WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Award-winning wellness program helps Ruby and HSC workers lead healthier lives

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As rewarding as they can be, people in health-related careers frequently face long shifts and tiring tasks, often leading to high stress and less energy to maintain the healthy habits they encourage others to adopt. Since 1995, The Wellness Program of the WVU Health Sciences Campus has helped the employees of the WVU Health Sciences Center and WVU Healthcare become healthier, fitter and happier through an array of lifestyle enrichment resources. [...]

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.   [...]