Caring for Our Community

Camden Clark has served its mission to “meet the healthcare needs of our community for a lifetime” for 125 years.

Each year, Camden Clark continues to serve and support the needs of the Mid-Ohio Valley by contributing thousands of hours supporting community initiatives. Our efforts in giving back to the community are aimed at reducing monetary and operational burdens, which many local organizations face.

For us, caring for our community is maintaining a leadership role as the region’s primary source of advanced healthcare and wellness programs – but also, supporting community initiatives and organizations to meet the needs of Mid-Ohio Valley residents for generations to come.

Camden Clark Continues to Support K-12 Students Enrolled in Wood County Schools as a Partner in Education

In addition to its existing Partners in Education, Jefferson Elementary Center and Parkersburg Catholic Schools, Camden Clark has entered Partner in Education agreements to further support and enhance programming for K-12 students enrolled in Wood County Schools.

Camden Clark’s Pink Mammogram Fund Supports Area Patients

The Camden Clark Foundation’s Pink Mammogram Fund was established as a service to uninsured or underinsured residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley to provide access to free mammograms and associated diagnostics for qualifying patients. Since its establishment, the Pink Mammogram Fund has provided more than 3,000 free procedures for local patients. Each year the Camden Clark Foundation hosts several fundraising efforts to support the Pink Mammogram Fund and local patients, including Pink by Poolside.

Camden Clark Supports Wood County Society’s Annual Telethon and Camp ECHO

Each year, Camden Clark contributes to the Wood County Society Telethon through its Lifetime Partners Program and monetary contributions from the hospital, while Camden Clark employees answer phones to accept pledges. Several employees also spend time volunteering during Wood County Society’s annual Camp ECHO summer camp for adults with developmental differences.

Your Community Magazine is Now Available

In our Winter 2023 Edition of Community Healthcheck you’ll learn more about how Camden Clark continues to serve our mission to meet the healthcare needs of our community for a lifetime.

Inside, you’ll find a message from our President and CEO, Steve Altmiller, read about our recent recognition as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades (in addition to several other national quality awards), meet our two new trauma experts added to our award-winning Orthopaedics team, and much more!

CCMC Auxiliary

The Camden Clark Auxiliary assists with a number of projects to raise funds for the hospital to enhance patient care. Since its establishment in 1952, the Auxiliary has contributed more than $3 million to Camden Clark and continued to support the hospital through volunteer services. In 2022, Camden Clark employees collaborated with the Camden Clark Medical Center Auxiliary to raise $100,000 to enhance patient care and safety through the purchase of new lifting devices to be used during patient transport.  

Each year, the Auxiliary raises funds for scholarships to assist local students fund their healthcare education.

Contributed over $116,000 in local sponsorships.

Supported more than 70 civic, charitable, athletic and educational organizations

Provided 200+ free mammograms, biopsies and genetic tests, a value of nearly $50,000, to local uninsured or underinsured patients through community engagement activities.

Innovations in Primary Care

MAY 31, 2022   Over the past two years, innovations in healthcare have provided the best access to care that patients have needed. Dr. Bairava Kuppuswamy, Chief Medical Information Officer for WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center says it has opened up accessibility and improved quality in terms of care, such as scheduling appointments, access to test results and historical data, and to hold virtual appointments, all at a patient’s leisure.

Physicians communicating with each other has made patient care even better. They can communicate with each other to order different tests or access a patient’s charts, so the patient doesn’t have to re-explain the reason for their visit.

Time is Brain When it Comes to Stroke Health

MAY 10, 2022   May is national stroke awareness month and the more we know about warning signs and symptoms the better we can act to help someone who may be having a stroke. “Time is Brain” so the faster the treatment, the greater chance to improve outcomes.
CCMC’s Dr. Muhammad Rizwan-Husain was featured on this week’s WTAP HealthCheck and explains why knowing what you can when someone is showing signs of a stroke is the key to their care.

Managing Lung Disease

APRIL 25, 2022    We use our lungs every day to breathe and developing any lung disease can hold you back from breathing easier. Lung disease covers many problems within the lungs, from its structure and function to how air flows through the airways.
In the Mid-Ohio Valley, when you consider chemical exposures, there are multiple chemicals and substances that have been associated with lung disease, cobalt, indium, beryllium, and asbestos,” Dr. Cheshire said. “And so it’s important for patients to know what they’ve been exposed to, and then work with their practitioner to look at the timing, look at the amount of exposure, the timing of the exposure, the development of symptoms, and then look at other potential exposures that they may not have considered.”

