WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU School of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – October is American Pharmacists Month, and the [...]

WVU pathologists assistant students present at Preston High School

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Alejandra Meza and six other students in the West Virginia University School of Medicine Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) Program talked to Preston High School juniors and seniors Wednesday, Oct. 2, about professional opportunities in the lab sciences. Meza is an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Career Ambassador. Amanda Cottrill, Carla Cox, Colleen Dailey, Madison Peebles, Kristyne Schoonover and Jonathan Wunderlich volunteered to join Meza. ASCP Career Ambassadors are lab science professionals selected to share their personal experiences to raise awareness of the laboratory professions among high school students. Meza was appointed in August for the program’s one-year tenure. Meza gave a 30-minute presentation about the range of lab sciences professions, the education they require, salary expectations and schools in West Virginia that offer those degrees. Then the high school students broke into groups and rotated among seven stations, where PA students presented different facets of the lab sciences, several using real human organs. Peebles’ station was particularly popular. “I had an actual cadaver brain,” she said. “The students seemed really excited about it. They were posing with it next to their heads and taking pictures.” Meza demonstrated urinalysis, labeling fake urine samples with celebrity names and allowing students to perform testing. Other stations showcased the spleen, lungs, gastrointestinal organs and testicles, as well as a microscoping area with histotechnology blocks showing the process of taking a tissue sample down to a slide. The presenters were encouraged by the students’ responses. “Everyone was actually touching stuff,” Wunderlich said. “I expected more kids to be kind of grossed out.” One Preston High student is already researching pathologist programs. Meza directed him to shadowing opportunities at WVU. Cherie Germain, P.A., director of WVU’s PA Program, said, “I’m just so proud of them. They took the initiative to go out and do that and to promote the profession at such an early stage in their career.” All of the presenters are first-year students. This was Meza’s first presentation as a Career Ambassador. She wants to focus on less-reached audiences, including youth correctional facilities. Germain said that being selected as a Career Ambassadors is a prestigious honor, and Meza’s appointment while a student is particularly unique. “That doesn’t usually happen,” she said. “Usually they wait until after the person is graduated and in their job.” Meza was selected because of her medical lab science experience and her histology experience in the Army prior to coming to WVU. She also received the ASCP Regional Member Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Germain nominated Meza for this honor because of Meza’s diligent promotion of the lab sciences, even prior to becoming a Career Ambassador. Meza completed her B.S. in biology at the University of California, Davis in 2008 after leaving school briefly to join the Army’s laboratory technician training program in San Antonio. After graduating and obtaining her license in medical lab science, she worked at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, returned to the States in 2011 and worked in San Diego as a clinical lab scientist, then entered WVU’s PA program in the spring of 2013. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Westover, Blacksville and Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Monongalia County offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at: •    Morgantown Mall in Westover for the WVU Healthcare Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4.  No appointment needed. •    HealthWorks in Blacksville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. For an appointment, call 304-432-8211. •    Fall Women’s Extravaganza in Morgantown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20. For an appointment, call 877-287-2272. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 4,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of eight cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups 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 the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.      [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Elizabeth, Gassaway, Rock Cave, West Milford and Glenville

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Wirt, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison and Gilmer counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at: •    Coplin Memorial Clinic in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. For an appointment, call 304-273-1033. •    Elk Memorial Clinic in Gassaway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22. For an appointment, call 304-364-2401. •    Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. For an appointment, call 304-924-6262. •    West Milford Health Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. For an appointment, call 304-745-4568.                     •    Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Glenville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25. For an appointment, call 304-462-7322. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 4,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of eight cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups 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 the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.      Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

WVU Healthcare and Cancer Center to host marrow donor drive

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host a marrow donor drive for the Be the Match Donor Registry from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 during the WVU Healthcare Expo at Morgantown Mall. The donor registry table will be located between Garfield’s and JCPenney. The Be the Match Registry is operated by the National Donor Marrow Program, the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients in need. “It’s critically important that we host the drive because patients with 73 different diseases, including leukemia and lymphoma, are dying due to a lack of donors,” Londia Goff, transplant coordinator and nurse clinician for the Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program at the Cancer Center, said. “The shortage is greatest for minority donors. I have an 80 percent chance of finding a donor for a patient of European ancestry. For African-Americans, the percentage drops to about 3 percent.” Potential donors include men and women from 18 to 44 years old. During the registration process, potential donors will be asked several questions about their medical history, medications, travel history and social behaviors. Someone at risk for transmitting blood-borne infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, will not be eligible to donate. Those determined eligible to be a potential donor will meet with a WVU Healthcare clinician who will collect DNA from their cheek with a swab.      “The Donor Program is seeking younger donors because younger cells engraft better with better outcomes for the recipient. As we age our cells age also,” Goff said. “This is a painless process that enables us to collect cheek cells that will be tested for tissue type, entered into the national registry and then sent to transplant centers looking for donors. If a donor is a potential match, he or she will be called for additional testing.”   She added that it is crucial that the donor respond promptly because high-risk patients are desperately waiting to receive their transplant. For more information about becoming a bone marrow donor visit bethematch.com or call the Osborn Blood and Marrow Transplant Program office  at 304-598-4520 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. [...]