Richmond ‘Out of the Darkness’ community walk aims to turn hope into action

RICHMOND, Va. — September is known as the month for suicide awareness, but the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is making sure that awareness continues beyond one month. On Saturday, Oct. 19th, the annual Richmond “Out of the Darkness” community walk will take place at Deep Run Park at 9:00 a.m. “Suicide touches one in five American families,” said Matt Austin, AFSP Virginia Chapter Board Member. “We hope that by walking we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a…

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Child reviews brand new pediatric ER at Chippenham Hospital

RICHMOND, Va. — Makela Sydnor is in the Pediatric Emergency Room at Chippenham Hospital with a stomach virus. Usually a trip to the hospital can be stressful, she said, but this time around she’s enjoying the new space and brighter colors. “I think it’s all organized and nice,” the 16-year-old patient remarked. Earlier this month, Chippenham Hospital opened its new Pediatric ER, upgrading from eight to 13 rooms. The new space is kid-friendly with highly trained pediatric doctors and nurses using child-sized medical equipment. The new wing also has a…

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‘Alarming’ study finds nation’s bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids are actually unhealthy

Americans spent $1.4 billion on the most popular brands of children’s fruit drinks and flavored waters last year. Yet according to nutritional guidelines, none of the drinks were healthy. Why would loving parents do this? Perhaps because US beverage companies spent $20.7 million to advertise fun, fruity drinks with added sugars to families in 2018, according to Children’s Drink Facts 2019, a new report from the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. “I know that parents want their children to be healthy, but the sweetened drink…

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The baby wasn’t a surprise, but the hospital bill was: ‘I went where my insurance told me to go’

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Lindsay Mosca is a registered nurse and a veteran mom.  She was supposed to know how to navigate a hospital to deliver a baby. “I’ve heard all these horror stories of people dealing with insurance companies and then all of a sudden it was me,” Mosca told the Problem Solvers. Nearly a year after welcoming a healthy son at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Mosca was still receiving bills for a pediatrician she doesn’t remember seeing. “When you’re giving birth, the last thing you’re thinking about is, ‘wait!…

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14th case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Chesterfield County Health District (CCHD) has confirmed more cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the county. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) said 14 cases have been confirmed in the county since May 1. In mid-September, there had been 12 confirmed cases of the disease. The VDH spokesperson confirmed the new cases on behalf of CCHD Director Dr. Alexander Samuel after an inquiry from CBS 6. The Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s disease, a type of pneumonia. The VDH said the…

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Patient dies after being left unattended for more than an hour in ER waiting room

YORK, Pa. – Officials have confirmed the death of an ER patient at WellSpan York Hospital in August after the person was left unattended in the waiting room for more than an hour. The hospital was found out of compliance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Rules and Regulations for Hospitals, during an unannounced onsite monitoring visit by the Department of Health. According to the report by the Department of Health, the patient was brought into the Emergency Department at 9:59 a.m. on August 16th, with nausea…

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Why a local woman was charged more than $1000 for visiting a doctor who was in-network

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The CBS 6 Problem Solvers helped resolve a surprise medical bill. Now we’re getting answers about why Lynette Jackson was ever asked to pay $1,037 for a doctor erroneously listed as out-of-network on her health insurance company’s explanation of benefits. The retired school administrator went to the emergency room at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in July for persistent abdominal pain. The facility is listed as an in-network provider on Jackson’s Anthem insurance policy. The ER registration staff took her copay but never mentioned she could be seen…

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How these wild horses are helping firefighters after Lt. Brad Clark’s death

DOSWELL, Va. — Friday marked one year since Hanover County Fire-EMS Department (HCFD) Lt. Brad Clark was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer while responding to an accident along I-295 in the middle of Tropical Storm Michael. To mark the anniversary, the fire department wanted to raise awareness about a non-profit that it said helped them cope with not only the loss of Lt. Clark, but also the help ensure the mental health of the firefighters still serving. The organization, Checkpoint One, specializes in helping first responders, active-duty or retired…

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Answers in vaping-related lung injury investigation could take months, CDC official says

The federal investigation into what exactly is causing a peculiar outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries nationwide could continue for months. The ongoing investigation “may take a few months” and could yield “multiple causes and potentially more than one root cause,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing with reporters on Friday. “So I do think that the phenomenon we’re seeing is going to have an explanation, but it may not be tomorrow,” she said. “It may take a few months to really…

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