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CAMC announces physician appointments

Rayan Ihle, MD, FACP, has been named the CAMC pulmonary critical care division chief. In this new role, Ihle will advance the strategic plan for the institution including recruitment, clinical operations and academic endeavors.... more

WHO, CDC: A record 40 million kids miss measles vaccine dose

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles immunization has dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year.... more

U.S. renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect

Americans who got the updated COVID-19 booster shots are better protected against symptomatic infection than those who haven’t — at least for now, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.... more

DHHR announces supplemental propane payment for the 2022-2023 winter seaon

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced a supplemental payment to assist eligible residents with propane heating expenses for the 2022-23 winter season. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 22, 2022, there are currently 637 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,590 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Area high school students attend A Health Careers and College Expo

High school students representing nine schools from eight counties attended “A Health Careers and College Expo” at the Brushy Fork Event Center in Buckhannon on Friday, November 4.... more

SJMH receives donation from Vietnam Veterans of America

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital received a donation from Charles Slaughter representing the Vietnam Veterans of America, Lewis County Chapter #906 (pictured in the center) for the Dr. Robert Snuffer trauma kit fundraiser.... more

Mon Health Systems Hospitals earn Quality, Safe Stroke Care certification

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Mon Health Medical Center and Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital have earned advanced certification in stroke care, affirming their readiness to handle strokes and stroke related medical problems.... more

Major rate increase for ambulance services announces

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services announced a 10% increase in ambulance ground transportation rates which will provide more than 200 West Virginia ambulance providers with $11.8 million in additional reimbursements per fiscal year.... more

Morrisey pens letter to repeal COVID-19 vaccine mandate

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday wrote a letter in support of a recent petition from 22 states for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to repeal an interim rule mandating health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.... more

DHHR announces supplemental propane payment for 2022-23 winter season

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced a supplemental payment to assist eligible residents with propane heating expenses for the 2022-23 winter season. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 18, 2022, there are currently 809 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 12​​ deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,581 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes its perioperative nurses during National Perioperative Nurses Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its Perioperative Nurses during National Perioperative Nurses week, November 13 through November 19.... more

High-dose flu vaccine recommended for older adults

Flu season is here and on track to be severe. Currently, the U.S. is experiencing the highest influenza hospitalizations seen during this time period in the last ten years.... more

Coplin Health Systems opens new health clinic on WVU Parkersburg campus

With a mission to meet the health and wellness needs of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Coplin Health Systems celebrated its grand opening at the WVU Parkersburg campus. The clinic is located by the college’s lower parking lot at 73 Nicolette Road in Parkersburg. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 15, 2022, there are currently 665 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours and the total deaths remain at 7,557 attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur to hold blood screening

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will hold a blood screening by appointment on Saturday, November 19.... more

UHC School of Radiologic Technology students fare well at the annual conference

Two students from the WVU Medicine United Hospital Center Radiologic Technology School received three awards recently at the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (WVSRT) Annual Conference at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, W.Va.... more

West Virginia has second highest for new lung cancer cases in nation

The 2022 “State of Lung Cancer” report reveals that West Virginia has the second highest lung cancer incident rate and the highest rate of adult smokers in the United States.... more

UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia receives NCQA Innovation Award

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services (Medicaid) announced UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, a Medicaid managed care organization, won a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2022 Innovation Award for its Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) reduction program.... more

 

High-dose Flu vaccine recommended for older adults

Flu season is here and on track to be severe. Currently, the U.S. is experiencing the highest influenza hospitalizations seen during this time period in the last ten years.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Radiologic Technologists

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its Radiologic Technologists during National Radiologic Technology Week, November 6 to November 12. This week is celebrated each year during the week of November 8 to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes Health Care Compliance Staff

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its Health Care Compliance staff during Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week, November 6 to November 12. The core principles of the week are awareness, recognition and reinforcement.... more

Pierpont, Fairmont State sign healthcare careers articulation agreement

On Wednesday, Pierpont Community and Technical College and Fairmont State University signed an articulation agreement between Pierpont’s healthcare-related associate degree programs and Fairmont State’s Healthcare Management bachelor’s degree program.... more

Clarksburg Library to commemorate No. 9 Mine tragedy

November 20 marks the 54th anniversary of one of most tragic mining disasters in American history. To mark the occasion, the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is hosting a program as part of their Author Series.... more

Flu season may impact Red Cross blood supply

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and a potentially severe flu season on the blood supply.... more

W. Va. first pediatric flu death for 2022-23 confirmed by DHHR

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health has confirmed West Virginia’s first influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2022-23 flu season. To protect the family’s privacy, no details of the death will be released including the child’s name, hometown, county, age and gender.... more

Capito announces CDS Award for Charleston CARE

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the City of Charleston will receive $300,000 to support their Coordinated Addiction Response Effort (CARE) through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request she made.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Medical Services Professionals

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its medical services professionals during National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, November 6 to November 12.... more

Mon Health Medical Center’s Ball of the Year raises $500,000 for P3 Program

The 58th annual Mon Health Medical Center Ball of the Year was held on November 5, 2022, bringing in funds totaling $500,000 to support the Progressing Through Postpartum Program (P3). The program is the first of its kind in West Virginia and one of only 15 in the nation.... more

Dogs play vital role in children’s mental health

North Shore Animal League America’s Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum develops a comprehensive online “playbook” explaining the benefits and implementation of the School Dog Program with a grant from the Scranton, PA based Robert H. Spitz Foundation.... more

DHHR to host in-person hiring event for open positions

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will host an in-person hiring event in Barbour, Preston and Taylor counties for positions within the Bureau for Social Services. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 235 Barrett Street, Grafton, W.Va., 26354.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 4, 2022, there are currently 1,046 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours and the total deaths remain at 7,534 attributed to COVID-19. ... more

SJMH hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Lewis County Emergency Squad, will be conducting a Blood Drive on November 28 at Lewis County EMS on West Second Street from 1 to 6 p.m. ... more

Annual Mon Health SJMH Gobble Gallop planned

Members of the Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Wellness Committee and Pace Yourself Lewis County are beginning the winter 5K season with the Annual Gobble Gallop on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. ... more

Mon Health labs wins Top Innovation Award at national conference

Intermed Labs at Mon Health has been awarded the Top Innovator of 2022 for their Fingy3D device during The Tank: Plastic Surgery Innovation Challenge hosted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons.... more

DHHR reminds residents how to connect with Mobile Crisis Response teams

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health reminds residents that Mobile Crisis Response and Stabilization Teams and other services are available across the state through 844-HELP4WV (844-435-7498).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 1, 2022, there are currently 929 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been eight deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,530 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates Medical-Surgical Nurses Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is celebrating Medical-Surgical Nurses Week November 1 to November 7. Medical-Surgical nurses focus every day on caring compassionately for patients and families.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club to hold blood screenings

