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Today at Fauquier Health; 2021 year in review

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In healthcare, each day is filled with new discoveries and new possibilities. We embrace this spirit at Fauquier Health. We are inspired every day to deliver amazing care to our community, and we are constantly evolving and striving to find new ways to support the health and wellbeing of all the people we serve in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and other surrounding counties.

Last year was full of unprecedented challenges. These challenges greatly impacted our hospital, our frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and those living in our communities. Together, we faced loss and sacrifice. It is during challenging times like these that it is important to focus on the positive by celebrating the accomplishments and achievements.

Even though last year we all were stretched beyond comprehensible limits, we held onto hope for a brighter future. That hope enabled us to identify strength within and find opportunity for growth. In 2020, Fauquier Health expanded the services we provide by welcoming several new physicians and providers to our hospital family including a certified nurse midwife, a neurologist, three interventional radiologists to establish full time coverage, and a new OB/GYN provider. With these new additions, our medical staff has grown to more than 200 providers strong. This vibrant community is one of extraordinary talent and passion for elevating the quality of care available to the region.

This growing medical staff has allowed us to expand important services regionally. Last year, we expanded our women’s health program through a new midwifery program, we expanded upon our surgical weight loss and bariatric program, and improved upon our ability to offer minimally-invasive robotic surgery with our new DaVinci Xi robot and dedicated Globus ExcelsiusGPS Spine robot for spine surgery. Our cardiac catheterization lab, which opened in 2019, saw a tremendous 125% growth in volume. We understand every minute matters in the case of an emergency, so having the abilities to provide lifesaving operations locally is instrumental for the health needs of our community. We have fully moved all cancer, hematology, and infusion services into the new Cancer Center facility to provide care through the latest advances in technology and combined with comfort for a patient centered approach. All of these programs continue to grow and accept new patients.


In addition to adding new programs and services, we have enhanced our efforts in the areas of patient safety and quality. Fauquier Health has achieved reaccreditation by the Commission on Cancer, Joint Commission re-accreditation for Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Lab, as well as reaccreditation for Chest Pain by the American College of Cardiology all in the year of 2020.

All of this great work could not have been accomplished without our extraordinary team. We are grateful for our providers, nurses, clinical staff and all of our hospital, practice and long-term care employees, who are on the front lines providing high-quality care for our patients with fortitude, grace and compassion.  We also appreciate the outpouring of encouragement and support we have received from our community partners and the community at large – the parades, meals, donations of PPE and other supplies have meant the world. Thank you for recognizing and supporting our healthcare heroes.

As we start a new year, we remain focused on safeguarding our community from the effects of this pandemic and expanding access to care. Fauquier Health is proud to partner with our local health department to support vaccination efforts and curb the spread of this dreadful virus in our communities. We look forward to expanding services and programs as we continue to recruit new clinicians, invest in facility and technology upgrades and partner with local organizations and community partners.

In closing, we are proud of our history of caring for our region and are proud of our many accomplishments, but it’s a new day at Fauquier Health, and we are looking ahead with our commitment to the future. It’s why we’re here, providing a range of services to help our family, friends and neighbors be their best. We have the experience and resources to meet the unique and evolving health care needs of our community, close to home.

Thank you for your continued support as we advance our mission of Making Communities while building a health system our communities can count on today and for generations to come.

Chad Melton, CEO
Steve Wojcik, Board Chairman

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Fauquier Health now offering virtual Childbirth Education classes

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Fauquier Health is excited to announce the continuation of Childbirth Education classes to its patients. The health system had to temporarily pause all childbirth classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of July 15, 2021, the hospital and the OB/GYN & Midwifery clinics have begun offering the classes once again and have moved towards a more personalized and convenient way for expecting and new mothers to get access to education.

Powered online through Birthly, patients are now able to access a variety of classes through a virtual platform. Each patient can register to sign up for the classes for which they will have the opportunity to connect through a live video feed with certified and experienced childbirth educators. The educator will provide live and interactive teaching with dedicated time for the patient to ask questions. Patients now have more flexibility in choosing a time that fits their schedule and can connect from the comfort of their own home.

“We have been very eager to bring back our childbirth classes for our patients,” commented Jammie Moran, Director of the hospital’s Family Birthing Services. “After COVID, it was important for us to get creative and identify a way to give our patients full access to the education and resources they deserve. Since going virtual, we can now offer a variety of topics, provide time for interactive discussion, and encourage group chats for shared experiences.”

Monica Freidline, Certified Nurse Midwife with Fauquier Health OB/GYN & Midwifery, strives to ensure her patients are educated throughout the entire prenatal and postnatal journey. “Now we can offer patients with topics that fit their stage of pregnancy or area of interest post pregnancy,” commented Ms. Freidline, CNM. “We will offer our patients with the opportunity to choose five classes including – early pregnancy preparations, prenatal bootcamp, coping and comfort associated with labor, breastfeeding 101, and newborn care.”


For any questions about Fauquier Health’s Child Education Classes, please contact info@mybirthly.com.

