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Cortney Hagans
Cortney Hagans
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NAS Oceana Naval Base opened their gates to the public this past weekend, as the highly anticipated Air Show returned to Hampton Roads.  The multitude of people that visited the base during this 2 day event could attest to the amount of excitement that was in the air.  Several vendors and food trucks were assembled along the flight line, accompanied by many service men and women who patrolled the area.  From the flight demonstration team to the jump team and jet trucks, there was so much to see and enjoy.  And of course the riveting performance of the Blue Angels concluded what was already an exceptional show!

This year's theme paid tribute to 50 years of women in naval aviation.  Since "The First Six" earned their wings of gold, these female pioneers went on to pave the way for so many to follow.  Over the years women have grown to assume numerous roles in aviation.  Their positions play an integral part in strengthening and protecting our nation and are worthy of recognition.

The Patient First tent was set up across from the bleacher seating.  We had lots of fun interacting with the attendees and we had a great view of the performances.  People stopped by our tent to chat and get their hands on some free promo items.  The yo-yo's and wooden airplanes appeared to be a big hit for the crowd.  We also offered free blood pressure checks when the noise subsided.

Patient First has been a long time sponsor of the Air Show.  Our deep appreciation for the men and women of service is undeniable and we thank each of you.  The 2023 Air Show was truly an amazing experience and we look forward to seeing each of you in 2024!

Patient First headed to the Diamond to join the Richmond Flying Squirrels for Back to Teaching Night.  This celebration recognized the hard work and dedication of our educators and support staff as we say goodbye to summer break and welcome students back to school.  Local teachers, administrators and staff were admitted free with a valid school ID courtesy of Patient First.  We had a great time interacting with the fans as they stopped by our marketing table to pick up some Patient First swag. Nutzy and Nutasha made a cameo appearance at our table as well.  The Flying Squirrels were kind enough to let us throw the opening pitch and invited us to do a radio interview with their Media Exec.  Our very own, Dr. Cora Owen sat down with Blaine McCormick to talk about some important back to school tips.

The night was eventful and our team had a blast.  Patient First would like to wish teachers, staff and students a safe and healthy school year!

It was a great celebration of Hanover's favorite fruit, as the community gathered together for the annual Hanover Tomato Festival 2023.  Over 12,000 pounds of juicy, ripe tomatoes were packaged and delivered to Pole Green Park for the two day, event filled weekend.  Festival goers were able to purchase tomatoes by the bag or by the box.  From signature tomato-themed dishes to tomato incorporated games, it was apparent that these were certainly a crowd favorite.  With nearly 150 vendors in attendance, a kid zone, a live band, and a DJ, there was definitely something for everyone.

Patient First was excited to join this beloved festival that has been a long time tradition for so many local families.  Many patrons stopped by our tent to get their free blood pressure checks, along with some Patient First swag.  We were happy to share some fun facts on the health benefits of tomatoes with the community.  Not only does this juicy fruit taste great, but its also good for you!

Patient First would like to thank the folks of Hanover County for their wonderful hospitality.  We enjoyed ourselves at the festival and we look forward to seeing you all in 2024!

It was a great weekend in Virginia Beach as the North American Sand Soccer Championship returned to the oceanfront. Over 10,000 participants from all over the world took to the sands to compete in a riveting series of match-ups.  From youth leagues to amateur leagues and pros, this 3 day, highly anticipated event was loaded with talent and a projected attendance of more than 150,000! 

As a strong supporter of healthy living and active lifestyles, Patient First was proud to sponsor this tournament.  Our on-site presence gave us the opportunity to engage with many festival goers and also provide free blood pressure checks.  In an effort to continue to keep our communities safe and healthy, it's always great to know that care is available at Patient First. 

Patient First would like to congratulate all the athletes on a job well done.  It takes grit and tenacity to compete in front of large crowds and every participant displayed that.  Some  people only dream about goals, while others make them, and that is the thrill of the game!  We look forward to seeing everyone back at the sands in 2024!

The Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival returned to downtown Richmond for a weekend of action-packed fun! Held on Brown's Island, the festival celebrates the great outdoors while displaying some of the city's most scenic landmarks and natural resources.

