WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU Healthcare celebrates Nurses Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare, which employs more than 1,700 nurses, will celebrate National Nurses Week with a variety of activities and events beginning on Friday, May 6. “Nurses Week is a designated time to reflect and appreciate everything the nurses do to provide the best professional quality care,” Dottie Oakes, M.S.N., WVU Hospitals vice president and chief nursing officer, said. “Patients trust and respect nurses and depend on them to be their advocate. This is an opportunity to recognize those nurses who do an outstanding job.” Events kick off with a film festival featuring the premiere of the video “Nurses – Trusted to Care,” which features WVU Healthcare nurses sharing their personal stories. Other activities include an education fair and a food drive benefiting Project MUSHROOM (Multidisciplinary UnSheltered Homeless Relief Outreach Of Morgantown), a WVU School of Medicine program. In addition, there will be gift basket giveaways for nursing employees throughout the week, and the Friends Gift Shop will offer a one day scrub sale on Monday, May 9. Nurses Week starts on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightengale’s birthday. The history of Nurses Week dates back to 1953, and in 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 6 to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” In 1990, the American Nurses Association Board of Directors expanded the day to a week-long celebration, and in 1993 May 6-12 were declared as the permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Parsons and Belington

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Tucker and Barbour counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the St. George Medical Clinic in Parsons from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11. It will then stop at Belington Community Medical Services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.   The mammograms are billed to 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 or through a special grant from the Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment in Parsons call the St. George Medical Clinic at 304-478-3339. For an appointment at Belington Community Medical Services call 304-823-2800. Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals 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 WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Man and Gilbert

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Southern West Virginia Health System clinics in Logan and Mingo counties this week, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Man Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 and in Gilbert from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.   The mammograms are billed to 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 or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment at the Man Clinic call 304-583-8585. For an appointment at the Gilbert Clinic call 304-664-6270. Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals 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 WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. 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. [...]

WVU Children’s Hospital recognized for excellence in lactation care

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Children’s Hospital has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for excellence in lactation care. To receive the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Care Award, organizations must have the board certified consultants and provide a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. They must also demonstrate that they have provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that cares for new families and complete activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding. “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding and to support them in reaching their goals,” Cathy Carothers, president of ILCA, said. “IBCLCs have the only internationally recognized lactation credential in the world and are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.” IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers latch their babies appropriately and answering their questions and continue supporting them as their baby grows. They assist mothers returning to work or school and help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby, nursing a sick or premature infant and dealing with other challenges. As allied healthcare professionals, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies and in research. There are currently more than 22,000 IBCLCs in 81 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies. “Not only are we honored to receive this award, but more importantly, we are proud to be able to provide this service to new mothers and families, who can rest assured that they will receive the quality care they need and deserve when their babies are born,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. In addition to finding IBCLCs at WVU Children’s Hospital, mothers can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting the ILCA website at www.ilca.org. Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state or country.   [...]

Chris Martin, M.D., to lead international efforts at WVU Health Sciences

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chris Martin, M.D., associate professor in the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine and director of the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (IOEH), has been named director of international programs for WVU Health Sciences. “Our recently adopted strategic plan includes a goal to establish national and global collaborations to enhance our faculty, staff and student experiences,” said Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor for health sciences at West Virginia University, who made the appointment. “I believe that Dr. Martin will not only help us to achieve that goal but will help WVU become a leader in global health education.” Dr. Martin will work with the deans and faculty of the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the future School of Public Health to coordinate existing and proposed international health programs. “This position affords me the opportunity to combine my two great passions: education and international work. It’s not often that you get to combine two passions in one job,” Martin said. Martin believes that as a world-class facility, WVU should not only provide learning experiences for its students in other parts of the world, but it should also be a place that attracts the best and brightest faculty and students who are looking to teach and learn at a premiere institution. “I had the opportunity as a first-year medical student to travel to Africa. I think when you’re afforded an opportunity like that early on, it is life altering. It truly is,” he said. “Those experiences forever motivate you throughout your professional life.” Faculty members from all four Health Sciences schools lead educational missions to various parts of the world. For example, the School of Medicine’s Global Health Program, under the direction of Melanie Fisher, M.D., has formal student/faculty exchange agreements with institutions in Barbuda, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Peru and Mexico. WVU is also the key academic partner of Oman Medical College, which was established to bring U.S.-style medical and pharmacy education to students from that country and across the Middle East.  “We have many dedicated faculty and students whose individual efforts have led to amazing work throughout the world,” Martin said. “My goal is to better coordinate the great work that’s happening in all of our schools.” A native of Canada, Martin obtained his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed his residency training in occupational medicine at the University of Alberta. He joined the WVU faculty in 1999. A specialist in occupational allergic disorders, metal toxicology and occupational cancer, his interests include training medical students, practicing physicians and residents in public health. He is board certified in occupational medicine in both the United States and Canada. Martin’s new assignment is a part-time position that he will occupy in addition to his current responsibilities.   [...]

