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Buckeye, West Virginia 24924

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Recognized at PMH

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Recognized at PMH

PMH employees wore pink on October 9th in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Month.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital employees – men and women alike – wore pink on Wednesday, October 9 to raise awareness of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at 10am on Wednesday, breast cancer survivor Cheryl Cain read a proclamation declaring it Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the hospital.

Cain who was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago and completed dozens of rounds of radiation before being declared cancer free, spoke about her experience and implored the women in attendance to get regular mammograms. Donna Lidel-Burley, a family nurse practitioner at the hospital, also spoke about her experience with breast cancer. A pink-bedecked wreath was hung on the front door and Barbara Campbell (a 29 year breast cancer survivor) distributed literature, cupcakes, and pink punch in the front lobby to hospital visitors, patients, and staff.

Overall rates of breast cancer occurrences are decreasing, but it is still the second leading cause of death among women, according to the American Cancer Society. One in every eight women 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!

Greenbrier County Doctor Joins PMH

A Greenbrier County native has joined Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. John Johnson, or “JJ,” is now seeing patients as part of the Emergency team. PMH provides 24/7 emergency coverage and medical care for the Pocahontas County and surrounding areas.

Dr. Johnson has been a well-known and well-loved staple of the Greenbrier Valley medical community for over 30 years. He was born in the Greenbrier Valley and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. PMH administration and staff are thrilled to have a physician with Dr. Johnson’s experience and commitment to community joining their medical team.

PMH’s Emergency Department is staffed with a professional, caring team whose goal is to provide high quality medical care as efficiently as possible. The Emergency Department is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ambulance service and inter-facility services are available, as well as emergency helicopter when needed. PMH is proud to be a Level IV Trauma Center.

Greenbrier County Doctor Joins PMH
Radiology Technician

Radiology Technician

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is seeking a Part Time Radiology Technician for variable shifts. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal communication and computer skills as well as be self-motivated. Current ARRT and WV license required, previous experience preferred.

Send resume along with three professional references to: Katie Brown, HR Director, PMH, 150 Duncan Rd., Buckeye, WV 24924 or email to kbrown@pmhwv.org by noon on 10/21/19. EOE

Dry Needling an Exciting New Treatment Option

Dry needling, a technique that found its beginnings in the early 1900s, is now an available treatment option at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. Dry needling is a form of therapeutic treatment for the relief of pain. Extremely fine needles are inserted into trigger points of painful knots in muscles to cause them to relax, thus easing pain. PMH Physical Therapist Bevin Saul received intensive training and received certification by KinataCore, in Ashburn, Virginia in order to offer this important treatment to our patients.

Dry needling is an extremely effective treatment for both acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. Dry Needling increases blood flow, decreases banding, decreases spontaneous electrical activity, and effects biochemical and CNS changes. Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine with the goal of balancing energy (Qi). Dry Needling, however, follows evidence-based guidelines to alleviate pain. Staci Burns was the first patient to receive dry needling in the PMH location. Burns has had dry needling done in other locations outside of Pocahontas County and can speak firsthand of its benefits in treating her neck pain and headaches. Burns’ procedure began with her comfortably lying on a treatment table, with Saul carefully examining her neck and head area. Thin filament needles were inserted at various points while Saul held or massaged a specific muscle.

Burns’ treatment consisted of three total needles. She said she did not feel the first two needles at all. The third she likened to a slight bee sting. At the end of her procedure, Saul pointed out that one shoulder was already less tense and sitting lower than the other. Results can sometimes be felt almost immediately. Saul followed up the dry needling with some soft tissue massage work, which she said reinforces the needle work.

Dry needling is not covered by many insurances. But with a desire to make this procedure widely available to our patients, a flat fee of $20 has been established, in addition to any copay a patient may have with insurance. It may take multiple visits to resolve a problem, and it may not be performed at every session. An evaluation is completed at each appointment to ensure the procedure is needed and will be helpful.

To make an appointment or ask questions, please contact PMH’s Rehabilitation Department at 304-799-1015.

SERC Physical Therapy of Atchison now offers trigger point dry needling.

Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into trigger points or painful knots in muscles to stimulate a pain-inhibiting response. It has been shown to reduce pain related to trigger points and other muscular causes. Dry needling is a modern, evidence-based intervention and is not acupuncture or eastern medicine. It is a valuable treatment for nerve and muscle pain and for improving performance. Trigger point dry needling can be beneficial for many problems, including but not limited to pain of the low back, knee, shoulder, neck, or headaches.

Dry Needling an Exciting New Treatment Option
DIETARY AIDE/COOK

DIETARY AIDE/COOK

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has a full time Dietary Aide/Cook position available. Candidate must possess good interpersonal communication skills as well as be self-motivated. Entry level knowledge; basic employment skills; High School diploma or GED equivalent required. One year previous quantity cooking experience preferred.