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will hold blood screenings by appointment on Saturdays November 12 and 19.... more

W.Va. WIC celebrates National Family Literacy Month

West Virginia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health, is highlighting the importance of reaching developmental milestones through reading as part of National Family Literacy Month.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 28, 2022, there are currently 817 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 7,514 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Lewis County Emergency Squad, will be conducting a Blood Drive on November 28 at Lewis County EMS on West Second Street from 1 to 6 p.m.... more

Capito, senators seek answers on baby formula shortages

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined her Republican colleagues in a letter—led by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee—to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking answers on recent baby formula shortages and asking for an investigation into the impact sole-source contracts in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program may have had.... more

 

Oregon could be first state to make health care a human right

Oregon voters are being asked to decide whether the state should be the first in the nation to amend its constitution to explicitly declare that affordable health care is a fundamental human right.... more

Attorney General’s office to participate in National Drug Take Back Day

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will be involved in this weekend’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by partnering with law enforcement and substance abuse prevention groups across the state.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $2.8M for COVID-19 relief reimbursement

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,811,617 for Thomas Health System and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC).... more

Senators Capito, Manchin announce Clean School Bus grants

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,975,000 in funding for Wyoming, Boone and Wirt County schools through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s (IIJA) Clean School Bus Program.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 25, 2022, there are currently 773 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,502 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates National Respiratory Care Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is celebrating National Respiratory Care Week October 23 to October 29. National Respiratory Care Week was established in 1982 with a proclamation that read “Chronic lung diseases constitute an important health problem in the United States. ... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates Spiritual Care Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is celebrating Spiritual Care Week October 23 through October 29. This nationally recognized week provides the opportunity to recognize our spiritual caregivers and the ministry which they provide for our patients and the community. ... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is celebrating National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week October 23 through the 29. This year’s theme is “Collaboration is Key.”... more

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, will hold its 23rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this coming Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ... more

Protect the blood supply by donating this fall

The American Red Cross urges blood donors of all types and those who have never given before to book a time to give blood now and help keep the blood supply from dropping ahead of the holidays. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 21, 2022, there are currently 875 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and the total deaths remain at 7,487 attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Snuffer named to Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic

John Snuffer, of Weston, W.Va., has been named to the summer 2022 quarter Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus in Port Orange, Florida.... more

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital offering free vein screening

On Monday, November 7, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will offer a free vein screening.... more

Senator Capito makes stops in Cabell County for events with Marshall Health

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) made several stops in Cabell County focused on female empowerment, women in health, recovery and education.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 18, 2022, there are currently 876 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,479 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates Medical Assistants Recognition Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is saying a special thank you to their medical assistants during Medical Assistants Recognition Week, October 16 through October 22.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes staff during National Pharmacy Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its pharmacy staff during National Pharmacy Week October 16 through October 22. ... more

St. Joseph’s thanks Quality, Infection Prevention staff

St. Joseph’s Hospital is thanking its Quality and Infection Prevention staff during the week of October 16 through October 22, in recognition of National Healthcare Quality and International Infection Prevention Week.... more

DHHR’s BBH pilots undergraduate practicum experience

An innovative pilot practicum with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) is introducing college students to the public behavioral health field and providing an opportunity to respond to the demand for future behavioral health practitioners.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 14, 2022, there are currently 903 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 13 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,470 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates NHSSW

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates National Healthcare Security and Safety Week October 9 through October 15. ... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Perinatal Nurses

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing their perinatal nurses October 9 through October 15.... more

DHHR recognizes National Depression, Mental Health Screening Month

In recognition of National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) highlights the importance of understanding signs and symptoms of mental health issues, as well as understanding where to seek assistance.... more

DHHR awarded funds for Primary, Behavioral Health Care

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health was awarded $1,678,044 over five years in federal funding for the West Virginia Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Program, an initiative serving adults with serious mental illness who have co-occurring physical health conditions or chronic diseases and adults with a substance use disorder (SUD).... more

Capito, Manchin announce $4.6M for behavioral health care

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,678,044 to support behavioral health care in West Virginia.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $44 Million to fight opioid epidemic in W.Va.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $44,337,509 through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 11, 2022, there are currently 833 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours and the total deaths remain at 7,450 attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Nursing Caring Facility staff

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing the staff in their Nursing Care Facility October 9 through 15.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital thanks nursing staff during National Emergency Nurses Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is saying a special thank you to their emergency nursing staff during National Emergency Nurses Week, October 9 to 15.... more

Mon Health employees appointed to West Virginia leadership agencies

Mon Health System is pleased to announce that two employees, Ashley Blair and Wilma Sternthal, have recently been appointed to West Virginia leadership agencies.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Sterile Processing Department staff

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing the staff in the hospital’s Sterile Processing Department during National Sterile Processing Week, October 9 through October 15.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 7, 2022, there are currently 1,022 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been five deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,450 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital to hold drive-thru flu clinics

St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold a drive-through flu clinic on October 18 and 31, giving the community an easy way to receive the vaccine from the comfort of their own cars.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club of Buckhannon to hold blood screenings

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will hold blood screenings by appointment only on Saturdays, October 22 and October 29.... more

Purchase completed for new hospital land

Plans for a new hospital for Webster County are “moving along well” according to Webster Memorial Hospital CEO Bill Dempsey.... more

WIC announces increase in Cash-Value Benefits

West Virginia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (W.Va. WIC), within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health, announced a monthly increase in Cash-Value Benefits (CVB) for W.Va. WIC participants.... more

DHHR recommends flu vaccines to all ages

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is recommending West Virginians ages 6-months and older to be vaccinated against the flu as the season approaches, as well as encouraging COVID-19 vaccination and Omicron boosters shots.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of October 4, 2022, there are currently 1,028 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 10 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,436 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates physical therapists during National Physical Therapy Month

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes its physical therapy staff during the month of October.... more

St. Joe’s to hold open house for Certified Nursing Assistants

St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold an Open House for Certified Nursing Assistants on Wednesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.... more

St. Joe’s recognizes Healthcare Supply Chain Professionals

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized their health care supply chain professionals during National Health Care Supply Chain Week October 2 to October 8, 2022.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized their Healthcare Food Service Workers

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized the contributions of their Healthcare Food Service workers during the week of October 3 to October 8.... more

Haiti reports cholera deaths for first time in 3 years

Haiti’s government on Sunday announced that at least eight people have died from cholera, raising concerns about a potentially fast-spreading scenario and reviving memories of an epidemic that killed nearly 10,000 people a decade ago.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 30, 2022, there are currently 1,233 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 10 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,416 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized Advanced Practice Providers

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized the contributions of their Advance Practice Providers (APP) during National Advanced Practice Week September 26 to 30. Jennifer Dorazio, Director of Ancillary Services and Ambulatory Clinics, personally thanked each provider for their commitment and hard work.... more

