Our Community, Our Calling

Bon Secours is leading a movement to extend wellness into the communities we serve, where health is truly built, sustained and enriched. Our award-winning physicians take part in numerous studies and clinical trials to bring you the good help that all individuals deserve. Bon Secours is dedicated to making health care more accessible than ever before, through our hospitals, our Bon Secours 24/7 virtual patient visits, emergency departments, urgent care centers, online appointments, physician offices and wellness information hubs such as this blog. Please explore and learn more about our dedication to innovation, research and compassionate care.


Regardless of Severity, All Injured Student Athletes Can Benefit from Physical Therapy

7,868,900 teenagers participated in competitive high school athletics in 2015/2016.* Virginia ranks 15th in the nation for participation in high school athletics. More than 177,000 student athletes take the court, field, pool or track each year to compete for their …

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Rules of the Pool: Etiquette for Aquatic Physical Therapy

If your doctor has referred you for aquatic therapy and you are inexperienced in a lap pool setting, you may feel both excited and apprehensive at the same time. You’re excited about the many benefits you can expect from aquatic …

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Spotlight Shines Light on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly stops protecting your health from foreign substances and begins to attack your joints. According to the Mayo Clinic, the negative health impacts of the chronic inflammatory …

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Hospital Staff Become Impromptu Wedding Planners Prior to Baby’s Imminent Arrival

By Lisa A. Ossie and Monique Kimball Gene and Ericka were preparing for their marriage, as well as the birth of their new baby when Ericka’s water unexpectedly broke at 37-weeks. Ericka was headed to St. Francis Medical Center to deliver …

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Stop the Summertime Bites

By Anne Marie Tuohy, MD Summer time is a wonderful opportunity for children and families to enjoy the great outdoors.  More physical activity and fresh air are not only good for our physical health, but also for our mental wellness.  …

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When Stroke Strikes, Seconds Count. Know Your Risks.

Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a stroke in the United States. Bon Secours, the only non-academic facility to earn the highest level of stroke care certification in Virginia as a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center, defines a stroke as “when …

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Telemedicine Apps Are There For You, 24/7

When you’re dealing with a relatively minor condition, such as pink eye or a sinus infection, taking time away from work or school and driving to a medical appointment can be a costly endeavor both for the time and fees …

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Firework Safety

Independence Day is right around the corner and the Fourth of July holiday is a peak time for the use of fireworks. Lighting fireworks and enjoying the beautiful array of colors they produce is a summer tradition in many communities. …

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Weight-loss May Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

Losing a substantial amount of weight may lower your heart failure risk. A recent study suggests that losing weight with bariatric surgery may have more heart health benefits than dropping pounds through a very-low-calorie diet program. Researchers looked at people who had a …

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6 Lifestyle Changes to Consider Prior to Weight-Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery lifestyle changes should begin long before you have any surgical procedure. It doesn’t matter what type of surgery you plan to have. Whether it’s sleeve gastrectomy, an adjustable lap band or roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, you can increase …

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