You may pick up an application at Registration or submit your resume with three professional references to: Katie Brown, HR, 150 Duncan Rd, Buckeye, WV 24924 or email at kbrown@pmhwv.org. Applications will be accepted until 10 am on 10/18/19. EOE/

POSITION AVAILABLE LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is seeking a full-time Laboratory Technician for various shifts. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal communication skills as well as be self-motivated. BS/AS Degree in Medical Technology or Medical Laboratory Technician & West Virginia License required. Registered or eligible for registration with ASCP, AMT, HEW, or CLS (NCA) preferred.

Send resume along with three professional references to: Katie Brown, HR Director, PMH, 150 Duncan Road, Buckeye, WV 24924 or email to kbrown@pmhwv.org by 10 am on 8/9/19. EOE

POSITION AVAILABLE LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
New Art Display at PMH

New Art Display at PMH

A new art display is now housed at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.  In early winter, PMH was approached by the Pocahontas County Art Guild about creating a rotating display of art in the Patient Care area of the hospital.  Cyla Allison, an active member in the Guild, recalled being a patient at the hospital and walking laps around the Patient Care wing.  Allison was convinced that patients might be more eager to walk those laps if there was something pretty and interesting on the walls.

Allison and Mary Dawson, another member of the Guild, met with PMH’s Public Relations Coordinator, Susan Wilkins to discuss the possibility of Guild members displaying their art work and changing them out periodically to keep things fresh.  Along the way, Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op members were invited to join in the project. PMH ordered and installed four hanging systems and on Monday, July 15 fourteen different pieces of artwork were hung.

Those involved in the months-long project hope that patients and staff alike will enjoy their efforts.  PMH staff is already excited about the beautiful additions to the hospital.  The cheeriness and warmth they bring to the Patient Care area is obvious.  “We are grateful to the Art Guild for bringing this idea to us.  We could never have done something like this on our own and we are excited to see where the project goes in the future,” says Wilkins.

All artwork is framed and under glass.  Art is available to be purchased through the Guild and contact information is posted with each display. 

Exciting News for our Patients!

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is proud to be an important part of this community and provide healthcare for our citizens and visitors. We are continuously working to make our services better and we take our patients’ suggestions and comments very seriously. Thanks to your valuable feedback, we have been working to improve our patient experience and have made some changes to our business operation.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with an outside vendor to provide additional customer service representatives, resulting in expanded customer service hours. PMH billing staff will continue to be available at the hospital Monday through Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm. As an added convenience, patients are now able to contact our additional representatives at 304-799-6900, Monday through Thursday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm, and Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm. These additional representatives are located offsite, but work as an extension of our Business Office.

We are also excited to roll out a new look for our patients’ billing statements and we hope you find that these changes make your statements easier to understand. The new statements include a summary of the charges for the services provided, and list any payments or adjustments to your account. This allows you to easily see the remaining balance due and provides a variety of payment options.

Most importantly, the statement includes information about how to contact our billing department if you would like to learn more about financial assistance options that may be available to assist you with paying your remaining balance.

Thank you for choosing Pocahontas Memorial Hospital – where your health is our priority.

Exciting News for our Patients!
PMH Welcomes Lynn Damico

PMH Welcomes Lynn Damico

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Lynn Damico, PA-C, to its medical staff.  Damico will be assuming Hospitalist duties and seeing patients in Acute Care, which includes admitted inpatients, skilled rehabilitation (“Swing Bed”) patients, as well as those in observation.

Damico, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, obtained her degree as a Physician Assistant at Essex Community College and has almost 30 years of healthcare experience.  She most recently worked at Kingman Regional Medical Center, in Kingman, Arizona.  She has Critical Access experience, having been a PA-C at War Memorial Hospital, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia for six years.

Damico describes herself as easy-going and enjoys working with people.  She is especially looking forward to working in a small town.  She is a little more apprehensive of the snow that Pocahontas County is notorious for.

Damico has already relocated to Marlinton and is eager to become a real part of the community.

Physical Therapist

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is looking for a highly motivated, full-time physical therapist to join our exceptional rehabilitation team. Settled in nature’s mountain playground, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital provides quality and patient-centered outpatient, inpatient, and rehabilitative physical therapy. Come join a caring, experienced, and growing team to take this great opportunity and help make the difference. Please send resume along with three professional references to Katie Brown, HR Director at:

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital,
150 Duncan Road, Buckeye, WV 24924.

If email is preferred, please email to kbrown@pmhwv.org . EOE.

Physical Therapist