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Health Insider — Summer 2016 Issue

Summer Skin Care Tips for the Family

  • Always apply sunscreen when you will be in the sun.
  • The sun is most dangerous between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Children over six months should wear sunscreen that is reapplied every two hours, more often when they are swimming or sweating. Children younger than six months should be kept out of the direct sun.
  • Sunglasses and hats are always a great idea when outdoors!

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Summer Sun and Skin Cancer

Prevention is the most important step in protecting you and those you love from developing skin cancer. Stay out of the sun when possible; at other times, wear a hat and long sleeves and use sunscreen...

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What You Need to Know Now

“I encourage everyone to wear sunscreen because I’ve seen what can occur if you’re not careful.”

Dr. John Feigert, medical oncologist at Virginia Cancer Specialists, stresses that early detection and treatment are critical to catching skin cancer before it becomes disfiguring or deadly. “My practice treated a woman with light hair and light eyes who developed a mole on her shoulder. It had been there for a couple of years and was slowly getting bigger. If she had not sought medical attention when she did, she might well have been presented with a well-advanced, even fatal, case of melanoma,” Dr. Feigert says. “But because it was caught early and managed appropriately and because she had access to the state-of-the-art, breakthrough treatments at Virginia Hospital Center, she had a positive outcome.”

Dr. Feigert credits compassionate and generous donors who support Virginia Hospital Center’s community screening programs to get the word out about the dangers of sun exposure and catch problems early. Their financial support also ensures that the finest dermatologists, oncologists, surgeons, and other health care providers are available and that patients are treated at superior facilities with advanced technology to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient. Donor support also provides funding for research and lifesaving clinical trials that provide access to exceptional care.

So while Virginia Hospital Center is the best choice when skin cancer is suspected, Dr. Feigert recommends prevention, first and foremost, to stay out of the sun. If you must be in the sun, wear a hat and long sleeves and use sunscreen. “Prevention is key,” says Dr. Feigert. “A suntan may look beautiful, but it can kill you or disfigure you. The risk can be deadly. Bottom line, you want to avoid skin cancer at all costs.”

To support Virginia Hospital Center in the battle against skin and other cancers, donate safely online.

Jennifer Bush-Lawson’s Legacy—a Great Start in Life

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) donated $100,000 in proceeds from its first Memorial 5K & Family Fun Day, held in November, to support primary care for newborns at Arlington Pediatric Center. Established in 2001 by Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington Pediatric Center provides primary and acute medical care to children from Arlington’s most underserved and low-income families who otherwise would have no access to basic health care...

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$100,000 gift to provide newborn care at Arlington Pediatric Center

“Jennifer devoted her life to being an exceptional mother to her children, and as part of her legacy, we are funding an entire year of newborn well-child medical care for 240 newborns in our community,” says Neal Lawson, Founder & CEO of the JB-LF. “Arlington Pediatric Center and Virginia Hospital Center are our partners in carrying out Jenn’s vision to provide the best possible start in life for every child.”

The JB-LF gift will make an enormous impact in helping Arlington Pediatric Center carry out its mission to provide primary and acute medical care to more than 3,400 uninsured children and low-income families each year. But Jennifer’s legacy extends beyond financial support. The foundation that bears her name raises awareness of the medical needs of vulnerable pregnant women and infants in Arlington. “Jennifer wanted to ensure that every mother—regardless of race, color, creed, or economic status—could start their journey on solid footing,” says Neal.

Plans for 2016 are in the works To become a 2016 sponsor, visit https://vhcf.ejoinme.org/SponsorJBLF.

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Memorial 5k and Family Fun Day Sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsors:
    Boeing, The Cornelius J. and Ellen P. Coakley Foundation, Glassman Wealth Services, iDiscovery Solutions, Knights of Columbus, Medline, ThorBen Consulting, Thompson Creek Window Company
  • Gold Sponsors:
    Lifematters, Maverick Capitol City, Schmidt Public Affairs

Summer Safety for Children

Dr. Saunders recommends that parents, grandparents, and other caregivers familiarize themselves with these summer safety tips...

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Keeping the little ones in your life safe all summer long is easier with a little knowledge and preparedness.

Sunscreen. The sun is most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children over six months should wear sunscreen that is reapplied every two hours, more often when they are swimming or sweating. Children younger than six months should be kept out of the direct sun. Sunglasses and hats are always a great idea when out of doors.

  • Hydration. Drinking water, staying hydrated, and taking breaks are important on hot, sunny days.
  • Pool safety. Children should be watched carefully at all times when playing near a pool, lake, or other body of water.
  • Insects. Bug spray with DEET can protect children from mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus and ticks that can cause Lyme disease.
  • Fireworks. Children should never handle fireworks. Instead, take kids to a public fireworks display for safe enjoyment.
  • Helmets. Children should wear helmets and other protective gear when riding a bike or scooter or skating.

Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department

It might be a heart attack, a fall, or a child’s high fever. When medical emergencies strike, it’s nice to know that Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...

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A special place where lives are saved each day

And thanks to ongoing support from caring donors, Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is a top-notch facility, equipped with sophisticated equipment and staffed with world-class doctors, emergency-certified nurses, and many other technicians and providers who are committed to providing lifesaving care—with heartfelt compassion.

Perhaps that’s why last year a record 66,539 patients chose Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department (ED) when they experienced a health care crisis.

“In the ED, we all take tremendous pride in the quality of care and high service we deliver to our patients,” says Dr. Mike Silverman, Chairman of the Emergency Department. “We all have received personal letters from our patients who are truly grateful for the quality of care they received.”

Dr. Silverman credits the financial support received from donors as one of the main reasons why Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is such a respected and state-of-the-art facility. “Health care equipment is very expensive, and we are privileged to have cutting-edge technology,” Dr. Silverman says. “We have technology ranging from an in-room monitoring system that allows us to take care of any emergency in any room, to portable ultrasound machines that give doctors information in seconds—seconds that can save lives.”

Taryn Overman, RN, Senior Director for Emergency Services, echoes Dr. Silverman’s appreciation for the financial support of donors. “Year after year, donors continue to give so that we are able to provide continuing education and scholarships for nurses. We hire many new graduate nurses who are scholarship recipients,” Taryn says. “And we have a number of emergency-certified nurses who achieved their advanced accreditation with the support from donors. “I actually started at Virginia Hospital Center as a new graduate and was the recipient of a nursing scholarship,” Taryn adds. “That’s how I joined the Emergency Department ten years ago.”

Special thanks to everyone who gives generously to ensure that Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is the best it can be today, and moving forward in the days ahead. As Dr. Silverman says, “With ongoing support, we can build the next generation of emergency care so that the citizens of Northern Virginia can continue to receive high-quality care and enjoy great outcomes.”

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