The Wright Stuff: Momentum is building, thanks to you

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A message to the WVU Medicine family

Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart, because it is a time to celebrate with our families and reflect on our blessings.

I have many, many reasons to be thankful and one of them is that I have the unique opportunity to join you in helping to raise the level of healthcare in West Virginia and the surrounding region. Exciting new developments are happening every day, but recently, we have taken some big steps toward fulfilling our mission.

Here is just a sampling from around the system in the past few months:

  • On Nov. 1, the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute became the first in the U.S. to use deep brain stimulation to fight opioid addiction. This could be a game-changer, and we are proud to be leading the way.
  • A day later, on Nov. 2, in Morgantown, surgeons at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance performed West Virginia’s first heart transplant – and we have already completed our second. This is a milestone for the system and state.
  • On Nov. 1, we welcomed Barnesville Hospital to the WVU Medicine family with a celebration in that beautiful Ohio town.
  • On Nov. 12, we welcomed Jackson General Hospital with another official celebration and another warm, welcoming experience.
  • And on Nov. 13, we raised more than $1.2 million for WVU Medicine Children’s during the WVU Day of Giving. Construction of the new 150-bed hospital is starting to take shape.

These events are significant, because they reflect on scientific and clinical accomplishments, and represent another step in solidifying our goal to provide our first-class care to more citizens of the region. Of course, each of these events has a common denominator and that’s you – our outstanding faculty and staff, who save and improve lives every day.

I thank all of you, not only for the excellent care you provide, but for your commitment to our values and goals. You are making WVU Medicine THE destination to receive the best care.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pictured above are Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader (left) and Ravenwood Mayor Joshua Miller (right) presenting WVU Health System President and CEO Albert L. Wright, Jr., and WVU President E. Gordon Gee with keys to their respective cities during a celebration held Nov. 12 at Jackson General Hospital.

Pictured below, left to right, are employees Kylee Panepucci, Shannon Gardner, Audrey Bowden, Shawn Meier, and Karen Mihalic at the celebration held at Barnesville Hospital on Nov. 1.