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Rockingham Memorial Hospital Board Of Directors 2012 Ann E. C. Homan, chair W. Carlton Banks David L. Bernd, CEO, Sentara Healthcare Mensel D. Dean Jr. Joseph D. Funkhouser II Alden L. Hostetter, M.D. Elmer E. Kennel, M.D. Howard P. Kern, president and COO, Sentara Healthcare, vice chair Kenneth M. Krakaur, senior vice president, Sentara Healthcare Allon H. Lefever James R. Messner

Mission To improve health and promote wellbeing.

Vision To provide exceptional quality and compassionate care for every person, every family, every day. Values Safety Effectiveness Respect Value Integrity Compassion Excellence

Index Celebrating 100 Years . . . . . . . . . 2 One Man’s Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Historical Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . 4 A Century Of Growth . . . . . . . . 10 List Of Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Harrisonburg, Va.

Celebrating 100 Years Of Compassionate Care To The Community, 1912-2012 A Letter From RMH President Jim Krauss


hen I joined the RMH Healthcare team in 2000, I knew I was becoming part of a special organization, supported by a very special community. The culture of caring and compassion was evident. I learned that RMH came to life in 1912 from one man’s vision that was carried forth by community members who also shared that vision. RMH is steeped in the traditions and values of the Valley — hard work, honesty, sharing, lending a helping hand to others, perseverance in the face of adversity, preparation for the future. The first “stewards” of RMH were a bold group of citizens who made the trek to Richmond in 1908 to secure a charter for the establishment of a hospital in Harrisonburg. Through the years, RMH has continued to be blessed by the generosity of the community and guided by a volunteer board of directors. As stewards of a precious community resource, these board members, most of whom live and work in our community, give countless hours to ensure that the community’s health care needs are being met, and will continue to be met, through their community hospital. We owe a debt of gratitude to all board members, past and present, who have given so much through the years to ensure RMH’s future. During my decade-plus with RMH, that includes making a bold

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Jim Krauss, president of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, stands in front of the hospital entrance. Krauss, who joined the RMH team in 2000, speaks of a debt of gratitude to past and present board members who have given much throughout the years to ensure the hospital’s future. decision in 2004 to build a new hospital and health campus to prepare for a second century of service. It also includes a strategic decision in 2010 to merge with a successful group of other community hospitals that had formed an integrated delivery system — Sentara Healthcare — a move to safeguard the future delivery of health care in our community in an era of significant reform and competition. We are grateful as well for the scores of volunteers who have shared their time and talents at RMH to help our staff and patients, and to those who support their com-

munity hospital with financial gifts through the RMH Foundation. Without you, we could not succeed. The pages of this publication chronicle the life of RMH through the past 100 years, highlighting people, events and decisions that made us who we are today: a strong and thriving organization well-positioned to meet the community’s healthcare needs for a second century. In recent times we have been making bold moves, as did our predecessors. They knew that by living according to the values of hard work, honesty, sharing, per-

severance and preparation, they would succeed in achieving their dreams. It is our legacy to be guided by these values today, continuing as a not-for-profit community hospital. We are grateful for the past, present and future generosity and constant support of our community. RMH continues to exist and thrive today because of you. Thank you for believing and trusting in RMH. I look forward with much anticipation to launching RMH’s second century of service to our community. Sincerely, Jim Krauss

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One Man’s Dream, A Community’s Commitment Albemarle County Native Leaves Majority Of Estate To City For Funding Of Hospital

