WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Speedway SuperAmerica completes ‘Mile of Love’ for WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In mid-September, employees of Speedway SuperAmerica’s District 145 set out to create a “Mile of Love” for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. They sold paper links to their customers in hopes of creating a chain one mile long. One month and more than $14,000 later, they achieved their goal. Speedway SuperAmerica is one of the largest chains of company-owned and operated gasoline and convenience stores in the country. District 145 includes stores in Parkersburg, Ravenswood, Ripley and Vienna in West Virginia and Belpre and Marietta in Ohio. To celebrate reaching the goal, Speedway SuperAmerica and Froggy 99 are inviting members of the community to join them at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Erickson All Sports Facility football field on Blizzard Drive in Parkersburg. The one-mile chain will be stretched out across the field to spell the word “LOVE.” They are looking for 200 people to hold the chain. “We are so grateful for the hard work of the employees and customers of District 145. This money will help us ensure that every child that walks through our doors receives high quality medical care,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. Speedway SuperAmerica has been a charitable partner with Children’s Miracle Network for almost 20 years. Since 1991, Speedway has raised more than $29 million for Children’s Miracle Network through a variety of grassroots fundraising campaigns and corporate-sponsored activities. In 2009, a total of 111 Speedway SuperAmerica stores across the state and region raised more than $290,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in West Virginia. WVU Children's Hospital provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children's Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.  The Children's Miracle Network is a fundraising program to benefit hospitals providing healthcare for children. Created by the Osmond Foundation in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network includes 170 hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For information on Children's Miracle Network, see www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.   [...]

WVU Ph.D. student gets grant to study smoking and sexual minorities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Through his research, John Blosnich, M.P.H., has discovered that compared to their heterosexual peers, gay, lesbian and bisexual young adults who smoke have higher odds of contracting respiratory illnesses. Now he wants to know why those sexual minorities smoke as much as they do. Blosnich, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine, recently received a grant for more than $40,000 from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In the study titled, “Disparities in Smoking and Acute Respiratory Illnesses Among Sexual Minority Young Adults,” Blosnich, fellow WVU Ph.D. student Traci Jarrett and their advisor Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine, examined whether sexual minorities experience more of the diseases caused by tobacco. “We know that sexual minorities smoke more than the general population. Given that we know smoking causes a lot of illness and disease, we had assumed that if sexual minorities smoke more than their heterosexual peers, it stood to reason that they would probably experience more respiratory illnesses than heterosexuals,” Blosnich said. The trio found that the sexual minorities in their sample had an increased chance of having strep throat, sinus infections and bronchitis in the past year. They also found that a significant part of those increased chances of illness can be explained by smoking. The study was published in the October edition of the medical journal “Lung.” To read the study see www.springerlink.com/content/j9717l7378885136/fulltext.html. Now, Blosnich will use his federal grant from NIDA to specifically examine the risk factors for smoking among sexual minorities and try to answer the question of why they smoke more. “We don’t really have a good grasp on why sexual minorities smoke more, but we think it may have to do with issues of discrimination, violence and harassment, which can increase stress and decrease self worth,” he said. Blosnich is the first public health sciences Ph.D. student at WVU to receive this type of grant. “Writing the grant was definitely challenging, and it feels great to have it be well received by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. I have wonderful support here at WVU,” he said. He credits his success thus far to the guidance of his advisor Dr. Horn. “Dr. Horn is wonderful, and she is immensely supportive of the type of research I do. I began my grant application in her Grantwriting for Public Health class, and I know that my application was made better and more competitive because of her guidance and experience,” he said. “Great mentorship is such a big part of our doctoral program, and the successes I experience are, in no small part, due to the amazing mentorship of Dr. Horn.” Blosnich originally anticipated graduating with his Ph.D. in May 2011, but with the grant award, he is now planning to add a fifth year putting him at May 2012 for graduation. After graduation, he plans to apply for post-doctoral positions. “I aspire to do more research to document and address health disparities among sexual minority populations,” he said.   [...]

