Today, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center officially unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Sentara Wound Healing Center during a ribbon cutting attended by current and past Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Board members, the Potomac Health Foundation Board, administration, physicians, community members and members of the team.
The Sentara Wound Healing Center has a history of offering its patients a comprehensive, specialized team approach in dealing with non-healing and difficult to heal wounds. This recent renovation permits easier access for patients and staff with larger doorways and halls. The expansion also includes more storage space and room for the introduction of an advanced treatment option: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
The addition of Sentara Wound Healing Center’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers will allow new opportunities for patients with slow healing, hard to treat wounds.
“Being able to treat patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a huge advancement for our organization,” explains Dr. Carol Shapiro, Medical Director of Sentara Wound Healing Center, “This is an exciting technology and even in our short experience, we are already seeing results.”
In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, patients receive daily treatments of 100% oxygen delivered under pressure. The purpose of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is to promote healing in wounds which are stalling like, areas treated with radiation or because of a systemic disease, like diabetes. By breathing this 100% oxygen, wounds heal quicker, opening diseased or injured blood vessels.
For patients like Larry Boomer, an amputee and diabetic who has been fighting slow healing wounds for years, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has given him a new lease on life.
“In the short time I’ve been doing this treatment, my wounds have healed up so amazingly. I had surgery on my foot and had a wound which was open for six months. Now, within 34 days, the wound is just about completely closed. I’m just amazed!” says Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy patient, Larry Boomer.
“This advanced technology is an incredible addition to the community and the Sentara Wound Healing Center. It wouldn’t be possible without months of hard work by our dedicated team,” says Kathie Johnson, President, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
The state-of-the-art Sentara Wound Healing Center brings together a diverse team of doctors and specialists who work with a patient’s own physicians to develop a customized treatment plan and provide expert care for hard to treat wounds.
“The addition of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy aligns with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s mission and vision: to Improve Health Every Day and be the provider of choice for our community. The Sentara Wound Healing Center does this by elevating patient care and providing these important treatment options right in our patients’ own backyards,” says Johnson.
If you or a loved one has a wound that just won’t heal, don’t hesitate. Contact the experienced doctors, nurses and staff at the Sentara Wound Healing Center: 703-523-0660.
Aging comes with many inevitable changes in the body. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and gaining weight becomes almost imminent, especially if we are not accustomed to exercising regularly.
As we get older, our bodies are also more prone to illness. Many seniors experience loss of strength in the bones, which can put them at risk of injury. With lack of exercise, seniors may lose the energy to perform simple daily tasks, such as walking up and down stairs, carrying groceries, or even walking for extended periods of time. Fortunately, these things can be avoided by taking classes that make exercising comfortable and easy on the body.
Yoga is a perfect example of a class that exercises the body without the stress of heavy lifting. Yoga is a type of exercise routine that uses a variety of stretching poses focusing on flexibility and core strength, both of which are key factors for seniors to have comfortable mobility. It’s also a perfect way to increase balance and reduce joint pain. Aside from giving the body a workout, yoga is also used to stay relaxed.
If you enjoy aquatics and being in the water, there are also classes that take place in the pool. Classes like Aqua Zumba and Aquasize help give you a great low-impact, full-body workout. Water classes are different in the sense that the water itself adds resistance. It is as if you are lifting weights, without the strain-free weights put on your body.
Of course, some seniors may not feel comfortable in a group exercise setting. If so, a great way to remain healthy is simply by walking, and doing it often. Walking is likely the easiest way for seniors to stay active, as it has great heart benefits.
A good way to keep track of your health is to set gradually increasing goals as the weeks go by, so you can see how much you improve as you walk for longer distances and times. Joining a Walking Club may even help you meet new friends as you achieve your fitness goals. Walking in trails surrounded by nature is particularly beneficial.
According to a study by Holli-Anne Passmore and Dr. Andrew J. Howell, spending time in nature helps to relieve stress, and puts your brain in a state of calmness that helps it refresh after a busy day. A good pair of comfortable shoes and water are all you need!
The Manassas Park Community Center offers many classes that focus on senior health at an affordable price. All of the group exercise classes mentioned above are offered at no additional cost to members. They are also available to non-members for a $4 drop-in rate. It is never a bad time to start! We hope we can be a vital part of your fitness journey!
The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.
Join us to meet the local top docs! Find your Passion as a Doctor!
