Issue No. 34
November 2016

Diabetes: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You 

Dr. Arsalan Shelkh, chair of the Department of Medicine, Bon Secours Baltimore Hospital, is an endocrinologist who has treated many patients with diabetes. Good Choices talked with him about the condition, which affects an estimated 29 million, or 9 percent of Americans. A far greater number have pre-diabetes and they may not know they are at risk.
Learn Your Family's Health History This Thanksgiving
A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives.

Doctors Say Kids Need Flu Shot This Year, Not Nasal Spray

Parents, get ready to roll up some sleeves for this year's flu vaccination. Health officials are not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for children.

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Provider Spotlight

5875 Bremo Road
MOB South, Suite 303
Richmond, VA 23226

Dr. Christopher E. Hayes attended Duke University for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and complete his pediatric residency at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Hayes completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Brown University/Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Hayes is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Dr. Hayes is a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), where he sits on the Clinical Practice Committee and maintains an active focus on patient-centered care and quality improvement. He also maintains special interests in inflammatory bowel disease, short gut, and irritable bowel syndrome. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities and boating with his wife Rashelle and two young sons, Aaron and Tristan. Dr. Hayes is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the greater Richmond area and looks forward to working with our community of physicians.

What do you enjoy most about being a pediatric gastroenterologist?
I love being a pediatric gastroenterologist. I have always enjoyed the challenge and excitement of solving mysteries, the pursuit of science, and helping children back to health. When I was younger, I required the care of a pediatric gastroenterologist, so I have a keen understanding of the struggles and stress families have endured even before they reach the specialist's office. Every pediatrician enjoys the prospect of returning a child to normal health and the fun of childhood, and this drives me every day.

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
Bon Secours feels different from other health systems I have worked in because of the dedication we show to our mission of service to those most in need. While many other hospitals serve the poor and underprivileged, the pride and sense of mission is strong and constantly orients us in a difficult period of health care in American to always do the right thing. I have encountered the attitude elsewhere of "no money, no mission," which is certainly fair to say that. If we are not solvent as a health system, no one will be helped. Here, I sense the attitude that the mission is primary, and will sustain us in our important work as it has sustained the Sisters of Bon Secours throughout its history. I must say also that Bon Secours pays particular attention and respect to its physicians and other employees. I feel very well cared for here and that is unique. In this day and age, the selfless dedication of health care professionals is often exploited, but here I truly feel at home and that Bon Secours is invested in me as a person and a long-term employee, with a family and a life outside of work. This is a rare find in health care today in America.

What do you enjoy outside of your work?
My wife and two young boys - Aaron (5) and Tristan (2) - keep me busy, and we have a lot of fun exploring all the wonderful family activities Virginia has to offer. I particularly enjoy the outdoors, boating and hiking. I also like visiting the many historical sites this area has to offer and learn as much as I can about our great country.

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

CarMax Tacky Light Run
Saturday, December 10
Midlothian Mines Park
13301 N. Woolridge Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23114
This 6k course shows off Midlothian's best display of tacky lights - you just wait! The most run-derful event of the year! RVA holds the bragging rights for tacky holiday lights, a festive craze that has made our city a holiday destination. Join us in revamping this Richmond tradition with the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Midlothian on December 10. Gather your friends and share the fun!

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.

Pumpkin Coconut-Bisque

Ingredients: (We recommend organic ingredients)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups solid-pack pumpkin, canned
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pumpkin seeds, for garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Saut� until golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the pumpkin, broth, sugar, allspice, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 30 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, pure the soup in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer, thinning with coconut milk to the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds, drizzle with a teaspoon of coconut milk, and serve.


Wellness Club Card 
Sponsor Highlight

Jonathan Lewis offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and massage to address soft tissue injury at the Burkwood Fitness Center in Mechanicsville. Onsite chair massages also available. Get $10 off any standard massage with your Bon Secours Wellness Club Card. Available seven days a week by appointment. To schedule a massage, call 757-814-9116 or email [email protected]. Visit us at Gift cards available. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.

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


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