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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

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 27, 2022, there are currently 2,377 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,945 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Local psychologist to host recovery workshop

Don Worth, Ph.D. and local psychologist, will be hosting a workshop on recovery on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Mon Health Recovery Care Center next to Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.... more

First WVU Medicine Children’s Gala since 2020 raises $1.4M

The first WVU Medicine Children’s Gala since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic raised $1.4 million to benefit West Virginia children and their families. The ballroom of the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place decorated for the WVU Medicine Children’s Gala.... more

Battin joins Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital medical staff

Dr. John A. Battin, Urologist, will begin seeing patients at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital beginning in July. Dr. Battin and Megan McKown, Physician Assistant, will be located at the Stonewall Urology office on the ground floor of the Hospital.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 25, 2022, there are currently 2,157 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,933 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Lawson appointed vice president of operations of WVU Medicine Thomas Health System

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University (WVU) Health System, announced the appointment of Leslie Lawson, M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., as vice president of operations for WVU Medicine Thomas Health System.... more

Telemedicine improves access, satisfaction for Gamma Knife patients

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for many changes in the way physicians interact with their patients, and one of the most prominent has been telemedicine.... more

Research suggests combination of healthy lifestyle factors may protect cognitive function

Lifestyle factors such as nutrition and the amount of sleep, exercise and the social interaction one engages in can positively affect life expectancy. But recent brain health research suggests that those factors may also stave off cognitive impairment.... more

NPF launches real-time patient registry powered by SeqsterOS

The National Pancreas Foundation (“NPF”), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announced today at Digestive Disease Week 2022 in San Diego, the launch of the country’s largest, most inclusive pancreatic disease patient registry powered by SeqsterOS.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 23, 2022, there are currently 2,501 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,918 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Israel reports first case of monkeypox, suspects others

Israeli authorities say they have detected the country’s first case of monkeypox in a man who returned from abroad and were looking into other suspected cases.... more

Harris, surgeon general, warn of healthcare worker burnout

Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are warning of burnout among the nation’s health care staff after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the potential for severe worker shortages in the years ahead if the situation is not addressed.... more

Morrisey announces North Central W.Va. winners of ‘Kids Kick Opioids’ Design Contest

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced 14 students from north central West Virginia as regional winners of the office’s sixth Kids Kick Opioids contest, a competition designed to spur creativity and raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 20, 2022, there are currently 2,296 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,915 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... 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 only on Saturday June 4 and June 18.... more

 

G7 agree pact to better prepare for future pandemics

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies announced plans Friday to strengthen epidemiological early-warning systems to detect infectious diseases with pandemic potential following the emergence of the coronavirus more than two years ago.... more

Capito, Baldwin introduce bipartisan bill to improve palliative, hospice care

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan bill to grow, improve and sustain the palliative and hospice care workforce to keep pace with patients’ needs and to help improve the well-being of Americans with life-threatening illnesses and their families.... more

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez lead talk on youth mental health

Selena Gomez joined first lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 18, 2022, there are currently 1,795 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,905 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

WVU Medicine encourages COVID booster shots, adherence to masking guidelines in hospitals

Officials at WVU Medicine are encouraging all those eligible to get COVID-19 booster vaccines. In addition, patients and visitors to the hospital are reminded to adhere to masking guidelines. Woman getting shot.... more

Micrologic is helping keep Valley Health Care, Inc. secure

Micrologic, the one-stop internet, phone, and security service provider in North-Central West Virginia, recently completed a project at all Valley Health Care, Inc. locations in Randolph County. The project that is now finished will enhance security for employees and patients.... more

MHHVC performs 500th WATCHMAN procedure

Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center has successfully completed their 500th WATCHMAN procedure treating patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).... more

 

Senators announce $18M for health centers across 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 $18,094,738 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for six health centers across West Virginia.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 16, 2022, there are currently 1,964 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,895 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor Justice COVID-19 update: May 16

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the state’s latest pandemic response and vaccine distribution efforts.... more

President Biden announces additional steps to address infant formula shortage

President Biden has directed his administration to work urgently to ensure that during the Abbott Nutrition voluntary recall, infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Thursday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber, to discuss ways we can all work together to do more to help families access infant formula.... more

The Center for Rural Health Development hosts Appalachian Health Leadership Forum

The Center for Rural Health Development was pleased to recently host its annual Appalachian Health Leadership Forum, the first since the pandemic. Rural health care and public health board members and executive leaders gathered for two days to Reconnect, Recharge, and Get Inspired.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 13, 2022, there are currently 1,658 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 6,893 attributed to COVID-19.... more