William Glodomore Leake

William Glodomore Leake, a native of Albemarle County and a Civil War veteran, was an industrious man who operated a business in Harrisonburg selling coal, apples, firewood and lumber, by the “bushel or the car load.” The book “Sketches of Harrisonburg” notes that “Glody” William Glodomore Leake, a quiet unassuming man, came to Harrisonburg from the Peach Grove Section and purchased the Fred Effinger lot, now the Wampler Feed and Seed Co. site. He built a warehouse and living quarters

and office, and operated a junk and cause the road over the mountain to lumber yard. By his frugal mode of Charlottesville was a dirt lane pocked living and strict manner of conducting with ditches when dry. When muddy, his business he it was nearly impassaamassed a considerble. He was often able fortune. He was There were few moheard to remark often heard to retor vehicles in Harof the need of a mark of the need of a risonburg at the time; hospital here.” Henry Ford’s first prohospital here. Mr. Leake learned duction Model T left the  From "Sketches of firsthand the need Detroit, Michigan asfor a hospital to sembly plant in SepHarrisonburg," serve the community tember 1908, so it was referring to William in 1908 after he sufnot yet in widespread Glodomore Leake fered an injury to his distribution. It is problower leg that had not been treated ef- able that Mr. Leake was carried to fectively enough to prevent a severe Charlottesville in a horse-drawn cart infection. or buckboard. Bouncing over every Mr. Leake was eventually sent to ditch and hole in the road was most the University of Virginia hospital for See LEAKE, Page 9 care. It was a difficult journey be-



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RMH: 1912-2012 Historical Timeline

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Dr. Henry Deyerle Sr. (left) poses in front of RMH with the nursing class of 1917. In that year, Deyerle was the hospital’s only surgeon and would perform three to five surgeries a day.

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1908: William Glodomore Leake passes away from complications of an infected leg injury. He leaves the bulk of his estate to build a hospital in Harrisonburg. That same year, 85 local businessmen and women sign a Charter of Association for Rockingham Memorial Hospital and begin to raise additional funds. 1911: A Time Capsule is placed in 1910 Cornerstone for the new hospital. When the original time capsule is opened in 1996, the items enclosed included a small Bible and pages from the April 27, 1911, edition of the Daily News-Record. 1911: Fourteen ladies from Harrisonburg/Rockingham County come together to form the “Ladies Auxiliary of Rockingham Memorial Hospital.” 1912: At a cost of $27,000 for the 41foot-by-90-foot building, the doors of the new hospital open with 20 beds and one operating room. The 1912 charge for a major operation is $5. The new operating room is equipped with $600 worth of

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new technology. 1915: The first four nurses graduate from the RMH School of Nursing, which was opened in 1912. Eventually, over 1,000 nurses would graduate from the school. 1917: The hospital’s only surgeon, Dr. Henry Deyerle Sr., performs three to five surgeries a day. 1922: The hospital hires Mr. N.W. Zirkle as its first administrator to relieve the workload of the nursing supervisor. 1923: Ground is broken for a new nurses’ home to house student nurses. It was torn down in 1966 to make way for a new hospital wing. 1926: With a microscope, a few tubes and a centrifuge, the hospitals opens its first lab under the direction of Miss Edith Shaw. 1934: The RMH Board of Trustees votes to pay new nurses graduating from school $40 a month, plus room and See TIMELINE, Page 5

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First Use Of Penicillin At RMH In 1942 weighing only 1½ pounds and born with a cleft palate, is cared for in the hospital by RMH for nearly four years after being laundry. Meals cost 40 cents each. 1935: Dr. Noland M. Canter Sr. is ap- abandoned by her family. She was then pointed as the first chief of the hospital’s adopted. 1942: For the first time at RMH and new X-ray department. at a civilian hospital, Dr. J.E. Wine 1940: Candy Striper Volunteer uses a new drug called penicillin, Dorothy Cooke (Raynes), age 14, obtained from the U.S. Army, to volunteers from 7 to 11 p.m., save the life of a 13-year-old walking to and from her home girl. on Water Street in downtown 1947: RMH treats 19 paHarrisonburg. Her duties intients from the gas explosion clude removing all plants and of the Masters Building on flowers from patient rooms South Main Street that killed each evening, with nurses tak10 people. Of the 19 treated, ing them back in each mornonly one later died. According to ing. Nursing Director Virginia Reilly, 1940: RMH is the fifth-largest “everybody fell to, did whatever hospital in Virginia with 145 Dr. Canter had to be done.” beds. It boasts of four operating 1949: The American College of Surrooms, a laboratory with three technicians, a radiology department with a full- geons gives RMH its full approval for time roentgenologist (radiologist) and two having met its high standards. The covassistants, a pediatric department of 14 eted accreditation had been a longtime beds, 70 physicians on staff, and 120 oth- goal. er employees and student nurses. See TIMELINE, Page 6 1941: A premature baby named Rosie,



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Edith Rothgeb Sipe, Beatrice Shiplet Ney, E. Gertrude Zirkle and Mollie Deter Thacker in 1915 were the first to graduate from the RMH School of Nursing. The school, which opened in 1912, would eventually graduate over 1,000 nurses.

