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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. [...]

Cancer Center to offer free clinical breast exams

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University will offer free clinical breast exams twice in October in observance of breast cancer awareness month – first at the WVUH Health Expo and again at the Cancer Center. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus Offers Mammograms September 30 in Hundred

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Wetzel County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the West Virginia State Police parking lot in Hundred on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 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 Burton Clinic at 304-775-4671. 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.   [...]

Fringe Little League Tournament to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Fringe Little League Association will kick off its Fourth Annual Coaches Softball Tournament Thursday at the Lewis W. Hall Field in Barrackville. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Life Program at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. “It is the hope of the coaches that news of this positive gathering of caring adults beyond the walls of the hospital will not only uplift the spirits of the sick children, but also teach the members of the Little League teams about the love that comes from giving and sharing with those who are sick and lonely,” Chris Funkhouser, Fringe Little League Association president, said. “Nothing is more beautiful than the smile of a child and nothing is more rewarding than giving them a reason to smile.” The association is composed of the Marion County Little League baseball teams from Mannington, Farmington, South Marion, Fairview, Barrackville, Rivesville, Monongah, Clay-Battelle and East Marion. Games are 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The tournament began when the coaches’ suggested that their players see them demonstrate the fundamentals of baseball through softball. Since its inception in 2007, the tournament has raised more than $17,500 for WVU Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program. One of the main components of the Child Life Program is play, an important part of children’s lives. During times of stress, such as hospitalization, play can provide something safe and familiar – an opportunity for children to express fear, anxiety and misunderstandings about their hospitalization. To encourage playtime for pediatric patients, WVU Children’s Hospital has an activity center equipped with toys, video games, an air hockey table and other child-friendly items. For information on the softball tournament contact Larry Kincell at 304-825-1415. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.   [...]

WVU Health Expo is Friday Oct. 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – How healthy are you? You can find out at the West Virginia University Health Expo this Friday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Morgantown Mall. The expo will feature 47 exhibitors representing departments and programs at WVU Healthcare, WVU Health Sciences and affiliated organizations. “Hundreds of WVU health professionals –  including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and therapists – will be at the mall promoting prevention and early detection,” Stephanie Bock, director of community relations for WVU Healthcare, said. “We normally provide more than 4,000 health screenings at the event – mostly free – that can save lives.” [...]

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.   [...]

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