WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU breast cancer expert selected as “Pink Tie Guy”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University breast cancer expert Jame Abraham, M.D., has been appointed to the inaugural class of the Susan G. Komen West Virginia Chapter of Pink Tie Guys. The state affiliate named eight people in West Virginia to the elite group based on their continued dedication to fighting breast cancer. Abraham, section chief of Hematology Oncology at WVU and the first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in Breast Cancer Research, was the only physician selected. “Dr. Abraham was chosen because of his commitment to breast cancer research,” said Kim Johnson, Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Coordinator. “Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. We hope that Dr. Abraham will continue his efforts with research and treatment to help end breast cancer.” “I am honored and proud to be a Komen Pink Tie Guy,” said Abraham. “Komen provides major financial support both at the state and national level to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center for WVU’s Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program, which is aimed at reducing breast cancer mortality in West Virginia.  By working together, we are raising the bar on breast cancer awareness and early detection, and ultimately saving lives.” Over the next year Abraham and fellow Pink Tie Guys will serve as Komen ambassadors for breast health and represent the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. The Pink Tie Guys were honored and given a pink tie at Komen’s first annual Pink Tie Ball fundraiser in Charleston last month.  “Seventy five percent of the money Komen raises in West Virginia stays in West Virginia supporting local programs focused on breast health needs of medically underserved and ethnic populations,” said Johnson. “The additional 25 percent goes to the national Susan G. Komen Program for funding breast cancer research.” For more information on the West Virginia affiliate of Komen see www.komenwv.org.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus Offers Mammograms Nov. 23 in Buffalo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 40-foot long Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Putnam County, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23. 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. Screenings are only open to employees and their dependents. During its first year on the road in 2009, 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 the highest 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. 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 and HIPAA, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

WVU’s Dr. Hassan Ramadan honored by national group

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) recently presented Hassan Ramadan, M.D., professor and vice chair of the West Virginia University Department of Otolaryngology, with its Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ramadan received the award in recognition of his exceptional services in the scientific programs, exhibits, continuing education courses and instructional courses of the society. He became a member of the society in the early 1990s. Since that time, he has participated in every annual meeting of the AAO-HNS with a scientific course, poster or presentation. “I like to go to the meetings both to teach and to learn. It’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues in the field and exchange ideas, like new research and techniques, with them,” Ramadan said. “It’s great not only to learn but to share and teach. It’s very rewarding and satisfying.” Ramadan said he ultimately chose to become an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat specialist) because of the specialty’s diversity and refinement. One day, he could be treating a facial fracture with screws and plates and the next day, he could be putting a 1.14 mm tube into a 1-year-old child’s ear. “It’s very interesting to me. There’s diversity not only in the way we treat people but also the types of people we see. We see very young children all the way up to adults who are 100 years old,” he said. Ramadan also likes the fact that he is both medical doctor and surgeon for his patients. “It improves continuity of care,” he said. “We’re it. We see you in the clinic, and if necessary, we perform your surgery.” The AAO-HNS presented Ramadan with the award at its 2010 Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO, which was held Sept. 26-29 in Boston. The meeting is the largest gathering of otolaryngologists in the world with more than 165 scientific research sessions, 200 posters and more than 300 instruction course hours for attendees. For more information on the AAO-HNS see www.entnet.org. For more information on the WVU Department of Otolaryngology see http://wvuhealthcare.com/services/otolaryngology/index.aspx.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Jefferson, Barbour, Gilmer and Marion counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic in Ranson from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16; at Belington Community Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17; at Federal Correctional Institute Gilmer in Glenville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18.; and at the Marion County Senior Citizens Inc.-North Marion Senior Center in Mannington from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19. 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 Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic call 304-724-6091; at Belington Community Medical Center call 304-823-2800; and at Marion County Senior Citizens Inc.- North Marion Senior Center call the Marion County Health Department at 304-366-3360.  The Federal Correctional Institute Gilmer will offer screenings to employees from 8 a.m. to noon and to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Employees should call 304-626-2500, ext.1079 to schedule an appointment.  The public should call 877-287-2272. 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. 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 and HIPAA, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos. [...]

