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Elimination dinner to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will be the beneficiary of an elimination dinner, which will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Westchester Village in Fairmont. [...]

Beckley radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Fifth Annual CIR Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will hit the airwaves live on Sept. 29. [...]

Pink rubber ducks go on sale in October

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – What does a rubber duck have to do with breast cancer awareness?  If you are Duck Soup, a children’s shop in Fairmont, it means that those traditionally yellow toys now come in pink. Duck Soup is selling pink ribbon rubber ducks during the month of October to support the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at West Virginia University.  The rubber ducks cost $1.75 each, and $1 of each one sold will be donated to the Cancer Alternative Screening and Support Indemnity Fund (CASSI) at the Breast Care Center. In addition to selling pink ribbon ducks, Duck Soup will also give customers a chance to win a retired 2009 Longaberger Horizon of Hope basket valued at $100 for each duck purchased. Donna Gorbey, who co-owns Duck Soup with her sister, Connie Cerullo, says she and her sister have both had friends who succumbed to breast cancer at an early age. “Therefore, anything we can do which contributes to the availability of mammograms to more women is worth the effort. The ultimate goal of anyone that has witnessed the devastating effects of this disease is to do what is within your power, however small, to contribute to the eradication of this disease.” Duck Soup is located at 325 Adams Street, across from Veteran’s Square and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.  To contact the store, call 304-366-2100. The CASSI Fund helps the Center provide breast-imaging services to uninsured or underinsured women who do not qualify for other state or federally funded programs, with most of the money being used to support mammography services on Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels.  The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center provides state-of-the-art technology and maintains an active program of educational outreach aimed at prevention and early detection.  It is part of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The Breast Care Center was created through the generosity of Betty Puskar, a Morgantown philanthropist, who was treated out-of-state for breast cancer.  She wanted to establish a center where West Virginia women could receive the highest quality of care close to home.  For information about the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, see www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bpbcc.   [...]

Cancer Center Hosts Afternoon of Enlightenment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is hosting an Afternoon of Enlightenment for breast cancer survivors on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Star City. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer survivors will join fellow survivors and cancer specialists from WVU’s Cancer Center for an afternoon of sharing, celebration and learning.  Cancer Center experts including Drs. Jame Abraham, Sobha Kurian, Carl Jueng, and Hannah Hazard will discuss the newest medical advances and technologies available for treating breast cancer. “Our patients have become our extended families, and we are honored to have them as our guests at the Afternoon of Enlightenment,” says Jame Abraham, M.D., section chief of Hematology/Oncology and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in Breast Cancer Research. “They inspire us to be better health care providers, and they are a source of inspiration to others on the same cancer journey.”  Cyndi Smith of Cumberland, Maryland, one of the speakers for the Afternoon of Enlightenment, says while she would not wish breast cancer on anyone, she was able to find purpose behind her diagnosis. “Before my diagnosis, I didn’t realize how precious life was. It made me embrace life more. It brings you closer to people.” Smith, who is approaching her 10th year as a breast cancer survivor, gave up a successful business career to go back to school to become a registered nurse. “I want to work in oncology with breast cancer patients. I want to give back what I got, and that is hope and encouragement that other survivors gave to me.” “Being called a survivor makes me feel strong--reaffirms to me that I can make it through everything,” says Gina Stewart, a four-year breast cancer survivor. Stewart was a 15-year veteran of the Morgantown Police Department when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I might have cried for a couple hours and felt scared. But my training taught me that if you are going to make it, you have to be logical. I got in ‘kick butt’ mode.” Stewart had to leave the department last year due to neuropathy, a nerve problem that can result from cancer or cancer treatment. But, she found her niche at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She began working at their Morgantown office as a volunteer director in a program geared for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. This February, she was hired as a community manager to coordinate ACS Relay for Life events in four counties. “I always tell new cancer patients to believe in their God and get strength from that. I also remind them to laugh and live life.” Sixty-nine-year-old Clara Atchison of Weston also believes in living life to the fullest despite breast cancer. “You can have cancer, but cancer can’t have you,” says Atchison. She was told by her doctor in 2002 that her cancer was advanced and that she had 18 months to live.  Atchison sought treatment at the Cancer Center following her initial diagnosis. “I decided that if I’m going out, I’m going out my way.” Eight years later, she still works as a resource information consultant for the Lewis County Senior Center in Weston where she also teaches clogging and square dancing twice a week.  She and her 90-year-old dance partner have won the Senior Olympics dance contest for the last six years. “Dr. Abraham tells me to just keep doing what I’m doing… dancing, having regular mammograms, and so forth,” Atchison said. The Afternoon of Enlightenment is sponsored by the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at WVU and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The event includes a light lunch for each breast cancer survivor and a guest. To RSVP, call Pam Foley at 304-598-4558 by Sept. 28.   [...]

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. [...]

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