Issue No. 31
August 2016

Fight the flu! Keep your employees healthy and productive with an onsite flu shot clinic.

Bon Secours Workforce Wellness, in collaboration with our partners at IVNA, will be providing onsite flu shot clinics for our employer community in an effort to promote wellness in the workforce. 

  Influenza can impact your workplace
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, each year in the United States, approximately 5 - 20% of the population gets influenza (commonly known as the flu) and 226,000 people are hospitalized with flu-related complications.

The CDC estimates that influenza costs $6.2 billion in lost productivity, not to mention $10.4 billion in direct medical costs. Factoring in work absences and other variables, the total estimated economic burden is $87.1 billion.

How much sodium should I eat per day?

Did you know that on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day - much more than the American Heart Association and other health organizations recommend? 

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Provider Spotlight

7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 2500
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-287-7570

Anna E. Barton, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology, and a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer sciences, nutrition science with magna cum laude honors from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, and completed her internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Barton went on to complete an endocrinology fellowship at Duke University and a masters' degree in clinical research at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Barton is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Thyroid Association, Endocrine Society and the Obesity Society. She has volunteered in several medical mission trips and contributed to numerous research projects and publications. She practices general endocrinology with a particular interest in metabolism and weight management.

What do you enjoy most about being a primary care provider?
I like that endocrinology affords variety in the type of patients and health problems I encounter on a daily basis. While I see many patients with diabetes, I also see patients with thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, bone, fertility, and other metabolic disorders. I also enjoy having the opportunity to promote healthy habits for my patients. I have a clinical research background in nutrition and weight loss and am very passionate about helping my patients achieve a healthy weight.   

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
I was drawn to the fact that Bon Secours prides itself on integrity and service, which are two very important parts of caring for patients. I think Bon Secours' faith-based approach to healthcare is very unique as well. It's so refreshing to work in a place that encourages, rather than suppresses, expressions of faith. All the people I have encountered at Bon Secours have been helpful and friendly - I'm finding that working here makes patient care a pleasure, not a burden.

What do you enjoy outside of work?
I love being outside and make daily exercise a priority. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming and participate in local running races and triathlons. I play tennis and have also taken up the challenging game of golf so I can play with my fianc� on the weekends. We have a golden retriever, Gabby, who is also very active and loves chasing tennis balls. And of course, we love cooking going to restaurants. Richmond is the perfect place for all of our favorite activities!

8266 Atlee Road
MOB II, Suite 332
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: 804-764-7686

George T. Georges, MD, is a licensed endocrinologist. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada. Dr. Georges went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital / Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in Stamford, Connecticut, and a fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri where he was chief endocrine fellow.

Dr. Georges is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In his free time, he has volunteered with MedZou Community Health Clinic in Columbia, Missouri providing care to under-insured and uninsured patients, the Richmond and Newport News Food Bank, St. George Coptic Orthodox Church and the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He has participated in multiple research, abstract and poster presentations. 

What do you enjoy most about being an endocrinologist?
I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Endocrine physiology demonstrates the beautifully crafted mechanisms our creator has established. It is the specialty of helping people with very personal health problems which deeply impact their daily life. The concept of a patient-physician relationship is embodied in the daily work of an endocrinologist. In addition, endocrinology harbors such wonderful personalities and always tends to form a pleasant work environment. I invite you to come and see.  

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
I recall growing up in Virginia and spending plenty of time in Richmond during my earlier years of study. I also remember spending time volunteering at the St. Mary's Hospital ED imagining what it would be like to be a physician here. Much inspiration originated right here. Furthermore the spiritual and ethical principles along with the mission of Bon Secours lined up perfectly with my own and I felt drawn toward establishing my practice here. I am looking forward to working with the great people of this community toward improving their health and provide guidance to them in the burden of chronic disease. Additionally, VA is truly home as my parents and my brother have continued to live here, and being near them has been so important to me. For these reasons, working with the Bon Secours endocrinology team is a blessing for me. 

What do you enjoy outside of work?
Once upon a time, I had many hobbies, however after my wonderful children arrived, they have become our only true hobby. Any parents can attest to this. They give us great joy and watching them grow and learn in a healthy environment is our new hobby. Although, that doesn't mean you won't find us cruising on a longboard down the road or scooping me up some loose tea at the local tea shops.


Marinated Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp onion, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp oregano, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch
  1. In a large casserole dish add and mix, finely minced garlic, finely minced onion, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper, chopped tarragon, chopped oregano, chopped chives, chopped parsley, and sugar.
  2. Add sliced tomatoes to the casserole dish and flip each slice a few times to evenly coat with marinade. Let tomatoes marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, longer if time is permits.

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

HealthFair Preventive Screenings
Multiple Dates 
Many Convenient Locations
Bon Secours has partnered with HealthFair to improve the cardiovascular health of the Central Virginia community. Take advantage of a series of tests to screen for major risk factors of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm all offered in a private, convenient mobile health center in less than one hour.

Virginia Home for Boys & Girls Youth Triathlon
Saturday, August 20
Virginia Home for Boys & Girls
8716 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294
The race is open to ages 5-14 years, and features a short pool swim, closed-loop bike course, and a run on level playing fields. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the children at VHBG.

Patrick Henry Half Marathon
Saturday, August 27
Randolph-Macon College
202 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005
This half marathon starts and finishes on the beautiful Randolph-Macon campus, featuring 13.1 miles of rolling countryside and scenic historic districts.

Speak Up 5K
Saturday, September 10
The third annual Richmond SpeakUp5k will be held at Byrd Park, and runners and walkers will enjoy beautiful scenery as they complete the 3.1-mile course. Race begins at 9AM.
This race is the signature event of the SpeakUp5k Race Series. It serves to fulfill Cameron Gallagher's dream of hosting a 5k in her community to cultivate understanding and awareness for those suffering from teenage depression and anxiety. This is a fun-filled event for the whole family with music, food, and vendors. Strollers welcome.

Heart of Virginia Bike Festival
Saturday, September 17
Hanover County Admin Building
7516 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Come out to enjoy rides of varying mileage (including one for the whole family), rest stops, a great lunch and entertainment, all while supporting Richmond Area Bicycling Association, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, and projects like "Bikes for Kids."

Successful Aging Forum
Monday, September 26
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Admission: $10
Admission includes:
* A plated three-course lunch
* Health and wellness education
* Health expo
* Senior-friendly Zumba� class
* A day pass to the gardens
Keynote Speaker: Emily Kimball "The Aging Adventurer"
Inspirational author and speaker focusing on creative aging, risk-taking and making dreams happen after 60.
Space is limited. Reserve your place today.
To register, call 804-287-7700 or click here

Wellness Club Card 
Sponsor Highlight

Hearing Clinics of Virginia is pleased to offer Bon Secours Workforce Wellness participants FREE yearly hearing screenings for ages 55 and up! Call us at 804-272-6004 to schedule your appointment today or click here to fill out a brief hearing questionnaire with your contact information and a Patient Care Coordinator will contact you! Be sure to mention you are a Bon Secours Workforce Wellness Cardholder.

Contact Ashley Kelly at 
[email protected] for more information on our program and services.

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