How to Combat and Prevent Kidney Disease

APRIL 16, 2022    Diabetes is the top cause of kidney failure, causing about 47 percent of its new cases. Eighty percent of Americans are at risk for the disease if they fail to take the test needed to detect it.
“But to put it into perspective, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death,” said Dr. Siddharth Verma, a consulting nephrologist at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

Colon Cancer Screenings Save Lives

MARCH 21, 2022   March is known as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women.
“The reason for the screening is it not only catches the precancerous polyps earlier and prevents cancer. If it catches cancer very early, it is also curable,” said Dr. Bairava Kuppuswamy, primary care physician at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

Time is Muscle

FEBRUARY 28, 2022    Dr. Gnegy said that it is never too early or too late to get your heart checked by a cardiologist. “So many people smoke and that is so bad for your heart,” Dr. Gnegy said.
“So stopping smoking is important. also around here, we have a very high prevalence of diabetes, and diabetes increases your risk of heart disease greatly. So the same things that we watch for in developing heart disease could be to prevent diabetes.

It is Never Too Late

JANUARY 31, 2022   A year ago Rodney and Patricia Gibson moved to Vienna from Martinsburg to be closer to their family and grandkids.
They went from a lifestyle of moving around a department store warehouse walking almost 15,000 steps a day to becoming retired and stationary in their new home. But a recent doctor’s visit for Patricia changed her and Rodney’s lifestyle choices to live a much healthier life.

The Journey to Self-Care

JANUARY 10, 2022   “I missed out on moments with my kids because of my size. I missed out on activities, things that we could have done together that we should have done together. And I didn’t ever want to do that again,” said Jo Hendershot, Clinical Nurse Manager for Medical Oncology at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.  Hendershot said this kind of lifestyle change is not something you can just do overnight all at once.

Camden Clark Sponsors Local BACF All-Star Football and Basketball Games in 2022

Camden Clark sponsored the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis “BACF” all-star basketball and football games taking place in 2022. CCMC was proud to support high school athletics and the student athletes in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Camden Clark also provided educational information about Cystic Fibrosis to raise awareness of the disease.

Supported the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Day Efforts in 2022

Camden Clark’s dietary team continued the tradition of assisting with the Salvation Army community Thanksgiving dinner in 2022. CCMC teams prepared 70 hams, totaling 520 pounds, which produced 3,000 portions of food for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Day efforts.

Camden Clark Sponsors and Participates in Local Relay for Life Events Throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley

In 2022 Camden Clark sponsored and participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events taking place in Parkersburg, Belpre and Williamstown. Representatives from the WVU Medicine Cancer Institute at Camden Clark spoke at each of the events including Dr. Jeff Ryckman, Radiation Oncologist, and Reinnie Leavitt, Director of Cancer Services. Speech Therapy Team Leader at Camden Clark, Belpre native and cancer survivor, Micki George, served as the Grand Marshall at the Washington County Relay for Life.

Camden Clark Enhances Infusion Treatment Care Through Project Chair-ity

WVU Medicine Camden Clark provides nearly 11,000 infusion center treatments per year to area patients. As part of the recent Camden Clark Foundation Project Chair-ity fundraising campaign, Camden Clark received over $150,000 in community donations that enabled the purchase of 30 new state-of-the-art comfort chairs that will improve the infusion treatment experience and aid in the comfort and healing of patients.

Camden Clark Supports Local Youth at the Wood County 4-H Junior Livestock Show

Camden Clark was proud to sponsor and participate in the Wood County 4-H Junior Livestock Sale in 2022. CCMC purchased Hollie Smith’s Reserve Grand Champion Steer, “Red,” which was donated back to the Wood County 4-H Association.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center Sponsors Parkersburg Art Center Admission for 2023

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has provided the Parkersburg Art Center a $5,000 admissions sponsorship to be enjoyed by the Mid-Ohio Valley community through the end of 2023. This sponsorship provides free admission to area community members, allowing them to enjoy any of the 15 to 20 rotating exhibits presented in the Art Center’s five gallery spaces throughout the year.
The admission sponsorship to the Parkersburg Art Center demonstrates Camden Clark’s commitment to preserving the non-profit arts organization that has been a keystone of the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1938.

