WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Hulsey named dean at WVU School of Nursing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Tara F. Hulsey, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., F.A.A.N., dean and professor at Charleston (S.C.) Southern University College of Nursing and Allied Health, has been named dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Dr. Hulsey is also an adjunct faculty member in the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Hulsey was selected by WVU Chancellor Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., following a national search. She is expected to begin her new role at the WVU Health Sciences Center August 1.   “The members of the search committee and the faculty, staff, and students who had the opportunity to meet her during the course of the nationwide search for a dean for the School were impressed with her work, her energy, and her successes,” Dr. Colenda said. “I truly believe that she will build upon the great achievements that the School of Nursing has accomplished in the past 50 years and expand opportunities for our students, our faculty, and our staff.” Colenda also expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation for the work of the search committee, led by Dean Joyce McConnell of the WVU College of Law, and for the dedicated service of Interim Dean Betty Shelton, Ph.D., R.N., and the rest of the School’s leadership team. Dr. Shelton has served the WVU School of Nursing as interim dean since late 2012. Under Hulsey’s leadership, the nursing program at Charleston Southern saw its enrollment triple. With 15 years of experience in a top academic health science center, Hulsey has assisted in building a strong research focus, developing and implementing doctoral and master’s programs, and leading faculty development initiatives. In her seven years as dean at Charleston Southern, new undergraduate and graduate programs have been developed and implemented, accompanied by a $4 million building expansion and transition from a school of nursing to a college of nursing and allied health, including programs in health promotion, kinesiology, athletic training, and physical education. She was recently elected to the international board of directors of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing. With a practice and research specialty in perinatal nursing, Hulsey has served as a curriculum consultant in the United States and China. She has held numerous leadership roles at the local, state, national, and international levels, including as the chair of Sigma Theta Tau International’s United Nations and Global Health Advisory Council and as a governor-appointed member of the South Carolina Board of Nursing. [...]

Capehart joins WVU School of Pharmacy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Krista Capehart, Pharm.D., joined the [...]

Marshall and WVU Schools of Medicine team up to host Gold Educational Summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an effort to educate health professions students about the importance of compassionate care in medicine, the Marshall University and West Virginia University schools of medicine today hosted the inaugural Gold Humanism Educational Summit at the Cultural Center in Charleston. The event kicked off a week-long observance of Gold Humanism Week recognized by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a proclamation issued at the State Capitol prior to the summit. Organizers say the educational summit allows medical, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy students to learn the essentials of delivering compassionate and patient-centered care from practicing health professionals. “Studies show that patients heal quickly when healthcare providers take time to know them,” Darshana Shah, Ph.D., founding faculty advisor to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter at Marshall and recipient of a Gold Foundation grant to host the collaborative summit, said. “Keeping the balance between scientific knowledge and humanistic attitude is the key to providing quality care. This summit is intended to inspire participants and remind them of the value of humanism, while encouraging them to continue its promotion.” “Our chapter was established in 2008 to recognize members of our learning community who are exemplars of humanistic qualities in caring for patients,” said Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs, professor and chair of the WVU Department of Medical Education, and founding faculty member of the GHHS chapter at WVU. “We are most pleased to partner with our colleagues from Marshall University this year in having a statewide celebration and educational conference showcasing the ideals of the Gold Foundation and its support of humanism in medicine.” Medical students at WVU and Marshall are selected for inclusion in GHHS based on practicing patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy. Medical residents, faculty, and administrators may also be recognized. “My main vision for the Gold Humanism Educational Summit was to unite healthcare professionals across the state to recognize the importance of compassion when caring for patients,” Keri Geronilla, member of the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2014 and liaison for the WVU GHHS chapter, said. “I wanted a session that can demonstrate how West Virginia’s healthcare providers value the connection with their patients and stories because that is what can continually motivate us in our careers. At its essence, medicine is simply one human being caring for another. Because medicine is both a science and an art, to be effective healthcare professionals we have to not only practice cutting-edge medicine but also utilize skills of communication, empathy, and compassion.” GHHS is an international initiative of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which works to improve healing and healthcare outcomes by restoring the balance between the cutting-edge science of medicine and compassionate, patient-centered care. For a complete listing of topics and speakers for the Educational Summit, visit the event site at https://sites.google.com/site/goldhumanismeducationalsummit. For More Information from Marshall University: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713, edwardl@marshall.edu. [...]