WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health offers wellness retreat in Wetzel County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is inviting women in Wetzel County and the surrounding area to spend a day focusing on their well-being and personal empowerment. The Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat on Saturday, Oct. 16  is a day for and about women.  [...]

Meet an important member of the WVU Healthcare team: Physician Assistant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dena Pozeg, PA-C, wanted a career where she could help people and feel like she was making a difference in their lives. That’s why she became a physician assistant (PA). She is one of the 54 physician assistants at WVU Healthcare whose work is being recognized as a part of National Physician Assistants Week (Oct. 6-12). According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive healthcare, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. “PAs are trained to work within a team in conjunction with others. I really like the idea of a team effort,” Pozeg said. “PAs are also trained to be an advocate for the patient and normally have a little more time to spend with patients than the physicians, since they act as an extension of them.” Pozeg works as the chief PA for the section of trauma and critical care surgery, where she goes to traumas, takes care of inpatients, does consults and sees patients in the clinic. She also acts as the primary contact for patients who have been discharged and call with needs, including answering questions or calling in refills for prescriptions. Working in trauma is never the same as the day before, Pozeg said, and that’s one of the reasons she chose to pursue that specialty. “Our patients are significantly ill or injured and most times ‘fixable.’ It gives me a great feeling to see patients in the outpatient clinic after their hospital course and know that I have helped them progress back to their normal lives,” she said. “It’s a really great feeling to see someone walk when they were unable to before or see someone who previously had a traumatic brain injury improve and return to school or work. Trauma just makes me feel that I can touch the lives of so many that need help.” Alison Wilson, M.D., director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and chief of trauma and critical care surgery, said physician assistants are vital to the continuum of care for both inpatients and outpatients. “Physician assistants are an integral part of the healthcare team,” she said. “Their roles are developing and expanding. They will be essential to the success of healthcare in the future.” For more information on physician assistants, see www.aapa.org.  For more information on WVU Healthcare, see www.wvuhealth.com.   [...]

WVU Hospitals event for United Way is October 7

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – . “Fall Into the Spirit of Living United” is the theme of the 2010 United Way Fall Fest event for the community and West Virginia University Hospitals employees, Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on front lawn of WVU’s Ruby Memorial Hospital. [...]

WVU to host National Museum of Dentistry exhibit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Dentistry will celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by hosting the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry’s MouthPower exhibit Oct. 6-25 at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown. [...]

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Twelve million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, which results from prolonged exposure to noise. For that reason, audiologists at WVU Healthcare and across the country are encouraging everyone to protect their hearing. “Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the microscopic hair cells, or cilia, which are found in the inner ear. Cilia are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear into electrical signals that travel to the brain,” Mary Archer, Au.D., clinical audiologist at WVU Healthcare, said. “Once damaged, our hair cells don’t grow back, and they cannot be repaired or grow back, causing permanent hearing loss.” The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB). Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85 dB, such as concerts, sporting events, lawnmowers, fireworks and MP3 players at full volume. A brief exposure to a very intense sound, such as a gun shot near the ear, can also damage your hearing. According to Dr. Archer, an environment is too loud and considered dangerous if you have to shout over background noise to be heard, if it is painful to your ears or if it makes your ears ring during and after exposure. “There are several things you can do to protect your hearing. For example, if you’re going to be exposed to sounds louder than 85 dB for 30 minutes or more, wear hearing protection. When you’re listening to the radio, TV, MP3 player or anything through ear buds or headphones, turn down the volume. And, if possible, walk away from loud noises,” she said. Hearing loss not only affects a person’s ability to understand speech, but it also has a negative impact on his or her social and emotional well being. Noise-induced hearing loss can occur gradually over time. People often do not realize they are changing the way they live to make up for the disability. Those who suspect they may have hearing loss should see an audiologist for a hearing test to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. Protect Your Hearing Month is a project of the American Academy of Audiology and Quota International, an international service organization. For more information on audiology services at WVU Healthcare see http://health.wvu.edu/services/otolaryngology/audiology-speech.aspx.   [...]

WVUH named ‘Best Workplace for Men’ in Nursing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) recently named West Virginia University Hospitals as the recipient of its 2010 Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Award. [...]

School of Pharmacy improving health of community during American Pharmacists Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Do you know if you are able to take a certain over-the-counter medication with your current prescription medication? Do you need help understanding how your prescribed medication will help you? Your pharmacist is the best source of information for questions like these, and he or she can help you manage your medications to get the best results for your health. [...]

WVU honors trauma workers and patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU’s Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center will recognize trauma workers from across the state – including  emergency medical services teams, community emergency departments, and the care teams at trauma centers -- along with patients and their families at a Night of Recognition event Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center. [...]

New funding supports WVU nursing students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing recently received $950,400 in federal funding that will allow 25 graduate students to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner program. The grant is intended to prepare health care workers to meet the needs of an increasing number of patients who will have insurance once health care reform is implemented. WVU is the only nursing school in the state to receive this grant. [...]