Cheri Hinshelwood


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.


Hurricane Season: Are you ready if the lights go out?

Virginia is smack dab in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, an area often threatened by hurricanes. Are you ready, should a storm threaten our region? The time is right for planning. Virginians are offered a sales tax holiday May 25-May 31, 2014, in time to prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane season which starts June … Continue Reading


Masks Help Stop the Spread of Flu

Most flu this season is caused by the same virus that caused the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. And this year, we’re seeing some of the same groups not normally hit so hard by flu having severe complications. Pregnant women and middle-aged adults are some of the hardest hit this flu season. Regrettably, these groups also have … Continue Reading


Seeing is believing

Doctors are seeing more breast cancer than ever with new 3D mammography offered at Sentara Comprehensive Breast Centers. The innovative technology allows physicians to see the breast “layer by layer.” How it works It is well known that screening mammography saves lives. Although mammography has been the best tool we’ve had for decades to find … Continue Reading

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How music can improve our lives

Have you ever listened to music to improve your mood or step-up your exercise program?


The healing powers of music


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

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Recent news of double mastectomy brings many questions to surface


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


Keeping our water ways clean


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

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Be a hero


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

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Hampton Roads is home to one of Virginia’s Most Influential Leaders


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


Cancer team cares for patients


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.

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