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Riverside Tappahannock Hospital prepares for potential Ebola threats

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital conducted training recently to prepare for any potential Ebola threats in the community.   “Just as we rehearse during our mass casualty drills, practicing for unexpected or unusual situations, we regularly evaluate and update protocols as community health situations or threats arise,” said John Peterman, Vice President and Administrator for Riverside Tappahannock. “We have been paying attention to what has been happening in the rest of the

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  • Essex looking to combine rescue squads

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Essex County could soon be bidding farewell to the long-standing non-profit Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad as a standalone organization. The board of supervisors is considering a merger that would later this year combine the volunteer agency and Essex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into one EMS agency serving all Essex County citizens. County Administrator Reese Peck indicated that the Tappahannock rescue squad was part of a nationwide trend of volunteer

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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

    99th District Del. Ransone (R-VA)

    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

    joshua

    *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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