WVU Healthcare to host Ornish open house Nov. 18

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare will host an open house for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 near the cafeteria on the fourth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. Free health screenings including blood pressure, glucose and body composition to determine ideal body weight will be offered prior to the open house at 4 p.m. Ornish friendly appetizers will be served.  The program has enabled thousands of people to lower their risk of heart attack and avoid the need for procedures like angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery. Those who attend will learn more about how this unique program encompassing nutrition, stress management, moderate aerobic exercise and group support can help them and their loved ones.  “This lifestyle modification program enables participants to slow, stop and reverse many of the symptoms of coronary artery disease,” Dave Harshbarger, program director, said. “Many people are able to avoid invasive procedures, such as bypass surgery and angioplasty, and stave off first or repeat heart attacks or strokes.” The Ornish Program combines a low-fat vegetarian diet, moderate aerobic exercise, stress management and social support to reduce chest pain (angina), blockages in coronary arteries and serum cholesterol levels. The program’s components help improve blood flow through the heart muscle, exercise capacity and the sense of well-being and satisfaction with life. “The Ornish Program is a change in diet, attitude and lifestyle. People learn how to eat properly and adopt healthy behaviors to stop sabotaging themselves. They get back in control and start doing activities that many of them thought were lost forever,” Harshbarger said. “But the best news is that even for people with documented heart disease, it’s not too late.” Candidates for the program include: •    People who are contemplating bypass surgery or angioplasty, but seeking an alternative that may reduce the need for these procedures. •    People who have previously experienced one or more heart procedures and want to minimize the chances of repeating them. •    People diagnosed with coronary artery disease (angina or past heart attacks). •    People with significant risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels and a strong family history. “All of our participants have lost weight and dropped overall body fat,” Harshbarger said. “Their cholesterol levels have declined and their perceived stress has decreased dramatically.” For more information and to RSVP for the open house, call 304-293-2520. Those insured by PEIA and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans may qualify for coverage. For more information on the Dean Ornish program at WVU see www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness/ornish.   [...]

Radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 12th Annual Q for Kids Radiothon benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will hit the airwaves live beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 16. WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and three radio stations will host the radiothon in the cafeteria of Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The stations are 101.9 FM WVAQ, 93.5 WBTQ and 94.1 FM WQZK. Broadcasts will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. Radio personalities will tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided by WVU Children's Hospital. Patients from Morgantown and the surrounding region are also scheduled to visit the radiothon to share their stories on air. Last year’s radiothon raised more than $120,000 in support of WVU Children’s Hospital. As part of the festivities, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream will be on sale Tuesday (Nov. 16) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “People who haven’t needed our services may know that we’re here, but they may be unaware of the miracles that happen every day at WVU Children’s Hospital,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “The radiothon helps those people learn about what we do so that if they do ever need us, they’ll know they’re in good hands.” The toll free number for donations during the radiothon is 877-719-KIDS (5437). 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.   [...]

Friends of WVUH wins awards for Festival of Trees

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Friends of West Virginia University Hospitals recently won two awards at the annual luncheon of the Auxiliary of the West Virginia Hospital Association (AWVHA), which was held in October at The Greenbrier. Friends won the Project Award for hospitals in the 320- to 540-bed category and the Overall Project Award for the Festival of Trees event. The overall winner is selected from all entries submitted from the hospital auxiliaries in West Virginia. The 2009 Festival of Trees featured custom-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and decorations. WVU interior design students worked with local designers, tree sponsors and Friends’ board members on the event. Guests were able to purchase tree decorations or even buy an entire tree with all of the trimmings. Friends President Shera Lorenze and President-Elect Jane Clark attended the conference. “We were thrilled to win both of these awards for the first year of our Festival of Trees event,” Lorenze said. “Most importantly, we made more than $14,000, which was used to improve patient services at WVU Hospitals.” This year, the festival evolves into a multi-day event featuring live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, a tree auction and a decoration shop. The festival kicks off on Nov. 18 with a holiday shopping and tree tour from 5 to 9 p.m. K.C. and The Sunshine Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. The festival wraps up with breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. on Nov. 20. All three events will be held at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place. “Attending the Festival of Trees is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, and all of the proceeds go to a great cause,” Lorenze said. Tickets to the 2010 Festival of Trees are available at www.morgantowneventcenter.com. For more information on the WVU Hospitals, visit www.health.wvu.edu.    [...]

