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Second death in Rockingham County crash

Virginia State Police were notified this morning that a second driver has died as a result of injuries sustained in a Wednesday crash in Rockingham County. Sarah M. Hensley, 35, of Elkton, Va., passed away at UVA Medical Center early Friday morning (Oct. 3).


State Police investigate fatal crash on U.S. 340 near Elkton

At 8:28 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper B.W. Coleman responded to a three-vehicle crash in Rockingham CountyWednesday (Oct. 10). The crash occurred on Route 340 outside of Elkton.

Health Risk Assessment Grant Awarded

The Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) Foundation has awarded a grant to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC), VPAS, and Sentara RMH Community Health.

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EMU women’s soccer makes cookies for RMH holiday bake sale

The Eastern Mennonite University women’s soccer team combined a fun team get-together with helping out a good cause, as they made cookies to donate to Rockingham Memorial Hospital. The soccer women baked and decorated cookies, which they then donated to the RMH annual bake sale.

RMH Heart and Vascular Center welcomes cardiothoracic surgeon Jerome McDonald

Cardiothoracic surgeon Jerome McDonald, MD, FACS, has joined the RMH Heart and Vascular Center team as medical director of the cardiothoracic surgery program. Dr. McDonald brings to RMH special knowledge and expertise in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic (chest area, including lungs) surgery.

RMH to host 27th annual Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service

RMH will hold its 27th annual Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 in the first floor concourse.

RMH hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive Nov. 25-27

RMH, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is hosting a three-day blood drive Nov. 25, 26 and 27 on the RMH Health Campus in Harrisonburg. On Nov. 25 and 26, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be taking donations from noon – 6 p.m. in Parking Lot A. The bloodmobile will be located near the entrance of the RMH Heart and Vascular Center.

SAILing into the New Year at Staunton Senior Center

Last week several VPAS employees and one intern attended the leadership training for SAIL, which stands for Stay Active & Independent for Life. This exercise program is actually a fall prevention program, but it is not billed as such since seniors sometimes tend to avoid “fall prevention programs” (I’m not old, I don’t fall).

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Interstate 81 accident leaves live wires in road, hours of backups

At 3:01 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police Trooper A.J. Wouters was called to the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 at the 243 mile marker for a tractor-trailer crash. A southbound tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail, continued up an embankment, struck a utility pole, and then struck a sign before finally coming to rest.

RMH launches integrative medicine practice

RMH has launched an integrative medicine practice in Harrisonburg, offering a unique approach to primary care that combines traditional and non-traditional medicine and therapies.

RMH offering masks to visitors to limit spread of flu

An early and significant flu season has prompted RMH to strongly recommend that visitors and outpatients don masks while in the hospital and its outpatient facilities to protect themselves and others from the flu.

RMH receives $3.1 million grant to help at-risk families

RMH Community Health has been awarded a 5-year, $3.1 million grant from the federal department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to facilitate support for families challenged by substance abuse issues.

RMH completes community health needs assessment

RMH has completed its 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), identifying prevalent health problems in the community, and has selected areas of focus to address a number of community health concerns.

Wendelken to join RMH Foundation

Janet Wendelken has accepted the position of development officer with the RMH Foundation.

RMH launches Inpatient Pediatrics Service

On Dec. 1, RMH launched an Inpatient Pediatrics Service to better serve the medical needs of children and newborns while they are in the hospital.

RMH to host 26th annual Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service on Dec. 3

RMH will hold its 26th annual Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the first floor concourse.

RMH Hahn Cancer Center earns quality accreditation for radiation oncology

The RMH Hahn Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

RMH to host annual Remembrance Service on Nov. 11

RMH Grief and Loss Services will host its annual Remembrance Service from 2-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Almarode to lead RMH Emergency Services

Marcus Almarode, RN, CEN, has joined RMH as director of emergency services. Almarode, a native of Mounty Sidney, earned his associate’s degree in applied science in nursing from Blue Ridge Community College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University. He has 22 years of experience as a health care professional and has spent the last 14 years working as a nurse.

RMH to celebrate 100 years of compassionate care with community celebration on Sept. 30

RMH will celebrate 100 years of service to the community with a special event to be held 2-4 p.m. September 30 at the RMH hospital and health campus.

