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.


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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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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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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Kick the habit! 7 Tips to Quit Smoking Before Weight-Loss Surgery

It’s always a smart idea to quit smoking. If you’re thinking about having weight-loss surgery to improve your health, you’ll need to quit smoking weeks before your surgery date. Smoking harms nearly every organ inside your body, according to the …

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Nursing: More than a Career – A Calling to Heal

Nursing is more than a career. It is a calling. At Bon Secours, we are grateful for the nurses who answer that call every day. Their compassion and skill make them experts of healing and comfort. The American Nurses Association …

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National Hospital Week Celebrates the Individuals Inside

National Hospital Week is May 7–13 this year, and we would like to kick off this year’s celebration by saying thank you to all of the individuals who make the Bon Secours Health System something to celebrate. Every year, the …

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7 Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer That Younger Generations Need to Know

Colorectal cancer strikes more than 200,000 men and women in the United States each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, polyps may become …

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No Adults Allowed; Pediatric Emergency Department Delivers Compassionate Care

Bon Secours St. Mary’s for Kids Emergency Room offers parents throughout Richmond the opportunity for compassionate care exclusively for their children. St. Mary’s for Kids isn’t just the best choice – it’s the only choice. The area’s only dedicated pediatric …

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Despite nearly identical obesity rates, men seek bariatric surgery dramatically less often than women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity. Of those hundreds of millions of adults, the distribution between male and female adults considered obese is nearly even. Why is …

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