Hospital News

Thank a Healthcare Hero

April 3, 2020

Thank a Healthcare Hero By Peter Mulkey, CEO of Clinch Valley Health As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from the community for Clinch Valley Health.

Clinch Valley Health Accepting Donations of Medical and Protective Supplies and Equipment

March 30, 2020

In response to questions about how members of the community can assist in the region’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response, Clinch Valley Health today announced that it is accepting donations of unused protective supplies and handmade masks made of 3 layers of 100% cotton tight weave (cannot see through fabric when held up to light) Masks must have ties and not elastic.

Supporting Efforts to Keep Our Community Healthy

March 24, 2020

Our community – along with communities around the world – is navigating unprecedented challenges as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The cycle of our lives and neighborhoods has been altered, and we are all working to accommodate an ever-changing new normal. Fear and uncertainty complicate our collective abilities to do this.

How Do I Get Tested for COVID-19?

March 24, 2020

At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order. Visiting a provider does not necessarily mean you need testing or that you will receive testing. Your provider will work with Cumberland Plateau Health District to follow all appropriate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health to determine if testing is recommended based on your symptoms and recent travel history.

COVID-19: What Clinch Valley Health is Doing and What You Can Do

March 16, 2020

As COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses like the seasonal flu continue to spread across the U.S., you also may feel a certain level of concern over how this disease could affect you or your loved ones, or if your local healthcare provider is prepared to respond to any local cases that may arise. That’s certainly understandable and natural. We want to provide you with essential information outlining what we are doing to stay prepared and offer you guidance on what you can do to help protect yourself, your family and our community.

Colonoscopies 101: Why they’re important, why it might be time to get one and why they’re easier than you might think

March 2, 2020

Remember the good old days? Did you have a favorite disco outfit? Did you ever get dropped off to meet your friends at the roller rink? Or spend hours by the radio in high school during the 80s, waiting to record your favorite songs for a new mixtape? If you did, then it’s probably time to think about scheduling a routine colonoscopy screening. According to the American Cancer Society, those at average risk for colon cancer should start getting screened at age 45. Those at higher than average risk may need to begin screening prior to age 45, and more frequently and/or with specific tests.

Eat Right, Bite by Bite: How to make good nutrition work for you

February 26, 2020

Eating healthy helps us get and stay healthy. And there’s no better time to adopt useful strategies for making good nutrition an essential part of your health journey than National Nutrition Month.® This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite” – a great reminder that eating healthy and responsibly doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. Small steps toward changing your food habits can add up to a big, positive impact on your health. Here are four steps to get you started.

In the Mix: Why it might be time to add routine colonoscopies to your health journey

February 25, 2020

It’s a scene many of us can recall. You arrive home from school, rush to your bedroom and tune your boombox to your favorite radio station. You pop in a blank cassette tape, or one you’ve recorded over so many times before, to capture the songs you love – or the songs you hope someone else will love, too. If that scene of adding favorite songs to your mixtape conjures up fond memories from days gone by, it might be time to add a routine colonoscopy to your health mixtape.

Thank You!

January 30, 2020

Thank you for joining us on this 29-day journey of heart health. We hope you’ve found it helpful and that you’ve learned something about your heart that you may not have known before.

Heart Disease: An Unwanted Heirloom

January 30, 2020

You’ve got your father’s eyes, your grandmother’s laugh, but what about your uncle’s heart disease? While many inherited traits are good, others – like heart disease – aren’t. It’s important to know how your family’s history with heart disease can affect your own heart health.

Did You Brush? The Surprising Link Between Dental Health and Your Heart

January 30, 2020

How well do you take care of your teeth and gums? Some research has shown a link between poor oral health and poor heart health. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and increased heart disease risk and that poor oral health can increase the risk of bacterial infection in your bloodstream. One study published by the American Heart Association showed gum disease appearing to worsen blood pressure and interferes with hypertension medications.

Five Surprising Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

January 30, 2020

You probably know that healthy eating and regular physical activity are critically important to maintaining good heart health. But there are a number of other things you can do to give your heart an extra boost that might surprise you.

Minutes Matter: Knowing the Signs Can Save a Life

January 30, 2020

When a heart attack strikes, minutes matter. Those first few minutes following a heart attack are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, about half of those who die from heart attacks will die within an hour of their first symptom. Being able to quickly recognize what’s happening and act can help ensure that the victim gets proper medical treatment as soon as possible.