RMH marks 2012 Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week

RMH Community Health is partnering with DRIVE SMART Virginia and Bike Virginia to make Virginia’s roadways the safest in the nation for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

RMH Women’s Center to host Women’s Wellness Weekend

The RMH Women’s Center will host a Women’s Wellness Weekend Sept. 28-30 at the Massanetta Springs Retreat and Conference Center near Harrisonburg. The weekend retreat will feature healthy life seminars on nutrition, sleep and general well-being presented by RMH health professionals

RMH, VBS hosting blood drive on Aug. 10

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, August 10. Virginia Blood Services will conduct the blood drive in Conference Room 2 on the Lower Level of the hospital

RMH to host forum focusing on bipolar disorders on Aug. 7

RMH Behavioral Health will host the forum “Bipolar Disorders Across the Lifespan” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 in the RMH Lower Level conference rooms

2012 World Breastfeeding Week begins Aug. 1

During World Breast Feeding Week, Aug. 1-Aug. 7, the RMH Family Birthplace reminds new moms that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both mom and baby

Benson elected to Rockingham Memorial Hospital board

Jerry Benson, PhD., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at James Madison University, has been elected to the RMH Board of Directors

RMH employees contribute more than $114K

RMH employees delivered big in the 2012 Employee Gifts Campaign, donating more than $114,000 and surpassing the campaign goal by 30 percent

Consumer Reports: RMH a leader in patient safety

Consumer Reports magazine gave RMH one of the highest patient safety ratings among Virginia hospitals included in a study released in its August issue

RMH hosting blood drive on Friday

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Virginia Blood Services will have its blood mobile parked in Lot A near the RMH Heart & Vascular entrance. Donors may park in Lot A close to the blood mobile

RMH Community Health awarded $73,000 to implement Safe Routes to School Program

RMH Community Health and the Healthy Community Council (HCC) Obesity Action Team were recently awarded a two-year, $73,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

First procedure to implant hearing aid that transmits sound through bone performed at RMH

In early May, Harrisonburg otolaryngologist Dr. Michele Streeter performed the first surgery at RMH to implant a device that improves hearing by transmitting sound through the bone of the ear

RMH unveils new pediatric playroom mural

The Kiwanis Club of Harrisonburg donated $1,000 to the RMH Foundation to fund the purchase and display of the mural. The photographic mural portrays a mountain farm, featuring cows, barns and open spaces. The artwork was selected because it mirrors the scenery beyond the hospital walls

RMH hosting orthopedics symposium

RMH will host a free symposium, “Orthopedics 101,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 18 at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center. Physicians from RMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will offer their insights about the latest developments in orthopedics

RMH Foundation awards community grants

The RMH Foundation has awarded four grants totaling more than $33,000 to community organizations and RMH departments


RMH Hospice, RMH Home Health now part of Sentara Home Care

On May 1, RMH Hospice and RMH Home Health became part of Sentara Home Care

Construction to begin on new RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center

Construction on the new 15,200-square-foot RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 29

Three RMH nurses honored

RMH has named three nurses the first recipients of the Excellence in Nursing Practice awards—Eliza Burkholder, RN, 5 West; Eileen Phillips, RN, Pre-/Post-Surgical Care; and Gina Yost, RN, Information Systems

RMH to host cancer survivorship celebration

RMH will host a free program, “Survivorship Celebration: Living Well With a Cancer Diagnosis,” on June 7

Life-saving screenings, talks at Aging Gracefully conference May 8

RMH Senior Advantage presents “Aging Gracefully,” an event promoting healthy aging as a way of life for those 55 and up, 8 a.m.-noon May 8 at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road. Health screenings will be offered, including cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, hearing, depression, memory and more. Registration is required for […]

RMH presents drug, alcohol abuse awareness program

RMH and the Supporters of Sobriety Amongst Youth (SOSAY) have teamed together to offer the special addiction prevention program “Just Say Know: The Science Behind Drug and Alcohol Abuse.” The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 in the East Rockingham High School Auditorium. The program, presented by Jennifer Johnson, Outpatient Program Manager […]

