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Celebrating our collaborative efforts

Celebrating our Collaborative Efforts


Family academy

Family Academy

  • The Family Academy will help parents raise their children to be healthy, happy, and ready for school by providing:

    • Support

    • Resources

    • Education

  • Over 60 families are being served in the Family Academy. A database has been developed and implemented to track progress

  • Cardiac diagnostics using sophisticated fluid mechanics techniques

    Cardiac Diagnostics Using Sophisticated Fluid Mechanics Techniques

    An analytical tool was developed to characterize cardiac flow. The tools measure various flow parameters including the propulsive efficiency of the mitral inflow as a means of describing cardiac health, cardiac disease stages and heart failure. This work could lead to a commercializable and sophisticated cardiac diagnostic tool.

    Chronic illness strategies clinic

    Chronic Illness Strategies Clinic

    The purpose of the Chronic Illness Strategies Clinic is to empower individuals with chronic illnesses to manage their disease, prevent acute exacerbations, delay further decline and maximize quality of life. It will be designed as an adjunct to primary care services, and will provide innovative, evidence-based multi-disciplinary strategies not feasible in primary care settings today.

    Creation of a simulation center

    Creation of a Simulation Center

    A simulation center has the potential to provide regional services to enhance education/practice partnerships by providing staff development and continuing education for area health care providers.

    Development of an immunoassay for human tear lacritin

    Development of an Immunoassay for Human Tear Lacritin

    Lacritin is a natural human tear protein being developed as a new topical therapeutic to treat dry eye, microbial infections, and corneal wound healing. In conjunction with this, a team is developing an ELISA-based immunoassay to detect lacritin and variants of lacritin in human tears. They are interested in obtaining tear samples from healthy individuals as well as individuals with ocular infections or diseases.

    a = tear gland / lacrimal glandb = superior lacrimal punctumc = superior lacrimal canald = tear sac / lacrimal sace = inferior lacrimal punctumf = inferior lacrimal canalg = nasolacrimal canal

    Energy conservation alternative fuel showcase

    Energy Conservation - Alternative Fuel Showcase

    A power company may provide grant money dependent upon consumer education provided by RMH, perhaps in collaboration with JMU.

    The left pot is burning diesel fuel. The right is burning biodiesel fuel.

    Evidence based practice developing a collaborative model for scholarship

    Evidence Based Practice - Developing a Collaborative Model for Scholarship

    EBP promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid and applicable patient-reported, clinician-observed, and research-derived evidence. Research/workshops linked to topics identified by clinical nurses include:

    • Foley catheters in the OR

    • Umbilical cord care

    • Pain management in the confused patient

    • Scopolamine patches and nauseaand more

    Functional mapping of hospital costs

    Functional Mapping of Hospital Costs

    Researchers would use mathematical modeling to calculate functional distances between various costs for a number of patients as the difference between the billed amounts. Multidimensional scaling would then reduce the complexity of those data to a two-dimensional graphical depiction.

    Result: insight into how costs accrue, and in the recognition of different patterns in different patients. Eventually this model should help predict what resources will be needed.

    Harrisonburg community health center

    Harrisonburg Community Health Center

    RMH and JMU, in collaboration with the Healthy Community Council, are providing support to a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The practice is busy and growing, with 3 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners and 10 other staff persons. They are currently engaged in a strategic planning process.

    Integrative health

    Integrative Health

    • Goal: Collaborate in developing integrative health education and practice

      • Examples underway:

        • Continuing medical education session offered through RMH

        • Mindfulness based stress reduction collaborative research project

    Center for voice and swallowing assessment and treatment

    Center for Voice and Swallowing Assessment and Treatment

    The center, a collaboration between physicians in the region, the RMH, and JMU faculty, will provide previously unavailable specialized services for the Shenandoah Valley region to serve patients with voice, speech and swallowing disorders

    Modeling waiting times in the emergency department

    Modeling Waiting Times in the Emergency Department

    Using Emergency Department data from RMH in a constructed cartography model to determine patient flow and ultimately reduce any bottlenecks.

    Training assessing and managing suicide risk

    Training: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk

    • Designed for RMH and college campus mental health clinicians

    • Goal: increase suicide prevention preparedness

    Video games for balance rehabilitation

    Video games for balance rehabilitation

    JMU researchers wish to collaborate with RMH by testing participants in a balance study using the Wii and Wii Fit video gaming system

    Workshops education sessions on environmental sustainability

    Workshops/Education sessions on environmental sustainability

    JMU Scholars are available for group discussion and education:

    • Wetland preservation

    • Water/soil management

    • Integrated medicine with healthy environment

    • Recycling wastes

    Learning tour of rmh hardware

    Learning Tour of RMH Hardware

    • Tour of RMH facilities by interested Computer Information Systems faculty in order to learn more about the computer hardware being used

    • Objectives include acquisition of outgoing RMH hardware for JMU student learning activities as well as identification of research possibilities

    Medical imaging for jmu athletics

    Medical Imaging for JMU Athletics

    Onsite x-ray services for JMU’s student-athletes at athletic events

    Teaching learning collaboration

    Teaching/Learning Collaboration

    • Adjunct appointments

    • Guest lectures

    • Clinical teaching

    Touchscreen computer kiosks

    Touchscreen Computer Kiosks

    • Goal: help persons of low literacy by improving access to effective, high quality health information

    Recycling at rmh

    Recycling at RMH

    Collaborative effort of JMU’s Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World and RMH Surgical services

    Health literacy game

    Health Literacy Game

    Goal: Educate community health workers and others

    Leed certification educational dvd

    LEED Certification Educational DVD

    Helping to inform and enlighten the greater Harrisonburg population to understand the benefits for becoming LEED certified

    Human resource projects

    Human Resource Projects

    • Video on peer interviewing procedures

    • Video orientation for new hires at RMH

    Journal club

    Journal Club

    Focus on topics of interest to clinical nurses on units

    Chronic illness strategies classes

    Chronic Illness Strategies Classes

    • A 6-week educational program for persons with chronic illnesses covers nutrition, exercise, use of medications, evaluating new treatment options, effective communication, and strategies for addressing problems.

    • Outcomes include: decreased days in the hospital, improvement in health behaviors and health status.

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