About Fauquier Health

Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs.  Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at FauquierHealth.org or by calling 540-316-5000.

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On Second Thought Consign & Thrift: Three generations, two locations, one goal

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On Second Thought Consign & Thrift

Come in soon and see what everyone is talking about! We’re an upscale consignment store, but we have daily sales of 25% to 90% off! Every week we put thousands of “new to us” items that come from our over 5,500 consignors. We have unique, vintage and antique items from estates, clothing and shoes for the entire family (some new with tags), home décor, housewares, jewelry, antiques, purses, linens, toys, furniture, over 12,000 DVDs (starting at .99). We work hard every day to provide our customers with the best consignment/shopping experience. Your one-stop thrift shop with something for everyone. Make the shift to thrift!

Our Two Locations:

476 North Main St.
Woodstock, VA 22664
(former Ben Franklin Store)
540-459-2655

390 East King Street, Suite 6
Strasburg, VA 22657
(Beside Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop)
540-465-2655

Come and visit one of our two locations!

We are a unique and fun place to shop, and are one of the largest consign & thrift stores located in the state of Virginia. Now accepting consignments and donations.

Both stores are open Monday–Wednesday, 9am–6pm, and Thursday–Saturday, 9am–7pm (closed on Sundays).

Check out our Facebook page for weekly updated pictures and sale information.

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New sign highlights Black History in Winchester

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During Winchester’s Juneteenth weekend a new Civil War Trails sign was unveiled at 15 North Cameron Street, on the ground of City Hall. The sign enables visitors to stand in the footsteps of the 19th “United States Colored Troops.” These soldiers, many formerly enslaved, came to Winchester in 1864 to recruit local Black men into their ranks. It is a compelling story.

Winchester NAACP chapter President Michael Faison addressed the crowd during the unveiling ceremony on Saturday June 19th, 156 years after word of their emancipation finally reached the enslaved families in Texas – the furthest reaches of the former Confederacy. Photos Courtesy Winchester Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

In his opening remarks, Mike Faison, President of the Winchester Area NAACP branch quoted Frederick Douglass. “He who would be free must himself strike that blow” and Faison explained that “179,000 men, and thousands who were former slaves, volunteered to fight for the Union army; nearly 37,000 gave their lives for the cause.” Mr. Faison also mentioned the organizations who came together to help promote the story and bring the project to fruition. The project was the result of a community partnership between the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, the City, the Winchester NAACP, and Civil War Trails, Inc. – Each playing a different role in the funding, creation, and placement of the sign.

Winchester Mayor David Smith, top left, is joined by members of the Winchester Area NAACP to unveil the new sign at City Hall.


Winchester-Frederick County is home to over two dozen Civil War Trails sites. Each Civil War Trails site like the new sign at City Hall are marketed internationally by another partnership, comprised of municipal destination marketing organizations, state travel offices, parks, and museums. There are over 1,350 Civil War Trails sites across six states and an ever-increasing number are focused on telling these long marginalized African American stories. “The fuller story of the Civil War is incredibly diverse,” said Drew Gruber, Executive Director of Civil War Trails, Inc. “and as you move past the age-old, same-old stories you find out about men like these and it’s hard not to find inspiration in their tenacity and sacrifice.”

This is the first of two projects being planned in the region focused on telling a more complete and engaging narrative of the Civil War. Justin Kerns, Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We’re trying to expand the story of the Civil War and its impacts on the community, versus what battle happened where.” The group hopes the next project will manifest at Stephenson’s Depot where another compelling personal story has been uncovered.

To find out more about this project or to plan your trip navigate to: visitwinchesterva.com or call their visitor center at 540-542-1326.

Jason Shaffer places the new sign into the ground. The Civil War Trails team, including Shaffer installed the sign earlier in the week, culminating in almost two years of planning, research, and community engagement.

(From a Release by Winchester Civil War Trails, Inc.)

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Extraordinary Registered Nurse recognized at Fauquier Health

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Linda Godfrey, RN, was presented with the DAISY Award Certificate. From left to right, Linda Godfrey (RN and Christine Hart Kress (CNO).

Nurses at Fauquier Health continue to be honored with The DAISY Team Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The second DAISY Team award recipient for 2021 is Registered Nurse, Linda Godfrey. A strong nomination that came in for Linda consisted of the special care and attention she provided to her patient during their stay. The patient, an 86-year old retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, had come to Fauquier Hospital for a necessary medical procedure. While in recovery, the patient commented, “…one of the attending surgical nurses, Linda Godfrey, made my stay so much better than it might have been because of her superior responsiveness and demonstrated caring service…”

He went on to comment, “It takes some doing to be able to make the person who is in bed feel better simply because of your presence and actions. Nurse Godfrey demonstrated this ability in spades!”


The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Linda Godfrey, RN, received her DAISY pin from Jessica Randall, Director of Acute Care Services.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion. The DAISY Team Award is for nurse-led teams of two or more who come together to solve a specific situation by going above and beyond. Nursing teams may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Fauquier Health to receive The DAISY Team Award. The DAISY Team Award is presented by Nursing Leadership at a surprise presentation. The DAISY Award winner receives a certificate commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference your teamwork makes in the lives of so many people.” The DAISY Award winner also receives a specially engraved plaque engraved with the name of the Team.

