VSP investigates fatal crash in Page County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Page County that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

A 2005 Ford F-150 attempted to turn on to US Highway 340 when it collided with a 2014 Mack Truck.

James Mann, 75, of Rileyville, was the driver of the Ford and died from his injuries after being transported to Page Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Mack truck, an unidentified 54 year old male from Shenandoah County, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Community Health: A Conversation About Advance Medical Directives

advance medical directives

Today’s conversation on The Valley Today is part of an ongoing community health partnership with Valley Health where host, Janet Michael talks each month to physicians, administrators, nurses, etc. from Valley Health about a wide range of topics regarding healthcare. The guest today was Dr. James VanKirk, Director of Palliative Care for Valley Health, based at Winchester Medical Center about advance medical directives. You can click here to listen to the conversation.

Dr. VanKirk explained what palliative care is: a specialized, interdisciplinary approach to improving comfort and quality of life at any stage of serious illness by addressing symptoms, communications, and next steps. The two talked about National Healthcare Decision Day that happens on April 16 each year. He told us that it’s actually observed for the entire week but advance medical directives can be done at any time of year.

Dr. VanKirk talked about the different types of advance medical directives, how to start the conversation with loved ones, how to decide who you’d like to be “your person” and the steps you should take to ensure your wishes are on file somewhere like your local hospital. An advance directive is a form you can complete so that you can be in charge of your health care if you become unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself because of injury or illness. “It always seems too early until it’s too late.”

An Advance Directive includes two important parts:

  • Choosing someone to be your voice when you cannot speak for yourself. This person is commonly called a health care agent, or may also be known as a Health Care Proxy, Substitute Decision-Maker, or Medical Power of Attorney.
  • Communicating the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. This is called your Living Will.

For more information, visit their website: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/patients-visitors/for-patients/advance-care-planning/

To hear more conversations in this series, visit the podcast page: https://theriver953.com/communityhealth/

Community Health: Advance Medical Directives

advance medical directives

We were on the screen today for a conversation with Dr. James VanKirk, Director of Palliative Care for Valley Health, based at Winchester Medical Center about advance medical directives. This is part of an ongoing community health partnership with Valley Health where I talk every month to physicians, administrators, nurses, etc. from Valley Health about a wide range of topics regarding healthcare. Have a listen to the show by clicking here.

Dr. VanKirk explained what palliative care is: a specialized, interdisciplinary approach to improving comfort and quality of life at any stage of serious illness by addressing symptoms, communications, and next steps. We talked about National Healthcare Decision Day that happens on April 16 each year. He told us that it’s actually observed for the entire week but advance medical directives can be done at any time of year.

Dr. VanKirk talked about the different types of advance medical directives, how to start the conversation with loved ones, how to decide who you’d like to be “your person” and the steps you should take to ensure your wishes are on file somewhere like your local hospital. An advance directive is a form you can complete so that you can be in charge of your health care if you become unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself because of injury or illness. “It always seems too early until it’s too late.”

An Advance Directive includes two important parts:

  • Choosing someone to be your voice when you cannot speak for yourself. This person is commonly called a health care agent, or may also be known as a Health Care Proxy, Substitute Decision-Maker, or Medical Power of Attorney.
  • Communicating the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. This is called your Living Will.

For more information, visit their website: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/patients-visitors/for-patients/advance-care-planning/

To hear more conversations in this series, visit the podcast page: https://theriver953.com/communityhealth/

Valley Health offers Direct Access to Physical Therapy

direct access to physical therapy

Today’s conversation on The Valley Today is part of our community health partnership with Valley Health. Every month, we chat with physicians, nurses, administrators, and others within the Valley Health system to talk about topics involving the health & wellness of our community. Click here to have a listen.

Today, we talked with Mary Presley, Director of Rehab Services at Warren Memorial Hospital. Mary has been a frequent guest on the show. Joining Mary, was Marsha Cooper, a physical therapist based at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

The pair explained a fairly new program offered at all the Valley Health facilities: Direct Access to physical therapy services. This program bypasses the usual primary care/urgent care visit and allows patients to go directly to one of their physical therapists for sprained ankles, aching backs, vertigo, the list goes on as Marsha explained.

Valley Health direct-access physical therapists have a doctorate degree in physical therapy and significant training in evaluation and diagnosis. These experts use various techniques depending on the patient’s individual needs. They also use an evidence-based tool called FOTO (Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes), which generates real-time data to measure how well the treatment is working. Physical therapists specialize in areas such as orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, wound care, pelvic health, and balance disturbances; they can also help with neurologic issues and frequently work with individuals recovering from stroke.

Mary explained how direct access is often less expensive for patients – along with being more convenient because it reduces the cost of other copays and prior doctor visits before landing at physical therapy. The clinic will contact a patient’s insurance company to obtain authorization, just like when a patient visits their doctor, and verify the copayment determined by the patient’s health plan. Medicare/Medicaid options are also available.

Direct Access is available at all of Valley Health’s outpatient PT clinics. To learn more, visit their website: valleyhealthlink.com/physicaltherapy and read the article about it here.

