Dear VCU Health System Team Members:
It is an honor to share with you the many accomplishments that have taken place within the Community Memorial Hospital division of VCU Health this past year.Â For those of you who do not know about CMH, our rural community hospital in South Hill and all of its subsidiaries became a part of the VCU Health System when our two organizations officially affiliated on July 1, 2014.Â CMH has served a large portion of southern Virginia with distinction as a non-profit health system since 1954 and is now proud to be part of the VCU family.Â
In November 2017, CMH and VCU Health made history by opening a new state-of-the-art hospital to replace our original facility.Â The CMH team, along with help from many divisions of VCU Health, did it flawlessly. Â One exciting benefit of the new hospital was the re-opening of OB services in this region.Â The CMH Womenâs Health Services and the Garland Birthing Center have filled a major gap in health care services in this region.
In February, CMH opened the C.A.R.E. Building, which stands for Clinics, Administration, Rehab, and Education.Â This 66,000 sq. ft. facility allowed us to consolidate 10 diverse physician specialties into one location.Â In so doing, we can now offer a comprehensive array of medical services to the citizens of this region in one convenient location.Â Plans are already under way to add two new physician specialties in 2019.
Another new development made possible by our affiliation was the opening of a new family dental clinic in the C.A.R.E. building in November 2018.Â Given the difficulty of recruiting dentists into rural areas of Virginia where many of the older dentists are closing their practices and entering retirement, this facility was key in our ability to recruit new talent to help fill the void.Â While only open a short time, the clinic is already booked out two months in advance and there are plans to add oral surgery and endodontics to the service line in 2019.
Since the hospital and C.A.R.E. buildings have opened and our physician recruitment efforts have been so successful, CMH has begun to see significant growth in our inpatient and outpatient volumes.Â The CMH team remains committed to its history of providing quality, patient-focused care.Â They have been at the core of the success we have experienced over these many years.
We have more plans in the works for 2019 and I look forward to sharing the growth and development that is occurring in this division of VCU Health at some point in the future.Â We welcome our Richmond-based team members to visit our facilities to learn more about the many things we provide in this region (more than I can cover in one letter).Â
W. Scott Burnette
Chief Executive Officer
Celebrate Heart Month 2019 with VCU Health Pauley Heart Center
Feb. 22: Facebook Live: What is Heart Failure
- Dr. Keyur Shah, Pauley Heart Center Section Chief Heart Failure
Feb. 27: Seminar Series: Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
- Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Pauley Chairman of the Division of Cardiology and Director of ClinicalÂ Cardiac Electrophysiology
- Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan, VCU Health Chairman of Surgery
For event details, visit (816) 916-8494.Â
The Virginia Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes), is a collaborative exchange of knowledge among providers across the Commonwealth, open to all practicing and licensed professional.Â Virginia Commonwealth University is partnering with the Virginia Department of Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to attack the opioid crisis.Â Counselors who are currently working in addiction treatment settings are invited to attend. ECHO sessions begin with a didactic topic presentation followed by two case presentations by health practitioners in the field. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and clinical suggestions to one another on challenging cases.
Virginia Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO is a tele-mentoring model which will break down the walls between specialty and primary care using widely available telehealth technologies. It links an addiction specialist team at an academic âhubâ with licensed practicing professionals in areas such as primary care, behavioral health clinics and mental health services in local communities â the âspokesâ of the model. In bi-weekly tele-ECHO clinics, the âhubâ and âspokesâ discuss de-identified case studies in real-time, new developments relating to their patients, determine treatment and benefit from a variety of opioid-related didactic presentations to develop the skills they need to treat patients with substance use disorder and improve outcomes for all Virginians afflicted with opioid addiction. 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsâ¢ continuing medical education credits are offered as part of participation which can be applied to Virginia mandatory controlled substances continued education requirement.
The VCU clinical team is led by Mishka Terplan, M.D., MPH, professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry, a nationally known addiction specialist in partnership with a robust multidisciplinary team including an addiction psychologist, Lori Keyser-Marcus Ph.D., and mental health counselor, Courtney Holmes, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT. The Project ECHO program at VCU is administratively housed within the School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine and the Office of Telemedicine with Vimal Mishra, M.D., MMCi serving as principal investigator, a dedicated Project ECHO program manager Bhakti Dave, and David Collins, practice administrator with close partnership with VCU Health Continuing Medical Education.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Upcoming clinic dates are Friday, Feb. 1, and Feb. 15, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET.
- Curriculum includes topics such as: Office Based Opioid Treatment using the DMAS Model.
- Pharmacotherapy for AUD; Trauma Informed Care; and Syringe Exchange.
- Attendance is free.Â For more information visitÂ vcuhealth.org/echo.
- We use ZOOM, a free video communications software for all TeleECHO sessions.
- For more information contact Bhakti Dave at: 2533432745.Â
Why are we getting new ID badges?Â The new ID Badges are redesigned to:
- Make them easier to read so patients and visitors can clearly identify VCU Health System team membersÂ
- Meet the requirements of regulatory agenciesÂ
- Clearly identify all members of the care team, their credentials and expertise
What do I need to do?Â
The first step for VCU Health System team members is to get an updated photo on file with the VCUCard Office.Â
All VCU Health employees, students and volunteers hired/starting before January 1, 2014 or if the current ID does not have a gray colored background will need to have new ID badge pictures taken.Â
You have several options for getting your new ID badge photo taken:
1st Floor Room 427
VCU Card OfficeÂ
VMI Office 1000 E. Marshall Street
Mar 4-8, 2019
New Hire Orientation Mondays as well as the Friday before a New HireÂ Orientation
VCU Card OfficeÂ
Technology Administration Building 701 West Board Street
Mar 4-8, 2019
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|Will travel to targeted departments (i.e. Radiology, EVS, Massey, etc.)||Variable and based on dept., availability and space||To be scheduled and coordinated with Dept. Directors/Managers|
|Satellite Offices||TBD and based on best date/time as identified by location director/manager||Â|
You must have your current VCUHS ID badge and six-digit employee ID number when photo taken.
What happens next?Â
The ID badges are expected to be distributed in the late spring or early summer of 2019. The distribution dates and plans are being finalized. Further communications will follow.
Who should I contact if I have questions?Â
For questions or concerns, emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.