WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

David A. Felton to lead WVU School of Dentistry

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Dr. Felton will be introduced to School of Dentistry faculty, staff and students at noon on Wednesday, June 22, in the Fukushima Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center. He will be available for media interviews before and after that event. [...]

Chestnut Ridge awards annual Grassroots Grants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chestnut Ridge Center, the behavioral medicine treatment center of WVU Healthcare, awarded eight area agencies with its annual Grassroots Grants at a luncheon today in the John Jones Conference Center in the WVU Health Sciences Center. The grants range from $400 to $1,000 and are designed to act as a catalyst for agencies to try new programs in order to enhance their services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse prevention and family preservation. Funding received from the Grassroots Grant Program may be used for events, materials, educational campaigns, treatment programs, conferences or related expenses. This year’s recipients and their projects are: Mental Health America – to provide art supplies for “Different Voices and Common Experiences,” which increases the self esteem of people with mental health disabilities Milan Puskar Health Right – to host a third Caregiver’s Care Day, which provides a support network for low-income family caregivers Monongalia County Starting Points – to provide “Conscious Discipline” training for parents MUSHROOM (Multidisciplinary UnSheltered Homeless Relief Outreach Of Morgantown) – to provide telecommunications for referrals while a team goes on street rounds Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living – to purchase group supplies for the Peer Support Program One Unique Recovery House Inc. – to provide transitional housing and recovery for addicted women Preston County Caring Council/Family Resource Network – to provide scholarships for a “Women on Wellness” health retreat Upshur Cooperative Parish for the Hall Neighbors’ House – to provide family support for parents attending peer support groups by affording childcare for parents once a week Chestnut Ridge Center is a leading regional referral center for treatment of psychiatric illnesses and addictions for children, adolescents and adults. The 70-bed facility is staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals. It offers a continuum of care through inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient and residential treatment services. The Center is part of WVU Healthcare and is affiliated with the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the WVU School of Medicine. It is located on the WVU Health Sciences campus in Morgantown.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms in Whitesville, Wharton and Omar

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Boone and Logan counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Raleigh-Boone Medical Center in Whitesville from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. On Wednesday, June 15, it will be located at the fire department near Wharton Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bus will then head to Omar Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. 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 in Whitesville call the Raleigh-Boone Medical Center at 304-854-1031. For an appointment in Wharton call Wharton Medical Center at 304-247-6202. For an appointment in Omar call the Logan County Health Department at 304-792-8645.   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.   [...]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds five WVU School of Nursing scholarships

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing is among a select group of institutions to receive renewed funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). Grants provided through this competitive program are used for scholarships to increase the number of students enrolled in WVU’s accelerated baccalaureate nursing program. This groundbreaking national initiative, launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs. The WVU School of Nursing has received $50,000 to be distributed to five students during the 2011-2012 academic year. To date, the School of Nursing has awarded 15 NCIN scholarships to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Grant funding also will be used by the School of Nursing to help leverage new faculty resources and provide mentoring and leadership development resources to ensure successful program completion by scholarship recipients. “Through the NCIN program, we are challenging nursing schools across the country to expand nurse leadership and strengthen education, two clear goals of the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report on ‘The Future of Nursing,’” Denise A. Davis, Dr.P.H., RWJF program officer for NCIN, said. “By diversifying the nursing profession through these scholarships, we are also helping to create a healthcare workforce ready to meet the needs of the 21st century American patient.” The New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program supports accelerated programs, which offer the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing. Although enrollment in these programs has steadily increased over the past few years, many potential students are unable to enroll, because already having a college degree disqualifies them for receiving most federal financial aid programs for entry-level students. The New Careers in Nursing scholarships address this problem and will also address the overall nursing shortage by enabling hundreds of students to launch their nursing careers through accelerated education. The WVU School of Nursing’s BS/BA to BSN program allows students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree in another field to earn a BSN degree in 18 months. At the Morgantown campus, more than 65 students are enrolled in the accelerated BS/BA to BSN program. The program began in 2001 with eight students. Since then, more than 150 students have graduated from the program.  By bringing more nurses into the profession, the new scholarship program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. Data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration show that nurses entering the profession at the baccalaureate level are four times more likely than other nurses to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, which is the required credential to teach. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and healthcare issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and healthcare of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 670 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve healthcare and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu. For more information about the WVU School of Nursing see www.hsc.wvu.edu/son.   [...]

Endowment established to help advance research at WVU Cancer Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Mikki Van Wyk knows research is the key to finding a cure for cancer.  The long-time West Virginia University supporter is donating $25,000 to create a research endowment at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The endowment is expected to qualify for a match from the state’s Research Trust Fund (RTF), bringing the total investment to $50,000. The Van Wyk Cancer Research Endowment is aimed at advancing biological, biotechnological and biomedical sciences. “I have known people that have had cancer and have beat it because of the advances made in research,” said Van Wyk of Potomac, Md.  “I would like to be able to come closer to a cure.” “We are thrilled with the opportunity of this gift to enable a match from the West Virginia Research Trust Fund. Ms. Van Wyk’s vision to cure cancer and extend life-saving cancer treatments to our patients through our clinical trials efforts and emerging statewide clinical trials network is prescient,” Scot Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, said. Van Wyk is currently a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. She has been a member of the visiting committees of both the School of Medicine and the Creative Arts Center. She is presently a member of the Arts at Mason Board for George Mason University and was a founding board member of The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University, the chair of the Thanks a Million Foundation, a board member of the Boarman Arts Center and a member of the Johns Hopkins University Council of Medicine. More recently, she has focused on improving access to dental care in West Virginia by sponsoring and helping organize dental clinics that provided free dental care to more than 3,600 people and by helping to establish the permanent Healthy Smiles Community Oral Health Center in Martinsburg. Van Wyk has worked as a cryptanalyst for the National Security Agency and a writer and editor in science and technology for clients such as Time-Life Books, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the U.S. Congress.  She also has worked as a special education teacher and a supervisor and counselor for adult basic education. Van Wyk views her gift as merely a chance to give back to a state that has given so much to her. “The WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center plays a vital role in the daily life of the people of West Virginia. Research funding is hard to get, so it’s important for individuals to seize the opportunity to help out in a way that will benefit the most people,” she said. In 2008, the state created the RTF 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 $33 million. The WVU Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms June 10 in Wellsburg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Brooke County, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be parked behind the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10.  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 call the Brooke County Health Department at 304-737-3665.   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.   [...]

