Newsletter July/August 2013 Download the PDF version Ruby Memorial Hospital Celebrating 25 Years In 1988, Ronald Reagan was the president, hair metal bands were playing on the radio, and in Morgantown - residents were celebrating the opening of one of the most advanced medical facilities in the state: Ruby Memorial Hospital. Over the past twenty-five years, Ruby and its reputation have grown in the eyes of the state and the nation. Ruby has been voted the #1 hospital in West Virginia and has received the state’s only Magnet nursing designation. The hospital continues to recruit the most talented healthcare providers and improve programs of care. Ruby is at the heart of WVU’s academic medical center. Patients are seen by a team of healthcare professionals versed in the latest medical advances. Healthcare staff is also involved in research to develop better care procedures and treatments. As the past 25 years have seen explosive growth in the community, Ruby is also expanding to meet the needs of our patients and region. Construction has begun on a new hospital tower which will create more space for beds, allow easier access to facilities, and improve the overall experience for patients. Despite the changes over the years, our vision remains the same: to provide the most advanced level of care to our state’s residents. Pictured above are some of the WVU Healthcare (WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates) and WVU Health Sciences employees who have worked here for 25 or more years. GET READY TO RUN Sprint, Splash & Spin Triathlon Local children and adults are gearing up to participate in the WVU Healthcare “Sprint, Splash & Spin” triathlon at Marilla Park and Pool in Morgantown on Friday and Saturday,August 23-24. The event, a fundraiser for Mon County Habitat for Humanity, gives community members the opportunity to participate in a fun event that promotes fitness and highlights Morgantown’s recreational facilities. Children, individuals, and teams can compete. Children’s triathlon (under 14 years old) will take place Friday at 6 p.m. Adult competition begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Pre-registration required. Last day to register is August 15. Visit the BOPARC website for more details: www.boparc.org. Get Rad! Run, walk, volunteer or become a sponsor of the upcoming Color Me Rad 5K and support WVU Healthcare’s Rosenbaum Family House. The event is set for Saturday, September 7, at Mylan Park in Morgantown. To register, visit www.colormerad.com and select the Morgantown location. Use the promo code “Family House” and save 10 percent. Those interested in volunteering or serving as an event sponsor can contact Teri Batis at email@example.com or 304-598-6094 (option 4) Family House provides a home away from home for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU. September Stride 5K The 21st annual September Stride 5K will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. in Morgantown. The start/finish is in the Ruby Memorial Hospital parking lot. The 5K run and walk is organized by WVU Healthcare’s Rehabilitation Services Department. Event proceeds benefit the Richard Rosenbaum Memorial Fund, which provides medication and equipment to patients with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems. If you would like to register online, visit www.runreg.com/Net/september-stride-5k. WVU Hospitals | Ruby Memorial: Ranked #1 in West Virginia U.S. News & World Report has again chosen WVU Healthcare’s WVU Hospitals as the top-ranked hospital in West Virginia. The publication also recognized WVU Hospitals, including Ruby Memorial Hospital, as high-performing in 12 areas. Click to learn more. Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Clinical Trials: Advancing Cancer Care As an academic medical center, WVU Healthcare offers our patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials. Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center director Scot Remick, MD, FACP, provides answers to some commonly asked questions. What is a cancer clinical trial? Clinical trials are research studies designed to answer questions related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Patients volunteer to take part in clinical trials, and there are protocols in place to help ensure that the trials are as safe as possible for all participants. The results can help us learn more about how to best prevent or treat cancer. All patients enrolled in a cancer clinical trial at WVU Healthcare are guaranteed the best standard of care. This means that all participants will receive the most advanced, approved treatment in every case. Clinical trials offer the opportunity to try a new treatment or procedure that would not otherwise be available. What are the different phases of a clinical trial for cancer? A new cancer treatment goes through several phases of testing before it can become part of standard therapy. When you take part in a clinical trial, you will be taking part in a phase of the study. Phase I trials test whether a new treatment is safe. Phase II trials test whether the new treatment works. Phase III trials will test to see if the new treatment is better than the standard treatment currently available. Should I participate in a clinical trial? The decision to enroll in a trial is a personal one, and should be made after evaluating many factors. By taking part in a clinical trial, participants will have access to new interventions that may be more effective than standard therapy. Clinical trials can offer hope for those who might not have any other options. Before making a decision, your physician will provide you with information about possible benefits and risks associated with the trial. If you agree to take part in a trial, you have the option to withdraw at any time. If you have more questions or would like to make an appointment, please call the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center: 304-598-4500. You can also visit wvucancer.org/ctru Cancer Center Clinics are operated by WVU Hospitals Scot Remick, MD, FACP Director of Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Taking Part in a Clinical Trial: Becky’s Battle with Leukemia It was a pounding headache that brought Preston County resident, Becky Benson, to a hospital emergency room. After several hours and a battery of tests, doctors determined