Wearing blue for diabetes awareness

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – When can one small blue circle make a difference to the health of people across the globe? When it is the symbol of diabetes. West Virginia University School of Pharmacy students are holding a World Diabetes Day observance on Monday, Nov. 15. The observance will be in front of the WVU Health Sciences Center at 6:30 p.m. “The symbol for World Diabetes Day is a blue circle,” Holly Kirk, third-year pharmacy student, said. “Many people may know someone who has diabetes, or may even have diabetes themselves. By coming together and wearing blue, we are showing our support for our friends and loved ones and are also showing we are a unified voice in diabetes awareness.” The theme of World Diabetes Day is Diabetes Education and Prevention. Kirk is a member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). She and fellow student pharmacist Micah Plants are the student chapter’s Operation Diabetes Campaign co-chairs. “The ASP chapter is very active in providing and promoting health care and information to our community members,” Kirk said. “Our chapter participates in health fairs where we offer free health screenings like blood glucose testing for those who want to check their health or monitor an existing disease state.” “Diabetes is a growing concern not only in our community, but across the globe,” Kirk added. “As student pharmacists, we know we can make a difference in the lives of our patients by providing them with the information they need to make healthier choices and to also speak with them about their diabetes medications. And even though we can help them through these ways, we can also help by shining a light for awareness.”   [...]

WVU students help collect money for Rosenbaum Family House

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Members of the West Virginia University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society of professional counseling for master’s level students, were looking for a way to give back to the Morgantown community when they came across the Rosenbaum Family House’s Expansion of Hope campaign. “We were interested in expanding our efforts this academic year so that future generations of our honorary have well-established philanthropic opportunities in and around Morgantown,” President Jennifer Randall said. Randall, a native of Buckhannon, said she was touched when a family friend shared her story about staying at Rosenbaum Family House, which provides lodging and support services to out-of-town adult patients and their families while the patients are receiving medical treatment at WVU Healthcare. The house is adjacent to Ruby Memorial Hospital. “I know this family’s struggle was lessened by the efforts of the staff and volunteers at Family House,” Randall said. To assist with the Expansion of Hope campaign, which is aimed at not only expanding Family House but also enhancing the current facility, Chi Sigma Iota members are collecting change at area businesses from the Houses of Hope boxes on display. The boxes were donated by Scott Radman, of Meyer, Ford, Glasser and Radman PLLC, who is a member of the Family House advisory board. The boxes are currently located at 12 businesses throughout the Morgantown area: Archie’s Restaurant and Pub; Black Bear Burritos; Buck’s Corner Pub; Chic-n-Bones Rhythm Café; Crockett’s Lodge; Daniel’s Men’s Clothing; Friends Gift Shop at WVU Hospitals; Howard Hanna Real Estate; Kegler’s Sports Bar and Lounge; Miller Orthopedics; Slight Indulgence; and the UPS Store on Patteson Drive. To date approximately $500 in change has been collected from the boxes. Boxes will be placed at additional locations in the near future. In addition to collecting change every two weeks, Chi Sigma Iota members also hosted a dinner for Family House patients and guests from 5 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4. “We are very grateful that the members of Chi Sigma Iota are donating their time to help our guests both in collecting change and preparing this meal,” Jena Prokopchuk, director of Rosenbaum Family House, said. “Our guests are far from home and truly appreciate a home-cooked meal. These meals provide a taste of home and opportunity for fellowship.” For more information on the Expansion of Hope campaign and other ways to assist Rosenbaum Family House see http://wvuhealthcare.com/rosenbaum/help.aspx or contact Suzanne Likins, Family House development specialist, at 304-598-6094 ext. 4 or likinssu@wvuh.com. For more information on Rosenbaum Family House see http://wvuhealthcare.com/rosenbaum/index.aspx.   [...]