This spring, DVACO employees stepped away from their desk, rolled up their sleeves and volunteered! At Shepard’s Shelf Food Pantry, DVACO Volunteers spent a beautiful Spring Day weeding and prepping 17 garden beds for planting. At the Deaver Wellness Farm, the DVACO Volunteers conducted harvesting, weeding, and planting. Since its conception in 2016, this farm has harvested 13,000 pounds of produce, which is then graciously provided to patients, visitors, and employees. Thank you to all the volunteers for your help in keeping these local gardens and farms flourishing. We are honored to be part of ensuring our local communities have access to fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
National Doctors Day
March 30th marked National Doctors Day! This special observance gave us the opportunity to recognize and thank our dedicated and diligent physicians for all that they do for patients and the community. The DVACO would like to extend its gratitude to our own Dr. Mark Angelo, as well as all of our 2,000+ affiliated physicians at Main Line and Jefferson Health Systems. We want to thank you not only for the invaluable care that you provide patients, but also for your partnership with the DVACO. Because of our mission-driven physicians, we are able to continually provide high quality, value based care in our region!
Let us also use this day as a reminder to schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider and join in on all the health benefits that comes from a routine visit! Did you know that studies have shown if you have a primary care doctor, you are more likely to live a longer, healthier life? It’s true! Primary care providers are with you through it all- trained to care for your health over time and equipped to help you prevent disease through proactive health screening and lifestyle modifications, too. Don’t forget to schedule your appointment today and thank your physician for #NationalDoctorsDay !
Social Work Month
The Delaware Valley ACO is joining the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in celebrating this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme #SocialWorkBreaksBarriers! This theme highlights how social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles and aid to help others live life to their fullest potential.
Social work is a vital part of the care we provide across the DVACO network. Our social workers support our patients by addressing a full range of bio-psychosocial issues that impact overall well-being. From alleviating barriers to care to connecting patients to critical community resources, this special team works tirelessly to drive significant, positive changes across our patient population! We are thrilled to share this heart-felt testimonial from a patient who worked with one of our social workers.
“My social worker was wonderful! We developed a trusting relationship which permitted me to tell her what my fears were and how I was feeling and where I was “stuck”. This enabled us to work together to develop a plan and break it down into increments to help me move forward. She was always there when I needed her. To know her support, kindness, understanding and professional ability were there for me assisted me to get back to a productive life with tools to handle the problems I would be facing long term was absolutely a gift that was given to me. I no longer feel weak and scared. I know I am strong and can handle whatever comes my way! This program and more so, my social worker, have been a blessing in my life at a time when I could’ve continued to spiral downwards. Instead, I have become a strong confident woman who has the tools to succeed in life.
During Social Work Month, we urge you to educate yourselves about this amazing profession and thank the social workers in your lives!
DVACO Celebrates Heart Month
Please join the DVACO in celebrating #HeartMonth! Throughout the month of February, we will be focusing our attention on the ways we can promote heart health. With thanks to research and innovation, the healthcare community has learned that encouraging and guiding our patients to engage in healthy habits and to take charge of their existing medical conditions can aid in the prevention of heart disease and lower the risk of heart disease developing. The DVACO is proud to have a network of skilled clinicians and qualified health coaches to screen, raise awareness, educate, and encourage lifestyle changes to help our patients live longer, fuller, and healthier lives- free of heart disease!