, cholesterol checks, and BMI testing with physician support and “Ask the Doc” opportunities to promote health living.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center hosts cancer and surgical weight loss support groups. For each group, family members, care takers, and patients (current or prior), come together to discuss healthy ways to stay on track. Learning from those who know these conditions best with physician support and best practices for healing, disease management, and prevention helps these participants continue to thrive as they go through.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is leading the way for health and wellness by partnering with the Farmers Market every Wednesday in May through the first week in September. Providing healthier eating options to families with food demonstrations and fresh fruit and vegetables is just a part of the weekly market. Growing rapidly since its inception the market now averages over 600 people each week. We also provide heart health education and free blood pressure checks.