Stonewall Primary Care welcomes Rachel Hefner, NP-C

Mon Health Stonewall Primary Care is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Hefner, Certified Nurse Practitioner, to its Market Place Mall location. She will be providing services along with Dr. Larissa Fordyce-Richards.... more

Mon Health SJMH breast cancer patient stresses importance of awareness

When Rebecca Filler discovered a lump in her breast, she quickly made an appointment to see her doctor. After a biopsy indicated she had breast cancer in February 2021, Rebecca placed her trust in the team at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for her care. ... more

Mon Health System hospitals earn recognition for organ, eye, tissue donation

Three Mon Health System hospitals have earned national recognition for efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.... more

W.Va. WIC receives federal grant to provide mobile payments

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as W.Va.... more

September designated as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) recently joined a bipartisan resolution to designate September 2022 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.... more

 

West Virginia Immunization Network urges flu vaccination

As the weather changes, it is not only a reminder that fall is here, but that flu season is approaching. Flu season generally starts in October, peaks between December and February and can last until May.... more

Mon Health Recovery Care Program provides support for addiction treatment

After 12 years of drug addiction, Trenton Clem’s journey to sobriety proved to be a long and difficult road. His substance usage began at age 21 and ended after his arrest in August 2021 at the age of 33.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 27, 2022, there are currently 1,233 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,402 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Becher promoted to Chief Medical Officer at CCWV

Dr. Kimberly Becher has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer at Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV), joining the leadership team with more than a decade of experience in the medical industry.... more

Jill Upson named Executive Director of West Virginia Women’s Commission

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the appointment of Jill S. Upson as Executive Director of the West Virginia Women’s Commission (WVWC), effective September 26, 2022. She will continue to serve in her current role of Executive Director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.... more

Davis Medical to sponsor Lactation Station during Forest Festival

Davis Medical Center’s women’s health services is sponsoring a Lactation Station in the Elkins City Park to provide a private, comfortable space for nursing mothers during the Forest Festival.... more

CAMC hires director for new fellowship program

Amir S. Kamran, MD, MS, began work in July 2022 as CAMC’s first program director for its hematology/medical oncology fellowship program.... more

DHHR announces awards for exemplary addiction care, services

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Office of Drug Control Policy and the Bureau for Behavioral Health are pleased to announce the first recipients of the following awards in recognition of their commitments to the field of addiction in West Virginia:... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 23, 2022, there are currently 1,726 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours and the total deaths remain at 7,382 attributed to COVID-19.... more

SJMH welcomes Dr. Mozahem to Sleep Studies Center

The Sleep Studies Center at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Khaldoun Mozahem to its dedicated team of physicians. Dr. Mozahem will be practicing at 29 Hospital Plaza in Weston.... more

Broaddus Wound Care receives Center of Excellence Award

Broaddus Hospital is honored to announce their wound care center is a recipient of RestorixHealth’s highest achievement, the Wound Center of Excellence Award. Recipients of this prestigious award meet or exceed national wound care quality benchmarks over a set period of time.... more

Supplemental payment for LIEAP recipients

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced a supplemental payment will be issued to individuals who received LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) in the 2022 program year. The payment will range from $25 to $465 and will be based on the amount of LIEAP assistance paid to the utility provider or to the client for bulk fuel.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 20, 2022, there are currently 1,782 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,370 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates Surgical Technologist Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing its Surgical Technologists during National Surgical Technologist Week, September 18 through 24.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates Environmental Services team

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized its Environmental Services (EVS) team during Environmental Services Week September 11 to 17.... more

 

CEOS Clubs, SJMH host Breast Cancer Luncheon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Lewis County CEOS Clubs are encouraging people to learn more about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. ... more

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial plans Safety Fair

The 13th Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Children’s Safety Fair will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the hospital from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.... more

St. Joseph’s honors O’Brien with Values Inspired Person Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital recently honored Dan O’Brien with the Values Inspired Person (VIP) Award. ... more

Clay, Morgan counties awarded federal funding for EMS training

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services announced Clay County and the Morgan County Rescue Service have been awarded federal funding to provide comprehensive emergency personnel training supporting mental health and substance use response.... more

AG Morrisey asks DEA for more info on emergence of nitazenes

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has written a letter to the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking for more information on nitazenes, which are increasingly linked to deadly overdoses.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 16, 2022, there are currently 2,288 active COVID-19 cases statewide.... more

Weston Rotary Club, SJMH plan blood screening

The Weston Rotary Club and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital have announced upcoming rotary blood screening dates.... more

Mon Health Heart, Vascular Center wins HeartFlow CT Quality Award

Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center announced that it has earned the HeartFlow CT Quality Award in the 2nd quarter of 2022.... more

West Virginia recognized for innovations in Medicaid Program

West Virginia’s Medicaid program, administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), has received a 2022 Medicaid Innovation Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy.... more

State Legislature passes total ban on abortion

After weeks of deal-making behind closed doors, the West Virginia Legislature has banned abortion, subjecting half of the state’s population to second-class status and placing lifesaving health care out of reach for tens of thousands.... more

 

W.Va. DHHR reminds residents of Affordable Connectivity Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reminds residents who participate in certain government assistance programs that they qualify for the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households with a discount of up to $30 per month towards internet service plans. ... more

Mon Health approved to build Harrison Neighborhood Hospital

Mon Health System, part of Vandalia Health, announced that it has been approved to build a small format hospital in Bridgeport to serve the greater Harrison County Community.... more

 

Senators raise questions, concerns in letter to federal health agencies

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with her Senate Republican colleagues, this week expressed concerns in a letter—led by U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)—about the establishment of a permanent government price-setting program, funded by billions of taxpayer dollars, in the partisan Inflation Reduction Act.... more

 

Capito, Murphy introduce bill to address Parkinson’s Disease

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), introduced the National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act, which aims to unite the federal government in a mission to cure and prevent Parkinson’s, alleviate financial and health burdens on American families, and reduce government spending over time. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common – and fastest-growing – neurological disease globally with at least 60,000 new cases diagnosed every year.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 13, 2022, there are currently 2,654 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 10 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,344 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Court rehears fight over vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Joe Biden has the same authority to impose a COVID-19 vaccine requirement on federal workers that private employers have for their employees, an administration lawyer told a federal appeals court Tuesday.... more

Community Care West Virginia receives Community Health Center Quality Recognition Awards

Results from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Uniform Data System (UDS) review ranks Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV) as one of the top rated federally qualified health centers (FQHC).... more

Davis Medical, Elkins Rotary to host blood screening

Davis Medical Center (DMC) and the Rotary Club of Elkins will sponsor a community blood-screening event on September 22, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the DMC Outpatient Lab area. ... more

