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welcome

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mission

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Bon Secours Cancer Institute physicians

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innovation

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improvements

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initiatives

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supportive

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community partnerships

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welcome Many lives have been touched — and sometimes

palliative care and hospice services. Survivorship is

completely transformed — by the good help of Bon

our goal for every patient diagnosed with cancer

Secours. Our skilled surgeons, nurse navigators and

— and national statistics demonstrate that 66% of

cancer specialists provide unparalleled healing and

cancer patients survive five years or more. Our ability

hope to patients and their families. With one in two

to attack cancer with the best science, team and

men and one in three women at risk for developing

technology has allowed Bon Secours to provide good

cancer in their lifetimes, the advanced diagnostics,

help for all in need.

treatments and supportive care provided to Bon Secours patients are more important than ever.

We’re proud that the values we live by each day at Bon Secours Virginia Cancer Institute extend beyond what

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System offers

is simply required. We place each individual with cancer

comprehensive cancer care programs for lung/chest,

and his or her family at the center of our attention,

colorectal, prostate, breast and gynecological cancers.

treating them with compassion, dignity and respect.

Our locally and nationally recognized physicians and therapists use state-of the-art equipment to diagnose

Good help is world-class programs. Good help is

and treat cancer and to save lives. This includes the

expert care. And good help touches all of us. We

latest low-dose 64 slice computerized tomography

encourage you to take a few minutes to get to know

(CT) units, PET/CT scanning units, the da Vinci® Si

us better by reading more good help stories in the

Robotic Surgery System, the Varian® True Beam linear

following pages and by visiting our website or calling

Since 1824 in Paris, when the Sisters of Bon Secours left the safety of their convents to care

accelerator, and interventional radiology suites among

our cancer resources.

for the sick in their homes, good help has not only been our name, it’s been our calling.

others. These innovations help our clinical teams

Today, the Bon Secours Virginia Cancer Institute continues this focus with a mission to

provide more precise diagnosess and treatment plans, shorten treatment times and enhance patient comfort. Once patients enter our cancer institute, they have

provide seamless, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, evidence-based cancer treatment, as Michael K. Kerner, CEO Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System

full access to the entire spectrum of care for cancer patients and their families. This includes outpatient infusion centers, lymphedema clinics, cancer resource centers, oncology nurse navigators, as well as

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well as support and survivorship programs for individuals with cancer. We work each day to serve our patients and their families through a compassionate, world-class staff, extraordinary care and convenient, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

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Good help is compassionate. Good help is innovative. Good help is Bon Secours.

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collaboration At Bon Secours Hampton Roads, multidisciplinary care teams combine the science to cure with the art of compassion. Surgical, medical and radiation oncology experts, certified oncology nurses and support staff collaborate to offer the latest and most effective inpatient and outpatient cancer treatments.

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BON SECOURS DEPAUL MEDICAL CENTER TUMOR BOARD

Chair/Medical Oncologist

Surgeon

Boon Kok, MD

Gregory Adams, MD

BON SECOURS MARYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER & BON SECOURS HEALTH CENTER AT HARBOUR VIEW COLORECTAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM

BON SECOURS MARYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER CANCER COMMITTEE Chair/General Surgeon

Jeffrey Riblet, MD Emily Rivet, MD

Daniel Atienza, MD

Cancer Liaison Physician/ Colorectal Surgeon

Judith Blevins, MD

Radiation Oncologist

Judith Blevins, MD

Colorectal Patient Navigator Robin Boothe, RN

Oncology Nurse

Robin Boothe, RN

Gastroenterologist

Snehal Damle, MD

Case Manager

Susan Crum, RN

Gastroenterologist

Thomas Duntemann, MD

Pathologist

David Cummings, MD

Medical Oncologist

Elizabeth Gunderson, MD

American Cancer Society Representative

Pennie Faircloth, RT(T)