the headache’s cause: acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In order to survive this very aggressive type of blood cancer, Becky would need a bone marrow transplant. Before she could do that, she would need chemotherapy to get her cancer in remission. Unfortunately, after several months of treatment, her cancer continued to spread. Her doctors started talking to her about end-of-life care. Becky heard there was a clinical trial taking place a short distance away at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. With nothing to lose, Becky decided to enroll in the trial. The experimental treatment was successful and Becky was able to receive a bone marrow transplant. She credits Michael Craig, MD, Director of the Hematopoietic Malignancy and Bone Marrow Transplant Service for helping save her life. Now, four years later, Becky remains cancer free. She says if it weren’t for that clinical trial, she wouldn’t be here. She hopes that her story can encourage someone else not to give up their fight. “Clinical trials are necessary to win the war with cancer. Without this research, we will never be any closer to finding that cure. What the doctors have learned from this experimental trial, I hope will help save other lives,” she said. WVU Balance Center Feeling Dizzy? The WVU Balance Center provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating patients who are having repeated episodes of dizziness or imbalance. There are many factors that can throw off the delicate system that controls balance, including conditions such as Meniere’s disease, viral or bacterial infections, or head injuries. To aid in the most accurate diagnosis and treatment, our multidisciplinary center includes specialists such as ear, nose and throat doctors, audiologists, physical therapists, neurologists and gerontologists. If additional expertise is needed, we call on specialists from other fields. At the WVU Balance Center, our first step is to conduct an extensive history and physical exam. Patients may be evaluated by our team of physical therapists or take part in vision, hearing, and balance exercises. Our clinic is available to help anyone with balance issues: from young patients having migraine-related dizziness to older patients who are not as stable as they used to be. Patients visit us from all around the state. Once diagnosis and evaluation are finalized, our therapists can make arrangements to help treat you in your hometown. For appointments: 304-598-4825 Operated by WVU Hospitals Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center Acupuncture An alternative to pain medication As a general practitioner, Kendra Unger, MD, often saw patients for chronic pain who were on three or four different medications. She was inspired to become a medical acupuncturist to try to help people feel holistically better without needing more medication, and now, an acupuncture clinic is held at the WVU Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center. Board certified in medical acupuncture, Dr. Unger uses acupuncture in conjunction with her medical training from WVU School of Medicine. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body. The insertion of thin needles at various acupuncture points on the body boosts the activity of the body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow. It is most commonly used to treat pain including headaches/migraines, back pain, tooth pain, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Acupuncture may also be used to treat depression, anxiety, or addiction (smoking cessation). Before any needles are used, patients meet with Dr. Unger for a general assessment appointment and to develop a treatment plan. To create the right soothing atmosphere for receiving acupuncture, Dr. Unger gives exam rooms a slight makeover with low lighting, relaxation music, and a massage table for patients to lie on. Treatments can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour with as few as one or two needles or up to 12 or more needles. The number of needles is individualized to each patient’s treatment plan. When receiving acupuncture, there is minimal bleeding (maybe a tiny drop or two) and very little pain - the equivalent to having the skin slightly pinched for a second only when the needle is inserted. Some of the benefits of seeing a medical acupuncturist include having the overall health expertise of a trained doctor. Dr. Unger is board certified in family medicine and she can prescribe physical therapy, x-rays, or other treatments outside of acupuncture if needed. For appointments: 304-598-6900 Acupuncture at the WVU Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center is not billed to insurance. Operated by WVU Hospitals Kendra Unger, MD, BS Family Medicine In memoriam Hilda Rosenbaum, namesake of the Rosenbaum Family House, passed away last month at the age of 87. More than 40 years ago, Mrs. Rosenbaum spent many nights sleeping on cots or in chairs during hospital stays with her daughter, Nancy. During this time, West Virginia Hospitals did not exist and so Mrs. Rosenbaum and her family traveled around the country in search of treatment. Sadly, Nancy died at age 6 from cystic fibrosis. It was the hardship of out-of-town hospital stays that resulted in Mrs. Rosenbaum’s vision of Family House. Mrs. Rosenbaum made a financial commitment to help build Family House and it is because of her that families have a comfortable place to rest during tough times. If you are interested in supporting the Rosenbaum Family House, contact Development Specialist, Teri Batis, at 304-598-6094 (Opt. 4). WVU Hospitals is one of the 2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently published their 2013 list of 50 “Best Employers for Workers Over 50,” and for the seventh time, WVU Hospitals tops the list. To be selected for the award, employers must create and foster a workplace that is supportive of the contributions older workers offer. At WVUH, we value the experience that our team brings to every patient care encounter. WVU Hospitals is proud to offer its employees access to a wellness program, retirement counseling, and other benefits. Employees also receive discounts and special offers from local and national companies. Click to learn more. Due to our growth and expansion, WVU Healthcare is hiring. Click to view job Opportunities.