WVU Potomac Valley Hospital receives stroke certification

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Potomac Valley Hospital (PVH) recently achieved certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital - the first critical access hospital in the West Virginia University Health System to achieve this distinction and the third hospital in the state of West Virginia to do so.

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St. Mary's Center for Education to host open house

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St. Mary’s Center for Education, which houses St. Mary’s School of Nursing, St. Mary’s School of Respiratory Care and St. Mary’s School of Medical Imaging, will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the center, 2853 5th Ave., Huntington.

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New Suicide Hotline Could Save Lives

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With a boost from a federal government grant, it looks as though West Virginia is well on its way to being able to launch its three-digit system for giving those with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts quick access to help.

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Qualities that help nurses thrive

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Nursing is a challenging and rewarding field. Nurses are in high demand, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted just how vital these talented medical professionals are.

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How’d You Sleep?

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Why the answer to this everyday question might have greater health significance than you realize.

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WVU surgeons lead changes in operative training

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Surgeons in the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute and Department of Surgery are leading significant changes in the way surgeons learn new procedures by starting a program that offers training using perfused cadavers in the Fresh Tissue Training lab.

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Nurses will be needed

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If you or anyone you know is considering nursing as a career, today is the best possible time to begin your professional education.

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Mon Health SJMH hosts award ceremony

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During the 37th Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Awards Ceremony, Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Stalnaker honored employees for years of service and named the 2021 Employee of the Year as Certified Nursing Aide, Angela Hinter. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 7 at the Hospital.

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Taking more control of sleep apnea

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High-quality sleep is fundamental to your health and happiness. However, for the 10-30 percent of U.S. adults living with sleep apnea, a good night’s rest is not guaranteed.

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Nursing students find motivation, inspiration

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Students at West Virginia University are finding motivation and inspiration for their future careers as nurses, despite the physical and emotional exhaustion the Covid-19 pandemic has caused in the nursing professionals they train with every day.

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New CT machine helps Jefferson Medical see more patients

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Officials at Jefferson Medical Center said outpatients and inpatients will get quicker service thanks to a new advanced computerized tomography machine. An open house was held at the center last Friday to show off the big “CT” scanner device.

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West Virginia Advisory Council on Rare Diseases releases survey

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The West Virginia Advisory Council on Rare Diseases seeks survey participants to help identify the extent of rare diseases in West Virginia. Survey results will be used to improve quality of care and to advise state agencies on research, diagnosis, treatment, and educational needs relating to rare diseases.

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Beckley VAMC partners with Bonnie’s Bus to provide mammograms

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Beckley VAMC Women Veteran Program has partnered with Bonnie’s Bus from WVU Cancer Center to bring mammograms to our women Veterans in a three-part series in 2022, including a stop at the Greenbrier Valley VA Outpatient Clinic at 208 Shamrock Lane in Ronceverte on Apr. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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3D mammography available at Mon Health SJMH

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Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the addition of state-of-the-art Genius 3D mammography exams to its Women’s Health program. Millions of women have benefited from this breakthrough exam.

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33 percent of American adults are at risk for kidney disease

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The WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance and the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies want everyone to take just a minute this March to learn about the risks of kidney disease because millions of people are unaware they have the lifethreatening illness or may be at risk of getting it.

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Building Paths To Better Kidney Care

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For the 37 million adults in the United States living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), research offers promising insights into ways to improve and prolong kidney health.

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WVU expands Beckley nursing program

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The West Virginia University School of Nursing is looking to roughly double the size of its nursing program on its Beckley campus to meet the national growing need for nurses.

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Hospital honored as Red Cross blood partner

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Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital and Mon Health Medical Center have been recognized by the American Red Cross as Premier Blood Partners for their support of the community and national blood supply.

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WVU Medicine Camden Clark recognized nationally for Heart Surgery expertise

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WVU Medicine Camden Clark has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures; the only area hospital to receive this recognition, according to a news release from WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

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Mon Health partners for workforce development program

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Mon Health Medical Center, in partnership with United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, agencies located at Hazel’s House of Hope, and other local organizations, has started a workforce development program to break down barriers and empower systemic change in the community.

