WMH and WMC earn an “A” in hospital safety

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Valley Health’s two acute care hospitals, Warren Memorial Hospital and Winchester Medical Center, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group.

This makes them the highest graded facilities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley/Eastern Panhandle region.

Grades reflected in the 2023 review are the first since the pandemic and represent WMC’s 8th straight A rating and fourth for WMH.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients utilizing 30 different safety performance measures.

The grading system is peer reviewed and open to the public for additional transparency.

Grades are updated each fall and spring.

Tonya Smith, president of Winchester Medical Center and senior vice president of acute care for Valley Health said, “I’m extremely proud to work alongside a team of caregivers who prioritize patient safety- every day, on every shift, throughout the hospital.”

A link to the full announcement with Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Grades is available here.

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$4 million grant expands Northern Shenandoah Valley’s recycling infrastructure

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $4 million grant is coming to Winchester and the Northern Shenandoah Valley to expand recycling infrastructure and waste management systems.

The grant is the largest recycling investment in Virginia in 30 years.

Funding will support three primary objectives:

  • Upgrade tire grinding operations leading to marketable, reusable products 
  • Re-establish curbside recycling in towns throughout the region
  • Purchase upgraded recycling receptacles for landfills, convenience sites, and transfer locations to increase recycling capacity and overall operational efficiency.

The project aims to divert 750 tons of tires from landfills and introduce 936 tons of mulched rubber for reuse into the market annually.

Recycling at this magnitude will also result in 11,000 tons diverted from landfills each year and a CO2 emissions reduction of 12.15%.

To learn more about the recycling program in the City of Winchester, click here.

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Spotted Lanternflies return to region

The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources team reported that Spotted Lanternfly nymphs have begun their seasonal hatching from egg masses across the region.

Spotted Lanternflies are a very serious pest that damages grapes, peaches, hops and a variety of other crops.

They also have been reported around the home on ornamentals and other landscape features.

Spotted Lanternflies first emerged in the area in January of 2018 and are now considered established in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

If you find a Spotted Lanternfly, kill it on the spot.

Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren Counties remain under quarantine and businesses within the area must obtain a permit from the VDACS and inspect all articles to make sure they do not contain any life stage of spotted lantern fly that could spread to un-infested areas.

To learn about the Spotted Lanternfly Treatment Program, click here.

To learn more about quarantined counties, click here.

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Military Tribute Banner Program comes to Middletown

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The Town of Middletown announced their participation in the Military Tribute Banner Program.

Community leaders from Middletown and other areas of the Northern Shenandoah Valley came up with the plan as part of the Hometown Veterans Heroes Formation Committee.

The project aims to honor veterans who currently are or have been residents of the area with banners hung throughout the town’s Main Street.

The banners will be sponsored by individuals or businesses and hang from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.

Orders are accepted through March 1st.

For more information on the project or how to purchase, click here

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UW of NSV and UW of FR/WC have merged

An email from the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) and the United Way of Front Royal Warren County (UWFR/WC) announced the two organizations  merger.

The UWNSV will bring their flagship programs in to the communities to better serve the Front Royal Warren County area.

This will also allow UWNSV to expand their Impact Grants programs to include Front Royal Warren County.

The service areas will now include Front Royal, Warren, Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah Counties as well as the City of Winchester.

The UW will continue to have a physical presence in Front Royal Warren County at 134-B Peyton Street.

Lori Howard has been hired as the new Program Manager of the Front Royal Warren County Office.

The UWNSV will now be able to bring all of their infrastructure, financial resources and human support directly to the Front Royal Warren County community with this merger.

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News Maker Elise Stine-Doliner on the UWNSV grant applications

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) is accepting applications for impact grants.

We spoke to the UWNSV’s Senior Director of Advancement Elise Stine-Doliner about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Elise explains the process for deciding who receives the grants and the qualifications.

She also explains the deadlines involved in applying.

Elise also has information on how to become a volunteer to process and help decide who gets a grant.

Click here for Elise’s interview.

For more on the grants and applications click here.

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Shenandoah County gets housing relief

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Shenandoah County residents who need help with living expenses may finally find some relief.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program awarded $50,277 to provide rent, mortgage, and motel assistance to families in need.

The local board awarded the full grant to a nonprofit organization based in Winchester, Faithworks.

The agency provides housing assistance throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley and were the only local group to apply for funding.

Faithworks is accepting applications until October 25, 2021 or until all funds have been allocated.

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UWNSV donates 10% more than last year

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley recommits to the nonprofits of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The organization is pledging over $505,000 to 36 Education, Financial Stability and Health Programs.

The amount is 10% more than they were able to distribute to nonprofits last year.

Some of the beneficiaries include:

Healthy Families of Northern Shenandoah Valley receiving $4,650

Healthy Families of Shenandoah and Page receiving $10,000

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley receiving $3,500

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum receiving $14,267

Winchester Day Preschool receiving $15,000

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity receiving $37,000

Blue Ridge Housing Network, Inc. receiving $10,000

Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. receiving $11,765

Concern Hotline receiving $10,000

Choices of Page County Inc. receiving $8,000.

Among other organizations.

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Access Independence welcomes new director

Monday Winchester’s  Access Independence (Ai) welcomes it’s new Executive Director.

Charles Harbaugh IV takes over for Donald Price who resigned Dec. 31.

Harbaugh was the former Director of NW Works for 7 years.

Ai is a Winchester nonprofit that offers an number of services for independent living for people with disabilities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

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