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Budget gridlock impacts ’Neck: Local hospital and county budgets on the line after state officials clash

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

A deadlock in the state’s budget, centered over Medicare reimbursement expansion, may have far reaching consequences for smaller localities, especially those on the Northern Neck. On Monday, March 24, Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe attempted to open the door to the currently deadlocked commonwealth’s budget negotiations by proposing a health-care system that would include $225M in state savings by the expansion of Medicaid. It was a move that divided the

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  • Chimerix approves experimental drug to young child after nation pleads for his life

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm


    *Update: Chimerix has approved their drug for administration to young Josh Hundreds of miles away from her hometown of Warsaw, a mother is battling for her grievously ill child, praying for a miracle. She is not alone, however, as the nation watches the fate of young Joshua Hardy, a 7 year old first grader who has survived cancer only to become stricken with a virus that may take his life.

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  • Part two of an ongoing series: Ending the spice road

    Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

    There is a plague spreading across the region. It has infected neighbors, friends, students and respected business owners without prejudice. It is an outbreak of addiction, started with an easily made over-the-counter purchase of the new and destructive designer drug called Spice that has left area law enforcement officials in a life and death struggle to eradicate. “We first became aware of the problem at our schools,” said Northumberland County

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  • The Spice of death: new drug is legal, addictive and deadly

    Posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:00 am

    It began with the quick snick of a lighter, a flame drawn into a small amount of innocent looking herbs and an inhale that led thick white fingers of poisonous smoke pouring into the lungs of a young man filled with promise. And in that one moment, youth quickly fled replaced by an addiction so strong it nearly ruined one life, destroyed a family and severed life-long relationships. “It took

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  • Changing of the guard a bittersweet celebration

    Posted on October 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

    John Peterman and Liz Martin at Riverside’s recent press reception.

    Alongside two major upcoming anniversaries for Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, staff announced that John Peterman will take the place of Elizabeth “Liz” Martin as the hospital’s new administrator. Martin, who for 18 years has served RTH as its Vice President and administrator, is moving into the position of Riverside Health System’s Vice President for Quality, which is based in Newport News. “I’m really, really proud of what we’re doing here and

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  • Lancaster prioritizing student health

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

    The Lancaster County School Board voted unanimously  On Oct. 9 to expedite a request from the board of supervisors to return funds to the school budget for the purpose of hiring a school nurse. The vote took place during a special session on Oct. 2 called by School Board Members Bob Smart and Patrick McCranie. At issue was the lack of a nursing position at Lancaster High School starting this

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  • A career of caring born through pain

    Posted on September 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    RCC nursing student Aryah Hudgins works with one of the college’s “SimMan” practice patients.

    For Aryah Hudgins, life with scleroderma has been a struggle. The autoimmune disease resulted in Hudgins spending much of her childhood in the hospital and enduring a difficult treatment process. But it was the assistance and kindness of several nurses throughout her life that helped her cope with the disease. “They helped me through a lot of hard times, and it just kind of seemed like paying it forward would

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