Monthly Archives: October 2009

Sheltering Arms Webcams in the News

stephanie-h1n1webcamsBe sure to tune your TV to the local news tonight, to hear all about Sheltering Arms’ new webcam initiative.  The webcams were purchased and set up to be used by residents of Sheltering Arms’ inpatient facilities at Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center whose loved ones are unable to visit with them due to new restrictions.  The visitation rules, which went into effect today at all area hospitals and are designed to stem the spread of the H1N1 virus, restrict visitors from entering patient areas if they are under 18 years old or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. These restrictions are expected to continue until spring, 2010.

The new webcams allow patients all important contact with their loved ones, even if those loved ones are unable to actually visit face-to-face.  TV stations WTVR-6 and WRIC-8, as well as the Richmond Times-Dispatch, sent journalists to Memorial Regional today for stories on the webcams.  Be sure to tune in your TV tonight at 6pm and 11pm, or set your DVRs!  Also, check out the Richmond Times-Dispatch tomorrow for the story!

Pictured: Sheltering Arms Director of Public Relations Stephanie Sulmer is interviewed by the media today about the organization’s new webcam initiative.


Despite H1N1 Restrictions, Webcams at Sheltering Arms to Keep Family Connections Alive

Starting today, restrictions on patient visitation go into effect place in hospitals across the Central Virginia area, including Sheltering Arms’ inpatient hospitals at Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center. The new rules, put into place due to the H1N1 influenza outbreak, restrict visitors under 18 years old or who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms from entering patient care areas. These restrictions are expected to continue until spring, 2010. More details on who is covered under the restrictions can be found in this Richmond Times-Dispatch article.


Sheltering Arms understands that family support is critical to patient recovery, so we’ve developed a way for restricted visitors to continue to provide support to their loved ones. Starting Monday, webcams will be available to any patient who wishes to visit with family or friends.

Sheltering Arms patients work hard every day to overcome disability from illness or injury, and we want to ensure they receive the love and support they need. These webcams will allow a level of contact that would otherwise be impossible.

Pictures from the 2009 P2O Gala

We have pictures!  Below is a slideshow from the third annual 2009 Power to Overcome Gala, held on September 23 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.  The gala is held as a fundraiser for Club Rec, and marks National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.  Enjoy!

New Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Doc at Sheltering Arms

littauaSheltering Arms is very pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Maria Christina (Christy) Littaua to our physician team.  Dr. Littaua has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines and received her medical degree from the University of the East.  She subsequently completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and was employed in a PM&R practice in Pittsburgh for two years prior to joining Sheltering Arms.   She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Dr. Littaua provides inpatient PM&R consultation services at acute care hospitals throughout the area, and she sees outpatients at the Sheltering Arms Physician Clinic on Maple Avenue.  Her areas of clinical expertise include rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions, such as post-operative joint and back care, rehabilitation of neurologic conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative disease, amputee management, and women’s health.  She also performs electrodiagnostic studies (EMG-NCV) to diagnose various nervous system disorders.

In addition to her clinical interests, Dr. Littaua enjoys spending time with her husband and son.  She also enjoys swimming, photography, music and travel.