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Surprising Ways to Sneak Fresh Veggies into Your Meals!

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With spring right around the corner, we usually tend to start wanting to add veggies to our meals. As unexciting as that may sound, adding fresh veggies to your meal does not have to be so boring! Here are some surprising ways to sneak fresh veggies into your meals!

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Mon Health pulmonologist to be at March 3 health fair

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The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that pulmonologist Roger A. Abrahams, MD, FCCP will be appearing at Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day on Thursday, March 3. He will be making remarks at noon.

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Share the love, and register to be an organ donor

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The WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance is joining Donate Life West Virginia and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to encourage everyone to share the love this Valentine’s Day by registering to be an organ donor on Monday, which is National Donor Day.

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Women: Take control of your heart health

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The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the American Heart Association (AHA) are encouraging all women to take control of their heart health this month, which is American Heart Month.

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You can help reduce your cancer risk

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According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), four out of 10 cancer cases in the U.S. are associated with preventable risk factors. The WVU Cancer Institute is joining the AACR to encourage everyone to do their part to reduce their cancer risk.

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Wetzel County Hospital Goes Live With Virtual ICU

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Earlier this week, on Monday (Jan. 24), WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital, in New Martinsville, went live with a Virtual ICU, in coordination with the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute at J. W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

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Prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes widely seen here

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Prediabetes — a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes — puts people at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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Dr. Rowena Chambers to join WVU Medicine

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Hematologist/Oncologist Rowena Chambers, M.D., is joining WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute at its first location in southern West Virginia. Dr. Chambers will continue to provide care at her existing office located at 218 Undercliff Terrace in Princeton.

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Dr. Rowena Chambers to join WVU Medicine

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Hematologist/Oncologist Rowena Chambers, M.D., is joining WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute at its first location in southern West Virginia. Dr. Chambers will continue to provide care at her existing office located at 218 Undercliff Terrace in Princeton.

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WVU Medicine offers safe walking program

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WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program announced Monday that Walk with Ease, an Arthritis Foundation certified program designed to share strategies for walking safely and comfortably, will be offered locally later this month.

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WVSOM offering free evaluations

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The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is inviting members of the public to receive complimentary osteopathic evaluations and manipulative treatment starting Jan. 19.

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Red Cross reports emergency blood shortage

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As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months, the American Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year, according to a news release.

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WVU Eye Institute offering corneal neurotization

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Surgeons at WVU Medicine are helping to restore something that is essential for healing — pain. In most circumstances, physicians aim to alleviate pain, but for patients who have nerve damage leading to the eye, pain is essential to the preservation of their vision.

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St. Joseph’s Hospital unveils Mobile MRI Unit

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St. Joseph’s Hospital welcomed many to the facility’s campus on Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially recognize their newest addition for expanded patient care—a Mobile MRI Unit.

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Tips to stay healthy for flu season

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Flu season is upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity often begins to increase in October, peaks between December and February and can linger into May.

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Valley Health leadership praises staff

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Valley Health lost a lot of money and a few employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, but thanks to dedicated staff it will able to tackle any upcoming challenges, the healthcare system’s president said Tuesday during the fall corporate meeting.

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Silent epidemic puts 34 million Americans at risk for diabetic foot ulcers

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During American Diabetes Month, Davis Medical Center Wound Care and Broaddus Hospital Wound Care want to remind people with diabetes that they are at a higher risk for non-healing foot wounds – and therefore amputations – than most Americans, and that a wound healing center can provide guidance for prevention and treatment.

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Early detection of lung cancer key for high-risk individuals

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As a recent newcomer to West Virginia — I moved here in 2017 to lead WVU Medicine’s lung cancer program — I’ve been struck by the state’s natural beauty, the kind and welcoming nature of West Virginians, and the can-do spirit that imbues so many of them, especially my patients whom I have been so honored to serve.