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J. Nelson Liskey Named Hospital Administrator In 1952 Timeline


1950: RMH expands the hospital from 135 beds to 255 by opening the “1950 Building.” This building added beds plus an updated maternity department and a new cafeteria. 1951: Dr. Lawrence Motyca becomes the first pathologist at RMH. 1952: RMH Auxiliary opens Cheery Corner, the first place visitors are per-

mitted to buy meals and snacks while at the hospital. Cheery Corner employee Veda Guy is paid 45 cents per hour and works 48 hours per week. 1952: Mr. J. Nelson Liskey is named as hospital administrator. He would serve 25 years as the hospital’s CEO. 1956: RMH opens its first pharmacy with Miss Helen Christian as the first full-time pharmacist. 1962: RMH opens an Intensive

Care Unit. 1964: RMH pediatrician Dr. Charles Powell outlines the Sabin Polio Vaccine Program in the effort to eradicate polio. 1966: Mrs. Phyllis Weaver becomes the first woman elected to the RMH Board of Trustees. 1966: The government becomes a See TIMELINE, Page 7

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LEFT: Dr. Lawrence John Motyca, the first pathologist at RMH, was added to the staff in 1950. His lab assistant, Miss Johnson, is on his right. CENTER: Ground is broken in 1923 at the site of a future home for student nurses. The home was later torn down in 1966. RIGHT: The Cheery Corner, the first place visitors are permitted to buy meals and snacks while at the hospital, opens in 1952.

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RMH Foundation Holds First Annual Campaign In 1975 Timeline


major player in hospital financing through the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 1972: Miss Virginia Reilly retires after 30 years of service to RMH as its Superintendent of Nursing and then as Director of Nursing. Highly respected for her professional development, she expressed firm belief in “medicine

as an art as well as a science. 1972: Dr. R.H. Smith leaves general practice to become the hospital’s first full-time emergency room physician. 1974: T. Carter Melton Jr. is hired to launch the RMH Foundation. 1975: The North Tower is opened, including a new Emergency Room and Critical Care Unit. 1975: The RMH Foundation con-

ducts its first annual campaign and raises over $100,000 through the generosity of the community. 1975: RMH hires Andree Gitchell to begin the hospital’s new Social Service Department to help with discharge planning and nursing home placement. 1977: The RMH School of Nursing See TIMELINE, Page 15


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LEFT: Dr. J.E. Wine, in 1942, was the first doctor at RMH and at a civilian hospital to use a new drug called penicillin to save the life of a 13-year-old girl. CENTER: Dr. Charles Powell, RMH pediatrician, outlines the Sabin Polio Vaccine Program in the effort to eradicate polio in 1964. RIGHT: Administrator Nelson Liskey (center) retires and Carter Melton (left) is named his successor in 1977. Charles W. Wampler Jr. is on the right.



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Leake Saw Need For A Place Where ‘The Afflicted May Receive Proper Care’ Leake


likely agonizing for a man with a severely infected leg. In spite of treatment by the doctors at the University of Virginia, Mr. Leake’s condition deteriorated significantly because the infection had progressed beyond the capabilities of the medicine of that day to treat. Doctors recommended the amputation of his lower leg but could not guarantee him that the amputation would save his life. Alone and steadily weakening, he returned to Harrisonburg after not allowing the amputation. A Daily News-Record article from 1942 notes that, “In his latter days, especially after there had been some failure in his health, he began to be concerned about what disposition he should make of his estate to take effect after his death. He expressed to friends his desire that what he had should go to the benefit of humanity in this community, and he particularly consulted with Dr. T.O. Jones and Dr. John Neff, his physician, both eminent doctors of the school fami-

