Cancer Care

Infusion Center
The Infusion Center at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital adheres to the highest quality medical, educational, and patient care standards in healthcare. All of our nurses are certified in both chemotherapy and bio therapy.

Chemotherapy
There are many forms of cancer, but there is only one of you. That simple but very important understanding is the basis for our highly personalized approach to cancer care. We develop individualized treatment plans that factor in a range of medical, psychological, emotional and personal considerations.

Through our partnership with Virginia Cancer Institute, you have local access to nationally recognized cancer care, close to home. VCI was one of just seven practices chosen by the American Society of Clinical Oncology to set the national standards that all oncology and hematology practices follow. Together, we can offer you a full range of resources to get you an accurate diagnosis and the best possible plan of care and treatment.

Other Infusion Services
In addition to comprehensive oncology care, our infusion staff is trained to administer:

    • Therapeutic phlebotomy
    • Central line care and management such as PICC line flushing and dressing changes
    • Hydration therapy
    • IV therapies such as iron replacement, osteoporosis management, administering antibiotics, and rheumatoid arthritis management
    • Blood transfusions
Surgery
Surgical oncology procedures for cancer of the colon, breast, stomach, and thyroid
Pet Scanner
The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is used for diagnosing certain types of cancer, seizure disorders and determining the extent of damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack. Unlike other tests such as CT scans and MRI, which shows anatomy and the structure of lesions, the PET scan shows the function of tumors or suspicious areas. Combined with CT or MRI, PET allows doctors to identify lesions and focus on suspicious areas and gives them the capability of diagnosing cancer at an earlier stage including melanoma, lymphoma, colorectal, esophageal, head and neck, and some forms of lung cancer. The PET scanner is not only used for diagnosing cancer and other diseases, but is also useful for determining the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy.
Physical Therapy/STAR Program
Riverside Physical Therapy in Tappahannock and Warsaw are both certified STAR Program®providers. STAR, which stands for Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation, benefits cancer surviving patients throughout the Northern Neck and parts of the Middle Peninsula through physical, occupational and speech therapy.

This unique program provides a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to rehabilitation that can improve the lives of cancer survivors who are experiencing problems such as pain, fatigue, and loss of movement. Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines--including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, mental health professionals, etc.--will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life. 

Cardiology

We are able to offer a wide range of diagnostic and testing to detect the causes of chest pain and discomfort. And the faster and more effectively a heart problem is diagnosed and treated, the more likely the use of medical treatment or less invasive surgical procedures. Through our partnership with Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, you have local access to some of the most respected board-certified cardiologists in the region. Testing available on-site at our hospital includes:  

    • Echocardiograph
    • Electrocardiography (EKG)
    • Nuclear medicine
    • Stress testing
    • Permanent pacemaker implantations
    • Holter monitors

Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Services
Services are provided to patients with chronic and acute disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. These services are rendered to all age groups, but the majority of patients come from the adult and elderly populations. Outpatient services provided include: EKGs, pulmonary function testing, pulse oximetry, arterial blood gas testing, holter monitoring.

Diagnostic Imaging Services

We are able to offer a wide variety of diagnostic imaging exams on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our highly trained technologists are to perform ultrasound, digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, diagnostic x-ray, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicines, echocardiography and non-invasive vascular imaging.

X-rays and CTs are performed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for inpatient and emergency services. The department is open for regular outpatient imaging from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services

The Riverside Tappahannock Hospital laboratory provides a comprehensive menu of diagnostic testing in the areas of hematology, chemistry, microbiology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunology, pathology, and blood banking with transfusion services. The lab is accredited by the American college of American Pathologists and staffed by certified laboratory professionals who are dedicated to delivering quality services to the hospital's inpatients as well as to local healthcare providers and their patients.

The laboratory conducts testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The outpatient lab is open for routine specimen collection from 7am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. 

