Hospital News

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.