Quality Management

Elizabeth Hurd, RN

Pathologist

Skylar Alsop, MD

Medical Oncologist Radiation Oncologist

Diagnostic Radiologist

Harry Allen, MD

Pathologist

Crawford Anderson, MD

Medical Oncologist

Scott Cross, MD

Surgeon

Charles Ives, MD

Medical Oncologist

Boon Kok, MD

Cindy Flynn, RN

Pathologist

Olubunmi Lampejo, MD

Oncology Nurse

Margaret Hill-Johnson, RN

Pathologist

Diane Maia, MD

Elizabeth Hurd, RN

GYN Oncologist

Michael McCollum, MD

Cancer Registry Team Coordinator

Theresa Johnlouis, CTR

Quality Management Certified Tumor Registrar

Theresa Johnlouis, CTR

Surgeon

Elizabeth Salzberg, MD

Gastroenterologist

Mark Lawson, MD

Certified Tumor Registrar

Theresa Johnlouis, CTR

Pathologist

Diane Maia, MD

Pathologist

Gerard Singer, MD

Radiologist

Susan McKenzie, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist

Susan McKenzie, MD

Service Line Administrative Director

Melodye Myers

Pathologist

Ray Smith, MD

Colorectal Surgery

Emily Rivet, MD

Palliative Care

Lori Mitchell, LPN

GYN Oncologist

Robert Squatrito, MD

Radiologist

Dimitri Samoilov, MD

Melodye Myers

Surgeon

Virginia Stewart, MD

Manager, Endoscopy Center

Nancy Schlossberg, RN

Service Line Administrative Director

Medical Oncologist

Lloyd Shabazz, MD

Medical Oncologist

Lloyd Shabazz, MD

Cancer Liaison Physician/ Surgeon

Charles Ives, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist

Harry Allen, MD

Palliative Care

Robin Boothe, RN

American Cancer Society Representative

Pennie Faircloth, RT(T)

Case Manager

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BON SECOURS DEPAUL MEDICAL CENTER LUNG CARE TEAM Diagnostic Radiologist

Harry Allen, MD

Pulmonologist

Vandana Patel, MD

Medical Oncologist

George Saman, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Kevin Shortt, MD

Pulmonologist

Carlos Silva, MD

Primary Care Physician

Nabil Tadros, MD

BON SECOURS MARYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER AND BON SECOURS HEALTH CENTER AT HARBOUR VIEW BREAST CARE TEAM Medical Oncologist

Radiation Oncologist

Judith Blevins, MD

General Surgeon

Eugene Chang, MD

Medical Oncologist

Snehal Damle, MD

Medical Oncologist

Craig Franzman, MD

Medical Oncologist

Elizabeth Gunderson, MD

Plastic Surgeon

Helena Guarda, MD

Breast Cancer Navigator

Laurie Jesz, RN

Cancer Registry Team Coordinator

Theresa Johnlouis, CTR

Diagnostic Radiologist

Susan McKenzie, MD

General Surgeon

Jeffrey Riblet, MD

Administrative Director Ambulatory Services

Ashley Russo

Medical Oncologist

Lloyd Shabazz, MD

Daniel Atienza, MD

Vice President Medical Affairs Warren Austin, MD

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BON SECOURS DEPAUL MEDICAL CENTER BREAST CARE TEAM Surgeon

Gregory Adams, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist

Harry Allen, MD

Radiation Dosimetrist

Mammography Technologist

Jacqueline Partin, RT (R)

Kathy Brooks, RT(T)

Ultrasound Technologist

Julie Reynolds, RDMS

Medical Oncologist

Scott Cross, MD

Medical Oncologist

George Saman, MD

Medical Oncologist

Ranjit Goudar, MD

Surgeon

Elizabeth Salzberg, MD

Oncology Nurse

Margaret Hill-Johnson, RN

Surgeon

Virginia Stewart, MD

Surgeon

Charles Ives, MD

Director of Radiology

Tom Walsh, RT (R)

Cancer Registry Team Coordinator

Theresa Johnlouis, CTR

Plastic Surgeon

Ivor Kaplan, MD

Medical Oncologist

Boon Kok, MD

Mammography Technologist

Eileen Lapeza, RT (R)

Pathologist

Diane Maia, MD

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innovation Advanced Radiation Therapy Nearly half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, a treatment that uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The technology of radiation therapy has improved greatly in recent years and Bon Secours is at the forefront of bringing it to patients.