(Shadow for a Day Series)
9071 Center St., Manassas
Tues., June 26th, 5:30pm to 6:30 pm
Hosted by Theresa Ellis, Tackle Management PR Marketing
Students: Hear about job-shadowing opportunities.
Community members; Learn about healthcare updates.
Our top Novant Health UVA Health System physicians include:
- Mike Perez, MD Family Medicine
- Mark Bartolozzi, MD General Surgery
- Joanne Gutliph, MD Gynecology
- Ahsan Jafir, MD Cardiology
Free with snacks and refreshments.
American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care
Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018.
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sentara Heart and Vascular Center 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 Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry 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, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; 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, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.
“The Cardiac Catheterization lab achievements in the ACTION Registry is an attestation of all hard work poured into the endeavors of the EMS, Emergency Department and Cardiovascular service line. The efforts of all of our health care team cannot be overstated in providing state-of-the-art, lifesaving procedures to the most common and lethal disease of our century. We praise and support all the staff who devoted their time and hearts to raise the level of care in our beloved community,” said Dr. Khalid Abousy, Medical Director of the Interventional Cardiology at Sentara Heart and Vascular Center in Woodbridge, Virginia.
ACTION Registry 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.
GAINESVILLE – Tomorrow’s leaders are hard at work exploring, discovering and having serious fun in Gainesville as they prepare for future success. Classes are now underway at Everbrook Academy of Gainesville, where children are among the first in the country to hone their critical thinking and collaborative skills at this unique early education experience.
Everbrook Academy is a new 21st century preschool designed to nurture young learners’ abilities as natural-born scientists and engineers while preparing them to navigate a changing world.
Emphasizing hands-on learning in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – Everbrook Academy connects academic skills to practical application, bringing concepts to life in ways that are meaningful for children. The newest offering in early education leader Learning Care Group’s family of schools, Everbrook Academy builds on the company’s half-century of experience in inspiring children to love learning.
Ready for School, Ready for Life
Everbrook Academy brings the world into every classroom, encouraging children to think about what they’re learning and explore concepts in a fun and holistic way. It nurtures children’s critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration – four essential elements that will be integral in shaping their future.
“Our leading-edge new program at Everbrook Academy will prepare our next-generation leaders and innovators academically, physically and socially for future success, while introducing them to an ever changing, technology driven world,” said Barbara Beck, CEO, Learning Care Group.
The program at Everbrook Academy combines passionate, credentialed teachers, a research-driven curriculum and personalized learning experiences. Each classroom provides a stimulating environment with STEAM-inspired technology, tools and toys. Supported by Learning Care Group’s exclusive School Readiness Pathway, the proprietary curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of children based on age and individual pace of development, starting in infancy.
At the heart of Everbrook Academy is the Brook, a community activity room that provides an inviting gathering spot for children of all ages. It features cozy reading nooks with books, an interactive virtual playground with fun and educational collaborative games, a performance stage, and STEAM zones. Here, children can construct robots, design and build structures, try their hand at composing music, solve puzzles, learn about codes, and more.
“At Everbrook Academy, we’re uniquely and intentionally planning individualized learning experiences for real children, in real time, readying them for a society that is increasingly dependent on STEAM skills,” said Dr. Susan Canizares, Chief Academic Officer, Learning Care Group. “Parents will have a personalized, custom experience for their children at Everbrook which they are unlikely to find anywhere else.”
Everbrook Academy in Gainesville is located at 7550 Nolan Road and is now enrolling students. Other locations will be available to families in select markets nationwide – including schools in Arlington and Bristow, Va. Program offerings include classes for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, with before- and after-school clubs for school-age students.
Michele Thomas has a standing appointment two days a week. But, it isn’t to get her hair or nails done or improve her backswing — it’s to get the vital infusions to keep her healthy.
While some would dread their appointments, Michele looks forward to visiting the Infusion Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
“Some of these ladies have been with me since day one! I don’t remember a time when they weren’t there. It’s like a home to me. I’ve spent my whole diagnosis here,” said Michele, with tears in her eyes.
These nurses and staff have been a part of Michele’s life for more than a decade. Nurses like Karen Setzer.
“Many times we see our patients over and over, and we can’t help but get attached to them in one way or another. Every patient is unique, and yet when they arrive for the first time, you can tell how vulnerable they feel. As a team, we do our best to allay their fears to help make their stay as comfortable as possible.”
Michele was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease in 2007. Her mother lived with the same condition until her death in 2006.
“Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population. However, only 1% of affected individuals have medically significant bleeding problems,” explains Michele’s doctor, Hematologist, and Oncologist Geoffrey Moorer, MD. “Patients with von Willebrand’s disease have a deficiency or abnormality of von Willebrand’s factor, which is one of the many proteins our bodies make to regulate bleeding and blood clotting.”
Michele says while her grandmother was never officially diagnosed, she was always classified as a “bleeder.” Her mother was identified as having the condition when she was in her late 50’s, that’s why when Michele was diagnosed in her 40’s, she wasn’t necessarily surprised.
“At first I thought it was just the effects of coming off my blood pressure medicine,” remembers Michele. “Two days later, I still couldn’t get myself together. I had no energy. I was short of breath. Thinking the blood pressure medicine still wasn’t out of my system, I went to the Emergency Room. They took a tube of blood and came back saying I needed a blood transfusion.”
That would be the first of more than 2,500 bags of blood Michele has received, to date. After the initial shock of learning her diagnosis, Michele composed herself.
“I had a moment where I had a pity party for myself, but then I got it together, I had taken care of my mom after her diagnosis, so I knew what I had to do.”
The nurses and staff, along with Dr. Moorer, have helped guide her through the process.
“There are several types of von Willebrand’s disease and the spectrum of bleeding problems varies greatly among patients. So there is no ‘normal’ course of treatment. Patients with the most severe bleeding problems often require treatment with ‘replacement factors’ which are proteins that regulate blood clotting in the body. While patients with less severe forms of the disease may require no regular treatment at all or intermittent medications that cause their body to make more of their own blood clotting factors,” explains Dr. Moorer.
Michele is a patient that requires bi-weekly visits to Sentara’s Outpatient Infusion Center.
“I just couldn’t imagine going through this at any other place,” says Michele, “These people are like family to me!”
The Outpatient Infusion Center is just part of the expanding cancer resources at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. A recent move within the hospital has reconfigured services so they’re all grouped together on the first floor, allowing easier access for patients and family members.
“The Infusion Center allows patients to receive ongoing skilled treatment while continuing with their daily activities and often allow them to continue working if need be,” says Setzer, an RN, and Oncology Certified Nurse. “We offer a multitude of services that include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, biologics, vaccines injections, iron infusions, as well as many other treatments. Our team comes from all different backgrounds, and yet, we all have the same purpose: to improve the health of every patient we treat. We are a team of respect, closeness and are always each other’s wingmen.”
It’s this attention and commitment to exemplary patient care that keeps Michele coming back to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, even though she now lives in Fairfax.
“I would absolutely recommend the Infusion Center to people, my loyalty and faith belong to Sentara. It’s not just the care you get, but it’s the people also. I love all the ladies. I just couldn’t even imagine going through this at any other place.”
To learn about the Sentara Cancer Network and Outpatient Infusion Services at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, call 703-523-0640 or visit Sentara.com to find the services that are right for you.
From a police report:
?Destruction of School Property – On the morning of May 29, a School Resource Officer (SRO) was notified concerning some vandalism to the stadium complex at Battlefield High School located at 15000 Graduation Dr in Haymarket (20169).The investigation revealed that sometime between the evening of May 28 and the morning of May 29, obscene images and profanity were spray-painted onto the field and track as well as the visitors’ bleachers. An animal carcass, which appeared to be “roadkill”, was also dismembered and scattered throughout the premises.On June 4, the SRO received an anonymous tip concerning the identities of the suspects involved. Upon further investigation, the SRO with the assistance of detectives with the Property Crimes Bureau identified all of the suspects involved as Battlefield High School students. Following the investigation, the SRO obtained arrest warrants for all four students who eventually turned themselves in to police later that evening without incident.Arrested on June 4:
Jordan Ryan PUMPHREY, 18, of 6868 Jockey Club Ln in Haymarket
Ramon Eduardo ROMERO SERPAS, 18, of 3467 Castle Hill Dr in Woodbridge
Bryant Keith SCHAIBLE, 18, of 15000 Largo Vista Dr in Haymarket
All three were charged with destruction of property and conspiracy to commit a felony
Jared Nicholas YUSKO, 19, of 14303 Broughton Pl in Gainesville
Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony
Court Date: August 21, 2018 | Bond: All were held on $2,000 secured bonds
With music programs slowly losing funding in many schools across the nation, it is important to remember some of the benefits that come with learning about it and how to create it. For kids of any age, learning music can have positive effects on critical life aspects such as making friends, performing well in school, and as a stress reliever.
