Elizabeth Armstrong, FNP joins BCH


Bath Community Hospital announced that Elizabeth Armstrong, FNP joined the medical staff on January 2nd, 2019.  Armstrong comes to BCH fromAlliance Xpress Urgent Care in Covington, VA.

Armstrong is originally from Covington, VA.  A graduate of Alleghany High School, she received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.   As a Graduate student, she spent clinical rotations with the providers of Bath Community Physicians Group.

“I am excited to start at Bath County to provide healthcare to the community I reside in and call home. I look forward to offering family care including children and women’s health’” said Armstrong.

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO stated, “We are excited to have Elizabeth join our team in our Covington Clinic.  Our volumes continue to grow at this location and it was time for us to add an additional provider to meet the needs of the community.  Elizabeth comes to us with great experience in a variety of care settings along with a connection to the community that we serve.  She is a great addition to our growing medical staff team.”

Elizabeth and her husband Michael, along with their three children reside in Covington. In her spare time, she enjoys church activities, reading, and spending time with family.  Elizabeth will be accepting new patients at the Bath Community Physicians Group Covington Clinic located on Riverside Street.  To schedule an appointment, contact their office at 540-962-1122.

General Surgeon Joins Medical Staff


Today, Bath Community Hospital announced Dr. Charles B. Lovelady, board certified General Surgeon is joining the medical staff in December.  Dr. Lovelady comes to BCH with 30 years of experience having most recently been at Carilion Clinic in Rocky Mount, Virginia.  Before joining Carilion Clinic, Dr. Lovelady was employed with Bon Secours Chesapeake Medical Group – Surgical Services in Kilmarnock, VA. Dr. Lovelady is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

At Bath Community Hospital, Dr. Lovelady will develop a general surgery program to meet the needs of our community.  Dr. Lovelady’s expertise is on procedures of the abdomen, and he has extensive knowledge of diseases involving skin, breast and soft tissue, hernias and anti-reflux surgeries. He is experienced in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgeries, including EDGs and colonoscopies.

Dr. Lovelady completed his medical doctorate education at University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. His General Surgery residencies included East Tennessee State University, Baptist Medical Center in Alabama as well as Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina.

“This is a great opportunity to develop a surgical program to meet the needs of this rural location.  My wife and I are both happy and excited to be joining this welcoming and beautiful community” said Dr. Lovelady.  Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, added, “Having Dr. Lovelady here full time means we will have the capacity to meet the general surgery needs of our patients which means less travel for them in addition to better continuity of care here at Bath Community Hospital. His outstanding experience, education, and peer references are very impressive, and I know he will be an excellent addition to our medical team.”

Bath Community Hospital is currently upgrading their exciting Operating Room to meet the specifications necessary to provide General Surgery services and plan to have it operational by mid-January.  Services will include upper and lower endoscopy, skin and soft tissue/breast lesion removal, minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia, gallbladder, appendix, and other minimally invasive or open procedures appropriate to general surgery at Bath Community Hospital.

Dr. Lovelady and his wife Susan will be relocating to the area, and they both enjoy outdoor activities including motorcycling and exploring the back roads.  In his free time, Dr. Lovelady enjoys track driving at VIR, Summit Point, Dominion Raceway and others, restoring old cars and is an all-around car enthusiast.  He will begin seeing patients in the Bath Community Physicians Group in December.  Appointment scheduling will start November 12th by calling the Physicians Group at 540-839-7197 or 540-962-1122.



Today, Bath Community Hospital announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, in addition to the Hospital Accreditation received in the spring of 2018, by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards for the Sleep Studies program. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Bath Community Hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite survey on September 17th & 18th, specifically focused on the Sleep Studies program. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.

Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers, with more than 8,500 sites of care, which, in turn, serve more than 83 million patient visits annually.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Bath Community Hospital and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”

“We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Kathy Landreth, CEO for BCH. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

Millboro Clinic Opens


After several months of renovations, the Bath Community Physicians Group opened its new clinic at 432 Church Street in Millboro on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Bath Community Hospital finalized a lease agreement with Bath County to occupy their property located adjacent to the Millboro Elementary School. The County will be leasing the property for $1.00 per year for the next 10 years with the right for Bath Community Hospital to renew or purchase the property at the end of those 10 years. Bath Community Hospital was forced to close the prior location in June of 2017.

