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Richmond’s first veterinary radiation cancer treatment center opens its doors

The center, a collaboration between FETCH A Cure and The Oncology Service, is located in the Near West End.

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Guests and supporters of FETCH a Cure and The Oncology Service (TOS) joined together on Tuesday to commemorate a new veterinary Advanced Radiation Treatment Center, the first of its kind in Richmond.

This radiation treatment center is operated by TOS and represents a collaboration between FETCH a Cure–a Richmond-based non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness, to educate and provide pet owners greater access to information about pet cancer and senior care–and TOS.  This advanced radiation treatment center is the only one of its kind within 100 miles of Richmond. Patients will have access to these new advances as well as the support of the specialists at Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Richmond. The oncology facility will start seeing patients in mid-November.

The Oncology Service is an oncology-exclusive practice specifically dedicated to providing the most advanced, evidence-based veterinary cancer care to pets with cancer and their caretakers.

“We are excited to welcome The Oncology Service and their new Advanced Radiation Treatment Center here at FETCH a Cure,” said Joanne Silverman, Executive Director of FETCH a Cure. “This facility represents a collaboration between our two organizations to ensure that the best and most advanced treatment facilities and options are available to the Richmond community and its surrounding areas.”

“Our patients will now be able to receive state of the art oncology care from TOS and compassionate support from FETCH a Cure to improve quality of life,” said Dr. Chand Khanna, CEO of The Oncology Service.

The new technologies at the center include a GE 8-slice CT scanner for advanced three-dimensional imaging and a state-of-the-art Varian linear accelerator capable of advanced radiation techniques. With this new equipment, TOS is able to perform the most conformal radiation treatment which allows for precise treatment of tumors in far fewer treatment sessions than is conventionally needed.

The facility is located at 5711 Staples Mill Road in the Near West End.

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MEDARVA Foundation opens interactive medical science learning space at Short Pump Town Center

The center, open through the end of August, will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

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The MEDARVA Foundation has opened Surgeon Immersion, an experiential center at Short Pump Town Center, during the month of August. Admission-free, the center will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

“We are excited to celebrate MEDARVA Healthcare’s 70th anniversary by bringing our mission directly to the community,” said Joanne Whiley, chair of MEDARVA Healthcare’s Board of Directors. “We were well known as the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital for our first fifty years. This is a great opportunity to educate the community on the ways we have evolved since and how we provide service today.”

MEDARVA Healthcare is the last Richmond-based, independent, non-profit health system, operating MEDARVA Surgery Centers at Stony Point and West Creek, MEDARVA Imaging Center, MEDARVA Low Vision Center, and the MEDARVA Foundation.

“The MEDARVA Foundation has been quietly funding medical research at VCU Medical School and UVA Medical School, among others, as well as supporting other local nonprofits that provide direct care to the medically underserved,” explained Cheryl Jarvis, chair of the MEDARVA Foundation Board of Directors.  “But during the pandemic, we started to see the need to support younger scientific researchers as they first start out in middle and high school.  The level of work these students are performing is amazing, and when we started to think about how we could highlight them and inspire others, we developed the idea of a community space that would engage and educate.”

MEDARVA Foundation’s Surgeon Immersion will be open every day in August from Short Pump Town Center’s opening until 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays) and includes a state-of-the-art digital cadaver table, and simulated surgery kiosks, 2022 Science Fair winning projects, children vision screenings, and more.

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PHOTOS: Local collective launches handmade, curated wedding concept featuring 20 local female artisans

The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards.

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On the list of things that spark universal joy, a wedding is unparalleled. Weddings are a time for magic. They are as unique and personal as the happy couple. Pop of Confetti wants to help brides celebrate the magic of the moment with the ultimate bridal experience. That’s why year-round artisan market Pop of Confetti has released its own bridal collection called “Pop Bride.”

The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards. The brand’s new integrated wedding concept will be shoppable in-store and online.

