Fauquier Health Aims to Make Communities Healthier

Fauquier Health’s mission is to Make Communities Healthier. Of course, the staff and physicians with Fauquier Hospital and its ancillary departments – the Wellness Center, Sleep Center, Wound Healing Center – all aim to provide the best care when a patient is not feeling well. But how did the health system work to keep local residents healthy in 2017?

Health screenings and special events

  • The Family Health Fair was held in April, and featured screenings, demonstrations and education.
  • Screenings were also offered at the Warrenton Town Limits Fourth of July celebration.
  • Fauquier Health joined forces with the American Heart Association for a Heart to Heart event in Warrenton. Those who attended learned about heart-healthy habits – including enjoying a glass of red wine now and then, or a bite or two of dark chocolate.
  • Unused Medication and Sharps Collections – Fauquier Health collects unused medications and sharps twice a year.

Charitable efforts

System-wide charity drives benefitted seven different community organizations.

  • The Fauquier Health team raised $16,000 for Fauquier Relay for Life.
  • The Fauquier Community Food Bank received 34,000 servings of food collected by Fauquier Health.
  • Through F.I.S.H., a total of 131 book bags were filled with school supplies and distributed for the start of school. As a result of an effort to provide food for children over the holiday break, 350 children were provided with enough food for the two-week vacation.
  • 13 families and eight children received holiday gifts in December through the Adopt-a-Child program.
  • Through the health system’s Pay Up to Dress Down program, funds were distributed to the Liberty Cancer Fund and Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017.
  • In October, Fauquier Health sponsored three employees to travel to Houston with the group Christ in Action. The trio – Progressive Care Unit tech Carole Pechie, certified occupational therapist assistant Anna Burns, and Intensive Care Unit tech Sarah Holbach – spent about a week working with victims of Hurricane Harvey. The women stayed in a local church and traveled each day to a job site. One day they gutted a house, the next they cleared a yard of downed trees and brush, another day they carted belongs from houses and helped people sort through the rubble – all in 90 to 100 degree Texas heat. Carol Pechie said, “Everyone there had the same spirit. We all worked hard. No one complained. Everyone was cheerful and smiling. We were happy to help.”
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) received $300 from a charity drive held during Hospital Week.

Wellness initiatives

  • Bodies in Motion 5/10K Run.
  • Mary Walter Elementary School Back to School night and classroom education. Dr. Kyle Song and other staffers of Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton taught children about healthy habits.
  • Exercise physiologists from the Fauquier Health Wellness Center held regular yoga  sessions with soccer players from Fauquier High School, improving their strength and flexibility.

A Focus on Healthy Food

  • The Jr. Chef program – Once a month, students from 10 to 18 gather at the Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital to learn about healthy eating and how to cook delicious family meals.
  • The Chef Showdown – This hugely popular event attracted more than 60 residents interested in learning how to cook. Two chefs from the Bistro faced off October 25, to cook mouth-watered meals with simple ingredients – in 30 minutes.

Community Conversations

  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Treatment That Works – A day-long conference sponsored by Fauquier Health, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier, Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services and the Come as You Are Coalition.
  • Being Mortal  –A free film screening and discussion about end-of-life care.)
  • A Conversation in Ethics: Coping Mechanisms for Dealing Successfully with Compassion Fatigue.

Youth Education

Perhaps Fauquier Health’s best-known community program, medical camps for teenagers, were held in June and July, attracting about 100 students with aspirations for a medical career. The hands-on camps provided a practical look into a variety of medical fields. Applications for the 2018 camps are due out in March.

Support Groups

Fauquier Health has just added a new group called Helping Hands, a support group for life limiting illnesses. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital’s Chestnut Room. For more information, those interested may call Roxanne Woodward at 703-957-1867. For details on all other support groups, call Fauquier Health’s Community Link at 540-316-3588.

Classes and lectures

Fauquier Health offers many classes and lectures. Several birthing and childcare classes dot the calendar, in addition to CPR, safe driving classes and Medicare and Medicaid counseling. Several lectures are planned every quarter, covering heart attack or stroke, skin care or diabetes. Call 540-316-3588 for topics and dates, or go to www.fauquierhealth.org.

Looking Ahead to 2018

Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton has a passion for community service, and he has made it a priority for the organization. He said, “There are many members of our communities who are in need. The need is not always financial, but they may benefit from a mentor, support as they go through a disease process, or just help in meeting the basic necessities of life – like food, water, and shelter. I believe that healthcare providers, clinical and non-clinical, have a duty to help improve the lives of others, and be ambassadors for the organization, at work and in the communities we serve. We have a calling to give back to our community (financially and with our time), and to make a difference in the lives of others.”

 

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