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WVU Children’s Hospital receives gift from unlikely donor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s not often that the West Virginia University Foundation receives a phone call from a state prison official saying a group of inmates would like to make a donation. But that’s just what happened recently when inmates at the Pruntytown Correctional Center in Taylor County raised $1,028.80 for WVU Children’s Hospital through an intramural softball tournament held at the end of August. The inmates organized and participated in the tournament with the idea of raising money for a cause of their choice. The inmates paid to be on teams, and even those inmates who chose not to participate contributed to the cause. Debra Minnix, warden at the Pruntytown prison, said guards gave inmates the idea to contribute to Children’s Hospital. “Many of the guards have had pleasant personal experiences with WVU Children’s Hospital from taking their children there,” Minnix said. “They encouraged the inmates to focus the tournament around raising money for the hospital.” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said the hospital is appreciative of the money raised by the inmates. “We are always very grateful when a new individual or group chooses to help support our mission and partner with us to provide care to our patients,” Jones said.  “Our goal is to provide high quality care to every child who comes through our doors. We plan to use the money wherever there is the greatest need – equipment, programs, etc. – so we can do just that.” Minnix was pleased with the effort the inmates put into raising the money. “The inmates have a big heart when it comes to children,” Minnix said. “From start to finish, it was their idea to conduct the softball tournament. They were able to promote the event among themselves, which gave them the opportunity to show leadership in helping out this wonderful cause.” WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. To find out more about WVU Children’s Hospital, visit www.wvukids.com.   The donation was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015. [...]

WVU Healthcare patients notified of FDA recall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare was notified by the FDA this week about a precautionary and voluntary recall of all injectable products manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC).  All injectable products compounded at the NECC had already been removed from all WVU Healthcare pharmacies and clinics on October 4. (WVU Healthcare never used the injectable steroid suspected of causing serious and sometimes fatal meningitis cases that have been reported.) We have used two other drugs from the NECC which the FDA has now included in its recall.  After an examination of patient records from May of this year through October, we determined that the drugs were used for 125 patients either during open heart surgery or for adults in intensive care at Ruby Memorial Hospital. We are in the process of notifying each patient by mail. While the FDA reports the likelihood of any complication is low, we are reminding patients to watch for the symptoms of infection. These symptoms may include fever, swelling, pain, redness and warmth at the injection site; visual changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye; chest pain or drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest). Based on everything we know at this time, there is little cause for concern. We are doing this as a precaution and at the recommendation of the FDA. No issues have been reported with our patients. [...]

Poison Center director selected for national award

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WVU’s Global Health Week begins Oct. 22

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Charleston radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Fourth Annual WQBE and Electric 102 Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting [...]

WVU study: Exposure to air pollution particles at mountaintop mining sites may lead to cardiovascular dysfunction

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A published study by researchers at the [...]

Log-a-Load auction benefits WVU Children’s Hospital

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Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Princeton and Wilcoe

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Mercer and McDowell 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: •    Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11.  For an appointment in Princeton call 304-431-5499. •    McDowell County Health Department in Wilcoe from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12. For an appointment in Wilcoe call 304-448-2174. 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. 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 in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has travelled more than 40,000 miles and provided more than 3,000 mammograms.  More than half of those were screened in 2011.  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.     [...]

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