“No matter where brides are getting hitched or throwing a bachelorette, they can infuse local love into their celebrations,” said Pop of Confetti owner Allison Smith-Mackey, MBA. “I’m really excited to help brides live out their big, bold wedding dreams with custom elements from our creative community of local artisans.”

The Pop Bride collection also includes a curated collection of bridal clutches, bridal party Straws, bridal party earrings, disco ball cups, and more. Additionally, brides can unlock exclusive wedding offers with local businesses: Cirrus Vodka, JC Desserts, nudeFX spray tanning, Chelsea Schmidt Photography, DJ Anthony Bryan, Boka Tako, Richmond Flower Truck, and Society 11:11 hair and makeup.

When a bride or a loved one signs up for the Pop Bride email list, they will receive special discount codes. Brides can also host bridal showers and bachelorette parties in-store at 3422 West Cary Street, complete with cupcakes, champagne, and shopping deals. Pop of Confetti is a photo and event destination all its own complete with a confetti bar, a rainbow staircase, and a photo wall decked out in shimmering colorful tulle, all created by owner Smith-Mackey.

“Inviting local business partners and friends helps us fulfill our greater goal of uplifting the community,” Smith-Mackey says. “It’s a bonus that it will make things more streamlined for our Pop Brides.”

Smith-Mackey is the bright personality who founded the Pop of Confetti brand. She is an artist with a mission to uplift other artists and small business owners, honored with a recent “Rising Star” award by Richmond Region Tourism. Pop of Confetti has long-term partnerships with nonprofits Celebrate RVA and Girls for A Change. Both Richmond-based nonprofits receive 5% of all online purchases made with Pop. Additionally, Pop of Confetti customers can add $1 to their carts to support either or both nonprofits. Pop’s nonprofit partners benefit from additional fundraising opportunities through its curated events.

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Majority of employers experiencing negative impact due to inflation, according To latest Virginia CEO survey

CEOs expect sales and employment to increase some, but capital spending to remain flat over the next six months.

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Eighty-four percent of CEOs are experiencing a negative impact on their business due to inflation. In addition to the current impact of inflation, 55% expect inflation to continue to rise above current levels over the next six months. That’s the latest from the quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Survey conducted by the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business and the Virginia Council of CEOs.

“The survey results suggest that CEOs have felt a considerable negative impact from inflationary pressures and, as a result, are less optimistic overall about the next six months,” said Rich Boulger, associate dean at the Robins School, who administers the survey and collects the responses.

“It is no surprise that inflation is hurting small businesses,” said Scot McRoberts, executive director of VACEOs. “The entrepreneurs I work with continue to adapt to challenging conditions, but I have seen their optimism dim in recent months.”

Fifty-nine percent of CEOs expect sales to increase, with 28% expecting at least a 10% increase, while 52% expect employment to increase over the next six months.

The survey found expectations over the next six months for sales and employment were both positive, although expectations were down compared with the end of Q1 2022.

More than half (59%) of CEOs indicated that they expect sales to increase over the next six months.

  • 6% expected sales to be “significantly higher.”
  • 53% expected sales to be “higher.”
  • 13% expected sales to be “lower.”
  • 28% indicated they expected no change.

Thirty-one percent of CEOs expect capital spending to increase over the next six months (similar to last quarter), while 25% expect capital spending to decrease. More than 43% expect capital spending to remain flat.

Fifty-two percent of respondent CEOs expect employment to increase over the next six months. Additionally, 38% expect employment to remain flat while only 11% expect employment to fall.

Taken as a whole, the results pertaining to sales, capital spending, and employment are less positive than in the first quarter of 2022 with the overall Economic Outlook Index decreasing (81.3 versus 98.1) relative to the results from the end of Q1 2022.

Additionally, CEOs were again asked if the war in Ukraine and other world events have resulted in supply chain interruptions, which negatively impacted their business. They reported the following impact on their business:

  • No impact: 33%
  • A minor negative impact: 43%
  • A significant negative impact: 24%

For additional information about the CEO Economic Outlook Survey and a specific breakdown of the data, click here.

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