I am a Corporate Communications Consultant for Sentara Healthcare. I worked in broadcast news for 28 years, and joined the Sentara Public Relations team in 2003. I work with the Sentara Cancer Network, Sentara Life Care, and the transplant program most often, and I’m an unabashed fan of the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance. My work includes proactive communication through Sentara Today, social media, and other venues, print and broadcast media relations, and helping Sentara keep the public informed during hurricanes, snowstorms, and other challenging events.
I resisted a colonoscopy screening for 15 years, until my doctor threatened to fire me and my wife showed me up by getting hers before I did. When I finally agreed, the gastroenterologist discovered and removed a large pre-cancerous polyp, probably a year or two before it would have converted into a tumor. “I just … Continue Reading
Helping with durable medical equipment Zeb High lost a leg to diabetes last year, but he has not lost his desire to get around his Portsmouth neighborhood and run to a grocery store about half a mile from his home. He can do it now, thanks to a gift of a new electric scooter from … Continue Reading
Larry Smith has been losing sleep over generators. The facilities director at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has six emergency generators available to run vital systems if the power goes out. But, two of those generators have been in a former boiler room, four and a half feet below street level, since 1989. “The Ghent neighborhood … Continue Reading
Keith Quinlan came very close to dying. The Trenton, New Jersey firefighter and his wife Cori were on day two of an Outer Banks vacation last year when he suddenly became ill. The Outer Banks Hospital quickly transferred him by ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he wound up on life support in the … Continue Reading
Labor Day weekend 2012 was labor-intensive for the Emergency Department team from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. On Saturday, September 1st, they set up a five-tent mobile Emergency Department dubbed “Operation 4077th’ at 15th and Atlantic to serve the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon the next day. The glib name gave a nod to the fictional … Continue Reading
Medical Transport earns high praise for organ sharing effort. When fragile donated organs are on the move between hospitals and airports, lives hang in the balance and time is critical. Medical Transport, the ambulance arm of Sentara, displayed its depth of resources and commitment to service on a busy day in May as patients across … Continue Reading
A handful of serious runners came to the inaugural ‘Don’t Sit on Colon Cancer 5K at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital for a spring warm-up. A group of vascular ICU nurses from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in custom tee shirts (VICU RNs got the runs) came to run for fun. Others came to walk the course … Continue Reading