Kimberly Van Sickel

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I am a Corporate Communications Consultant working in public relations, media relations, social media, creative writing, and strategic planning. I hold an MS in Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from the University of Maryland in College Park. I enjoy community service, exercise, traveling, and reading.

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Eight lucky Sentara babies awarded Virginia 529 College Savings Plan

In honor of National 529 College Savings Day on May 29th, Virginia 529 offered babies at each Sentara hospital born closest to 5:29 pm on 5/29 a 529 college savings account valued at $529. The program is aimed at encouraging higher education and to remind families that it is never too early to start planning.  … Continue Reading

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Helping a family’s heartbreak with a ‘Heart Beat in a Bottle’

Sentara Commitments: Always treat you with dignity, respect and compassion.  Losing a loved one is hard.  And no one understands the toll that can take on families and friends more than the nurses, doctors and staff who deal with death and grief alongside hope and healing.  It was the nurturing spirit that led Nellie Melitas, … Continue Reading

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New asthma treatment has patients breathing easier

Sentara Williamsburg is the first hospital in the region and second in Virginia to introduce this groundbreaking treatment. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center now offers a new treatment for severe asthma called Bronchial Thermoplasty.  This minimally invasive outpatient procedure uses a bronchoscope to deliver thermal energy to the lungs of patients with asthma in order … Continue Reading

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Sentara ranks nationally, statewide and regionally

Sentara ranks nationally, statewide and regionally in 2012-2013 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report.  Cardiology and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Heart Hospital and Urology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital rank among the top 50 programs in the nation in the 2012-13 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report. … Continue Reading

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NFL Great Joe Theisman

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NFL Great Joe Theisman Talks Aneurysms, Football. Joe Theisman was a featured guest speaker at the opening reception for the 2012 Current Concepts in Vascular Care, a Sentara hosted mid-Atlantic conference that drew more than 240 vascular surgeons, specialists and professionals. Theisman works as an advocate to raise awareness for Aortic Abdominal Aneurysms. His personal … Continue Reading

Got an App-etite for new technology?

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Sentara Healthcare knows healthcare consumers have an app-etite for technology.  That’s why – on the heels of its successful Sentara MyChart app launch in 2011 – the integrated healthcare system now introduces the SentaraHealth app.  The SentaraHealth app for iPhone, Android and Blackberry provides convenient, real-time access to basic information about hospitals, locations and doctors … Continue Reading

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Dr. Dan Via Returns to Work

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Life can change in the blink of an eye. Small acts of kindness can mean the most. It takes a village… (L-R) Angela Morris (left) and Jennifer Sears (right) greet Dr. Dan Via upon his return to work at Sentara Pediatric Physicians.Pick the cliché and it is likely that Dr. Dan Via has a new appreciation for how deeply those commonly used phrases can be felt. The Williamsburg pediatrician was enjoying a vacation with his family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina when the very active 52 year-old caught a wave and fell off his boogie board head first into shallow water. His spinal cord injury left him unable to move. He was saved by some strangers on the beach who pulled him from the water. He was able to breathe on his own and he never lost consciousness, so he was able to speak and answer questions. But Via knew he could also not feel anything or move any parts of his body. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Local EMS responded and Via was flown by Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance from a fire station in North Carolina to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for trauma care. Surgeons determined that he had disrupted ligaments and ruptured a disc between C3 and C4 of his spine. He had surgery to fuse his spine at C3 & 4, but the severe nature of his injury and bruising of his spinal cord left physicians unsure about Via’s prognosis. Via recalls hearing doctors talk about, “maybe being able to feed himself or possibly learn to walk again.” That is a tough reality for someone with a thriving pediatric medical practice, a wife and teenage children, and an active lifestyle that included cycling and teaching music.

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Take Heart: One man’s story

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Tex Turner had been a fit man throughout his entire military career, maintaining his 185 pound frame with regular exercise and a balanced diet. Even as a retired Army Col., Turner remained fit and active for decades. Various life changes led Turner to “let himself go” as he described it, and his weight rose to … Continue Reading

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes

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How do Sentara Employees Celebrate Our Top ranking? Why We Dance, Dance, Dance With a second consecutive year as the number one integrated healthcare system in the country, we’ve taken a unique approach to spreading the news. We’ve created an original music video featuring many of the employees who have contributed to our success. It took a little convincing for some, … Continue Reading

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