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Centra Lynchburg General Hospital Recognized in National Consumer Study for Heart Surgery

Consumers nationwide can now see what heart patients in Central Virginia already know; Centra Lynchburg General Hospital is one of the best hospitals nationally for heart surgery.

Centra is one of roughly 70 hospitals in the country to be recognized by a consumer analysis of best hospitals for heart surgery. Lynchburg General Hospital is one of fewer than 20 medical centers in the country that earned top scores in both aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass surgery.

The ratings are published in partnership with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which collects data from patients’ charts in areas of outcome, including complications and death, surgical technique used and use of appropriate medications.

Notably, STS awarded Centra with its highest rating of three stars for its open-heart surgery program earlier this year. Centra is one of 11 hospitals across the country to receive the distinguished status of three-star performance in all three categories.

This consumer analysis list ranks almost 500 hospitals nationwide on how they perform on open heart surgery. Those participating in this registry are hospitals that have chosen to make their data public with the goal of improving open heart surgery outcomes across the country.

“This is a testament to our entire heart team,” said Kenneth Saum, M.D., Medical Director of Centra’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Division. “Receiving this rating is an assurance to our patients and the region we serve that we are providing the best heart care the country has to offer.”

Centra’s heart team consists of 32 physicians and 21 advanced practitioners. These providers care for patients in 7 locations across the region. Centra’s cardiovascular services are led by an integrated team of providers who are nationally recognized for their contributions in advancing patient care, positive clinical outcomes and research. The heart center also includes a team of cardiovascular dedicated health care staff, who together provide care to thousands of patients annually.

For more information about Centra’s cardiovascular and thoracic programs, please visit,

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  • Centra Foundation announces 2017 Community Health Initiative Fund Grant Recipients

    Centra is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Centra Foundation Community Health Initiative Fund grants totaling $486,331 to support health-related projects and programs in our region. The grants funded are closely aligned to the funding goals that have been established as a result of our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment. The funding provided through these grant awards will help many area agencies support new projects and programs that will greatly enhance our community’s health.

    According to Kathryn M. Pumphrey, Ed.D., Executive Vice President of the Centra Foundation, “The Centra Foundation has supported priority issues that are closely linked to improving our region’s immediate and long-term health.” She comments that “the grants awarded align closely with the goals we’ve established as a result of our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.”

    • All Second Graders Learn to Swim $8,170
    Southside Virginia Family YMCA

    • Bedford Ride Non-Emergency Medical Transportation $20,000
    Bedford Ride/Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.

    • Burkeville Lodge for the Blind Improvement Project $5,000
    The Virginia Association of Workers for the Blind

    • Centra Health Reach out and Read Program $5,000
    Reach out and Read Virginia

    • Central Virginia HIV Testing & Counseling Project $14,500
    Coalition for HIV & Prevention of Central VA (CHAP)

    • Children’s Assistive Technology Services (CATS) $7,000
    Kids Equipment Palooza
    Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS)

    • Connect Central Virginia – An initiative of Central Virginia $30,000
    No Wrong Door
    Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.

    • EMS Training Grant for Year 2017- 2018 $25,000
    Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

    • Forging a Healthier, Stronger Community; One Girl at a time $5,000
    Girls on the Run of Central Virginia, Inc.

    • Fresh RX $14,500
    Lynchburg Grows

    • Healthy Behaviors $7,500
    Diamond Hill Health & Wellness (DHHW) Community Services

    • Hospital Readmission Prevention $22,000
    Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

    • Medical/Dental Services Integration Project $80,000
    Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Inc.

    • Medication Access Program (MAP) $13,450
    Heart of Virginia Free Clinic (Farmville)

    • (ORRP) Oak Lane Residential Recovery Program for $45,000
    Pregnant and Postpartum Women & Their Infants
    Roads to Recovery

    • RX Partnership $10,000
    RX Drug Access Partnership

    • “Safe at Home” $20,000
    Interfaith Outreach Association

    • Summer Camp Scholarships and 3-Point Play Program $12,600
    Jubilee Family Development Center

    • TAKE CHARGE: Priority Care Transitions Program $69,500
    Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.

    • United Neigh Scholarship $7,500
    Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, Inc.

    • Women and Children’s Community Outreach Programs $30,960
    Centra Women and Children’s Services

    • Women’s Health Center $33,651
    The Free Clinic of Danville

  • Public Encouraged to Learn Warning Signs, Prevention and Treatment Tips

    With more than 795,000 strokes occurring every year in the United States across the age spectrum, it is critical that all Americans adopt preventive lifestyle habits, know the warning signs, and understand the treatment options available to themselves and their loved ones should a stroke occur. May is Stroke Month and Better Hearing & Speech Month—a time for Lynchburg and surrounding community residents to become stroke savvy.

    Although it’s more common in older adults, stroke can affect anyone. In fact, stroke is trending upward in younger Americans. A recent study showed that the rate of stroke increased by 147% in people ages 35–39, 101% in people ages 40–45, 68% in people ages 45–49, and 23% in people ages 50–54.

    Lifestyle Modifications

    Although not all strokes are preventable, certain lifestyle habits can reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke. Factors that work in a person’s favor include maintaining a healthy diet and low cholesterol, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and refraining from smoking.