West Virginia Medicaid, WVCHIP extend postpartum health care coverage

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced extended health care coverage for postpartum mothers through the Bureau for Medical Services (West Virginia Medicaid) and the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) for 12 months after pregnancy through an extension approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 9, 2022, there are currently 3,058 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 21 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,322 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

W.Va. overdose deaths showing improvement

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Vital Statistics System has released a report showing West Virginia is one of six states with an improvement in decreasing the percentage of overdose deaths from March 2021 through March 2022. CDC reports that West Virginia is down 3.63% in overdose deaths during this period. The only other state showing a better improvement is Virginia at 6.69%.... more

W.Va. WIC invites community to Roll and Read event

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as West Virginia WIC, is partnering with the Parents as Teachers Association for a Roll and Read event at the West Virginia State Capitol campus from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022.... more

Community-based, home service providers to see payment increase

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced that due to the critical need for home health care workers of West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents, DHHR’s Medicaid program will designate additional federal funds to increase rates for Home and Community-Based Service Providers.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 6, 2022, there are currently 2,694 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been seven deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,301 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Snuffer raising awareness for emergency response

Dr. Robert Snuffer, Emergency Room and Trauma Director at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and Medical Director for the Gilmer/Lewis/Upshur counties Emergency Medical Squads, has two important projects underway to raise funds and awareness for emergency response.... more

New Children’s Crisis Center to provide safe alternative in West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced that DHHR will build a new Children’s Crisis Center in Elkins, West Virginia that will offer a safe alternative from the use of hospital emergency departments and hotel rooms to address the needs of children who may be experiencing a behavioral health crisis and have been removed from their homes. ... more

Capito addresses business leaders, participates in rural health discussion

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) attended the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit where she participated in several events with business and community leaders.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – September 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of September 2, 2022, there are currently 3,362 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,294 deaths attributed to COVID-19. ... more

 

Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program to begin ‘unwinding’ after pandemic

More than 200,000 West Virginia children and their parents will have to renew their membership in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after President Biden ends the nation’s public health emergency later this year.... more

 

Davis House celebrates 10 years of love

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, The Davis House in Elkins will celebrate its 10th year of service. Since 2012, this house has been a place of comfort, love and support for nearly 800 cancer patients and their families.... more

 

Vandalia Health is now official

At the W.Va. Chamber’s Business Summit at The Greenbrier on September 1, 2022, President and CEO David Ramsey shared that Vandalia Health is now official. CAMC and Mon Health System have signed the final agreement to become one integrated delivery system after receiving approval from all necessary regulatory and government review and approval.... more

DHHR, partners award $2M to support Recovery Employment

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), in partnership with the Office of Governor Jim Justice, Jobs and Hope W.Va., Marshall Health’s CORE (Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment) program, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and the West Virginia Office of Economic Development awarded grants totaling $2 million to nine businesses to support employment opportunities for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 31, 2022, there are currently 2,980 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,286 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Luminary drive-thru to support Suicide Awareness Month

Broaddus Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is hosting a luminary service for Suicide Awareness in September as part of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.... more

Mon Health System Hospitals to participate in Save a Life Day

On September 8, 2022, all 55 West Virginia counties are joining together to host the largest day of free naloxone (Narcan) distribution in the state.... more

Tea drinkers enjoy possible health benefits, study suggests

A cup of tea just got a bit more relaxing. Tea can be part of a healthy diet and people who drink tea may even be a little more likely to live longer than those who don’t, according to a large study...... more

 

High-Dose Naloxone giving hope to help combat opioid overdose trend

Wednesday, August 31 was International Overdose Awareness Day, and ZIMHI™ (naloxone HCL injection), a higher-dose naloxone product approved for use in the treatment of opioid overdose, is helping bring attention to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and why “Every Moment Matters” when it comes to treating an overdose.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 29, 2022, there are currently 3,120 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,274 deaths attributed to COVID-19. ... more

SJMH names Stroke, Trauma Coordinator

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce Morgan Norman, RN, as its first Stroke and Trauma Coordinator. ... more

Donaldson receives Employee of the Month Honor

Candy Donaldson, of the Outpatient Department, has been selected as the Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital ICARE Employee of the Month for August 2022. She began her employment on June 3, 2001, on the Medical/Surgical Unit. This is the third time she has received the honor.... more

U.S. data reveals racial gaps in monkeypox vaccinations

The Biden administration said Friday there’s enough monkeypox vaccine available now but health officials say the shots aren’t getting to some of the people who need the protection the most.... more

WVU-P Nursing, Health Sciences Division introduces digital resuscitation education

Patients who suffer a cardiac arrest must receive the highest quality CPR possible, known to be the cornerstone for survival. More than 209,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the U.S., with survival rates of about 26% from adult in-hospital cardiac arrests.... more

Secret Service recovers $286M in stolen pandemic loans

The U.S. Secret Service said Friday that it has recovered $286 million in fraudulently obtained pandemic loans and is returning the money to the Small Business Administration.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 26, 2022, there are currently 3,187 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been seven deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,268 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Moderna sues Pfizer over patents behind COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna is suing Pfizer and the German drugmaker BioNTech, accusing its main competitors of copying Moderna’s technology in order to make their own vaccine.... more

School districts move to ease teacher stress, burnout

With Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” blaring in the background, about 20 New Hampshire educators grabbed wooden sticks and began pounding their tables to the beat.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 24, 2022, there are currently 2,627 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,257 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Pfizer COVID shots appear 73% effective in children under 5

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as omicron spread in the spring, the company announced Tuesday.... more

Kids Thrive Collaborate launches virtual resource rundown sessions

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Kids Thrive Collaborative will begin holding weekly virtual information sessions on August 23 for parents and caregivers of children to share information on community-based mental and behavioral health services.... more

DHHR recruiting events showcase job opportunities statewide

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is actively recruiting applicants for job openings statewide. DHHR offers a wide range of careers that provide the opportunity to work as a team to assure necessary resources and information are accessible to West Virginia residents.... more

Capito announces $6 million for CAMC through CDS

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health Education and Research Institute will receive $6,000,000, made available through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests she made.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 22, 2022, there are currently 2,706 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 17 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,251 deaths attributed to COVID-19. ... more

Red Cross issues steps to keep students safe as they head back to school

School bells will be calling students back to the classroom soon and the American Red Cross of Allegheny Highlands, has steps everyone can take to help kids remain safe as they head back to school.... more

ONDCP Director visits to discuss overdose epidemic front lines

Last week, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Dr. Rahul Gupta traveled to West Virginia to meet with local, state and federal leaders, as well as public health officials and law enforcement officers on the frontlines of the overdose epidemic and announce over $12 million in funding for 99 new coalitions in West Virginia and across the country that adds to a total of $93 million for FY 23.... more

Mon Health Medical Center receives Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award