If your child shows interest in playing music, chances are they would be happy to be enrolled in a music program if their school does not offer one. Being in a program that is enjoyable could make it easier for your child to find other children in the class that enjoys music as much as yours. While your child is learning a new skill, they will also be making positive connections with other children who share the same interest. Knowing that your child is making new friends is something every parent loves.
For many, music is often used as a tool to relieve stress after a long day at work. You may find yourself more relaxed after listening to some of your favorite music either at work or at home. The same could be said about children if they learn to use it the same way. Children that come home from a stressful day at school may find some comfort in picking up an instrument and practicing some tunes. The key is to give them access to music.
A study published by Cristopher Johnson, professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, shows that children who have access to high-quality music programs score around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests. This may be due to the need for focus, discipline, and patience that is necessary to learn music. If a child is able to develop these skills, the positive long-term effects that it could have in their education can be very beneficial.
At the Manassas Park Community Center, we have developed a set of introductory music programs to help understand its history and how to create it. Our Music Theory and Music Appreciation courses will help students become familiar with the basic building blocks of how music is created as they explore different genres throughout history. All Access members have full access to these courses at no additional cost, as well as one-on-one instrument lessons with our instructor. Now that the school year is ending, it is a perfect opportunity to help your child, or even yourself, learn the beautiful art of music!
The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.
From a press release:
Brandishing Investigation *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On May 13, detectives with the Special Investigations Bureau identified the suspect involved in a brandishing that occurred on May 12 in the 13900 block of Promenade Commons St in Gainesville. Following the investigation, detectives obtained multiple arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Stephan Jackson HURST. Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.
Wanted: [Photo from April of 2018]
Stephan Jackson HURST, 32, of the 2700 block of Merrilee Dr in Fairfax
Described as a white male, 6’00”, 215lbs, with red hair and green eyes
Wanted for brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, disorderly conduct, destruction of property, and reckless driving
Depression, a serious mental health condition that can strike at any age, is a medical condition that interferes with daily life and normal functioning. Unfortunately, many people assume depression is just part of aging. This is not true.
According to the National Institute on Aging, “Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is NOT a normal part of aging. In fact, studies show that most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems. However, important life changes that happen as we get older may cause feelings of uneasiness, stress, and sadness.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, “Some estimates of major depression in older people living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to 11.5% in older hospital patients.”
So what can you do to help the senior in your care live an emotionally healthy life? Start by providing the three Cs of caregiving.
Caring – Though it might sound obvious, caregiving requires you sincerely care about the well-being of the person who has been entrusted to you. Caregiving isn’t a business transaction. It’s an experience shared between humans – the caregiver and the care recipient. Attitude and personality are paramount. People are affected by the people around them, and there is no limit to the power of positivity. When you care enough to offer a positive experience, you let the senior in your life know they have value. This all contributes to increased self-esteem, which helps keep depression at bay. Senior issues writer Anne-Marie Botek says, “Confidence that is supported by high self-esteem has long been touted as a vital component of living a happy life and having fulfilling interpersonal relationships. But a positive sense of self-worth may also stave off some of the negative effects of aging, according to two new studies.”
Comfort – If you’ve ever been uncomfortable physically or emotionally for longer than a few minutes, you know how it can affect everything, including your mood. A successful caregiver will be intuitive enough to understand when the senior in their care is uncomfortable and will know what to do about it. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. For example, Michelle Santos, who helped care for her 104-year-old, bedridden grandmother, said doing basic things like brushing her grandmother’s hair and doing her nails while talking softly about how beautiful she was made her grandmother smile. “My mom said she hadn’t smiled in a long time,” Santos said. “Even at that late age, simple acts of providing comfort made a difference.”
Confidence – Once seniors are cared for and comfortable, with your encouragement, they tend to become more confident in their ability to experience life in a positive way and maintain some sense of independence. Confidence is a powerful weapon again depression. It is tied to self-esteem. Confident seniors are more willing to step outside their comfort zone and try new things, even simple activities like going for a walk after a period of immobility. According to SeniorCaring, “…lack of balance confidence is an issue that can keep seniors from regaining mobility and independence. By helping your loved one build their confidence, you may help them regain mobility and independence,” especially if there has been a fall.
It is important to remember that depression is a serious illness. If the senior in your care exhibit symptoms of depression, or if you have any uncertainties about their mental health, consult a medical professional immediately.
