Member Spotlight – Sovah Health
An apple a day used to keep the doctor away, but not anymore. Thanks to the addition of Telemedicine, patients and providers are able to connect through virtual visits by way of their Apple phones or other devices. Learn more about how Sovah Health is serving our communities.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Our mission of Making Communities Healthier reaches both inside and outside our hospital walls in a number of meaningful ways. With the fundamental belief that everyone deserves high quality care regardless of their ability to pay, the hospital donated more than $32 million in Danville and $24 million in Martinsville in health services to those in need during 2019 as published in our community benefit report. We also partner with and support a number of local organizations and events that help make our community healthier, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Danville/Pittsylvania County Cancer Association, Caring Hearts Free Clinic, Miles in Martinsville and more. We’ve also been incredibly thankful for all the support and donations we’ve received during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s truly been heartwarming.
What would you like to share about your business or organization with our members?
Sovah Health is a regional health care delivery system comprised of a system with two campuses – Danville and Martinsville. In 2017, Danville (formerly Danville Regional Medical Center) and Martinsville (formerly Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County) united to form Sovah Health. Sovah Health has two emergency rooms (ERs), two outpatient imaging centers and over 20 primary and specialty care physician clinics. We serve communities across the piedmont region of Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina. Our Danville campus is a 250-bed academic community hospital with the region’s only designated Chest Pain Center & Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Licensed for 220 beds, Sovah Health – Martinsville is a full service, acute-care hospital that has been at the heart of Martinsville, Henry County and the surrounding region since it opened in June 1970. Both hospitals are accredited by American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services for Chest Pain Centers, Catheterization Labs and Heart Failure, both are accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and both are a member of the Duke Heart Network and Duke Telestroke Network. Also we announced the Emergency Room (ER) on the Danville campus has been approved for more than $12 million in renovations to rebuild our ER into a first-class facility that is better suited to meet the growing needs of our community and will help our incredible emergency medicine team provide an even higher level of care to those we serve.
What technology innovation have you uncovered prior, during, or post the COVID-19 pandemic?
Telemedicine usage has greatly increased in our clinics which has allowed us to connect our patients with providers through virtual visits. Telehealth capabilities enable our clinical team to practice social distancing to further reduce the spread of illness while still meeting our patients’ health needs. Microsoft Teams has also allowed our hospital to maintain social distancing guidelines by using their communication platform to meet virtually with both internal and external partners. Another new system we have used throughout the pandemic is PrepMod, to register and document vaccines and send to the state VIIS database. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can put the pandemic behind us and get back to what we’ve been missing
What positive impact have you witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We cannot say enough how proud we are of the way our healthcare team has weathered the storm together. Since the beginning, every member of our team was ready to step up to the challenge of caring for our patients, and we saw our providers, employees and staff come together like never before. We are so grateful for and inspired by their courage and selfless dedication. We have also strengthened our relationships with the community and our community partners. From all the food donations, letters of support written for our staff, parking lot rally’s, partnering with the first responders for a drive-thru parade, and finally being able to partner with community leaders to administer vaccines, it has all been very humbling for us. We believe the pandemic has made us better in so many ways – especially when it comes to quality and patient safety.
“The one ask Sovah Health has for everyone today is – get the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the last year, we have done so much to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19 – like wearing masks, staying at safe social distances and practicing good hand hygiene. There’s so much we have all missed, from being able to hug loved ones and gather with family and friends, to hobbies that we’ve had to put on hold. These vaccines are our best hope yet for putting this pandemic behind us and getting back to a more normal way of life. Join us in being a #VaccineHero for our community!”
The SPTC Board of Directors are excited to share the good news that’s happening with all of our members. For more information on Sovah Health visit https://www.sovahhealth.com/
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