Got Kids? Give ‘Em Heart!

January 30, 2020

As a parent, there are a number of great reasons to get your kids to think of their health as a priority. And there are a number of great ways to help them do that, including regular physical activity.

Heart Health at Any Age

January 30, 2020

Things change as we get older. How you took care of yourself in your 20s might be very different from how you take care of yourself today. That said, it’s important to understand what you should keep in mind as you age. Check out these pointers on what to remember as each decade comes and goes, as well as some things to keep in mind at every age.

We Heart Dessert

January 30, 2020

How many of us want to beat a hasty path to the freezer for a few scoops of ice cream after dinner? While it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time, it’s important to keep the decadent desserts as a special treat, rather than an every-night occurrence.

Your Once-A-Year Day: Annual Screenings are Good for Your Heart

January 30, 2020

Playing an active role in your preventive health is a key factor in preventing heart disease and managing your risk factors for heart problems. And one of the best preventive health measures is your annual check-up with your primary care provider. Even if you don’t have a heart condition, it’s essential to schedule and keep annual exams. Make the most of your time with your provider and ask them about taking these screening tests:

Sleeping Beauty

January 30, 2020

Consistently getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the health of your mind and body. And it’s particularly important for your heart. Even though it keeps beating after you close your eyes, it benefits from the lowered blood pressure that happens when you drift off to dreamland. Check out these pointers to ward off tossing and turning and help ensure a deep and relaxing sleep that leaves you rejuvenated and ready to tackle your day.

It Does That? Fun Facts About Your Hard-Working Heart

January 30, 2020

Your heart is one hard-working muscle – a fascinating, giant pump that’s working every second of every minute of every day. It’s working hard for you, so let these fun facts about your heart inspire you to work a little harder to keep it healthy.

How to Have a Heart-to-Heart about Health

January 30, 2020

Understanding the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease can have a big impact on the likelihood of a positive outcome and a strong recovery when issues arise. Besides recognizing these in yourself, it’s also important to be able to recognize them in your loved ones and be able to comfortably discuss them. By detecting potential heart problems early, we’re more likely to be able to help keep them from progressing into serious conditions. But having the conversation can be challenging. Here are a few tips to consider, if someone close to you is at risk:

Heart Health Starts at Home

January 30, 2020

After a long day, it’s easy to go home, put your feet up and grab the remote. This may help you unwind, but it won’t do your heart any favors. In fact, if you’re like most Americans, it’s enhancing an already sedentary lifestyle, which can increase your risk for several health problems, including heart disease.

How Weight Weighs on Your Heart

January 30, 2020

Many of us have made New Years resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise. When we don’t always follow through, it’s not because we don’t want to be healthier. More often, life just gets in the way.

Time Out: Does Your Heart Need a Break?

January 30, 2020

You wake up early, start making breakfast and lunches so you can get the kids fed, dressed and out the door in time for school. Follow that with eight or more hours at the office, sandwiched between traffic-laden commutes back and forth from the kids’ ball practice and dance lessons. Once you finally make it home, there’s still dinner to be made, dishes to be cleaned and baths to be taken. Whew.

Give Your Brown Bag a Boost

January 30, 2020

You’re at work. It’s lunchtime. Your brown bag lunch is waiting for you in the office fridge. Maybe it’s two-day-old meatloaf. Maybe it’s a turkey sandwich. Either way, you’re not too thrilled about it. We’ve all been there. We’ve also been there when the co-workers stop by and invite you out to the new burger joint down the street. This sounds much better, but at what cost – to your wallet and your heart? If only you could make your brown bag lunch more exciting. Well, you can! Start with this Broccoli Salad with Chopped Walnuts. The walnuts bring antioxidants and a satisfying crunch, the broccoli brings vitamins and fiber -which can help lower cholesterol, the poultry packs protein and the dressing adds a delightfully creamy finish.

Is it a sign?

January 30, 2020

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), equating to approximately one in four male deaths and one in five female deaths. One of the ways to help change that statistic is by staying on top of the warning signs of heart disease so that it can be caught early.

