Newsletter May/June 2013 Download the PDF version Fighting Cancer Every time a patient comes to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, a team of experts springs into action. That is a very important factor in treating this illness because cancer isn’t one disease; it’s hundreds of diseases. Successfully beating any of them requires advanced technology, medical skill, and the pooled knowledge of experts working together. No patient walks this journey alone. Our multidisciplinary team includes surgical and medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, and many others. Patients are followed closely throughout their course of treatment and during followup care, and benefit from the combined knowledge of every team member. As part of an academic medical center, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is able to offer patients the opportunity to participate in national clinical trials. Patients in those research studies receive treatments that would otherwise be unavailable. The Cancer Center also works with other centers across the state, with the goal of ensuring better cancer care for all West Virginians, no matter where a person might live. “The most important thing is that the people here knew how to beat my cancer. It’s a first-class place.” —Mark Boyle, cancer survivor For information: 304-598-4500 Cancer Center clinics are operated by WVU Hospitals, a member of the West Virginia United Health System. Expanding to Serve You Better WVU Healthcare is caring for more patients than ever - in both hospital and clinic locations. We’re committed to meeting our patients’ high expectations for clinical excellence and facility convenience. New Location, Same Great Care WVU Urgent Care is MOVING To 301 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive in Morgantown. The new location, between McDonald’s and WesBanco in the Suncrest Towne Centre, will be open to serve our patients Saturday, June 29, at 8 a.m. Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic that provides a complete range of treatment for minor illness and injury. For conditions that require immediate but not emergency care such as cold/cough, flu, minor fractures, and more, we provide great care and short wait times. Our new facility features 15 patient rooms, a state-of-the-art radiology suite for on-site X-rays, and lab services. We even have a waiting area designed for children. 8 am to 8 pm Every day (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) 304-599-CARE WVU Urgent Care is operated by University Health Associates Other Expansion News Visitors to the main campus will notice the construction directly in front of Ruby Memorial Hospital. Construction of the new drop-off canopy is expected to be completed by early fall. The next phase of our construction, infill of the new lobby space, will begin shortly after that. Click to keep up-to-date on all our expansion projects. Otolaryngology Getting Your ZZZZZZZZZZ's Snoring while common, can be an indication of a a serious condition. WVU Healthcare Sleep Medicine specialist Steven Coutras, MD explains. When is snoring a problem? Snoring is usually shrugged off as a social problem because it can be funny and embarrassing. However, severe snoring may be the tip of the iceberg for a serious medical problem known as obstructive sleep apnea. What is sleep apnea? Adults and children who have sleep apnea can actually pause in breathing between snoring, which disrupts their sleep pattern. Poor sleep quality leaves people excessively sleepy during the day, which many describe as “dragging,” “feeling fatigued,” or “chronically tired” but not sleepy, even when tests show that they are. Sleep apnea can cause serious medical conditions. Most sleep apnea sufferers will have high blood pressure. In fact 40% of people with high blood pressure have untreated sleep apnea, and 70% of those on multiple high blood pressure medications have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can accelerate heart disease and lead to early heart attack and stroke. Sleep apnea is also strongly linked to adult onset diabetes. How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed and treated? An overnight sleep study can be very beneficial in the accurate diagnosis of sleep disorders. Results of the sleep study are then sent to our board-certified physicians for accurate diagnosis. Treatment may include nonsurgical and/or surgical procedures, which can be discussed with your physician. When surgery is considered, areas of obstruction in the upper airway are targeted and corrected. Overall, surgical treatment is effective in 90% of patients. For appointments: 304-598-4825 WVU Otolaryngology is operated by WVU Hospitals, a member of the West Virginia United Health System. Steven Coutras, MD, has more than 25 years of experience in correcting snoring and sleep apnea. He is board certified in both Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine, and draws on a variety of advanced surgical techniques. WVU Eye Institute EXPERT HELP FOR EYE PROBLEMS The WVU Eye Institute provides a full range of eye care under one roof—from routine eye exams to subspecialty medical and surgical treatment and laser vision correction. Our doctors have completed fellowships in specialized areas including pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, vitreoretinal surgery, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, and orbital and ophthalmic plastic surgery. Each year, the WVU Eye Institute treats more than 35,000 West Virginians and patients from surrounding states and performs more than 8,000 surgical procedures, including more than 700 state-of-the-art laser procedures for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Normal vision Diabetic Eye Disease Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the Unites States. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. Prompt recognition and treatment is essential for preventing eye complications such as blindness. It is crucial for all diabetic patients to visit their eye care specialists each year. Diabetic eye disease Macular Degeneration Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), usually affects older adults and is a major cause of vision impairment for seniors. Because of damage to the retina, central vision is blurred or lost entirely. It is important to monitor eye health and report any changes to an eye care specialist. Macular degeneration For appointments: 304-598-4820. WVU Eye Institute is operated by WVU Hospitals, a member of the West Virginia United Health System. Ghassan Ghorayeb, MD Ophthalmology Muge R. Kesen, MD Ophthalmology Obstetrics & Gynecology Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby Your choice for patient-oriented, family-centered obstetrics Congratulations! You’re having a baby – one of life’s most exciting events. Our WVU Healthcare obstetrics team is the region’s choice for providing a joyous, individualized birth experience in the state’s #1 ranked hospital. At WVU Healthcare, we know you have choices in the kind of birth experience that suits your family best. Some women prefer to receive care from a board-certified physician, and we have several who specialize in low-risk pregnancies. We are also proud to be the medical home base for a team of certified nurse midwives. Recognizing that giving birth is a normal process of the female human body, our midwives provide comprehensive care for pregnant women desiring minimal intervention. Our providers are committed to working with you and your partner to ensure a positive, memorable, and safe childbirth experience. We will discuss your options and help you develop a tailored birth plan – one that honors your choices! Should you ever need the expertise of WVU Healthcare’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, they are ready to assist with high-risk pregnancies. In addition, WVU’s midwives are trained to identify emergencies during childbirth, and they partner with the doctors when those unexpected situations arise. Our midwives and obstetricians see patients at two convenient locations – WVU Physician Office Center and Cheat Lake Physicians – and deliver babies at WVU Children’s Hospital’s Maternal Infant Care Center. Located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital, our labor and delivery department includes some of the area’s longest-tenured nurses in the healthcare field. After your newborn arrives, you can depend on our team of board-certified pediatricians to help your baby live a life of wellness. PHYSICIANS CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES Hobson Booth, MD Sandra Dayaratna, MD Charles Hochberg, MD Cassie Leonard, MD Petronela Meszaros, MD Shon Rowan, MD Robert Shapiro, MD Stacey Archer, MSN, CNM Lena Cerbone, RN, MSN, CNM Esta Hill, RN, MSN, CNM Betsy Miller, RN, MSN, CNM For appointments: Physician Office Center: 304-598-4880 and Cheat Lake Physicians: 304-594-1313 WVU Obstetrics is operated by WVU Hospitals, a member of the West Virginia United Health System. WVU Hospitals is a great place to work A pair of national healthcare and business publications are saying what thousands in our area already know: Becker’s Hospital Review and Becker’s ASC Review recently published their annual “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list, which recognizes hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, and physician groups that go the extra mile for staff. The publications note that WVU Hospitals offers “a robust benefit package, positive work environment, excellent employee recognition programs, and opportunities for professional development and continuing education.” WVU Hospitals has been named an “AARP Best Workplace for People Over 50” six times and offers an employee wellness center, retirement counseling, and other benefits. In addition, employees enjoy discounts and special offers from local and national companies. Due to our growth and expansion, WVU Healthcare is hiring! Click to visit our CAREERS page.