Relocation Notice: Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department will temporarily move to Wesleyan College’s Barnhart Memorial Health Center beginning on Tuesday, May 31, while the health department undergoes construction.... more

Congress urges to immediately address formula shortages

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) joined Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 104 House Republicans in sending a letter to President Biden and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf urging them to immediately address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.... more

WVU Hospitals names nurses and colleagues of the year

Six nurses and a clinical practice manager who supports nursing efforts won the top awards at the WVU Hospitals 2022 Nurses and Interprofessional Colleague of the Year ceremony held May 6.... more

Application period for Emergency Energy Assistance Program extended

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) have been extended to May 27, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.... more

Wilson Martino Dental announces 2022 family, friends scholarship recipients

Dr. Robert Martino, CEO of Wilmar Management (parent company to Wilson Martino Dental, TLC Dental, iSmile Specialists and the Smile Defenders) is proud to announce the 2022 Wilson Martino Dental Family and Friends High School Scholarship Recipients.... more

Epic contribution supports WVU Cancer Institute, WVU Medicine Children’s

A contribution to WVU Medicine from software provider Epic will bolster efforts to reduce the cancer burden in West Virginia and help families with sick children.... more

WVU Hospitals names nurses and colleagues of the year

Six nurses and a clinical practice manager who supports nursing efforts won the top awards at the WVU Hospitals 2022 Nurses and Interprofessional Colleague of the Year ceremony held May 6.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 9, 2022, there are currently 1,343 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,882 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

West Virginia celebrates first ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day

West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will join partners nationwide in celebrating the first National Fentanyl Awareness Day on May 10, 2022. ... more

 

AMFM to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

AMFM Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers will recognize National Skilled Nursing Care Week from May 8 to 14 with dozens of events throughout West Virginia. The company invites the public to partake in the observance, which kicks off on Mother’s Day, by visiting a friend or family member in a facility and participating in local activities.... more

DMC’s Lifeskills earns ADA recognition

Davis Medical Center’s Lifeskills program has earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).... more

New director appointed to Laurel Place

Laurel Place, Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) inpatient geriatric behavioral health program, announced the appointment of Mary McCartney MSN, RN as Program Director. She brings over 30 years of experience in acute care, outpatient addiction treatment, hospice care and management to her new role with the unit.... more

W. Va. DHHR celebrates National Prevention Week

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) joins the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to celebrate National Prevention Week (NPW) May 8 to 14, 2022.... more

 

Alzheimer’s Association hosts statewide LGBT Dementia Forum

LGBT older adults living with dementia face challenges in accessing health care and support. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 40% report shrinking support networks; 34% live alone; and up to 30% experience lower rates of access to care.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 6, 2022, there are currently 1,114 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,880 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

What do we know about the new omicron mutant?

What do we know about the new omicron mutant? It’s a descendant of the earlier super-contagious “stealth omicron” and has quickly gained ground in the United States.... more

WVU Cancer Institute’s Spring Gala raises over $840K for cancer care, research

Following a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the WVU Cancer Institute’s Spring Galaraised more than $840,000 to aid cancer care and research in West Virginia.... more

Senators announce funding to expand access to school-based 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 the Rainelle Medical Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen access to school-based health services in the community.... more

Senators announce $11M for vision research at WVU

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $11,000,000 through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) program to West Virginia University (WVU).... more

 

West Virginia Caring receives honor for its outstanding care

W. Va. Caring has been named a 2022 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys and analytics. ... more

DHHR announces new WIC Income Guidelines

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Nutrition Services announced new income eligibility guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 4, 2022, there are currently 813 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,872 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling?

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling? Depending on your destination, it could result in an unexpected change in plans, such as being required to stay isolated in a hotel.... more

WVU surgeons lead changes in operative training

Surgeons in the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute and Department of Surgery are leading significant changes in the way surgeons learn new procedures by starting a program that offers training using perfused cadavers in the Fresh Tissue Training lab.... more

LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in Parsons

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Tucker County offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Morgantown, Reedsville

Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit will visit Monongalia and Preston counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital screening mammograms and breast care education to women. Bonnie’s Bus.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 2, 2022, there are currently 854 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,857 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Wayne Farms, LLC recalls ready-to-eat chicken breast fillet products

Wayne Farms, LLC., a Decatur, Ala. establishment, is recalling approximately 30,285 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken breast fillet product that may be undercooked, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.... more

 

Survey reveals parents need support in starting mental health conversations

Most parents and caregivers know to ask their children about their day or what they learned at school, but fewer feel equipped to turn that small talk into meaningful conversations about mental health.... more

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far?

