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Sovah Health, the newly formed regional health delivery system that is comprised of Sovah Health – Danville (formerly Danville Regional Medical Center) and Sovah Health – Martinsville (formerly Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County), today released each campus’ annual Community Benefit Report for 2016. The two hospitals provided an economic impact exceeding $22 million for the region, not including capital improvements, payroll expenditures and uncompensated care.
Together, Sovah Health - Danville and Sovah Health - Martinsville recruited 22 new providers to the area in 2016, including physicians for hospital, emergency and family medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics, and ophthalmology. Combined, both facilities employed more than 2,100 employees with an annual payroll of more than $133 million. The hospitals also invested over half a million dollars for professional development and tuition reimbursement for physicians and staff.
 “At Sovah Health, our goal is to deliver the highest quality healthcare available across our region as we work to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Alan Larson, CEO of Sovah Health - Danville and Market President of Sovah Health. “With the help of dedicated physicians, employees, volunteers and board members – along with our communities’ continued support and encouragement – we are able to continuously improve care and make sure our patients’ experience at – or with – our health system the best it can be.”
Both campuses invested significantly in their facilities through capital improvements in 2016. The Danville campus’ capital improvements exceeded $11 million with updates to the Sovah Cancer Center that included a new electronic health record, upgraded equipment and a new wide-bore CT scanner. Other improvements included the addition of the designated Chest Pain Center and renovations to the behavioral health unit, River District Tower and Chatham Health & Wellness, the latter of which also included the addition of the Sovah Chatham Imaging Center. Meanwhile at the Martinsville campus, investments of more than $7.8 million were made. These included a new state-of-the-art TruBeam Radiotherapy System for its radiation oncology program at the Ravenel Cancer Center; an extensive remodel of the emergency department; and new equipment throughout the facility, including a new surgical table, nurse call system, CT scanner and cooling towers.

“Throughout 2016, our hospitals explored numerous ways to advance our mission and refine our focus on creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Sovah Health - Martinsville. “And I am proud to say that our legacy of caring for our communities is stronger than ever as we come together as Sovah Health.”

In regards to the economic impact, the Danville campus outlines more than $10 million in charity care, more than $1 million in community benefit programs and nearly $1.3 million in state and local taxes. The Martinsville campus lists more than $6 million in charity care, more than $300,000 in community benefit programs and more than $2.5 million in state and local taxes. 
 
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About Sovah Health 

Sovah Health is a regional healthcare delivery system, serving the south central Virginia and north central North Carolina region. It is comprised of two hospital campuses, one in Danville (formerly known as Danville Regional Medical Center) and the other in Martinsville (formerly known as Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County). The Danville campus is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina employing approximately 1300 people and with 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The Martinsville campus has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. Sovah Health -Martinsville has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850 people. 

Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County today announced that they are expanding their collaboration, forming SOVAH Health, a new regional medical center with two campuses – one in Danville and one in Martinsville. Together as SOVAH Health, the hospitals Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will have new opportunities to more proactively and effectively respond to the healthcare needs of the region.

“Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital have collaborated for many years to make communities across Southern Virginia healthier,” said Alan Larson, South Central Virginia Market President for LifePoint Health and CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health. “Becoming SOVAH Health allows us to build upon this partnership in exciting ways, expand our services to meet the changing needs of our communities, adapt in the changing healthcare environment, and create exciting new opportunities for growth for our staff and providers.”

Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital are both part of LifePoint Health. The two hospitals formed a regional healthcare delivery system, the South Central Virginia Market, in 2013. Over the past four years, they have worked together to increase their communities’ access to high quality, comprehensive care close to home through coordination, consolidation and collaboration. The success of this partnership led to the formation of SOVAH Health.

Named for the Southern Virginia region that both hospitals have called home for a combined 177 years, SOVAH Health will serve a 7-county region across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Its Danville and Martinsville campuses will employ more than 2100 staff, have more than 200 physicians on active medical staff and serve more than 100,000 patients of all ages each year. SOVAH Health’s new structure will include a single Board of Directors, Medical Executive Committee and Patient Family Advisory Board with representation from both campuses and communities. SOVAH Health offers a broad array of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, including cardiology, oncology, preventative health and wellness, radiology, rehabilitation, surgical services and women’s and children’s services. The Danville campus features a 250-bed medical center and provides over 30 medical specialties. Martinsville is home to a 223-bed hospital with over 25 medical specialties.

