Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Clinic Connection

The Augusta Regional Clinic Newsletter

23 Years of Serving Our Community


 Exciting things are happening this summer at the ARC! Staff promotions, new marketing opportunities, and successful nutrition classes are just some of the updates. Read below for more details!

 "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything." 

- Thomas Carlyle 


 Staff Updates

There have been several staff changes in the past few months at the ARC. In March, the Augusta Regional Clinic Board of Directors was pleased to announce the appointment of Janice Morgan as Executive Director. Janice has served the Clinic since 2004 as Director of Finance and Administration, and since 2015 as Interim Executive Director. She began her association with the Clinic as a volunteer. Before joining the staff at the Clinic, Ms. Morgan had a career in banking in Indiana and New York. Janice has a wonderful relationship with staff and volunteers alike, and the announcement was greeted with much enthusiasm!

In June, Carrie Durham accepted the position of Office Manager for Clinic.  Carrie started in our Dental Clinic in October of 2011 as an Administrative Assistant in the front office.  In April of 2013, she transferred to the Medical Clinic to become the Eligibility/Volunteer Coordinator.  In Carrie's new position, she will be Office Manager for both the Dental and Medical clinics as well as still coordinating Eligibility and New Volunteers. Carrie is a hardworking and compassionate person who is willing to help out where ever she is needed in either of our clinics no matter what the task.

Congratulations to Janice and Carrie! 


 Health and Fitness Expo

The Augusta Regional Clinic is excited to be a participant in the first annual Augusta Expo Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, July 15th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Medical and Dental Clinics will both have staff at the event answering questions, passing out information, and educating the public about the many services we provide.In addition, local gyms, health food stores, and nutritionists will be onsite. Crossfit 3xf's experienced members will be put through a crossfit workout while the ideas behind crossfit is explained. Augusta Health's Heart and Vascular Department will be attending to highlight the Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab programs, Sentara RMH Mobile Mammography Van will provide mammograms, and VA Blood Services will be having a blood drive. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a day highlighting health and fitness.


  Nutrition and Weight-Loss Program Going Strong

In June of 2016, the staff at the Augusta Regional Medical Clinic began partnering with Mary Albert, MS/RD, to offer a six-week weight-loss class on Thursday evenings. Staff at the clinic referred patients into the class, which included the following topics: Healthy eating habits; Shopping healthily on a budget; Grocery information and label reading; Cooking demonstrations; and Exercise demonstrations and fitness apps.

As of June 2017, the ARC has held three cycles of the classes (June 9-July 14, 2016, September 26-November 8, 2016, and April 20- May 25, 2017). In addition, there have also been "reunion meetings", one in January, one in March, and another scheduled for July. There are already two additional class sessions scheduled for the fall (August 9- September 13, 2017 and October 5- November 9, 2017).  Ms. Albert has been using food preparation demonstrations and providing samples for the class participants to try. Each class brings a lot of discussion and class sharing/participation, and each participant is provided with two books: The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy and Total Body Diet for Dummies.

Jo Anne Brown, FNP, reports that the classes have been surprisingly successful. "We typically start with about 15-20 participants and end up with 7-9 by the end. Some people make changes to their lives on their own once they have received the books, and though they do not attend the classes regularly, still have weight loss. I see them at follow-up appointments here at the clinic." Ms. Brown also mentioned that some participants attend multiple sessions to make up classes they didn't get the first time through, or for reinforcement and additional guidance. The reunion classes have been at the request of the participants, another sign of the program's success.

Baseline data on the participants has been taken at the beginning of each course, halfway through, at the end, and then also three and six months out to measure progress. A nursing student will be assisting to compile statistics at the upcoming sessions, which will be very helpful. Finally, Ms. Albert, in addition to teaching the classes, now has office hours on the Thursday nights the clinic is open. She provides nutrition counseling for patients by appointment, but also sees a small number of walk-ins. The classes, by all measures, have been a success. They provide ARC patients with chronic health issues a real chance to make a measurable difference in their daily routine and improve their lives in the long-term.



Volunteers Needed:

Supplies Needed:

Volunteers of all kinds, especially licensed or certified medical staff, are greatly needed at the Clinic. If you have some time you can share, please contact us! Call or email today!

Medical- 540-221-6723 

Dental- 540 221-6635

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Post-it notes

Sharpies (black)

Highlighters (pink, yellow)

Copy paper

Tissues

Cleansing wipes

Ziploc bags (gallon and quart)

Postage stamps

Donations Needed:

Blood Pressure Machine

EKG Machine

(These machines at the ARC have worn out. New or gently used donations would be fabulous!)