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 28

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners will hold the third annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Collection sites, where unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications can be turned in, will be available across the nation. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public […]

Burris to serve as interim CFO at RMH

RMH officials have announced that Mike Burris, chief financial officer of Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, will serve as interim CFO at RMH starting about May 1 while continuing his current duties as CFO of Martha Jefferson. Burris will fill the vacancy left by current RMH CFO Mike King, who has accepted a position with […]

Create a personal advance care plan during National Advanced Care Planning Week

During National Advanced Care Planning Week, April 16-20, RMH encourages all adults to create an advanced care plan. An advanced care plan, also known as an advanced directive, is a statement expressing a person’s health care choices if he or she is unable to state his or her own treatment wishes.

April is National Donate Life Month

During National Donate Life Month in April, RMH celebrates the generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow and blood donors and encourages others to follow their lead. One donor can save as many as nine lives through organ donation, enhance more than 50 lives through tissue donation and restore sight […]

RMH to host new weekly walking program for seniors

RMH will host a free Thursday morning community walking program on its campus for seniors beginning April 12. The new “In the Loop” walking group is open to those aged 55 and up. Walks around the new RMH Health Campus will start at 9 a.m. Walkers will meet in Lot B, outside the Hahn Building. […]

RMH certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

The RMH stroke care program has received national certification from The Joint Commission, indicating that the program meets rigorous standards of care for those experiencing stroke. The Joint Commission granted RMH Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification following an extensive on-site evaluation March 14. The Joint Commission surveyors examined every facet of RMH’s stroke program to […]

Work to begin on Stone Spring Road Crossover at RMH

Work will begin soon on a crossover between the northbound and southbound lanes of Stone Spring Road where the northbound lane provides access to and from the RMH health campus. The crossover will provide access between the campus and southbound Stone Spring Road. Currently, motorists can enter and exit the campus at northbound Stone Spring […]

Lizotte elected president of national physician assistant organization

David Lizotte, lead physician assistant for RMH cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, has been elected president of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS). Lizotte was part of the team that helped establish the RMH cardiothoracic surgery program in 2008, allowing members of the community to receive 24-hour, life-saving cardiac care close to home.

Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition awarded $121K grant to reduce alcohol-related crashes

The Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition has been awarded a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. The $121,150 grant is to be used by the Health Education and Awareness program, part of RMH Community Health, to focus on decreasing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in Rockingham County among 15-24 year olds. 

RMH to present free colon health seminar March 21

RMH will present a free seminar, “Keep Your Colon Healthy,” from 6-8 p.m. March 21 in the hospital’s lower level conference rooms. RMH medical experts will address colon health and colon cancer prevention, particularly the importance of a colonoscopy screening.

HealthGrades ranks RMH among best in nation

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare quality ratings company, has named RMH a recipient of the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 2012, ranking RMH among the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals. HealthGrades has also ranked RMH as number one in Virginia for coronary interventional procedures as well as number one in Virginia, and among […]

RMH youth tobacco prevention program awarded $179K grant

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded a $178,770 grant to the Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition’s Toward No Tobacco program to support and expand tobacco prevention classes for middle school students. TNT is a two-week evidence-based tobacco prevention class taught to seventh-graders in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Augusta County by RMH respiratory therapist Ron […]

RMH named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

RMH has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital. In late January, the magazine listed 247 hospitals located in areas with populations less than 500,000 as Best Regional Hospitals. To be considered a Best Regional Hospital, the organization must rank in the top 25 percent of all hospitals in […]

RMH Home and Farm Safety Day set for March 10

RMH will host the RMH/Bowman/Progressive Agriculture Home and Farm Safety Day on March 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. “Our goal is to make children and adults more aware of potential hazards they encounter every day, and help them prevent, injury, illness or even death as a result of working […]

JMU Alpha Phis partner with RMH to fight women’s heart disease

The James Madison University Theta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi will host its annual “Move You Phi’t” 5K walk/run to benefit RMH Heart Check at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Registration and check-in will take place at 9 a.m. on the bottom floor of the JMU Festival Center. Funds raised from the event will be used […]