This past year, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center installed a state-of-art Varian TrueBeamTM linear accelerator. Found in only a limited number of hospitals nationwide, this machine rotates around the patient, targeting tumors from every angle. Benefits include improved precision, shortened treatment times and enhanced patient comfort. Judith Blevins, MD, board-certified radiation oncologist at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, says the addition of the new linear accelerator and other innovations such as RapidArc® radiotherapy, a newer form of intensity-modulated radiation therapy, have improved the team’s ability to more precisely target tumors and save lives. As a seven-year-old, Dr. Blevins was greatly affected by the death of a teenaged cousin from malignant lymphoma. That experience, combined with an inherent interest in math and science, led Dr. Blevins to study medicine.

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“I went to medical school with the intention of going into primary care, but when I did my rotation in radiology, I found that I was really interested in the technological aspects of medicine,” she says. “I liked the physics of it. I liked knowing that I could help patients without being invasive—to look at them from the outside.”

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In the years since Dr. Blevins began practicing radiation oncology, she has seen the integration of advanced cancer treatment technologies and techniques significantly improve patient outcomes as well as improve the overall patient experience. She works closely with the department’s dosimetrist who prescribes precise radiation doses, and a physicist who oversees all of the machines to make certain that radiation doses do not harm healthy tissue and organs near the tumor. “It’s a very technologically precise field to be in. We are careful in how we deliver radiation. All of our patients benefit from these innovations,” she says. “In this past year, we’ve definitely seen less acute side effects for prostate, breast, and head and neck cancers because we have better methods to avoid normal surrounding tissues.” Another new and vital piece of technology is ARIA®, an electronic medical records system that combines radiation, medical and surgical oncology information allowing the medical team to better manage treatment plans. “It’s wonderful to see these upgrades put in place and to put the technology in to action to help our patients,” said Dr. Blevins. bshr.com/cancercare

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Interventional Radiology In the last year, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital has enhanced its interventional radiology program with the investment of more than $1 million for the purchase of a GE Innova IGS-540 interventional radiology suite. It offers physicians the imaging capabilities to use minimally invasive image-guided procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases throughout the body. It is routinely used for visualization and revascularization of arteries, diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases, urologic procedures and interventions to address diseases of the liver and bile ducts. In the fight against cancer, the implications are positive with options now including chemoembolization, which carries cancer-fighting medicine directly to the site of a tumor, and needle biopsy diagnosis, as opposed to surgical biopsy, for breast, lung and other cancers. “With greatly improved imaging we can do a number of things that we couldn’t do before. It gives us the option to diagnose and treat patients with fewer risks and shorter recovery times than traditional surgical methods,” said Kurt H. Wetzler, MD, board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional radiologist with Hampton Roads Radiology Associates. “Because we use a minimally invasive approach with catheters, needles and stents, in many cases we can offer patients a more precise, timely diagnosis and in some cases we can prevent patients from undergoing surgery. That helps to reduce a patient’s recovery time, reduce opportunities for infection and

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ultimately reduce the cost of providing highquality care.” This state-of-the-art technology serves those in the screening/early diagnosis phases as well as those suffering advanced cases of the disease. “For some patients, these minimally invasive procedures allow us to reduce the narcotic load patients may be on so that they are more aware. To have good mental status is especially important to someone who has terminal cancer,” Dr. Wetzler says. “Some of our patients are in pain and if we can do a minimally invasive procedure without as much pain, it basically improves their quality of life.”

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Digital Mammography More than 4,500 women in Virginia are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breast cancer experts agree that the best way to treat the disease is with an interdisciplinary team approach like the Breast Program at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View. There, our cancer specialists employ state-of-the-art technology with advanced diagnostic techniques including digital mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Susan McKenzie, MD, board-certified radiologist with Medical Center Radiologists, says cancer treatment has improved greatly because cancers are being caught earlier thanks to technology such as the 1.5 tesla MRI unit which takes detailed images providing physicians with the best information to create personalized treatment plans for patients.