Dr. Julian Bailes inducted into LSU Hall of Distinction

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Julian Bailes, M.D., chair of the West Virginia University Department of Neurosurgery, was honored by his alma mater on April 1 when he was inducted into the Louisiana State University (LSU) Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinction. “Since its inception, 216 individuals have been inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction, a prestigious group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our university, our state and our nation,” Charlie Roberts, president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association, said. “This year’s honorees are no exception. This year, countless nominations were received from the fields of art, business and industry, music, politics, medicine, research and sports. Each of our honorees has distinguished himself in their careers, personal and civic accomplishments, volunteer activities and loyalty to LSU.” Dr. Bailes, a native of Louisiana, earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from LSU in 1978 and graduated from the LSU School of Medicine in 1982. “For Louisianans, attending LSU is both an honor and a great opportunity. I deeply appreciate being inducted into the Hall of Distinction and hope that I have put to good use all that I learned while in school there,” he said. Upon graduation from LSU, Bailes completed his residency training at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago and his fellowship training at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Prior to assuming his current position at WVU in 2000, he worked in Pittsburgh and Orlando. He is board certified in neurosurgery. Bailes is co-founder and director of the Brain Injury Research Institute at WVU, chairman of the West Virginia Health Information Network, medical director of Pop Warner Football and director of the NFL Players Association’s Second Opinion Network. For eight consecutive years, Bailes has been honored as one of the best neurosurgeons in the country by America’s Best Doctors and as one of the America’s Top Surgeons since 2006. Bailes was one of seven individuals honored by LSU this year. [...]

WVU Balance Center helps with dizziness

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dizziness – that awful feeling of spinning or falling – can be associated with a number of different health issues. Feeling dizzy or off balance can also be dangerous, so finding the problem and fixing it is important. The new West Virginia University Balance Center is treating people living with dizziness and balance problems. “Many people come to me with dizziness, but the cause may not always be easy to detect,” Stephen Wetmore, M.D., chairman of WVU’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department, said. “Dizziness can be inner-ear related. Meniere’s disease, viral or bacterial infections and head injuries can affect the inner ear, throwing off the delicate system that controls balance.” Older people may have trouble with dizziness and balance, conditions related to age and muscle weakness. Sometimes stroke victims have lingering neurological issues. Even some medications can impair a person’s balance. “First, we determine if the dizziness is ENT-related. If it’s not, we recommend another doctor who can help,” Dr. Wetmore said. “Most problems can be resolved through medication, surgery or therapy.” The ENT Clinic and the Balance Center are located in the Physician Office Center, next to WVU’s Ruby Memorial Hospital. Call 304-598-4825 for an appointment.   [...]

WVU School of Nursing receives grant for pilot study on home telemonitoring for lung cancer patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National Cancer Institute has awarded the West Virginia University School of Nursing $366,000 over two years for a pilot study aimed at reducing high healthcare costs associated with lung cancer patients while improving their quality of life. The study, to be implemented by Georgia Narsavage, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the WVU School of Nursing, and co-principal investigator, Yea-Jyh Chen, Ph.D., R.N., proposes home telemonitoring as a way for patients to manage their health, stay connected to healthcare professionals and spend less time in the hospital. “High costs of care for patients with lung cancer have been related to frequent hospitalizations and emergency room visits,” Dr. Narsavage said. “There is a critical need to help people with lung cancer recognize changes in their condition and contact a clinician before emergency care is needed. The home telemonitoring study at WVU will teach lung cancer patients how to do that and get them used to monitoring their health.” The study will involve 60 lung cancer patients at WVU Hospitals who live within a 50 mile radius of Morgantown. They will be randomly assigned to either the telemonitor group or usual care group before being discharged from the hospital. Those in the test group will have a telemonitoring system set up in their homes and be guided on how to use the device to transmit important health data such as blood pressure and oxygen readings to a clinical research nurse at WVU. The telemonitor group will also answer 10 yes or no questions relating to their symptoms. The research nurse will call the patients every day throughout a 14-day period to help them understand their symptoms and coach them on when and how to contact their physician. Each patient and a family member will complete a survey to measure the patient’s quality of life during that time. The nurse will also do a 30 and 60 day follow-up. The goal of the study is to decrease unplanned and repeat hospital admissions or emergency visits and to support the patient’s ability to live in his or her personal home most of the time. “Home telemonitoring using a self-management model has been successful in reducing healthcare costs associated with heart patients, but there is no literature indicating it’s ever been used to benefit lung cancer patients,” Narsavage said. Another part of the WVU study will assess the potential cost savings in healthcare for lung cancer patients by using home telemonitoring. “Addressing health disparities for adults with lung cancer by cost-effectively reducing risks for rehospitalization and emergency care and improving quality of life is critical to Healthy People 2010,” said Narsavage.  Healthy People 2010 is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent disease and promote health for the nation.   [...]

Kentucky Derby party to benefit cancer patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host a Kentucky Derby Party to benefit cancer patients. The Run for the Roses party, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on May 7 at the historic Clarion Hotel Morgan, is a fundraiser for the Comfort Fund, which helps cancer patients experiencing financial issues. Participants will watch the derby on a 70-inch screen and follow the fortunes of their favorite jockeys and horses, while sipping on mint juleps. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, a hat contest and prizes. Those entering the contest should pre-decorate their hats and wear them to the party. Attire for the derby party is casual cocktail. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required.  All proceeds will benefit the Comfort Fund, which was established in 2005 to help patients actively being treated at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The intent of the Fund is to provide temporary, short-term assistance for immediate needs, until patients can be linked with appropriate community, state or national resources. The derby party is sponsored in-part by Huntington Bank.  For more information call Jessica Spatafore at 304-293-0789.   [...]