 Emergency Services

(804) 443-6000

If you are experiencing chest pain, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
Do NOT Drive or operate a motor vehicle.

Emergencies happen. And when they do, the emergency department is there 24 hours and day, seven days a week. With highly trained physicians and staff and access to high-level diagnostic services and testing, we can quickly address serious or life threatening conditions. 

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of liver and digestive disorders as well as diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Services include colonoscopy, endoscopy, and treatments for acid reflux, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other liver and gastrointestinal issues.

Inpatient and outpatient procedures are performed at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital by board certified gastroenterologists and general surgeons. 

Pill Cam
Capsule Endoscopy, commonly referred to as Pill Cam allows physicians to see the entire 21 feet of the small intestine. Pill Cam is a disposable miniature video camera concealed in a capsule the patient swallows, which then passes through the digestive tract. Pill Cam technology is currently available at Riverside Surgical Specialists. For more information, call (804) 443-6232.

Endoscopy
A thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is inserted through the mouth and esophagus into the upper GI tract. It is used to view the interior of the stomach and small intestine to detect reflux, GERD or other abnormalities and obtain tissue samples for analysis.

Colonoscopy
A longer flexible tube is used to visualize the entire colon, remove polyps, and diagnose colon cancer.

Manometry
Esophageal manometry measures pressure within the esophagus. Your doctor may recommend this test to determine if a swallowing problem is due to improperly working muscles in your esophagus.

General Surgery

Our surgeons and surgical teams are committed to providing exceptional, personalized and compassionate medical care to each surgical patient. Our highly trained and experienced surgeons are able to treat an array of conditions and diseases that impact your life:

    • Colon and intestine surgeryLaparoscopic surgeries –including appendix, gallbladder and colonHernia repair
    • Surgical treatment of hemorrhoids
    • Placement of venous access devices for dialysis or chemotherapy
    • Surgical treatment of GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)
Inpatient Care

Medical/Surgical
The Medical-Surgical Unit at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital provides assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of acute and chronically ill patients and surgical patients. The Medical-Surgical Unit is capable of transitioning patients to and from the Intensive Care Unit, receiving post-operative patients for recovery and care, and providing around the clock care for acutely ill patients arriving from the Emergency Department.

The department also features patient care technology for continuous bedside monitoring, 24 hour cardiac telemetry monitoring, and electronic charting. Other services such as respiratory therapy, dietary and physical therapy work together with the unit to provide the best care and recovery.

Intensive Care
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides specialized nursing care to critically ill patients requiring continuous and comprehensive observation and monitoring. The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment allowing consultation from specialty physicians in distant locations.

Hospitalist Team 
Hospitalists manage the care of patients during their hospital stay. Our experienced team of board-certified hospitalists work with the patient and their primary care physician or specialty physician to coordinate care until the patient is discharged. There are several advantages to having a hospitalist manage care:

    • Hospitalists are generally internal medicine or family medicine physicians, or advanced practice providers who have acquired particular expertise in the evaluation and management of common medical conditions that lead to hospital admissions.
    • Because hospitalists are on site around the clock, they are able to closely monitor a patient's condition and make treatment, testing, or medication adjustments quickly.
    • Hospitalists are available to answer questions and communicate with the patient's family.
    • When discharged, the hospitalist will coordinate care with the patient's primary care provider to ensure a seamless transition back to outpatient care.
Social Services & Care Management

Care managers help patients and their families make plans for discharge. This may include helping with nursing home placement, arranging for medical equipment for home use, planning home health care, or assisting with financial arrangements. Many of the tasks involved in relocating a patient require planning and scheduling, and we encourage individuals, their families and doctors to seek help as early as possible.

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, we have partnered with local ophthalmologists to keep your eyes healthy and clear. We are able to offer comprehensive eye care including outpatient cataract removal surgery. 

Orthopedics

At Riverside, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized orthopedic care from diagnosis and treatment through rehabilitation. Our goal is to get patients back to their everyday life quickly and with as little pain as possible.

