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  • Red Cross announces Morgantown-area blood drives for August

    Monday, August 1, 2022

    Every two seconds, someone needs blood, platelets, or plasma to survive. You can make a difference by scheduling an appointment at an upcoming blood drive, rolling up your sleeves, and giving the gift of life.

  • WVU Medicine employee’s family welcomes Afghan refugees, helps them find jobs

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    When the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan in 2021, Colleen Harshbarger, wife of David Harshbarger, WVU Medicine Wellness Center manager, knew she had to help. She researched avenues to direct funding but had difficulty finding secure options. When a friend reached out to her about hosting refugees, she knew this was her opportunity to get involved. “A friend of mine called and said she was going to be a host family for an Afghan refugee and asked if I would be a reference. I told her I would not only be a reference, but I also wanted to host,” Colleen said. “I’ve been a yoga teacher for 30 years, and I’m very attuned to my dharma, my true purpose. I had a real yearning to help with the crisis in Afghanistan.” Another friend of the Harshbargers, Karen Allen, was the one leading the search for host families in the community. She helped connect the family with Zeba Karimi before she arrived. The Harshbargers, along with four other host families now work with five refugees, providing a community for them and helping to navigate things that may be unfamiliar to them. “We’ve taken them cross country skiing and hiking, just introducing them to fun things to do in the community. We help with the process of finding jobs, whether it’s filling out a 10-page application or sending emails,” David said. “Sometimes it’s something that may seem small, like a ride to the payroll office because it isn’t walkable from campus.”

  • Private philanthropy aids WVU Medicine Advanced Practice Providers

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    Private philanthropy is boosting support for WVU Medicine’s growing team of advanced practice providers (APPs). The Grateful Patients, Families, and Friends Program recently contributed $10,000 to establish a new Advanced Practice Professionals Discretionary Fund. All contributions will be used by the WVU Medicine Office of Advanced Practice Professionals to support recognition, professional development, and other program enhancements. APPs are medical professionals who have completed specialized training to perform exams, prescribe medications, and provide other healthcare services traditionally performed by doctors. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives are all examples of APPs. Numerous studies have shown APPs increase access to healthcare, and national workforce projections indicate the number of APPs will increase exponentially in the coming years. More than 1,000 APPs work within the WVU Medicine system, and that number continues to grow. “As a vital part of the provider workforce, advanced practice professionals work in a variety of healthcare settings within the WVU Medicine system,” J. Brandon Arruda, APRN, chair of the Office of Advanced Practice Professionals Recruitment and Retention Committee, said. “We are managing acute and chronic health disparities, focusing on health maintenance, and leading in research and teaching opportunities.” Joe Weir, of Grant Town, West Virginia, has seen Arruda, an advanced practice registered nurse and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, for a few years as a patient at WVU Medicine Urology. Weir said he has always received excellent care from APPs and finds that they offer greater flexibility and convenience when it comes to scheduling. “My experience has been fantastic,” Weir said. “[Arruda] is very knowledgeable, has a great bedside manner. It feels like he’s known me forever. I can’t say enough good things about him, because he just does a great job.” WVU Medicine hosted its first day of recognition for APPs in 2018. WVU Medicine joined 40 other hospitals and health systems nationwide to launch the first National APP Week in September 2021. Recognition activities are organized by the Office of Advanced Practice Professionals’ Recruitment and Retention Committee. In years past, WVU Medicine has provided small gifts to APPs systemwide and hosted a luncheon with guest speakers and photo booths for APPs at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. Arruda and others hope to build upon those recognition activities for National APP Week 2022 and beyond with the aid of private philanthropy. They have already garnered additional support from Friends of WVU Hospitals, which provided $1,000. “Increased support for recognition activities, professional development, and other efforts helps to ensure we can recruit and retain the very best providers to meet our patients’ needs,” Arruda said. “WVU Medicine has generously provided funds at an institutional level, but additional dollars from grateful patients and others will bolster our efforts to support the advanced practice providers working to improve the health and well-being of patients in West Virginia and the surrounding region.” To contribute to the Advanced Practice Professionals Discretionary Fund, visit Give.WVU.edu/APP to make a gift securely online. All gifts are made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University and its affiliated entities. Established in collaboration with the WVU Foundation, the Grateful Patients, Families, and Friends program provides opportunities for individuals, family members, and friends to recognize the exceptional care provided by WVU Medicine physicians, nurses, APPs, and other healthcare professionals.

  • Princeton Community Hospital to become full member of WVU Health System

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    The City of Princeton and the Board of Directors of Princeton Community Hospital Association approved a definitive agreement with the WVU Health System, clearing the way for Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) to become fully integrated into the System.

  • Photo gallery from Employee Appreciation Picnic available

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    The Jurassic Park-themed 2022 Employee Appreciation Picnic has come to an end but that doesn't mean our terrific employees have gone the way of the dinosaur and become extinct.

  • West Virginia Donor Day set for Aug. 1; employees encouraged to wear 'Give Life' T-shirts

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, including 3,000 in West Virginia and western​ Pennsylvania, according to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. At least 20 of those people will die each day without receiving the transplant. And someone is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

  • Don't miss today's Employee Appreciation Picnic

    Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    Story updated with prize drawing information, WVU student-athlete autograph schedule.

  • Registration open for WVU Pulmonary and Sleep Symposium

    Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    The event will take place Aug. 26 at Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place.

  • U.S. News & World Report again names J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital top hospital in state

    Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    Nine member and managed WVU Medicine hospitals, including Ruby, were recognized as High Performing.

  • Medical Weight Management to present lecture series

    Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    The WVU Medicine Medical Weight Management program is offering a virtual lecture series via Microsoft Teams every second and fourth Friday of the month (August through December), from 12-12:30 p.m.