    Early Action Is Vital

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 38% of respondents to one survey were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke. Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of onset of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who receive delayed care, states the CDC—thus, recognizing the signs and taking quick action is key.

    If you suspect someone is having a stroke, act BEFAST:

    • Balance: Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
    • Eyes:  Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
    • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?
    • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weaker?
    • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
    • Time to act is now if you see any of these signs! Call 9-1-1 right away.

    Treatment Transforms

    Of the 750,000+ Americans who suffer strokes annually in the United States, more than 130,000 die. For those who survive a stroke, quality of life is an important issue. In addition to regaining physical abilities such as the ability to walk, get dressed, and bathe independently, one’s capacity to communicate may also be severely damaged by a stroke.

    “A person’s ability to communicate is the foundation of just about everything they do, and every interaction they have,” said a Lynchburg based Speech-Language Pathologist, Yvonne Staton, at CentraVirginia Baptist Hospital. “Beyond just having their basic needs met, the degree to which communication skills are restored affects stroke survivors’ social interactions and relationships, employment status and success, and overall satisfaction and participation in life. Seeking treatment from a speech-language pathologist can make a transformative difference in helping people enjoy a fulfilling post-stroke life.”

    One of the most common communication challenges that follow a stroke is aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand or produce language. About 25%–40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia. Other communication difficulties include slurred speech due to weak muscles and difficulty in programming muscles for speech. In addition to these challenges, speech-language pathologists help with cognitive challenges following a stroke—which may include memory and problem-solving skills—and swallowing problems that result from weakness and/or incoordination of muscles in the mouth and throat.



  • Centra Urgent Care Facility in Forest Now Open

    The new Centra Urgent Care facility located at 16890 Forest Road in Forest, opened to patients on January 23rd.

    Urgent care centers are designed for patients whose illnesses or injuries don’t present as life–threatening, but can’t wait until their primary care physician can treat them. Very often, they are used to fill the gap between doctor’s offices and emergency rooms. Urgent care centers are same-day clinics that can handle a variety of medical problems that need to be treated right away such as, ear pain, asthma care, injury care, stitches, flu-like symptoms, sore throats, painful urination, etc.

    The urgent care facility will see patients 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will offer digital x-ray and labs onsite. No appointments are necessary. For more information, please call, 434.200.7210.

    Providers: Mony Mehrotra, MD., Walter Beverly, MD., Cesar Caballero, MD., John Paul Jones, MD., Melissa Shaffron, PA., Kevin Arp, PA. and Karen Ellis, NP. 

  • Centra Receives a $16,000 March of Dimes Virginia Chapter Grant to help fund Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital’s and Centra Southside Community Hospital’s Before Baby Moms Clubs.

    The March of Dimes Virginia Chapter helps to advance maternal and infant health in Lynchburg and Farmville, VA by supporting the Before Baby Moms Club Program through a grant to Centra Women and Children’s Services. Before Baby Moms Club is an evidence based program that improves birth outcomes by providing prenatal education and support for parents-to-be in a fun group setting. It offers an opportunity for women in various stages of their pregnancies to explore issues, receive information, learn practical skills and have their questions answered as a group.

    The program is facilitated by a trained educator in an informal and non-intimidating setting, using a colorful, comprehensive and easy to understand prenatal guide.

    “I believe that every parent wants and deserves the best for their baby, states Ann Scott, Before Baby Moms Club Program Coordinator, the program empowers parents with the confidence and knowledge needed to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies.”

    Participants receive information at every meeting on at least one of the following core topics; preterm labor, nutrition, safe sleep, breastfeeding, substance use, birth spacing and abuse/depression. Centra offers a wealth of services for women and children. Maternity services at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital are a recognized hallmark. Each year, our experienced staff helps mothers bring over 2,600 new babies into the world.

    Our medical expertise is widely recognized, and we offer facilities that are among the most up-to-date in the country. Through a combination of excellent care and community education, we provide families with personalized, professional care.

    Before Baby Moms Club meets on Thursdays from 5:30pm-7pm at the Center for Childbirth and Family Education at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital and on Wednesdays from 12noon-1:30pm in the Quad at Southside Community Hospital. No registration is required and moms may bring a support person. Meetings are always free and moms receive diapers and other incentives along the way.

    Studies show that Before Baby Moms Club programs have a positive impact on prenatal care and birth outcomes are consistently better than those who receive traditional prenatal care only. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies.

    For the latest resources and information, visit For the latest information about Before Baby Moms Club Virginia, visit

  • Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital to Temporarily Relocate Emergency Department

    Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital will open a temporary emergency department on the second floor starting May 18th, during the renovation and expansion of the current emergency department. The temporary emergency department will be located on the second floor and use the entrance from the administrative parking lot located on Whitfield Drive.

    While the emergency department is temporarily located on the 2nd floor, visitors and family members will be able to park in the circular drive and use the elevators to reach patients on the 3rd floor. There will be a barrier constructed in the parking lot on Whitfield Drive that will separate the ambulance entrance from the walk-in entrance for patients.

    The current main entrance of the hospital will be used for outpatient visits only. The renovation is expected to be completed by March 2018.

    Directional signs will be located outside/inside to ensure patients and visitors find the new location with ease.

    For more information or questions, please call 540.425.7619.

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