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Sheltering Arms One of Thousands of Healthcare Organizations Impacted by Blackbaud Cyber Security Incident

September 15, 2020

Sheltering Arms has recently learned that one of its vendors, Blackbaud, Inc. (“Blackbaud”), was the victim of a cyber security incident. Blackbaud is a company that Sheltering Arms contracts with to host our fundraising database. This incident impacted thousands of healthcare organizations across the country and Sheltering Arms was one of them. To read the […]

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We’ve Reopened! Here’s What You Can Expect at Your Next Visit

July 10, 2020

Physical rehabilitation is essential to continue on your recovery journey and regain your function. Our team members have been working diligently with our infection prevention specialist and closely following CDC and VDH guidelines to develop and implement enhanced procedures to safely resume services for our patients. Give us a call at (804) 764-1000 to schedule […]

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Sheltering Arms Nurse Awarded VHHA Speak Up for Safety Honor

June 30, 2020

On Friday, June 5, we had the pleasure of awarding Tessa Keller, RN, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s (VHHA) Virginians Speak Up for Safety award! All hospitals throughout the commonwealth had the opportunity to nominate team members and Tessa was selected as one of two winners out of 34 nominations for this year’s first […]

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Sheltering Arms Institute, New Physical Rehab Hospital, Nears Grand Opening

May 29, 2020

Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health are pleased to announce the grand opening of their collaboration on a destination rehab facility, Sheltering Arms Institute. The 114-bed, state-of-the-science physical rehabilitation facility is situated on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the state Route 288 interchange in Goochland […]

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Sheltering Arms and VCU Health to Hold Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Hospital

May 12, 2020

Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health will hold a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony for their brand-new, 114-bed, destination rehab facility Sheltering Arms Institute. Thursday, June 4, 202012-12:30 p.m. – Virtual Ribbon-Cutting or Sheltering Arms Institute is situated on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the […]

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PT Works Relocating Services

March 9, 2020

Thank you for the trust you have placed in Sheltering Arms to provide your physical rehabilitation care. While it has been a pleasure to offer services for you at our West End PT Works location, we want to inform you that, effective April 3, 2020, this location’s services and its team members are moving to […]

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Sheltering Arms Launches New Brand

January 1, 2020

Sheltering Arms, a 130-year-old Richmond healthcare provider that operates two inpatient physical rehabilitation hospitals and 10 outpatient clinics across the greater Richmond area, announced today the launch of its new brand. “Sheltering Arms is moving forward, growing and innovating to provide the best care for our patients and we wanted our logo to reflect that,” […]

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Community Health Needs Assessment

July 8, 2019

As a non-profit hospital, every three years Sheltering Arms is required by the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). By taking a minute or two to complete the survey using the link below, you will be helping us identify the needs of individuals with physical disabilities who live in our […]

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Sheltering Arms Institute Names Chief Medical Officer

June 4, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (June 4, 2019) — Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, announced today the appointment of Richard Kunz, MD as chief medical officer. Kunz currently serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VCU School of Medicine. He is also the medical transitional team […]

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Cross-Country Ride for Paralysis Wheelchair Journey to Stop in RVA

May 21, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Nearing the end of his 3,000 mile wheelchair journey, Janne Kouri, President and Founder of NextStep, will stop in Richmond before concluding his cross-country Ride for Paralysis in Washington D.C.  Sunday, May 12, 20193 p.m. – Interview opportunities with Kouri and Lombardo2000 Wilkes Ridge Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23233 Kouri […]

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Sheltering Arms Partners with Feedtrail to Enhance Patient Experience

April 11, 2019

As the premier physical rehabilitation provider in the state of Virginia, Sheltering Arms, has proven its commitment to prioritizing a personalized patient experience to accompany rapid expansion. In a departure from traditional post-experience pen and paper surveys, Feedtrail enables Sheltering Arms to engage with patients in real time via smart phone or tablet to learn […]

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Patient Paralyzed by West Nile Virus Finds Her Power to Overcome

April 2, 2019

In October of 2017, Shelli Whitehurst got a mosquito bite, but this wasn’t any mosquito bite that itches and then fades; Shelli contracted West Nile Virus. “Only one percent of all cases get it as bad as I got it, the neuroinvasive type. Most people get it and don’t even realize they have it, some […]

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Sheltering Arms Institute Names CEO

January 9, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (January 9, 2019) — Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System announced today the appointment of Alan J. Lombardo, FACHE, as chief executive officer of Sheltering Arms Institute – a Joint Venture with VCU Health, effective February 1, 2019. “Alan has an extensive and successful history of executive-level healthcare leadership. He has steered […]

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Topping Out Ceremony Marks Major Milestone for Sheltering Arms Institute

December 4, 2018

On Wednesday, November 28, Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System held a topping out ceremony for the new 114-bed rehabilitation facility, Sheltering Arms Institute – a Joint Venture with VCU Health. Patients, staff, and supporters of both organizations as well as construction crew members gathered to celebrate this major milestone toward the project’s completion. […]

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Welcome, Dr. Clanton!

November 1, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Clanton, MD, PhD to the Sheltering Arms physician team full time! Dr. Clanton is a familiar face at Sheltering Arms as he began working with us on a part-time basis in the summer of 2017 while completing a one-year Polytrauma/Brain Injury Fellowship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs […]

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Sheltering Arms and VCU Health System Break Ground on New Rehab Institute

May 15, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (May 15, 2018) — Sheltering Arms and VCU Health System broke ground Tuesday to begin construction on their new 114-bed rehabilitation facility that will be located on 25 acres in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the state Route 288 interchange in Goochland County. Officials and staff […]

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Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System Announce Groundbreaking

May 11, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2018) — Officials from Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System will celebrate the start of construction on a new state-of-the art rehabilitation institute during a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, May 15. Media are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new “Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute – a joint venture with […]

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Power Punch Program in the VHHA REVIEW Magazine

March 23, 2018

Check out our two page spread in Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s REVIEW Magazine, highlighting our new Power Punch Program! The program uses boxing to help people with Parkinson’s Disease manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Celebration of The Power to Overcome

November 17, 2017

Wednesday evening, we had the privilege of honoring the thousands of Virginians, including all of the Sheltering Arms patients, who have found The Power to Overcome illness and injury, as well as the family members, loved ones and healthcare professionals who have helped them along the way. Katie Dupree, a certified broadcast meteorologist for WRIC-TV Channel 8, […]

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October 6, 2017

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a social movement created to ensure that everyone with cerebral palsy has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. Children with developmental disabilities are living longer due to improved technology and healthcare delivery. In response to that, the population of adults with cerebral palsy has increased. Adults with cerebral […]

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