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The MRI is used to screen a variety of patients including high-risk patients, such as those who have the BRCA gene mutation and those who have a firstdegree relative with the BRCA mutation; and women who had chest wall radiation treatment between the ages of 10 to 30 giving them a 25 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer. It may also be used for women with dense breasts which put them at a 15 to 20 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer; for women with leaking silicone breast implants; or for severe cases when the doctor opts to use chemotherapy to shrink tumors prior to surgery. “The mammogram remains the gold standard in diagnosing cancer, but the greatest utility, providing enhanced results, is when the digital mammogram and

MRI are used together. With the breast MRI we can diagnose 3.5 percent more women than with just using digital mammogram,” Dr. McKenzie says. “It provides improvement in treatment because it helps to determine the extent of the disease, allowing the surgeon to better plan the surgery. It offers the ability to find additional cancers and can let us know if the patient is a good candidate for breast-conserving surgery.” Dr. McKenzie decided to pursue a career in diagnostic radiology because she feels it’s the most interesting branch of medicine. “I knew that I wouldn’t be doing the same thing every day and that I would have patient contact every day. I enjoy the challenges of diagnosing patients with breast cancer,” she says. “It’s wonderful to have this technology that can provide a definitive answer about a patient’s cancer to diagnose it.” bshr.com/cancercare

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I N N O VAT I O N Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital enhanced its interventional radiology program by investing more than $1 million to upgrade the hospital’s interventional radiology suite. This new imaging suite offers physicians the capabilities to use minimally invasive image-guided procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as cancer, in nearly every organ system in the body. Interventional radiologists use a minimally invasive approach with catheters, needles and stents, which can offer patients a timelier, more precise diagnosis and prevent some patients from undergoing surgery.

system, links patient medical information, including medical history, allergies, test results and medications, into a secure and confidential electronic record. The patient’s care team can access all treatment plans and safety alerts, ensuring continuity of care for the patient. Medical staff will receive lab and x-ray results faster, improving the quality of care for all patients. The system will allow across-the-board consistency in patient records and reduction or elimination of unnecessary duplication of effort. Electronic medical records allow for faster documentation time and can increase productivity among caregiver teams.

ConnectCare and mychart

mychart offers Bon Secours patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records. It enables them to securely use the Internet to manage and receive information about their health — online, any time — simply by visiting mychart.mybonsecours.com.

Bon Secours Health System offers electronic medical records (EMR) of patients so physicians have immediate access to the information they need in their office, at home or at the hospital. ConnectCare, Bon Secours Health System’s clinical information da Vinci® SiTM robotic surgery system

Equipment and New Procedures Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center invested more than $8 million in cancer care which included the installation of a state-of-the-art radiation therapy unit, a Varian® linear accelerator. In addition, the center installed a 16-slice, wide-bore CT simulator scanner, an imaging device used in the planning of cancer treatments. The center also upgraded the high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy system and installed an electronic medical record system. These upgrades allow the physicians and therapists to offer some of the area’s most advanced forms of radiotherapy, including image-guided radiation

therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and RapidArc® radiation therapy. The addition of the 16-slice simulator facilitates more efficient treatment planning. With the implementation of the upgraded HRD unit, the patient can now receive radiation therapy in multiple locations during a therapy session. Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center recently invested $2.5 million in a state-of-the art da Vinci® SiTM robotic surgery system to expand its minimally invasive surgery program. This technology has been used extensively for the surgical treatment of pelvic tumors, especially those that are urological and gynecological in nature.

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improvements Quality is the excellence we strive to deliver. Our goal is not just to reach established internal and external standards, but to go beyond them and bring world-class cancer care to patients in our local community. After all, nothing speaks to our quality cancer services better than our patients themselves. Whether you are referring a patient, friend or family member, Bon Secours Cancer Institute can provide the good help you need.

Inpatient Oncology Nurse Educators At Bon Secours, our expert multidisciplinary teams strive daily to improve the lives of our patients fighting cancer. That equates to constant training in the most advanced techniques, with the goal to improve the quality of care in every facet of treatment. At the forefront of those efforts are nurse educators like Sarah Cullen, RN, clinical nurse specialist at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

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“My primary goal is to provide continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care through innovative, evidence-based nursing interventions,” said Cullen. “I work hand in hand with bedside nurses to improve nursing care with chemotherapy safety training, symptom management education and interdisciplinary collaboration. We work together to improve the patient and family experience with patient-centered initiatives.” One such quality improvement initiative was the creation of a patient education resource center where patients and families have access to educational brochures and pamphlets on different

types of cancers, symptom management and treatment support. “We’ve also recently partnered with a massage school to provide holistic services to our patients to further enhance their overall experience while admitted,” added Cullen. Providing tailored care for each patient is important to Ms. Cullen, who was inspired to become a nurse when her grandfather battled leukemia. “When he was admitted to the hospital because of complications from his chemotherapy regimen, I was in awe by the nursing care he received. They made such an impact on not only his overall care, but on my family’s perception of cancer. I decided that I wanted to have that kind of positive impact on the care and life of another,” said Cullen. “I love working with oncology patients because of the impact I can make on their overall well-being. I enjoy bringing holistic, expert nursing practices to all areas of an individual’s care. Every time I touch a life, I thank the nurses that touched my grandfather’s life while changing mine.”