ly type, and Dr. J.W. Duffy, the pastor of the Harrisonburg Methodist Church, and sought their advice as to what he could do with his property to accomplish the most good.” To spare others in the community suffering such as he had endured, Leake decided to donate the majority of his estate to fund the building of a local hospital that would serve the people of the town and surrounding community. Because of the debilitating effects of the infection, which left him extremely ill and weakened, Mr. Leake was unable to carry out planning for the funding of the hospital himself. The community embraced and responded to his wish to build a community hospital by establishing the Charter of the Association for Rockingham Memorial Hospital, which was incorporated in July 1908. A total of 85 city and county residents signed this charter. Mr. Leake died on Oct. 19, 1908. A Harrisonburg Daily News article of Oct. 20, 1908, was headlined “W.G. Leake Dead From Consumption — Prosperous

Wood and Coal Dealer of Harrisonburg — Born in Eastern Virginia — Leaves $20,000 Estate for the Erection and Maintenance of a Hospital in the Town of Harrisonburg.” Mr. Leake’s will specifies that a bequest be made “for the purpose of erecting, establishing, or maintaining a hospital for the benefit of the injured, afflicted or disease persons, well knowing that from my own experience the great need to the community in which I live, of an institution in which the afflicted may receive proper care and attention and be relieved and comforted in the bodily sufferings. “The only request I make in connection with this gift to the town of Harrisonburg is that said town shall erect a tombstone at the grave of my sister, Mrs. L.S.L. Deitrich, after her decease, and shall keep in repair the enclosure around, and the monuments in, the graveyard in which I shall be interred with other members of my family.” The duty of caring for the Leake family cemetery was later transferred to

RMH which, to this day, continues to maintain the cemetery near Charlottesville. He specifically requested in his will that a new hospital not be named after him. His tombstone reads: William G. Leake December 27, 1848 October 19, 1908 He devoted his life to honest work, and his wealth to relieve human suffering. Rockingham Memorial Hospital is his Monument.” A bronze tablet was placed in the lobby of the original hospital recognizing the generosity of Mr. Leake. This plaque was refinished in 2010 and moved to the new hospital where it is on display in the history corridor. Almost four years to the day following his death, on Oct. 15, 1912, Mrs. Violet Pittington became the first patient to be admitted to the hospital.

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RMH: A Century Of Service Medical Advances, New Buildings Highlight 100 Years Of Growth

that hospitals are seeing that they have to provide a continuum of care. They can’t just be the hospital anymore.”

‘A Woman Before Her Time’

By DOUG MANNERS Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — A major operation cost $5. All the equipment in the operating room was worth around $600 — or about twice the cost of a single trip to the emergency room today. Much has changed since William Glodomore Leake began planning for a hospital in Harrisonburg to save residents from needing to travel over the Blue Ridge Mountains on a dirt road to Charlottesville for medical care. Four years after securing a charter, the doors to Rockingham Memorial Hospital opened on Oct. 1, 1912. The 3,690square-foot facility with 20 beds and one operating room along Cantrell Avenue cost $27,000 to build. A century later, RMH handles more than 300,000 patient visits each year at a $300 million 238-bed facility situated on a 254-acre campus just east of the Harrisonburg city limits, and is the region’s second-largest employer with about 2,400 full- and part-time employees. RMH has grown beyond just a hospi-

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Miss E. Virginia Reilly caps Barbara Eckard Ross with assistance from Miss Elanor F. Glick in 1964. Marian Jameson, retired vice president of nursing services, credits Virginia Reilly, superintendent of nursing and later director of nursing, with improving the school and nursing at RMH during her 30-year tenure that ended with retirement in 1972. tal over the past 100 years. Like many of its peers nationwide, services under the hospital’s umbrella now include hospice care and a fundraising program, plus separate facilities dedicated to women’s

health, cancer and fitness. “Historically, hospitals were the place to go when you were sick or to deliver babies,” said Jim Krauss, president of RMH Healthcare. “What’s new now is