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far? It’s an extra-contagious version of the omicron variant, but it doesn’t seem to cause more severe disease...... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 29, 2022, there are currently 882 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,856 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes National Administrative Professionals Day

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized its administrative staff on Wednesday, April 27 for National Administrative Professionals Day.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital welcomes Flesher to Primary Care Clinic

St. Joseph’s Hospital welcomes Krista Flesher, FNP-BC to its Primary Care Clinic. Flesher is a family nurse practitioner who will be providing care for patients 6 months and older for same day acute care, immunizations and preventative health care.... more

Johnston retires after 20 years with Community Care of W. Va.

After 20 years of dedicated service to Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV), Chief Financial Officer Connie Johnston is retiring.... more

DHHR receives $2M to support W. Va. Home Visitation Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health has been awarded federal funding in the amount of $2 million for the West Virginia Home Visitation Program.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $3.3M for maternal health, family services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,316,891 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and West Virginia University (WVU).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 27, 2022, there are currently 719 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,851 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing its laboratory staff during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 24 through April 30. ... more

Davis Medical Center revises visitation guidelines

Effective immediately, Davis Medical Center is resuming less-restrictive visitor guidelines in hospital units, outpatient clinics and the emergency department.... more

Outpatient Mental Health Treatment available at Davis Health

Jennifer Abel, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), is now providing outpatient mental health treatment by appointment at Davis Medical Center (DMC) in Elkins and at Buckhannon Medical Care.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 25, 2022, there are currently 631 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,824 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

RFP released to review DHHR from “top-to-bottom”

The Request For Proposals (RFP) to provide an organizational assessment of and strategic plan for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has been posted by the West Virginia Purchasing Division. Bids are due by May 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.... more

SJMH welcomes new nursing managers

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of two managers to its Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department, Michael Stuchell, RN and Amanda Fortney, BSN, RN.... more

DHHR celebrates National Infant Immunization Week

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) joins partners across the country to celebrate and recognize National Infant Immunization Week, April 24 to 30, 2022.... more

SJMH to plan Red Cross Drives at EMS

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Lewis County Emergency Squad will be hosting several upcoming Blood Drives.... more

WVHRC to host virtual Fair Housing Month event

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission (HRC) will present a virtual Fair Housing Month seminar at 9 a.m., Friday, April 29.... more

Mon Health’s Got Talent to raise funds for Colleague Support Fund

On May 14 at 11 a.m., Mon Health will be hosting its first ever Mon Health’s Got Talent show at the Ruby Amphitheater at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 22, 2022, there are currently 544 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,823 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR receives federal grant for 988: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has secured a $561,131 award from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to prepare for the transition of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a new three-digit number (988) on July 16, 2022.... more

WVU’s Hayanga delivers 10th Annual Van Praag lecture

J.W. Awori Hayanga, M.D., M.P.H., director of the ECMO Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, returned to his alma mater to deliver the 10th Annual Lynn Van Praag Critical Care and Cardiac Surgery Lecture at Johns Hopkins University on April 14. ... more

Mon Health SJMH hosts award ceremony

During the 37th Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Awards Ceremony, Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Stalnaker honored employees for years of service and named the 2021 Employee of the Year as Certified Nursing Aide, Angela Hinter. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 7 at the Hospital.... more

West Virginia Medical Cannabis making strides

The Medical Cannabis Act, passed by the W. Va. Legislature and signed into law by Governor Justice in 2017, has enabled thousands of state residents with qualifying medical conditions to access a new option for treatment of severe or chronic conditions, while at the same time encouraging economic development statewide.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 20, 2022, there are currently 459 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 3 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,807 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $5.1M 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 a total of $5,109,042 for West Virginia University (WVU) Hospital and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.... more

 

Gold-Blue game to impact parking, traffic at WVU Ruby Memorial

West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game will impact parking and traffic around WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital on April 23.... more

Mon Health hospitals hold CORE event for Donate Life Month

The hospitals of Mon Health recognize the meaning of donation and the life-saving difference with awareness events throughout the month.... more

LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in Fairmont

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Marion County offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

Manchin, Capito, Wicker, Casey, Heinrich, Grassley lead bipartisan resolution designating NOMW

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led a bipartisan resolution designating this week, April 18 through 24, 2022, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 18, 2022, there are currently 479 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 2 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,796 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

19 schools to receive expanded school mental health services

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has awarded grants to 19 schools to provide Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) services. These additional schools were selected through a competitive application process.... more