Mon Health Medical Center was recently awarded the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for the third year in a row by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Mon Health Medical Center was the only hospital in West Virginia to achieve this designation.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 17, 2022, there are currently 2,731 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 17 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,223 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR purchases COVID-19 vans for testing, vaccines

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has purchased 16 mobile vans to provide free COVID-19 testing and vaccines for West Virginia’s K-12 public and private schools during school or community events.... more

DMC Meet and Greet set for August 25

Davis Medical Center (DMC) will host a meet and greet for the community to attend on Thursday, August 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the DMC MarketPlace, and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Elkins Depot.... more

Methamphetamine, Fentanyl overdoses reach all-time high

Methamphetamine overdoses have recently reached an all-time high. With Fentanyl becoming more prevalent and it being laced in numerous drugs including Methamphetamine, people believe this is where the rise in meth overdoses. When mixing Fentanyl and Methamphetamine, you create a deadly combination.... more

W.Va. American Lung Association seeks grant applications from Innovative Researchers

The American Lung Association in West Virginia announced the start of its 2023-2024 research awards and grants cycle. The organization is now accepting research grant applications from researchers here in West Virginia and across the nation with the potential to improve prevention, detection and treatment options for all lung diseases including lung cancer.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 15, 2022, there are currently 2,891 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,206 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

CDC drops quarantine, social distancing recommendations for COVID

The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.... more

What to know about polio spreading in New York

The polio virus has been found in New York City sewage, but officials are stressing that the highest risk is for people who haven’t been vaccinated.... more

 

Kentucky launches judicial commission on mental health

Kentucky’s Supreme Court has launched a commission aimed at improving the judicial system’s approach to cases involving mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities.... more

Capito, Manchin announce four substance use disorder, mental healthservice grants

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced four grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support first responders and address substance use disorder treatment, prevention and mental health needs.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 12, 2022, there are currently 3,434 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and the total deaths remain at 7,203 attributed to COVID-19.... more

SJMH receives CMS 5-Star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that they have received a 5-Star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating for 2022 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The facility is the only hospital in West Virginia to receive this designation.... more

 

W.Va. ranks 42nd in child well-being as depression, anxiety surges 25%

West Virginia ranks 42nd in child well-being, a repeat standing from last year according to the 2022 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzing how children and families are faring. ... more

Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

Researchers are seeking thousands of volunteers in the U.S. and Europe to test the first potential vaccine against Lyme disease in 20 years -- in hopes of better fighting the tick-borne threat.... more

 

Highlights from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022

New research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2022 covered the breadth of Alzheimer’s and dementia research, including the basic biology of aging and the brain, risk factors and prevention strategies, and caregiving and living well with the disease.... more

Morrisey announces multimillion-dollar settlement with Rite Aid

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Thursday announced a settlement that may add up to $30 million with Rite Aid to resolve a lawsuit that alleged the pharmacy chain failed to maintain effective controls against diversion and it contributed to oversupply of opioids in the state.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 10, 2022, there are currently 3,111 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,201 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

W.Va. successfully transitions to 988 Suicide, Crisis Lifeline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) reports that West Virginia has successfully transitioned to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s new three-digit number (988).... more

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health Organization Wednesday.... more

Capito announces funding for Concord University Nursing Program through CDS

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Concord University will receive $1,600,000, made available through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests she made.... more

Capito announces funding for Bluefield State’s MAEC

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Bluefield State University will receive $300,000, which was made available through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests she made.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 8, 2022, there are currently 3,057 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,188 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Dalton joins Davis Medical Family Practice

Dr. William Dalton, a board certified family medicine physician, has joined Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) group of family practitioners at the outpatient clinic Elkins.... more

Nonprofits launch $100M plan to support local health workers

A new philanthropic project hopes to invest $100 million in 10 countries, mostly in Africa, by 2030 to support 200,000 community health workers, who serve as a critical bridge to treatment for people with limited access to medical care.... more

Persephone Biosciences announces first My Baby Biome Study participant

Persephone Biosciences Inc., a synthetic biology company reimagining patient and infant health through the development of microbiome-based medicines, today announced that it has enrolled the first subject in its My Baby Biome™ observational study to determine specific biomarkers that are associated with a healthy infant gut.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 5, 2022, there are currently 3,414 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 11 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,184 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Growing prescriptions help push CVS past Q2 expectations

CVS Health thumped second-quarter expectations and hiked its full-year forecast as growing prescription claims and COVID-19 test kits sales countered a drop in vaccinations.... more

School of Osteopathic Medicine celebrates 50th anniversary

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding with an Aug. 2 reception at the Bavarian Inn, a resort and brewing company in Shepherdstown, W.Va.... more

Swine Influenza detected in Jackson County

On Friday, July 29, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) received multiple reports from the Jackson County Fair of swine exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 3, 2022, there are currently 3,166 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,169 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Specialty Care Clinic provides services in Elkins

St. Joseph’s Specialty Care Clinic is now providing healthcare services in Elkins. Services provided include General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Podiatry.... more

2022 Unite for bleeding disorders walk to happen in Charleston

The West Virginia Chapter, National Hemophilia Foundation is hosting the 2022 Unite for Bleeding Disorder Walk on Saturday, September 17, at Glendale Park in Charleston, W.Va.... more

W.Va. WIC celebrates Breastfeeding Week

In coordination with World Breastfeeding Week, Governor Jim Justice has declared August 1 to 7 as West Virginia Breastfeeding Week, highlighting the benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health and welfare of babies and mothers with a focus on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.... more

 

Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low

The number of people living in America without health insurance coverage hit an all-time low of 8% this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – August 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 1, 2022, there are currently 3,335 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 5 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,161 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Deal on Capitol Hill could ease seniors’ health costs

A deal on Capitol Hill that could cut prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare beneficiaries was cautiously cheered by older Americans and their advocates Thursday even as many worried it might never come to fruition.... more

Princeton Community Hospital to become full member of WVU Health System

The City of Princeton and the Board of Directors of the Princeton Community Hospital Association approved a definitive agreement with the WVU Health System, clearing the way for PCH to become fully integrated into the System.... more

LUCAS coming to Upshur County

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Boone, Mercer, Taylor, Preston, Pendleton, Mineral, and Upshur counties offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

Medicaid expansion breakthrough within reach in N. Carolina

After a decade of vigorous opposition, most North Carolina Republicans have now embraced the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program to cover hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. Legislative approval finally appears within reach.... more

Miller, Schneider, colleagues urge administration to ensure financial certainty, protect hospitals from economic impacts of COVID-19, inflation

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) sent a bipartisan letter with Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) and 110 of their colleagues to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure urging the agency to make payment updates to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2023 to better account for the economic impacts hospitals are facing due to COVID-19 and inflation.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 29, 2022, there are currently 3,531 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been seven deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,156 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital to close COVID-19 testing trailer

