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VALLEY LIFE

Health Care

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their clinical care team to help improve patient
experience and surgical outcomes. LewisGale
implemented ESR and already it is delivering
improvements in outcomes, as well as shorter
hospital stays and a reduction in pain medication
needs.
LewisGale Medical Center ranks significantly higher
than both the national and Virginia averages for
the percentage of patients receiving appropriate
care for severe sepsis and septic shock - a lifethreatening condition where the immune system
has an overwhelming response and instead of
fighting an infection, attacks the body.

ADVANCED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES
OUTCOMES, REDUCES PAIN, SHORTENS PATIENT STAYS

LewisGale offers a wide range of inpatient and
outpatient surgical procedures performed by highly
trained surgeons and staff. With access to the latest,
advanced technologies, surgeons perform laparoscopic
and other minimally invasive approaches resulting in
less pain and scarring, and faster recovery. Some of the
Health System's newest medical technologies include:
* Southwest Virginia's only robotic system for
spine and neck surgery. LewisGale Medical Center
is the first hospital west of Richmond to add a
robotic system that surgeons can use to perform
spine surgery. While surgeons at LewisGale have
been using other types of robotic systems for
several years to perform general surgery and
gynecological procedures, this platform provides a
robotic option for patients requiring spine surgery.
* Robotic-assisted lung resections - Certain
types of surgery to treat lung cancer are now
being performed through minimally-invasive,
robotic-assisted procedures, resulting in fewer
complications and shorter recovery times.
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Magnetic sphincter augmentation - LewisGale
is now performing a revolutionary new surgical
procedure to install a medical device that treats
acid reflux. Heartburn sufferers' lives are improved
significantly by eliminating their symptoms and
discomfort while providing a permanent solution
for a disease that's notoriously difficult to control.
* Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute - In 2020,
LewisGale joins the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network

of Excellence, further expanding patients' and
LewisGale hospitals' access to leading-edge cancer
treatments and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers
modern therapies for people facing cancer across
the U.S., and this partnership provides patients
with personal, individualized care while benefiting
from the network of resources Sarah Cannon
offers.
CARING FOR THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

LewisGale and its employees care about your health
and take an active role in caring for the communities
they serve, live in and work in. In addition to providing
outstanding health care to patients, LewisGale supports
numerous health awareness events at area employers
and throughout the community annually to further
strengthen and improve health and wellness.
At one of LewisGale's newest community-focused
events, volunteers from LewisGale's Cave Spring ER
partnered with the Roanoke County Police Department
for a "Crush the Crisis" opioid take back day at the Cave
Spring ER where community members were invited to
safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired
prescription medications. The purpose of the event was
to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse,
and encourage the proper disposal of these medications.
TRAINING TOMORROW'S HEALTH CARE LEADERS

Looking to the future, LewisGale is helping train
tomorrow's exceptional physicians through its Graduate
Medical Education Program (GME) in internal medicine
and psychiatry. The program expanded recently with
new GME opportunities in Family Medicine, and looks
to expand further in the future with the addition of
Emergency Medicine, Transitional Year and medicine
subspecialties, bringing the programs' potential
enrollment to more than 140 residents. In addition,
LewisGale partners with local schools and colleges
to help build relationships that foster the growth and
professional development of future nurses. Through
these partnerships, several nursing programs hold their
clinicals at our hospital, some of our staff members
serve as students' clinical instructors, and other nursing
staff members sit on the advisory board at Virginia
Western Community College and the University of
Lynchburg.

LEWISGALE'S MISSION AND VISION

While these quality awards, new initiatives and opportunities, and advanced medical technologies are important for both patients
and the Health System, above all else, LewisGale's focus remains on its mission of unwavering commitment to the care and
improvement of human life, with a vision of being recognized as the health care provider of choice in Southwest Virginia.

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