Issue No. 32
September 2016

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Earns Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification 

St. Mary's is the only non-academic Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Virginia 

 Prevent Mosquito Bites: Find An            Effective Repellent
In light of recent news concerning the health risks of mosquito bites, many people are itching to find the most effective repellent this summer.

Not all repellents work on every species of mosquito. Two types of mosquitoes prefer to bite during the day. A third likes to feed from evening to morning. This may explain why some mosquito repellents seem to work great one day, but leave you covered in bites the next.

Organic Foods - Does Buying Them Matter?

Throughout grocery stores nationwide, people often stop in the aisles of the produce section and question whether it's worth it to buy organic foods when they typically cost more.

The answer often varies by fruit, vegetable and who will be eating them.

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Provider Spotlight

13540 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 804-739-8923

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts attended Mary Washington College for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and completed a family practice residency and sports medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where he worked in the Sports Medicine Department and Urgent Care. Dr. Roberts is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is the program director for Bon Secours' St. Francis Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. 

Dr. Roberts' personal perspective about working at Redskins Training Camp:
It has been a great experience being able to work with the Washington Redskins during training camp. This is my 4th year helping to cover training camp, and working with the players, the Washington Redskins physicians, and athletic trainers has been an unbelievable opportunity.  

What do you enjoy most about being a family medicine provider focused on sports medicine?
Being a family medicine physician and a sports medicine physician gives me the opportunity to provide complete care to athletes. Whether they have an injury like a sprained ankle, broken wrist, or concussion or illness like URI or UTI, I can offer them care and assist in getting them back to their sport. I also enjoy helping my less-active patients engage in a healthier lifestyle through dietary changes and regular exercise. My training as a family medicine physician has given me exposure to patients of all ages and I enjoy seeing the young athlete for their first sports physical and their excitement with joining a team as much as my elderly patient with back pain or knee arthritis who would like to continue playing golf. I enjoy the breadth of the experience that primary care sports medicine offers, regardless if it's an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, someone who got hurt doing their yard work, or a patient who would like to start an exercise program.        

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
I was working at Duke University prior to joining Bon Secours Health System but I'm from Virginia and did my medical school at MCV/VCU and I had been looking for an opportunity to come back to the area. Bon Secours Health System was looking to add a Sports Medicine Fellowship Program to the existing St Francis Family Medicine Residency Program. I have always enjoyed teaching and thought it would be a good challenge to join a position that would allow me to teach residents but to also create a new Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. I joined Bon Secours in 2011 and we opened the Fellowship Program in 2013. The third class of fellows graduated this past July. It has been an adventure and I have received such great support from Bon Secours and especially my work family at St. Francis Family Medicine Center and Residency Program.  

What do you enjoy outside of work?
My favorite past time is hanging out with my wife and our two sons and traveling when we can as well as getting together with my extended family and friends. I enjoy going to the gym, running and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. I will watch sports of any kind. I like to make breakfast for my family and any friends traveling through the area. It might seem odd but I enjoy my yard work as well as tending to the little garden I have and carpentry when I get the chance.  


Baked Chicken with a Medley of Peppers, Tomatoes and Sweet Potato

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1 hour
Yields 4 servings

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, washed and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 pt mini pepper mix, left whole
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, thawed and left whole
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sicilian spice blend
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil, or other oil of choice
  • 1 pt assorted grape tomatoes, left whole
  1. Preheat oven to 400�F.
  2. Rinse sweet potatoes, pat dry with paper towels, and cut into thin wedges. Place the sweet potato wedges, whole peppers and 2/3 of the stock in a large oven-safe skillet.
  3. Cover the skillet with aluminum foil and place on the middle rack in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, in a resealable plastic bag add whole chicken breasts, garlic, Italian seasoning, Sicilian spice, salt, and oil. Let the chicken marinate for about 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 350�F. Remove the skillet from the oven. Using tongs push the peppers and potatoes to the sides of the skillet. Use the same tongs to wedge the marinated chicken breasts down onto the surface of the skillet.
  6. Pour tomatoes and the remaining 1/3 of stock over the skillet. Arrange vegetables evenly around and over the chicken.
  7. Cover the skillet with aluminum foil, place on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 50 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through with an internal temperature of 165 �F.
  8. Distribute the chicken, peppers, and tomatoes evenly over each plate to serve.


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.

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."

Trails and Ales
Saturday, September 24
10th and Semmes Ave.
Richmond, VA 23224
Calling all beer drinkers with a trail running problem! We're excited to announce our second 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!

Shane's Shuffle 5K & Festival
Saturday, October 8
Atlee High School
Come for the race or just the festival or all day! Kick the day off at 8:30 with us. This event is open to anybody that would like to run/walk, check out vendors, enjoy some good food and have a great time remembering the life of Shane. All proceeds will benefit the Atlee Shane Adcock Scholarship and Fisher House.

Pink for a Purpose
Thursday, October 13
Short Pump Town Center Main Plaza
Pink for a Purpose, an evening of shopping, education, and celebration like no other. Enjoy appetizers and wine tastings courtesy of Short Pump Town Center restaurants and amazing prizes. You won't want to miss this. The evening will culminate with a special tribute to breast cancer fighters and survivors. Purchase a special memorial item to honor a loved one for the closing ceremony ($5).

Wellness Club Card 
Sponsor Highlight

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

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