This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, serving Prince William and Fauquier counties.
The new treatment, Aquablation therapy, uses a robot-controlled waterjet to remove the enlarged prostate tissue
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center announced today there is new hope for men who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) as a result of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate.
The new treatment, called Aquablation® therapy, is performed by the AQUABEAM System which uses a robot-controlled waterjet to remove the enlarged prostate tissue. It is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive treatment for BPH that combines real-time, multi-dimensional imaging with surgical robotics and a heat-free waterjet for targeted, precise and safe removal of prostate tissue, with a reduced risk of sexual side effects.
Urologist John B. Klein, M.D. is one of the first doctors on the East Coast to offer this new treatment. Until recently, with current BPH treatment options, men have had to choose between significant symptom relief with a high risk of sexual side effects or a lower risk of sexual complications with less symptomatic benefit.
For this reason, many men have avoided treatment altogether. Aquablation therapy eliminates the need for men to make the choice between symptom relief and risk. Aquablation therapy with the AQUABEAM System is designed to break the tradeoff in BPH treatment between efficacy and negative side effects, offering significant symptom improvement with a low risk of sexual complications.
“With enlarged prostate or BPH, the symptoms cause fairly abrupt decrease in quality of life, people can’t go to a movie without getting up twice to urinate, they can’t sleep through the night – that’s a big thing. It’s one thing if you get up once and fall back asleep; it’s another if you get up three times and you can’t get back to sleep afterward or your wife can’t get back to sleep afterward. It’s a real stressful thing,” said Dr. Klein of Potomac Urology. “We believe this therapy may fundamentally transform the way we treat men with BPH.”
BPH is a highly prevalent condition affecting approximately 50 percent of men age 60 or older and 90 percent of men age 85 or older. In the United States, there are over 12 million men being actively managed for their condition, of which two million have failed medical management and are looking for alternative treatment options. Those suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate can find out more about Aquablation therapy by contacting Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center at 1-800-Sentara or visit Sentara.com.
From Prince William police:
Fatal Crash Investigation – On May 26, 2018 at 4:57PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 16900 block of Stormy Dr in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a crash involving an ATV. The investigation revealed that the victim was riding a 2013 Kawasaki 750 CC eastbound on Stormy Dr when he lost control causing the ATV to overturn. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries a short time later. The victim was not wearing a helmet. Speed is being investigated as a factor in the crash. The investigation continues.
The driver of the ATV was identified as Gordon LEITH-BUCHANAN, 43, of Haymarket
From Prince William police:
Fatal Crash Investigation *ARREST – On May 24, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit obtained an arrest warrant against the driver of the school bus involved in the fatal crash that occurred in the area of Old Carolina Rd and Piedmont Vista Dr in Haymarket on May 23. Based on the investigation, and after consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the driver of the school bus, identified as Sheli Cheru PAUGH, was determined to be at fault in the crash which resulted in the death of a 53-year-old man. The accused turned herself into police on May 25 without incident.
Arrested on May 25:
Sheli Cheru PAUGH, 57, of 149 Loop Rd in Front Royal
Charged with involuntary manslaughter
Court Date: August 14, 2018 | Bond: $7,500
Now that school is almost out of session, it is time to start making plans for you and your family this summer. Many families have plans to travel, but for those of us staying in good old Virginia this summer, we must find good ways of making our summer a fun one. While Northern Virginia has plenty of attractions to visit, sometimes going out to a local park is an easier, more relaxing way to spend some nice summer days. Warm weather is finally here, and it brings with it the grand opening of the Signal Bay Waterpark!
This Memorial Day weekend, we will be welcoming guests in for an entire weekend of fun in the sun.
During springtime, we here at Parks and Recreation have been working hard to make sure the waterpark was ready for our grand opening. Even now, just as the grand opening rapidly approaches, we are still finalizing the small details. The entire waterpark has been deep-cleaned, painted, and has a brand-new feel to it. Don’t take our word for it though, feel free to see for yourself!
The Signal Bay Waterpark is a 27,000 sqft facility within Signal Hill Park, and it features a zero depth entry leisure pool with water cannons, slides, and a lazy river. It comes equipped with tables and a shaded structure to allow our guests to bring in some snacks while enjoying a nice day out with friends and family. Showers are also available for convenience.
The waterpark opens on Memorial Day weekend and will be open every weekend until Manassas Park City Schools are out for the summer. Once schools are closed for summer vacation, the waterpark will be open daily.
