March 30, 2020
March 30th is Doctors’ Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save lives everywhere.
March 30, 2020
March 30th is Doctors’ Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save lives everywhere.
March 27, 2020
Click here to read today's letter to the editor from Alan Larson & Dale Alward
March 27, 2020
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March 22, 2020
Sovah Health is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have identified a patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Danville campus. This patient is currently in isolation at Sovah Health – Danville.
March 17, 2020
As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. In addition to measures we’ve taken including restricting visitors, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Sovah Health is taking more precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of our patients, employees and visitors.
March 16, 2020
Sovah Health is implementing enhanced visitor restrictions and new screening guidelines, effective Sunday, March 15, as follows:
March 13, 2020
It probably feels as if coronavirus – or as it is officially known, COVID-19 – is all anyone is talking about these days. 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. Learn about what Sovah Health is doing.
March 12, 2020
This annual event begins at the start of Daylight Saving Time when most Americans lose an hour of sleep. The change to Daylight Saving Time reminds us to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep health. Sleep Awareness Week spotlights the importance of sleep in our daily lives and encourages everyone to learn about habits, practices, and routines that improve our sleep quality and overall health.
March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020
Sovah Health today announced that its Martinsville campus has added robotic-assisted technology for joint replacement surgery. Orthopedic surgeons who are specially trained to use the new system will use it for total knee and hip replacement procedures transforming the way joint replacement surgery is performed. Since welcoming the new technology in January, the surgical team has performed 18 procedures. The robotic technology was made possible by a nearly $1 million investment from LifePoint Health, of which Sovah Health is a part.
March 5, 2020
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 today recognized as Diabetes Association Alert Day, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.
March 5, 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.
February 29, 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.
February 28, 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.
February 27, 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.
February 26, 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.
February 25, 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.
February 24, 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.
February 23, 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.
February 22, 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.
February 21, 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.
February 20, 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:
February 19, 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.
February 18, 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:
February 17, 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.
February 16, 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.
February 15, 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!
February 14, 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.
February 13, 2020
An important step in taking charge of your health is speaking with your healthcare provider about medications you are taking, including its favorable results and any potential side effects
February 12, 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?
February 11, 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.
February 10, 2020
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.
February 10, 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.
February 9, 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:
February 8, 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.
February 7, 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!
February 6, 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.
February 5, 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.
February 4, 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.
February 3, 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!” While that certainly does happen, the reality is that heart attacks can strike much more subtly – even happening to someone who otherwise might feel or seem completely healthy.
February 2, 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.
February 1, 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.
January 31, 2020
Leap Year gives you an extra day. But a healthy heart can give you extra years. That’s why Sovah Health is celebrating American Heart Month with 29 Days of Heart. For each day in February, you can visit our Facebook page for an informative article to help you take charge of your heart health.
January 6, 2020
Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Sovah Health is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season – now and until further notice.
October 29, 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.
October 29, 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.
October 1, 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.
September 30, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Bradley Yeatts, FNP has joined Sovah Physician Practices and will be providing primary care for Sovah Family Medicine – Gretna.
September 9, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that family nurse practitioner Pushpinder Gill has joined its staff and will be providing primary care for patients at Sovah Family Medicine - Yanceyville.
August 5, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that oncologist Mohammed Saad, MD has joined the Ravenel Cancer Center at Sovah Health’s Martinsville campus. Dr. Saad comes to Sovah Health from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston – Salem, NC) where he recently finished a dual fellowship in medical oncology and geriatric medicine.
August 1, 2019
This week, Sovah Health celebrates our 2nd anniversary, and we are proud to be a part of Danville, Martinsville and the surrounding areas. We believe that great communities – like this one – deserve great healthcare. As a leader in our community, we strive to provide the highest quality care possible – both inside and outside our hospitals’ walls – and are committed to our region’s overall well-being. That’s why our mission is Making Communities Healthier.
July 25, 2019
DANVILLE & MARTINSVILLE, VA (July 25, 2019) — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Sovah Health for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures.
July 24, 2019
Sovah Health announced that Rachel Hyler, AGNP-C, has joined its medical staff and will be practicing primarily at its Martinsville campus.
May 22, 2019
Sovah Health announced that nephrologist Amar Parikh, MD, has joined its medical staff and will be practicing primarily at its Martinsville campus.
May 3, 2019
Sovah Health recently announced that Chenise Blackwell (Sovah Health - Danville) and Brittany Collins (Sovah Health - Martinsville) have been recognized as its 2019 Mercy Award winners. 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.
April 18, 2019
Sovah Health today announced three permanent leadership appointments to its Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. After serving in interim roles, Amber Stephens, DO is Family Medicine Residency Program Director; Bonnie Burnham, DO is Director of Student Medical Education; and Leslie Sturdivant, FACHE, is Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) of Sovah Health.
April 5, 2019
March 26, 2019
April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring. At Sovah Health, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.
March 4, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that Misty Reagan, ANP has joined Sovah Health - Danville as an advanced practice provider in the hospital’s inpatient telemetry and cardiac unit. Caring for patients admitted to the unit, Misty will be rounding on cardiac patients with the attending cardiologist, assisting with care plans for cardiac patients, evaluating and assessing cardiac patients in the emergency room, providing patient education and coordinating of outpatient follow-up.
