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Sheltering Arms names Chief Medical Officer for forthcoming facility in Short Pump

Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, announced this week 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 leader on the Sheltering Arms Institute project.

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Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, announced this week 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 leader on the Sheltering Arms Institute project.

Kunz earned his bachelor of science in psychobiology and a master’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he holds his doctorate of medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he completed a clinical fellowship in brain injury rehabilitation.

“We are confident that Dr. Kunz will successfully lead the continued development of a transdisciplinary rehabilitation team that delivers on our vision to reinvent rehabilitation for a life beyond limits,” said Alan Lombardo, CEO of Sheltering Arms Institute. “His leadership experience in medicine, hospital operations, and administration will be valuable assets. Additionally, his enthusiasm for advancing person-centered care and elevating the quality of rehabilitation care will play a leading role for the organization.”

Scheduled to open summer 2020, the new rehabilitation facility situated on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the state Route 288 interchange in Goochland County. The joint venture combines the strengths of both organizations to provide exceptional care for individuals who have survived strokes, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, as well as those in need of general rehabilitation for various neurological diseases and disorders.

Sheltering Arms and VCU Health will consolidate several of their locations to create one 114-bed hospital. Sheltering Arms Institute will combine 68 beds from Sheltering Arms’ two inpatient hospitals, located in Midlothian and Mechanicsville, with 46 beds from VCU Medical Center located in downtown Richmond. All outpatient services for both organizations will operate separately for now and into the foreseeable future.

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Infill development near Pump Road and John Rolfe Parkway delayed after concerns from neighbors

The development, which would add 28 homes to a strip of vacant land created by the realignment of Pump Road years back, has been delayed due to resident concerns around traffic, safety, and density.

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A 28-home development on two scraps of leftover land in Western Henrico are struggling to gain approval from the Board of Supervisors, as the case was deferred amid opposition from residents.

The planned development would add 28 homes to two parcels on either side of John Rolfe Parkway. The two parcels, sandwiched between John Rolfe Parkway and the sprawling suburbs that surround them, are currently zoned for agriculture – a holdover from the area’s rural past.

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University of Richmond adds new course opportunities for 2022-2023 school year

These changes include launching the Africana Studies program and adding minors in sustainability and data science and statistics.   

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The University of Richmond has announced curriculum changes that will provide new academic opportunities for students and faculty in the 2022–23 academic year. These changes include launching the Africana Studies program and adding minors in sustainability and data science and statistics.

Africana Studies

The Africana Studies program will launch this fall with a variety of courses and programming in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The program explores the complex socio-political landscapes, economic structures, and cultural traditions that shape, impact, and stem from the African diaspora.

“The push for this program was strong, and students will now be able to major, minor, and receive degrees in Africana Studies,” said Ernest McGowen, Africana Studies program coordinator. “It is a great opportunity to direct one’s studies towards their interests and fulfill our liberal arts mission.”

Africana Studies courses during the fall semester include “Introduction to Africana Studies” and a “Rumors of War” seminar, which will examine the history of slavery and colonization before and after 1492 and how they shape the African diaspora. The program is housed in the School of Arts & Sciences, but students may take elective courses across disciplines in A&S, the Robins School of Business, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science, and Statistics

This summer, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science became two separate departments — Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The change is a result of growing interest in the fields of statistics, mathematical economics, and computer science. Students can now minor in data science and statistics, which focuses on collecting, understanding, and presenting data from a variety of different domains and contexts.

“Within this minor, students explore everything from data-oriented programming to the ability to identify and address the ethical and privacy concerns regarding data analysis,” said statistics professor Taylor Arnold, data science program coordinator.

Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Starting this academic year, the Department of Geography and the Environment will become the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability. Sustainability will also be offered as a minor, allowing students to explore sustainability through the lens of acting for positive change.

“We have seen a surge of deep interest over the past few years with students interested in topics related to sustainability and the climate crisis,” said Todd Lookingbill, department chair. “So many of our students want to work toward improving conditions that foster the well-being of people and the environment, and this new minor will allow more of our students to explore this critical area.”

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Henrico families can get a jump on the upcoming school year at the 2022 Back-to-School Kickoff

This year’s event will be at Glen Allen High School from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Families can enjoy music, food trucks, and games, register for school, talk with HCPS leaders, and more.

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While school starts on Monday, August 29th, a week earlier than previous years, HCPS families can get a jump start on the new school year Friday, August 19th at the annual HCPS Back-to-School Kickoff. This year’s event will be at Glen Allen High School from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Families can enjoy music, food trucks, and games, register for school, talk with HCPS leaders, and more.

Shuttle services from Henrico, Highland Springs, and Varina high schools will run every 15 minutes starting at 3:45 p.m. Parents are encouraged to reserve a seat here.

Glen Allen High School is located at 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen.

For more information, please contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement at 804-226-5340.

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