St. Joseph’s Hospital will be closing its drive-through testing trailer for COVID-19 effective Saturday, July 30.... more

U.S. reaches deal with Moderna for omicron vaccine

The Biden administration said Friday it has reached an agreement with Moderna to buy 66 million doses of the company’s next generation of COVID-19 vaccine that targets the highly transmissible omicron variant, enough supply this winter for all who want the upgraded booster.... more

California aims to make its own insulin brand to lower price

A vial of insulin cost $25 in 1995, back when Chris Noble was 5 years old and just learning how to manage his Type 1 diabetes with the help of his parents and his doctors.... more

Miller telehealth provision included in house-passed bill

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) introduced H.R. 8505, legislation that would permanently allow the continuation of hospice recertification via telehealth. A two-year extension of this virtual hospice provision was included in H.R. 4040, which passed the House 416 to 12.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 27, 2022, there are currently 3,154 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,129 attributed to COVID-19.... more

Donors needed for August blood drive

Donors are needed for the blood drive scheduled for Friday, August 19. It is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur and will be held at the Event Center at Brushy Fork in Buckhannon.... more

J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital again named top hospital in state

WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has retained its title of number one hospital in West Virginia, according to the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings. Nine member and managed WVU Medicine hospitals, including Ruby Memorial Hospital, were recognized as High Performing.... more

Snuffer named to Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic

John Snuffer of Weston, W.Va. has been named to the spring 2022 Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange, Florida.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 25, 2022, there are currently 3,159 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,123 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR’s Vital Registration Office to close for sanitation

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will close its Vital Registration Office from Monday, July 25 through Wednesday, July 27, 2022 to allow for sanitization due to COVID-19-related illnesses among the staff.... more

Healthy Minds debuts in Clarksburg

Officials from WVU Hospitals, the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, and WVU Medicine Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry gathered at Clarksburg’s United Summit Center to celebrate the unveiling of Healthy Minds – Clarksburg. Healthy Minds is the new, shared name for WVU Medicine’s behavioral health facilities operated by WVU Hospitals, United Summit Center, and University Health Associates.... more

Cardiovascular surgeons treat extensive aortic aneurysm in Parkersburg man

Recent evolutions in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms have all but eliminated the need for open surgical procedures to prevent life-threatening ruptures. The technology to treat these aneurysms through catheterization with stents has greatly reduced patient stays and recovery times.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 22, 2022, there are currently 3,358 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,121 attributed to COVID-19.... more

“988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Too many people experience suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need. There are urgent mental health realities driving the need for crisis service transformation across our country.... more

FDA shares Family Dollar company announcement regarding voluntary recall

Family Dollar is initiating a voluntary retail level product recall of certain products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that were stored and inadvertently shipped to certain stores on or around May 1, 2022 through June 10, 2022 due to product being stored outside of labeled temperature requirements.... more

Volunteers needed for new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

WVU Hospitals Volunteer Services is recruiting adult volunteers in anticipation of the opening of the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.... more

Leadership Upshur applications due Aug. 1

Applications are due on August 1 for the inaugural class of the Leadership Upshur program. Leadership Upshur is a program of study designed to help aspiring leaders develop the skills necessary to grow in their positions.... more

 

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 20, 2022, there are currently 2,957 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,115 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Statewide system outage affecting DHHR services

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports that due to a statewide system outage affecting multiple state agencies and services, DHHR’s public assistance portal, WV PATH, is not fully functional at this time.... more

CDC endorses more traditional Novavax COVID shot for adults

U.S. adults who haven’t gotten any COVID-19 shots yet should consider a new option from Novavax -- a more traditional kind of vaccine, health officials said Tuesday.... more

 

UVA Health developing new chronic pain relief

UVA Health researchers are pioneering a new way to treat chronic pain that does not respond to medication. Their innovative approach will receive more than $5 million from the National Institutes of Health to fund a clinical trial to develop brain stimulation for severe pain conditions.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 18, 2022, there are currently 2,859 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,102 attributed to COVID-19.... more

Senators announce $1.8M for COVID-19 relief reimbursement

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,868,053 for the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).... more

 

Judge throws out Missouri AG’s COVID suit against China

A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt that blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic.... more

DHS Foundation elects 2022-2023 officers, directors

The Davis Health System Foundation Board of Directors elected new Officers and Director at its Annual Meeting on June 17.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 15, 2022, there are currently 3,002 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,102 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

New OB/GYN joins Davis Medical practice team

Davis Medical Center announced that Dr. Adriana Fulginiti has joined the Women’s HealthCare team, located in the DMC outpatient clinic in Elkins.... more

SJMH announces new imaging Manager

Long-time employee Rick Thomason, R.T. (R)(MR), was recently named Imaging Department Manager at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. Thomason has been employed by the Hospital since 1994 and served as the assistant director for several years before his recent promotion.... more

Chua earns Integrative Medicine Board certification

According to the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), integrative medicine “reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”... more

Pharmacies can’t discriminate on reproductive health scripts

The Biden administration is warning pharmacies not to discriminate against women who may seek reproductive health prescriptions, including some that might be involved in ending a pregnancy.... more

N.C. health plan resumes coverage of transgender surgeries

The North Carolina state employee health plan will resume coverage of gender affirming treatments for transgender employees, the state treasurer said Wednesday, complying with a recent federal court ruling that declared the refusal of coverage unconstitutional.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 13, 2022, there are currently 2,780 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been eight deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,099 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR serves 80,000 families through BCSE

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Child Support Enforcement (BCSE), which serves 80,000 children and families statewide by establishing paternity, child support, and enforcing support, collected $164 million for West Virginia’s child support program in the 2021 fiscal year.... more

Mon Health receive highest rating in W.Va. for patient safety

Mon Health Medical Center and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital are proud to announce that both institutions have received The Leapfrog Group’s distinction for Hospital Safety in its Spring 2022 report.... more

Leadership gift aids innovative research at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

A leadership gift from the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation will advance research at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) focused on early detection of dementia and innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and addiction.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 11, 2022, there are currently 2,858 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 22 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,091 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR distributes COVID-19 tests to W.Va. summer camps

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) through its Center for Threat Preparedness and the State Epidemiologist are helping to create safer environments for campers and staff by offering free COVID-19 antigen test kits to summer camps across the state.... more

Biden says he’s mulling health emergency for abortion access

President Joe Biden said Sunday he is considering declaring a public health emergency to free up federal resources to promote abortion access even though the White House has said it doesn’t seem like “a great option.”... more

Dr. Pearson now seeing patients in Buckhannon office

Dr. Amy Pearson, Primary Care Provider and Pediatrician, is now seeing patients in Buckhannon, W.Va. The facility is located at 132 Cinema Circle next to the Buckhannon Cinema off Brushy Fork Road.... more