A Happy Heart is a Healthy Heart

January 30, 2020

You’ve heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine,” right? There might be more truth to it than you think. Not only is laughter free, but research shows that laughing can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, alleviate pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. How, you might ask?

More Numbers and a Major Risk Factor to Know

January 30, 2020

When it comes to heart health, you might hear your provider talk about your “numbers” – specifics about your health that play an important role in your heart health and determining your risk for heart disease. We’ve already talked about blood pressure, cholesterol and waist size, but there are other numbers that play a part, too.

An Egg White a Day…

January 30, 2020

If you’re an egg lover, you may scoff at eating just the whites. Not so fast. If you’re open to a change, utilizing just the whites of the egg every now and then can benefit your heart, particularly if cholesterol is a concern. Egg whites are low in calories, high in protein and have no cholesterol. This egg white omelet is a great way to give them a try.

Workplace Workouts: Easy Ways to Make Your Day More Active

January 30, 2020

From commuting to work and spending hours sitting behind a computer to watching TV or surfing the internet, there’s no doubt that we simply sit too much. The good news is that there are some easy ways to combat the sedentary lifestyle that can lead to a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other conditions, and make your day more active:

Namaste Healthy: The Heart Benefits of Yoga

January 30, 2020

Manage blood pressure. Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking. There’s a reason the most talked about ways to improve your heart health also make up the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Simple 7,” a list of seven lifestyle strategies that can help you lower your risk for heart disease: they work!

Know Your Numbers

January 30, 2020

One step in taking an active role in your health to help ensure a healthy life is by knowing specific numbers that play an important role for your heart:

Heart Disease 101: Warning Signs for Women

January 30, 2020

As the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., you might think that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to heart disease. But it does. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 16 women age 20 and older have coronary heart disease, while only approximately half of women recognize that heart disease is women’s number one killer. Additionally, women can sometimes experience heart attack symptoms differently from men.

Give Your Kitchen Pantry Some Love

January 30, 2020

Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy? We’ve compiled a guide to help you plan your next grocery trip to stock up on nutritious foods that can help you and your family stay healthy – and satisfied at the dinner table.

Not All Symptoms Are Obvious: Overlooked Symptoms to Watch

January 30, 2020

We’ve all seen when heart attacks happen in the movies. A character is walking along when, suddenly, they grab their chest – wincing with pain – and immediately tell someone, “Call 911! I’m having a heart attack!”

30 Minutes a Day Can Help Keep Heart Disease Away

January 30, 2020

Did you know that exercising as little as 30 minutes each day can improve your heart health and quality of life? It can even be simple activities that are easier to incorporate into your schedule, like taking your dog for a jog, tossing a ball with your kids, dancing with friends or walking. According to the American Heart Association, walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. Here’s why:

Welcome to 29 Days of Heart Health

January 30, 2020

This February marks not only American Heart Month, but another leap year. That means an extra day to enjoy quality time with family and friends. An extra day to chase after your 2020 goals. And an extra day to focus on your heart health. Because, while leap year adds an extra day to the calendar, staying focused on maintaining good heart health can help add years to your life. So, welcome to the 29 Days of Heart Health.

29 Days of Heart: This Leap Year, Take Charge of Your Heart

January 30, 2020

Leap Year gives you an extra day. But a healthy heart can give you extra years. That’s why Clinch Valley Health is celebrating American Heart Month with 29 Days of Heart. For each day in February, you can visit ClinchValleyHealth.com for an informative article to help you take charge of your heart health.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Named a LifePoint Health National Quality Leader

January 27, 2020

Clinch Valley Medical Center today announced that it has been named a LifePoint Health National Quality Leader, recognizing its continued efforts in transforming its culture of safety and achieving high standards of quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement. The designation replaces the hospital’s former recognition as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate.

Sleep, Glorious Sleep: Resolving to Get the Rest You Need This Year

December 30, 2019

Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions yet? As the calendar turns to a fresh page, many of us make a fresh resolve to eat better, do better and be better. But have you ever made a resolution to sleep better? It’s one you may want to consider.