Orthopedic capabilities at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital include treatment for bone, muscle and joint problems including:

    • Fracture repair
    • Arthroscopic joint repair of hips, knees and shoulders
    • Total joint replacement of hips, knees and shoulders
Joint University

Joint University is an educational program to help you understand the various aspects of your joint replacement procedure. The classroom style program lasts approximately two hours and covers the entire process including:

    • The pre-operative appointment
    • The day of your surgery
    • Your hospital stay
    • Your discharge and continued recovery-- evaluate your need for home recovery (walkers, canes, etc.) or home health services, which can include physical therapy

We will partner with you to meet the goals you hope to achieve, from the initial consultation with your surgeon, through recovery in the hospital and at home, and continued wellness.

Pain Management

Persistent, chronic pain, if left untreated, can control almost every aspect of your life. Day to day tasks, work, recreation and emotional health are gravely affected for those who suffer from pain. Pain management is offered on an outpatient basis. We are able to offer a variety of innovative interventional treatment options designed to meet your pain control needs, which may include:

    • Epidural steroid injections
    • Trigger point injections
    • Hip/knee/shoulder injections
    • Radio frequency ablation
    • Nerve blocks
    • Facet blocks

Physical Therapy

The purpose of physical therapy is to restore function, relieve pain, promote healing and learn to adapt to a disability. The Physical Therapy Department provides services to individuals of all ages, focusing on patients 14 years and older. Conditions addressed include, but are not limited to:
    • Orthopedic disorders
    • Neurologic disorders (including stroke rehab)
    • Wound care
    • General rehabilitation
    • Pain management

Pulmonology/Sleep Disorders

Pulmonologists are physicians who diagnose and treat disorders the affect the respiratory system. Some of the most common disorders are chest infections, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis and emphysema.

Some pulmonologists also specialize in sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, which is difficulty breathing during sleep. At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, our Sleep Disorders Center provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment options for people with a variety of sleep disorders. Our sleep lab, a hotel-like private room, allows for a thorough analysis of your sleep patterns by our sleep specialists, leading to a personalized treatment plan. Our Sleep Disorders Center offers inpatient and outpatient care under the direction of board certified physicians at Riverside Peninsula Pulmonary &Sleep Specialists in Newport News. 


(800) 675-6368 Toll Free

It would be nice if we only needed medical attention from 9 to 5. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. What can you do when your child wakes up with an earache at four in the morning or you experience a persistent cough at midnight? Call Riverside Nurse, a free service of Riverside Health System available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A registered nurse specially trained in telephone triage will answer your symptom-based question and, if needed, refer you to a physician for treatment. Riverside Nurse also provides general health information and Riverside physician and service referrals.

If you are inquiring about a health related problem, it is important for you to seek timely health care. Please consult a physician or if it is a life-threatening situation call 911 or your local emergency response system.

Our nurses can only triage patients who reside in our local Virginia service area which includes: Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Williamsburg and Isle of Wight areas. If you are outside our service area, please call your local physician or hospital.

Urology

Urologists treat disorders of the urinary tract in both men and women; adults and children. They are trained to diagnose and treat common urological disorders such as urinary incontinence, impotence, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and kidney stones. Both inpatient and outpatient urological care is performed at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

Lithotripsy
Mobile lithotripsy services are available at the hospital. Why kidney stones form in some people and not others is one of the mysteries of medical science. For most people, kidney stones begin as crystals that pass harmlessly from the body in the urine. But for others, these crystals stick together to form stones. Once they begin, the stones both stay in the kidney and continue growing or pass, causing excruciating pain.

Fortunately, those who suffer with kidney stones have new hope with lithotripsy. This technique uses high-pressure sound waves to shatter kidney stones into sand-like particles that can easily wash away through urine. For the patient, what once involved the risks and pain of major surgery can now be accomplished on an outpatient basis, with no overnight stay.