Breast Cancer Relief Foundation donates $10,000 to WVU Cancer Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center has received $10,000 from the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation to support the work of Bonnie’s Bus, WVU’s mobile  mammography unit that offers digital mammograms and breast care education to women throughout West Virginia.  The funding will be used to underwrite the cost of mammograms provided on the Bus for women who do not have medical insurance or are underinsured. “We are grateful to the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation for helping Bonnie’s Bus provide mammography services to more women in West Virginia,” said Susan Faulkner, Ed.D., associate director for Research Development and administrator of Bonnie’s Bus.  “Thanks to the Foundation we have an additional funding mechanism to better ensure that every woman regardless of insurance or financial status has access to mammograms.” Mammograms on the Bus are not free, but billing to insurers is provided.  Women who lack insurance are usually matched to government or nonprofit charities.  The single largest percentage of women who’ve gotten a mammogram on the Bus were either uninsured or underinsured and qualified for funding through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP).  The award from the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation will help fund mammograms for women who need help to pay for their mammograms, but who may not meet the BCCSP federal guidelines to qualify for funding. The Foundation funding will also support breast health education programs on the Bus.  “Bonnie’s Bus is more than a vehicle that provides mammograms,” Faulkner said.  “It’s also a place where we strive to encourage and empower women to play an active role in their health.  We want them to know what steps they can take to detect breast cancer early. For example, we provide literature to teach them how to do breast self-exams and about the early warning signs of breast cancer.” The Breast Cancer Relief Foundation is a program of the Cancer Center for Detection and Prevention, a non-profit organization headquartered in New Orleans that is committed to helping women obtain mammograms and other diagnostic procedures to ensure early detection of breast cancer.  It also funds projects dedicated to educating women on breast cancer and its early detection. For information on the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation see www.breastcancerrelief.org/preventionEarlyDetection.asp. For information on Bonnie’s Bus see www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie/.   [...]

Charleston area softball tournament to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The first West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament will be held Nov. 6 and 7 at the North Charleston Community Center. There is a $125 fee to enter the event, which is sanctioned by the United States Specialty Sports Association. Those who wish to participate in the home run derby can do so for a fee of $10. Participants have the option to hit their own 40 core balls. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network. WVU Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the state. For more information on the event including registration contact Jason Bennett at 304-539-7972 or Bennett853@gmail.com. For more information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.   [...]

Wheeling radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Second Annual WKKX Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will hit the airwaves live beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 3. WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and WKKX will host the radiothon at the Quaker Steak and Lube at the Highlands, broadcasting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. Radio personalities will tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided at WVU outpatient clinics in the Wheeling area and at WVU Children's Hospital in Morgantown. Patients from the Wheeling area are also scheduled to visit the radiothon to share their stories on air. Last year’s radiothon raised more than $30,000 in support of WVU Children’s Hospital. “Through the radiothon, the community can learn about our patients, their families and what we do at WVU Children’s Hospital to help them,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “It really brings what we do in Morgantown home to people in the Wheeling area.” For information about the radiothon, contact the WVU Children's Hospital Development Office at 304-598-4346, ext. 1. The toll free number for donations during the radiothon is 877-719-5437 (KIDS). WVU Children's Hospital provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children's Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.  The Children's Miracle Network is a fundraising program to benefit hospitals providing healthcare for children. Created by the Osmond Foundation in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network includes 170 hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For information on Children's Miracle Network, see www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Putnam, Wirt and Jackson counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at Teays Valley FamilyCare HealthCenter in Scott Depot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2; at Coplin Memorial Community Health Center in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3; at River Valley Health and Wellness in Ravenswood from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 4; and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV in Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. The mammograms are not free, but billing to insurers is provided.  Women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. You must be a patient of Teays Valley FamilyCare HealthCenter to get a Bonnie’s Bus appointment at that clinic.  Call 304-757-6999.  For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment at Coplin Memorial Community Health Center call 304-275-3301, and at River Valley Health and Wellness call 304-273-1033.  Screenings at Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV are only open to employees and their dependents. During its first year on the road in 2009, the 40-foot long Bonnie’s Bus travelled 9,000 miles, visited 20 counties and provided nearly 400 mammography screenings. The goal for 2010 is to make at least 60 site visits throughout West Virginia with a focus on communities that have high breast cancer mortality rates. Bonnie’s Bus represents 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.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Kanawha and Gilmer counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Clendenin Health Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Cabin Creek Administration Building in Miami from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28, and at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Glenville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. The mammograms are not free, but billing to insurers is provided.  Women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment at the Clendenin Health Center call 304-548-7272, at the Cabin Creek Administration Building call the Cabin Creek Health Center at 304-595-5006 and for an appointment at Minnie Hamilton Health System call 304-462-7322.  During its first year on the road in 2009, the 40-foot long Bonnie’s Bus travelled 9,000 miles, visited 20 counties and provided nearly 400 mammography screenings. The goal for 2010 is to make at least 60 site visits throughout West Virginia with a focus on communities that have high breast cancer mortality rates. Bonnie’s Bus represents 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.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie.   [...]

WVU Center for Neuroscience awarded $5.5 million

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience $5.5 million to support new state of the art research technologies on the WVU Health Sciences campus. [...]

WVU Neurosurgeon to appear on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown"

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Julian Bailes, M.D., chair of the West Virginia University Department of Neurosurgery, is scheduled to appear in a feature on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” this weekend to talk about head injuries and football.  [...]