In the early days, the hospital’s only surgeon, Dr. Henry Deyerle Sr., performed three to five surgeries a day. Nurses assisted Deyerle in the operating room in addition to cooking meals and making batches of fudge to give patients additional strength before an operation. “Nurses did everything in the beginning … including preparing food,” said Marian Jameson, retired vice president of nursing services, who worked at RMH from 1961 to 1995. “Over [the] years, nurses been elevated to the professional level that they serve and that they have earned.” More than 1,000 nurses graduated from the RMH School of Nursing between 1915 and 1977, when it transitioned to a four-year degree program at James Madison University. Jameson credited Virginia Reilly, superintendent of nursing and later director of nursing, with improving the school and nursing at RMH during her 30-year tenure that ended with retirement in 1972. “She was a woman before her time,” Jameson said. “You cannot [over-appreciate] what she did for Rockingham See 100 YEARS, Page 11

“Nurses did everything in the beginning … including preparing food.” — MARIAN JAMESON RETIRED VICE PRESIDENT OF NURSING SERVICES Photo Courtesy of RMH

In 1977, the RMH School of Nursing graduates its last class as the program transitioned to James Madison University.

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Miss Edith Shaw (left), with lab tech Miss Dorothy Kinkade, was director of the first lab to open at RMH in 1926.


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Increased Patient Demand Led RMH To Add Wing To Main Building In 1920 100 Years

today, no overnight stay at all. “Back in [my] early days people would stay in the hospital for one week when they had their gallbladders removed,” Kennel said. “Now, that’s done as an outpatient procedure.”


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An Expanded Emergency Room By 1920, RMH had added a south wing to the hospital because of increased patient demand. The hospital opened its first lab in 1926 with a microscope, a few tubes and a centrifuge. In 1935, RMH added an Xray department in the basement of the hospital. The first darkroom was across the hall in what had been a small utility kitchen. In 1950, RMH expanded from 135 beds to 250 by opening the “1950 Building,” which featured an updated maternity department and a new cafeteria. Cheery Corner, the first place visitors could buy meals or snacks while at the hospital, opened two years later. During the 1960s, the government became a major player in hospital financing through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, while medical services became increasingly specialized with doctors in general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, surgery and pediatrics. In 1972, the hospital hired its first full-time emergency room physician, Dr. R.H. Smith. A growing population combined with an increase in automobile and industrial accidents placed too heavy of a burden on regular medical staff members who had rotated ER duties. Dr. Elmer Kennel joined RMH as a

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Dr. R.H. Smith (left) was the hospital’s first full-time emergency room physician. Smith took the position in 1972. general surgeon in 1975, the same year the North Tower opened with a new emergency room and critical care unit. Over the course of his 35-year career

at RMH, surgeons went from making large incisions to performing minimally invasive procedures that allowed for shorter hospitalizations or, as is common

As medical care grew in complexity and cost, RMH hired T. Carter Melton Jr. in 1974 to launch the RMH Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital. The first campaign raised more than $100,000. Melton succeeded longtime hospital administrator Nelson Liskey in 1977, and Merv Webb took over leading the RMH Foundation, a role he still holds today. Webb credits community donations for helping the hospital grow. A capital campaign for the new campus, which opened two years ago, raised $15 million. Outside of major fundraising campaigns, the RMH Foundation usually raises about $2 million to $3 million each year, according to Webb. In terms of fundraising, he said one of the biggest changes since the mid-’70s is the number of local companies today with corporate headquarters outside the Valley. “That’s [made it] a bit more of a challenge,” Webb said. “[But] I would say we’re one of the most generous communities around.” See 100 YEARS, Page 13

“I would say we’re one of the most generous communities around.” — MERV WEBB HEAD OF THE RMH FOUNDATION Photo Courtesy of RMH

A check is presented at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the RMH Cancer Center, which opened in 1990.

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T. Carter Melton Jr. was hired in 1974 to launch the RMH Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital.



