Pocahontas Memorial Hospital

                                                                                             As the Medical Home for Pocahontas County, We are Committed to Excellence in Community-Based Healthcare.

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New Online "Patient Portal" Available for RHC Patients

BUCKEYE, WV, FEBRUARY 5, 2014:  The Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic is very pleased to now be able to offer clinic patients easy and private online access to their medical information.  On Monday, February 3rd, the new "Patient Portal" went live, and patients can view their personal health record whenever and wherever they have access to the internet.

In addition, patients can view and request appointments, request prescription refills, receive educational materials, send and receive private messages with clinic staff, and even view and request referrals to specialists.  Have trouble remembering to get your flu shot or other other vaccinations?  The Patient Portal allows you to set and receive special health reminders.

To begin using the Patient Portal, all you have to do is speak with a RHC staff member at your next visit.  Once you have signed a consent form and provided your personal email address, you will receive an email containing instructions on how to securely log in to the portal, which can be found at //portal.pmhwv.org.  You will then be able to access your personal health record from any computer or smartphone with an internet connection.

The Rural Health Clinic is striving to be a "Patient Centered Medical Home" and as such, welcomes patients of all ages to see them for preventative healthcare services, including well child checks and women's health, as well as chronic disease management.  To make an appointment, please call the clinic at 304-799-6200.  The clinic is open seven days a week during the following hours: Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Registration for the clinic is at the front desk of the hospital.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

No Snow Days at PMH

BUCKEYE, WV, JANUARY 21, 2014:  While some may enjoy a day off from work or school on snowy days like these, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital employees are hard at work.  Providing medical care is a seven day a week job that does not stop for inclement weather.  Rest assured we are always here to take care of you and your family.

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 Service Awards.

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.

HCAHPS, 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 hospital.

Reba 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.

Overall 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 years.

Regular 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 your application.

Beginning October 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 drug coverage. 

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.

The Health Insurance Marketplace can be found at www.healthcare.gov.



 150 Duncan Road

Buckeye, West Virginia 24924

(304) 799-7400