End of Life Care: Free Screening of “Being Mortal” March 23

Valley Hospice and Reynolds Memorial Hospital are holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal,” which explores end of life care:

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • From 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Betty Beebe Habig Room at Reynolds Memorial Hospital

After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end of life goals and preferences.

End of Life Care, Glen Dale, WV

Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the patients and families he encounters.

When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end of life decisions.

  • End of life Care Glen Dale, WV70 percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions.
  • 90 percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end of life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit here. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book can be found here.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

RSVP is required, and a free dinner will be provided. RSVP to Valley Hospice at 740-859-5650 by March 15

  Valley Hospice and Reynolds Memorial Hospital are partnering to hold a free, community screening of the documentaryPictured are Katie Border, MSW, Valley Hospice Patient Care Manager; Dr. Carol Greco, Valley Hospice Medical Director; Dr. David Hess, Reynolds Memorial Hospital CEO; and Cynthia Bougher, RN, Valley Hospice CEO.

Written by: Kim Parker, Community Relations Manager, Valley Hospice

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Safely Reduce Your Severe Asthma

Suffering from chronic asthma and asthma attacks is frustrating. It interferes with your daily life and can limit the types of activities you participate in. Even walking around the block can feel like you’re climbing a mountain. But you’re not alone. More than 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. And of those 25 million, approximately 5-10% suffer from persistent or breakthrough asthma.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that uncontrolled asthma consumes over $18 billion of health care resources each year. In the U.S. each year, asthma attacks result in approximately 10 million outpatient visits, 2 million emergency room visits, 500,000 hospitalizations and 3,300 deaths.

Typically, medications are used to give a temporary reduction of persistent or breakthrough asthma symptoms. Some patients take a pill daily, along with carrying an inhaler and other emergency medications.Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces asthma attacks by reducing the amount of air way smooth muscle.

At Reynolds Memorial Hospital, we understand that frustrations and limitations of living with persistent or breakthrough asthma. That’s why we’re proud to offer a new state-of-the-art medical procedure to provide persistent or breakthrough asthma patients with a safe, long-term and proven treatment option to help reduce asthma attacks.



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Dr. Hess Represented WVU Medicine and Reynolds at Rural Hospital Roundtable

Reynolds Memorial CEO, Dr. David Hess, had an incredible honor representing WVU Medicine and Reynolds Memorial Hospital at the US Senate Democratic Steering Committee’s Rural Hospital Roundtable.

The Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee is dedicated to creating a dialogue between Senate Democrats and leaders from across the globe. The committee hosts meetings with advocates, policy experts and elected officials to discuss their priorities and get their help in the development of the Senate Democratic agenda.

The Committee serves as a communication bridge between:

  • Senate Democratic offices
  • Advocacy groups
  • Intergovernmental organizations

It is one of two Democratic Leadership Committees in the Senate. The committee is chaired by Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) and vice chaired by Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Rural Hospital Roundtable
Senator Joe Manchin III (left)

Dr. Hess was one of seven presenters to discuss healthcare reform and potential impact of an ACA repeal on rural hospitals.

Thanks to Senator Joe Manchin III for the invitation and for being such a gracious host. Many may not realize but WV is going in the right direction as far as health measures. We had the second largest improvement going from 47th to 43rd last year,” said Dr. Hess.

HealthNet Aeromedical Helicopter Provides Relief to Glen Dale Community

HealthNet Aeromedical Services plans to house a helicopter base in Marshall County by mid-year. This helicopter base will serve:

  • Glen Dale
  • Wheeling
  • Eastern Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Camden-Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

This news comes after Reynolds Memorial Hospital and WVU Medicine established a partnership that has the community feeling rejuvenated. 

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Cough and Cold Self Care and When to See a Doctor in Wheeling, WV

It happens every year — one of the kids comes home from school with sniffles and by the end of the week, the whole family is coughing and feeling miserable. Taking care of yourself and your family when you’re sick can be challenging and frustrating. You’re busy caring for everyone else — and as a result, you’re not resting so you can feel better. At Reynolds Memorial Hospital, we understand the difficulty of caring for sick children when you don’t feel great yourself. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to caring for yourself and family when sickness strikes — from self-care to seeing a doctor in Wheeling or Glen Dale, WV.


Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated is crucial to recovery. It aids in breaking up mucus and congestions and helps keep your throat moist. Water is the best option, but unsweetened tea and electrolyte drinks can be helpful too. 

