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Sovah Health is Making Communities Healthier

Sovah Health, the newly formed regional health delivery system that is comprised of Sovah Health – Danville (formerly Danville Regional Medical Center) and Sovah Health – Martinsville (formerly Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County), today released each campus’ annual Community Benefit Report for 2016. The two hospitals provided an economic impact exceeding $22 million for the region, not including capital improvements, payroll expenditures and uncompensated care.
Together, Sovah Health - Danville and Sovah Health - Martinsville recruited 22 new providers to the area in 2016, including physicians for hospital, emergency and family medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics, and ophthalmology. Combined, both facilities employed more than 2,100 employees with an annual payroll of more than $133 million. The hospitals also invested over half a million dollars for professional development and tuition reimbursement for physicians and staff.
 “At Sovah Health, our goal is to deliver the highest quality healthcare available across our region as we work to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Alan Larson, CEO of Sovah Health - Danville and Market President of Sovah Health. “With the help of dedicated physicians, employees, volunteers and board members – along with our communities’ continued support and encouragement – we are able to continuously improve care and make sure our patients’ experience at – or with – our health system the best it can be.”
Both campuses invested significantly in their facilities through capital improvements in 2016. The Danville campus’ capital improvements exceeded $11 million with updates to the Sovah Cancer Center that included a new electronic health record, upgraded equipment and a new wide-bore CT scanner. Other improvements included the addition of the designated Chest Pain Center and renovations to the behavioral health unit, River District Tower and Chatham Health & Wellness, the latter of which also included the addition of the Sovah Chatham Imaging Center. Meanwhile at the Martinsville campus, investments of more than $7.8 million were made. These included a new state-of-the-art TruBeam Radiotherapy System for its radiation oncology program at the Ravenel Cancer Center; an extensive remodel of the emergency department; and new equipment throughout the facility, including a new surgical table, nurse call system, CT scanner and cooling towers.

“Throughout 2016, our hospitals explored numerous ways to advance our mission and refine our focus on creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Sovah Health - Martinsville. “And I am proud to say that our legacy of caring for our communities is stronger than ever as we come together as Sovah Health.”

In regards to the economic impact, the Danville campus outlines more than $10 million in charity care, more than $1 million in community benefit programs and nearly $1.3 million in state and local taxes. The Martinsville campus lists more than $6 million in charity care, more than $300,000 in community benefit programs and more than $2.5 million in state and local taxes. 
 
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About Sovah Health 

Sovah Health is a regional healthcare delivery system, serving the south central Virginia and north central North Carolina region. It is comprised of two hospital campuses, one in Danville (formerly known as Danville Regional Medical Center) and the other in Martinsville (formerly known as Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County). The Danville campus is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina employing approximately 1300 people and with 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The Martinsville campus has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. Sovah Health -Martinsville has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850 people. 

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  • Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Become SOVAH Health

    Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County today announced that they are expanding their collaboration, forming SOVAH Health, a new regional medical center with two campuses – one in Danville and one in Martinsville. Together as SOVAH Health, the hospitals Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will have new opportunities to more proactively and effectively respond to the healthcare needs of the region.

    “Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital have collaborated for many years to make communities across Southern Virginia healthier,” said Alan Larson, South Central Virginia Market President for LifePoint Health and CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health. “Becoming SOVAH Health allows us to build upon this partnership in exciting ways, expand our services to meet the changing needs of our communities, adapt in the changing healthcare environment, and create exciting new opportunities for growth for our staff and providers.”

    Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital are both part of LifePoint Health. The two hospitals formed a regional healthcare delivery system, the South Central Virginia Market, in 2013. Over the past four years, they have worked together to increase their communities’ access to high quality, comprehensive care close to home through coordination, consolidation and collaboration. The success of this partnership led to the formation of SOVAH Health.

