Culpeper Times • May 19-25, 2016
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VIEWS Our health system is remarkable GREG’S CORNER
May is a special time for nurses and hospitals. Last week, May 8-14, was National Hospital Week and I’d like to take this opportunity to formally honor our staff at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. I find this a good time to reflect on everything our team at Culpeper Medical Center has accomplished this year. We successfully partnered with Novant Health to form Novant Health UVA Health System. Some of you may have noticed that this month, our name
officially changed to Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. I am excited to be a part of this new health system and believe it will allow us to continue to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It allows us to provide high quality, accessible, patient-centered care and an outstanding patient care experience to those in the communities we serve. For the eighth consecutive grading period, or four years straight, we have received a Grade A from LeapFrog, an independent research organization that compares hospitals’ performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. We pride ourselves on safe, quality care. It is because of the nurses and
staff at Culpeper Medical Center that we feel confident in our care − and you can too. Over the next week, we will celebrate our team members and their contributions. We will enjoy an employee picnic, honor with service our employees with who have up to 45 years of service and recognize our Employee of the Year. This was a week of celebrations. It’s a chance for us to say “thank you” to our nurses and staff. The work of the team at Culpeper Medical Center is remarkable. I am proud to be a part of this great organization. Greg Napps is the CEO of UVA Culpeper Hospital.
Meeting the changing needs of children with child support Most people are familiar with the legal concept of res judicata, which prevents parties to the same litigation from re-litigating the same issues in hopes of obtaining a more favorable result. While the concept of res judicata has some application to child custody and support, Virginia’s lawmakers rightfully allow the parents to seek modification of existing child support orders whenever a parent can demonstrate a material change of circumstances that justifies a modification. This flexibility allows
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Culpeper Literacy Council needs volunteers! Did you know that low literacy or illiteracy can limit a person’s opportunity in life? Attempting simple tasks such as helping your kids with homework or reading a medicine label are difficult to do if you cannot read or speak English. Culpeper Literacy Council is looking for additional tutors to meet the increase in students that are coming to our programs and classes. We need volunteers willing to give 2-4 hours a week in two of our programs. To become a tutor, you do not need prior teaching
the court system to address the changing needs of the child as well as the changing abilities of parents to pay support. Material changes exist when a parent’s income increases or decreases, or when a child’s financial needs change (for example, a physical condition creating medical expenses or counseling expenses). Material changes can also relate to changes in a physical custody schedule between the parents. Regardless of whether an initial determination of support is being made, or a modification based on change of circumstances is being considered, an award of child support in Virginia is based upon a statute that evaluates the parties’ income (and ability to earn), other factors, and
generates a rebuttably presumptive amount of support. The Virginia legislature recently updated the child support schedules to account for inflationary increases, and the passage of the statute itself constitutes a material change of circumstances for any individual that is party to a child support order that was in existence on or before July 1, 2014. Calculating child support can be a relatively simple matter where all income earned between the parents is paid as wages by a third party. The calculations become more complex when individuals have non-predictable income or income that is difficult to discern (such as self-employed parents compensated with unreported cash
experience - just a willingness to help others learn! We are seeking volunteers interested in teaching reading and basic and intermediate level math. CLC also needs additional ESOL tutors to help with the overwhelming number of students who attend our evening classes. The ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) program is designed to help adults who have limited English proficiency and to help them achieve competence with the English language. We are scheduling one hour introductory sessions now – to find out more about what we do with no obligation. If you find out that you are interested in pursuing volunteering
with CLC, the next step would be to attend our tutor training workshop. Once trained, our staff will pair you with an adult learner and you will spend an hour or two once a week working with your student or assisting in a class. We provide you with all the materials both you and your student need at no charge. Won’t you consider becoming a tutor? You will equip our adult learners with skills for life, helping them meet goals that otherwise might not be attainable. Call us at 540-825-5804 today
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Laura Wood Director Culpeper Literacy Council
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