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W.Va. Guard’s 1st female colonel receives ‘Unsung Hero’ award

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The West Virginia National Guard’s first female colonel, a leading medical volunteer in the Kanawha Valley, has received a national award for her service to the region.

Col. Pauline Shaver, a Charleston resi...

End-of-life registry now offers wallet cards

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West Virginia’s online portal for end-of-life advance directives has begun issuing wallet-sized cards to those who have filed forms with the agency in order to make it easier for health- care providers to make the...

Healthy eating, exercise initiative targets local grade schools

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The kids were doing the teaching Friday morning at Anne Bailey Elementary School, in St. Albans, and the subject was one that has caused concern across West Virginia and the nation for years — the health of their ...

Anti-obesity group to construct ‘outdoor classroom’ downtown

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Laura Dice, like many of her friends and coworkers, recalls that most of her favorite childhood memories took place outside — something she fears may be lost to many children today.

“We were doing a w...

CAMC assessment targets obesity, drugs

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Charleston Area Medical Center’s top three health-care concerns for the Kanawha Valley are obesity, illegal drug abuse and lack of physical activity, according to the results of the 2014 Community Needs Assessment...

Goodwill ‘Prosperity Center’ to start construction

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As community leaders, board members and employees took turns swinging a pickax at the facade of Goodwill’s West Side headquarters, the stucco began to chip away — revealing some of the older brick underneat...

Fairness speaker highlights legal implications of marriage win

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The last year has seen historic strides for gay rights in the U.S. and in West Virginia, but according to state and national LGBT advocacy groups, winning the fight for full equality hinges on guarding hard-won rights wh...

ACA enrollment starts Saturday

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Health insurance was the last thing on Mina Shultz’s mind when she was finishing her master’s degree in 2011.

Schultz’s parents knew their daughter would need coverage once she was out of schoo...

National LGBT equality scorecard flawed, Fairness says

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The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization has given two West Virginia cities high rankings for protecting citizens’ rights while giving two other cities low ratings. ...

Man accused of West Side robberies surrenders to police

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A man who allegedly committed two robberies on Charleston’s West Side on Friday is now in custody in South Central Regional Jail after police say he called 911 to turn himself in late Friday night.

Charles ...

East End AIDS Memorial Garden plants for spring

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In the spring, they grow tulips and daffodils. In the summer, black-eyed susans and roses. And in the fall, mums and pansies.

The pansies will live through the winter and into spring again, ensuring something is a...

State receives ‘C’ on pre-term birth report card

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The number of premature births in West Virginia has remained steady for the last two years and has decreased markedly since 2006, according to the March of Dimes, which gave the state a “C” on its 2014 Prem...

Kentucky health co-op postpones entrance into W.Va. marketplace

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The Kentucky Health Cooperative, which announced in May that it would enter West Virginia’s health-care marketplace in 2015, has announced that it will postpone its entry for one year amid concerns that its infras...

Heart Association urges people to cut back salt

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Coach Have-a-Heart was rallying his team for the game of their lives.

“It’s like my mom and Ben Franklin always said, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ and prevention in...

Following probation, UC outlines steps to improve pharmacy school

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The University of Charleston submitted an interim report earlier this month to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education outlining planned improvements to its School of Pharmacy after it was placed on probation by...

Born to run: School running club success in first year

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Zachary White, 7, wants to be a professional runner or cyclist.

Katelyn Braley, 8, likes to race at home with her 5-year-old brother.

Stella Kincaid, 9, just loves to run.

And Maria Phillips, a second-...

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.

“...

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...