    Named for the Southern Virginia region that both hospitals have called home for a combined 177 years, SOVAH Health will serve a 7-county region across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Its Danville and Martinsville campuses will employ more than 2100 staff, have more than 200 physicians on active medical staff and serve more than 100,000 patients of all ages each year. SOVAH Health’s new structure will include a single Board of Directors, Medical Executive Committee and Patient Family Advisory Board with representation from both campuses and communities. SOVAH Health offers a broad array of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, including cardiology, oncology, preventative health and wellness, radiology, rehabilitation, surgical services and women’s and children’s services. The Danville campus features a 250-bed medical center and provides over 30 medical specialties. Martinsville is home to a 223-bed hospital with over 25 medical specialties.

    “SOVAH Health will allow Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital to advance our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health – Martinsville. “We’ve been successful hospitals, and we each have proud legacies. Together, we can create something that we could never achieve alone. We look forward to exploring with our staff, physicians and communities how we can transform the delivery of care and the health of people across this region and offer more high quality compassionate care close to home.”

    All contact information for Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will remain the same and visitors will see no difference in access to either campus.

    About Danville Regional Medical Center
    Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing acute care services, preventive and wellness services, surgical services and advanced treatments. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, please visit www.DanvilleRegional.com

    About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com.

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  • Annual Dove Release planned for Tuesday, April 25th - Rain or Shine!

    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County (MHMHC) will release doves in a special ceremony this week to recognize Organ Donation Month. The event is taking place on Tuesday, April 25 at 1:00pm in the Donor Memory Garden in front of the emergency department. Should there be significant rain (given our current weather forecast), the event will be relocated to outside the hospital’s main entrance. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the Front Lobby, where LifeNet, a non-profit procurement organization, will have informational tables.

  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND SPORTLANES UNITE NEXT WEEKEND TO BEAT CANCER

    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) and Sportlanes are joining forces next weekend in the fight against cancer. Together, MHMHC and Sportlanes will host Kickin’ Butts at Sportlanes and Bowlin’ for Colons to promote cancer prevention, awareness, treatment and to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Martinsville-Henry County Relay For Life.

    On Saturday, March 25th, from 12pm to 12am, Kickin’ Butts at Sportlanes will kick off the business’ new anti-smoking policy by offering free bowling, drink specials and live entertainment. Health care experts from Memorial Hospital will provide information about tobacco cessation, lung cancer screenings and oncology services available here in Martinsville and Henry County.

    “Sportlanes is a family-friendly business and we have an obligation to provide a healthy environment for our customers and employees,” said Will Pearson, owner of Sportlanes. “As we continue to learn more about the negative long-term effects of smoking and second-hand smoke, we believe that going smoke-free will be a positive change for our customers, our staff and our community.”

    On Sunday, March 26th, Memorial Hospital will host the first annual Bowlin’ For Colons to raise awareness about colorectal cancer prevention, screenings and treatment, as well as raise money for Relay For Life. A four person team, which includes shoes and games, costs $50, while a corporate lane sponsorship, which includes a lane banner and up to 2 teams, costs $200. The event will have two waves, one beginning at 2pm and one at 4pm.

    “Memorial Hospital is excited to collaborate on these upcoming events to promote cancer awareness, prevention and treatment in our community, said Liz Harris, Director of Marketing at MHMHC. “In addition the recent launch of our comprehensive lung cancer screening program, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Our hope is that both events will encourage people talk to their primary care physicians and schedule appropriate screenings.”

    For more information about the events or to register for Bowlin’ for Colons, stop by Sportlanes, call 276.666.7604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, part of LifePoint Health, has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. A 223-bed, acute care facility, Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff, employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please call (276)666-7200 or visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com. For more information about LifePoint Health, visit www.LifePointHealth.net.

    About SPORTLANES
    Sportlanes is the ultimate retro bowling center and café with small town personality. Sportlanes provides bowling leagues for all ages, fun games, and musical entertainment. In addition, delicious pub food, pizza and over 150 craft beers are offered in the Ten Pin Café. Sportlanes is located at 10 Koehler Rd., Martinsville, VA. The phone number is 276.632.6060.