Also, Signal Bay Waterpark features birthday party packages for kids. All packages include food, drink, and all day access to guests. It certainly helps busy parents relieve some stress! All you have to do is reserve your date, which can be done at Signal Bay Waterpark or at the Manassas Park Community Center, and we will handle the rest!
So now that summer is here, why not take a well-deserved break and join us on Memorial Day Weekend? We hope to see you there!
The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility offers group exercise classes, basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and recreational programs. For more information, visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.
Transurban and Virginia Department of Transportation launch 2018 “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign to reduce distracted driving in 395 Express Lanes work zone
A survey of more than 1,000 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel the Interstate 395 corridor shows that motorists self-report engaging in a number of distractions while behind the wheel. Following the survey findings, Transurban, operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and the Virginia Department of Transportation announced today the launch of a 2018 “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign to reduce distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.
“We focus on safety on the Express Lanes and in the 395 Express Lanes work zone every day,” said Jennifer Aument, president, North America, Transurban. “We need the help of drivers to create a safer work zone to ensure on-road construction crews and other travelers are getting where they need to go safely.”
The top three cellphone distractions reported among D.C. area motorists were using a phone to talk, checking GPS or travel planning, and reading a text message. Despite growing research that finds holding a conversation on a cellphone is still dangerously distracting*, more than half of area drivers report feeling unconcerned about using their phones to talk while behind the wheel. The “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign aims to improve safety by reducing distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.
“In 2017, distracted driving accounted for almost 25 percent of traffic fatalities,” said Shannon Valentine, Virginia Secretary of Transportation. “In work zones alone, VDOT recorded 2,666 crashes resulting in 1,329 injuries and 12 fatalities. The lives lost were completely preventable. We must continue to engage the public about the dangers of distracted driving. The ‘Orange Cones. No Phones.’ campaign is an important component to help deliver safety on our roads and reduce incidents.”
The survey** conducted in March 2018 finds:
• Nine out of 10 drivers say they have used a cellphone while driving.
• One in five drivers who have had an accident or near accident claim it was due to cellphone use.
• Nearly three out of four drivers say they keep their phone close when driving, and one in six have it in their hand.
• Fifty-four percent of drivers admit to using a cellphone at least occasionally while driving.
• One-third of drivers in the survey said the last time they used their phone while driving was “today.”
• One-third of drivers feel “it’s OK” to use a cellphone while stopped at a red light, a stop sign or in traffic.
• Compared to a similar survey of area drivers in 2014***, hands-free talking while driving increased by 14 percent, with 53 percent of drivers in March 2018 now admitting to doing it.
• One in four people admits that using a cellphone for activities other than conversations while driving is “frightening.”
• Seven out of 10 drivers say they stop cellphone use while driving after seeing a sign advising them to do so.
• Seeing a police officer causes 78 percent of drivers to stop cell phone use while on the roads.
“As the first responders to many of these crashes, we understand the serious consequences of distracted driving,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “Safety is our number one concern, and we are pleased to support this program to educate and increase awareness with drivers across the region to help cut down on distracted driving.”
“With so many drivers on the roads around the Washington area admitting they are distracted while driving, there is a huge safety concern for everyone on the roads,” said John Townsend, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Holding a conversation is still a distraction, and our hope is that this program will help drivers become more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, especially around work zones on our highways, and take active steps to make better choices.”
Checking a cellphone or sending a text using voice commands at seemingly safe moments such as when there is a lull in traffic or the car is stopped at an intersection also has been found to be dangerous behavior. According to a Study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these types of potentially unsafe mental distractions can affect motorists’ attention for as long as 27 seconds, which is equivalent to traveling the length of nearly three football fields at a speed of 25 miles per hour.
As part of the “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign, the partners are implementing a number of tactics supported by the study’s findings, industry data and best practices to improve safety for all drivers:
• “Orange Cones. No Phones.” signs will be visible throughout the 395 Express Lanes construction corridor.
• The Virginia State Police presence will be increased in the 395 corridor.
• Advertisements will remind drivers to travel safely and not to drive while distracted.
• Press throughout the region will be engaged to help increase awareness with drivers around this important safety message.
The 395 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019. The Lanes will extend the 95 Express Lanes eight miles north to the D.C. line and help get people moving in the I-395 corridor. The Lanes will increase capacity by adding another HOV lane, creating three reversible lanes on I-395. As part of this project, Transurban will provide $15 million in transit funding per year to enable multimodal solutions in the corridor.