Community Health: Direct Access to Physical Therapy

Our conversation today was part of our community health partnership with Valley Health. Every month, we chat with physicians, nurses, administrators, and others within the Valley Health system to talk about topics involving the health & wellness of our community.

Today, we talked with Mary Presley, Director of Rehab Services at Warren Memorial Hospital. Mary has been a frequent guest on the show. Joining Mary, was Marsha Cooper, a physical therapist based at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

The pair explained a fairly new program offered at all the Valley Health facilities: Direct Access for physical therapy services. This program bypasses the usual primary care/urgent care visit and allows patients to go directly to one of their physical therapists for sprained ankles, aching backs, vertigo, the list goes on as Marsha explained. 

Valley Health direct-access physical therapists have a doctorate degree in physical therapy and significant training in evaluation and diagnosis. These experts use various techniques depending on the patient’s individual needs. They also use an evidence-based tool called FOTO (Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes), which generates real-time data to measure how well the treatment is working. Physical therapists specialize in areas such as orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, wound care, pelvic health, and balance disturbances; they can also help with neurologic issues and frequently work with individuals recovering from stroke.

Mary explained how direct access is often less expensive for patients – along with being more convenient because it reduces the cost of other copays and prior doctor visits before landing at physical therapy. The clinic will contact a patient’s insurance company to obtain authorization, just like when a patient visits their doctor, and verify the copayment determined by the patient’s health plan. Medicare/Medicaid options are also available.

Direct Access is available at all of Valley Health’s outpatient PT clinics. To learn more, visit their website: valleyhealthlink.com/physicaltherapy and read the article about it here.

Community Health: Heart Valves

Community Health: Heart Valves

February is American Heart Month so we pulled up the mics to chat with Dr. Ernesto Jimenez as part of our community health partnership with Valley Health. Dr. Jimenez is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive valve surgery, mitral valve repair and coronary artery revascularization with arterial conduits. He’s part of Valley Health Cardiothoracic Surgeons and the advanced valve program team at Winchester Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Center.

Our conversation centered around healthy valves and what happens when they start to break down. Dr. Jimenez explained how valves work, what happens to them over time and talked about symptoms we might experience when they begin to fail.

He walked us through a few treatment options and talked about the advancements in minimally invasive surgery for valve repair/replacement since the 1950’s.

For more information about Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center, visit their website HERE.

Making Healthy Choices With or Without Surgery

Today’s conversation with Georgeann Freimuth, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Valley Health’s Metabolic and Bariatric Program was pretty insightful. She gave us some great tips about making healthier eating choices and busted a few myths about how often you should be eating each day to lose weight. Click here to have a listen.

Valley Health’s Metabolic & Bariatric Program offers surgical and non-surgical options. She explained the non-surgical options that include a comprehensive plan with a team approach. We talked about their medication assisted & Optifast programs. She also gave us a rundown of the surgical options available.

We discussed the importance of changing your mindset and your lifestyle for long term success.

To get more details about their various weight loss programs, click here to visit their website.

Community Health: Understanding Omicron

As part of our ongoing Community Health series in partnership with Valley Health, today’s conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Feit centered around the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

He explained why this variant is particularly tricky and talked about what is known vs what is not known about it’s spread, virility and the impact vaccines will have in fighting it.

Community Health: A Priority for Valley Health

Our conversation today with Dr. Jeffrey Feit, Valley Health Population & Community Health Officer and Tracy Mitchell, Director, Valley Health Wellness Services centered around how/why Valley Health prioritizes and implements various community health objectives.

Dr. Feit explained the Community Health Needs Assessment that Valley Health conducts every three years. You can take the survey here: valleyhealthlink.com/survey

Tracy told us about the various partnerships with local nonprofits, school systems and area agencies to develop community gardens and distribute the goods to those in need in our community. She also told us about health educators and the role they play in keeping our communities healthy.

During our conversation, Dr. Feit mentioned the Community Benefit Report- which I found fascinating. You can get more details about it here: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/about-us/our-community-commitment/community-benefit/

Community Health: Breast Cancer & Mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we chatted for our Community Health episode (in partnership with Valley Health) with Dr. Anita Minghini, breast surgeon & Medical Director, Valley Health Breast Center at Winchester Medical Center.

We talked about the medical and technological advancements in the detection & treatment of breast cancer. We talked about all the options that are now available for specialized care and the importance of early detection through mammograms.

The Valley Health Breast Center includes a surgical practice dedicated exclusively to treating patients with breast disease. Located in the Valley Health Cancer Center, the Breast Center is also conveniently located 100 steps away from the Winchester Medical Center Diagnostic Center.

The Breast Center offers a comprehensive clinic for women who wish to learn more about their individual lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. After consultation with a breast surgeon, patients are advised about the potential need for genetic counseling and testing, the role of advanced breast imaging, and strategies to reduce risk.

For more information about the things we discussed today:

Mammograms: Myth vs. Fact

https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/blog/2021/october/mammograms-myth-vs-fact/

Screening Mammogram Guidance for Patients Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/our-services/imaging/womens-imaging-services/mammogram/guidance-for-patients-receiving-covid-19-vaccine/