Gaming community cooperates to raise money for mental health

The professional gaming industry isn’t well known for philanthropy, but a streaming organization dedicated to improving mental health wellness is changing the game with its massive charity event...... more

Hong Kong mulls movement restrictions as COVID cases rise

Hong Kong authorities are considering implementing a health code system in the city that would restrict the movements of those infected with the coronavirus and overseas arrivals, as infections rise again.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 8, 2022, there are currently 2,428 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,069 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

SJMH prepares for Stroke Center Accreditation

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has announced that the hospital is preparing for a survey to receive designation as a Stroke Center with the nationally-recognized Acute Stroke Ready program.... more

SJMH to host blood drive with American Red Cross

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on August 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lewis County EMS Building on West Second Street in Weston. The Catholic Daughters of America will help with the event.... more

 

Upcoming walk/runs announced for Lewis County

Pace Yourself Lewis County has announced upcoming events with a goal of supporting more physical activity in the county through walk/runs.... more

First probable case of Monkeypox in West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has identified the first probable case of monkeypox in a resident of Berkeley County. Out of respect for patient privacy, no additional information will be released.... more

West Virginia hospital to pay $1.5M to settle allegations

Weirton Medical Center, a hospital located in Weirton, West Virginia, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting or causing the submission of claims to Medicare in violation of the Physician Self-Referral Law (commonly referred to as the Stark Law).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – July 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 6, 2022, there are currently 2,040 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,069 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

U.S. allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill

Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that’s intended to expand use of Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid.... more

Heuston to serve as WVU Health System’s inaugural CNE

The West Virginia University Health System announced the appointment of Melanie Heuston, D.N.P., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., as its first Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). Dr. Heuston starts in her new role on Monday, Aug. 22.... more

W.Va. opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic.... more

Manchin: Commission on veterans facilities to be dismantled

A group of U.S. senators has agreed to effectively dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant medical facility changes nationwide, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday.... more

CDC: Long COVID or post-COVID conditions

Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning or ongoing health problems that people experience after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. ... more

Sleep joins revamped list of heart health essentials

Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that.... more

CDC releases vaccine recommendation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

PASC coming soon to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

WESTON — Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has announced that a Pre-Access (Service) Center (PASC) will be opening in August.... more

Garrett Regional Medical Center officially joins WVU Medicine

OAKLAND, Md. — Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) officially became a full member of the WVU Health System effective today (July 1). Garrett Regional Medical Center... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update — July 1

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 1, 2022, there are currently 2,297 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 7,064 attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR to except applications for West Virginia School Clothing Allowance in July

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Family Assistance will begin accepting School Clothing Allowance applications on July 1, 2022, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 29

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 29, 2022, there are currently 2,014 active COVID-19 cases statewide.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 27, 2022, there are currently 2,060 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been no deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,056 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DMC welcomes foot, ankle podiatric surgeons

Davis Medical Center welcomes Dr. Hannah J. Hughes, DPM and Dr. Michael Hurst, DPM to further the best-in-class podiatry care that DMC offers to residents.... more

 

Mental health at forefront of new police wellness program

A class of officers in training at the New Castle County Police Department knelt on mats set up on the gym floor early one morning.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 24, 2022, there are currently 2,135 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,056 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WVU Cancer Institute donates radiation therapy equipment to aid developing nations

The WVU Cancer Institute is helping to advance cancer care in developing nations by donating gently used radiation therapy equipment.... more

WVU Medicine surgeon’s specialized skills further treatment of rare cancers

Innovation often requires a specialized set of skills, and Meghan Turner, M.D., WVU Medicine otolaryngologist, has the skills and training necessary to make great strides in the robotic surgical treatment of skull base tumors.... more

Stevens to serve as WVU Health System’s inaugural chief epidemiologist

The West Virginia University Health System today (June 24) announced the appointment of Michael Stevens, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., F.S.H.E.A., as the WVU Health System’s first system healthcare epidemiologist. Dr. Stevens starts in this new, system-wide role on Monday. He will also hold a faculty appointment at the WVU School of Medicine.... more

W.Va. WIC partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books by mail to encourage early childhood literacy.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 22, 2022, there are currently 1,882 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been no deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,018 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

No peers, no beers: WVU research shows youth substance use declined during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to concerns for youth mental health and social well-being, including its potential to spur substance use behaviors.... more

New OB/GYN joins DMC practice team

Davis Health System welcomes Dr. Richard Enchill, MD, OB/GYN to Women’s HealthCare in Elkins. Dr. Enchill comes to Elkins from Appalachian Healthcare in Kentucky where he spent the past eleven years in Obstetrics and Gynecology.... more

Sayre to lead fundraising, marketing teams at WVU Medicine Children’s

Marisa Sayre, manager of marketing of WVU Medicine Children’s, will begin leading both the marketing and fundraising activities of Children’s through a newly formed position that combines both responsibilities. As executive director of fundraising and marketing, Sayre will oversee WVU Medicine Children’s strategic marketing initiatives as well as its fundraising activities.... more

Nurses at Zimbabwe’s public hospitals strike for better pay

Striking nurses and other health workers have brought Zimbabwe’s government hospitals to a near standstill, straining a once vibrant public health system now plagued by a lack of medicines and basic supplies such as gloves.... more

DHHR to raise ground ambulance medical transportation services

At the direction of Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services plans to submit a State Plan Amendment to seek approval to raise ground ambulance medical transportation services to 100% of the Medicare geographic prevailing fee.... more

WVU Hospitals nationally recognized for its commitment to high-quality cardiovascular, cerebrovascular care

WVU Hospitals has received multiple American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline Achievement Awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.... more

Volunteers install nearly 1,400 free smoke alarms for local families

In May, volunteers and members of the Central Appalachia Region of the American Red Cross and local partners including fire departments installed nearly 1,400 free smoke alarms for families making almost 600 homes safer from home fire, as part of a national Red Cross Sound the Alarm effort in at-risk communities across the country.... more

Court rejects Trump-era EPA finding that weed killer safe

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Trump administration finding that the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup does not pose a serious health risk and is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans.... more

Huggins Homecoming raises over $72,500 to aid WVU Cancer Institute

The second Huggins Homecoming in Cincinnati raised more than $72,500 to benefit cancer care and research at the WVU Cancer Institute.... more

WVU Medicine pediatric neurosurgeon saves teen

When schools closed because of COVID, Logan Channel, then 17 of Philippi, decided to accept a job working for a local conservation district to make some money and spend time with his friends. He was mowing and trimming trees in Pennsboro on a hot day when he started to get a headache.... more

Alzheimer’s Association W.Va. Chapter offers extreme heat advice for families facing dementia

As temperatures rise across West Virginia, extreme heat can have a significant impact on everyone’s safety. But high temperatures can be especially stressful and confusing for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect a person’s safety, including changes in sensitivity to temperatures.... more

