Community Health: A Conversation about Robot-Assisted Knee/Hip Replacement

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We recorded today’s conversation on location at Warren Memorial Hospital with Mesfin Shibeshi DO, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and Grace Speicher, Program and Operations Manager, Valley Health Orthopaedic Clinics, Southern Region. Click here to have a listen to the conversation.

Dr. Shibeshi shared his knowledge and experience with respect to robot-assisted total knee replacement. Using this technology, Dr. Shibeshi is able to create a 3D model of a patient’s knee before surgery, allowing for precise planning of incisions and implant placement. The robotic surgical technology offers a level of personalization and precision that can limit soft tissue damage, preserve bone and reduce post-surgical pain for some patients.

Dr. Shibeshi is using this technology to aid in same-day total knee reconstruction procedures at Warren Memorial Hospital, the first Valley Health hospital to earn the Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission.

Grace explained why certification is important. Certification keeps everyone focused on providing high quality patient care by providing:

  • Patient Education– patients are prepared for their total joint journey.  This is accomplished by distributing a total joint book to each patient, along with teaching what to expect prior, during, and after surgery.  This is a collaborative effort with the surgeon, nursing, therapy and case management involvement.
  • Early Ambulation and Pain Control– Studies have shown the sooner a patient ambulates the better their recovery. In order to accomplish this, pain must be controlled.  In an effort to keep narcotic use at a minimum, they have what is called a multimodal approach which includes a block placed by the anesthesia team during the surgical process, along with a periarticular injection placed by the surgeon.  This approach allows for a longer pain control with less need for oral pain pills.  This is easier on the patient’s stomach, as well as less of a threat for narcotic dependence.

Practice Office in Front Royal:

Valley Health’s Orthopedics practice in Front Royal is located in the multispecialty clinic on the campus of Warren Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shibeshi sees patients in clinic there, and performs procedures in the OR at Warren Memorial Hospital. Info about the clinic can be found here: Orthopedic Care in Front Royal | Valley Health (

More information about the robotics and certifications can be found here:

Two Valley Health Hospitals Add Robotic Technology for Knee Replacement

Warren Memorial Hospital Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program

News Maker Christa Shifflett on the Larry M. Funk award

Applications for the very first Larry M. Funk memorial award are being accepted through June 3.

Nominations are open for those who provide outstanding service to children in the community.

The award will be presented at the Warren Coalition’s annual luncheon on July 28.

We spoke to Warren Coalition’s Executive Director Christa Shifflett in our latest news maker.

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Christa tells us about the service that Larry Funk provided to the children of the community.

She also tells us the requirements for the award and how to nominate someone.

Christa also tells us when and what the recipient receives.

Click here for Christa’s interview.

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Sen. Warner and Kaine address the infant formula shortage

An email from Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine addresses the infant formula shortage in Virginia and across the country.

The two Senators and 28 other lawmakers are calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents the formula they need.

The lawmakers sent a letter to the President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America asking that the problem be addressed immediately.

According to Warner the shortage is being blamed on the recent recall following contaminated formula from major manufacturer Abbott Nutrition.

That and the supply chain issues are being blamed for the shortage.

Warner also sees adding to the 7 National Food and Drug Administration inspectors as a partial solution.

He also is asking producers to increase their production of formula.

Virginia is looking into possibly importing formula from other sources as well.

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Frederick County is awarded funding for road projects

Frederick County’s website confirms funding has been awarded for several road improvement projects.

The projects are projected to be done over the next six years and will help relieve congestion issues in several areas.

The funding has been allocated and awarded for the Redbud Road Realignment project to begin in 2023.

Funding will also support the 317 81 north ramp relocation and turn lane improvements with construction expected in 2025.

Projected construction in 2025 also includes the Route 11 North Old Charlestown Pike Road Roundabout installation.

The projects that have been approved can be viewed here.

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SU holds commencement and honors President Zelenskyy

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A Shenandoah University (SU) press release show’s the plan for the commencement ceremony along with plans to honor Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy.

SU will see 1,337 students graduate this Saturday May 21 at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center beginning at 10 a.m..

The ceremony will be streamed on SU’s Facebook page as well.

Attendees of the ceremony will not be required to wear masks or show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.

However the school is asking attendees to take responsibility for their own health.

If you are experiencing signs or showing symptoms of COVID-19 you are asked to not attend.

During the ceremony SU will award Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

SU is one of 20 American Colleges and Universities offering President Zelenskyy an honorary degree to honor he and the Ukrainian people.

The degree is to honor President Zelenskyy’s ability to motivate the collective courage of his citizens and the broader world the defense of freedom and democracy.

SU went on to add a number of Zelenskyy facts in their announcement including:

Zelenskyy was sworn in as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20, 2019. A former actor, comedian, and award-winning television and film producer.

Zelenskyy stepped onto the political stage as an anti-corruption figure at the beginning of 2019, and was elected president in a landslide victory in April of that year.

Since that time, Zelenskyy has guided Ukraine through the dissolution of Ukraine’s Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada), the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic recession.

Now the President and his people struggle in the ongoing, full-scale Russian invasion that began in February 2022.

Zelenskyy became the face of Ukrainian resistance during the Russian invasion.

His leadership during the conflict has garnered international acclaim.

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Winchester addresses a former COR employee complaint

An email from the City of Winchester Common Council addressed a complaint of a former Commissioner of Revenue’s (COR) employee.

The Winchester City Council has been made aware of the complaint.

An unidentified  former employee has filed a complaint against the COR’s Office.

The complaint alleges a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Winchester City Council announced that they take such accusations seriously and are investigating.

Representatives of the City have met with the COR to discuss the allegations.

Both parties involved in the investigation desire that every employee of the City and COR is fully paid for the hours they work.

The email went on to note that the COR is an independent  elected office.

The COR is a separate entity from the City of Winchester.

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News Maker Shannon Roman on a free concert

Front Royal Warren County Habitat for Humanity will host a day long concert show June 4.

The free concert is to bring awareness to Habitat for Humanity and the services they offer.

The activities begin at 11 a.m. at the Front Royal Gazebo.

We spoke with the Chairperson for Habitat for Human’s Faith Relations Community Pastor Shannon Roman in our latest news maker.

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Shannon tells us about who is preforming at the show.

She also tells us that there is plenty of room for vendors to get involved and have some exposure in downtown Front Royal.

Shannon also tells us that there will be applications available at the event for anyone who might need assistance from Habitat for Humanity.

Click here for Shannon’s interview.

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Front Royal seeks public input on the comprehensive plan

The town of Front Royal announced on it’s website that two public input meetings will be held to update the comprehensive plan Fri. May 20 and Sat. May 21.

The comprehensive plan controls development as well as the vision of the town.

The current plan is 25 years old and citizen input is needed to update the plan to manage development and create a sustainable community.

Fri. May 20’s meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Warren County Public Safety Building on Skyline Vista Drive.

Sat. May 21’s meeting will take place at the Town Hall first floor lobby on Main St. Front Royal.

More information on the comprehensive plan and meetings is available here.

Any additional questions should be directed to the Town’s Planning Director Lauren Kopishke.

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The UWNSV offers a new community directory

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) announced the availability of the new 2022 community resource directory.

A news release from UWNSV announced the new directory will feature over 150 local non profits and agencies who provide a number of services and programs.

The directory will feature services available for community residents in Frederick, Clarke, Page, Warren and Shenandoah Counties.

The new directory includes food pantries and soup kitchens among other services this year.

Thanks to Navy Federal Credit Union a free downloadable version of the new directory is available at

A printed copy of the directory will be available after June 11 by contacting the UWNSV at (540) 536-1610.

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