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Lynchburg Medical Services is Coming Soon - 4/29/2015

In its commitment to quality healthcare in the community, Highland District Hospital's Professional Services Corporation is proud to announce the construction of a new Lynchburg Medical Center, which began in May.

New from the ground up, the center offers enhanced treatment facilities along with increased parking and easy access for patients.

The new building will be next to the current Lynchburg Medical Center at 8900 SR 134 in Lynchburg. A grand opening is planned upon completion in October 2015.

Anthony Wetherington, MD  and Angela McNeilan-Bennett, PA-C, will continue patient care throughout the construction and transition into the new building. JoBeth Beery-Wise, MD will be seeing patients at this location in October. Appointments can be made by calling (937) 362-2346.

Local companies working on the project include: Rodney Roark, general contractor; S&S Electrical; Wilkin-Wilkin Heating & Air; Mark Edenfield, Inc.; Jeff Richmond Concrete; Walt Shoemaker Masonry; and John Nave Excavating. The building was designed by DS2 Architects.

Why vaccinations are important - 4/29/2015

Why Immunize?

Why immunize our children? Sometimes we are confused by the messages in the media. First we are assured that, thanks to vaccines, some diseases are almost gone from the U.S. But we are also warned to immunize our children, ourselves as adults, and the elderly.

Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations.

It's true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.

It's much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, "Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax." But the leak hasn't stopped. Before long we'd notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started.

Keep immunizing until disease is eliminated.

Unless we can "stop the leak" (eliminate the disease), it is important to keep immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will become infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.

Japan reduced pertussis vaccinations, and an epidemic occurred.

In 1974, Japan had a successful pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination program, with nearly 80% of Japanese children vaccinated. That year only 393 cases of pertussis were reported in the entire country, and there were no deaths from pertussis. But then rumors began to spread that pertussis vaccination was no longer needed and that the vaccine was not safe, and by 1976 only 10% of infants were getting vaccinated. In 1979 Japan suffered a major pertussis epidemic, with more than 13,000 cases of whooping cough and 41 deaths. In 1981 the government began vaccinating with acellular pertussis vaccine, and the number of pertussis cases dropped again.

What if we stopped vaccinating?

So what would happen if we stopped vaccinating here? Diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback. Before long we would see epidemics of diseases that are nearly under control today. More children would get sick and more would die.

We vaccinate to protect our future.

We don't vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. With one disease, smallpox, we "stopped the leak" in the boat by eradicating the disease. Our children don't have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won't infect, cripple, or kill children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.

View your medical records from anywhere - 4/29/2015

A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. Using a secure username and password, patients can view health information such as:

  • Recent doctor visits
  • Discharge summaries
  • Medications
  • Immunizations
  • Allergies
  • Lab results

To register, or to check your records, please click on the 'My Records' box on home page.

$5 Jewelry Sale to benefit Foundation - 4/13/2015

Health Fair 2015 - 3/6/2015

HDH's annual Health Fair will be held at the hospital on April 11, 2015 from 8am til noon. Featured screenings include:

$20 17-panel blood screening

  • 12-hour fasting recommended (only water, black coffee, tea, and scheduled medications)
  • Persons with diabetes, please consult your physician regarding fasting

Pre-registration is NOT required. You may register the day of the event. This event is generously sponsored by the HDH Foundation.

Gift Shop Open House - 10/23/2014

scarfs, and many more specialty items. It is one of Hillsboro's best little shops!

New OB/Gyn in Hillsboro - 10/21/2014

in Obstetrics and Gynecology, an area that provides a wide variety of opportunities. He "loves" obstetrics and watching the formation of a family, and also enjoys the challenge of surgery. He finds the use of minimally invasive techniques with laparoscopy for gynecological medicine of particular importance.

Dr. Larson graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine with high honors, and did his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

In New Orleans, Dr. Larson has been leading the Quality Improvement Initiative at the Medical Center of Louisiana since January 2013. He also led another initiative, Counseling Patients on Menopause, to improve patient counseling for menopausal treatment options, at Louisiana State University Health Science Center.

Dr. Larson has experience in diagnosing and treating women of all ages, from teens to seniors, and providing counseling on the many issues that today’s women face related to the female reproductive system.

He specializes in caring for women during pregnancy—including prenatal care such as periodic examinations of the woman and her developing baby, with recommendations for changes in activity or diet—as well as labor, delivery, and the period immediately afterward.

Dr. Larson is married, and he and his wife, Jessica, have a four-month-old daughter, Emery. Jessica received her degree in clinical pharmacy at Creighton University in Omaha and completed a one-year residency in New Orleans. She will be joining the hospital as a part-time Pharmacist.