“SOVAH Health will allow Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital to advance our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health – Martinsville. “We’ve been successful hospitals, and we each have proud legacies. Together, we can create something that we could never achieve alone. We look forward to exploring with our staff, physicians and communities how we can transform the delivery of care and the health of people across this region and offer more high quality compassionate care close to home.”

All contact information for Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will remain the same and visitors will see no difference in access to either campus.

About Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing acute care services, preventive and wellness services, surgical services and advanced treatments. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, please visit www.DanvilleRegional.com

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com.

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Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is proud to share that they recently supported HopeXchange Medical Center (Kumasi, Ghana) and the Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation, USA by donating medical supplies to help HopeXchange Medical Center fulfill their mission of promoting human dignity and alleviating suffering in developing countries through education, healthcare and sustainable development.

Supporting this initiative allows DRMC to be a part of bringing medical supplies to those who need it and who otherwise might not receive care. With limited access to health services, this donation supports the Ghana medical community and brings quality healthcare to more people.

"DRMC was honored to be a part of this project as we continue Making Communities Healthier, not just in Danville, but throughout the world" says Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "We touch lives every day and I am so proud of the roles that our employees and medical staff play in making a difference."

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About Danville Regional Medical Center:
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

About HopeXchange Medical Center:
The HopeXchange Medical Center is a modern, innovative facility designed to promote action towards catalyzing the rampant disease and ailments found in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be a regional hub for the delivery of specialized medical training and patient services. The three main elements to the Medical Center are the Clinical and Surgical Units, The Institute for Medical Education and Clinical Training, and the Clinical and Translational Research Program. The Medical Center serves as the primary clinical and research site for The HopeXchange Health Project. The HopeXchange Health Project is a collaborative international effort aimed at increasing healthcare capacity in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of an innovative, replicable, and scalable model. It is directed in a close collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Health and a network of prominent local and international partners. For more information, please visit www.hopexchangemedicalcenter.org.

 

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) announced today that they received full Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) as a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.

“Since becoming accredited in 2012, DRMC has undergone rigorous onsite evaluation by the SCPC and is dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available.” says Alan Larson, Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “As an Accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive the right care at the right time, timely and accurate diagnoses and improved quality of life after a heart episode.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, DRMC has demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms  Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

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About Danville Regional Medical Center: Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com. About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease. For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

 

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is pleased to announce that Aundrea Mills, DRMC Interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) has been promoted to CNO. Mills has provided key leadership in advancing patient safety and quality initiatives for DRMC, including implementing systems and approaches to improve patient experience and outcomes. In her new role, Mills will oversee all nursing operations.

“Enhancing care collaboration among our physicians and staff, especially those closest to the patient, is among my top priorities,” says Mills. "Over the last several months I’ve spent much time listening to our team and working along-side them to support the great work they’re doing in providing safe quality care to our patients. As CNO, I’m looking forward to continuing to provide a foundation that supports our staff, physicians, patients and families – and ultimately one that creates a place where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work.”

"Aundrea's enthusiastic leadership, extensive experience and ability to engage our staff in valuable and meaningful ways has proven a great asset to our hospital ,” says Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I’m confident that under Aundrea’s leadership, we’ll continue to advance care for our patients and fulfill our mission of making communities healthier.”

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About Danville Regional Medical Center Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

 

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Chatham Health & Wellness on Thursday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. The facility includes Chatham Diagnostic Imaging Center (CDIC), Chatham Family Medical Center and Danville Dental Associates and will provide primary care, wellness services and imaging services to meet the healthcare needs of residents in Pittsylvania County and the surrounding region. The program will include remarks by county and town leaders, representatives of DRMC and leaders of Chatham Health & Wellness. Guided tours will be provided.

WHEN: Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. 

