WVU Lists Top Health Sciences News Stories

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - This has been a landmark year for WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Advances in education, patient care and research were noted on a regular basis throughout the year.

Some highlights:

January - Formation of WVU Hospitals-East

January - Jeff Neely named CEO of University Health Associates

January - National study ranks WVU high in educating rural physicians

January -- Hilda R. Heady of WVU becomes president of the National Rural Health Association

March - WVU acquires $1.75 million PET/CT for cancer and other diagnostic work

March - WVU Childrens Hospital Champion Child Richard Tinney visits the White House

March - WVU Geriatric Fellowship in Eastern Panhandle earns accreditation

March - ’WVUs stroke treatment featured on NBCs “ER”

April - Julian Bailes, M.D. publishes “When Winning Costs Too Much”

April- WVU inaugurates LeVar Burton Vision Enhancement Technology Center

April - Ruth Kershner named Health Education Professional of the Year

May - Gary Loyd, M.D., appointed chair of Department of Anesthesia

June - Childrens Miracle Network broadcast

June - Susie Frum Jimisons bequest of $2 million to BRNI announced

July - WVU recruits two top scientists, names biomedical research leaders

July - WVU Dept. of Emergency Medicine staffs United Hospital Center Emergency Department

July - Roger Eitelman named CEO of WVU Hospitals-East

August - Wyeth commits $12 million to WVU biosciences research

August - WVU Hospitals named to AARP “Top Employers” list

September - James G. Arbogast, M.D., named Family Medicine chair

September - NIH Awards $10 million to WVU Sensory Neurosciences researchers

September - WVU establishes temporary clinic at Camp Dawson for Katrina evacuees

September - WVUH named to “Working Mothers” best employers list

October - WVUH earns “Magnet” recognition from national nurses group

October - Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute study of bryostatin released by National Academy of Sciences

October - WVU and state agencies finalize $24 million funding plan for research space

October - National Institutes of Health, Benedum Foundation fund $800,000 in end-of-life care research and programs

November - WVU Hospitals opens $75 million clinical expansion including new surgical suites and intensive care units

November - WVU and National Kidney Foundation launch Kidney Early Evaluation Program

November - WVU Childrens Hospital Radiothon sets donation record

November - Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center marks renewal of level one status

December - Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center acquires DNA sequencer

- WVU -

For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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