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Stroke warnings hit home for one hospital employee

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It was a normal day, little more than a week from her 33rd birthday, when Paige Johnson’s husband noticed something strange.

“He looked at me and one side of my face was drawn on one side; it was dro...

Hospitals CEOs talk about health care’s future

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Stephen Dexter’s and David Ramsey’s dreams for health-care in America mirror some of the central tenets of the Affordable Care Act — to them, universal health care with a smaller price tag aligns wel...

Two strains of flu found in Kanawha County

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Influenza B and Influenza AH3 have been positively identified in the last two weeks, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical officer for the KCHD. Diagnoses of different strains of the virus are common during this time of ye...

Highland CEO has big plans for hospital

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When Cynthia Persily arrived at Highland Hospital in Charleston a little more than a year ago, the nurse-by-trade who had spent the last two decades in education was ready to make strides in mental health.

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Stakeholders disagree on profitability of W.Va. HMOs

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Firms representing health-care entities across West Virginia are at odds on whether the state’s health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are too profitable and if they contribute too much to the state’s Medi...

Library leaders promote levy during annual book sale

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As dozens of people milled through rows of used books Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center, Cheryl Crigger Morgan reminisced about how, just two years before, the crowd...

CAMC Cancer Center on schedule to open in May

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With its third floor nearly finished and only four months until construction is slated to be completed, Charleston Area Medical Center’s new Cancer Center is starting to take shape.

The new Cancer Center, lo...

CAMC medical officer discourages ‘panic’ over Ebola

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Charleston Area Medical Center has established protocols for identifying and treating Ebola, but its chief medical officer stressed to CAMC board members Wednesday the toughest challenge hospitals will face will be publi...

Charleston synagogue to host explanatory service

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Rabbi Victor Urecki, of B’nai Jacob synagogue on Charleston’s East End, hopes to make Judaism more approachable for non-Jews this Saturday, as well as reacquaint many Jews with some of the central tenets of...

W.Va.’s Bridge Day jumpers fly high in 35th year

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FAYETTEVILLE — West Virginia is for jumpers.

And Bridge Day, the largest one-day festival in the state, held annually on the largest single-span steel arch bridge in the We...

Southern W.Va. health agencies prep for Ebola

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Area health-care providers are ramping up infectious-disease protocols and employee training to ensure they are ready to respond to an unlikely but potential diagnosis in West Virginia — Ebola...

DHHR explores options for raising pay for psych hospital workers

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The Department of Health and Human Resources may have to establish a special pay grade subject to legislative approval or persuade the Division of Personnel to adjust all of its existing pay grades in order to bring the ...

Medicare enrollment starts Wednesday

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Open enrollment in Medicare begins Wednesday, and the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act means there are a few changes in store for seniors enrolled in the 48-year-old program.

One of the largest change...

First of its kind in W.Va., African-American ‘giving circle’ launches in Kanawha

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Last August, more than a dozen businessmen, lawyers, entrepreneurs and community leaders from the Kanawha Valley came together to create a new initiative with a singular goal.

Everything from organizing the group t...

Personnel board approves raises for Bateman, Sharpe workers

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The base salaries of workers at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals will be raised to match those of their closest neighboring hospitals, the Division of Personnel board ruled Friday during a special meeting.

County clerks say they’ll follow the law on same-sex marriage

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Wayne County Clerk Renick Booth, who opposes same-sex marriage, said in January that he didn’t know what he would do if it were legalized in West Virginia.

Friday morning, though, his office issued its first...

Multiple price tiers common in insurance drug formularies

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As prescription drug costs have risen in recent years, many insurance companies have expanded their price tiers beyond simply dividing brand name and generic drugs, resulting in rising co-pays for some consumers dependin...

Saint Francis gets rate increase

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Patients paying out-of-pocket or with private insurance in the Charleston area can expect to see a modest increase in costs at Saint Francis Hospital, which has received part of a rate increase requested for its nongover...

Local health officials form Ebola task force

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People from area hospitals and public health agencies have created a task force to prepare for the possibility of treating and containing the Ebola virus, according to Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials.

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Private company now handling non-emergency medical transport in W.Va.

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This week, a private company began handling non-emergency medical transportation services in West Virginia, after the state Department of Health and Human Resources contracted with them for the work.

According to J...

Enterovirus D-68 confirmed in W.Va.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D-68 in patients treated at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials.

The K...

ACA has mixed effects on local hospitals’ revenue

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Gains in coverage for Medicaid-eligible West Virginians have resulted in a reduction in charity care and boost in revenue for area hospitals this year, but the long-term effects of the Affordable Care Act could mean over...

Daymark marks 40 years serving Charleston youth

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Early one morning in 1974, a group of youth counselors dropped Mary Jean Davis off in downtown Charleston and left her there with a simple charge — earn enough money panhandling to make a phone call.

Dresse...

Ivy League-trained doctor returns to rural care in Logan

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After spending years in post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center’s New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Anshu Jain was ready to...

Two suspects identified, one charged in bank robbery

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The man suspected of robbing the Fifth Third Bank branch in Kanawha City Wednesday has been identified, after an alleged female accomplice provided his name to investigators during questioning, according to Charleston po...

CAMC Memorial’s new Emergency Department nears completion

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After nearly a decade of planning and years of work, CAMC Memorial Hospital’s new emergency department will be operational by the end of October, according to hospital officials.

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Medicine dispensing drill preps Capitol employees for emergencies

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As each person came to the end of the line, volunteers dressed in brightly colored emergency vests handed them a bottle — labeled either “ciprofloxacin” or “doxycycline” — along ...

Thomas Hospital offers get-together for joint replacement patients

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When his knee problems began making his favorite pastime difficult, Sam Owens had to do something.

“Life can’t go on without a garden,” said Owens, 76, who had already sold his farm after worki...

W.Va. School of Osteopathic Medicine sees rise in interest, W.Va. sees spike in DOs

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The conversation had turned to food.

“Especially in this part of the world, food is love, and it’s every social bond. We celebrate, we eat. We grieve, we eat,” said Tim Sayre, a West Virginia U...

Women’s health conference promises to be ‘fabulous’

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Zonya Foco, the registered dietitian, author and speaker didn’t always have the best relationship with food and exercise.

“I know what it’s like to not be able to fit into any of my clothes. I ...

KCHD one step closer to national accreditation

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Currently, 199 local health departments and 27 state departments have PHAB national accreditation, but the KCHD will be the first health department in West Virginia to receive the accreditation. The agency began the pro...

Hospital advocates rights restored at state psych hospitals

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The state Department of Health and Human Resources agreed Wednesday to restore full building access to Legal Aid patient advocates at its two psychiatric hospitals this week, and to develop a way for the advocates to acc...

Pre-ACA data shows drop in W.Va. uninsured for 2013

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West Virginia saw a drop in the number of uninsured residents in 2013, although the main coverage expansion of the Affordable Care Act did not take effect until this year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tu...

W.Va. hospitals send suspected enterovirus cases to CDC

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Several suspected cases of Enterovirus-D68, an upper respiratory illness similar to the common cold but with more potential for severe symptoms, have been or are set to be reported by West Virginia hospitals to the feder...

Feds announce $5.7 million award for W.Va. health centers

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday 25 health centers in West Virginia will be awarded a total of more than $5.7 million to hire more employees and expand primary care services.

The aw...

Health-care quality project launches in W.Va.

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Choosing Wisely, a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, is a program geared toward ensuring that health-care providers are providing the right treatments when necessary. More than 60...

Drug abuse tops county leaders’ concerns for community health

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Community leaders across Kanawha County have overwhelmingly identified illegal street and prescription drug abuse as the biggest behavioral health issues in the area, results of a survey conducted as part of a national s...

Seniors rally prompts pledges from lawmakers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 60 state legislators lined the steps of the West Virginia Capitol Tuesday morning, where each approached a podium one by one, rang the bell placed there, and addressed the crowd:

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Children’s shelter trying to raise money for new home

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When water system problems forced the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to rent an office trailer for workers at its Lewisburg emergency child shelter, representatives of the agency knew something had to be...

Strom Studios offers expanded acting courses in new permanent home

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Early this winter, a burst pipe flooded the space that Dennis and Kelly Strom had been using as their actors’ studio. The couple, who had held their acting and stage design classes in many places over the years, n...

CVS tobacco ban could help dissuade West Virginia smokers

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The move by the nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain to remove tobacco products from its stores can only be good news for the state with the second-highest rate of smokers in the nation, according to West Virgin...

Y tennis director picks up trash on walks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What started back in January as a walk for his health has taken Ron Williams down a quite a few Charleston roads, where he has collected many “tokens” from travelers and residents...