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One Of Virginia’s First Hospice Care Programs Started By RMH In 1982 100 Years

“We were still using some heating and cooling systems that had been put in the Hospital Moves To A New Home early ’50s,” Melton recalled. “Some of the In 1982, the hospital started one of facilities were so old that when we needthe first hospice proed to replace major sysgrams in the state, protems components, the Some of the facilities companies that made viding holistic care to the were so old that terminally ill and their [them] were out of busifamilies. Also that year, ness. We had to go on when we needed to RMH became one of the eBay to buy stuff.” replace major first hospitals in the In 2004, RMH ansystems components, nounced plans to build a country to open a wellthe companies that ness center. new hospital, with the The RMH Cancer Cengroundbreaking two made [them] were ter opened in 1990 and years later. out of business. eight years later the hosMelton retired from pital expanded again  T. Carter Melton Jr. RMH in 2007 after 34 with the new West Tower, former RMH president years, including the prefeaturing 78 private and CEO vious 30 as president and rooms plus a new cafeteCEO. ria, pharmacy and liKrauss assumed the brary. top leadership post at RMH and guided By the 2000s, RMH had started to the hospital through its transition to the Courtesy Photo outgrow its campus on Cantrell Avenue, new campus in June 2010. In 2004, plans for a new hospital were announced and the groundbreaking took place two with the aging infrastructure also posing See 100 YEARS, Page 14 years later at the site off Port Republic Road. problems. FROM PAGE 11

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RMH Officials: Sentara Deal Will Strengthen Hospital In Second Century Of Service 100 Years

where providers are paid for performing services — and therefore encouraged to produce more — to a system that emphaLooking Toward The Future Another big move followed only a sizes value-based incentives, Krauss explained in a recent interview. month later. Health care reform nationally Just as RMH was settling is focused on reducing escalating into its new home, officials anand unsustainable costs, with nounced the hospital’s intention the federal government targetto affiliate with Sentara Healthing excessive readmissions for care, a Norfolk-based provider Medicare patients with certain with eight hospitals in its syschronic conditions. tem at the time. RMH officials say the partThe deal became official in nership with Sentara will help 2011, ending RMH’s near centuthe hospital navigate the chalry as an independent community lenges and opportunities that it hospital. Both RMH and Sentara will face in its second century of are not-for-profit institutions. Krauss service. Navigating the minefield of “For us to be able to partner changes in the health care industry would be wiser in a network than with a much larger, fully integrated deas a sole provider, RMH leaders rea- livery system brings a lot of value,” soned. Sentara offered better access to Krauss said, “and prepares [us] for this capital and the opportunity to combine future paradigm shift.” Photo Courtesy of RMH resources, they said. In 2011, RMH merged with Sentara Healthcare, a leading health care delivery system Contact Doug Manners at 574-6293 or Financially, health care is moving headquartered in Norfolk. Sentara operates 10 not-for-profit hospitals around the state. from a volume-based business model FROM PAGE 13

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Women’s Health Focus Launched In 1990 To Meet Unique Needs Of Women Timeline


graduates its last class as the program is transitioned to the four-year degree program at James Madison University. 1977: Administrator Nelson Liskey retires and Carter Melton is named his successor. 1982: At the request of the community, the RMH Hospice program is started to meet the needs of the terminally ill and their families. 1982: RMH becomes one of the few hospitals in the country to open a wellness center with the goal of keeping people well and out of the hospital. 1983: Realizing the growing trend of more surgeries being done on a sameday basis, RMH opens its first Ambulatory Surgery Center. 1990: The RMH Cancer Center opens to provide comprehensive cancer care in our own community.

1990: Women’s Health Focus is launched, led by Daisy VanPelt, RN, to meet the unique needs of women in the community. 1995: RMH and area physicians work together to form Valley Health Plan, a physician-hospital organization dedicated to redesigning health care delivery in the central Shenandoah Valley in preparation for managed care. 1997: RMH opens the new East Rockingham Health Center just outside of Elkton to meet the needs of the residents of eastern Rockingham County. 1997: RMH opens the new RMH Wellness Pavilion, housing the RMH Wellness Center and RMH Rehab Services, on Stone Spring Road in Harrisonburg. 1998: The new West Tower is opened See TIMELINE, Page 17

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In 1997, Rockingham Memorial Hospital opened the RMH Wellness Pavilion on Stone Spring Road. The pavilion includes the RMH Wellness Center and RMH Rehab Services.