In July when the family came to Hillsboro for Dr. Larson’s interviews, he said they fell in love with the community, the hospital, and the people, and look forward to being active in the community.

They enjoy participating in outdoor activities, particularly mountain biking and hiking. The proud father says one of daughter Emery’s favorite activities is to get into the baby carrier and go for a long hike.

Dr. Larson begins his full-time practice in Hillsboro on December 1, 2014, and is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please call the Hillsboro office at (937) 393-3406.

Brake for Breakfast - 9/26/2014

"Brake for Breakfast." This drive-through event includes a stop at Breakfast Junction where women will receive a bagged breakfast. At Pink Place she receives pink gift bag filled with important information on breast cancer. Please stop by Wednesday, October 1, from 7am to 9am at the Fenner Ave. entrance of Highland District Hospital to participate in this event for awareness.

HDH Foundation's Family Fun Day 5K - 9/15/2014

more than 100 took part in the fourth-annual Highland District Hospital Foundation 5K Family Fun Day Run/Walk on Saturday.

The race started at 10 a.m. at the Rocky Fork State Park North Shore Activity Center near Hillsboro, and was followed by a free children’s race.

Michael Boone, of Hillsboro, was the first participant to cross the finish line with an impressive time of 18:14. Rachel Conaway, of Chillicothe, finished the course in 23:39 and was the overall female winner.

“It was a great morning in spite of the cool windy weather for our Family Fun Day Run/Walk,” said HDH Foundation Director Cathy Jones.

“It was good to see everyone, and it was great to see so many people who are embracing exercise and a healthy lifestyle.”

All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a 4-D Ultrasound unit at Highland District.

“We’re getting closer and closer to meeting our goal,” Jones said. “We appreciate all the ongoing support the community has given us, and we’d like to thank everyone who helped sponsor this event and all the volunteers.”

Prizes were given to the winners of several age divisions for the runners and walkers.

In the male 15-and-under age group, Bryson Burns finished first with a time of 28:59.

In the female 15-and-under age group, Emily Pack finished first with a time of 32:30.

In the male 16-19 age group, Pierce Knisley finished first with a time of 20:32.

The male 20-29 age group, Nathan Luke finished first with a time of 19:19.

In the female 20-29 age group, Paij Shelton was first with a time of 30:06.

In the male 30-39 age group, Paul Lennartz finished first with a time of 20:45.

In the female 30-39 age group, Erin Walters finished first with a time of 27:01.

In the male 40-49 age group, Dave Knisley took first place with a time of 21:14.

In the female 40-49 age group, Beth Ballein was first with a time of 25:11.

In the male 50-59 age group, Jim Patton was first with a time of 20:51.

In the female 50-59 age group, Michelle Patton was first with a time of 24:08.

In the male 60-and-over group, Bruce Davis was first with a time of 24:38.

In the female 60-and-over group, Susie Tabor was first with a time of 32:22.

Of the walkers, Lance Lukas was the overall male winner with a time of 43:45, and Karen Lukas was the overall female winner with a time of 40:56.

The Highland District Hospital Foundation was formed to build a bridge between the community and the hospital.

Its role is to encourage community involvement in the hospital’s future through financial support and to manage that support to the maximum benefit of the hospital and the people using its service.

The Foundation is also raffling off a John Deere Gator that will be given away at the 2014 Holiday Ball on Dec. 13 at the Hillsboro Elks. The Gator served as the official “pace car” at the 5K run on Saturday.

Raffle tickets are $20 each, and are available from any HDH Foundation board member and at the HDH gift shop.

Reservations for the Holiday Ball may be made by calling 937-393-6101. The cost is $ 50.00 per each person.

For more information about the HDH Foundation, annual Holiday Ball or the Gator raffle, email Cathy Jones at, or give her a call at (937) 393-6360.

HDH Foundation Annual 5k Run/Walk - Saturday, September 14 - 9/13/2014

Pre-registration preferred (deadline September 5, 2014)

Cost: $20.00 - includes race and shirt

Additional donations to the Foundation accepted

All proceeds go toward the purchase of a 4D ultrasound unit

Deadline September 3rd to guarantee shirt size

Pre-registration preferred.

Online registration through September 6.

For information call: (937) 393-6360

Checks payable to: Highland District Hospital Foundation

Day of Race Registration: 9:00 am - 9:50 am

Awards: male and female - first place runners and walkers

14 male and female runner division

15 & under; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 & over

6 male and female walker division medallions

29 & under; 30-49; 50 & over

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