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THE SPIRIT From the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation


makes good happen.

Inside This Issue… Uninsured Women Get Critical Cancer Screenings … Page 2 Bon Secours Virginia Breast Cancer Survivorship Program Empowers Women … Page 6

Dr. James Pellicane (left) and Dr. Mark Dixon (right) are looking forward to opening the new Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center and Women’s Imaging Center at Watkins Centre.

Virginia Breast Center Revolutionizing Care Philanthropy supports new center, expanding services at Watkins

this city, or most places in the country for that matter.” In addition to the breast center and

The six- to eight-week wait to find out

successful model. There’s no turf war. We all

diagnostic imaging center, St. Francis

whether an abnormal mammogram will lead

have the same goal. We all work together to

Watkins Centre will offer a freestanding 24/7

to a clean bill of health or chemotherapy can

get the patients in quickly.”

emergency department, physician offices,

be excruciating. That’s a grim forecast for the

laboratory, physical therapy and sports

one in eight U.S. women who will develop

That reduced wait is important for any

breast cancer in their lifetime.

patient, but especially valuable for those

medicine services.

potentially facing breast cancer. “This is a At the new Watkins Centre location for Bon

cancer that oftentimes affects women at the

Secours Virginia Breast Center and Women’s

busiest point of their lives,” Pellicane said.

Imaging Center, which opens in late fall, the

“They’re working, they’re raising families.

diagnostic process will take 48 hours or less.

They have so much going on … You need to make it convenient for them and quick. If

“It’s really a special place,” said Dr. Mark

they don’t have a problem, they don’t have

Dixon, Director of Breast Imaging for

to stress out for six to eight weeks. If there

Commonwealth Radiology. “We recognized

is a problem, we can help them address it

that bringing our services together


geographically can make all the necessary transitions for women very smooth. This

“When Polly Stephens and I started the

streamlines and improves care for women.”

practice six years ago, we had a vision of exactly this model,” Pellicane said. “We

Dr. James Pellicane, Co-founder of the

wanted to create a breast center where a

Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center, added,

woman could come in at a moment’s notice

“Our partnership with the radiologists

after detecting a lump and get a complete

has been one of the keys in making this a

work up in a day. That’s really unheard of in


How can I help? Gifts to support the Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center and Survivorship Programs help: n Purchase state-of-the-art equipment n Pursue innovative programs (See article on page 6) n Provide education and posttreatment care For more information, contact Ann Carpin, Senior Development Officer, at 804-281-8583 or

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THE SPIRIT With Foundation’s Help, Uninsured Women Get Critical Cancer Screenings Many women are losing their jobs – and health insurance – as a result of the economic downturn. These women often have to skip preventative care, including potentially life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, because they can’t afford it. That’s one reason for the exploding demand for free screenings. The good news is that last year nearly 700 women who couldn’t afford screenings got them thanks to Bon Secours Richmond’s Every Woman’s Life program. “This Centers for Disease Control program is funded through the Virginia Department of Health with supporting grants from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the Avon Breast Health Outreach program,” explained Project Manager Nancy Malone, RN, BA, BSN.

Rene Reams (center) celebrates life with her daughter and grandchildren. Thanks in part to care and support of Every Woman’s Life, Reams is a breast cancer survivor.

The Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation secures about $250,000 annually to fund the program. Individual donations help ensure the program stays strong and help Bon Secours spread the word to community members.

specialists and help them enroll in Medicaid for their comprehensive health care needs.

Bon Secours facilities and freestanding mammography centers host the clinics, which include evening and weekend hours. Staffers provide diagnostic studies to women with abnormal screenings. They also refer women who test positive for breast or cervical cancer to

Since 2003, the Every Woman’s Life program has provided more than 3,600 mammograms for women ages 40-64. Women who are 50 and older also receive a pap test when needed. Clinicians screen women under age 40 who have documentation of a potential issue.

New Board Member Profile: Sr. Charlotte Lange In each issue of The Spirit, we introduce

In 2010, Sr. Charlotte celebrated her 50th year in religious life. A

you to a board member or volunteer.

Richmond native, she entered religious life with the Benedictine Sisters

This month, meet Sr. Charlotte Lange.

of Bristow, Va., on Sept. 8, 1958, and professed simple vows in April 1960. She returned to Richmond in 1972 and worked at St. Benedict

Sr. Charlotte Lange, OSB, a new

School and Saint Gertrude High School, where she retired as principal in

member of the Bon Secours Richmond

June 2005.

Health Care Foundation Board, was recently honored by Catholic Charities for long-time service to the community. “Nonprofit organizations count on compassionate and generous people to support their efforts,” she said.

“Nonprofit organizations count on compassionate and generous people to support their efforts. They can’t do it alone.”