WHO: Danville Regional Medical Center, Chatham Diagnostic Imaging Center (CDIC), Chatham Family Medical Center and Danville Dental Associates 

WHERE: Chatham Health & Wellness 19144 US Hwy 29 | Chatham, VA 24531 

CONTACT: LeAnne Roller, Director of Marketing (434) 799-3892 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

MORE INFORMATION: Danville Regional Medical Center: Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina, providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 170 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

 

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is pleased to announce that Leslie Smith-Sturdivant, DRMC Assistant Administrator has been named Chair of the Virginia ACT State Leadership Council. Leslie has served on the Virginia ACT Leadership Council since fall of 2013. Focusing on the needs of Virginia, the organization:

  • supports and promotes education and career planning
  • coordinates and leads professional development opportunities
  • identifies educational issues and service needs
  • identifies barriers to college and workplace readiness
  • communicates research, tools, and other information on college and work


“ACT State Councils provide opportunities for ACT to work with and support a variety of K-12, postsecondary, and workforce initiatives that are important to Virginia,” said Scott Montgomery, Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations at ACT. “Leslie will provide leadership for the Virginia State Council. We look forward to working with Leslie in support of college and career readiness initiatives in Virginia.”

Suzanne Conquest, Director of State Organizations at ACT, added, “Leslie will bring fresh perspective on how we can improve the educational and workforce landscape in Virginia.”

“ACT is about making a difference in all it does,” says Leslie Smith-Sturdivant. “One of the main reasons I joined the Virginia ACT Council was to help further support learning paths for students, especially in the health sciences. I’m looking forward to working with the National ACT and the Virginia ACT Leadership Council to continue helping individuals achieve education and workplace success.”

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About Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

About ACT
ACT is an independent, non-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses and government agencies - nationally and internationally. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose - helping people achieve education and workforce success. 

DRMC has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. DRMC is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. This is the second year in a row DRMC has received this award.

The award recognizes DRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that DRMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award DRMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, DRMC has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, DRMC is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."

DRMC's affiliation with Duke Health for heart care, which is ranked 5th in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report, allows us to continue to raise the level of care received by our patients. In addition, this award adds to a list of certifications and accreditations that DRMC has received including being the region's only designated Chest Pain Center and certified Primary Stroke Center.

"As a hospital and healthcare system committed to heart health excellence, we want to provide the best heart care to the patients we serve", says Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "The collaborative work of our hospital and community partners to achieve this award has distinguished our hospital as a leader in emergency care and heart health. Only an elite group of hospitals around the country hold this recognition. Our patients can feel confident in our ability to provide life-saving heart care."

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry- GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.


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Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives safe, quality care.

At Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC), protecting the health and safety of patients is the top priority for our nursing staff. This year, we are proud to join the American Nurses Association and numerous healthcare organizations across the country to celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6 – May 12). During this special week, we honor our outstanding nurses and the exemplary job they do in creating a safe and comfortable environment for all who come through DRMC’s doors.

The focus of 2016 Nurses Week is building a culture of safety at every potential care point. “At DRMC, we share this commitment and want every person who enters our facility to feel a sense of safety and security, knowing he or she is in the best hands” says Alan Larson, Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We do this by creating environments in which our employees and medical staff are highly engaged and empowered to do their jobs to the best of their ability. We work daily to encourage and nurture safe behaviors to ensure that every patient has a positive experience and optimal outcome.”

Established in 1954, National Nurses Week recognizes nurses and their strong commitment to and fervent compassion for their patients. The annual recognition first honored the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s service and leadership during the Crimean War. The week-long celebration ends on Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.

Nurses are a vital part of our healthcare system. With more than 3.1 million registered nurses practicing nationwide, they comprise the largest segment of the healthcare workforce and represent one of the fastest growing professions in the country. They are providers of hospital, in-office, home-based and long-term care – and often work long hours to care for their patients.

At DRMC, care is our promise, and it is our fundamental responsibility to protect every single person we serve. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our nurses for their unwavering commitment to DRMC and our community, and we hope everyone in Dan River region will join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of these skilled healthcare professionals.

 

About Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives.Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) today announced that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.

“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over five hundred organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer at DRMC.“The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options – even take home options – available. In addition, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screenings.”

While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed. Additionally, in Danville and Pittsylvania County, only 61 percent of those eligible for colorectal cancer screenings are being screened regularly.

Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

About Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

 

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