On February 22, Inside Business, the Hampton Roads Business Journal, recognized Bon Secours Hampton Roads with two 2017 Health Care Heroes awards. Dr. Robert Lancey and the East Ocean View Healthy Communities Initiative have been selected. The prestigious awards distinguish those who epitomize the word "hero" in the delivery of health care to the community. The Bon Secours honorees were recognized today at a breakfast along with 18 other distinguished members of the Hampton Roads health care community.
Robert Lancey, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute
Health Care Hero Category: Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr. Robert Lancey, medical director of the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute, aims to keep today’s middle school students from becoming tomorrow’s patients. In addition to running a renowned cardiovascular program, he developed the Heart Health Academy at Bon Secours (HHA@BS). This innovative initiative is designed to educate students on the importance of making heart-healthy decisions early in life in order to prevent heart disease.
The HHA@BS is a free program that consists of three-hour sessions held at middle schools across Hampton Roads and even serves a heart healthy lunch.
Faculty from the HHA@BS use informational and interactive discussions with students to provide an engaging and memorable learning experience. The program focuses on how certain lifestyle habits — smoking abstention, regular exercise and dietary discretion — affect the development of symptomatic coronary artery disease later in life. More than 1,000 Hampton Roads students have already benefitted from this outreach program.
East Ocean View Healthy Communities Initiative, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Health Care Hero Category: Advancements in Community Health
In Norfolk’s East Ocean View neighborhood, Bon Secours Hampton Roads (BSHR) is proactively addressing health risks such as chronic conditions and poor nutrition. Since 2010, the health system has led a collaborative and creative community initiative to “Co-Create Healthy Communities” and “Serve Those Who are Most Vulnerable,” tenets of our Strategic Quality Plan. The one-mile square community of about 4,500 residents – a quarter of whom live below the poverty level – has high rates of hypertension, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, along with crime and poverty.
The comprehensive community health program addresses: access to quality health care, functional and affordable housing, education, employment, public safety, recreational and cultural opportunities.
BSHR partnered with churches, community centers, government agencies, restaurants, housing development organizations, universities, military bases and others to develop solutions. Bon Secours created programs in English and Spanish including: Passport to Health, a low-to-no-cost, six-month, multi-component program that focuses on family eating, exercise and lifestyle; the Storehouse food pantry; the EOV Community Garden on the corner of 18th Bay Street and Pleasant Avenue ; “Compassion” events and screenings offering free groceries, meals, health screenings and information on fitness and weight loss; medical and dental care, including primary care and screenings through a mobile health unit and nurse navigators to help individuals access and coordinate needed services.
Since 2010, Bon Secours invested more than $1 million and community partners have contributed food, land, money and time to support the revitalization efforts and have made a difference in the lives of area residents. The Passport to Health program has helped more than 125 families decrease reduce weight, blood pressure and cholesterol scores. Three participants have lost more than 100 pounds each and some participants have grown healthy enough to eliminate medications. Residents benefit from education, exercise classes and health screenings, but BSHR’s initiative also helps them build a stronger community. Four times a year, BSHR hosts festivals and garden markets, which allow neighbors to interact during fun and healthy activities.