“They can’t do it alone.” Sr. Charlotte, who has studied at Notre Dame, Virginia Commonwealth The Director of Ministry Outreach at St. Mary’s Hospital since 2006, Sr.

University and the University of Virginia, has a Master of Arts in

Charlotte provides a compassionate presence. Sr. Charlotte is known

Counselor Education from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She has

not only by the patients and families with whom she’s given her time

worked as a teacher, counselor and principal. Her numerous awards

and prayers, but by the students whose lives she’s enriched through her

include the Catholic Diocese of Richmond Principal of the Year Award

more than 30-year career in education.

and the Richmond Public Schools Good Apple Award.


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East End Families Benefit from Foundation-Supported Healthy Beginnings Program The infant mortality rate is substantially higher in Richmond’s East End than it is in neighboring communities, according to government data. Proper nutrition, prenatal care and education are vitally important to ensure that babies are born healthy and see their first birthdays. But many low-income families in the East End lack the resources to help them and their babies stay healthy through pregnancy and that first challenging year of parenthood. That’s one reason Bon Secours Richmond, with the help of philanthropic support, launched the Center For Healthy Beginnings at Richmond Community Hospital located in the East End. The Center connects expectant and new parents with critical resources that can help the area’s most vulnerable and tiny residents, said Bon Secours

Kimberly Glessman (left), Mildred Kenney (center) and Brandon Kenney (right) share a smile at Bon Secours’ Center for Healthy Beginnings at Richmond Community Hospital. Mildred says she is grateful for the support center staffers have shown her since she was pregnant with Brandon, who is 1 year old.

employee Kimberly Glessman, a Community Outreach Specialist. Working with Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the “We help families link with medical insurance, physicians, housing needs,

Richmond City Health District, Healthy Beginnings staffers spread the word

school resources – anything a new family needs,” said Glessman. “Even if

about services to nearby public housing community residents. They also

you have support and health insurance, preparing for a new baby can be

work with Family Lifeline to provide home visits to Healthy Beginnings



The Center also offers parents education on car seat installation, prenatal

Right now, the Center is open one day a week, but additional funding

nutrition and stress management. Men can participate in Boot Camp for

would help ensure its sustainability and perhaps allow for expansion.

Dads, offered through First Things First of Greater Richmond. Families can

One of the program’s many strengths is that staffers and families work

take infant CPR, labor preparation and infant care classes, which are part of

together for several months, leading to solid relationships.

the “Love and Learn with Bon Secours” program. “We really get to know our families. Many parents even call us when they “Our relationships with other community organizations really help us amp

are celebrating new births and special milestones,” said Glessman. “And

up our services,” said Glessman.

there is nothing like the joy of a new baby.”

Pediatric Pick-Me-Up Qdoba Mexican Grill® and Starlight Children’s Foundation™ MidAtlantic dedicated a Starlight Fun Center™ to St. Mary’s Hospital in August. The Fun Center™ is a mobile entertainment unit that includes a Nintendo Wii™, DVD player and a Sharp AQUOS™ LCD television. “Starry,” the Starlight Foundation mascot; Blair Bell, RN; Dr. Sofia Teferi; Susan Dudley, RN; patients Tyvaghn Lewis; Leron Braxton; Hakeem Akinwande attended a recent dedication of a new Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.


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Donor Support of Nursing Education Means Better Patient Care Bon Secours Nurses’ Spirit of Caring In this special section of The Spirit, you’ll learn about how continuing education allows our nurses to combine clinical skills with compassion to make a difference for patients. You’ll also hear from a few patients who have experienced firsthand the Spirit of Caring of Bon Secours Nurses. Here are a few examples of how your generous support to Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation’s Nursing Excellence CARE Fund provides essential support and training. Soul Care for the One Caring In May, with financial support from the Nursing Excellence CARE Fund, Bon Secours Virginia offered a tremendous opportunity for more than 350 nurses to participate in the first of a series of programs for nurses in leadership roles and other critical caregivers. Dr. Robert J. Wicks, a professor at Loyola University Maryland and the author of 40 books including Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, led the conferences. With more than 40 years of clinical research, Wicks has developed important techniques to reduce stress for caregivers. Wicks offered insights to help this team strengthen their resilience, focus on the importance of self-care and prevent secondary stress, which results from the pressures experienced by those reaching out to others. Enabling World-Class Professional Development through the Magnet ® Conference The Nursing Excellence CARE Fund also allows our nurses to attend the annual national Magnet Conference, which is held in connection with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The October event’s sessions teach the latest evidence-based practices. Evidence-based practice means we provide patient care based on proven research and the very latest advancements in medicine. Equipping our nurses with this knowledge ensures better care for us all. In fact, our hospitals’ pursuit of Magnet Recognition centers on the importance of these best practices. (See opposite page for more on Magnet.) To make a donation to help send a nurse to the October 2011 Magnet Conference, go to

The Nursing Excellence Fund allows us to build upon our mission of being good help by providing our caregivers with the tools and expertise they need to fulfill their call to serve. Nursing is the foundation of our ministry and is continuously evolving. I am proud to work for an organization that values nurses, and I am honored to be a part of our journey to Nursing Excellence.”