Linda Godfrey, RN, proudly held up her banner. Accompanying her, from left to right, was, Christine Hart Kress (CNO), Katie Nigh-Leighton (RN), Jessica Randall (Director of Acute Care Services), Hannah Pederson (Nurse Resident), Sean Thomson (CFO), Renee Kosters (Regulatory Coordinator/Patient Advocate), Kevin Sale (COO), and Chad Melton (CEO).

To honor these special nurses at Fauquier Health, a banner has been hung in the main lobby entrance for all to see as they enter the hospital facility. Each DAISY Nurse will have the opportunity to sign the banner recognizing them for their commitment and dedication. For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org.

The DAISY Award and DAISY Team Award are initiatives of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

Linda Godfrey, RN, DAISY Award winner for Quarter 2 at Fauquier Health had the opportunity to sign the banner that will hang in the hospital.

About Fauquier Health

Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at FauquierHealth.org or by calling 540-316-5000.

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Fauquier Health brings back Senior Supper monthly, starting July 15th

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Fauquier Health announced that it will resume the much anticipated Senior Supper meals for the community seniors that are 55 years and older on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Photo courtesy of Fauquier Health

Senior Supper meals came to a halt back in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, Fauquier Health has held Senior Suppers as a tradition where seniors from the community could come, socialize, play card games and eat a delicious meal at a discounted rate. Many commented that it was the best deal around town.

Seniors 55 years and older will be able to choose from one entrée, two sides, and a fountain drink or milk – all for $6.00 (tax included). In order to make this happen, the Bistro will be set up to accommodate guests while maintaining social distancing measures. Seniors will be able to park enter through the side bistro entrance area and self-screen at the temperature station. Upon sanitizing their hands, they will be able to enter the bistro.


Dave Martin, Executive Chef of the Bistro commented, “The Bistro staff is really excited about the opportunity to get back to a new normal, and that includes offering senior suppers to the community again. The bistro was always full of guests and smiling faces, and we have missed that.”

Space is limited so ticket reservations online are required. Seniors can register their tickets for the July 15th event and future events online by visiting FauquierHealth.org/events. Each senior will be limited to one meal and can present their ticket at the register to be eligible for the Senior Supper discount.

“We have a great lineup coming for future senior suppers. By reintroducing Senior Supper monthly, we are hopeful to have an exciting lineup for our guests,” said Lucy Mumo, Dietary Director of the Bistro. “We are already planning future events with themes, cook outs, and possible exploring some different musical options.”

Guests who need assistance registering can contact the Bistro at 540.316.4422.


About Fauquier Health

Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs.  Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at FauquierHealth.org or by calling 540-316-5000.

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Fauquier Health welcomes new OB/GYN provider, Dr. Nikita Mishra

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Fauquier Health announces the welcoming of new OB/GYN provider, Nikita Mishra, MD, PhD.

Fauquier Health announced today that Nikita Mishra, MD, PhD, has joined its staff and will be offering obstetrics and gynecologic services to the residents of Fauquier and Prince William counties – including the Gainesville, Haymarket, Linton Hall, and Nokesville areas. Dr. Mishra will join Dr. Barry Aron and Certified Nurse Midwives, Monica Freidline and Kathleen McClelland, at Fauquier Health’s two OB/GYN & Midwifery clinics. According to Dr. Mishra, “I enjoy developing meaningful relationships with my patients and providing excellent medical care based on the patient’s goals and desires.”

Dr. Mishra will primarily be located at Fauquier Health’s newest office, located at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 in Gainesville, Virginia. She will also see patients at the Warrenton office located at 253 Veterans Drive, Suite 210 in Warrenton, Virginia.

Dr. Mishra is an award winning OB/GYN with a minimally-invasive gynecology focused practice designation from the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She obtained her PHD in Physiology, with a focus on Preeclampsia, from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2010 after her medical degree. She went on to complete her internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Miami located in Miami, Florida in 2011. Dr. Mishra then completed her residency training at the Reading Hospital located in West Reading, Pennsylvania in 2014. She has been a recipient of multiple awards during her career and received her board-certification from the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecology in 2017.


Chad Melton, CEO of Fauquier Health, commented, “This news comes with great excitement as our team works hard to offer expanded access to care for women of all ages. Dr. Mishra is robotically trained and specializes in women’s health management, pre- and post-natal care, labor and delivery, minimally-invasive gynecological surgery, and more.”

Dr. Mishra is accepting new patients at both Warrenton and Gainesville locations starting this month, July 2021.  To pre-schedule an appointment today, please call 703.743.7300. Online scheduling will also be available in the immediate future. For additional details, please visit the Find a Doctor/Provider page on FauquierHealth.org or FHDoctors.org.

About Fauquier Health

Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs.  Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at FauquierHealth.org or by calling (540) 316-5000.

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