WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Huntley joins statewide research institute

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mary J. Huntley, M.P.H., has been named assistant director for operations of the [...]

Former hockey hopeful to help visually impaired children lace up their skates and take the ice

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mark DeMontis was a teenager when his dreams of playing professional hockey were dashed by a rare condition that left him legally blind. Now, at 25, he is the CEO of Courage Canada, which provides opportunities for blind and visually impaired children to get on the ice and play hockey. DeMontis will work with West Virginia children participating in the West Virginia University Eye Institute’s Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) Summer Institute through June 19. Friday, DeMontis will join the campers on the ice of the IceoPlex at Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pa. at 2 p.m. The hockey sessions are sponsored by the CVRP, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will provide gift bags for each child. On Monday (June 18), he will speak to campers at the Bridgeport United Methodist Church on Worthington Drive. After his visit, DeMontis will visit the Eye Institute at 2 p.m. He will return to the IceoPlex on Tuesday (June 19) to spend the day with the campers. In 2004, DeMontis signed a one-year AAA hockey contract with the hope of playing in the NCAA on an athletic scholarship after high school. Three months later, he was diagnosed with Leber’s Optic Neuropathy, a rare genetic condition. At the age of 21, he founded Courage Canada and became the youngest CEO in Canada. Today, the organization has more than 200 visually impaired youth from across the nation participating in learn-to-skate and blind hockey programs. [...]

School of Nursing’s Marcischak a Jonas Scholar

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence has named West Virginia University Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) student Terri Birkhimer Marcischak, R.N., M.S.N., a 2012-2014 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program aims to boost the number of doctorate-level faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide and provides financial assistance and programs in leadership development to scholars. In selecting scholars, the Center considers commitment to leadership development, mentoring and research, among other criteria. Over the next two academic years, Marcischak will be awarded $10,000 in financial support from the Jonas Center. The WVU School of Nursing will provide a $10,000 funding match and up to $2,500 for Marcischak to attend the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence/American Association of Colleges of Nursing leadership development conference in October 2013. “Upon learning that I was selected to the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, I felt very honored as well as excited for the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Marcischak. “I know that the program will provide me with valuable resources to continue a successful career in academic nursing. I have already started working on some leadership activities with my mentor, Dr. Cynthia Persily, who is a great example of a nursing leader.” Marcischak, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, received her baccalaureate degree from the WVU School of Nursing, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  After practicing as a pediatric nurse for several years, Marcischak returned to the School of Nursing to earn her master’s degree. In addition to her current educational pursuits, Marcischak is a senior lecturer within the WVU School of Nursing and works as a family nurse practitioner in the pre-anesthesia unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Her current research interests include interventions aimed at decreasing pre-operative anxiety in the parents of children undergoing anesthesia.   The Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars program was launched in 2008 with six scholars in three states. The program now includes more than 200 students in nearly 85 schools across the nation, making it the largest program addressing the nation’s shortage of nursing faculty. [...]

Kiser first Schweitzer Fellow from WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has selected Jeffrey Kiser, a rising second-year student in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, as one of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Kiser is the first WVU student to be selected as a Schweitzer Fellow. This year, Kiser will join approximately 240 other Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the social determinants of health. “I don’t think I really understood how exciting the fellowship was. It was something that sounded really interesting and right up my alley because I planned on doing service for the rest of my life,” Kiser said. “I’m really excited to get to work with international students and many other great people from all different specialties.” Kiser will establish a depression and anxiety prevention program for international students who attend WVU. His program will focus on building a sense of community among the school’s diverse international student population through cultural expression and communication skills development. Founded in 1997, the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of 13 Schweitzer program sites across the U.S. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Pittsburgh, competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields, have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Since 1997, more than 200 Schweitzer Fellows have provided more than 44,500 hours of service to Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out year-long projects with direct service at their core. For more information visit www.schweitzerfellowship.org/pittsburgh. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Parsons

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Tucker County, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at St. George Medical Clinic in Parsons from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 and 22. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie's Bus appointment in Parsons call 304-478-3339. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has travelled more than 40,000 miles and provided more than 3,000 mammograms. More than half of those were screened in 2011. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.   Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.     Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos. [...]