Hot liquids, like herbal teas can be helpful too as they can reduce inflammation in the throat and nose. Adding honey to the tea can increase the soothing effect on the throat.

It can be helpful to keep moisture in the air too — if you have sharp pain in your throat when you swallow, it may be due to dry air. A humidifier can bring welcome relief. Most pharmacies will carry humidifiers ranging in size and price. Select one that will work for your room size and make sure it stays full of clean, cool water.


It’s common to lose your appetite when you’re sick, although it’s important to make sure you’re giving your body energy to fuel the battle against the virus or bacteria that is making you ill. If you’re not feeling hungry, try to eat more frequent small meals full of nutrient dense foods.

Whole Grains: whole wheat toast and oatmeal

Fruit: especially vitamin-C rich citrus and antioxidant rich berries

Vegetables: perhaps in chicken soup, which also gives you a serving of lean protein

Healthy Fats: like an avocado — provides fiber and potassium 

Lean Protein: chicken, turkey, pork etc.

When feeling miserable and sick, it’s easy to want to eat junk food. Remember that nutrients will help your body recover and get you back on your feet faster.


When we’re ill, we often get an accompanying fever — especially young children. This is the body’s way of fighting viruses and bacteria as they are temperature sensitive. A warmer environment makes it harder for these infections to thrive. Fevers can cause you to repeatedly feel hot then cold. This is a common symptom — help your body stay warm by using blankets and make sure you’re monitoring fevers.

It’s important to note that there are causes of fevers that are unrelated to infections like a cough or cold. Monitor fevers to ensure that they aren’t getting worse. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has other symptoms like a rash, headache, earache or physical stiffness along with a fever. You know yourself and your child best — follow your instincts and intuition. 


Did you know you can request to talk to the pharmacist, even if you aren’t picking up a prescription? Your family pharmacist can help you select the medications that are most appropriate for the symptoms you and/or your family are exhibiting. The most common medications for cough, cold and flu are below:

Mentholated Salve: a tried and true medicine cabinet staple, mentholated salves will help open breathing passages. 

Lozenges: while lozenges will not get rid of a cough, they can alleviate symptoms and give temporary relief. Common ingredients include menthol and benzocaine, which numb the throat suppressing the cough.

Nasal Sprays: nasal sprays work quickly to break up congestion and help you breathe more easily. Remember, the tip of the nasal spray must be inserted into the nostril for proper application — it is recommended that each family member have their own spray with their name on it.

Cough Syrups and Pills: there are many different types of cough syrups and pills — this is where your pharmacist can help. The two main types are cough suppressants that provide temporary relief from coughing and expectorants, that break up congestion allowing you to expel phlegm from the body when you cough. 

Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen: if you’re suffering from aching and a mild fever, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help. It’s crucial to check that they won’t interact with anything else you are taking. Some cough/cold medications contain acetaminophen, so make sure you aren’t unintentionally taking a double dose.

Seeing a Doctor in Wheeling or Moundsville

If it’s been a few days and you’ve diligently been resting, drinking water and focusing on good nutrition and taking some over-the-counter medicines and you’re still not feeling better — it’s time to see a doctor. 

If you have a doctor in Wheeling or Moundsville, call them first — they may be able to see you in a reasonable time frame. But if your doctor doesn’t have an appointment, visit Reynolds Rapid Care. At Reynolds Rapid Care, we can take care of almost any non-emergency condition including x-rays, lab work, EKG, broken bones, fevers, cold/flu, lung function tests, sinus infections, lacerations/cuts and more.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital has served the Moundsville, Wheeling and Glen Dale community for over 100 years. Reynolds Rapid Care makes quality care easy and convenient. 

Cough and Cold — Seeing a Doctor in Wheeling and Moundsville

An Apple a Day: Preventative Care in Wheeling, WV

Preventative care — visiting the dentist, the optometrist, immunizations, vaccinations and annual exams — are all vital to maintaining optimal health. During these regular preventative visits, you and your doctor will work together to create a health plan. The screenings your doctor may recommend will be based on your age, family history and symptoms. For example, your doctor may test your blood glucose and cholesterol while recommending a flu shot.

These preventative care measures catch health issues early on, allowing them to be treated before they’re severe. For children, preventative care typically includes immunizations and testing for normal musculoskeletal, reflex and cognitive development.

7 out of 10 deaths in America are from chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, etc). The rate of chronic disease in adults is around 50%. And most medical professionals agree that most of these diseases are preventable. Focusing on preventing these diseases helps create a healthier environment at home, work and school. Read on to learn about preventative measures you and your family can take to increase your wellbeing.

