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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a state the size of West Virginia, it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by WVU Children’s Hospital. For 25 years, it has called the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital home, and in that time, thousands of people have found hope and healing within its walls.

The origins of WVU Children’s Hospital date back to the old University Hospital, which had beds for children in different units. Babies were born on the fourth floor. Critically ill infants were admitted to the adult intensive care unit on the third floor, and general pediatrics occupied space on the sixth floor.

William Neal, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at WVU Children’s Hospital, didn’t plan to return to West Virginia after graduating from the WVU School of Medicine in 1966. He just wasn’t sure the opportunity for a budding physician would present itself. But, after completing military service and residency and fellowship training, he found himself missing the mountains and the people of West Virginia. In 1974, the Huntington native came home and joined the WVU faculty. The decision to return, he said, is one that he has never regretted.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Kanawha County offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:

The Sissonville Health Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12.  For an appointment, call 304-984-1576.

Elk Elementary School in Charleston from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25.  For an appointment, call 304-348-7776.

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When considering the sights and sounds of a hospital, most people probably recall familiar IV poles and beeping monitors. But within Ruby Memorial Hospital, patients and visitors can also find relaxation from a soothing melody, comfort from a furry friend or strength from praying hands.

In addition to caring for patients’ physical ailments, Ruby Memorial Hospital offers programs that help in treating the whole person, including their emotional and spiritual wellness. Therapeutic music, pet therapy and spiritual care provide patients with uplifting distractions from their medical condition.

Certified Music Practitioner Cindy Lewellen serves as a volunteer at Ruby, wheeling her harp throughout the building and offering patients a chance to hear therapeutic music. She frequently plays her harp in WVU Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, waiting areas and individual patient rooms.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy is celebrating the success of its 2013 graduates, who earned a first-time pass rate of 97.5 percent on their licensure exam.

Of the 39 recent graduates, 38 passed the National Physical Therapy Examination. One graduate also received a perfect score.

“We are very proud of the Class of 2013,” MaryBeth Mandich, P.T., Ph.D., Division of Physical Therapy chairperson and professor, said. “Their 97.5 percent first-time pass rate exceeded the national average of 91 percent. This achievement is a testament to the collective efforts of our faculty members and students.”

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time, The Journal of Neuroscience cover on Aug. 7 will feature an image taken from an animated video. The video is hosted on The Journal’s website and was created by a team of researchers from the West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience.

This cover is the first in a series of three that will feature videos from the study “Synaptic Inputs Compete During Rapid Formation of the Calyx of Held: a New Model System for Neural Development,” which was co-authored by researchers from WVU and the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) and led by George A. Spirou, Ph.D., director of the WVU Center for Neuroscience. Paul Holcomb, a neurobiology graduate student in the Spirou lab, is the study’s first author.

The first video shows nanoscale-resolution images from serial block-face scanning electron microscopy (SBEM) of the developing auditory brainstem during the first few days of mouse development. SBEM is new technology that permits visualizing the wiring of the brain in 3D with resolution of several nanometers, or about the size of a protein molecule. One single image volume can require up to 2 TB of computer storage space; new data sets that will each be at least triple this size are currently being collected by Dr. Spirou’s group using the microscopes at UCSD.

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HUNTINGTON, WV – Cabell Huntington Hospital Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Hoyt J. Burdick, MD, FACHE recently served as one of three panelists at a national forum discussion for healthcare leaders and physician executives from across the country.

Dr. Burdick was selected as a charter member of the newly formed Physician Executive Forum Committee of the American College of Physician Executives. The forum discussion took place earlier in August in New York City and brought together healthcare leaders and physician executives for a high-level educational opportunity. Dr. Burdick served on the panel discussing the effective collaboration between physician and non-clinical leaders to achieve goals for healthcare organizations.

Dr. Burdick is also currently serving as president of the West Virginia State Medical Association. In his role at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Dr. Burdick oversees performance improvement and patient safety, infection prevention, regulatory compliance, medical staff peer review, credentialing, medical informatics, emergency physicians and supervision of physician medical directors.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a 303-bed academic medical center located in Huntington, West Virginia. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Opened in 1956, it is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Little General Stores Inc. along with British Petroleum (BP) has donated $6,000 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. WVU men’s basketball Coach Bob Huggins established the fund in memory of his mother, who died of cancer.

Little General applied for a $12,000 grant from BP’s Fueling Communities Program to benefit two charities – the Huggins Cancer Research Endowment and Toys for Tots. The program provides grants to local organizations that support health, education, youth, food and housing.  This is the second consecutive year that Little General has received a BP grant to split evenly between cancer research and Toys for Tots, pushing the total amount donated thus far for cancer research at WVU to $12,250.

“Little General is proud to be able to support the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. There are many people affected by cancer in the communities across West Virginia. We are committed to the fight against cancer and plan to keep going and do even more good in supporting this cause dear to West Virginians,” Greg Darby, president of Little General Stores Inc., said.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Andrea Armstead, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences program, is researching ways to protect the health of workers in the mining and drilling industries and recently received a fellowship-award renewal to further her education and research.

Armstead was awarded an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) 2013 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Science. The AFPE Fellowship is awarded to outstanding pre-doctoral students nationwide, who have completed at least three years of graduate study, to encourage them to continue their pursuit of pharmaceutical sciences.

Armstead first received the fellowship in 2012 to investigate how particles of tungsten carbide cobalt can enter cells and damage them. Her nanoparticle toxicity research over the past year focused on testing the effects of particle size, concentration and lengths of exposure time on lung epithelial cells.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Jefferson and Hardy counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:

The African American Heritage Festival in Charles Town. The Bus will be parked beside the Wright-Denny School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. For an appointment, call 1-877-287-2272.

E. A. Hawse Health Center in Baker from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 30. For an appointment, call 304-897-5915 ext. 262. 262

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

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The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will hold its eighth annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today in Geary Auditorium.

The white coat is a symbol of the health care profession, and each year the UC School of Pharmacy places the white lab coat on new pharmacy students as part of their entry into the profession.  This year, 94 members of the pharmacy class of 2017 will participate. Students, faculty, and families will gather to mark this rite of passage.

White Coat Ceremonies originated in the medical profession, and over the past 10 to 15 years have been embraced and adopted by several health professional programs such as dentistry, osteopathy, pharmacy and physical therapy.

This event provides a venue for the public witnessing of their acceptance of the responsibilities and expectations of the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Craig Kimble, Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Fruth Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker.