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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 […]


RMH Women’s Center breast care program receives three-year national accreditation

The RMH Women’s Center’s breast care program has been granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. “This accreditation means our patients can be sure they are receiving the highest quality care, close to home, at a Certified Comprehensive Breast […]


‘Walk the Walk’ for heart health at RMH on Feb. 3

In recognition of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, RMH is hosting “Walk the Walk” from 11 a.m. until 1p.m. Feb. 3 at the outdoor walking path circling the RMH campus. Optional group walks, led by an RMH team member, will begin at 11 a.m. and noon, but walkers may come at any […]


Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge, RMH Childcare Connection join to form RMH Family Connection

Two RMH Community Health programs, RMH Childcare Connection and Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge, have joined to form RMH Family Connection. RMH Family Connection will serve a 10-county area in the Shenandoah Valley, from Rockbridge County north to Winchester. “We joined these programs to prevent duplication and to better coordinate the parenting services RMH […]


RMH: ‘Positive distractions equal healing environment’

At its new Funkhouser Women’s Center on the main health campus, RMH seeks to nurture an atmosphere of wellness and healing for patients, families and visitors by selecting visual art that reflects the personality, culture and natural surroundings of the surrounding Shenandoah Valley. RMH is working with Audrey Ziegler of Harrisonburg to select multidimensional, innovative […]


RMH doc first in state to implant new CRT-D therapy device

RMH electrophysiologist Robert VerNooy, MD, has successfully implanted a new type of heart pacing device that helps doctors better treat patients diagnosed with heart failure. He is the first physician in Virginia to implant the new device. The new pacing technology, developed by St. Jude Medical, consists of two parts: the Quartet Left Ventricular Quadripolar […]


RMH hosting free heart health symposium on Feb. 2

RMH will host a free heart health symposium, “Matters of the Heart,” beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center with free health screenings and presentations by RMH Heart & Vascular physicians. The symposium, presented by the RMH Heart & Vascular Center, will include the following seminars: · […]


Folic acid vital for health pregnancy and preventing some cancers

During National Folic Acid Awareness week, Jan. 8–Jan. 14, RMH reminds women of the importance of taking vitamins containing folic acid before, during and after pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who take an over-the-counter multivitamin containing folic acid can decrease the chance of birth defects by as much as 70 percent. “It’s really important […]


RMH to host blood drive on Jan. 5

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive Jan. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. 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. “Winter and the holiday season […]


RMH-Rockingham methane project featured by Chevrolet

The RMH-Rockingham County methane gas partnership is one of six environmental sustainability projects around the nation currently being featured by Chevrolet on its website and in its social media. RMH partnered with Rockingham County to channel methane gas produced by landfill waste to the new hospital to use as energy. RMH is one of the […]


RMH to host summer blood drive

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive Aug. 18, 3-8 p.m., and Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in Conference Rooms 2-3 on the Lower Level of the hospital. Guests may park in Lot A and enter through the main hospital entrance. “Summer is a particularly important time for blood […]


RMH to host summer blood drive

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive Aug. 18, 3-8 p.m., and Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in Conference Rooms 2-3 on the Lower Level of the hospital. Guests may park in Lot A and enter through the main hospital entrance. “Summer is a particularly important time for blood […]


RMH Women’s Center hosts Weekend Away

The RMH Women’s Center will host its annual Women’s Weekend Away retreat Sept. 9-11 at Horizons Retreat and Conference Center, just five miles north of Harrisonburg. “This spa-like retreat will feature time for relaxation and rest, and time to renew or create new friendships,” said Julie Alderfer-Stauffer, RN, clinical educator, RMH Women’s Center. “Guests will […]


RMH receives $5K grant to prevent, treat family violence

The RMH Community Health Family Partnership has received a $5,000 grant from the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) to provide free home visits to new moms and their infants with high needs and to provide a support program for all new mothers. The FACT grant will help offer services to all new parents in […]


Springbrook Family Medicine joins RMH Medical Group

Springbrook Family Medicine of Broadway has joined the RMH Medical Group. “This new arrangement allows Springbrook’s dedicated family practitioners to focus on providing care while RMH assumes responsibility for billing, staffing and other administrative needs,” said Dave DeCeault, executive director, RMH Medical Group. Practitioners include Mark Mast, MD, Jordan Hill, DO, and Gary Corder, PA-C. […]


RMH employees contribute more than $95,000 in annual Employee Gifts Campaign

RMH employees have donated more than $95,000 in the 2011 Employee Gifts Campaign, smashing the campaign goal of $80,000. This year’s Employee Gifts Campaign, centered on the theme “Be a Champion,” began May 17 and concluded June 24. Employees exceeded the campaign goal by 20 percent, raising more than $7,000 than last year. A total […]


Kini named Fellow in Hospital Medicine

RMH hospitalist Ganesh D. Kini, MD, PhD, has been named a Fellow in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Kini was one of 175 hospitalists across the nation who were inducted as Fellows in May at SHM’s Hospital Medicine 2011 conference in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kini serves as medical director, Hospital Division, […]


RMH offers tips for beating heat stroke

As temperatures rise to dangerous heights, RMH reminds community residents to protect themselves against heat stroke, a life-threatening emergency, and to seek help from local resources that are available for the elderly and at risk. Heat stroke is a condition that develops rapidly and requires immediate medical treatment. The elderly, infants, persons on certain types […]


RMH Blood Donor Center relocating  

The RMH Blood Donor Center, operated by Virginia Blood Services and located in the Grace Street Building at the former Rockingham Memorial Hospital campus, is moving to 182 Neff Avenue, in the Town Center shopping mall. The center will be closed for the move Friday, May 20 and will reopen in its new location Monday, […]


Conference will feature screenings, presentations on medical topics

RMH Senior Advantage will hold its fourth annual Aging Gracefully Conference, promoting healthy living for those 55 and up, from 8 a.m.-noon May 17 at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road. The event will include talks from physicians William Lennen, MD, RMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, on joint pain and advanced […]


RMH receives AirCare 5 Award for providing life-saving heart care

RMH has received the Best EMS Case of the Year Award from AirCare 5 Medevac for the hospital’s contributions in providing life-saving care in February to a heart attack patient. AirCare 5, a division of PHI, Inc., provides around-the-clock emergency medical air transport in the Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia. The AirCare 5 Medevac […]


May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Know the Signs

About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States—right after heart disease and cancer. A stroke is a very serious medical emergency. The more you understand about stroke, the better prepared you will be to protect yourself or […]


RMH-Sentara merger finalized

RMH officials announced today that the RMH Healthcare merger with Sentara Healthcare is finalized and the official closing date for the transaction is expected to be around May 1. “Routine filings need to take place, and we expect these to be completed around May 1,” said Jim Krauss, president of RMH Healthcare. “Then RMH will […]


Tiller receives RMH 2011 Golden Stethoscope Award

K. Ellissa Tiller, MD, medical director of RMH Hospice and Palliative Care, has been named recipient of the third annual RMH Golden Stethoscope Award. The award recognizes an outstanding physician on the RMH Medical Staff who demonstrates excellence in patient care, customer service, communication and teamwork Dr Tiller received the award during the General Medical […]


VHA recognizes RMH for work in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections

VHA, a nationwide cooperative of community hospitals, has recognized RMH Healthcare as a leader in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections and has highlighted RMH’s clinical practices on its website as a Leading Practice Blueprint. “This is of huge significance for our organization,” said Becky Brubaker, RMH infection prevention and control preventionist. “It shows that we […]


Dominos Pizza delivers gesture of support and kindness to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer

Dominos Pizza in Bridgewater has teamed up with RMH Women’s Services to provide free meal coupons for women undergoing mastectomy and treatment for breast cancer. This generosity was the idea of Sue Nelson, manager for Bridgewater Domino’s. Nelson recently underwent a bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts) for breast cancer, followed by breast reconstruction. Her […]


RMH offers free health screenings

RMH will offer free health screenings including cholesterol, glucose, skin cancer and blood pressure, along with colon cancer risk assessments, 9 a.m.-1p.m. March 26 in the RMH Outpatient Center on the RMH Healthcare campus. Guests also will have the opportunity to tour the moderate sedation unit, where endoscopies, colonoscopies and pain management techniques are performed, […]


RMH begins Youth Triathlon Program

The RMH Wellness Center invites youth ages 5-14 to “tri” out the sport of triathlon through its all new Transition Multisports Youth Triathlon Club program beginning Feb. 2. Child participants will meet at the Wellness Center, located at 501 Stone Spring Road, from 4-5:30 p.m. each Wednesday through May 18 to learn about the elements […]


RMH gets grant to assess women’s, girls’ health

Rockingham Memorial Hospital has been selected as one of 16 institutions nationwide to receive a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Office on Women’s Health to improve the health of women and girls. The U.S. Office on Women’s Health awarded a total of $1.6 million to launch Coalition for a Healthier Community, a new national initiative […]


Tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

The average American gains several pounds in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, you can keep off extra holiday weight by observing a few simple tips provided courtesy Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Many traditional holiday foods are loaded with fat and calories. To keep your weight manageable, substitute a lower-fat food. Or, […]


Blood drive at RMH

RMH, in conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, will host a public blood drive on Tuesday from noon-5 p.m. in the Blood Mobile outside the RMH Heart and Vascular Entrance. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt and will be entered in a drawing to win a WiFi 3G iPad. Each year, donations dip during the […]


United Way, RMH team up to help infants

RMH Healthcare is partnering with the United Way of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County to collect unused diapers and baby wipes to assist low-income families meet everyday needs. RMH is enlisting the community to help “fill the nursery” with supplies to help local families with basic needs, said Sabrina Shiflett, director, RMH Family Birthplace. RMH will accept community […]