Health

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 27th, 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 24th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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”.

Top of his game

Dr. Jeremy Busch, a chiropractic and sports performance expert, shows his patient, Nicole Neely, 33, the wall angel exercise to reduce shoulder pain. Bush recently returned from the U.S. Olympics Training Center in California. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 15th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Dr. Jeremy Busch recently got a rare glimpse of the training methods used by some of the world’s greatest athletes.

A messenger

Rosie Swale Pope, 68,  gives prostate cancer survivor Dan Nicol, 62, of Falling Waters, W.Va., a hug during her appearance Friday at Winchester Medical Center. Pope, an author and marathon runner, completed a five-year around-the-world run and is walking cross country  to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of prostate cancer.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 13th, 2015

WINCHESTER — World adventurer Rosie Swale Pope said she might have given up on life after losing her husband to incurable prostate cancer. Instead, the Wales native chose to be inspired by what she called her husband’s immense courage to face the unknown.

Tax season prompts second chance at health care

March 12th, 2015

Those who missed their chance at signing up for affordable health insurance by the Feb. 15 deadline have another chance. A special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 will benefit certain residents who missed out on the winter open enrollment period.

Conference held to educate on autism

March 12th, 2015

Mountain Laurel Montessori School in Front Royal plans to address autism concerns at a conference from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hungry for more help

Lori Glascock holds a backpack used in the Warren County Backpack Program. During the school year, the program sends food home with hungry children to supplement meals over the weekend. During the summer, parents can pick up food each week at area distribution locations.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 11th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — When thinking about what they might donate to hungry children, everyone thinks of peanut butter. But program chair Lori Glascock said there’s a lot more that goes into a child’s meal.

Winchester counselor finds niche in coaching

Fred Sabia

March 11th, 2015

WINCHESTER — In Fred Sabia’s new office at 123 Amherst St. in Winchester, there’s a podium attached to the top of his desk. This allows him the option of standing while working, part of an effort to keep from sitting too long.

Free clinic: Uninsured face penalties

February 10th, 2015

The open enrollment period for health insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday, and the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic recommends area residents research their options before it’s too late.

Donation to fund medical lab at Winchester school

February 6th, 2015

WINCHESTER — A $140,000 donation from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation in Fairfax will help Winchester Public Schools expand its high school level Career and Technical Education Program.

Measles concerns abated with vaccinations

February 2nd, 2015

Most Americans have heard of measles, but until about 20 years ago, few doctors had ever seen symptoms of it. Dr. Charles Devine III, health director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, said he remembers the first case he ever saw two decades ago.