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WVU awarded $400K to help create healthier rural communities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health has been awarded $400,000 to improve health of children and adults in rural West Virginia communities by reducing obesity and deaths due to to stroke and heart disease. The grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Transformation Grants program (CTG), which supports public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending in small communities. “The WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health is very excited about receiving this grant award from the CDC,” Larry A. Rhodes, M.D., director of rural programs at WVU’s Health Sciences Center, said. “This will enable us to fulfill a number of goals in enhancing care for the residents of rural West Virginia. In particular, it is a partnership with communities which are considered medically underserved or Health Professional Shortage Areas.” By focusing on the areas where people live, work, learn, and play, the CTG program is expected to improve the health of more than four out of 10 U.S. citizens—about 130 million Americans.   “We are fortunate that each of the West Virginia shortage areas communities are served by the Northern WV Rural Health Education Center, a group we have worked with for a number of years in orchestrating student rotations in these communities,” Dr. Rhodes continued. “They have a proven track record of service to both the Health Sciences Center and the people of our state.” Overall, HHS awarded approximately $70 million in prevention grants to 40 awardees focused on improving the health of small communities across the nation. Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CTG Program is a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative launched in 2011 and funded through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. These new funds will support areas with fewer than 500,000 people in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties. “This will involve educational and motivational programs at the community level provided by students from each of the five professional schools at the WVU Health Sciences Center,” Rhodes explained. “A secondary goal of this project is to encourage and enhance students’ interest in providing care in rural areas. Another goal is to nurture collaboration with community based health care providers and the Health Sciences Center in educational and, research activities to improve the health of rural West Virginians. We are very honored and excited to receive this award.” The Community Transformation Grants are one piece of a broader government effort to address the health and well-being of U.S. communities through initiatives such as the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign, the National Prevention Strategy, the National Quality Strategy, and HHS’ Million Hearts Initiative. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, as part of the Affordable Care Act, is supporting the CTG program and other initiatives designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent chronic diseases, detect them early, manage conditions before they become severe, and provide states and communities the resources they need to promote healthy living.   To learn more about the Community Transformation Grant Program, including a list of all awardees, visit www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation. [...]

Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center celebrates third annual Night of Recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, located at WVU Healthcare’s Ruby Memorial Hospital, will celebrate the success stories of four patients and recognize the individuals who assisted in their care at the third annual Night of Recognition, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa. “The care of trauma patients includes many healthcare providers – from the first responders who arrive on the scene to the doctors and nurses in the hospital to the rehabilitation staff,” Alison Wilson, M.D., director of the Trauma Center, said. “This event recognizes individuals from every aspect of the healthcare spectrum and helps them and the patients they cared for see just how vital each person is to a successful outcome.” During the awards program, the stories of four patients who overcame insurmountable odds will be told. Each patient and representatives of each stage of his or her care will be presented with a Cornerstone of Recovery Award. Approximately 80 awards will be presented. The four patient honorees include: •    Thomas Bonar, 51, of McMechen, who was injured in an ATV accident •    Cpl. Shannon Loudin, 36, of Buckhannon, a state trooper who was shot on the job •    Larry Wise, 58, of Jollytown, Pa., who was injured while working in a coal mine •    Marissa Wolfe, 10, of Idamay, who was injured in a bike accident “Each one of these four patients sustained very serious injuries and experienced remarkable recoveries,” Dr. Wilson said. “We are looking forward to seeing them again and to honoring the folks who helped get them there.” Through sponsorship and ticket sales, proceeds from the Night of Recognition will provide crucial funds to the School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery to help support the Trauma Center’s Injury Prevention Outreach Program, which provides education to people of all ages. The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center was created in the 1980s with the assistance and support of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. It is named for Byrd’s grandson, who died as a result of an automobile crash. Each year, the Trauma Center treats more than 3,000 patients from all over West Virginia, as well as those from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. [...]

