WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Angels to roam High Street Thursday night

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As West Virginia University’s fall semester gets underway, parties and nightlife await both returning students and new arrivals. This Thursday (August 25) will mark the tenth straight year WVU students will hit Morgantown’s main drag to educate their peers about the dangers of binge drinking. [...]

Bluefield, Va., Sam’s Club wins company Children’s Miracle Network fundraising campaign

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bluefield, Va., is small in population with just over 5,100 people. Step across the state line and there are only about 11,000 more people living in Bluefield, W.Va. But the residents of these neighboring communities came through for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital in a big way – to the tune of nearly $40,000. [...]

WVU Dentistry alumnus welcomes new dean with $100,000 gift

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In order to welcome David A. Felton, D.D.S., M.S., the new dean of West Virginia University School of Dentistry, to the University and the state, Thomas W. Jarrett, D.D.S., M.S., a 1975 graduate of the School, and his wife, Sally, have donated  $100,000 to create the Jarrett Family Research Endowment for Dentistry. This gift will support research efforts in the Department of Orthodontics and other research efforts in the School. The contribution will be matched by the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, generating a combined gift of $200,000. “I want Dr. Felton to feel welcome and know the alumni are supportive of him and care greatly about the School of Dentistry and the oral healthcare of the people in the state,” Dr. Jarrett said.  “I also thank the Good Lord for Bill Jarrett (my father) and former Dean W. Robert Biddington, D.D.S., for getting a wayward kid into dental school.” Dr. Jarrett, who has been donating to the School of Dentistry since 1986, is a third generation West Virginia dentist. His gift also honors his father, Dr. William M. Jarrett, the state’s first board-certified orthodontist, and his grandfather, Dr. Warren Victor Jarrett, a general dentist in Richwood, W.Va. Each has been very involved in organized dentistry for many years. “My grandfather, father and I have served West Virginia since 1901 because of our desire to improve oral health in the state,” Dr. Jarrett said. “The state’s Research Trust Fund provides a great opportunity to boost funding for research, which also goes a long way to better the oral health of West Virginians for generations to come. I’m hopeful our gift will inspire others to do the same.” Dr. Jarrett retired from his orthodontic practice in Beckley and Summersville in 2009. He continues to work as a part-time assistant clinical professor in the WVU Orthodontic Clinic, where he oversees residents with their patient cases and education. Dr. and Mrs. Jarrett have two children, Jordon and Allison, who are attending WVU. “Dr. and Mrs. Tom Jarrett have made a significant contribution to the future of the WVU School of Dentistry’s initiative to move research and scholarship to the forefront of the Strategic Plan of the Health Sciences Center. Their vision and willingness to provide funding dedicated to research in the Department of Orthodontics and beyond will strengthen the School’s scientific initiatives and ultimately help further clinical care to the people of West Virginia,” Felton said.   In 2008, the state created the Research Trust Fund with an initial appropriation of $50 million to leverage public and private investments that will transform West Virginia’s economy. WVU is able to tap into the fund to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, healthcare and job growth. To date, private and state dollars combined for WVU total over $37 million. The Fund will continue to match select research gifts made before March 8, 2015. This gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU. Photo Caption: Thomas W. Jarrett, D.D.S., M.S., (left) stands with new Dentistry Dean David A. Felton, D.D.S., M.S. [...]

Government black lung program comes to WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health is now a participant in the Federal Black Lung Program, offering pulmonary testing and services to coal miners suffering from the disease. Black lung, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, is a potentially debilitating disease caused by exposure to dust produced in the mining process and is irreversible. As the only Federal Black Lung Program clinic in Monongalia County and one of only three in the region, the designation makes it easier and faster for miners to be evaluated for the disease. Established to offer monetary compensation and medical coverage for coal miners disabled by black lung, the United States Department of Labor program benefits both miners affected by the disease and the survivors of coal miners who have died of the disease. Acceptance into the program allows three board-certified occupational medicine physicians of WVU Healthcare to evaluate coal miners for program eligibility: Anna Allen, M.D., Chuanfang Jin, M.D., and Charles Werntz, III, D.O. “The required medical testing is performed within the medical center complex and can be completed on the same day of the visit,” Dr. Allen said. “This allows for efficient turnaround on results and convenience for those traveling long distances.” West Virginia currently ranks second in the nation for black lung claims. “WVU’s participation in this program is a continuation of our commitment to improve the health, safety and medical care of employees in West Virginia and the surrounding area,” Allen said. In addition to black lung treatment, care for patients with all other mining-related respiratory diseases is also funded through this program. Each site provides services that include screening, diagnosis, treatment, education, rehabilitation, outreach and benefits counseling. Program beneficiaries are eligible for prescription drugs, inpatient and outpatient services and doctors’ visits. In addition, home oxygen and other medical equipment, home nursing services and pulmonary rehabilitation may be covered with a doctor’s prescription. To learn more about the Federal Black Lung Program, visit www.dol.gov/owcp/dcmwc. [...]

Fringe Little League Tournament to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Fringe Little League Association will kick off its Fifth Annual Coaches Softball Tournament Thursday at the Higinbotham Field in Monongah. All proceeds from the event will benefit the [...]

WVU to host Cancer Survivors Day celebration

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Cancer survivors and their caregivers will be honored during the annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown. The event is a joint effort of the [...]

WVU Healthcare named to Most Connected list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Fresh off its designation as one of the nation’s [...]

Five students complete cancer research fellowships at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five undergraduate students completed cancer research fellowships at the [...]