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Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators When a woman faces a possible breast cancer diagnosis, she finds herself in a new world with an uncertain future and choices she never imagined making. At Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, our multidisciplinary breast care teams rally to create an individualized treatment plan for every patient. Right in the middle of that team is Laurie Jesz, RN, a certified nurse navigator who specializes in oncology. She serves as a patient educator, advocate and care coordinator who meets with patients as soon as they have a possible breast cancer diagnosis and helps schedule further testing. From the time of diagnosis, Ms. Jesz discusses treatment options and the patient’s home situation to evaluate needs that may arise. She guides patients to resources for support, assists with insurance forms and paperwork and looks to reduce barriers to care, such as transportation. “From the initial assessment of a patient, I know that she is not only going to face treatment and possible surgery, but she’s also going to have a different situation with finances, employment or insurance. Women who were previously working will need time off if they

need chemotherapy,” she said. “There may be less money coming in and more going out for copays and medications. It’s a very difficult time for families and I help them navigate through those issues.” Providing emotional support and encouragement is another big part of Jesz’s job. “The most critical thing I can do is to allay a patient’s anxiety. When a woman is diagnosed with a breast problem, it’s a very scary time. I want to give them peace of mind and help them to move on with a treatment plan,” she said. “There are a lot of quality-of-life issues to cover such as body image concerns and things related to spouses and children. We’ve come a long way with breast cancer treatment and are doing well, but it’s still difficult to manage the emotions patients go through.” As a breast cancer patient’s touchstone, Ms. Jesz attends weekly conferences with the whole team of surgeons, pathologists and radiologists to review all breast cancer patient cases. “We evaluate all options for each patient to make sure that they are getting the latest and greatest there is to offer,” said Jesz. “I’m so fortunate to work with breast cancer patients. Our treatment works. There are nearly three million breast cancer survivors living very active lives. I’m very blessed to be on the team that’s helped them beat breast cancer.”

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initiatives Prevention and Screenings Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cancer killer in the United States. With proper screening, it is also highly preventable. At Bon Secours, our multidisciplinary team of board-certified colon and rectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, a nurse navigator and nurses work in concert to treat patients with compassionate, streamlined care. Nancy Schlossberg, RN, is the nurse manager for Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View’s Colorectal Cancer and Endoscopy Center. She leads a highly trained nursing team dedicated to caring for patients who need colonoscopies and other gastroenterological diagnostic procedures and tests. This specialized staff is dedicated to providing patients exceptional treatment with the latest technology and compassionate care. “We are committed to giving our patients safe, highquality, personalized care that will make them want to come back for a follow-up screening,” she says. “And we’re always sure to ask them to tell a friend about the importance of proper screening because when caught early, colon cancer is highly treatable. Colonoscopies save lives.”

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Ms. Schlossberg says that patients often have anxiety about colonoscopies. They worry that it might be painful and about the possibility of finding something. To quell those fears, a Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View admitting team member individualizes the explanation of procedures to meet the patient’s level of understanding of what to expect and how to

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follow-up. Often, the nurse who admits the patient provides care during and after the procedure. “The ability to provide that kind of continuity of care, from scheduling through the end-of-the-day call at home, makes a huge difference to our patients,” said Schlossberg. “All of us sign a thank you note that is given to patients on their way out and they really seem to appreciate that we really care about them. They get the sense of us as people who care, not machines or robots.” Ms. Schlossberg, who has been awarded the GI Professional of the Year award by the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses, enjoys the role she plays in endoscopy services. “We really are part of a team. We discuss patients’ treatment plans with pathologists, radiologists and hemo-oncologists. We know our patients and are committed to continuity of care,” she says. “They will not get lost in the system. It’s nice to have a place where everybody is focused on the best treatment and outcomes of the patient. I’m part of the team that plays a big part of the whole. It’s great for patient care.”

