04/21/2006

Congressman Nick Rahall Visits WVU

Donates to Trauma Center in Memory of Erma Byrd

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall (WV-Third District) visited West Virginia University Thursday, touring medical facilities and discussing the University's coal research.

Rahall paid a visit to the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at WVU Hospitals, and made a donation to the center in memory of Erma Byrd.

"It is my honor to have known Mrs. Erma Byrd and to make a gift in her honor," Rahall said. "She will surely be missed, but her rich, caring legacy will live on through the healing here at the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and through so many other projects in which she played a integral part."

During his tour of the trauma center, he discussed the state's emergency-care needs with John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, and Larry Roberts, M.D., director of the trauma center.

He also visited the surgical and pediatric intensive care units in the newly-opened wing of the hospital.

“We are very grateful to Congressman Rahall for his support of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and his interest in WVU coal research,” said David C. Hardesty, Jr., WVU President. “It was a privilege to host the Congressman and we enjoyed his visit very much.”

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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