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Health insurance enrollment period begins

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Monday marked the first day of this year’s open enrollment period for health insurance, and one non-profit that assists West Virginians with purchasing health insurance is excited about this year.

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Local man to head state nurse anesthetist association

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Kellon Smith, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who grew up in Keyser and currently resides in New Creek, was recently introduced as the 2021-22 president of the 628-member West Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WVANA).

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Talk To Your Kids About The Dangers Of Flavored Tobacco

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After a year and a half of remote learning and social distancing, kids are back to socializing after school and between classes. A return to school also means kids are once again exposed to the dangers of vaping and flavored tobacco products, which could worsen with a return to in-person learning.

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WIC highlights Safe Sleep Awareness Month

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is encouraging parents and caregivers to follow the ABCs of safe sleep practices as part of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month.

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West Virginia Breast and Cervical Screening Program celebrates milestone

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Congress’ establishment of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which provided the initial funding for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), a partnership of the WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Public Health.

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Beckley nonprofit invests in medical device invention

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A medical device company whose innovation improves bariatric surgery procedures has secured a $175,000 angel investment from the nonprofit Country Roads Angel Network (CRAN) of Beckley, the state’s only accredited angel investment network.

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Donors continue to drive new children's hospital at WVU

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On a brilliant, sun-kissed autumn day a couple of hours removed from Morgantown, Amy Bush took a few minutes to describe the warmth emanating from donors' hearts as the WVU Medicine Children's "Grow Children" capital campaign marches inexorably toward its goal.

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West Virginia Breast and Cervical Screening Program celebrates milestone

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Congress’ establishment of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which provided the initial funding for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), a partnership of the WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Public Health.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon held in Lewis County

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Survivors, medical professionals, guests, and Lewis County CEOS members gathered at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Weston on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon. The event was outdoors again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WV health survey aims to better inform policy makers to help deliver resources

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A new, biennial West Virginia population-based health survey — the Mountain State Assessment of Trends in Community Health — will gather information to help health officials and policy makers better understand the critical health needs of all 55 West Virginia counties with the goal of directing resource allocations to communities that need them most.

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New data show teen vaping declined with school closures

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More than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students reported that they are using e-cigarettes, a drop from last year as many students were forced into remote learning as a result of the pandemic, according to the government's annual National Youth Tobacco Survey.

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Healthcare Hero: Laura Mileto

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As Fairmont Regional Medical Center was shutting its operation in 2020, Laura Mileto was one of the employees hanging around to help however she could, even with cleaning the building.

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ARH has prayer event

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Sam Stacy, ARH director of chaplain services, coordinated a “Pray for Appalachia” event at noon Friday in front of area ARH hospitals.

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WVU Medicine welcomes orthopedic surgeon

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WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians recently announced that M. Leslie Golden, III, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, has joined WVU Medicine Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Charles Town.

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Pilot treatment program for pregnant, postpartum women awarded to W.Va.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health was awarded one of four grants under the State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW-PLT) from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Mon Health performs Monarch robotic procedure

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New innovation that holds promise to fight lung cancer is now in use at Mon Health, with Dr. Parag Chaudhari’s first three robotic bronchoscopy cases successfully completed at Mon Health Medical Center.

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Mace of SJMH encouraging donations

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The Hospitals of the Mon Health System collaborate throughout the year with The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) to provide hope for recipients, and to make a difference in patients’ lives

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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute receives national ECMO recognition

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The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute has received the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Gold Level Center of Excellence Award, which recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction, and ongoing clinical care.

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VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines, as the aggressive delta variant spreads across the nation and some communities report troubling increases in hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.

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WMC Auxiliary presents $60,000 check

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At one time in its history, the Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary had 175 members, not to mention a healthy presence of as many as 75 “volunteens” who helped with the organization’s activities.

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Hearts on Their Sleeves

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Dr. Carol Pina, a pediatrician at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, and Susan Abdella, director of Emergency Medical Operations, presented the Belpre Soccer Club Monday with a check for $2,000 for an AED defibrillator in the event of a cardiac emergency on the field.