“We are extremely excited about returning to Millboro community,” said Kari Lightner, Executive Director for Ambulatory Clinics at BCH. Patients will be able to see the same provider in Kim Rexrode, FNP, who’s been the sole provider in that area for several years.
The clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday to provide primary and preventive health care services for people of all ages as well as comprehensive treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. The clinic is also able to provide the necessary lab draws for their patients at this location.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 540-997-1447 or 540-839-7197.


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BCH awards local students with scholarships


Bath Community Hospital has awarded three local students scholarships to continue their education in a health care field.    Scholarship recipients were required to complete an application, provide their high school transcripts and references from their high school principal, teachers and/or supervisors to be eligible for consideration.

The Lucy Linkenhoker Memorial Nursing Scholarship ($1,000 one-time scholarship) was awarded to –

Sarah Colaw, a 2013 Bath County High School graduate studying nursing at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.  After earning her RN license she plans to continue her education at Liberty University and work towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Bath Community Hospital Non-Nursing Scholarships ($500 one time scholarship) was awarded to –

Jessica Ryder, a 2016 Bath County High School graduate, who’s attending Virginia Western Community College where she is studying to become a radiology technician.  After gaining a few years of experience she plans to become certified in CT, MRI, or Ultrasound.

Baylei Alphin, a 2018 Bath County High School graduate, who plans to attend Virginia Western Community College and study to become a radiology technician.  She then plans to further her education to become a Radiologist.

Bath Community Hospital accepts applications for their scholarship opportunities each year.  Scholarship packets are available in the high school guidance department.  For more information, contact Cara Major, Executive Director of Human Resources and Support Services at 540-839-7092.

Providers join BCH




For many rural areas in the country finding qualified providers to care for their communities can be a challenge. However, over the past few months, Bath Community Hospital has added four physicians to their Emergency Room providers, one general surgeon and two primary care providers in their Rural Health Clinics.
Dr.’s Crosby, Biglow, Benbow, and Carmack are now employed physicians at BCH and will support Dr.’s McCray and Hummel in providing consistent emergency room care to the community. Each specializes in emergency medicine and offers a combined experience of 70+ years. “We are very fortunate to have these providers join our team in the ER. This will allow us to no longer use contracted providers to provide the 24/7 coverage necessary at BCH,” said Kathy Landreth.
Also, BCH added a new General Surgeon Dr. Blake McKibbin in the spring. McKibbin has a private practice in Augusta County and is currently seeing patients in Hot Springs and completing procedures in the hospitals Operating Room. “Dr. McKibbin has been very busy since coming to Bath. So much that we are looking to add additional days to his schedule so he will be able to see more patients,” said Landreth. Currently, Dr. McKibbin is performing Endoscopies, screening Colonoscopies and minor procedures that can safely be performed at BCH.
In their Rural Health Clinics, Bath recently added Ann May, FNP, with 19 years of experience to see pediatric patients. Currently, Ann is located in the Covington location but will start seeing patients in Hot Springs in September. John Stapleton, FNP joined the practice this week. John spent time at BCH during his clinical rotations for his Master’s Degree and is looking forward to being a family practice provider to our communities. These new providers join the primary care team of Dr. Stall, Kim Rexrode, and Pam Crance in the Hot Springs office located on the 2nd floor of Bath Community Hospital as well as Dr. Monroe and Kim Moyers in the Covington office on Riverside Street. “Our main focus is meeting the primary care and wellness needs of the community we serve. We were certainly sad to see Dr. Rizk relocate to Northern Virginia last week. However, we are currently evaluating physician staffing needs in the clinic to determine the feasibility of an additional physician at this time,” said Kathy.
The clinic has also expanded their Behavioral Health program. Providers Donna Mauck and Pari Baker are now available at both locations. Donna primarily sees adult patients and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Pari is a licensed clinical social worker, and her focus is on the children and adolescent populations.

Megan Ailstock named Patient Advocate at BCH

Megan Ailstock


Megan Ailstock has been appointed to take on the role of Patient Advocate at Bath Community Hospital effective August 1st. As the Patient Advocate, Megan will speak on behalf of patients to department managers or the administration team including the CEO with the goal of improving patient satisfaction and the quality of care provided throughout the organization.