** The online survey of 1,003 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel I-395 at least monthly was conducted by international market research firm YouGov between March 21 and March 28, 2018.
*** Online survey of 1,023 frequent I-95 drivers who live in Northern Virginia.
About the Express Lanes
The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495 and I-95, providing drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia. Together, the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for over 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of Northern Virginia’s most congested roadways. For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.
For over twenty years, Transurban has improved the quality of life for customers by providing innovative solutions for their transportation needs. Transurban is a pioneer of the public-private partnership (P3) managed lanes concept in the United States. The North American business was among the first to implement major transportation infrastructures in the Virginia region. Our Express Lanes network features industry-leading tolling and traffic management systems on more than 40 miles of managed lanes across the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. Transurban was one of the first to use a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major toll road projects.
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center receives ‘Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award’
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus and Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Kim Houser, RN, Coordinator of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Stroke Team. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center additionally received the association’s Bronze and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll awards. To qualify for these recognitions, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“We are pleased to recognize Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Since the Veterans Administration (VA) scandal broke in 2014, Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) across the country have worked with Congress to ensure greater accountability, transparency, and efficiency in delivering quality care to our veterans.
The current VA Choice Program is one of those opportunities. With over two million veterans using the Choice Program to schedule over 39 million essential appointments, it is in danger of running out of funding by the end of the month. Without funding, millions of our nation’s warriors will lose access to the care they desperately need.
The MISSION Act, supported by over 38 National VSOs—a staggering and unified number—strengthens the VA’s ability to deliver efficient and immediate care to our veterans. It does so by providing over $5 billion to prevent disruptions of care in the Choice Program, modernizing VA healthcare, creating integrated networks of high-performing providers to support the VA, creating a commission to review current VA facilities, and making it possible for World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans with severe combat-related disabilities to receive comprehensive caregiver assistance.
Last Wednesday, 70 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against the MISSION ACT and voted for political games over improving healthcare for those who served our country. Without immediate passage of the bill in the Senate, veterans could lose a critical support line to receive the care they require—and will again be forced to face long waiting periods to receive treatment.
Such waiting periods have led to veteran deaths in the past, and we cannot let a single veteran die waiting for the care they need simply because of Congressional delays.
As one who wore an Air Force uniform for 30 years and later chaired the Joint Virginia House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus that is the legislative clearing house for bills on behalf of 800,000 Virginia veterans, I know first-hand that the MISSION Act is crucial.
I strongly encourage those reading this letter to call Senators Warner and Kaine, urging them to support this bill that ensures that our nation’s heroes receive the care they deserve.
Governor Ralph Northam today released 2017 preliminary state economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association. This information depicts the impact tourism and domestic travel has on the economy.
Local impact data is not yet available for Manassas; however, the preliminary numbers indicate another record year for tourism spending as consumers seek out more experiential opportunities.
Tourism is an essential part of our local economy. Few localities have experienced such seminal events as Manassas did during the Civil War. The Manassas National Battlefield Park, Liberia Plantation and Manassas Museum continue to serve as key attractions.
Increasingly, visitors are also drawn to the charm of Historic Downtown, its specialty shopping and dining, and crowd-pleasing events.
In 2017 over 369,000 people attended one of the city’s many popular events: 1st Friday’s, Bands, Brews and Barbeque; Wine and Jazz Festival, Farmer’s Market (VisitManassas.org).
According to the Virginia Tourism Commission (VTC), tourists spent more than $68 million in Manassas last year and generated $1.8 million in local tax revenues; not including indirect or multiplier impacts.
Digital data breaches go well beyond debit or credit card theft. In fact, it is fair to say that debit and credit card theft is the least of your worries.
Your bank and credit card companies have safeguards in place to return your funds to you, but most other data cannot be retrieved once breached. Even when stolen data is recovered and new security is put in place, the breached information is in the hands of the hacker.
With the increasing amount of private, sensitive and business-critical data stored digitally, this can be detrimental. Chris Albright of CMIT Solutions of Centreville has some tips for minimizing your risk of a data breach.
Understand the Need for Security
Many businesses and everyday individuals severely underestimate their level of risk. You might be a small or mid-sized business, but the data you store digitally can be a hacker’s goldmine. Take a look at some of the major organizations who have been breached in the last couple of years.
- The Pennsylvania hack of the Department of Education’s website compromised the information of 360,000 employees.
