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News from the Hampton Roads Region

Board and Officers

President: Corrine Alvey, BSN, RN, CWOCN
President-Elect: Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON
Secretary: Virginia Benko, BSN, RN, CWON
Treasurer: Eva Sauls, BA, RN, CWOCN
Member at Large:
Karen Houchins, BSN, RN, CWCN
Public Policy
Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON
Outgoing President Kathy Merkh, MS, RN, CWON

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We are a small but active group. We meet the 2nd Tuesday every month except June and October; either a luncheon or a dinner meeting. Locations vary.

  • Jamie Clements has recertified for wound, ostomy and continence
  • Congratulations to Deanna Yeatts, newly certified in both Wound and Ostomy!
  • Kathy Merkh is retiring April 27, 2018 from 43 years of full time nursing, and 38 years of that with Sentara Healthcare. We are all sad to see her leave the area of patient care, but we are excited to see her begin her next adventure.
  • Kathy Merkh re-certified in Sept 2017 by PGP, in Wound and Ostomy.
  • Ferne Elsass, 2017 Hampton Roads WOC Nurse of the Year, will be presenting two posters at both the upcoming National WOCN conference in Philadelphia, PA and SAWC in Charlotte, NC: The Safe Use of Pure Hypochlorous Acid as a Cleanser of Skin and Wounds on the Premature Infant and PICU in Motion: Constructing an Evidence Based Protocol for Early Mobility in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She will be presenting in Roanoke, VA at the Star City Wound Care Conference for the Carilion Clinic on Pediatric Wound Care in October 2018.

Supporting our Ostomy Patients
Celebrating Ostomy Awareness Day 2017

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Cynthia Adsitt Dowd December 20, 1952 – January 24, 2017

Cynthia Adsitt Dowd passed away January 24, 2017 at her home. She was born to Harold and Joan (Sumrall) Adsitt on December 20, 1952 in Clifton Springs, NY. click here to read entire obituary