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WVU Medicine Children’s has established a pediatric craniofacial center that will provide plastic and oral surgery, counseling and social work for kids with skull and face abnormalities such as a cleft lip or palate. The center is the first of its kind in the state.

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West Virginia University Medicine is taking a closer look at a little-known approach to cancer treatment called narrative medicine with the aim of improving the treatment experience for doctors and patients alike.

The idea with narrative medicine is that if doctors get to know patients through their life stories, the physicians will be able to improve their ability to care for their patients, beyond simply managing symptoms.

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West Virginia University says a mobile mammography center will visit Berkeley and Morgan counties this month.

The vehicle, known as Bonnie's Bus, offers digital mammograms and breast care education for women. It's provided by WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute.

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In a state with above-average unemployment, the state's premier hospital system is booming.

WVU Medicine hired 2,228 staff last year, has openings for 699 more and expects further expansion in its high-level specialties.

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Construction is under way on WVU Medicine's latest project — a new clinic being built in Marion County.

The Dominion-Post reports the $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center will be owned and operated by University Health Associates. WVA Medicine says the center will include 39 exam rooms and three procedure rooms.

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West Virginia labor officials say the state's 100 largest private employers are led by WVU Medicine, this year replacing Wal-Mart, which slipped to second place.

Based on March 2016 data, WorkForce West Virginia says the former West Virginia United Health System was No. 2 last year.

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West Virginia University Medicine rural kidney clinics have provided services to more than 50,000 people since 2003.

The rural outreach program offers prevention services and treatment for kidney disease at 11 outreach clinics around the state and one in western Maryland.

WVU Medicine to Train Green Berets

Jun 17, 2016
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  A new partnership between the U.S. Army Special Forces and West Virginia University Medicine will train green berets to become Special Forces Medical Sergeants.

It’s the first academic medical center in the country to host clinical rotations for soldiers that are training to become the Special Forces Medical Sergeants, according to a press release from WVU Medicine.

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A new clinic will soon offer a variety of healthcare services in Marion County. WVU Medicine broke ground for a new complex located right off of I-79 in Fairmont Monday.

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WVU Medicine Trauma Center has acquired a computer simulator that mimics driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol. The device is designed for youth ages 14-21 and will be used in collaboration with an existing initiative “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.”

A $5,000 State Farm Insurance grant and a network of sponsors funded the $11,000 purchase. The simulator has debuted at Morgantown high school and will be taken to other high schools, health fairs, universities and public events.

 
 

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A new 22-bed orthopaedic hospital is opening on a floor of Ruby Memorial as part of an effort to meet growing demand for complex orthopaedic care in the region. Existing outpatient orthopaedic clinics will continue to provide services.

The new WVU Medicine facility will provide hip or knee replacement, and orthopaedic procedures for traumatic injuries, metabolic bone disorders, musculoskeletal oncology, spine, joint degeneration, cartilage regeneration, sports injuries, ankle arthroplasty, and hand and shoulder disorders among other things, according to a press release.

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Human Papillomavirus – more commonly known as HPV -- is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It is so common that almost all sexually active individuals will get it at some point, which puts them at risk for developing various cancers. The good news: HPV is preventable. The bad news: vaccination rates are low nationwide, with particularly troubling statistics coming out of West Virginia.

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People who have a terminal illness often prefer to spend their last days at home, rather than a hospital. WVU published research this month showing there’s a way to make it easier for those people to do so. In reality, it all comes down to paperwork.  

Janet Black looks up from her bed. She is terminally ill with end-stage lung disease and is due to be discharged into hospice care any day.