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These Businesses Wish to Congratulate RMH Healthcare for a Century of Commitment to the health care needs of our community.

Congratulations RMH!

“Personal Care in Your Home” Harrisonburg 434-4321 or Staunton 540-248-2999


Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.




800-797-8518 Rockingham • Augusta • Rockbridge

Rt. 11 South Harrisonburg (540) 434-8876

Blue Ridge Tours Congratulates RMH on 100 years!

Blue Ridge Tours

Distinctive Quality, Exceptional Service P.O. Box 35, McGaheysville, VA 22840

540.289.9559 Congratulations RMH on 100 Years

Dayton Rubber Stamp Shop P.O. Box 99 Dayton, VA 22821


Congratulations RMH Healthcare for 100 years of community service

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231 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Congratulations to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for their 1st 100 years. From the staff at Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center. 1225 Reservoir Street - Harrisonburg ~ 433-2623

“The Rockingham County Medical Association (an association of physicians and their families) would like to congratulate RMH on 100 years of working together to provide outstanding health care to our community”

Congratulations RMH The Journals

Harrisonburg, Va.


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RMH Recognized In 2000 As Best In Country For Meeting Community Needs Timeline


with 78 private rooms, a new cafeteria, a new pharmacy and a new library. 2000: RMH receives the “Living the Vision” award from the American Hospital Association for being the best in the country for meeting needs in the community. 2001: In order to provide hospitalbased physician care to patients as more doctors stop admitting patient, Dr. Harry Crawford is hired as the first hospitalist at RMH. 2003: RMH receives the VHA Inc. Leadership Award for Community Health. 2004: RMH announces plans to build a new hospital. 2006: Ground is broken for the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital. 2007: Paula Faverio is the first RMH volunteer to become president of Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries & Volunteers. 2007: T. Carter Melton Jr. retires from RMH after 34 years of service, including 30 years as its president & CEO. 2007: Jim Krauss becomes RMH’s

new president and CEO. 2008: Cardiothoracic surgeon Steven Marra performs the first open-heart surgery at RMH. 2009: Mrs. Juanita Taylor retires from RMH after a record-setting 61 years of continual employment with the hospital. 2010: RMH moves into a new 238bed, environmentally conscious, technologically advanced hospital located on a 254-acre site just east of Harrisonburg. 2010: RMH becomes the first hospital in Virginia to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 2011: RMH merges with Sentara Healthcare, a leading healthcare delivery system headquartered in Norfolk, Va. Sentara operates 10 not-for-profit hospitals around the state. 2011: RMH announces plans to build the Fred O. Funkhouser Women’s Center on the new health campus. The onestory, 14,000 square foot facility will cost about $6 million.

Steven Marra, cardiothoracic surgeon, performs the first open-heart surgery at RMH in 2007, the same year that Jim Krauss becomes the hospital's new president. Photo Courtesy Of RMH

WilliamsonHughes Pharmacy 1380 Little Sorrell Drive, Suite 110 Port Republic Road across from Comsonics.

Services Offered:

Compounded Prescriptions Compression Stockings Mastectomy Supplies Vaccines, including Yellow Fever Home Health Care Products including Braces and Supports Diabetic Supplies Referrals Welcome 540-434-2372 • 800-841-6177 Photo Courtesy of RMH

In 2010, RMH becomes the first hospital in Virginia to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

M-F 9-6, Sat. 9-12 • Locally Owned • Delivery Available • Drive Thru Window • RN on staff

1885 Port Republic Road Harrisonburg, Va.


Comprehensive Gynecology Women’s Health Issues Gyneclogic Surgery


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Harrisonburg, Va.

