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CAMC sees revenue loss from Medicaid, Medicare patients


Charleston Area Medical Center Health System has seen less than half of its anticipated operational revenue for the year to date, caused primarily by a higher than expected proportion of Medicaid and Medicare patients ve...

Try This! conference aims to improve diet, exercise habits


The classroom was quite the sight, with more than a dozen 6-year-olds miming a front stroke, each atop his or her own large and colorful exercise ball.

After 30 seconds, Bev Stern called for them to “switch...

KCHD appoints new board member


The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health swore in Martha Walker, a former state legislator and former Department of Health and Human Resources secretary, as its newest board member on Thursday.

Walker, a lifelong Cha...

WV Free director: ‘Calhoun is ruthless’


The director of West Virginia’s largest reproductive-health-advocacy organization has penned an open letter to the head of West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center, calling for the termination of C...

Dem, GOP delegates team up on WV’s drug problem


The West Virginia Legislature has been divided on a number of issues over the years, but two lawmakers are crossing the aisle in hopes that the state can “design a road map” to address its biggest road bloc...

WVU Health Sciences dean Marsh talks health care, research future


In a state known for its poor health statistics, and where talented young adults seem to be its chief export, Dr. Clay Marsh has an overarching goal — helping the people of his home state of West Virginia improve ...

Task force: 19 local health departments struggling


The state’s chief health officer has limited power to police local health departments that are struggling, and 19 of the state’s 49 local health departments are falling short by state and federal standards,...

Request to dismiss WV psych hospitals case denied


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A request from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to dismiss the E.H. v. Matin case on the grounds that none of the psychiatric hospital patients listed as plaintiffs in 1981 ar...

Ronald McDonald House fundraiser ends Sunday


When pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy disorder marked by high blood pressure, forced Kelly Adkins to deliver 26 weeks into her pregnancy, her daughter weighed just 1 pound 2 ounces. She was living “hour by hour.”...

‘Choosing Wisely’ hosts first health-care provider conference


Health-care providers from across West Virginia gathered in Charleston Wednesday for a conversation taking off across the country — the cost of unnecessary procedures and medicines and how to fix it.


Disability waiver cuts cause grief for W.Va. families


Twylla Bays sobbed as she spoke.

As she stood before a crowd gathered at the entrance to the House of Delegates chambers Tuesday, Bays spoke for her daughter, Cassandra, whose ventilator has made her voice no more...

Thomas Foundation to host ‘Chics for Charity’


When women put their heads together, great things can happen. When more than 400 women do it, the sky is the limit.

The Thomas Foundation will hold the first of three Chics for Charity events slated for this year ...

Survey shows 9 in 10 women unaware of female stroke symptoms


Callie Earliwine was on a lunch break at Ohio Valley Medical Center when the room started spinning, her hands began to tremor and the vision in her right eye began to worsen. Her fellow nurses recognized the symptoms as ...

Gabriel Project holds annual crib drive


They offer everything they can — cribs, car seats, diapers, bassinets — but for the staff and volunteers of the Gabriel Project-Metro Valley chapter, giving babies and families the knowledge and support to ...

Task force wants to address public health changes


A group of public health officials established earlier this year to address how local health departments can adapt to less money and shifting public health concerns met for the first time in South Charleston Wednesday to...

AmeriCorps volunteers help students achieve at Stonewall


One of Tonya Edwards’ students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School has straight As — and eight brothers and sisters who live with her in a local shelter while their mother works two jobs to try to afford the...

Women’s drug treatment center on track for Charleston


Just a few years ago, Rachel Thaxton was a kindergarten teacher with a master’s degree and a loving family.

She was also an alcoholic.

“People can look at an alcoholic or a drug addict and say ...

5 plan to sue DHHR over HMO program


Five West Virginians have filed a petition asking that a court prevent the state Department of Health and Human Resources from allowing Healthcare Maintenance Organizations to add mental health services, in preparation f...

Soapbox derby race will benefit Kenna child with leukemia


Just a month ago, Eden Poff had what seemed like the flu or a very bad cold. But he didn’t get better. When his parents took him to the doctor, they got the news that would upend their world.

Eden, 3, has l...

Putnam hires new threat prep coordinator


The Putnam County Board of Health has hired one of Kanawha County’s sanitarians to serve as its new threat preparedness coordinator starting in mid-May.

Matthew Law, who works as a sanitarian for the Kanawha...

CAMC receives solid credit, financial ratings


Charleston Area Medical Center received the best possible rating from Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services network, following an audit of its 2014 finances, CAMC chief financial officer Larry Hudson...

4-H camp allows kids to reach potential


Clay County 4-H camp director Karen Nicholas was astounded by what her former camper had told her — that his experiences at 4-H camp as a child drove him to medical school.

“You know, I wouldn’...

Reading center offers hope for children with learning disabilities


Four people had called the Appalachian Reading Center on Hope’s behalf — her mother, her grandmother, one of her teachers and her middle school counselor — and asked the non-profit to help the sixth ...

Public glimpses newly finished Kanawha City cancer center


s Bob Humphrey gazed out the window, only feet from one of the new chemotherapy infusion bays that filled the second floor of the pristine building, his eyes began to water.

He was filled with gratitude.


Ex-councilman’s son loses by one vote in South Charleston primary


The son of a South Charleston councilman hoping to replace his father and represent the city’s fifth ward was defeated by one vote in Saturday’s primary election, which saw a low turnout and had several unc...

Employees get first look at new CAMC Cancer Center


For the dozens of Charleston Area Medical Center employees who stood in the garden named in their honor Friday, the completed CAMC Cancer Center is more than a building &#...

Kanawha man pleads guilty in family shootings


A Kanawha County man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the 2013 death of his adopted teenage daughter, and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of his adopted teenage son.

Raw milk proponents protest Tomblin veto at Capitol


For Tinia Creamer and small-scale dairy farmers like her, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s recent veto of a bill that would have allowed herd sharing in West Virginia wasn’t just a blow to raw milk proponents ȁ...

Social workers conference kicks off with slam poetry


When Kane Smego found his voice, he found his calling — reaching youth with the power of words.

Smego, a spoken-word poet and founder of Poetic Justice, and after-school program that teaches spoken word to a...

Non-profits talk improvement, challenges


Nonprofit organizations across West Virginia share similar goals, including a commitment to helping others and improving the communities they serve.

They also share similar struggles — generating funding, p...

W.Va. Book Festival returns with Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, others


One recent morning, Toni Blessing heard something that made her stop in her tracks.

Growing hepatitis rates a concern in W.Va.


When an unprecedented HIV outbreak stunned an Indiana community earlier this year, local physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were quick to declare the situation a crisis — and West Virgin...

Easter around the world: missionaries talk faith outside the US


For Christians in West Virginia and across the U.S., Easter is an iconic holiday that, like most, is full of traditions.

American Christian missionaries who spend the holiday abroad have found that while the focus ...

Highmark West Virginia reports $12M profit for 2014


Highmark West Virginia reported a $12 million profit for 2014, despite an $11 million loss in its individual market stemming from a lack of federal reimbursement anticipated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordab...

Mylan takes DHHR to court over EpiPen


A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday denied a request from Mylan Inc. to block part of a new list of preferred drugs from taking effect for Medicaid patients, after the company unsuccessfully argued that the W...