My nurses made a the world for my baby an pregnancy is very scary, encouraging and reassur was in the NICU, the nurs was their own baby. They nurses – they were like fa

— Kady Fausz, former St. above, reflects on her pregnancy unit for th to her daughte In

— Jill Kennedy, Chief Nurse Executive, Memorial Regional Medical Center


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It was like you were their only patient. I’d never go anyplace else ... I know they try at other hospitals, but there’s just something special at Bon Secours. They all seem to enjoy their job. And they all knew exactly what to do as far as taking care of you.” — Debbie Coberly, a breast cancer survivor, about her experience at St. Francis Medical Center

The Path to Nursing Excellence Begins with Your Generosity What makes Bon Secours nurses different? For starters, we’re a faith-based nonprofit. We value compassion above profits. We make room for miracles. You’ll often hear us talk about our call to serve. That’s very real for Bon Secours nurses. We are able to attract outstanding clinicians who also embody a spirit of caring. They choose to work at Bon Secours because we put patient care over the bottom line. They have the freedom to pray at the patients’ bedside and care for their whole family. Beginning with their first-year orientation and continuing throughout their career, Bon Secours nurses collectively spend thousands of hours receiving ongoing training and learning the latest best practices in nursing care.

all the difference in nd me. A high-risk , but my nurses were so ring. When my daughter ses treated her like she y were more than just amily.”

Mary’s Hospital patient shown r care. She was in the high-risk hree weeks before giving birth er who stayed in the Neo-Natal ntensive Care Unit for 30 days.

This is partly why St. Mary’s Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center have earned Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an honor shared by only 7 percent

of U.S. hospitals, and St. Francis Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital have earned the prestigious ANCC Pathway to Excellence® designation.

How does my gift help Bon Secours nurses provide outstanding care for patients? With donor support, we are able to invest deeply in people, processes and technology so that Bon Secours nurses receive the ongoing education needed to consistently deliver excellent patient care. Giving to our Nursing Excellence CARE Fund, helps ensure: „„Our nurses can attend the Magnet program conferences for training on stateof-the-art techniques and technologies. „„Nurses receive vitally important education to continue learning, obtain specialty certifications and stay ahead of a rapidly changing health care landscape. „„Our health care ministry has more resources available to help those in need. For more, go to

The nurses took extra special care of her, making sure she was comfortable. But they also took good care of me. Those last few days are stressful. I really appreciated the nurses, who gave me advice and explained what to expect.” — Veronica Bates-Gomez, Fleur-De-Lis member, speaking about the care Bon Secours Hospice nurses gave her mother, a lung cancer patient, in her final days.


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Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center’s Board of Directors Survivorship Program Empowers Patients The Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation owes much gratitude and thanks to our Board of Directors. Below is a list of our current board members who donate their time and resources, which contribute to our success.

Because cancer and its treatment can have long-lasting effects on the body, the Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center’s (VBC) Breast Cancer Survivorship Program offers support, help with

Toni R. Ardabell

treatment, and education in the years to

Jenna J. Atwood


Kathleen Burke Barrett Peter J. Bernard

Through the VBC Breast Cancer

Carmella Maurizi Bladergroen

Survivorship Program, we provide

William C. Boinest, Chairman

individualized care plans that empower

Peter W. Brown, M.D.

survivors with knowledge about their

Diana F. Cantor

cancer diagnosis and treatment,

Barry J. Case

address the chronic effects of cancer

Dennis A. Diersen

and its therapy, provide monitoring

Virginia G. DiStanislao

recommendations to allow for early identification of treatment-related effects and promote health-protective behaviors.

Cancer survivor Karen Jennings poses with her daughters, Amanda and Ashley. A patient of Bon Secours Virginia Breast Center, Karen says exercise and building strength were an important part of her post-treatment recovery.

It is clear that these behaviors, including

work to reduce the severity of cancer

proper diet and exercise, decrease

side effects, prevent unwanted weight

breast cancer mortality and can, in some

changes and improve participants’

situations, prevent a first breast cancer

energy levels and self-esteem as well.

in some women. Mary Baker, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CBEC, Donor support will help us offer events

a breast cancer survivor and manager

and lectures designed to provide general

of the Virginia Breast Center Breast

education on a variety of the late and

Cancer Survivorship Program, earned

long-term effects faced by cancer

her Master of Science in Nursing from

survivors after treatment is completed.

the University of Virginia and is boardcertified as a family nurse practitioner

One of the innovative programs we hope

by the American Academy of Nurse

to offer in the next six months is a Breast

Practitioners. She is also certified in

Cancer risk reduction program.

clinical breast exam by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

The program will help cancer patients build muscle mass and strength, increase

“As a breast cancer survivor, I am

flexibility and endurance, and improve

passionate about the unique needs of

their capacity to perform daily activities.

this population and want to share my

It will instruct patients in proper diet

skills and knowledge to empower breast

and exercise programs shown to reduce

cancer survivors to live their lives to the

breast cancer risk. The program will

fullest,” she said.


