Health

Jury decides hospital not to blame for Smedley’s death

August 28, 2015

A medical malpractice lawsuit against Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health Systems ended Thursday night with a jury finding the defendants did not contribute to the death of John H. Smedley Sr. after a heart operation three years ago.

Jury clears hospital of malpractice in Smedley lawsuit

August 28, 2015

WINCHESTER –A medical malpractice lawsuit against Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health Systems ended Thursday night with a jury finding the defendants did not contribute to the death of John H. Smedley Sr. after a heart operation three years ago.

Hospital defends care of Smedley

August 26, 2015

The nurse caring for John H. Smedley Sr. at the time he began an abrupt descent toward death in Winchester Medical Center said he appeared to be progressing toward recovery when she left him to go to the restroom.

Valley Health, hospital named in suit

August 26, 2015

WINCHESTER – The widow of John H. Smedley Sr., longtime Commissioner of Revenue in Warren County, testified Tuesday in circuit court that she is still trying to learn what happened in Winchester Medical Center in the days before he was declared brain dead on Aug. 24, 2012.

Family made special preparations for first grader

Jozie Palmer sports her Cure HHT  T-shirt and a new backpack, preparing for the start of first grade at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary.  Rachel Mahoney / Daily

August 17, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — More than a year after major brain surgery for a blood vessel disorder, lively 6-year-old Jozie Palmer began her first grade year at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School.

Valley Health makes Most Wired list

August 14, 2015

With an array of new developments on the horizon, Valley Health made Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2015 HealthCare Most Wired list in July, the first time it’s made the list since 2006.

Program puts patients in control

Allen Dec, a certified music practitioner, regularly plays his harp to patients as part of the Integrative Care Program at Winchester Medical Center. The program includes    complementary services to help patients ease stress while receiving treatment for       illnesses or other medical conditions.   Rich Cooley/Daily

August 12, 2015

WINCHESTER — April Adams remembers the day she thought up the Integrative Care Program at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester.

Safety first

Darla Sue Moomaw, manager of the Woodstock Pool, takes a water sample along the edge of the pool on Tuesday. Moowaw and staff members take water samples for chlorine and pH on a daily basis. Town officials closed the pool Monday after fecal contamination was discovered in the water.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 21, 2015

Monday was one of the hottest days of the summer, but Woodstock Pool wasn’t open.

Nolan to leave Warren Memorial Hospital

Patrick Nolan

July 16, 2015

Patrick Nolan, president of Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, has announced he will leave Valley Health after 21 years for a new job with Inspira Health Network in New Jersey.

Flood waters bring health risks

Water surrounds this car parked between Spring and South streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

Water contamination and mold concerns follow in the wake of flash floods. But health concerns begin with the first wave of flood damage.

Project HOPE names Thomas Kenyon CEO

July 10, 2015

Project HOPE announced on Friday that Dr. Thomas Kenyon will be president and CEO of the international health and humanitarian organization based in Millwood. Kenyon, who succeeds Dr. John Howe III, will begin his new role on Oct. 1.

‘A walking miracle’

Justin Carr, 17, left, and Jason Gomez, 18, right, both of Strasburg, chat inside Gomez's home in Strasburg on Wednesday. Gomez is recovering from a fall at a Toms Brook quarry and Carr helped pull him out of the water to safety.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 8, 2015

STRASBURG — Jason “Jay” Gomez said his friends have nicknamed him Jay Strong, and it’s little wonder. After the 18-year-old fell 75 feet from a cliff into a water-filled quarry on June 29, no one thought he would walk again.

Sun exposure a year-round risk

Kathleen Maynard, 22, of Woodstock, applies sunscreen while keeping watch as a lifeguard at the  W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 5, 2015

Summertime is when many Americans break out their sunglasses and dust off the ol’ sunscreen. But according to area professionals, sun-related skin and eye care should be a year-round endeavor.

Implant offers hope for epilepsy patient

Dr. Paul Lyons, a neurologist and epileptologist at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, second from right, talks about results of a NeuroPace interrogation through a transmitter surgically implanted in the brain of his patient, Michael Bodamer, 18, at left. Bodamer, of Frederick County, has suffered from intractable epilepsy for much of his life. Also pictured, from left, are Bodamer's parents, Tom and Kimberly Bodamer, and Tiara Monroe, field clinical engineer for NeuroPace's Charlotte, North Carolina, office.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 2, 2015

WINCHESTER — Michael Bodamer, 18, had his first seizure two days after birth, shortly after suffering a stroke. Now a surgically implanted NeuroPace device could change everything for him.

Memory care center set for New Market

July 1, 2015

A new memory care facility is planned for New Market this winter. Led by brothers Mark and Paul Griffin, and their father Marvin Griffin, who all run Shenandoah Place in New Market, the endeavor will bring needed care to a growing subset of the community suffering from memory problems.

Man waits for live liver donor

Paul Smoot, 36, of Strasburg, sits beside his wife Kutrina inside his mother's home n Stephens City recently. Paul Smoot was born with immune deficiency disorder and now needs a liver transplant from a live donor.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 1, 2015

Last September, Paul Smoot, of Strasburg, forgot how to use his cell phone. Talking with him, his wife Kutrina couldn’t determine the problem. She asked if he felt all right, and he said he did. But his boss saw differently.