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Virginia Among Top Three States In National Patient Safety Ranking

November 13, 2018

Virginia is a top three state in the Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade scores from the Leapfrog Group. The state rankings reflect the number of “A” graded hospitals in a given state. In all, 34 Virginia hospitals received “A” grades from Leapfrog, a national health care patient safety ranking organization. The latest Leapfrog results, which show Virginia moving

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Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Of Alexandria To Hold Celebration, Meeting On November 15

November 13, 2018

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria will celebrate ten years of citizen-led efforts to reduce underage substance use and abuse during a community meeting at Minnie Howard Library Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock Road, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Have A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving From Patient First

November 13, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and indulge in some comfort food.   This is one of the few days during the year when many people do not think twice about going for second helpings of homemade mashed potatoes and turkey.

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Doctors, Hospitals, State Health Officials Implement Medical Assessment And Screening Guidelines To Enhance Timely Access To Appropriate Treatment For Psychiatric Patients

November 13, 2018

Virginia’s hospitals, emergency physicians, and the state’s behavioral health agency have created a landmark new set of protocols for assessing the medical condition of patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis to ensure those patients are admitted to the appropriate facility to meet their treatment needs.

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Tips For Managing Diabetes During The Holidays

November 8, 2018

The temptations holidays bring do not have to stress those living with diabetes. Being mindful of what you put into your body and considering the following tips from Patient First may help you navigate this sugar-filled time of the year. Five ways to deal with the temptations.

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Virginia Receives CDC Grants To Continue The Fight Against Opioid Overdose Epidemic

November 1, 2018

The Virginia Department of Health and the Department of Forensic Science have received $4.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two, one-year grants are to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to increase prevention and response activities.

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City Of Alexandria Hosts “Navigator” To Assist With Health Insurance Open Enrollment

November 1, 2018

The City of Alexandria urges residents interested in obtaining insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as “Obamacare,” to sign up by Dec. 15. The annual open enrollment period is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Additionally, enrollment for the newly expanded Medicaid coverage begins Nov. 1.

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Trump Signs Law Addressing Opioid Crisis

October 25, 2018

On Oct. 24, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which addresses the opioid crisis by reducing access to and the supply of opioids and by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

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City Of Alexandria Participates In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day On October 27

October 23, 2018

The City of Alexandria encourages residents to dispose of prescription medicines safely during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m or drop them off year-round at a permanent drop box location in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Fire Department Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2018

Get fired up for the cause! Throughout the month of October you can support the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial Fund by purchasing a pink Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt from the Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria Commission for Women.

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