March 1, 2019
Sovah Health announced today the opening of a new inpatient joint and orthopedics unit at Sovah Health – Martinsville. The 10-bed unit, located on the second floor of the hospital, welcomed its first patients on Tuesday, February 19. An official ribbon cutting was held on Monday, February 25 with the joint and orthopedic team.
February 19, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that family nurse practitioner Cynthia Barker has joined its staff and will be providing specialty care for general surgery patients at Sovah Surgical Specialists in Danville.
January 16, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Alicia Thompson-White has joined its staff and will be providing specialty care for orthopedics at Sovah Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Martinsville.
January 14, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Kim Nester has joined Sovah Cancer Center and will be providing specialty care for hematology and oncology patients.
January 10, 2019
Sovah Health - Martinsville announced today the addition of 3D mammography services to its Julius Hermes Breast Care 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.
January 2, 2019
Sovah Health today announced that board certified thoracic and vascular surgeon William P. Sweezer, Jr., MD FACS, has joined the medical staff at Sovah Health and will be seeing patients at the newly opened practice Sovah Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
December 9, 2018
All physician clinics and hospital departments are opening at their normal time today, Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
September 28, 2018
Need to pay a bill? Just click. Want to purchase a new appliance? Click. Send a party invite to a group? Click. The forward march of online technology continues to make our lives easier and free up more time for other activities. But with increased convenience comes increased risk of identity theft and an online attack on your finances and other confidential information. We all play a crucial role in making sure that our online experience is as secure as possible. It’s a good idea to use some of the extra time that online technology allows to take some simple, proactive steps to help ensure that you’re doing all you can to keep you, your family and your workplace safe online.
August 7, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that Phillip Honea, DO, has joined its medical staff and will be practicing at Ob-Gyn Associates of Danville alongside physicians Alice Newell, Randolph Neal, Andrew Atkinson and Jason Ensminger.
August 2, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that Garrett Beatty, DO has joined the Sovah Medical Residency Program at Sovah Health. A recent graduate of the program, Dr. Beatty will be educating and supervising resident physicians as well as treating patients at the Sovah Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Danville.
July 2, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that gastroenterologist Jagannath Sherigar, MD has joined its medical staff and will be practicing alongside Dr. Bhushan Pandya and Dr. Mukesh Patel at Danville Gastroenterology Center.
July 2, 2018
Sovah Health announced today that the Sovah Medical Residency Program hosted its graduation for medical residents on Friday, June 22 at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. Sixteen physicians were recognized for completing their three-year residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine at Sovah Health in 2018. Several physicians and employees were also honored with awards for their commitment to training medical students and for their dedication to their profession.
June 28, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that Dr. Kurt Voos has joined its medical staff and will be offering orthopedic and trauma spine surgery for patients in Danville and Pittsylvania County and the surrounding region. Dr. Voos has joined the practice of Spectrum Medical located in the River District Tower.
April 30, 2018
Sovah Health today announced the launch of its new Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) that will become an integral part of the system’s ongoing efforts to enhance patient safety and care.
April 5, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that its Martinsville campus has joined the Duke Heart Network effective Monday, April 2. The Duke heart affiliation allows hospitals like Sovah Health greater access to the experience and expertise of the Duke Heart Center, which is fifth in the nation for adult cardiology and heart surgery by the US News & World Report in 2016. Sovah Health’s two campuses Danville and Martinsville are the only hospitals in Virginia with this distinction.
March 26, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Annette Minter, NP has joined Sovah Physician Practices and will be providing specialty care for pulmonary and sleep medicine at Sovah Pulmonology - Danville.
March 12, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Joni Sessor-Kendrick has joined its staff and will be providing specialty care for women at Sovah Healthcare for Women in Martinsville.
February 12, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that family medicine physician Lyne Aigner, MD has joined its staff and will be offering primary care to adult patients throughout Martinsville, Henry County and the surrounding region at Sovah Occupational Medicine. In addition to primary care, Dr. Aigner will work with nurse practitioner Melissa Smith, DNP to provide care to meet the occupational health needs of local businesses and industry in the area.
February 8, 2018
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Sovah Health for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Both Sovah Health – Danville (“Danville”) and Sovah Health – Martinsville (“Martinsville”) were awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite reviews of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.
January 10, 2018
Sovah Health today announced that general surgeon Tara Mancl, MD has joined its staff and will be offering surgical services to patients throughout Danville, Pittsylvania County and the surrounding region. Dr. Mancl has also joined Sovah Surgical Specialists (formerly Piedmont Surgery) located in River District Tower.
July 10, 2017
Hospitals join forces to form a two-campus medical center providing quality care close to home in Southern Virginia
March 13, 2017
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) today announced that Uosife Alfahd, M.D. has joined its staff and will be offering orthopedic services to patients throughout Martinsville and Henry County, and the surrounding region. He has joined the practice of Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (formerly the Bone & Joint Center) alongside Dr. Michael Wenkstern, also an orthopedic surgeon.
July 7, 2015
Martinsville, VA (July 7, 2015) – Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) today announced that Nazim Khan, M.D. has joined its staff and will be offering cardiology services to patients throughout Martinsville and Henry County, and the surrounding region. He has joined the practice of Southern Virginia Cardiovascular Consultants (SVCC) with Dr. Deepak Banerjee, also an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Khan brings more than 30 years of clinical experience to Memorial Hospital and SVCC.