“ To Improve Health And Promote Well-Being.” Safety ... Effectiveness ... Respect

— RMH Mission Statement

DN-R File Photos

ABOVE: The new hospital in 2010, the year it opened. BELOW: In a highly organized and efficient move, patients were transferred from the old RMH to the new hospital in a matter of hours.

DN-R File Photos

ABOVE: Emergency helicopter service is just one example of the many ways in which the delivery of health care has changed over the past century. BELOW: The new RMH under construction in 2007.

Michael Reilly / DN-R File

In 2010, visitors gathered for the ribbon-cutting and public open house celebration at the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Health Campus.

Photo courtesy of RMH

RMH opens its first pharmacy in 1956 with Miss Helen Christian as the first full-time pharmacist.

A gas explosion in the Masters Building on South Main Street killed 10 people in 1947. Of the 19 treated by RMH staff, only one later died.

A premature baby named Rosie was cared for by RMH for nearly four years after she was abandoned by her family.

Integrity ... Compassion ... Excellence

Harrisonburg, Va.


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Services, Facilities, Programs Offered At RMH RMH Proudly Serves Our Community With the Following Programs, Facilities and Services:

Behavioral Health: Individual and family therapy, addiction services, partial hospitalization program, grief and loss services. Center for Sleep Medicine: Fully accredited, offering diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Community Health: RMH Community Health is committed to building a healthier community in ways that are meaningful and measurable. Services focus primarily on families, youth and older adults. Emergency Department: Treats more than 72,000 patients a year. Conveniently located near the RMH Heart and Vascular Center. Has 54 private patient rooms, including 4 trauma rooms; separate ambulance and walk-in entrances, and a helipad outside main doors. Family Birthplace: Offers comfortable, extra-large birthing rooms, birthing classes,

Doula program, nurse home visits, lactation consultation. Hahn Cancer Center: Offers medical and radiation oncology, palliative care, counseling and family support, nutrition services. Heart and Vascular Center: Comprehensive program including cardiothoracic surgery, interventional and diagnostic cardiology and vascular services, electrophysiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Healthsource: Telephone service for physician referral, health information, class registration and customer service. Home Care Services: Provides dependable, high-quality health care to patients in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.Sentara Home Care Services provides a full spectrum of home care services to meet the individual needs of patients of all ages. Hospice: A service offered to patients and their families when illness is no longer considered curable, and when life expectancy is measured in months instead of years. Image Recovery Center: Offering image enhancement services to those affected by

cancer and other conditions. Imaging Services: Inpatient and outpatient imaging, including CT and MRI. Inpatient Physicians: Providing inpatient care for patients whose primary care physicians do not admit to the hospital. RMH Medical Group: A multispecialty medical provider group representing more than 82 physicians and advanced care providers in 21 practices, including: East Rockingham Health Center RMH Bariatric Surgery RMH Breast Care RMH Cardiothoracic Surgery RMH Center for Sleep Medicine RMH Hospitalists RMH Infectious Disease RMH Luray Health Center RMH Mount Jackson Health Center RMH Neurology RMH New Market Health Center RMH Occupational Health RMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine RMH Palliative Care RMH Pulmonary Associates RMH Rheumatology

RMH Robin Kollman, MD, Practice RMH South Main Clinic RMH Springbrook Family Medicine RMH Surgical Clinic RMH Urology Valley Behavioral Medicine RMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine: A physician practice offering a full array of surgical and nonsurgical treatment of injuries as well as joint replacement, hip resurfacing and shoulder repair. Rehab Services: Physical, occupational, and speech therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. RMH Wellness Center: A premier medically-based fitness facility for families and individuals, offering a wide array of fitness options, including classes, swimming, cardio theatre, weight training, fitness assessments, personal training services and child care. RMH Women’s Center: Offering digital mammography, bone health and heart health services, and a breast surgery practice, RMH Breast Care.

From one community institution to another.......

Congratulations, Rockingham Memorial Hospital on 100 years of service to our community.


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Harrisonburg, Va.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital - 100 Years  
Rockingham Memorial Hospital - 100 Years  

Local hospital celebrating 100 years in operation