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.

BCH Celebrates Doctors Day

 

March 30th was National Doctors Day. It was a day to celebrate the contributions of providers who serve our community by caring for its citizens.   In honor of their Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Behavioral Health Counselors, Bath Community Hospital held receptions on Thursday, March 29th.  Providers were recognized for their service and dedication to BCH by providing outstanding patient care to every patient they serve.   “This day shines a spotlight on the essential role they play in our daily lives and is our opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the health and wellness of our community and all that they do in service to our Mission” said Kathy Landreth, CEO.

The first Doctors Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day.

On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”

 

Bath Community Hospital currently has 19 providers on staff at their facility.

Providers not pictured include Dr. Rodney Biglow, Dr. Neil Dorsey, Dr. Keith Hummel, Dr. Jeff McCray, Dr. Adrian Parasca, Dr. Nina Smith, Carrie Baker, PA and Cindy Mann, FNP.

Clinic scheduled to return to Millboro

Bath Community Hospital has finalized the lease agreement with Bath County to occupy their property located adjacent to the Millboro Elementary School. This property, formerly known as the SEEDS building, has been vacant for several years. 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. Since June, hospital leadership has looked at several properties in the Millboro area to determine the most appropriate and cost-efficient location. This is the first step in reopening the much-loved clinic in the Millboro community. With the selection of an appropriate location, the hospital will now begin approximately $40,000.00 in necessary renovations to bring the property up to the rural health clinic designation specifications required by Medicare. During the renovations, administration will be submitting the lengthy application necessary for Rural Health Clinic designation. Having just completed this process at their Covington location, leadership anticipates they will have everything completed and ready to occupy the new space by Fall 2018.
“We are extremely excited about returning to Millboro and appreciate the partnership with the County that helped secure the ideal building,” said Kati Lightner, Executive Director for Ambulatory Clinics at BCH. “We are looking forward to getting back into the Millboro community to serve patients in that location,” said Kathy Landreth, CEO of Bath Community Hospital.
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. “I’ve spent the past 10 years in the Millboro Clinic, starting with a half day once a week and increasing that to 2 days a week. I have missed the Millboro community and I’m very excited to be back in this location by the Fall 2018” said Kim Rexrode, FNP.
Once the clinic is open, they plan to be at this location at least two days per week offering primary and preventive health care services for people of all ages as well as comprehensive treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and necessary lab draws for their patients.

Hospital to begin Opioid Abuse Crisis Education

Opioid crisis

Bath Community Hospital, along with three other hospitals in the state of Virginia, will be participating in a grant focused on increasing preventative intervention regarding prescription opioids throughout rural communities in Virginia. This federal grant was awarded to the Virginia Rural Health Association who will oversee the programs.

“No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “The Trump Administration is taking strong, decisive action to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. These grants from HRSA go directly to local organizations, which are best situated to address substance abuse and mental health issues in their own communities.”

The expanded funding is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ five-point strategy to fight the opioid epidemic by:

•Improving access to treatment and recovery services.
•Targeting use of overdose-reversing drugs.
•Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance.
•Providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction.
•Advancing better practices for pain management.

Goals of the program include –
• By October 1, 2018, develop the “High-Risk Patient Education Program” (HRPEP), a curriculum and training protocol for one-on-one interaction with high-risk patients in a clinical setting.
• By October 1, 2019, implement HRPEP at 75% of the Virginia communities designated as “rural.”
• By October 1, 2020, implement processes which would assure project sustainability after federal funding has been expended.
• By October 1, 2020, conduct a thorough evaluation of the project and disseminate results.

Bath Community Hospital also started their Behavioral Health program in 2016 to help address the mental health and substance abuse needs identified in their community health needs assessments. Through 3rd quarter 2017 reporting, Bath Community Hospital has seen 14 Temporary Detention Orders in the emergency room versus 2016 (41) and 2015 (26) cases. Since its inception, the behavioral health team has had over 1,170 visits in primary care clinic setting.

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, said “Just like many healthcare organizations throughout the country, Bath Community Hospital has also seen an increase in these patients at our facility over the past year. We have adopted a new pain management policy to help our rural area address this nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse.” The hospital is also adding 24/7 security officers to ensure patients, visitors and staff are safe at the facility.

Dr. Tamra Stall Joins Bath Community Hospital Medical Staff

Dr. Tamra StallHOT SPRINGS, VA – Today, Bath Community Hospital announced that Dr. Tamra Stall would be joining the medical staff in October.  Dr. Stall comes to BCH from the Greenbrier Care Family Practice in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Prior to joining the Greenbrier office, Dr. Stall spent 24 years at Duke Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor Family Medicine in North Carolina as a family practice provider and served as the Medical Director where she supervised 8 providers and 26 staff members.

At Bath Community Hospital, Dr. Stall will continue her work in family practice in the Bath Community Physicians Group in Hot Springs as well as the supervising physician for the Hospitalist program.

A 1977 graduate of Alleghany County High School, Dr. Stall also received her undergraduate education at the Ohio State University and medical doctorate education from both Ohio State University School of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“I am very excited to join the BCH family, mainly because the medical team delivers high quality care to a rural population,” said Dr. Tamra Stall. “Originally from this area, I’m looking forward to caring for my friends and neighbors and giving back to the community where I grew up.”

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, added, “I know that Dr. Stall is eager to make her mark here in Bath County. Her outstanding experience and education are very impressive, and I know she will be an excellent addition to our medical team for years to come.”

Dr. Stall and her husband reside in Alleghany County, and she enjoys spending time at with her family there as well as her grandchildren who live out of state.  She also enjoys spending time at Lake Moomaw, when she’s not busy caring for her patients.  She is scheduled to start on October 9th, and she is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stall, call Bath Community Physicians Group at 540-839-7197.