It is hard to believe fall is already upon us. The leaves are undergoing their annual transformation from vibrant greens to rich autumnal hues just as we have been transforming here at VCU Health System. I would like to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication over these past months as we have begun the planning and implementation of our strategic imperatives under Vision by Design. Because of your continued efforts, we are already starting to realize benefits from Vision by Design as evidenced by our improving statistics, such as discharges by noon, the average length of stay, inpatient volumes and outpatient visits. There is still work to do as our transformation is just beginning!
Our Strategic Partnership, Geographic Reach, and Network Development Vision by Design strategic imperative highlights an additional area of transformational focus. As the health care environment continues to change due to market and consumer evolution, redefined access and delivery, and disruptive competition and policy reform, we need to be responsive. One strategy is to extend our geographic presence, and while we cannot buy or build everything, we are developing relationships and partnering across the continuum where, how and with whom it makes sense. We have made great strides in this area with our coordination with Patient First, where we have concerted efforts to increase our integration to better manage patients and our team members who seek care from both organizations. Many of you have also been involved in the innovative work with Sheltering Arms to build a free-standing, joint ventured inpatient rehabilitation facility. These are just two examples of the tremendous collaborative relationships that you all have been integral in developing.
We are continuing these partnership efforts across the state as many of our patients come to us from throughout the Commonwealth. Knowing distance can be a formidable obstacle to care and treatment for many of our patients, we are actively seeking ways to partner and support local providers in order to keep care local. Our affiliation with Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia, is just one of the local avenues by which we can enhance services for southern Virginia residents. Through the use of data analytics and you, our clinical subject matter experts, we are identifying essential services to support and grow throughout the state. This is an exciting endeavor, and we appreciate your continued support of Vision by Design and these transformational partnerships.
VCU Health System is an urban, comprehensive academic medical center in central Virginia established to preserve and restore health for all people, to see the cause and cure of disease through innovative research, and to educate those who serve humanity.
VCU Health welcomes two new physicians to our team.
Mary Caldwell, DO, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, treats all primary care sports medicine injuries and system based complications, such as skin complications and diabetes during exercise. Dr. Caldwell specializes in treating female athletes and adaptive athletes (for example, wheelchair and amputee athletes) and cares for patients at the NOW Center in Short Pump. To make an appointment with Dr. Caldwell, call (804) 828-0713 to schedule an appointment.
To meet the demands of an expanding patient population, Family Medicine is pleased to welcome Dr. Tammy Mantzouris to the team at Nelson Clinic. Family Medicine physicians emphasize prevention and healthy lifestyles and provide patients with a true medical home. This means that if a specialist is needed, our team of providers remain connected to their patients and help coordinate their care. Dr. Mantzouris is accepting new patients at Nelson Clinic. Call (804) 828-5883 for an appointment today.
Through Vision by Design, we develop services and patient experiences that meet the needs of our communities. Our valued team members help us every step of the way.
Flu vaccines are mandatory for all VCUHS team members and volunteers. HOW can you be compliant? Several ways:
1. Fast track clinic for team members and volunteers held in the Main 2 Meeting Center.
Monday, October 8 1 - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 12 noon - 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, October 12 12 noon - 5 p.m.
- Free; On-sitel; No need to submit documentation if you receive vaccine at this special clinic; Injection only
2. In the community or at your VCU Health provider outside of the clinic.
- Out-of-pocket fee may be charged; Off-site; Submit documentation to HR4U (Open a case in HR4U; scan and submit documentation); Injection or mist
Team members who receive nasal mist may not work on any unit with immuno-suppressed patients (e.g., PICU, MRICU and BMT) for seven days post-vaccine.
3. After fast track, vaccine will be available in EHS and by peer vaccinators starting October 16.
Exemptions for documented medical contraindications and/or religious reasons will be considered. Forms are on HR4U (www.hr4u.vcuhealth.org).
- As your manager
- Contact HR4U
www.hr4u.vcuhealth.org | Phone: (804) 628-HR4U (4748) | Toll free (844) 989-HR4U (4748)
Our Vision by Design framework directs us to develop services and patient experiences that meet the needs of our communities.
Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual LGBT Burnside Watstein Award Ceremony, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 303 at the James Branch Cabell Library on VCU’s Monroe Park campus, 901 Park Avenue. For more information, contact Brie Dubinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eldercare Education and Support presents “Diagnosing Dementias” on Tuesday, October 16 from 12 - 1pm in the Main 1-426 conference room. Speakers Martha Donato, Senior Advocacy Management, Inc. and Lisa Isbell, Senior Care Authority, area owner will discuss “When Care Management and Housing Guidane Meet.” This session will help you understand how these professionals can make your caregiver planning and transitions easier.
Financial Wellness seminars on the MCV Campus, “Identity Theft,” presented by Virginia Credit Union will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 12 - 1 p.m. in The Learning Center on Main 1. Free and open to everyone.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children Open House (1308 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond) on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take a tour and learn more about mental health resources. Check out antique Ford vehicles and enjoy healthy snacks and giveaways.
Join us for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Four Mile Fun Run on October 21! Register today at www.chfrace.org. Create a team within your department and walk or run with us as we help the many children at CHoR! Want to be a team captain? Contact Stephanie Allan at email@example.com. It’s fun for the whole family!