Family hiking to stay active and healthy as part of their preventative care plan.


You don’t have to go to the gym five times a week to stay active. You can play outside with your kids, go for a hike, enjoy swimming in summer and even play an active video game such as the Wii or Xbox Kinect. It’s important to chose exercise and activities that you enjoy, so that you’re more likely to stick with a routine. Make a reasonable goal to do something active four to five times a week. If it’s hard to fit exercise or activity into your day, focus on just doing something. You’ll soon find yourself settling into a routine.


Healthy eating doesn’t mean a salad for every meal and restricting your calories to extremes. It simply means making the best choice from the options you have available. Instead of serving french fries with dinner, consider serving sweet potato. Switch out a sugary chocolate cereal for oatmeal or a whole grain cereal with less sugar. Instead of a soda, try an unsweetened tea or fruit-infused water. Making small changes each day makes a major impact on the overall health of you and your family.


Many insurance companies now charge a premium for smokers and tobacco users. And policy holders have to be completely honest about usage. Many insurance companies are offering free programs for smoking cessation. With these programs and numerous community support groups, you won’t be alone in your journey to quit. If you smoke or use tobacco, quitting will have a major positive impact on the health of you and your family. Within one month of quitting, your risks of lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses drastically decrease. If you are unsure where to start, talk to your doctor. They won’t judge you for being a smoker, they just want to help you be your healthiest self.

Catherine MacAlister is Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She offers inpatient counseling to individuals who wish to quit smoking. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about this service, please contact Catherine at 304.843.3258.


As uncomfortable as it can be to discuss with your significant other and teenage children, it’s crucial to ensure that you and your family are taking care of reproductive and sexual health. Boys and girls, along with their parents, can consider the three-part vaccination for HPV. This vaccination can prevent serious diseases, such as ovarian cancer. It’s important to schedule an annual exam for both men and women — these exams can help catch abnormalities while they’re still easy to treat. Most health insurance covers annual exams; however, if you’re uninsured or underinsured, you can call your local Health and Human Services Department to see what your options are.


There’s no need to feel embarrassed if you think you would benefit from seeing a licensed therapist — more people see a therapist on a regular basis than you think. It doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or “weird”. It simply means you’ve made a decision to actively resolve the issues that you’re facing in life. Seeing a therapist can help you find healthy ways to deal with extreme stress, help you work through depression and manage anxiety. It can also be helpful to see a therapist with your spouse or a family member with whom you have conflict. Taking care of your mental health is a vital part of your overall health and shouldn’t be neglected. Making the first call to seek the support of a therapist is difficult — therapists are always completely confidential (this is the law) and your doctor can help you find somebody you trust.


If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your doctor for a preventative visit, call today to schedule an appointment. Maintaining your health throughout your life course is crucial to you and your loved ones.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital isn’t just for emergencies. We also offer a variety of preventative care options to help you stay healthy.


Why is CPR Training Important?

Why is CPR Training Important?

CPR Training is important. It can save your life, your children’s lives, your parent’s lives or even a stranger’s life. Getting trained is easily accessible to anyone who wants it and not hard to complete. Learning the basics can be empowering and it is something you will remember throughout your lifetime.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly referred to as CPR, is a life-saving technique that helps maintain blood flow to the brain and heart in an emergency situation. Knowing CPR is a requirement for some professions such as lifeguard, child care provider, and health care assistant. Here are a few reasons why CPR training is so crucial.

CPR is live saving.

If you are ever in an emergency situation, the first step is to always call 911. But in some cases those few minutes spent waiting on a medical professional are precious. If you are certified in CPR, you will be able to confidently and effectively apply these skills to help aide the victim until the first responders arrive and can take over.

CPR is not performed enough.

Recent studies suggest that less than half of those who suffer from cardiac arrest receive any type of CPR assistance from a bystander. When these types of situations arise the common response is that no bystander was certified in CPR or that there was an aspect of fear involved causing those around to hesitate in administering these critical skills. Taking a CPR course will alleviate any fear you may have in administering proper CPR techniques should an emergency occur.

CPR is empowering.

CPR Training

Not all emergency situations requiring CPR occur in a public forum. Almost 85% of all cardiac arrests take place in the home.

