Annual Christmas Dinner Held
BUCKEYE, WV, DECEMBER 9, 2013: Pocahontas
Memorial Hospital held its Annual Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 4 at the Marlinton Municipal Building.
Over 95 employees and their families, board members, and special
guests came out to celebrate the season and recognize staff receiving
Receiving 5 Year Service Awards were: Cathy
Bailes, Debbie Crookshank, Esther Darnell, Dean Gunter, Jenell Kline,
Cindy McLaughlin, and Joan Teubert. Receiving 10 Year Service
Awards were: Sherry Liptrap and Yvette Rider.
What truly made
the evening special was the outpouring of generousity shown for the
hospital's second annual toy drive. Instead of exchanging gifts
among themselves, employees brought dozens of children's gifts to
contribute to the Family Resource Network's "Children's Christmas"
project. Gifts included board games, remote control cars, dolls,
Lincoln logs, makeup and shaving kits, and clothing.
PMH Wins Second Studer Award in Two Years
BUCKEYE, WV, November 20, 2013: Pocahontas
Memorial Hospital recently received an Excellence in Patient Care award
from outcomes firm Studer Group. The award was presented for the
hospital's exemplary "Room was always clean" results on the HCAHPS
patient survey. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital's oustanding results
ranked them among the highest from a database of over 850 organizations
coached by the firm.
or Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, is
a national standardized survey tool used to measure inpatient
perception of the quality of care they receive at a given acute care
Arbogast, Supervisor of the Housekeeping and Dietary Departments,
accepted the award on behalf of her team from Debbie Caskey, a Coach
and Account Leader with Studer Group. "It belongs to them,"
Arbogast said as she then presented the award to the Housekeeping
Department at a special program held at the hospital on November 7th.
This is the second Excellence in Patient Care
award that Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has won in two years. In
2012, the hospital won in the "Medication Communications" category.
PMH Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
BUCKEYE, WV, October 11, 2013: Pocahontas
Memorial Hospital employees wore pink on Thursday, October 10th to
raise awareness of breast cancer. October is National Breast
Cancer Awarenes Month and at 10am on Thursday, Chief Executive
Officer Barbara Lay read a proclamation declaring it Breast Cancer
Awareness Day at the hospital. A pink be-decked wreath was hung
on the front door and Barbara Campbell (a 23 year breast cancer
survivor) distributed literature, cookies, and pink punch in the front
lobby to hospital visitors, patients, and staff. PMH was honored
to have three breast cancer survivors in attendance for the ceremony.
rates of breast cancer occurrences are decreasing, but one in every
eight women still has the chance of developing breast cancer sometime
in her life. Over three-fourths of the breast cancers diagnosed
each year occur in women who are 50 or older; this is why it is
extremely important to get a mammogram every year after the age of 40.
For women ages 20 to 39, mammograms are recommended every three
mammograms are even more important for women who smoke. The
National Cancer Institute recently reported that there is a direct
correlation between smoking cigarettes and increased risks for
developing breast cancer. In addition to causing lung cancer,
tobacco use also increases one's chances of developing cancers of the
mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, voice box, throat, esophagus, stomach,
pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, and ovary, as
well as acute myeloid leukemia. It also raises the risk of many
other health problems, including heart and lung diseases.
Early detection can save your life - please schedule a mammogram today!
Questions about the New Health Insurance Marketplace?
BUCKEYE, WV, October 1, 2013: Confused about the
new healthcare laws going into effect with the Affordable Care Act? Need to sign up for insurance but not sure
how or where to go? Pocahontas Memorial
Hospital is very pleased to be an official Certified Application Counselor Organization
to assist you in researching your health insurance options and even filling out
1, you may shop the Health Insurance Marketplace for new insurance coverage and
determine your eligibility for federal subsidies that would help cover the cost
of these plans. Subsidies will be available
to those making up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (around $46,000 for an
individual and $94,000 for a family of four). Qualified Health Plans will be
offered at different levels of coverage, but all must include certain
preventive services and ten essential health benefits, including prescription
Medicaid, which is
health coverage provided by the state, has been expanded to cover West
Virginians making up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you are an individual making up to $15,280
or a family of four with an income up to $31,000, you may qualify for
Medicaid. Medicaid eligibility can also
be determined through the exchange.
For both expanded
Medicaid coverage and plans purchased from the new exchange, coverage is
effective January 1, 2014. Beginning in
2014, those without health coverage (with some exceptions) will be required to
pay a penalty when they file their 2014 taxes.
As a Certified
Application Counselor Organization, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has trained
staff members who can provide assistance to all members of our community. Our
Certified Application Counselors can help you shop for coverage through the
exchange, and determine your eligibility for Medicaid and Federal
subsidies. Please call (304) 799-7400
ext. 1000 to make an appointment with one of these counselors or to have your
exchange-related questions answered.
Insurance Marketplace can be found at www.healthcare.gov.
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Buckeye, West Virginia