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2018-02-28 / Announcements

Harris named deputy county administrator

ANNOUNCEMENTS COMPILED BY ANNE DALTON


Harris Harris Chesterfield County has named Christopher “Matt” Harris as its new deputy county administrator for finance and administration. Harris currently serves as the county’s budget and management director. Harris will begin his new role effective March 1. In his current role, Harris, 37, is responsible for the development and implementation of the county’s annual operating budget and capital improvement program, and regularly provides revenue and economic forecasts to the Board of Supervisors, county leadership staff and the community. Harris played a prominent role in the development of Blueprint Chesterfield, a public-engagement initiative that identifies community priorities. He also works closely with Chesterfield County Public Schools, providing guidance and expertise on their annual operating budget and capital improvement program. As deputy county administrator for finance and administration, Harris will oversee the daily operations of multiple county departments and programs. Harris, who has worked for Chesterfield County since 2008, holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.


Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Allison Erickson of Chester was recently presented with her Blue Angels crest by Cmdr. Eric Doyle, Flight Leader for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The cresting ceremony took place at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, following several weeks of training in squadron history, procedures, teamwork and traditions. Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Allison Erickson of Chester was recently presented with her Blue Angels crest by Cmdr. Eric Doyle, Flight Leader for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The cresting ceremony took place at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, following several weeks of training in squadron history, procedures, teamwork and traditions. Health Care

HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center is the first medical center in Virginia to use the iSchemaView RAPID neuroimaging platform, which allows a neurovascular physician to quickly and more accurately evaluate patients who have had a major stroke and also identify those who would most likely benefit from this lifesaving process. This new state-of-the-art brain imaging technology can save more lives as it allows doctors to expand the stroke treatment window from six to 24 hours. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Johnston-Willis Hospital is certified with the highest possible level of accreditation. In addition, the Joint Commission has awarded Johnston-Willis with a Gold Seal Certification of Distinction for stroke rehabilitation.

Also at HCA Virginia’s Johnston Willis Hospital, a specialized treatment program is now being offered to help patients whose symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are interfering with daily activities. Specially trained therapists will assist individuals living with speech and movement impairments based on an approach known as Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, named after a Parkinson’s patient. LSVT LOUD focuses on increasing vocal loudness with data supporting improvements in articulation, intonation, facial expression and voice quality. In addition, LSVT BIG is an intensive amplitude focused approach to improve walking speed, balance, trunk rotation, arm/leg movement and reaching endurance. The treatment program is individualized to each patient and follows a standardized protocol that must be administered by certified physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year.

Government

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services, will hold a Families First Diaper Drive during the month of March to assist their enrolled families. In addition to regular diapers, pull-up diapers and diaper wipes also are being collected. Items can be dropped off at any Chesterfield County Public Library from March 1-31. Last year, more than 10,200 diapers were collected. Families First is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia that provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure that children become healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are ready to start school by age 5. For more information, contact Andelicia Neville at 318-8648 or nevillea@chesterfield. gov. For library locations and hours, visit library.chesterfield.gov/ccpllocations/ or call 751-CCPL.

Chesterfield County’s Virginia Cooperative Extension Office has moved to a newly renovated space adjacent to the Central Library, which is still under renovation. The Extension Office will be easily accessible via its own entrance. The new space is larger, and offers more opportunities to serve customers. An enhanced Master Gardener’s help desk will be available for residents to ask questions and find resources, and a demonstration kitchen will be home to classes and programs that promote healthy eating. For more information, visit www.chesterfield.gov/extension.

Achievements

HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis and Chippenham Hospitals raised nearly $1,800 over a two-week period earlier this month to benefit the March of Dimes. The donations began Feb. 2 as part of the hospitals’ annual “Tutu for 2/2” fundraiser, in which staff members from administration, clinical care and other hospital departments were nominated to wear a tutu for a designated amount of time as well as donate $5 to the cause. This is the second year the hospitals have taken part in the fundraising efforts, which also included employees from Chippenham Hospital’s Swift Creek ER.

Announcements can be emailed to news@localnewsllc.com, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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