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Walmart, Sam’s Club kick off 2012 fundraising campaign for WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On May 1, Walmart stores and distribution centers and Sam’s Clubs across the state and region kicked off their 2012 fundraising campaign for [...]

New York trip to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – An upcoming bus trip to New York City will raise money for [...]

WVU Healthcare observes Nurses’ Week May 6-12

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Each spring, the celebration of National Nurses’ Week begins May 6, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. In support of this year’s theme, “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring,” [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Green Bank

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Martinsburg

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Gutmann to hold book signing on May 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – [...]

May is Healthy Vision Month at WVU Eye Institute

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – May is Healthy Vision Month, and doctors at the West Virginia University Eye Institute are taking the opportunity to stress the importance of regular vision care. Millions of Americans are threatened by common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Through early diagnosis, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care, irreversible vision loss can often be prevented. Approximately one in 25 young children has poor vision. Because of their age and level of development, children are often unable to tell their parents when a vision problem exists. Every child should have his or her vision checked by age three or four. If vision screening detects a problem in one or both eyes, a pediatric eye care specialist can often diagnose the issue and plan treatment before the problem progresses. “The earlier treatment starts, the better the vision becomes when kids go to school and later grow into adults,” Geoffrey Bradford, M.D., WVU Healthcare pediatric ophthalmologist, said. “This is why it is important to not miss an eye examination if you or your pediatrician suspect a problem with your child’s eyesight.” On the other end of the spectrum, glaucoma more commonly affects the elderly. The condition damages the optic nerve by causing increased pressure within the eye, interfering with the relaying of visual information from the retina to the brain. “Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable, irreversible blindness. Screening for glaucoma is easy and painless,” Kenneth Mitchell, M.D., WVU glaucoma specialist, said. The WVU Eye Institute offers a full range of routine and complex eye care services, including subspecialty medical and surgical treatment, laser vision correction and comprehensive eye exams. It houses the Vision Research Center, where researchers are finding better ways to treat and cure eye diseases. “We have the ability to make a real difference for the people of West Virginia,” Jennifer Sivak, M.D., WVU oculoplastic surgeon, said. Healthy Vision Month is a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in 2003. Through Healthy Vision Month, NEI is increasing awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment through outreach efforts aimed at the general public.   [...]

WVU Healthcare seeking volunteers for ‘No One Dies Alone’ program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare’s No One Dies Alone program is looking for volunteers to sit and spend time with patients as they make it through the final journey of their lives. “When patients have no family that can be with them, we need volunteers who care enough to step in and treat this person as if they were their own family member,” John Hardman, manager of Pastoral Care, said. “It’s important to honor this person’s life and treat them with the humanity and respect they deserve.” The program is seeking people who are caring, compassionate and comfortable with being around people as they die. It provides training to help volunteers understand the dying process and what can be said or done to make the last part of their lives meaningful and valuable. To be eligible for the program, volunteers must: •    Be age 18 or older •    Speak, read or write English •    Be reliable, and have a mature attitude about death and dying •    Have spare time to volunteer •    Complete a volunteer application and training One-hour training sessions will take place in May. For more information please contact Nancy Beckner, volunteer coordinator, at 304-598-4134 or becknern@wvuhealthcare.com.   [...]

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