I am a native of Virginia Beach and have worked for Sentara in Corporate Communications since 2002, doing health care public relations. I enjoy story telling and am honored to help share real patient experiences of exceptional care through traditional and now social media outlets. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, blueberries, my family and good food.
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Music Therapy offers promising option for stroke patients Sentara Neurologist and musician Kamal Chémali, M.D. knows first-hand the power of music. He has collaborated with Music Therapists to help stroke patients reactivate the language areas of their brains using Music Therapy. After just a few minutes, one patient who had difficulty saying a simple sentence … Continue Reading
If you’ve learned about Angelina Jolie and her recent breast removal surgery, you may have a few questions. While only five to 10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary, a Sentara Cancer Network genetic counselor shares that it’s important to identify families with hereditary cancers. These can be breast cancers but also colon, pancreas, prostate … Continue Reading
For the safety of the community, Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Sentara Port Warwick recently helped clean up Newport News and Hampton. Teams staffed both locations to accept unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take Back Day. At Sentara locations, more than 18 bags of unwanted drugs were retrieved to keep unwanted drugs out of the … Continue Reading
April is Organ Donor Awareness Month and anyone who registers as an organ, eye or tissue donor is a hero. LifeNet Health is our region’s federally designated Organ Procurement Organization and through the work of LifeNet, many thousands of lives are saved. Here are some national and regional facts that might make becoming a donor … Continue Reading
What is influence anyway? It’s having a vision and sharing it. It’s making things better by believing in people and bringing out their best. That’s David Bernd, CEO at Sentara. He was recently named by Virginia Business as one of its 50 Most Influential Virginians While at the helm of Sentara for nearly two decades, … Continue Reading
As a corporate communications professional, I am privileged to get an insider’s look at medicine in Hampton Roads. The following is a snapshot of what happened during a recent prospective cancer conference, one that guides care of current patients. A reporter was with me as we experienced first hand how some care is rendered within the Sentara Cancer Network. The reporter was gathering facts to help her better write a story about cancer care in the region.
Heart doctors at Sentara Heart Hospital can now look inside the beating hearts of patients involved in an investigational study. Researchers at Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute are among 23 leading heart centers in the U.S. involved in a randomized clinical study to test a new device called HeartLight ®. The HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System uses a laser to … Continue Reading
Ann Dearsley Vernon, Director of Education at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum for nearly 30 years when she retired, recently took up painting again. “For 28 years, when I walked outside my office, I was surrounded by Matisse and Renoir and many of the great masters. I didn’t quite have the same story I wanted to tell,” … Continue Reading
Virginia Heart Doctor Trains Nationally Recognized Experts to Implant Device used to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death A cardiologist and researcher with Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute travels today to top-ranked heart center Cleveland Clinic to train its doctors to implant a new defibrillator. As a top enrolling physician in the clinical research study that brought this new S-ICD … Continue Reading