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in multiple areas

Bonnie’s Bus, mobile mammography unit, will visit Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier, and Preston counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital screening mammograms and breast care education to women.... more

 

Financial literacy month prepares for Alzheimer’s expenses

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the costliest conditions to society because of health care costs and long-term care services needed.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 15, 2022, there are currently 437 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,794 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Martin with Values Inspired Person Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital recently honored Jodi Martin with the Values Inspired Person Award (VIP). Jodi works as a Unit Secretary for the Imaging Department.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes Occupational Therapy Month

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing Occupational Therapy Month in April. Occupational therapists are health care professionals who help people resume or maintain participation in a variety of tasks in their jobs, leisure and social activities, getting around, caring for themselves and their home, and much more.... more

Davis Health System Foundation’s Year in Review

Overwhelming community support has been integral in assuring local medical patients receive the best possible care through Davis Health System.... more

Congresswoman Miller hosts medicare roundtable with W. Va. seniors

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) hosted a roundtable in Beckley, West Virginia, with seniors to discuss their experiences with Medicare, specifically Medicare Advantage.... more

 

U.S. Attorney to host Health Care Fraud Symposium

Experts from the public and private sector will gather in Morgantown next week for a seminar to highlight best practices in preventing and responding to health care fraud, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.... more

During financial literacy month prepare for expenses from Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the costliest conditions to society because of health care costs and long-term care services needed.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 13, 2022, there are currently 326 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 3 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,777 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

COVID-19, overdoses push U.S. to highest death total ever

2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad.... more

Mon Health hospitals encourage autism support, education

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Mon Health System encourages the public to learn more about autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States. Supporting, educating and advocating for autistic individuals will make a difference in the lives of the patients the System serves.... more

DHHR confirms pediatric flu death

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health has confirmed an influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2021-22 flu season. The last influenza-associated pediatric death was reported during the 2019-20 flu season.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 11, 2022, there are currently 321 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 2 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,755 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Opioid addiction treatment may bring discrimination

Danielle Russell was in the emergency department at an Arizona hospital last fall, sick with COVID-19, when she made the mistake of answering completely when she was asked what medications she was on.... more

Justice signs Bill 181, creates 988 Mental Health Crisis System

On Monday, April 11 Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 181, creating the West Virginia 988 mental health crisis system.... more

Mon Health Hospitals encourage autism support, education

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Mon Health System encourages the public to learn more about autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States. Supporting, educating and advocating for autistic individuals will make a difference in the lives of the patients the System serves.... more

Samples departs from WVDHHR

Jeremiah Samples, deputy secretary with the West Virginia DHHR until last week, has released the following statement..... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 8, 2022, there are currently 358 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 4 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,753 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Davis Health System celebrates National Donate Life Month

Davis Health System is joining hospitals throughout the country to celebrate National Donate Life Month in April.... more

Armstrong named president of WVU Innovation Corporation

Officials from West Virginia University and the WVU Health System, commonly branded as WVU Medicine, announced April 8 that Stacey Armstrong has been named the president of the WVU Innovation Corporation.... more

 

Give blood during National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month — a time to raise awareness about health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 6, 2022, there are currently 305 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 25 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,741 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur host blood drive

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur held a blood drive on Friday, April 1 at the Event Center at Brushy Fork in Buckhannon. ... more

WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center reaches milestone, changes lives

One of the scariest things an expectant parent can hear is that there is something wrong with their unborn baby’s heart. That is what led to the creation of the WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center – to bring together specialists who can provide answers and solutions to ease parents’ fears and create positive outcomes for their children.... more

Hess to serve as president, CEO of WVU Medicine United Hospital Center

The West Virginia University Health System and the WVU Medicine United Hospital Center (UHC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of David Hess, M.D., as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of UHC.... more

 

11 AMFM centers receive five, four-star ratings

Five American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM) centers have received a Five-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare program for March 2022. Four-Star ratings were awarded to six additional AMFM centers.... more

New assistance programs now offered to assist renters financially affected by COVID-19

Randolph County Housing Authority’s (RCHA) Supportive Services Department is rolling out new programs to assist with rental and utility payments, reentering the workforce, upskilling for employment, managing finances, and reaching financial stability.... more

 

Walgreens goes to trial in Florida lawsuit on opioids

Most of the defendants in Florida’s lawsuit over the opioid epidemic have settled for more than $870 million, according to the state attorney general. One remains: Walgreens Co. is not giving up.... more

 

Man in Germany gets 90 COVID-19 shots to sell forged passes

A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get vaccinated themselves.... 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