Veterans’ healthcare to be topic of ‘Doctors on Call’

State health experts to appear Thursday at 9 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 7,500 West Virginia soldiers are back home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  West Virginia Public Television is presenting a special collaboration of “Doctors On Call” and “Outlook” on Thursday, May 7, about the issues they face when they return home.

The documentary “Bridgeport to Baghdad” begins at 8 p.m. with a reprise of “Soldier,” followed by the final installment of the series “Citizen Again” at 8:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m., three experts will answer viewers’ questions and talk about veterans’ healthcare on a live presentation of “Doctors on Call.” (“Doctors on Call” is regularly broadcast at 8 p.m., but this week’s programming changes resulted in its airing an hour later.)

Jack Riggs, M.D., is a neurologist at West Virginia University. He’s also a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served at the U.S. Military Hospital in Kuwait in 2005.

 Hilda Heady, M.S.W., is associate vice president for rural health at WVU. She is also the president of the Board of Trustees of the National Rural Health Association and serves on the national Rural Health Advisory Committee to the Veterans Administration.

 R. Jeremy Harrison, M.S.W., L.G.S.W., is a social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center program and is also a veteran who served in the Army Reserves in Iraq. 

The program will be hosted by Rolly Sullivan, M.D., a psychiatrist at WVU.

“Doctors on Call” is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.wvuhealth.com) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.

This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
alj: 05-05-09

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