Wheeling radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Fourth Annual WKKX Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will hit the airwaves live on Oct. 24. WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and WKKX (1600 AM) in Wheeling will host the radiothon at Quaker Steak and Lube at the Highlands and will be broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. Radio personalities will tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided by WVU Children’s Hospital. Patients are also scheduled to visit the radiothon to share their stories on air. To date, the radiothon has raised nearly $100,000 in support of WVU Children’s Hospital. For information about the radiothon, contact the WVU Children’s Hospital Development Office at 304-598-4346, ext. 1. The toll free number for donations during the radiothon is 877-719-KIDS (5437). 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. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com. The Children’s Miracle Network is a fundraising program to benefit hospitals providing healthcare for children. Created by the Osmond Foundation in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network includes 170 hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For information on Children’s Miracle Network, see www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.   [...]

Marsh to be honored by Medicine alumni

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Clay B. Marsh, M.D., a 1985 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been named this year’s recipient of the WVU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Marsh is executive director of the Center for Personalized Health Care and serves as vice dean and senior associate vice president for research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Marsh is also a professor of internal medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, the Department of Internal Medicine and is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Marsh is the current director of the Center for Critical Care and Respiratory Medicine, one of the six signature programs at OSU Wexner Medical Center. As a member of the board of directors for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, he has led efforts in personalized health care at OSU by leading the development of pilot programs in wellness and chronic disease testing. Marsh has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and maintains an active laboratory and clinical practice at OSU. In addition, Marsh has mentored more than 50 M.D., M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty. The WVU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1984 by the Executive Council of the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Association. The award was created to honor alumni "whose distinguished careers and unselfish contributions to society have enhanced the prestige of West Virginia University School of Medicine and, in their own way, have helped to upgrade the quality of health care." For more information about the WVU School of Medicine, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/. [...]

Historic award to support WVU Nursing scholars

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As an aging society and healthcare reform will dramatically increase the demand for primary care services, nurses are expected to bridge the gap in provider demand and supply. In recognition of the West Virginia University School of Nursing’s commitment to educating primary care nurse practitioners, the School has been awarded a ‘historic’ $700,000 grant to support advanced practice nursing education. “Nurse practitioners play a critical role in improving access to primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas,” Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., dean of the WVU School of Nursing, said. “The coming increase in healthcare coverage, the accelerating move toward preventive care and the need to reduce healthcare costs are driving efforts to increase accessibility to primary care services for everyone. Advanced practice nurses are already in high demand to meet the need. ” WVU edged out nursing schools from across the country to secure the competitive Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The two-year AENT grant will provide stipend support to selected students who are in their last years of full-time or part-time study in the primary care segment of the Master of Science in Nursing program. Approximately 36 students will receive scholarship funding from this grant. “The ultimate goal, as established by HRSA, is to increase the number of primary care providers. This financial support will enable students to cut back on their employment, concentrate on coursework, graduate and enter the primary care workforce,” Alvita Nathaniel, Ph.D., associate professor at the School of Nursing’s Charleston Division and the grant’s project director, said. “Concerns over the adequacy of the primary care workforce have led policy makers to invest in the training of advanced practice registered nurses, as well as new ways to organize and deliver much needed medical services.” This year’s AENT grant is the greatest, yet second, of its kind WVU’s nursing program has received. In 2010, the School of Nursing was awarded nearly $1 million to support 25 students over five years. The School was also one of just 55 programs to receive 2012-2013 funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) prestigious New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. The award provides five, $10,000 scholarships for WVU students in the School’s accelerated baccalaureate nursing program for college graduates who wish to pursue a second career in nursing. Launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the program aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the number of students in accelerated nursing programs. To date, the School of Nursing has awarded 20 NCIN scholarships to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information about the WVU School of Nursing and its programs, please visit http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu/Pages. To learn more about HRSA’s AENT program, go to http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/grants/aent.html. [...]

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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