Health and Medicine

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A high school student is suing school officials over a summer soccer practice after which, he says, he suffered heat stroke. The Daily Progress reported Monday that the Monticello High School student was a sophomore when he says he nearly died after a two-hour soccer practice designed to acclimate athletes to heat in July 2017. The lawsuit says the full sun heat index on a synthetic turf field would have been up to 139 degrees, characterized as “extreme danger.” The filing says the student was hospitalized after returning home, and diagnosed with exertional heat stroke. A press release from attorney Lloyd Snook says school officials failed to provide a trainer, cold water, shade or rest breaks. The lawsuit says the student suffered permanent injury. Albemarle County Public Schools hasn’t commented.

During today’s Community Coalitions of Virginia summit at Hotel Roanoke, the local “Urgent Love” campaign that is working to fight the opioid crisis announced a program where independent pharmacies can install a DEA-compliant prescription drug drop-boxes for as little as 50 dollars a month. Community Coalitions of Virginia reports that only 7 percent of all pharmacies in the region have drop-boxes where unused prescription drugs can be returned. 40 percent of all opioid fatalities are from prescribed medications, according to the Coalition. Walt Boyle is a strategist for                                             Urgent  Love.

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With Virginia’s general deer hunting season set to begin next month, state game officials want hunters to help efforts to prevent the spread of a disease that they say is a serious threat to the deer herd. Chronic Wasting Disease isn’t pretty; it attacks a deer’s neurological system, progressively affecting physical abilities and behavior. In recent years, CWD has been detected in some northwest Virginia Counties in the Winchester area. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Click here for full Chronic Wasting Disease from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

(HCA release) Salem, Va.-October 22, 2018 – LewisGale Regional Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance Jones, MHA, FACHE, as CEO and market president, effective December 1, 2018.

Jones has over 18 years of healthcare experience, beginning his career in rehabilitation services, and serving as chief operating officer and chief executive officer for hospitals in New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee. Jones joined HCA in 2013 as CEO of Coliseum Medical Centers in Georgia, a 310-bed health system. Under his leadership, Coliseum achieved numerous operational and service line advancements, including the launch of a Graduate Medical Education program, MFM telemedicine program, and certifications for its Stroke and Chest Pain Centers.

Most recently, Jones served as CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center, in Northern Virginia, since January 2017. During this time, he was instrumental in the development and rapid growth of the Women’s Epicenter, 1 of only 40 in the world. “Lance has a history of developing a strong culture,” says Tim McManus, president of HCA’s Capital Division. “These results can be seen through the marked improvement in both employee and physician satisfaction and engagement during his tenure at StoneSprings.”

A native of New Zealand, Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the University of Otago before completing his Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Alabama Birmingham.