Health System vital economic
partner in community
Health System provides jobs and medical services, as well as
was part of Thomas Jeffersons plan for his University from
the beginning. In 1826, Dr. Robley Dunglison was hired as one of
the Universitys first eight faculty members. He taught anatomy
and treated local patients. But it wasnt until 1901 that the
first U.Va. Hospital was built.
facilitys 25 beds soon were overwhelmed, and four years later
a program of expansion and growth began that continues to this day.
The U.Va. Health System works to sustain Jeffersons vision
combining education, research and service as a vital partner in
the economic health of the community.
a budget exceeding $665 million for the current fiscal year, a workforce
of more than 5,300 employees and more than 540 beds serving patients
around the state and beyond, U.Va.s Health System supplies
a steady infusion of money, jobs and health-care service to Central
Virginia. Along with the Medical Center, the Health System comprises
the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Claude Moore
Health Sciences Library and the Health Services Foundation. Full
Duty in Iraq gives nurse new
sense of mission
of Tara O. Spears
Army nurse Tara Spears stitches a soldiers finger in a
field hospital in Iraq, where she served a three-month tour.
Spears is now working on her masters degree at U.Va.s
School of Nursing.
By Matt Kelly
field hospital is similar to a standard hospital with
a major exception.
In combat you see more gunshot and shrapnel wounds,
said Army nurse Capt. Tara O. Spears, after serving three months
in Iraq and Kuwait with the 86th Combat Support Hospital.
patients included a 5-month-old girl whose Arabic name translated
to Flower. She had suffered shrapnel and burn wounds to her legs,
received in an incident that killed her mother.
took her in and made a makeshift crib for her out of a medical supply
chest, said Spears, a 13-year Army veteran. We kept
her and took care of her legs.
her aunt was found and she would stay with her and actually breast-feed
the wounds healed, Flower went home with her father.
was a nice, happy thing, Spears said.
35, a nurse in a 144-bed Army field hospital, will now incorporate
her wartime medical experience into her pursuit of a masters
degree from the U.Va. School of Nursing as an acute care clinical
nurse specialist with an emphasis in emergency nursing. She said
her experience will help her in class, and her advanced degree will
help her in future deployments. Full