Spouses, children and parents alike should consider taking even the most basic CPR certification course in preparation for any dire situation. We all know children under the age of five are known to get into quite a bit of mischief. Should your child become unresponsive due to his own curiosities, you will feel confident in knowing there is something you can do until professional medical help arrives.

The same rule applies if your husband, father, wife or mother appears unresponsive while in your home. Knowing proper CPR will give you the courage and assuredness you may need to take swift, and potentially life-saving, action.

CPR is better in numbers.

Should an emergency situation arise while you are in..

  • a restaurant
  • a crowded shopping mall
  • even a grocery store

…having more than one person that is adequately trained in CPR can be beneficial. Depending on how long it takes for an ambulance to arrive, a single person performing CPR could grow tired or frustrated. This is where a second CPR trainee could step in and relieve the first person of their duties. They could then trade off applying their CPR skills until help arrives.

CPR is a work skill.

As already mentioned, CPR licensure is required for some occupations. While many job descriptions do not call for their applicants to be professionally trained in CPR, those certifications are certainly useful and valued in any workplace. Being certified in CPR may set your resume apart from the crowd and ultimately earn you an interview with a potential employer.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

CPR can save someone’s life or even your own. It’s crucial to get trained and it is easily accessible. At Reynolds Memorial Hospital CPR classes are offered regularly to the community. Contact us at 304-845-3211 for more information.

How to Quit Smoking: Tips and Advice

How to Quit Smoking. Understanding the Dangers of Smoking

We get it. Smoking has been a part of your life for quite some time now. But what happens when you discover smoking no longer serves you, but you struggle to put it down? This requires more than discipline. Whether you want to gradually reduce intake or stop cold-turkey, there should be a clear strategy that works best for you. Let’s look at some ways to kick the nicotine addiction  and how to quit smoking once and for all.

First, take into consideration the implications of stopping cold turkey: about 90% of people that try to quit tobacco do it without outside support free of aids, therapy or medication, but only 7% succeed in doing so. This by no means proves that you cannot stop cold turkey, but it wouldn’t hurt taking into consideration some other options for enhanced support.

Master Plan

Great things come to people with a plan; especially when we’re talking about life-altering undertakings for the better. It would be in your best interest to strategically organize your plan into manageable segments with milestones along with a date of completion at the end.

This date can be referred to as the “quit date” where you prepare for the actual date of cigarette abstinence. There are really two issues to deal with when stopping smoking:

  1. Nicotine addiction
  2. Actual habit of smoking.

You need to address both, or failure is much more likely.

Replacement Therapy for Nicotine Addiction

There is a wide selection of nicotine gums, patches, inhalers, sprays and cough drops that serve as nicotine substitutes. Rather than smoking, you can replace most, if not all, of the tobacco consumption with a healthier nicotine substitute.

Study Yourself, and Apply Alternatives to Help with the Habit

A dosage of behavioral therapy can definitely assist you with this process. By analyzing how you operate and recognizing your “triggers,” aka common times or areas where you crave cigarettes, recovering smokers can plan a way to avoid these times of temptation.

This may require you to detach from your old friends or settings of leisure. You also need to be busy during the times when you would normally smoke to keep your mind off of the habit of smoking.


How to Quit SmokingThe first few days are definitely going to be the most challenging, and the urge to smoke will probably be at an all-time high. Don’t give into the desire though. Sometimes stimulating areas around your mouth can make the brain register a feeling of pleasure similar to smoking. You can keep a toothpick or lollypop in your mouth, or even chew sunflower seeds.

You’re going to have to restructure your way of thinking and living around a healthier mode of operation. Associate yourself with people who do not smoke, and join them in social settings to experience fun without smoking. The journey you are undertaking is something entirely new and challenging. However, the long-term benefits of a life without cigarettes is worth the hard work and dedication.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Catherine MacAlister is Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She offers inpatient counseling to individuals who wish to quit smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Surgeon General has said,

“Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about this service, please contact Catherine at 304-843-3258.


Governor’s Award for Life 

Reynolds Memorial receives Governor’s Award for Life for a recent tissue and cornea donation.

On Monday, October 10th, Angela Hockman, Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s CORE (Center for Organ Recovery & Education) Liaison presented Dr. David Hess and Brooke Francis with the Governor’s Award for Life for a recent tissue and cornea donation. The award recognizes area hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities, and have achieved increased donation rates as a result.





Dr. David Hess at Reynolds Memorial signing a rose vial that will be placed on the Donate Life float

Dr. Hess also signed a rose vial that will be placed on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses parade which will be held in January.



About Core

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas.