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New clinic to provide outpatient treatment to opiate addicts

WINCHESTER -- When Steven Singer, executive director of Addiction Recovery Systems-Winchester, interviewed for his position, he said his employers told him they were convinced he was right for the job after just one line: "It's about time someone actually wants to bring this to the community," Singer told his interviewer.
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LFCC hosts health care fair

MIDDLETOWN -- Had anyone asked if there was a doctor in the house, the answer would've been a resounding yes.
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Group provides support to cancer patients, caregivers

QUICKSBURG -- Josette Miller, 43, of New Market, said when her mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, the family was blindsided. No close relative had ever dealt with cancer before.
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Laurel Center returns sexual assault counselor to Warren County

WINCHESTER -- When Paula Johnson of Front Royal started working at Harmony Place as a night manager, she was paid $10 a night.
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Life-saving heroin overdose antidote gets boost from FDA

In the grim war against heroin overdoses, the drug Narcan has stood out as a beacon of life-saving hope.
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Form allows patients to take control of end-of-life decisions

Over the past several years, Lynn Gray, vice president of patient and family support services with Blue Ridge Hospice, has been trying to give people more control over their lives.
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Six local sisters raise funds for wheelchair-accessible van

STRASBURG -- Norma Dano and her six sisters were born and raised in the Strasburg area. They all still live within a few miles of each other.
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Healthy Families offers support to local mothers

WOODSTOCK -- Jennifer Orndorff, 27, of Strasburg, works with children every day at a day care. But when her son was born, she still needed help.
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Hospital celebrates volunteers

FRONT ROYAL -- Joyce Broy, 72, of Reliance, and Peg Goodyear, 79, of Browntown, play a vital part in Warren Memorial Hospital's operations -- all on their own time.
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Expo features health screenings, safety exhibits

According to the planning committee, this year's Warren Memorial Hospital Health and Wellness Expo will be bigger than ever before.
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Woman tells story of mother's mental illness in upcoming book

WINCHESTER -- Diana Ketterman of Winchester can spend several minutes detailing her many life accomplishments, explaining how, through hard work, she was able to lift herself out of poverty in Moorefield, W.Va.
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United Way attempts to increase mental health dialogue

In response to a national incentive, the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has released a report outlining the ways in which mental health should be addressed in the area.
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Pinwheels planted to raise awareness of child abuse prevention month

WOODSTOCK -- As Yvonne Frazier, Healthy Families of Shenandoah County's program manager, and her team planted pinwheels outside Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, a passing driver stopped Lore Fogle, Valley Health public relations/marketing manager.
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Warren County creates commission to address youth issues

Warren County is taking proactive steps to ensure the health, safety and overall wellbeing of local youth.
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Physician joins hospice, hopes to personalize practice

WINCHESTER -- Blue Ridge Hospice recently filled a physician vacancy after a two-year search prompted by national changes to hospice board certification requirements.
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Edinburg woman celebrates 100th birthday

MAURERTOWN -- Virginia Myers has lived in the Shenandoah Valley all her life -- which, as of Monday, has lasted a century.
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After beating cancer, woman plans to raise awareness

STRASBURG -- The day Mamie Mitchell of Strasburg turned 40, she found out she had Stage IIIC ovarian cancer. She decided her 41st birthday would be different.
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PROGRESS 2014: Valley Health works to create coordinated system of care

Major changes are underway for Valley Health in the upcoming year, many of which are expected to have a direct, positive impact on patients.
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PROGRESS 2014: Local programs hope to deter nationally declining number of health providers

Family practices play a vital role in the daily health of many across the country. But for the past several decades, the nation has seen a steady decrease in the number of primary care providers, and that trend is evident in the Shenandoah Valley as well.
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Little Jordyn makes progress

Although there have been a few issues since moving to Boston, Arielle Hammonds is confident that it was the right decision for her 13-month-old daughter, Jordyn.
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Child fights for her life against rare disease

Jordyn Hammonds has been somewhat of a mystery since before she was born.
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Winchester police investigate infant's hospitalization

City police are investigating the circumstances that led to a young baby being taken to Winchester Medical Center on Wednesday.
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Nurse suspended following arrest

The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
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Museum hosts health care reform talk

Three hundred guests dining at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Business Forum Luncheon Tuesday had a lot to digest.
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The doctor is in: Devine brings diverse background to role with Lord Fairfax Health District

WINCHESTER -- A man of many interests has taken the helm of the Lord Fairfax Health District.
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Study gauges health care needs

WOODSTOCK -- Weaknesses and strengths in the region's health care system were highlighted in a community health needs assessment presented at Tuesday's meeting of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

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