- The City of Atlanta’s recent ransomware attack halted essential municipal services, leading to ATL airport shutting down their Wi-Fi.
- Due to deceiving third-party agreements, 50 million Facebook users unknowingly had their posts, private messages, and data accessed without their consent.
- The 2016 Banner Health cyberattack exposed the private health information of 3.7 million patients in 27 locations across the nation. This type of data can sell for 10 times more than credit card information.
- The Equifax credit reporting bureau was breached in 2017 leading to 147.9 million Americans’ personal information being leaked, placing all involved at higher risk for identity theft.
- The 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack was the largest in history and affected thousands of businesses and individuals from around the globe.
If these organizations can be breached, many of whom must comply with strict industry digital data storage regulations, SMBs and everyday online accounts are vulnerable as well.
Reducing Your Risk
First and foremost, there is no way to 100 percent guarantee that your data will never be breached. but there is much you can do to reduce the likelihood:
Passwords: Change your passwords at least twice a year. Use strong passwords, preferably with a password manager that encrypts your passwords. Password protect all electronic devices, as many of them auto–login to all the accounts you’ve logged into. Also, upload a lockout feature so that if your device is lost or stolen, passwords are erased.
Delete: Delete old digital accounts that you no longer use, or you may forget about them and the information they contain. Also, create a list of all online accounts and mobile apps that require logins. Even a one-time purchase to an e-commerce site can lead to a data breach, from a place you don’t even remember ordering from.
Be mindful of what you share: Your Facebook profile alone shares information such as where you were born, where you went to school, your kids’ names, your pets’ names and more. These are often the answers to three-factor authentication designed to improve your security. Never ever share, electronically or in person, your login information. Look through your Facebook messenger feed, you may be surprised at the amount of personal information you share there. You may want to reconsider going forward.
Never open suspicious emails: It’s easier said than done as hackers are good at sounding legitimate. This is particularly challenging at work where you won’t know everyone who sends you an email. If you open something that feels fishy, follow your company’s procedures to scan your device. If at home, run a security scan on your own.
Improve your security: Upgrade to newer software and technology, such as from a magnetic strip debit card to an EMV card if it’s available. Upgrade your website with an SSL Certificate. Perform all software and app updates ASAP, as they contain security patches and updates. Encrypt your data. Restrict remote login. Set up automated alerts for abnormal activity, such as on your debit card when you travel or make an unusually large purchase. Have a digital security professional scan your network and devices for security risks and set up an automated system for determining a hack or data breach.
Stay up to date: Online security is constantly evolving, so you must keep up. What minimizes your risks today may not be relevant in a year or less.
We are at a point at which we don’t think twice about our most private and personal information being stored digitally. For example, you may even communicate with your physician via email or use health and fitness apps in which you store in-depth health information. Just a decade ago we would have been a bit more mindful, but the convenience and functional factors have become of such great benefit that we will continue to store more information digitally, not less. This means data breach security must be top of mind for personal use, professional use and even for the kids in our family.
CMIT Solutions of Centreville provides a strategic approach to IT consulting that improves the performance of your business technology in the most cost-effective way possible. Assisting businesses across Northern Virginia, CMIT Centreville can help you achieve the fastest return on your technology investment. Call 703-881-7738 today to see how CMIT Centreville can help your business stay in business.
Sentara’s Daisy Team Award winners served food, gave dry, clean toiletries to a nearby homeless encampment
The team at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is dedicated to serving our patients every day.
One group is recognized for their hard work- not just inside the hospital, but outside the walls as well.
The ICU Team was named this year’s Daisy Team Award winners.
This team spearheaded an initiative to serve food and provide dry, clean toiletries to a nearby homeless encampment, and this meant coming in several weekends to sort and prepare donated items.
Then, on the weekend they were serving food- it poured! The team didn’t give up though, they toughed it out- and many folks who might have gone hungry that day had a hot meal.
The Daisy Foundation was formed by the Barnes Family in 1999 after the loss of their 33-year-old son J. Patrick Barnes. The nursing care that their son received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family, and they wanted to recognize nurses that provide exceptional care…while often stating, “I am just doing my job.”
Your jobs touch the hearts and lives of more than you know. The Daisy Foundation was developed to celebrate nurses.
The Daisy Nurse award is presented quarterly to SNVMC nurses who meet a high standard of care provided. The award was developed for the celebration of nurses who provide extraordinary compassionate and skillful care every day.
The Daisy Team award is presented yearly.