Southside Region and AHEC

Discover Virginia’s Southside Region and AHEC

South of Richmond

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The Southside Virginia AHEC is located at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Virginia.

 

Health Care Workforce in the Southside Region

The Southside Virginia AHEC (SVAHEC) serves 15 counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex, and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg.The Southside Virginia AHEC serves 15 counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex, and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg.

The SVAHEC partners with several academic institutions such as Southern Virginia Community College, Danville Community College, Old Dominion University, and Longwood University. In addition, the SVAHEC collaborates with local schools and community health agencies such as Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital to support diverse health-related events.

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (AHEC)

The Southside Area Health Education Center is hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in junction with the Center of Nursing Excellence located in South Boston, Virginia.

Health Careers: The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center works to expand the health care workforce through resume building, job placement, and the promotion of health careers such as nursing, medication/nurse aides, phlebotomy, and more. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center offers interactive health care skills experiences via Center of Nursing Excellence tours, participation in health, career, and college fairs for high school and other pre-college level students

Health Professions Students: The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center conducts over 200 hours annually in clinical simulations for health professions students using a variety of real world scenarios, such as labor and delivery, emergency response, and mental health. The SVHEC also hosts resourceful events to expose students to trending health concerns and diverse community populations to foster future engagement and networking within the Southside Virginia Region

Health Professionals: Southern Virginia Higher Education Center teaches American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care for professionals, students, and community members to earn certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).  In addition, disseminates information on health care issues and participates in community-based research

Communities: The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center responds to local health needs such as disasters, hunger, and health awareness and also participates in interprofessional relationships to tackle current and emerging health issues such as cardiovascular health and substance abuse.

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

820 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Website: svhec.org/healthcareers
Phone: (434) 572-5443

Ferren Pannell, MSN, RN - AHEC Director
Phone: (434) 572-5443
ferrenpannell@svhec.org 

 

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Ferren Pannell, Retired US Air Force Staff Sargent and master's level nurse, is the manager for the Center of Nursing Excellence.

Ferren was raised in Halifax County and is a graduate of Halifax County High School. After graduation, she joined the United States Air Force and was stationed across the United States and the world as an Aviation Resource Manager. She retired in 2008 as a Staff Sergeant.

After separating from the military, she pursued a career in nursing, completing the RN diploma program at Danville Regional School of Nursing. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlin University and a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health from Grand Canyon University.

Live, Work and Play in the Southside Region

Visit the Discover Halifax Virginia & South Boston website for exciting places to visit in Halifax County; go camping, fishing, boating and hiking at Occoneechee State Park; take a tour of the historic Staunton River Battlefield State Park bordering Charlotte and Halifax counties; or visit the South Boston Speedway to watch NASCAR drivers train and race around a short track.

 

Counties and Cities in the Southside Region

The Southside region includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex, and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg.

 

District Health Organizations and Hospitals

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital
Crater Health District 
Piedmont Health District
Southside Health District
Centra Southside Community Hospital
Poplar Springs Hospital
John Randolph Medical Center 
Southside Regional Medical Center

Community Health Centers (CHC)

Amelia Health Care Center
8920 Otterburn Road
Amelia Court House
Amelia, VA 23002
Phone: (804) 561-5150

Charlotte Primary Care
165 Legrande Avenue
Charlotte Court House
Charlotte, VA 23923
Phone: (434) 542-5560

Health Center for Women and Families
833 Buffalo Street
Suite 200
Farmville, VA 23901
Phone: (434) 392-8177

Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center
4260 Crossings Boulevard
Suite 2
Prince George, VA 23875
Phone: (804) 452-5800

Ivor Medical Center
8575 Ivor Road
Ivor, VA 23866
Phone: (757) 859-6161

Ken Care
119 7th Avenue
Kenbridge, VA 23944
Phone: (434) 676-9355

Mannboro Medical Center
8631 Namozine Road
Amelia Court House
Amelia, VA 23002
Phone: (804) 567-4333

PATHS Medical Center
380 Washington Street
Boydton, VA 23917
Phone: (434) 738-6420

PATHS Medical Center
1627 Seymour Drive
South Boston, VA 24592
Phone: (434) 575-1336

Petersburg Health Care Alliance
541 S. Sycamore Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone: (804) 957-9601

Southern Dominion Family Dentistry
1685 K-V Road
Victoria, VA 23974
Phone: (434) 696-4180

Southern Dominion Health System Counseling & Behavioral Services
1685 K-V Road
Victoria, VA 23974
Phone: (434) 696-2319

Southern Dominion Health System

1508 KV Road, PO Box 70
Victoria, VA 23974
Phone: (434) 696-2165

Southside Community Health Center
8380 Boydton Plank Road
Alberta, VA 23821
Phone: (804) 949-7211

Stony Creek Community Health Center
12454 Hartley Street
Stony Creek, VA 23882
Phone: (434) 246-6100

Waverly Medical Center
344 W. Main Street
Waverly, VA 23890
Phone: (804) 834-8871

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