WVU hospitals nationally recognized for its commitment to high-quality cardiovascular, cerebrovascular care

WVU Hospitals has received multiple American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 15, 2022, there are currently 1,855 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,016 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

P-EBT to be issued for non-students receiving SNAP

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to eligible non-students, or children under the age of 6 years old who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.... more

WVU Medicine Children’s named top hospital in West Virginia

For the second consecutive year, WVU Medicine Children’s has been named the top children’s hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News and World Report. The Hospital’s Pediatric Urology Program received its fifth-consecutive national ranking, taking the 41st spot in the country. U.S. News badge... more

Manchin announces $468k to combat food insecurity in West VIrginia

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $468,829 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. ... more

Capito blasts impossible EPA health advisories for PFAS chemicals

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, issued the below statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal of new lifetime health advisory levels that will cause confusion and concern while providing no useful tools for measuring or addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in either drinking water or the environment:... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 13, 2022, there are currently 1,989 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,001 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

FDA infant formula update: June 10, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula available in the U.S. under the agency’s recent increased flexibilities.... more

Manchin announces $468k to combat food insecurity in West Virginia

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $468,829 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. ... more

Anderegg named June ICARE Employee of the Month

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Danielle Anderegg, of Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH)’s Acute Care Department, has been named the June ICARE Employee of the Month at the local healthcare facility.... more

 

Hospital challenges mount as costs, inflation rise

For over two years since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia’s hospitals and their physicians, nurses, caregivers and teams have been on the front lines working tirelessly to care for patients, save lives and protect their communities.... more

 

PEIA Interim Director talks reimbursement for care

The Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care heard testimony from Jason Haught, PEIA interim director and chief financial officer, on Sunday, during the first day of the June Interim Legislative Sessions.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 10, 2022, there are currently 2,198 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,999 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

U.S. lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for COVID-19 within a day before boarding a flight to the United States, ending one of the last remaining government mandates designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.... more

WVU to offer anger management classes for youth

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Positive Behavior Support Program will be offering online training for anger management for youth.... more

Virta Health showcases health improvements for veteran patients

Virta Health, the type 2 diabetes reversal leader, announced two-year patient outcomes from its multi-year partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 8, 2022, there are currently 2,272 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,997 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital honors Bunner with VIP Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital recently honored Jennifer Bunner with the Values Inspired Person (VIP) Award. Jennifer works as an LPN for the Medical Surgical department in the hospital.... more

St. Joseph’s event for students, recent graduates focused on healthcare careers

St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer a free event about healthcare careers on Tuesday, June 28 beginning at 9 a.m. at the hospital. ... more

Riley to retire from Mon Health SJMH

After 27 years of dedicated patient care, Judy Riley, RN, is retiring from Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.... more

DHHR to issue special payment to TANF recipients

As part of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will issue a special payment of $465 to recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program who were active in the W. Va. WORKS program in May 2022 and are eligible to continue participation in June 2022.... more

Snead honored at retirement reception

For 40 years, orthopedic surgeon Joseph A. Snead, MD repaired broken bones and helped patients bounce back from orthopedic problems. Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce a retirement reception to honor Dr. Snead on Thursday, June 9 at 4 p.m.... more

Willetts appointed to dual role at WVU Medicine

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University (WVU) Health System, announced June 7 the appointment of Carrie E. Willetts as both executive vice president of healthcare integration and business development for the WVU Health System and president and CEO of WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital. She will start her new roles this fall.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 6, 2022, there are currently 2,547 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,977 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WVU Medicine research shows way to improve pediatric urology care access

Researchers from WVU Medicine have found that pediatric urology consultations performed by highly trained advanced practice providers (APPs) in a telemedicine setting are a clinically reliable, cost-effective option for West Virginia families.... more

Harrison joins WVU Cancer Institute

Edward Harrison has joined the WVU Cancer Institute as its vice president of cancer services. His first day on the job was May 16. Edward Harrison... more

Contract awarded to review structure of DHHR

A consulting contract has been awarded to McChrystal Group LLC, of Alexandria, VA, to conduct a top-to-bottom organizational assessment of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Additionally, the review process will include the development of a strategic plan for the organization and financial structure of DHHR.... more

Senators announce $5.1M in HHS grants

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5,170,593 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support a variety of research projects and prevention programs at West Virginia University (WVU) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 3, 2022, there are currently 2,321 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,974 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Alzheimer’s, Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which is a great time to focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors that can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.... more

Davis Health launches 100 Miles in 100 Days

Davis Health System (DHS) is encouraging community residents to take a step toward better health by joining the 100 Miles in 100 Days wellness program. This year, it will run June 23 through October 1, 2022.... more

Trulieve opens medical cannabis dispensaries in Charleston, Parkersburg

Trulieve, one of the largest cannabis companies in the United States, recently announced the opening of two new West Virginia locations.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $5.1M in HHS grants for W. Va.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5,170,593 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support a variety of research projects and prevention programs at West Virginia University (WVU) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 1, 2022, there are currently 2,146 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 14 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,962 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital revises COVID-19 testing procedures

St. Joseph’s Hospital is revising its drive-through COVID-19 testing procedures. Testing is now available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Saturday and Sunday.... more

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia discusses the implementation of SB 468

On June 10, 2022, Senate Bill 468, which bans abortion for pregnant people with a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome or other disability, will go into effect. ... more

DHHR urges residents to take steps to prevent Tickborne diseases

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health urges residents to take preventive measures against tickborne diseases. Tickborne diseases are spread through the bite of an infected tick and many of these diseases can also infect pets.... more

AARP W. Va., Manchin speak need for lower prescription drug prices

On behalf of nearly 250,000 members in the Mountain State, AARP West Virginia delivered thousands of signed petitions to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, calling on Congress to act now and stop unfair prescription drug prices.... more

DHHR publishes Child Welfare Dashboard

In an effort to make information more readily available, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has added a child welfare dashboard to show child placements and referrals, details on workforce, as well as other important public information.... more

What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest U.S. children

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates five-star award in the WVSF parade

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrated its five-star award for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the 80th Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, May 21.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Better Hearing, Speech Month

This month, WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing Better Hearing and Speech Month, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems and to encourage people to think about their own hearing and get their hearing checked.... more

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world’s poorest countries.... more

 

WHO: Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns

The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission.... more

Medicare recipients to see premium cut — but not until 2023

Medicare recipients will get a premium reduction — but not until next year — reflecting what Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday was an overestimate in costs of covering an expensive and controversial new Alzheimer’s drug.... more

U-BHD Update - August 27

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following local COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 25, 2021, there have been 2,990,975 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,804 total cases and 2,876 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports local COVID-19 death - June 25

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $7.7 Million in Energy Assistance for West Virginia families

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,715,683 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ... more