Health

Food bank fundraiser makes gains

May 21, 2015

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has announced it collected nearly 20 percent more food for area residents in a recent national food drive than it did in the same food drive in 2014.

Phoenix Project aids domestic violence victims

Tammy Sharpe

May 21, 2015

Domestic violence is often hidden. Victims sometimes fear public reaction or they fear what will happen to their family if they seek help. But there are signs of trouble even where there isn’t verbal confirmation, said Tammy Sharpe, executive director of the Phoenix Project in Front Royal.

Project HOPE sends $2.2 million in medication to Nepal

May 18, 2015

Project HOPE has announced medical volunteers in Nepal have provided emergency medical care to thousands of patients injured in last week’s earthquake — the second one to hit the country in three weeks.

Valley Health projects more need

Mark H. Merrill

May 12, 2015

WINCHESTER — After a year of great change in regional healthcare availability, CEO and President of Valley Health Mark Merrill said he’s most proud of the health system’s collaborations that continue to bring increased care to the area.

‘Hope and treatment’

Grady "Skip" Phillips, III, chief operating officer for Winchester Medical Center, lets  a scoop of dirt fly off the handle of his shovel during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cancer Center on the campus of Winchester Medical Center on Tuesday morning. The building is expected to be completed in August 2016. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 5, 2015

WINCHESTER — A regional cancer center in Winchester will be a relief for patients and their families, speakers at a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony assured listeners.

Grants to help family abuse victims

April 30, 2015

Virginia residents will benefit from $135,000 in formula grants for victims of family violence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families announced on Thursday.

Local agencies mobilize support

April 27, 2015

Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, area organizations have mobilized efforts for immediate aid to more than 3,600 injured. It’s the worst disaster to hit the South Asian country in more than 80 years, Project HOPE reported.

Lemonade stands to help fight malaria

April 23, 2015

Saturday for World Malaria Day, area United Methodist Churches will join those elsewhere around Virginia in helping fight the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan African nations.

Hospital eager for improved facility

Dr. W. John Zehner, medical director at  Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, speaks Tuesday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital's new emergency department and medical office complex. The construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2016. At left rear is Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial, Mark H. Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health System, and  Dr. Audrea Wynn, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Medical Staff. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a groundbreaking in Woodstock on Tuesday, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital President Floyd Heater carried with him a symbol of fortune.

Drug abuse program aims to warn parents

April 14, 2015

A Tuesday evening talk on teen drug abuse will target parents and educators who might not realize how much their children already know about buying and using drugs illegally.

Savvy seniors

Shirley Nichols, 76, left, and Sarah Whittaker, 84, right, both of Front Royal, listen to a presenter during the Senior Safety Expo held Wednesday at the Elks Lodge off Guard Hill Road in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 8, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The TRIAD Senior Safety Expo in Front Royal Wednesday was packed with advice for seniors on being financially savvy and keeping themselves safe from those who would seek to defraud them.

Back in the game

Chase Tasker, 13, of Middletown, watches his Skyline High School junior varsity baseball team warm up between innings of a recent game. Two years ago, Tasker underwent a heart transplant after suffering from a severe heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — In spring of 2013, less than two months after heart surgery, 11-year-old Chase Tasker stepped up to bat for his Warren County Little League baseball team. He chose his pitch, connected with the ball and jogged to first base.

Meeting needs

Joan Monahan, a licensed professional counselor, left, and Diane Ricci, program manager, right, are part of the health care team for the new senior outpatient behavioral health program at Shenandoah Memorial in Woodstock. Monahan runs the group as the therapist. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24, 2015

Health initiatives this year are aimed at providing the Northern Shenandoah Valley with the best care possible.

Training to handle a crisis

Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley, left, and Stephens City police officer Scott Baber, center, role play with Carol Schott, right, jail service specialist with Northwestern Community Services, during a crisis intervention training class held Friday at the Shenandoah County Government Center in Woodstock on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 20, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Law enforcement and other first responders don’t always know what a situation will bring when they arrive there. But as local officers and health care professionals learned this week, choosing the right words and actions can de-escalate a situation before it spirals out of control.

Lutherans name first area faith community nurse

March 20, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, representing more than 20 Lutheran churches in Shenandoah County, announced it has selected a local registered nurse as its first “Faith Community Nurse”.