“I am excited to assume the role of Patient Advocate at BCH. I have been analyzing patient experience data for the past 3 years as the Patient Experience Coordinator. I am looking forward to this new role that will allow me to have an impact on patient experience by working directly with the patients,” said Ailstock. In addition to her new role, Megan is also responsible for Medical Staff Credentialing, Patient Experience, as well as Executive Assistant to both leadership and the Board of Directors.
“I am very pleased Megan is taking on this new role. The end benefit should be better patient experience scores and a better relationship with our community,” said Kathy Landreth, CEO for Bath Community Hospital.
Hospitalization can be stressful for patients and their families. Occasions may arise when patients need someone other than the medical or nursing staff to speak to. If you have questions, concerns or comments about your stay, please contact Megan Ailstock at 540-839-7192. She will be available Monday – Friday to listen and help resolve your issues.

BCH hosts CARFIT Event

(HOT SPRINGS, VA) To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts from Bath Community Hospital hosted a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
Bath Community Hospital conducted CarFit check-ups on June 2nd at Valley Elementary School despite the rain.

“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Erin Roberts, Occupational Therapist at BCH. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.” At the CarFit event, trained volunteers completed a 12-point checklist with each driver.

Among the items checked:
• Correct position of driver’s seat
• Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
• Proper adjustment of mirrors

Roberts, as well as staff from the Bath Community Rehab & Wellness Center were on hand to provide consultation and to teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. Staff also provided information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.

“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Roberts. “Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate the stress associated with driving.”

John Stapleton, FNP joins BCH Medical Staff

John Stapleton

HOT SPRINGS, VA – Today, Bath Community Hospital announced that John Stapleton, FNP would be joining the medical staff on July 18th. Stapleton comes to BCH from Alliance Xpress Urgent Care in Covington, VA.

Stapleton is originally from Alleghany County. A graduate of Alleghany High School in 2001, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kentucky Christian University and his Master’s Degree in Nursing from Walden University in Minnesota. As a Graduate student, John spent clinical rotations with the providers of Bath Community Physicians Group which peaked his interest in joining the team after graduation.

“Primary care is the backbone upon which all medicine is built. Without proper screening and preventative care many chronic problems can go unnoticed,” said John Stapleton. He continued “Serving this community where I grew up is an honor for me and I am excited to be expanding my practice into primary care. Family medicine is something I’m passionate about. I look forward to this new opportunity.”

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, added, “I was very impressed with John’s patient-centered approach to care during his student rotation in our Hot Springs Clinic. Physicians and other nurse practitioners in the clinic recommended that I consider him for employment when a position opened up. I am pleased that John accepted the position and will provide care at both our Hot Springs and Covington locations.”

John and his wife Jasmine, who is an RN at the Brian Center in Fincastle, reside in Clifton Forge. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and anything else outdoors. John will be accepting new patients and Bath Community Physicians Group is currently working to prepare for his arrival. They will begin scheduling his appointments on June 25th and can be reached at 540-839-7197 or 540-962-1122.

Ann May, FNP joins Medical Staff at BCH

Ann May

HOT SPRINGS, VA – Today, Bath Community Hospital announced that Ann May, FNP would be joining the medical staff on July 2nd.  May comes to BCH from Jackson River Pediatrics in Covington, VA,  where she has acquired over 19 years of pediatric experience.  In addition to Jackson River Pediatrics, May spent 5 years at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as an Assistant and Associate Professor as well as the Program Head for the Nursing program.

At Bath Community Hospital, May will continue her work in family practice with a focus on pediatric patients at the Bath Community Physicians Group on Riverside Street in Covington with plans to see patients in the Hot Springs clinic by Fall of 2018.

A 1983 graduate of Alleghany County High School and a 1986 graduate of the DSLCC Nursing Program, May also received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

“I look forward to continuing to provide pediatric primary care for the infants and children of the Alleghany Highlands and surrounding communities,” said Ann May. She continued, “I’m excited about this transition into a new setting with such a supportive and progressive team from Bath Community Hospital.  I love working as a nurse practitioner and I think my patients will be pleased with this change as well.”

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, added, “We are very excited to have Ann May join our group of providers at Bath Community Hospital.  Her extensive experience in pediatrics will be an asset to both Bath and Alleghany County residents.  I know she will be an excellent addition to our medical team for years to come.”

Ann May and her husband Ricky reside in Alleghany County, and she enjoys spending time with her family as well as her pets.  She also enjoys spending time on the golf course when she’s not busy caring for her patients.  Ann will continue to see her current patients who wish to follow her to Bath Community Physicians Group.  She is also accepting new patients.  BCPG is currently working to prepare for her arrival and should begin scheduling her appointments by June 1st.  After June 1st, call Bath Community Physicians Group at 540-839-7197 or 540-962-1122 to schedule an appointment.