WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU Healthcare recognized for technology efforts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare has joined an elite group of healthcare institutions across the country that have been recognized for their efforts in using electronic medical records. HIMSS Analytics, a subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), scores hospitals based on their transformation to electronic medical records in stages. Stage 0 means that none of the organization’s key systems have been installed, while Stage 7 means that a hospital is virtually paperless. WVU Healthcare is now at Stage 6. Of the more than 5,000 hospitals in the country, only 2.6 percent have attained a Stage 6 designation. Those hospitals include two hospitals in the Mayo Health System and two in the Johns Hopkins Health System, in addition to WVU Healthcare. Rich King, WVUH vice president and chief information officer, said achieving this designation required the efforts of many individuals across the entire spectrum of WVU Healthcare. “This achievement is certainly not the work of any one person. It takes the focus of the whole organization to truly adopt the electronic medical records system and make it successful. It was a total team effort.” According to Kevin Halbritter, M.D., WVUH chief medical information officer, achieving this designation is another example of WVU Healthcare’s continued commitment to providing quality care and improving patient safety. Now that the Stage 6 designation has been achieved, WVU Healthcare’s eye is on the Stage 7 prize – one that will take up to two years to obtain. Kim Clarke, director of applications and data management, said that climbing higher and higher on the designation ladder requires support from everyone within the institution as well as a significant amount of resources to put the necessary technology into place. “In Stage 7, the hospital is truly paperless. Based on this, I would say that it is probably one to two years out before we would meet this definition,” she said. There are currently 40 Stage 7 hospitals in the country. For more information on WVU Healthcare, see www.wvuhealth.com. For more information on HIMSS Analytics, see www.himssanalytics.org.   [...]

School of Nursing expands program offerings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing has recently received $264,000--the final installment of a major grant that has enabled significant expansion of advanced nursing practice programs. The foundation has been laid for the new baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice program to welcome its first class in the fall of 2011. In addition, two new tracks of study for Nurse Practitioner students have been added. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms in northern panhandle

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Ohio and Brooke counties next month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Triadelphia Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg on Wednesday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [...]

Parkersburg Hospitals Seek to Join System

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  – Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital announced today their intention to join the statewide West Virginia United Health System (WVUHS). [...]

Metabolic Link to Asthma Seen in Children

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Children of any weight who have an imbalanced metabolism due to poor diet or exercise may be at increased risk of asthma, according to new research at West Virginia University. The findings, derived from data on nearly 18,000 West Virginia children, challenge the widespread assumption that obesity itself is a risk factor for asthma. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus Offers Mammograms

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Kanawha and Logan counties next week, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Clendenin Health Center on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Southern West Virginia Health Systems in Man on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, call the Clendenin Health Center at 304-548-7272 or Southern West Virginia Health Systems at 304-583-8585. 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 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 http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie.   [...]

WVU Children’s Hospital patient to appear on Frosted Flakes box

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – An 11-year-old West Virginia University Children’s Hospital patient is being honored for her courageous battle against brain cancer. Danielle Bartlett from Richwood will be featured along with the Children’s Miracle Network on a specially-designed box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal. [...]

Rudy Douthat, M.D., speaks at WVU School of Medicine Grand Rounds

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Rudenz “Rudy” Thomas Douthat, M.D., a West Virginia University graduate widely regarded as one of the founders of emergency medicine, will speak at WVU on Thursday, Sept. 16. His talk, part of the School of Medicine’s Grand Rounds, is entitled “Band of Brothers.” [...]

WVU heart research awarded $2.5 million grant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A $2.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI ) will continue the work of a West Virginia University research team that studies how chemicals change and interact at the cellular and molecular levels to regulate blood flow to the heart. [...]