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5 ways to keep your heart safe in extreme heat

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With many areas of the country facing triple digit temperatures and summer heat and humidity elsewhere, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, is urging people to take extra steps to protect their hearts.

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Lyme disease on the rise

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Dr. Mark E. Rogers has recently seen as many as four cases of Lyme disease daily at WVU Urgent Care at Suncrest Towne Centre, one indication that the tick-borne illness is on the rise in Monongalia County.

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Mon Health and DASCO enter joint venture

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Mon Health Equipment and Supplies and a national leader in durable medical equipment, DASCO Home Medical Equipment, have entered a joint venture to build a stronger more expansive company to better benefit the communities we serve across North Central West Virginia.

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Mon Health Medical Center reaccredited as HeartCARE Center

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For the second year in a row, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has reaccredited Mon Health Medical Center as a HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence for 2021. Mon Health Medical Center is the only hospital in West Virginia to receive this honor.

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Why you shouldn’t delay skin cancer screening

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This summer, as more Americans become vaccinated and temperatures rise, you may be ready to break quarantine and head outside. But this year, it’s more important than ever to remember to prioritize your skin’s health.

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State launches new breastfeeding initiative

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A coalition of state departments and related agencies have come together to develop a program to support mothers who want to take time to breastfeed their infant at their child's daycare center.

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Blood donors urgently needed

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The American Red Cross has a severe blood shortage. All blood types are needed, especially type O. Donations are crucial to support patients’ ongoing medical needs and unforeseen emergencies, including those at WVU Medicine hospitals, especially as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries rise.

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Red Cross Blood Drives 2021

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Below is a list of Red Cross Blood Drives. For the last 14 years, WVVA, Ramey Auto Group and The American Red Cross have partnered up to remind everyone the importance of giving blood.

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WV Caring needs volunteers

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As the community emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown, there are many people who did not have the opportunity to choose isolation. The staff at West Virginia Caring continued to care for patients and their families throughout the entire pandemic.

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US deaths from heart disease and diabetes climbed amid COVID

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The U.S. saw remarkable increases in the death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020, and experts believe a big reason may be that many people with dangerous symptoms made the lethal mistake of staying away from the hospital for fear of catching the coronavirus.

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Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care program announced

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education (ECE) on Tuesday announced the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation for West Virginia childcare providers.

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“Blood Bash” returns as need for donations is critical

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Summer is often a crucial time for blood donations since that’s when they typically drop off. So, it comes as great news that one of the area’s most well known and longest-running blood drives is back following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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House Call: Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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With summer around the corner, we continue our discussion about the importance of sunscreen. Joining us tonight for Skin Cancer Awareness Month is Gretchen Hennigan, nurse navigator and certified oncology nurse at the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center.

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WVU Medicine recruits Dr. Christopher Mascio to lead Children’s Heart Center

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WVU Medicine is pleased to announce that Christopher E. Mascio, M.D., will lead pediatric cardiac services for WVU Medicine Children’s, serving as the executive director of the new WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center and division chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

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Winners of Kids Kick Opioids contest announced

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced nine students from central and southeastern West Virginia as regional winners of the office’s fifth Kids Kick Opioids contest, a public service announcement partnership with elementary and middle schools that encourages students to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.

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Hospital turns 10

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When Valley Health opened its new Hampshire Memorial Hospital 10 years ago, Dr. Don Jansen made a promise.

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Heart study: Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective

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An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes.

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WV man becomes oldest organ donor In U.S. history

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The Center for Organ Recovery & Education announced Monday, May 10, that it recovered the liver from the oldest recorded organ donor in U.S. history, 95-year-old Cecil F. Lockhart of Welch, West Virginia, who died May 4.

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WVU Medicine to open clinic in Glenville

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Residents of Glenville and Gilmer County will have better access to WVU Medicine’s specialty care when the health system opens a clinic at the Waco Center near Glenville State College.

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