Morgantown teen will be ‘Bakin’ for Miracles’ to help WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Isabel Raese has done her best to help others in her community for as long as she can remember. At just two years old, Raese helped her family stuff Easter baskets for other children in need and has since organized countless successful fundraisers for various groups and causes. Next on the 13 year-old’s list: a bake sale to benefit West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. The flour will fly in the hours leading up to the WVU Healthcare Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, June 8 as Raese, several of her friends and a few volunteers cook up an impressive mix of home-baked goodness. No small-time effort, Raese and friends hope to bring in $5,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital. “I want to be known as the ‘kid that did,’” Raese said. And when Mon Valley’s Outstanding Teen is asked how she decides whom to help next, her answer is simple: “I want to help people that need it. Being an Outstanding Teen means helping in your community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.” The scholarship-based Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program is open to young ladies aged 13 to 17. As part of the Miss America Organization, participating teens are role models who exemplify outstanding scholastic achievement, healthy living and community service. As a regional Outstanding Teen, Raese will compete for the state title July 4-9 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The Miss America Organization has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network to raise money and awareness of children’s hospitals throughout the nation. “Fundraising and helping others is what my family has always done,” said Raese. “My platform is KICS (pronounced ‘kicks’), which stands for Kids in Community Service.” A rising 8th grader at Morgantown’s South Middle School, Isabel hopes to inspire other children to take an active role in their communities. “They can start by doing something small, like helping a neighbor clean up their garage,” she said. “You can start small and work up to bigger things.” Fresh fruit will also be available for purchase at the bake sale, and Isabel is providing a Nintendo Wii game system for a raffle drawing. “Isabel is such an inspiring young lady,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “She wants to help sick children and give back to her community. We are so grateful to have her on our team.” Children’s Miracle Network is a group of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals that provide premium care, high-quality research and excellent community outreach programs to help millions of children with diseases or injuries. All funds collected for and by Children’s Miracle Network remain in the community where they were raised. WVU Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in West Virginia. The WVU Healthcare Farmer’s Market offers locally-grown produce, delicious prepared foods and handcrafted items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through the summer. Organized by The Wellness Program of the Health Sciences Campus, the market is located outside between WVU's Ruby Memorial Hospital and the WVU Health Sciences building.   [...]

Cards of Hope to kick off 20th year with annual party

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Young cancer patients, their families and friends will be dreaming of a white Christmas and all things jolly holidays at the 20th Annual Cards of Hope Summer Party on June 5 at Valley Worlds of Fun in Fairmont. The festivities are set to kick off at 10 a.m. Cards of Hope are holiday greeting cards designed by current and former patients of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and their siblings. Every summer they come to the party to create a new assortment of designs that are later marketed and sold to benefit the hospital’s Cure Kids Cancer Fund, which ensures that patients and their families receive state-of-the-art medical care and psychological and social support. “The Cards of Hope Summer Party is an event we eagerly look forward to every year,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “It’s so nice to give these kids a chance to have fun and just be kids – not cancer patients, but kids.” A committee will meet to select nine of 10 designs drawn by the young artists that will be made into cards for the 2011 Cards of Hope collection. The 10th design is chosen by the artists themselves and is called the Kid’s Choice. The new collection will be produced as a pack of 20 greeting cards in an assorted or single design pack and will be available this fall.  The Cards of Hope project also includes a Cash Bash and Auction, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown. All the original card designs including those chosen as part of this year’s collection will be sold to the highest bidders. Kroger is the title sponsor for this year’s Cards of Hope collection. For information about Cards of Hope see http://cardsofhope.com or call 304-598-4346 ext. 2.   [...]

Healthy fun for mothers, daughters and friends

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mothers, daughters and gal pals from Preston County and surrounding areas will gather for a day of nurturing their minds, bodies and souls at the upcoming Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat, June 11 at Preston County 4-H Camp in Bruceton Mills. The National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at West Virginia University sponsors the day-long WOW retreats, which aim to educate and inspire women to take an active, empowered role in managing their health. Individual and group activities offer opportunities to both connect with other women and develop individualized wellness programs, and special sessions will be offered for adolescent girls and young women. WOW retreats teach participants how to develop and maintain healthy habits for improving their lifestyles through exercise, nutrition and chronic disease management. They will get the chance to try a number of new physical activities, take part in health screenings and enjoy therapeutic services, such as massage. Door prizes and giveaways add to the fun, and a light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. The cost is $50 per participant, and gift certificates and scholarships are available. Though spaces are limited, no woman will be turned away because of funding challenges. To register for WOW, go online to www.wowicandoit.com or call Janine Breyel at 304-293-7394.  The WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is one of 20 nationally designated Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health. This designation is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.   [...]