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Cortney Hagans
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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!

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Schools lay at the heart of the community as the constant link that tie people together. Each year Patient First donates to multiple schools in the Mid-Atlantic region to help support the needs of its students.  This year Maude Trevette Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia decided to focus their donation on the purchase of ukeleles.  Music instruction is a great way to help regulate emotions and focus on social and emotional development.  It also creates community, a sense of achievement, and is a great way to build self-confidence.  We hope that these musical instruments allow the kids a comfortable form of self-expression, while creating enjoyable interactions amongst their peers.

Making our way downtown on the streets of Richmond, Virginia for the 39th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade-- what better way to get you in the holiday spirit than a community coming together to spread a little Christmas cheer!

Patient First was excited to be one of 93 parade participants involved this year.  Our wonderful staff came out to volunteer their time and assist with carrying  the giant Abby Cadabby balloon.  Abby is a fairy in training from Sesame Street that was 35 feet long.  This required a bit of determination and a lot of teamwork, especially with an unfavorable forecast. Rain was predicted to begin right before the start of the parade and continue until early afternoon.  With fingers crossed and high hopes for sunshine, the weather did exactly what it said it would.  Parade goers lined the streets with tents, ponchos and umbrellas, cheering us on as we made a splash down the over two mile parade route. Despite the rain, we were still able to have a fun, and memorable experience.  We cannot wait to see what's in store for year 40!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Colors changing, leaves crunching-- what better way to welcome fall than the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival!  Located on 60 acres of farmland in the city of Hampton, there were lots of activities for the kids at this 2-day event.  There were food trucks, live music, pumpkin chunkin', face painting, a pumpkin patch, a playground, hayrides and of course, a visit with the animals.  Some of the kids arrived in their costumes anticipating Halloween.

This was the first year that Patient First participated in this event.  With so much to see and do, we can't wait to see what's in store for next year.  We enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you all in 2023!

Nuckols Farm Elementary School was excited to bring back their annual Fall Festival for the 2022-2023 school year.  This was a fun event for the families to enjoy.  From rock climbing to cake walks, a silent auction and bounce houses, there were so many activities for the kids and kids at heart..  Many families dropped by the Patient First table to pick up some goodies, and our very own physician assistant from the Midlothian center was in attendance with her daughter.

As a community partner, Patient First was delighted to attend this event to promote health and wellness.   We all enjoyed ourselves and look forward to joining the Nuckols Farm community next year!