Arbors residents lift exercise balls with their feet.

Healthy lifestyle begins with ‘power-half hour’ of chair exercises

The Residents at The Arbors Independent Living are getting an assist in staying active. VHS Rehabilitation tech Kim Kutscher leads a chair exercise class with a group of Residents daily in The Arbors community room. “It’s a head-to-toe program with cardio,” she says. “A true power half-hour!” Kutscher, who has been with Virginia Health Services…

Eight Virginia Health Services apprenticeship graduates

Sixth Virginia Health Services apprenticeship cohort graduates

The sixth cohort of Virginia Health Services apprentices graduated Tuesday at The Arbors at Port Warwick. The group began its earn-as-you-learn training program in early November. The program includes classroom and clinical instruction to graduate Care Assistants to Nurse Aides. Tuesday’s eight graduates will work in Virginia Health Services nursing and rehabilitation centers at York…

Jerry and Martha Dodson portray Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at The Newport

Long-time volunteers with Virginia Health Services find purpose in service

A near lifetime of community service for Martha and Jerry Dodson was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contagion prevented the Dodsons from their usual rounds of facility-based volunteer activities, and for the most part suspended their annual 40-plus year tradition of being Santa and Mrs. Claus at nursing homes on the Peninsula.…

VHS apprentices

Virginia Health Services apprentices reflect on experience so far

National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 15-21. Virginia Health Services used the week to highlight graduates from the Care Assistant to Nurse Aide earn-as-you-learn apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship includes paid training and covers the cost of the state certification exam to be a CNA. The program has had five classes graduate this year, with a sixth…

Virginia Health Services fifth cohort of CNA apprentices graduates Oct. 26, 2021.

Virginia Health Services CNA apprenticeship program adds instructor

Virginia Health Services’ apprenticeship program, which graduates Care Assistants to eventual Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), is undergoing a transition in instructors. The VHS education team is adding instructor Princess Henderson, who has been with the company since 2008. She is being guided on the ins and outs of the apprenticeship class by instructor Nora Gillespie,…

Nursing Professional Development Week 2021

Virginia Health Services offers education staff and resources to help develop nursing careers

This week, Virginia Health Services honors Nursing Professional Development Week. Virginia Health Services has a long history of encouraging development of its team members and promoting from within. View our job opportunities, and know that development is a priority at VHS. The education team at VHS offers a variety of services to its nursing staff.…

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Virginia Health Services celebrates its Residents for National Assisted Living Week

This week we are highlighting Residents in Virginia Health Services’ assisted living communities as part of National Assisted Living Week. The communities provide medical assistance to those who need help with ADLs (activities of daily living) while still maintaining independence in a private apartment home. The Huntington at Newport and The Hamilton at The York…

Virginia Health Services graduates fourth class of Nurse Aide apprentices

The graduation ceremony Thursday looked a little different. The hybrid ceremony was streamed on Zoom, with limited in-person attendance at Virginia Health Services’ Employment, Enrichment, Education (EEE) Center in Port Warwick. It was done to minimize risk, given rising COVID cases in the community. Each graduate was allowed one in-person attendee. The eight apprentices graduated…

Coliseum Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center's Monroe unit reopened Tuesday, June 22, 2021, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Coliseum reopens skilled care unit with private rooms

Coliseum Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center reopened its Monroe unit on Tuesday morning. The wing will add 30 private rooms for skilled care. The occasion was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony, with remarks from Virginia Health Services Vice President of Operations Don Lundin and Coliseum Administrator Dudley Haas. The ribbon was cut by the Monroe…