Issue No. 20
September 2015
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) at Bon Secours Virginia Health System
September is healthy aging awareness month. In an effort to show our commitment to providing quality care to seniors, Bon Secours Virginia Health System has joined NICHE. NICHE is an international program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and older to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate and change the culture of health care facilities to achieve patient centered care for older adults. NICHE is based at the NYU College of Nursing and is comprised of a network of hospitals and health care facilities in 46 states, Canada, and Bermuda. It engages hospitals and their affiliates in achieving and sustaining the NICHE designation. More information is available at
Each of the Bon Secours Virginia hospitals has joined NICHE in order to provide excellent evidence-based care to older adults. St. Mary's Hospital has successfully had more than 270 nurses, patient care techs, and ancillary staff complete additional education to help improve our care for older adults. Twenty-six RNs have become gerontological certified nurses. Education covers provision of evidence-based care on topics such as falls prevention, medication safety, nutrition, function, sleep, skin protection, incontinence, depression, dementia, delirium and pain. Our Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) provides volunteer visits to help prevent adverse effects of hospitalization including loss of function and delirium. In the emergency department, a family nurse practitioner, case manager, and physical therapist focus on the needs of seniors. Nurses in the operative area and in behavioral health are also exploring how to improve care for older adults. Nurses report that the information in the NICHE modules is helpful for patient care, and also in their personal lives if they are providing care for an older adult at home.
Click here to learn more about the experience of one our HELP volunteers in assisting our efforts to improve care for older adults.
Each Bon Secours Virginia facility has individualized their NICHE program using the available resources to respond to the needs they have identified. We want to contribute to improved care for older adults and bring honor and dignity to those who come for care.
NICHE has offered a new app for patients and families. It can be downloaded at Click here to learn more about NICHE, HELP, and other programs for our senior population. 

by Sean McCleary
Eat Right, Be Bright!- Tips for Packing Healthy Lunches for Kids

It's that time of year again - summer is winding down, and the kids are headed back to school! You may dread the thought of finding healthy, nutritious ways to feed the kids this year, but helping kids eat healthy is easier than ever.
Gone are the days of listening to children complain about that boring PB&J sandwich. You can sleep soundly knowing you have nutritious options that will keep the kids happy and healthy! Transform those boring brown bags into bright, fun lunches that your kids will love.
Follow these tips to build the perfect school lunch:
  • Talk to your kids. Ask which fruit and vegetable options they prefer. Start by letting them pick something new and exciting to try from the grocery store. Let them participate by choosing fun shapes and sizes to cut them into.
  • Plan ahead. Wash and cut fruit and vegetables ahead of time so things are not so hectic the day of.
  • Think presentation. To encourage your child to try new things, assemble food in eye catching ways. Make veggie or fruit kabobs, cut sandwiches, fruits and vegetables into fun shapes, and bring in as many colors as possible. For example, cut a tuna fish sandwich into a fish shape and pack a portion size of Goldfish crackers, an apple and some carrots.
To learn more about nutrition and other health needs for your children, speak to your pediatrician or family medicine provider. If you need help finding a provider in a convenient location who meets your family's needs, visit or call 804-359-WELL [9355].  

Brittny Pope, Registered Dietitian



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5855 Bremo Road
MOB North, Suite 406
Richmond, VA 23226
Phone: 804-893-8656


Dr. Edmonson graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a psychiatry internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. She is a former naval officer who served as a physician in the U.S. Navy for 11 years. Prior to specialty training in neurology, Dr. Edmonson served onboard the historic Naval aircraft carrier USS Enterprise followed by a tour with a ship squadron at Naval Station Norfolk. During her operational time, she deployed to the Persian Gulf twice in support of combat forces. 

Dr. Edmonson completed her specialty training in neurology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. She then served tours at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa in Japan and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. During her naval service, she received various honors and awards to include commendation and achievement medals and surface warfare qualification. 

Board Certification: 
Dr. Edmonson is board certified in neurology with special interests in electrodiagnostics (EEG, EMG/NCV), traumatic brain injury, and the use of botulinum injections for various neurological conditions.

What do you enjoy most about being a neurologist?
I was originally on track to be a psychiatrist and actually completed a year of training. I also spent 3 years doing primary care, but then I really just fell in love with neurology. It's one of those specialties that has appealed so much to me and just makes sense. I always tell students and residents that neurology is like one big road map, and if you know the roads and highways within it, you can figure out the way home, or medically speaking, the diagnosis and management. I also get to take care of a large range of patients with very acute to chronic illnesses and often times this creates life-long relationships with them and their families. 

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
Prior to joining the Bon Secours neurology team, I spent 11 years on active duty. When it was time to transition into civilian life, I was looking for a place to land that offered a strong sense of family, teamwork, opportunity for professional growth, and work-life balance. I feel that I found those qualities in Bon Secours Health System and have been very happy about my decision. 

What do you enjoy outside of your work?
Since moving to Richmond, I have found that there is so much this city has to offer, especially when it comes to outdoor activities. I've found plenty of enjoyment hiking and running. I'm a spin cycle enthusiast and love hitting the local spin studio. I also love cooking, which has been a part of my upbringing since my family has its roots in the restaurant business. 
Thai Peanut Chicken

▪ 1/2 can coconut milk
▪ 1/2 cup red curry paste
▪ 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
▪ 1/2 tablespoon salt
▪ 2 tablespoons white vinegar
▪ 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
▪ 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
▪ 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
▪ 1 pound chicken breast, cut into thin strips or chicken drumsticks

▪ In a large mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, salt, white vinegar, grated ginger, minced garlic, and chopped cilantro.
▪ If using chicken breast: cut into thin strips and remove any unwanted fat. Place the chicken breast strips in the large mixing bowl, and cover with the sauce to marinade for about 1 hour, longer if time is available. If using chicken drumsticks, simply add to the mixing bowl, cover and let marinade for at least 1 hour.
▪ If using chicken breast: in a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat, add chicken with the marinade and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy.
▪ If using drumsticks: cook on the grill over medium heat, basting and turning as needed to evenly cook and crisp up chicken skin.

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Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk
September 19th at 8:00 am
Deep Run Park
9900 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Henrico, VA 23233
Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with this 3-mile walk to benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs.

Wine, Women & Shoes
September 20th, 2-6:00 pm
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa
12042 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23233
Sip fine wines, shop the latest shoe styles, and bid on glamorous auction items to benefit the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation.

Conquer the Cobbles Ride
September 25th at 7:00 pm
5th and Broad streets
Richmond, VA 23219
The best cyclists in the world are coming to Richmond for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships! Be the first to ride the road circuit course - free from traffic and all yours for two hours. Whether you're a competitive cyclist or a recreational rider, take advantage of this awesome opportunity to be a part of cycling history!

Trails & Ales
October 3rd at 4:30 pm Manchester 
10th and Semmes Ave.
Richmond, VA 23224
Calling all beer drinkers with a trail running problem! We're excited to announce our first annual Trails & Ales trail run and beer festival! Runners will have two distance options to choose from before finishing at the beer festival, where local craft brews, music, and good friends await!

Pink for a Purpose
October 8th at 5:00 pm
Short Pump Town Center Main Plaza
11800 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23233
This lively event brings together survivors and supporters to honor journeys and achievements in the fight against breast cancer. Enjoy giveaways, education booths, free samples, and raffles while meeting health experts and scheduling your mammogram.
Register here

Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival
October 10th at 8:30 am
Innsbrook Pavilion
4901 Lake Brook Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
A heart-warming 5K run/walk and family festival celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in the Central Virginia community.

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Contact Carol Marin-Vargas at 
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