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I N I T I AT I V E S

Primary Care Providers

Life Coach

At Bon Secours, we know when patients have a medical home, one where there’s personal health

The Life Coach Program connects patients with no insurance, limited resources or no personal doctor with

providers for them and their family, they are much more likely to have the proper health screenings and take an active role in preventing diseases.

primary care resources to minimize their trips to the emergency room. These coaches work closely with the emergency department staff to find medical homes for patients who regularly use emergency rooms for nonemergency issues.

Bon Secours Medical Group now has almost 150 medical providers in nearly 50 locations throughout the Hampton Roads community. Our goal is to continue to bring world-class care to our community by offering easier access to care through extended office hours, same-day appointments and through innovations like mychart®.

Operating out of Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, life coaches, formally known as medical life coach navigators, help patients overcome social barriers to care, make followup appointments and obtain medications.

The Life Coach Model of Care was implemented by placing two LPNs in the Bon Secours DePaul Emergency Department (ED) with the purpose of connecting patients in need with primary care physicians. In the first year of the program (September 2008-September 2009), life coaches assisted 1,000 patients. Of those, only 12 returned to the ED for the same condition. The rest are now being cared for by their own doctors thanks to relationships established by the Life Coach Program. Roughly 90 percent of everyone referred to primary care doctors made contact and set up appointments.

Smoke-Free Initiative As part of Bon Secours Virginia’s investment in employee health and commitment to accountable care, the not-for-profit health system is initiating a nicotinefree hiring policy. Nicotine users will not be eligible for employment within Bon Secours Virginia Health System. The policy is an extension of the Bon Secours’ mission to provide good help and model good health for patients, employees and the community. “More than 12,000 Bon Secours Virginia employees care for and inspire patients every day,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. “It is our responsibility to encourage our employees to be as healthy as possible and to offer creative and convenient ways to ensure their own health and wellness.”

Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Health Care Center Along with our commitment to treating cancer, Bon Secours emphasizes the importance of prevention and early detection when there is the greatest chance for a cure. Cancer screening tests are recommended for different cancers at baseline ages to detect them at their most curable stages. For instance, annual mammograms are recommended for most women starting at the age of 40. Knowing that fact, however, doesn’t necessarily help women without health insurance. That’s where the Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Health Care Center comes in to play. It’s a free clinic supported through donations to serve the uninsured in Portsmouth. Patients are referred by Social Services, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, physician offices, community health centers, civic agencies and churches. The Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Health Care Center team, which sees about 300 patients each month, includes a medical director, nurse practitioners and a variety of volunteer specialists.

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, left to right: Sylvia Allen, Lisa Boyd, Rishik Saxena, Holly King, Amanda Price, Dr. Judy Blevins, Adrienne Matthews, Crystal Branch, Deborah Davis

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SUPPORTIVE

supportive Stewardship and support is an important part of Bon Secours’ values and is reflected in all aspects of the care we provide to our patients.

Palliative Care

Healing Gardens and Chapels

focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients throughout the continuum of an illness. Care is provided at the same time as all other medical treatments and is designed to facilitate coordination of care and patient access to information. Treatment is always individualized based on the values and goals of our patients, their families and expert medical opinion.

All three Bon Secours hospitals feature gardens and chapels for meditation and prayer. These are open to patients, family and friends of all faiths and denominations, with pastoral care services available.

Hospice Bon Secours Hospice program is founded on the principle of caring for the sick and dying. Our knowledge

and experience combine holistic health care with compassion to assist patients and their families facing a terminal illness. Although it is home centered, hospice can be provided in a variety of settings, including longterm care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult homes. Hospice is committed to enabling the dying to live as free from pain and in as much control of their environment as possible. It also strives to provide human spiritual support to patients and their families.

Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary consult service that provides patient- and family-centered care that

Bon Secours Cancer CARE Fund Supporting all the cancer programs and services of Bon Secours Virginia Health System, our Cancer CARE Fund helps to ensure access to innovative treatments and equipment. The fund also provides resources for community education, screening programs, palliative care and post-treatment survivorship support.

and preserve our mission and ministry. The Bon Secours Cancer Institutes at DePaul and Maryview and our outpatient infusion centers are reflections of our stewardship and our use of resources within the community to serve all patients. Our facilities treat the entire community and respect the rights of all people, from the wealthy to the uninsured. We are proud that our stewardship reaches beyond the doors of our award-winning facilities, as we reach out to many community partners in the fight against cancer.

