CLINIC OFFERS STEM CELL THERAPY

Dr. Kyon Hood, who’s worked in Fredericksburg since 2013 in emergency rooms, urgent care and primary practice, has opened a Living Well Regenerative Health clinic in Spotsylvania County.

The clinic will focus on the natural regeneration and healing that stem therapy provides for people with chronic joint pain and inflammation. The stem cells, which are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration as treatment for diseases, are given through injections, Hood said.

“We don’t treat specific diseases, but rather focus on the inflammation and degeneration associated with many conditions,” Hood said.

The clinic uses cells harvested from umbilical cords. The cells are minimally manipulated and help with muscle, ligaments, cartilage and nerves, according to the clinic website. Specialized stem cells are injected into problem areas, then grow and repair the affected area, the website states.

The therapy bundle comes in different sizes, and the cost varies from $3,500 to $10,500. Hood, who already is the medical director in seven other regenerative health clinics, will oversee the practice, and Nurse Practitioner Laura Ziemba will perform the injections. The clinic is at 10411 Courthouse Rd, Suite B, Spotsylvania, in the same office as the Fredericksburg Wellness Center. More information is available at 540/491-4945.

SUICIDE FIRST AID TRAINING PLANNED

The Rappahannock Area Services Board is providing a new training program to help participants recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide and how to help that person stay safe immediately.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans ages 10–34 and the fourth leading cause of death for those ages 35–54. RACSB’s new training program, ASIST, or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a free, two-day course on suicide first aid.

“Supporting an individual with thoughts of suicide can be scary,” said Prevention Services Coordinator Michelle Wagaman. “The course provides a framework for interventions that anyone can do.”

The free training will be offered June 27–28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m at Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd., in Stafford. Lunch will be provided. Participants must attend both days.

There are a limited number of seats available and advance registration is required at bit.ly//ASISTregistration. Additional classes will be held throughout the year.

MARY WASHINGTON EARNS MAGNET RECOGNITION

For the third time, Mary Washington Hospital has attained “Magnet” recognition, the highest national honor for professional nursing practices.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Only 492 health care organizations in the United States have achieved the recognition out of more than 6,300 American hospitals.

Earning the recognition once “was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses,” said Eileen Dohmann, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Mary Washington Healthcare.

Earning it three times underscores the organization’s “foundation of excellence,” she added.

Health care organization that achieve Magnet recognition tend to see benefits such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information; lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates; and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

—Cathy Dyson

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