Over 1,000 people signed up to participate in a number of events, including bike trail races, kayaking, paddle boarding, slack lining, rock climbing, boulder smashing, and so much more! This year, Patient First enjoyed the festival from a prime location in front of the air dogs show. This was filled with riveting acts from dogs all over, who literally leapt at the opportunity to strut their stuff. The crowds cheered on the pups in amazement! The energy was great, and there was a lot of excitement surrounding this multi-day festival that brought out more than 100,000 people. 

Patient First truly enjoyed participating in this festival, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

For the very first time Patient First was excited to partner with St. Catherine's School for their annual Daisy Days spring carnival.  With over 40 years of continued success and a favorable forecast, we were definitely in for a treat.  Daisy Days was originally created to bring the community and alumni together, and that's exactly what they did.  The Saturday festivities kicked off with multiple dance performances by K-4th graders.  These performances definitely drew in the crowds.  Once that concluded, the kids were free to roam about the campus and explore the games, activity stations, vendors and food trucks.  Patient First was happy to host the M*A*S*H tent.  Several students approached the tent asking to be wrapped in bandages and gauze and garnished with lots of fake blood. 

Thanks to our wonderful event staff and an awesome group of volunteers, this event was very enjoyable for everyone.   Patient First would like to thank the amazing folks at St. Catherine's for having us this year.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Patient First was excited to team up with the city of Newport News for the second annual Outdoor Enthusiast event.  After a very successful first time event in 2022, there was a lot of anticipation about what 2023 may bring. Held at Newport News Park, this showcased one of the area's many municipal parks.  With live entertainment, fun activities and games, the day was an exciting celebration of the great outdoors.  Canoeing and kayaking were available for free at the reservoir.  There was also zip lining, an obstacle course, rock climbing and laser tag, all scattered throughout the park.  Live entertainment included a DJ, a gator show and lumberjack show.  The only thing missing was the sun! Unfortunately, the event was forced to end early due to inclement weather.  However, we had lots of fun while it lasted!

Patient First would like to thank the city of Newport News for organizing such a great event.  We look forward to joining you again next year!

As we close out the month of March, also known as National Women's History Month, let's take time to recognize a woman who contributes to making the community a better place.  Dr. Elizabeth Jenkins is a Colorado native and received her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1996.  She is board certified in family medicine and joined the Patient First team upon relocating to Virginia in 2002.  Since joining the company, she has worked at multiple Patient First locations in the Richmond region.  In addition to being a provider, she has also served as a trainer for new hires and a number of recertification courses.  She has also taken the time to be interviewed by local media outlets, providing important information on topics to keep the community safe. 

On Saturday, Dr. Jenkins volunteered her time to speak to over 100 girls at the Girls in Medicine Camp-In at the Science Museum of Virginia.  Her topic on eye health was informative, relatable and interactive.  She was able to keep her audience engaged with ease and the crowd appeared motivated.  At the end of her presentation, many girls asked several questions about how to become a doctor.  Dr. Jenkins' favorite thing about being a doctor is helping people and learning new things.  A true measure of success is not always what you do for yourself, but the good you do for others.  Please join me in saluting Dr. Beth Jenkins for all the good she does for our community!

Nutzy's Annual Block Party returned to the Diamond on Saturday, March 4th.  Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the upcoming 2023 Richmond Flying Squirrels' season.  There were several vendors, games and activities for the kids.  Nutzy and several of his character friends joined the excitement, participating in line dances and an autograph signing.  The sun shone brightly, but the winds were swift, making it an overall chilly day.  Fortunately, as the season progresses that tends to usher in the warmer weather. 

This was the first time Patient First participated in this event, but we look forward to repeating this one in 2024. Here's wishing the Richmond Squirrels a great season ahead!


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Jenkins Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia is an ongoing partner of Patient First.  This school understands the importance of reading and focuses on initiatives to not only support the students, but also impact the community.  This year, Jenkins used their donation to purchase books for their book vending machine.  With this machine, students have access to brand new books at their fingertips.  Jenkins also participates in the Books on Bikes program.  This platform allows the children to ride their bikes while delivering books to members of the community.  There are so many great benefits to reading, and it is something that we all can enjoy.  Patient First would like to say "hats off" to Jenkins Elementary for positively impacting its students and the community!