Support Groups Cancer Support Group Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center 2nd Tuesday, 7pm 3636 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23707 Call: 757-398-2200 Breast Cancer Support Groups

Wellness and Survivorship Services At the Bon Secours Cancer Institute, we know that healing involves not just the physical body, but also the mind and spirit. We offer several innovative supportive care services that promote wellness of the cancer survivor and his or her families.

Stewardship and Justice Stewardship is the responsible use of all resources, including our facilities, to support, promote, expand

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center 3rd Wednesday, 6:30pm 2 Bernardine Dr., Newport News, VA 23602 Call: 757-874-8328 Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View Medical Arts Building 4th Monday, 7pm 5838 Harbour View Blvd., Suite 260, Suffolk, VA 23435 Call: 757-673-5861

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Music Therapy At the heart of the Bon Secours mission to provide good help to those in need is a commitment to treat the whole person: mind, body and soul. In addition to our medical experts, we rely on the skills of non-traditional health care staff to fulfill our holistic approach to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients. Karen Stowe is a professional musician and a practitioner of the healing arts. As our resident harpist, she plucks heavenly — and hip — tunes for patients, staff and visitors throughout Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. It’s a job that combines her love of music and patient care. She graduated from DePaul School of Nursing and was an RN for roughly six years there before her first child was born. While she studied music and voice throughout her childhood, Ms. Stowe didn’t begin playing the harp until her mid-20s. She knew that she wouldn’t pursue a career as a concert harpist and was thrilled to learn about the therapeutic use of music. “When I found out that I could take music to a medical facility, to the bedside, I said, ‘Yes, that’s what I want to do.’ I had been an RN and to bring together the two things that I really love — music and patient care — I thought, ‘Wow. This is heaven on earth. It’s phenomenal.’” Traditional hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art,” along with popular favorites such as “O Danny Boy” and “Greensleeves,” are frequent

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requests. Younger people, she said, sometimes like to play “stump-the-harpist,” saying “I bet you can’t play ‘Stairway to Heaven.’” After years of being asked that question, Ms. Stowe can now play that song, though she has yet to add “Free Bird” to her repertoire. Of the many fond memories she has of patient visits, she recalls two in particular. The first was the time when a mother passed away surrounded by her children and loved ones. Ms. Stowe stood to leave the room for their privacy, but the family asked her to stay and continue playing. She played hymns as the children said their goodbyes to their mother. “To be in that space with them, providing music and support and comfort that they needed, was phenomenal and incredibly touching,” she said. She remembers another patient who was very highstrung, exuding nervous energy and pacing the room, suffering from very high blood pressure. “He was excited to see the harp and I told him that I’d play if he sat down to listen. He quietly listened, disengaged and rested,” said Stowe. “Within the space of 15 minutes his blood pressure dropped from 190/120 to 140/90. The medication and music were working together and that 15 minutes of peace really affected his blood pressure.” Ms. Stowe plays the harp in common areas, recovery rooms and private rooms at Bon Secours DePaul. While her songs often illicit applause, that’s not her goal. “I don’t think of it as performing for patients,” Ms. Stowe says. “I think of it as ministering with music.”

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community partnerships Bon Secours is able to provide good help to those in need in large part because of the help of the good people in Hampton Roads. Our generous community partners and individual supporters come from all walks of life to help fund every aspect of the health care services we provide.

Pink Ride One great example is the annual Pink Ride, which started in 2009 when a group of motorcycle enthusiasts came together with the idea to help local women with breast cancer. “We’d done so many rides for other charities — the motorcycle community is like that — and we were having fun raising money, so we thought, ‘Why not ride for local breast cancer patients,’” said James Somers, a Pink Ride chairman. The inaugural ride was a success and has grown each year since. More than $35,000 was raised in the 2012 ride. Additional events held this year, including a poker run and golf and bowling tournaments, brought the group’s four-year fundraising total to more than $135,000 raised for the Bon Secours Maryview Foundation. The funds raised through the Pink Ride Endowment Fund are dedicated to providing financial assistance for breast cancer patients who are uninsured or underinsured, with a focus on assistance with their medical bills including biopsies and treatment.