Meet OBGYN Dr. John McDonough

December 19, 2019

1. What type of restaurants do you enjoy? Steak houses, sea food, Japanese steak houses 2. Who is your favorite sports team? College ball- Alabama and Auburn

Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu

November 22, 2019

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

Let Your Heart Be Light: Taking Care of Yourself During the Busy Holiday Season

November 21, 2019

December is often called the most wonderful time of the year – and for good reason. Visits with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing delicious meals and giving back to charitable causes are all great reasons to celebrate during this festive time of year. Unfortunately – for many of us – December is often the most stressful time of the year as well. Whether you’re trying to juggle a calendar overloaded with invitations and commitments, shopping til’ you drop for the perfect gifts or perhaps struggling with the recent loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an emotionally challenging time.

End Your Year on a Healthy Note

November 21, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s as important as ever to ensure that you’re keeping your health at the top of your priority list and finishing out the year strong. Preventive care is a key factor in maintaining your overall health – and often surprisingly friendly to your bank account.

Clinch Valley Medical works to properly train new parents in sleep techniques

November 21, 2019

Safe sleep is what every new parent wants for their young child. Clinch Valley Medical Center’s staff is making a concerted effort to see that new parents have the proper training and equipment to keep their child safe. Becky Deel, nurse manager of the hospital’s OB department said they are working to send every new mother home with the knowledge and equipment needed to keep their baby safe.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Nationally Recognized With An ‘A’ For the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 12, 2019

Clinch Valley Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Clinch Valley Medical Center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

DIABETES: What You Should Know

October 25, 2019

If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes. And one in four of those are unaware that they have it. With November recognized as American Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.

Are You Covered?

October 25, 2019

November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2020 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.

Handling Medications Safely Promotes Healthy Homes and Communities

October 23, 2019

Most of us, at one point or another, have taken medicine to help heal from illness or injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. Medications are a vital part of healing from illness or injury and managing ongoing conditions so that you can be your healthiest self and get the most out of life.

Protecting Yourself and Our Community from the Flu

October 22, 2019

The autumn season has finally taken up residence, bringing some relief from the summer heat, along with its beautiful colors and seasonal traditions. Unfortunately, autumn also means that flu season is arriving – a period which usually peaks between December and February but can last as late as May. The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness and can even lead to death in certain situations. The flu doesn’t play favorites – anyone can catch it – but individuals with a greater risk of developing flu-related complications include children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, women up to two weeks postpartum, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease and blood disorders.

Clinch Valley Health Displays Emergency Department Wait Times

October 7, 2019

Minutes matter when it comes to saving lives, and for this reason, Clinch Valley Health is committed to providing high quality emergency care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to our community. Part of this commitment involves keeping our community informed; we want you to know who to call, when to call, when to seek emergency care, when to call 9-1-1, and other potentially life-saving information.

Clinch Valley Health Adds 3D Mammography Services

October 1, 2019

Clinch Valley Health announced today the addition of 3D mammography services to its Women’s Health Center. The advanced technology captures images of the breast from multiple angles to ensure a more complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives.

The Fight Doesn’t End October 31

September 25, 2019

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

Get to Know Dr. Michael Vacco

September 13, 2019

1. Why did you want to become a doctor? My favorite subject in high school was biology so it was an easy choice for me to become a doctor. 2. What are 3 things on your bucket list?

Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

August 27, 2019

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being. And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it’s important to stay aware of the critical effect that cholesterol can have on your overall health – and especially your heart.

Healthy Habits to Ensure a Successful School Year for Kids

July 26, 2019

When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that your family is ready for another successful and healthy school term.

Safe Medication Habits Promote Healthy Homes and Communities

July 26, 2019

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re no stranger to taking medicine. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. Medications are a vital part of healing from illness or injury and managing ongoing conditions so that you can be your healthiest self and get the most out of life.

Getting in the Immunization Routine: Regular vaccinations support individual and community health

July 26, 2019

With summer drawing to a close, it will soon be time to focus on getting back into more “normal” routines. After-school practices, homework, carpool duties and the like become the order of the day once more. But there’s another routine that shouldn’t be ignored amid all of the excitement of a new school year – immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a great reminder of the important role that regular immunizations play in making communities healthier.