Susan Y. Dorsey John W. Fain Andrew C. Foldenauer May H. Fox Peter F. Gallagher Kirsti A. Goodwin Vernard W. Henley Dougal G. Hewitt Charles M. Jones III, M.D. Sr. Charlotte Lange, O.S.B. J. Stephen Lindsey C. Gregory Lockhart, M.D. Sr. Anne Marie Mack, C.B.S. John J. Muldowney William T. Patrick, Jr. Nancy A. Plageman Malcolm M. Randolph Corbin K. Rankin J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr. Linda F. Rigsby William H. Schwarzschild III Sr. Victoria V. Segura, M.D., C.B.S. John N. Simpson, Sr. Thomas W. Sokol William B. Thalhimer III Paul M. Thompson James S. Watkinson D. Kyle Woolfolk, Jr.

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Community’s Generosity Helps Forensic Nurses Serve Abuse Victims When a victim of sexual or physical abuse completes an exam, she is given clean clothes so her soiled clothing can be used for evidence. When a child lacks the words to explain what happened, he is given a stuffed animal, pillow and crayons to help. When patients arrive with no loved ones, they can rely on trained volunteers in moments of need. These are just a few ways that community support makes a difference for the St. Mary’s Hospital Forensic Nurse Examiners Unit. The unit’s nurses stand by 24 hours a day to treat victims of sexual and physical abuse. Last year, they cared for more than 700 patients from more than 20 localities. They also train their peers across the region in this advanced practice nursing specialty.

Bonnie Price, Clinical Coordinator of Forensic Nurse Examiners (right), shows the examination room to Richmond Academy Medicine Alliance members Pat Merson, Bonnie Davis and Holly Garnet during the open house in August.

space. Patients had to traverse through

“Forensic nurses cannot have an

the hallways to use the restroom. Nurses

agenda. They must be objective fact

had to interview the fragile patients in the

finders,” said Randall.

small physical exam room. “They are the best in the area. Their “It was a blessing,” said Bonnie Price,

training, preparation and the quality of

Clinical Coordinator of Forensic Nurse

their work help me do my job better.”

Examiners, of the $24,000 gift, which helps pay the rent. The nurses recently moved the unit to the new space, which now includes a special pediatric room. “Our new place has a vibe of peace and safety,” she said. Forensic Nurse Examiner Shirley Shaneen, PRN, Stacie Vecchietti with Safe Harbor (left) and Richmond Police Detective Marshall M. Young attended the open house of the new location for St. Mary’s Hospital Forensic Nurse Examiners Unit.

A generous donation of $24,000 from the St. Mary’s Volunteer Auxiliary enabled the nurses to move to a new, larger space earlier this summer. Before this gift, the nurses worked in a small, crowded office that made their challenging work even more difficult. Families couldn’t wait during their loved ones’ examinations because there was no


The unit’s many supporters include the Board of Women’s Health, the Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance, Operation Fuzzy and many individual volunteers. The impact of the nurses’ tireless work extends far beyond the patients, said Toni M. Randall, a former defense attorney who now prosecutes violent crimes for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Richmond. In both roles, she has relied on the reports from the nurses.

Forensic Nurse Examiner Betsy Martin RN, BSN, SANE-A (left) shows Joan Burton the clothing kits assault victims receive. The kits contain a T-shirt, pants and personal care items for victims to use if they have to leave their clothing for investigators to recover evidence.

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A Letter from Foundation Chairman Bill Boinest Supporting Women’s and Children’s Health As children head back to school, I am reminded that our Care-A-Van mobile free health clinic was launched to provide pediatric immunizations — helping children get ready for school. Now, we take care of entire families. This is one example of how Bon Secours sees a need in the community, meets it and then grows to address more needs.

Many stories in this month’s Spirit look at ways our donors, through the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, support children’s and women’s health.

We have the privilege to support the doctors, nurses and all caregivers who dedicate themselves to alleviating suffering.

Next month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which highlights the need for breast cancer education and research.

Thank you for your support,

I have a special appreciation for these efforts as my daughter works with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Bon Secours helps provide mammograms and free services for women through Every Woman’s Life (page 2).


William C. Boinest Chairman, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation

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