Our close-knit community

Mary Mannix

Welcome to the spring issue of Health Matters! Augusta Health remains the healthcare system of choice in the Shenandoah Valley because of the care, compassion and concern that fills the halls of this hospital and all of our practice sites. In this edition we highlight many incredible people — patients, providers and volunteers — who make the Augusta Health community the special place that it is.

One such person is Angie Cacciapaglia, a hospice volunteer. Angie plays guitar and sings to patients who are at the end of life. Through her gift of music, she brings solace, tranquility and joy to her listeners. Augusta Health is always looking for compassionate and committed hospice volunteers who help to enrich the incredible care at Augusta Health.

Speaking of top-flight providers, Donna Berdeaux and Megan Howell guide patients through every step of the complex and emotionally difficult world of cancer care. As a testament to Augusta Health’s cancer services, patient Paul Klein, who underwent cancer treatment, looks back positively on the care he received at Augusta Health.

Heart services also win applause from patients. Gloria Moles can’t say enough about how she was treated after she experienced a cardiac arrest. It happened during a Christmas parade. People rallied to her side, including Augusta Health’s electrophysiologist Glenn Brammer, MD. And Thomas Ratcliffe is pleased with the vein procedure he underwent with interventional cardiologist Kenneth Sternberg, DO, FACC.

Fortunately, thanks to the services available at Augusta Health, many patients can continue to stay well from the comfort of their own homes. The new Heart Failure Clinic follows patients while at home who were previously treated in the hospital for heart failure. Patient Diana Amick feels secure in knowing that people from Augusta Health are looking out for her.

Talented staff are the heart and soul of Augusta Health. Given our emphasis on people, it’s not a surprise that our Take Note profile is Jesse Rohrer, whose favorite part of his job as a radiation therapist is caring for his patients.

Augusta Health wants to be the place you look to get well and stay well. Don’t hesitate
to call our centralized call service, (833) AHC-HLTH, or (833) 242-4584, to make an appointment today.

Have a happy spring!

Mary N. Mannix, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Augusta Health