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus This Summer

July 1, 2019

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends. Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common: food. Think grilled burgers and hot dogs, barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, and overflowing veggie and fruit trays. While you’re enjoying your summer favorites, there’s another ingredient that should be a part of every party: food safety.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

June 25, 2019

Clinch Valley Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Clinch Valley Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

Clinch Valley Health Celebrates 20th Anniversary of LifePoint Health with Donation to Richlands Recreation Park

June 17, 2019

Clinch Valley Health is celebrating the 20th anniversary of LifePoint Health, the health system of which it is a part, with a donation to Richlands Recreation Park. This donation is part of a national anniversary celebration in which LifePoint has contributed $2,000 to causes in each of the 89 communities it serves nationwide. Richlands Recreation Park was chosen by the hospital team in Richlands, Virginia because it reflects LifePoint’s and Clinch Valley Health’s mission of Making Communities Healthier®.

BE COOL: Tips to Help You Beat the Heat and Have a Safe and Healthy Summer

May 30, 2019

With summer in full swing, many of us are taking full advantage of this fun time of year, whether it’s hitting the road for a family vacation, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or taking an early evening neighborhood stroll. However you choose to enjoy this season, following some key safety tips can help you ensure that this summer is a safe and healthy one.

Wound Care Awareness Week – What is the Chronic Wound Epidemic?

May 29, 2019

Millions of people throughout the U.S. are suffering every day from an epidemic that’s only expected to grow over the next decade. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated.

It’s Heart Month! Give your heart the attention it deserves to stay healthy all year long

January 31, 2019

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts seem to be everywhere you look this time of year. That’s why it is especially fitting that February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease and how we can help prevent it. It’s also the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to take good care of our hearts year-round.

Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever: 10 Tips to Help You Manage Your Stress, Sleep Better and Be Healthier

December 26, 2018

The beginning of a new year means a fresh start. It is an opportunity to tackle new projects, set new goals and find new opportunities to get and stay healthy – including reducing the amount of stress in your life. But why does stress play such an important role in our health? There are a number of reasons, according to Dr. Angel Justice, a primary care physician at Clinch Valley Health.

Get to Know Vascular Surgeon Dr. Hao Pham

December 18, 2018

Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Hao Pham, shares more about himself and his practice located on the Clinch Valley Medical Center campus in the Clinch Valley Medical Plaza.

Diabetes 101: What You Should Know

November 1, 2018

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just a ‘Smoker’s Disease’

November 1, 2018

If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer, it’s important to note that lung cancer is not just a “smoker’s disease.”

Cholesterol 101: What it is and why it matters

September 6, 2018

Cholesterol. You probably know that it’s an important factor when it comes to your overall health and wellness, but what is it, exactly? This month marks National Cholesterol Education Month, making it a perfect time to refresh our knowledge on the ins and outs of cholesterol and understand how it affects your health.

How Much Do You Know About Prostate Cancer?

September 6, 2018

Prostate cancer is a condition often heard about, but perhaps seldom fully understood. In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month here are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning this common form of cancer.

A Lived Experience: Hospice and Peace at the End of Life

August 23, 2018

Presentation will be presented by Monica Williams, MD. Dr. Williams is an award-winning writer, board certified emergency physician at Huntsville Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara and Hospice Family Care. Her book, "It’s OK to Die," and companion website are tools for transforming the end of life into a time of peace, closure and healing.

Colon Cancer Screening Age Lowered

July 12, 2018

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for colon cancer should begin screening at age 45 instead of 50. The new guidelines were put in place following a major data review that showed a rising rate of colon cancer in adults younger than 50.

Clinch Valley Health Names 2018 Mercy Award Winner

May 14, 2018

Clinch Valley Health recently announced that Rachel McGlothlin has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

Get to Know Family Medicine Physician and Tazewell County Native: Dr. Ashley Goodman

May 10, 2018

Tazewell County native and Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Ashley Goodman, helps us get to know a little more about her passion for family medicine and returning home to serve her community. Dr. Ashley Goodman started practicing at Clinch Valley Physicians Associates in Cedar Buff, VA on April 30th. Appointments may now be made by calling 276.964.1281.

Partnering for Patients

April 9, 2018

Clinch Valley Health's CEO, Peter Mulkey, is featured in the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association March 2018 edition of REVIEW Magazine with his article "Partnering for Patients".

Clinch Valley Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2018

January 3, 2018

Clinch Valley Medical Center is ringing in 2018 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 6 pounds, 14.2 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches, a baby girl was born to Lindsay and Corry, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:58 a.m.