     

  • Memorial Hospital’s HomeCare and Hospice now operating under new healthcare partnership

    HomeCare of Memorial Hospital and Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont today announced that it has joined a larger network of home health and hospice service agencies across the nation. This new partnership will allow its team to enhance and expand their services to better meet the needs of people throughout Martinsville and Henry County and the surrounding region.

    Effective January 1, 2017, HomeCare of Memorial Hospital and Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont transitioned ownership and management to a joint venture of LifePoint Health, the parent company of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, and LHC Group, a leading post-acute care provider offering home health and hospice care, long-term acute care and community-based services across the country. This joint venture will operate all of LifePoint’s home health agencies and hospices nationwide. The innovative new partnership between LifePoint and LHC Group brings together the capabilities of two experienced healthcare organizations and will enable the development and expansion of home health and hospice services throughout the communities they serve.

    “LHC Group and LifePoint Health share a commitment to community,” said Keith Myers, LHC Group chairman and CEO. “We also believe that our most important mission is to help make communities like Martinsville and Henry County healthier and happier – and to do so in the familiar and comforting surroundings of the place they call home.” Under the new ownership model, there will be no interruption in service or in the timeliness or quality of care provided by the home health and hospice professionals at HomeCare and Legacy Hospice. The agencies will continue serving patients in Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County and portions of Franklin County and Pittsylvania County from its current location at 320 Hospital Drive in Martinsville, and there will be no changes in contact information. All staff also will remain the same.

    “Home health and hospice care is vital in today’s healthcare environment, and there is a growing need for this kind of care in Virginia,” said David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint. “We are delighted to partner with LHC Group, which is a leader in home health and hospice care, to explore ways to strengthen home health and hospice services across Southern Virginia, and expand the support we offer patients and their families at home.”

    LHC Group maintains 133 hospital and health system partnered home health and hospice locations, and more than 300 post-acute care locations across 26 states. LifePoint currently operates 20 home health and 10 hospice locations within its network of more than 70 hospitals in 22 states.

    About LHC Group Inc.
    LHC Group Inc. (LHCGroup.com) is a national provider of post-acute care services, providing quality, costeffective health care to patients within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice and community-based services locations in its home-based division and long-term acute care hospitals in its facility-based division.

    About LifePoint Health®
    LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.

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  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OPENS NEW SPECIALTY CLINIC IN MARTINSVILLE

    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (“MHMHC”) and Memorial Hospital Physicians announced today that Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has opened a new clinic on Greensboro Road in Martinsville. Dr. Robert “Butch” Cassidy began providing orthopedics and sports medicine specialty care to new and existing patients at the new location on Monday, January 2.

    “As the demand for orthopedics and sports medicine has grown across our region, Memorial Hospital recognized the need for another specialty clinic in our area,” said Michael Ehrat, Chief Executive Officer at MHMHC. “Dr. Cassidy and the team at Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will increase our community’s access to high quality patient-centered orthopedics care.

    Dr. Cassidy has been a physician with Memorial Hospital Physicians, formerly Martinsville Physician Practices, since 2013, and most recently practiced at Bassett Primary Care. He received his medical degree at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and completed his residency in general surgery at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital (Chicago, IL) and orthopedic surgery at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA). Dr. Cassidy commonly treats problems related to arthritis, sports injuries, spine injuries, fractures, sprains and back pain.

    Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is located at 2960 Greensboro Road next to Planet Fitness, Dollar Tree and Martinsville Family Medicine. The new office features six exam rooms, a casting room, a procedure room and a new x-ray machine. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, with walk-in availability. A second location of Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (formerly the Bone & Joint Center) is located at 1100 East Church Street in Martinsville.

    To schedule an appointment, please call (276)-666-2663.

    About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County
    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, part of LifePoint Health, has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. A 223-bed, acute care facility, Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff, employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please call (276)666-7200 or visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com. For more information about LifePoint Health, visit www.LifePointHealth.net.

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