Health

Birth expo attracts hundreds to Winchester

April 24, 2016

Mothers, care providers and others were greeted with more than 50 vendors, several workshops and lectures by keynote speaker Nancy Mohrbacher, a breastfeeding expert at the Birth Expo in Winchester, put on by Virginia Is For Doulas.

Doula agency to host birth expo in Winchester

Tim Fusaro watches as Tiffany Shank, co-owner of Virginia Is For Doulas administers care to his wife Valerie. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah Photo

April 1, 2016

Virginia Is For Doulas, an agency that matches expecting mothers with doulas, is now available in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. They will hold a birth expo as a way to launch the program. Tiffany Shank, a doula in the area, has expanded her doula business to include this new service.

Men walking in heels for awareness event

March 18, 2016

The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence partners with Shenandoah University’s Not Just Women’s Center for the first annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on April 2.

Relay for Life seeks teams, volunteers

Kaitlin Pomerleau, community manager for the American Cancer Society, left, and Josette Miller, a New Market resident and advocate for cancer research, are seeking volunteers for Relay for Life of Shenandoah County. Kaley Toy/Daily

March 14, 2016

NEW MARKET – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is looking for teams and volunteers for the 20th annual Relay for Life of Shenandoah County.

Valley Health gains new heart surgeon

Dr. Basel Ramlawi, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is the new chairman of Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center and director of the new Advanced Valve and Aortic Center.  Kaley Toy/Daily

March 9, 2016

WINCHESTER – Basel Ramlawi, a cardiothoracic surgeon, recently joined the medical staff of Winchester Medical Center as chairman of Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center and director of the new Advanced Valve and Aortic Center at WMC.

Urgent care facility relocates in Front Royal

Mark Merrill

March 1, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health Urgent Care & Occupational Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday for its new 4,700-square-foot facility in Riverton Commons Shopping Center.

Wellness Festival scheduled Saturday

February 24, 2016

The 22nd annual Valley Health Community Wellness Festival will be held Saturday throughout the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.

Chest Pain Center is reaccredited

Dr. Neal Gaither, cardiologist and medical director of the Chest Pain Center, points out a blockage in a Winchester Medical Center patient. Kaley Toy/Daily

February 24, 2016

WINCHESTER – Winchester Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center has been re-accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

FFA teams up with Red Cross for blood drive

Signal Knob Middle School FFA students Chloe Copeland, left, and Cameron Rutz, right, both 12, escort Bob Coverstone, of Fort Valley, after he donated blood at the middle school on Monday afternoon. The school's FFA chapter sponsored the blood drive for the American Red Cross as part of its FFA Week activities.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 22, 2016

STRASBURG – Members of the Signal Knob Middle School FFA teamed up with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Monday in recognition of National FFA week.

Flu shots still recommended for region

February 7, 2016

Local flu cases have been less intense than in recent years, but Northern Virginia is seeing more cases than in other regions of the state, according to Dr. Charles Devine, health director of the Lord Fairfax Health District with the Virginia Department of Health.