Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot

Elizabeth Simpson

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Elizabeth:

A walk across Spain, a thank-you to those who shared your stories, and a farewell to readers

After writing 30 years of writing stories for The Virginian-Pilot, health writer Elizabeth Simpson bids farewell. → Read More

Sentara Norfolk General ranks first in region, third in state, annual report says

An annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report ranked Sentara Norfolk General Hospital first in Hampton Roads, third in the state and 52nd in the nation. The top two → Read More

Anthem re-enters 42 markets in Virginia's Affordable Care Act exchange, including Hampton Roads

Anthem has notified state insurance officials it will re-enter the individual insurance market in 42 localities in Virginia, including Hampton Roads, which will increase options and competition to the area. → Read More

Virginia Beach mother honors memory of daughter by opening therapy center for autistic children

A Virginia Beach mother opened The Eliza Hope Therapy Center in June to honor her daughter, who died at 4. Eliza, who had autism and epilepsy, died Nov. 11, 2016. → Read More

Teen who developed large hands and feet finds the cause: A tumor in his skull

Tyler White welcomed a growth spurt in high school. But when that was followed by carpal tunnel, shooting pains in his wrists and swollen looking hands and feet, he had → Read More

Losing his parents to suicide leads Virginia Beach man to Emotions Anonymous to ease depression and anxiety

Emotions Anonymous groups use a 12-step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to get a better handle on emotions like anxiety, depression and panic. → Read More

Sentara increases financial support to EVMS

Sentara Healthcare triples financial support to Eastern Virginia Medical School during the next five years to bolster research, education and quality initiatives. → Read More

Bon Secours Mercy Health will be new name of merged Catholic hospital systems

Bon Secours Mercy Health will be the new name of two Catholic hospital systems that are merging this fall, the companies announced Monday. → Read More

People who languished for years at Eastern State Hospital and psych units transition back to community in Suffolk

A new housing option in Suffolk, Tidewater Cove, is an assisted living facility renovated for people who are making a transition back to the community from psychiatric units and Eastern → Read More

Local hospitals recommend masks as flu hits widespread level in Virginia

The flu is in its third week at a widespread level in Virginia, and Thursday local hospitals issued a recommendation that visitors and patients to hospitals and medical facilities wear → Read More

Community health advocate hits social media jackpot with video about booster seats

Child safety booster seats may not seem like viral material, but a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School got an unexpected surge of shares for a video posted on the → Read More

Patients as consumers: Woman with metastasized breast cancer asks questions, takes CT scans home

In March, Anthem will begin requiring patients to seek MRI and CT scans from free-standing facilities when possible. The move could save dollars, but some health professionals worry about fragmenting → Read More

Norfolk trauma surgeon explains how a bystander can "stop the bleed" after mass shootings

A "Stop the Bleed" campaign was launched by a trauma surgeon after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The idea is to train bystanders to stop the flow of blood → Read More

Your Health | Running, confidence, mental wellness, Girls on the Run promotes all 3

Girls on the Run is an organization that started more than two decades ago in North Carolina. Every week, some 900 girls in Hampton Roads are running their hearts out → Read More

Hospital nurseries answer the call of fretful cries as number of drug-exposed babies rises across Virginia

The number of drug-exposed babies born in Virginia has steadily increased during the past decade, along with a condition called "neonatal abstinence syndrome," which is when a baby experiences withdrawal → Read More

Health insurance open enrollment brings eye-popping increases for some, but not for all

The Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace opened for enrollment on Wednesday and runs through Dec. 15. People who don't qualify for subsidies and tax credits can expect double-digit premium rate → Read More

Your Health | October is key time for a flu vaccine, and also consider vaccines to protect against shingles and HPV

I bet you’d read this if I said studies show chocolate is good for you. → Read More

"Will it ever be over?”: After the accident, there's pain and guilt

“It’s not just physical care, but emotional support. I want to do that for someone else if I can.” → Read More

"Will it ever be over?” Local support group pulls trauma victims through journey of pain, guilt and recovery

We see headlines every day of people in traumatic events, life-changing missteps that unfold in an instant. We often turn our eyes from the headlines just as the victims regain → Read More

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters forms alliance with U.Va. pediatricians

The alliance brings together pediatric specialists from CHKD in Norfolk and U.Va. in Charlottesville to develop best practices and pool resources. → Read More