Clinch Valley Medical Center receives an “A” for Patient Safety in fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 13, 2017

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Clinch Valley Medical Center was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

Protecting Yourself and Our Community from the Flu

September 5, 2017

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

Solar Eclipse 101: Everything you need to know before the big day

July 25, 2017

For months, news streams across the country have been filled with commentary about The Great American Solar Eclipse that will cross over 14 states in August. And for good reason. The natural phenomenon is rare in and of itself, requiring perfect alignment of the earth, moon and sun, and, according to scientists, often occurs over water sources or other locations uninhabited by humans.

Back to school is a great time to head back to the doctor

July 25, 2017

Nothing screams “back to school” like taking your kids for an annual physical or routine vaccinations. And while it may not be the brightest part of summer, Dr. George Farrell, Chief Medical Officer for Clinch Valley Health says it’s essential.

World Breastfeeding Week: The benefits of breastfeeding

July 25, 2017

Healthy behaviors for new moms and babies take the spotlight August 1 – 7 during World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an opportunity for health-related groups across the world to focus their efforts on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Summer Safety: Tips to keep your summer fun and injury free

July 25, 2017

Summer. School’s out, and so is the sun. With the days at their longest and brightest, many of us are taking advantage of the season, soaking up vitamin D and spending as much time in the fresh summer air as we can – whether that means planning a vacation to the beach, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or embarking on early evening walks with the family.

Our Providers Put the “Care” in Healthcare

May 11, 2017

This May, we’re proud to join with several organizations in celebrating and recognizing a number of providers at Clinch Valley Health, and throughout our area, who are working hard every day to help make our communities healthier.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

April 12, 2017

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Clinch Valley Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Recognized by March of Dimes for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

December 12, 2016

Clinch Valley Medical Center has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. Clinch Valley Medical Center earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that will give more babies the right start in life, the March of Dimes says.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 14, 2016

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Clinch Valley Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

Clinch Valley Health Board of Trustees Attend MRI Ribbon Cutting

October 20, 2015

Clinch Valley Health Board of Trustees attended the MRI Ribbon Cutting on September 23, 2015 to celebrate the new state-of-the-art MRI and MRI Suite. Operating since July 6, 2015, the new MRI delivers both remarkable image quality and high productivity.

Do you have trouble sleeping?

July 22, 2015

Chad Justice, Sleep Coordinator at Clinch Valley Health, talks with News Channel 5 about sleep apnea.

Two CVMC Physicians Earn Board Certification

March 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Clinch Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that two of its physicians have recently earned Board Certification in the perspective field.

Resolve to be Healthy in 2015: Make the Most of Your Health Plan

January 5, 2015

At the beginning of a new year, many of us make resolutions to be healthier and maintain better habits: to lose weight, stop smoking, or exercise regularly. If you’ve recently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace or are considering signing up, it’s a perfect time to think about your resolution of good health and understand how healthcare coverage can help you achieve this goal.

New Years Baby

January 5, 2015

A Richlands couple is starting the New Year with a new addition.

Honoring The Memory of Dr. Mario Stefanini

December 19, 2014

The Board of Trustees, Medical Staff and Employees of Clinch Valley Medical Center would like to honor the memory of Dr. Mario Stefanini, who passed away after a brief illness on December 15, 2014 at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, New York. He was 98 years old.

CVMC Surgeon Is Recognized As A Fellow Of American College Of Surgeons

December 18, 2014

Dinesh Thawrani, MD was among 1,640 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif., last month. This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.

Clinch Valley Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

December 18, 2014

Clinch Valley Medical Center announces that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Clinch Valley Medical CenterRecognized as a Top Hospital in Virginia

October 27, 2014

Clinch Valley Medical Center was recently recognized by the VHQC (Virginia Health Quality Center) for supporting the Virginia Hospital Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention project. During the past three years, CVMC has worked diligently to improve care for the patients and families we serve.

CVMC Hosts Healthy Heart Cooking Program

January 25, 2013

February is National Heart Month - and Clinch Valley Medical Center is “cooking it up again” with a Free Healthy Heart Cooking Program in the CVMC Cafeteria on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

CVMC Issues Cautionary Drug Alert to Patients

October 18, 2012

Richlands, Virginia – As you may know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are conducting an investigation of recalled medicines made by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a pharmacy in Massachusetts.