WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Enrollment for Junior Volunteer Program at WVU Hospitals around the corner

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals is offering a unique chance for Morgantown youth to make a big difference in someone’s life and maybe learn something along the way. The Junior Volunteer program is asking for compassionate and friendly volunteers, ages 14-18, who are willing to dedicate a small portion of their time to help others this summer. Junior Volunteers can work in various areas of the campus such as the Friends Gift Shop, hospital information desk, medical records, Ruby Day Surgery waiting room, Rosenbaum Family House, Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Cheat Lake Physicians. To be considered, volunteers need to submit an application between the dates of April 11 and May 13. Once applications are received, potential volunteers will be contacted for an interview.  The interview process allows the hospital to learn a little bit more about the applicants and determine which areas they can help the most. During the interview, volunteers will also get a chance to find out more about the program. Junior volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present at the time of the interview. Before work begins, the volunteer will be scheduled for orientation, which will cover basic information on the hospital as well as policies and procedures such as patient confidentiality and dress code. Volunteers will be scheduled for four-hour shits and have the choice of morning, afternoon or evening hours. Team members are required to work only four hours each week but are expected to work at least 40 hours a semester. The Junior Volunteer Program started in the early 1980s and averages of 40 to 50 volunteers each summer. For more information on the volunteer programs or to apply visit http://wvuhealthcare.com/volunteers/index.aspx.   [...]

WVU Healthcare to hold diabetes fair

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The nationally recognized West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) Diabetes Education Center extends an invitation to the local community to attend a Diabetes Health Fair Wednesday, April 20 at HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness on Maple Drive in Morgantown. [...]

WVU Cancer Center to celebrate 26th annual gala at The Greenbrier

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host its 26th annual Gala at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs April 15-17. The gala provides supporters of the Cancer Center an opportunity to celebrate the growth and development of West Virginia’s most comprehensive cancer treatment, research and educational facility. This year’s theme “Joie de Vivre,” the enjoyment of life, will feature a program with many special and talented guests to educate, inspire and entertain gala participants. Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC and “The Chris Matthews Show” on NBC, will be the keynote speaker at 4 p.m. Saturday. A television news anchor with remarkable depth of experience, Matthews has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter and best-selling author. He is the recipient of the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union of Philadelphia and the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society. Cancer Center Director Scot Remick, M.D., will update gala attendees on the Center’s accomplishments over the last year and its action plan for the future. “We are committed to working together, developing partnerships to ensure the success of statewide initiatives, leading innovation for cancer cure discovery and creating hope for our patients and the families we serve. All of these endeavors are leading us on to our own ‘Final Four’ – National Cancer Institute Designation – which we could not achieve without the support of all our partners.” Dr. Remick, Cancer Center Deputy Director Laura Gibson, Ph.D., and a team of researchers and physicians will lead “Cancer Education for Gala Participants,” a course on how blood cancers are initially detected and how patients are diagnosed and treated. West Virginia native Vivien Woofter, who began her distinguished career with the federal government as the interior designer for the General Services Administration, and later, the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of State, will discuss some of the most valuable ambassador’s residences, chanceries and other properties around the world.  Gala participants will be treated to a culinary demonstration with Chef Andre Soltner, the chef-owner of New York City’s legendary Lutece, which achieved a four-star rating from the New York Times. The co-author of “The Lutece Cookbook,” Chef Andre has served for more than 20 years as Delegue General of the Master Chef’s of France. Meredith German, co-founder of the Meredith Wendell Company of New York that specializes in accessories, will display and offer items from her line of belts, bags and jewelry for purchase to benefit the Cancer Center. The 26th annual Cancer Center Gala will also include tennis, golf and sporting clays and will culminate with a black-tie dinner dance featuring the sounds of Benny Benack and his orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Registration is $375 per person. Accommodations are available through The Greenbrier. For more information about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, see www.wvucancer.org.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 29 in Clay

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Clay County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Clay County Health Department in Clay from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29.   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 Clay County Health Department at 304-587-4269.  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. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 19 in Union

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Monroe County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Monroe Health Center in Union from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.   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 call the Monroe Health Center-Union at 304-772-3064.  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.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 13 in Martinsburg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Berkeley County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Berkeley County Health Department in Martinsburg from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.   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 Berkeley County Health Department at 304-263-5131.  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 Health Sciences students to discuss impact of reform

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students from WVU’s four health professions schools and other health-related disciplines across the University will spend Saturday morning (April 9) discussing health reform with national and state policy makers, WVU faculty members and health experts from across the state. “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Your Life and Career: A Student Conversation,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Health Sciences Center. Speakers include Jocelyn Moore, staff director of U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Healthcare and legislative director for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller; West Virginia State University student and healthcare advocate Erin Snyder of Charleston; WVU Hospitals CEO Bruce McClymonds; and Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor for health sciences at WVU. About a dozen members of the West Virginia Legislature have volunteered to lead small-group discussions with the students. “I truly appreciate the willingness of these policy makers to sacrifice part of a spring weekend to help our students understand and prepare for the changes that will face them as they begin careers in healthcare,” Dr. Colenda said. “The future of healthcare is that we will be playing a team sport – with all of the health professions working together to advance the health of patients and communities. It’s important for our students to speak to one another across all our disciplines.” More than 150 students are registered for the event, including students in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and in the Division of Public Administration. It is co-sponsored by WVU Health Sciences and West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare.   [...]

WVU Ph.D. student receives grant to study connection between smoking and social capital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Traci Jarrett, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University Public Health Sciences Program, wants to develop an instrument that will measure social capital in college students to see if there is a relationship between it and health behaviors, such as smoking. To help her in that endeavor, she recently received a grant for more than $60,000 from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Social capital comes from the networks, understanding and values that shape the way people relate to each other and participate in social activities.  It is a function of how engaged one is in his or her community. Through her research, Jarrett has discovered that certain factors may affect one’s social capital. In the study titled, “The Environmental Context of Smoking: Measuring Social Capital in College,” Jarrett and her advisor Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine, plan to examine how engaged students become in the campus community, how they maintain ties to their hometown and if those are associated with smoking.   “This really has not been studied in a college population. However, it has been shown in some adult populations that the more social capital you have, the less you smoke. Others have shown the more social capital you have the more you smoke. I really want to explore what that relationship is like,” Jarrett said. Jarrett credits her prior experience in directing her to this subject. “I focused much of my undergraduate career on college health. I was a residence director at Fairmont State University and a sexual health educator at the University of Michigan. So, I really want to focus on the 18 to 24 year olds and how the college environment can both facilitate those behaviors and also protect against negative health behaviors,” Jarrett said. Jarrett is the second public health sciences Ph.D. student at WVU to receive this type of grant. Recently, Ph.D. student John Blosnich was awarded the same type of award to study his research project, also related with smoking. Both of these students are mentored by Dr. Horn. “John and I submitted around the same time. Dr. Horn is an absolute wonderful mentor, and she was instrumental in making sure this grant application was ready to be submitted. She also helped me conceptualize the project from the beginning. She was definitely key in making it happen,” Jarrett said. Jarrett anticipates graduating at the end of this research project, which should be within two years. After graduation, she plans to stay in this area of research. “I definitely would like to keep studying how the environment and the social environment impact health behaviors, especially in the college population,” she said.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 8 and 9 in West Union

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Doddridge County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Doddridge County CEO’s Health Fair on Snowbird Road in West Union from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.   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 Doddridge County Health Department at 304-873-1531.  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.   [...]