Newsletter November/December2013 Download the PDF version Golfing better than ever On a recent October morning, 78-year-old pharmacist James Phillips of New Martinsville was looking forward to a few holes of golf with his grandson. All of a sudden, things went terribly wrong. “I was disoriented. I couldn’t speak. I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong, but I knew I had big problems,” he said. When James missed his tee time, his grandson knew something wasn’t right and jumped into action. James was rushed to a nearby hospital. “They told me I was having a stroke and they were sending me to Ruby. I wasn’t scared. I felt calm. I thought, there’s not a better place to be,” he said. James was transported immediately via helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he was taken straight to the emergency room. The WVU Stroke Team was awaiting his arrival. Within minutes, the clot-busting drug TPA was administered. “When I hit the emergency room door, I was swarmed. There were people all around me. Everyone knew their job, and they did it well. This is what saved my speech, I’m convinced of it,” he said. “The doctors there absolutely saved my quality of life.” James spent two nights at Ruby. One week after suffering a stroke, he went back to work at his pharmacy. Not long after, he was back to doing exactly what he loves to do. “Ten days after I had a stroke, I played one of my better games of golf,” he said. “I would not be here today if I had not been taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, no doubt in my mind.” Click for more information about the Stroke Center or call 304-598-6127. Operated by WVU Hospitals. Women's Health Keeping Women Healthy Treating problems with a gentle touch We want to get you back to what you love faster, which is why we offer minimally invasive surgery for procedures that might otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times. This means less pain and shorter downtime for you. WVU Healthcare offers minimally invasive surgical treatments for a wide range of gynecologic conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis treatment, and more. Minimally invasive treatments, robotic tools, and advanced diagnostic capabilities have revolutionized medical care at WVU Healthcare. Specialized technology provides our surgeons with the ability to precisely treat patients in the least invasive ways. Click for more information or contact the WVU Center for Reproductive Medicine at 304-598-3100. Surgical procedures are operated by WVU Hospitals. Helping Breastfeeding Mothers On Friday afternoons, the WVU Pediatric and Adolescent Practice will offer a lactation clinic to mothers who need breastfeeding education and support. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding an infant breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life; they also suggest the continuation of breast milk for one year or longer as complementary foods are introduced. Sometimes, women run into problems with breastfeeding once they’ve been discharged from the hospital. This lactation clinic will offer breastfeeding mothers an opportunity to discuss problems with latch, low milk supply, breast infections, as well as infant weight gain issues, particularly in babies who were born prematurely. The lactation clinic is open to internal and external referrals. Any breastfeeding mother, whether or not she gave birth at a WVU Healthcare facility, can schedule an appointment. To make a lactation clinic appointment, call 304-598-4835. WINTER Health Staying Healthy this Winter The days get shorter, the temperatures get cooler, and more people seem to get sick. Have you ever wondered how to stay healthy during the winter? WVU Cheat Lake Physicians Medical Director Gwen Emery, MD, provides answers to some commonly asked questions. Q. WHY DO PEOPLE SEEM TO GET SICK WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPS? The flu is seasonal and when it’s cold outside, people tend to stay indoors, which means having more contact with one another. This can lead to spreading germs. Additionally the air is drier in the winter, and symptoms tend to get worse when there’s little moisture in the air. Q. HOW DO I STAY HEALTHY IN THE FIRST PLACE? Wash your hands! Hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection. Also, people tend to decrease their level of activity in the winter. If you remain active and exercise you can lower your risk of infection. In addition to staying active, it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet. The flu shot is also an excellent way to protect yourself from the influenza virus. Q. IF I FEEL SICK, WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR? The average adult has three colds a year and children have five to seven. A typical cold can last a week and a half, and if you’re a smoker, add three days to that. You should see your doctor if your cold lasts longer than that, you have sudden deterioration, a high fever, or an extreme sore throat. Additionally, if you are concerned or worried about your health, it doesn’t hurt to schedule a visit. Q. CAN ANTIBIOTICS OR STEROIDS HELP MY RECOVERY? The majority of colds are viral and will go away on their own; only 10 percent of colds require an antibiotic. Using an antibiotic for a viral infection will not help you get well faster. Steroids, such as prednisone, are only indicated when you have asthma or active wheezing. Steroids shouldn’t be taken unless required as they have many side effects, including insomnia and hypertension. The drugs can also cause your blood sugar to get out of control, which can be problematic for patients with diabetes. You can always contact your physician about the appropriate drugs, including over-the-counter medications, for your cold. WVU Healthcare patients can contact their doctors directly via MyWVUChart.com without having to come in for an appointment. To schedule an appointment at WVU Cheat Lake Physicians, call 304-594-1313. Cheat Lake Physicians services in Morgantown are operated by WVU Hospitals. The Flu: Did you know…? The flu is a contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe symptoms and even death in certain patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine is available to anyone 6 months and older. It’s highly recommended for those over 65 or people who have a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease. The flu virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Droplets are propelled through the air or land on a surface that someone touches. Someone with the flu can begin to infect others one day before showing any symptoms and up to a week after becoming sick. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. If you are sick with a fever, you should wait until your fever is gone before getting a flu shot. If you have nasal congestion, you should consider waiting to get the nasal spray flu vaccine. Nasal congestion may limit the vaccine’s ability to reach the nasal lining. Despite its benefits, not all patients are approved for the flu vaccine. Very young children and people with some conditions may not be good candidates. You should discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor. Contact your primary care physician to schedule a flu shot. Flu shots are also available at WVU Urgent Care. Located at 301 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown. Do I need an antibiotic? Antibiotics only treat bacterial illnesses – not viral illnesses. Therefore, antibiotics cannot treat the flu, colds, runny noses, and most sore throats. Viral illnesses, like colds, usually go away without treatment in a couple weeks. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your doctor what can be used to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics should only be used when needed. They can kill good bacteria which can lead to complications, cause allergic reactions, or result in an antibiotic-resistant infection. In the winter, the incidence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) goes up. The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but they can bring back memories of those you wish were still here. It’s not uncommon for people to feel depressed around this time of year. There are some proactive decisions you can make to help you get through the winter months. Realize that this may be a difficult time for you and try to think of ways to keep your spirits up. Consider starting a new exercise program, surround yourself with plenty of light, and make nutritious choices when it comes to food. Make an extra effort to take care of yourself. We're GROWING to Serve You Better Ruby Memoral Hospital is expanding to meet the region’s growing need for healthcare services. The new hospital tower, located directly to the right of the current hospital building, will provide new, larger, and more accessible facilities. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s new drop-off area in front of the hospital is now open. Phase 2 of construction on the hospital’s new lobby is underway. Beginning Wednesday, December 4, all entry into the hospital is through the hospital’s East Lobby entrance. As construction continues in the coming months, we will be making other changes to the hospital entry. Click to get the latest updates on the expansion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosenbaum Family House will move to a bigger, better facility early next year. The new home, across the parking lot from Ruby Memorial Hospital, is a much needed expansion. The Rosenbaum Family House provides patients and their families who live more than 50 miles away with a place to stay near the hospital. As the current facility was constantly filled to capacity, not all families seeking lodging could be accommodated. The new building will provide an additional 10 rooms and will put a dent in the Family House’s waiting list. The new space will also provide laundry facilities, kitchen space, and comfortable lounges for family enjoyment. A new shuttle service will deliver guests directly to where they need to go on the hospital campus. Guests are asked to pay $20 per night to stay at Family House, and no guest is turned away for the inability to pay. It costs ~ $45 per night per room to operate the Family House. Donations from guests and others make up the difference. Anyone interested in supporting Rosenbaum Family House can visit: www.rfhwvuh.com, and click the support Family House button for giving information. Those who wish to contribute can contact Teri Batis, development specialist, at 304-598-6094. The Grainger Foundation Supports the Rosenbaum Family House Rosenbaum Family House will move to a bigger, better facility early next year. The new home, across the parking lot from Ruby Memorial Hospital, will provide a much needed expansion. The Rosenbaum Family House provides patients and their families who live more than 50 miles away with a home-away-from home near the hospital. The Grainger Foundation recently donated $7,000 to the Rosenbaum Family House. The gift will be used to fund small appliances, pots and pans, dishes and other kitchen essentials for our three new kitchens and 11 apartments. The dollars will ensure that the appropriate necessities are in each unit. Grainger is proud to be a member of this vibrant community. “We applaud the WVU Healthcare and the Rosenbaum Family House for its many contributions and wish them continuing success in the coming years said Todd Stahl, Branch Manager from Morgantown, WV.” Grainger has been part of the Morgantown business community for more than10 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc. Rosenbaum Family House opened its doors in 1999 thanks to a founding donation from Hilda Rosenbaum. Before WVU Hospitals was built, Hilda had to travel far from home to seek care for her children. She spent many nights sleeping on cots and chairs in hospital rooms and wanted better for those traveling to Morgantown. Hilda passed away this past summer at age 87 but leaves a legacy behind. The Family House has helped more than 10,000 hosting guests from as far away as Greece, Israel, and Taiwan. Makes your holiday decorating easy The Friends of WVU Hospitals Festival of Trees, Home for the Holidays Shoppe is now open in the Suncrest Town Centre. Decorated trees, custom wreaths, unique decorations, gifts, and more are on display and available for purchase to brighten your holidays. Store Hours Monday - Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm Special Holiday Hours Black Friday 9 am – 9 pm Christmas Eve 10 am – 3 pm New Year's Eve 10 am – 3 pm - Last Day! All proceeds from events of Friends of WVU Hospitals benefit the mission of providing patient comfort and care at WVU Hospitals. The holiday store is possible thanks to a generous donation of space by 705-Five Development Group. If you are interested in volunteering to help customers, run the cash register, or wrap gifts, please contact Pam Shriver at 304-598-4134 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1042 Suncrest Town Centre, Morgantown, WV HELP US HELP SICK KIDS WV GRAND BASH set for January How would you like to win a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 Pickup, or $100,000 cash? Purchase a $100 ticket and with a little luck on your side, you could be driving a new vehicle or enjoying one of the other great prizes. WVU Children’s Hospital, located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, will be hosting the West Virginia Grand Bash on January 18, 2014. The event will take place from 1 pm – 7 pm at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park. Only 10,000 tickets are available for sale at $100 each. Ticket holders don’t need to be present to win. Net proceeds from the bash will go toward providing critical medical services for patients at WVU Children’s Hospital. To see a full list of prizes or to buy your ticket online, visit wvgrandbash.com. If you have questions, please call our WVU Children’s Hospital Development Office at 304-598-4346.