I’ve worked in Corporate Communications at Sentara Healthcare for the past 25 years. I am the editor of the Sentara Today blog, working behind the scenes to capture inspiring stories about our employees and patients. Currently, I am also working on Sentara Nurse, a new blog we just launched. I’ve had the opportunity to be closely involved in helping preserve our organization’s historical archives. In my spare time, when I am not blogging, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga as often as I can.


Advance Medical Directives Help With End-of-Life Healthcare Decisions

Recognizing Sentara Advance Care Planning Week, April 14 – 18, and National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 By David Cochran, MTh Every day in hospitals, nursing centers and private homes, patients, residents and families make pivotal decisions about medical care at the end of life. These decisions range from demanding every high-tech tool in the … Continue Reading


Top 10 Questions to Help You Find a PCP Who’s Right for You

Celebrating Doctor’s Day Having a comfortable relationship with your doctor can lead to better health. The first doctor – and hopefully the only doctor – you’ll need to build a working relationship with is a primary care physician (PCP). They’re sometimes called family doctors. He or she is your first contact when you need medical … Continue Reading


Pull a muscle after working out? Think RICE

Written by: Shaun Knight, ATC How are those healthy New Year’s fitness resolutions going? Have you met your goals or any new benchmarks? Sometimes in our fervor of hitting the gym or starting a new running routine, we can actually end up hurting ourselves. In that case, it’s important to remember the RICE principle. RICE … Continue Reading


How do I reach my training potential?

Written by: Robert J. Riek, DPT, MBA, ATC, CSCS With the increased popularity of running and triathlon, I am often asked how should I train? My answer is quite different for someone just starting out compared to an individual who has been an athlete for a number of years. Running and triathlons can be very stressful … Continue Reading


What You Need To Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder


Written By Matthew S. Angelelli, MD Christmas is over, you rang in the New Year and holiday cheer has come to an end. So, now what? With less sunlight, shorter days and frigid temperatures, it’s common to feel slightly depressed as you patiently wait for the first blooms of spring – leaving many to wonder if … Continue Reading


New Year, New You & injury Prevention Too


Written by: Robert J. Riek, DPT, MBA, ATC, CSCS It’s that time of year again that many of us make a New Year’s resolution to exercise. We all have different reasons; for some it is to lose weight and for others it may be completing your first 5K or even a marathon. It is easy to … Continue Reading


Keep stress down during holiday travel


Written By Matthew S. Angelelli, MD The holiday season is all about joy and goodwill toward others, but it can also be the season of heavy traffic and bustling crowds. To get you through all those post-holiday trips to the mall and the long drive back from Grandma’s house, here are a few helpful tips to make … Continue Reading


Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season


Written By Matthew S. Angelelli, MD When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. That’s why trying to prevent stress and depression in the first place is key, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Here are some tips to help you find balance this … Continue Reading


It’s back to school time for Sentara employees as we “power up” for ICD-10!


Just as the children are going back to school during the fall, many Sentara employees are also preparing for their own training and education to learn the new diagnostic coding system that all healthcare providers in the U.S. must adopt next year. Currently every U.S. healthcare provider and insurer use the ICD-9 system, a healthcare … Continue Reading


ADHD: The Diagnosis and Treatment Options


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in children. However, receiving the diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming – especially without the guidance of a dedicated pediatrician. Dr. LaGora Brooks, Sentara Pediatric Physicians, chooses to take a supportive approach when helping parents work through the challenges of raising a child with … Continue Reading

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