Issue 4 Stories
Presidents Letter

Expanding Services to Meet the Needs of Our Community

At Sentara RMH Medical Center, our mission is to “improve health every day.” Since joining the team in January, I’ve seen this idea play out in numerous wonderful ways throughout our hospital. Not only have we launched new services, but we’ve also found ways to deliver safer care to our patients. It makes me proud to be part of an organization that isn’t stagnant, but rather is always looking for innovative ways to move forward.

Most recently, Sentara RMH began offering a treatment known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. This minimally invasive procedure to replace faulty heart valves boasts a relatively low risk, even for patients in their 90s. We have already had a number of great patient success stories, two of which you can read about in the article beginning on page 32. Speaking of TAVR, I would be remiss if I didn’t say a big thank-you to the generous Sentara RMH donors who provided a half-million dollars to help fund the hybrid operating room where TAVR cases are performed. Many thanks to all of you who have helped us enhance the clinical services we provide, including those of our heart care program, by generously donating to the RMH Foundation!

On another front—stroke care—we’ve also taken a significant step forward recently. Thanks to a partnership with our Sentara Blue Ridge sister hospital, Sentara Martha Jefferson, we are now able to offer a new neurointerventional treatment option for certain patients who have experienced a stroke (see story, page 52). Due to this collaboration, patients are experiencing amazing recoveries, and many are back to their normal routines in just a few weeks—outcomes that typically weren’t possible before this new technology became available.

Finally, in April we replaced all of our hospital sheets, blankets and gowns with linens that are infused with copper (see story, page 14). Sentara recently conducted the world’s largest clinical trial involving these special linens and found that copper was highly effective in preventing the spread of infections in healthcare settings. While this may seem like a small thing, it represents just one additional step we can take to help keep our patients safe while they’re in our care. And, don’t worry, the linens don’t feel any different—if anything, they are softer!

Through all of our new initiatives and efforts, the one thing that remains the same is our dedication to a positive patient experience. We know that new procedures and offerings don’t mean much if our patients can’t count on us to provide them care in the most comforting way while they are with us. To this end, we are committed to remaining focused on providing the highest-quality experience for each and every patient and visitor who walks through our doors.

I greatly appreciate your support of Sentara RMH Medical Center and look forward to continuing our journey of improving health every day in the months and years to come.

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