Camden Clark’s Pink Mammogram Fund Supports Area Patients

The Camden Clark Foundation’s Pink Mammogram Fund was established as a service to uninsured or underinsured residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley to provide access to free mammograms and associated diagnostics for qualifying patients. Since its establishment, the Pink Mammogram Fund has provided more than 3,000 free procedures for local patients.
Each year the Camden Clark Foundation hosts several fundraising efforts to support the Pink Mammogram Fund and local patients. The Foundation’s annual Pink by Poolside was a record setting event in 2022, with more than $40,000 raised thanks to the generosity of the local community.
Camden Clark also received several gifts in 2022 to support the fund, which were celebrated with check presentations. Astorg Auto and iPacket provided $8,475 and $12,700, respectively, from vehicle and iPacket package sales throughout the month of October, while Wincore Windows presented a check for the $16,000 raised from its annual breast cancer awareness golf tournament.
Camden Clark also distributed pink cowbells during local high school footballs games throughout the month of October to raise awareness of the services provided to area residents through the Pink Mammogram Fund.

Camden Clark Sponsors 2022 Mid-Ohio Valley Heart & Stroke Walk to Benefit Mid-Ohio Valley Cardiac Patients

Camden Clark and Parkersburg Cardiology Associates sponsored the 2022 Mid-Ohio Valley Heart & Stroke Walk, contributing a total of $31,500 to keep local hearts healthy. Camden Clark was awarded the “Top Company” designation at the 2022 walk for its efforts to rally in support of Mid-Ohio Valley cardiac patients. The community came together to raise more than $43,000 to benefit the American Heart Association.
In addition to the Mid-Ohio Valley Heart & Stroke Walk, Camden Clark launched fundraising efforts with a kickoff picnic where more than $16,000 was raised.

Camden Clark’s Charity Golf Classic Raises More Than $50,000 to Enhance Emergency Care for Infant and Pediatric Patients

Camden Clark’s Foundation hosted its 35th annual Charity Golf Classic in 2022 at the Parkersburg Country Club, where more than $50,000 was raised to benefit local patients. All proceeds raised benefitted emergency and trauma services to add infant and pediatric resuscitation systems on all WVU Medicine Camden Clark ambulances.
Proceeds from the Charity Golf Classic range from $30,000 – $50,000, as the designation changes annually. Funds from tournaments in recent years have benefitted Project Chair-ity, Women’s and Children’s and Cardiology.

Camden Clark Medical Center Serves Community at Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon

Each year Camden Clark Medical Center clinical staff are on standby on the sidelines of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon medical tent. Camden Clark is proud to provide this service each year to support local residents taking strides toward a healthier life. In addition to medical services support, Camden Clark employees also assisted to prepare and serve meals to half marathon participants and their families upon race completion.

CCMC Partners with Discovery World on Market to Benefit Local Families

In 2022, Camden Clark and Discovery World on Market announced a partnership to benefit children and families throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. Discovery World on Market is the Mid-Ohio Valley’s only children’s museum, slated to open in the spring of 2023.
To support the first of its kind children’s museum in the area, Camden Clark pledged $60,000 for the Discovery on Market Kaleidoscope Exhibit. The exhibit will allow visitors to use a set of translucent, 2D geometric shapes to create a design on a lightbox surface. Overhead video cameras capture the designs in real time and morph them into large, kaleidoscope-like animated patterns that are projected onto the wall in front of the exhibit. With the support of WVU Medicine Camden Clark, the exhibit can be adapted to provide animated patterns of the anatomy furthering health and science learning opportunities at the center.

Camden Clark Supports Downtown PKB Through Visionary Partnership

Camden Clark proudly serves as a Visionary Sponsor of Downtown PKB, a Mainstreet Community and catalyst to bring like-minded people together who are invested in improving Downtown Parkersburg. Downtown PKB provides opportunities for local residents and families to get involved, celebrate community and live active lifestyles through various events and programs, all of which are funded from private donations, grants and event sponsorships.

Throughout the summer months Camden Clark supported Downtown PKB as a key sponsor for the Taste of Parkersburg event, along with the Point Park Summer Concert Series. As the seasons changed, CCMC greeted trick or treaters at Downtown PKB’s Monster Mash in October, and hosted festive family activities following the Parkersburg Christmas Parade to kick off the holiday season.

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