digital mammography machine at Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View to better detect breast cancer. “The money raised goes for any type of assistance, from paying for bills to prosthetics,” says Tony Gower, president of the Pink Ride. “It is 100 percent volunteerbased and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the cause. It’s a privilege to partner with the great people in our community who want to make a difference in the lives of people with breast cancer.” Mr. Gower says that the tough economy made everyone work a little harder to get the word out and sign on sponsors this year. The tough work paid off when more than 600 riders showed up at the registration and breakfast at Lazy Horse Bar & Grill in Chesapeake before hitting the road and heading to Knuckleheads Roadhouse in Virginia Beach. The event included raffles, a live auction, a cornhole tournament and a raffle for a Harley Davidson. “It’s cool to look back over your shoulder and see 350 motorcycles behind you,” Mr. Gower says. “It’s a cool way to raise money for a good cause.”

Recent contributions to the Bon Secours Maryview Foundation have resulted in the addition of a second

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to the Hampton Roads area to serve as director of the chronic pain program at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. She spent the remainder of her career at the Spine Center of Hampton Roads. Her patients, office and hospital staff, and colleagues loved her for her expertise, empathy and care, as well as her good humor. Anuradha Datyner Kerner’s passion was caring for the couple’s three children, Emily, Bryan and Joshua. “Anu would have asked that you maintain your health so that you can focus your energy on those you love,” says Dr. Kerner.

Dr. Mark Kerner Good help comes from within Bon Secours as well. In February of 2012, Mark Kerner, MD, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and medical director of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, pledged $250,000 to the Bon Secours Maryview Foundation. His contribution named the newest Hampton Roads Care-A-Van, a mobile health care service offering free medical services to adults and children without health insurance, and a future mammography room in memory of his wife, Anuradha Datyner Kerner, MD. She died of breast cancer of February 25, 2009 at the age of 48.

Care-A-Van The Bon Secours Care-A-Van is a free medical service that provides general medical care to uninsured adults and children in Hampton Roads communities on the Southside and the Peninsula. The Care-A-Van team is bilingual and composed of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physicians, patient technicians and outreach workers. Community partners, including free clinics, local health agencies, and numerous faithbased community organizations, collaborate with us. Bon Secours funding, grants and contributions sponsor the Care-A-Van to ensure that services are free for all patients.

“Anu was a unique, warm, and caring person. I am always looking for ways to keep my wife’s memory alive. Like many families, our family knows the horrors of fighting cancer,” says Dr. Kerner. “However, we are blessed to have the financial resources to deal with cancer and many people do not. I knew my gift would be meaningful to Anu.” Born in India, Anuradha graduated from high school at age 15 and earned a degree in physics at age 18. After moving to the United States, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in biophysics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook at age 23 and then earned her medical degree (MD) at age 27. She became a US citizen and eventually relocated

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convenient With so many locations in the Hampton Roads area, Bon Secours makes it easier for our patients to get the care they need. The Martha W. Davis Cancer Treatment Center Radiation Oncology at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center The Millie Lancaster Women’s Center Tidewater Surgical Specialists Bon Secours Maryview Outpatient Infusion Center Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Outpatient Infusion Center Bon Secours DePaul Outpatient Infusion Center

Outpatient Infusion Centers The Bon Secours Virginia Cancer Institute offers outpatient infusion centers for the treatment of our oncology patients. Appointments and referrals are phoned into the center. Physicians may admit self-care, adult patients to the outpatient infusion centers from their offices, hospitals, nursing homes or emergency rooms for short- or long-term infusion therapy.

experienced Bon Secours has the knowledge and experience to bring the best care possible to our patients. Sites by diagnosis each hospital has treated in 2011

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center 2011 Top 7 Sites: Digestive 25.5% Breast 22.5%

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Urinary 4.6%

Brain & Nervous System 4.6%

Male Genital 13.9%

Urinary 11.6%

Respiratory 15.7%

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center 2011 Top 7 Sites:

Lymphoma 2.6% Skin (excluding BASAL and SQU) 2.4%

Female Genital 27.7%

Respiratory 9.7%

Digestive 13.4%

Breast 14.7%

Male Genital 18.0%

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Bon Secours Cancer Institute 2012 Annual Report  

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