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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
Dry Needling an Exciting New Treatment Option

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.

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. 

New Art Display at PMH
Exciting News for our Patients!

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.

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.

PMH Welcomes Lynn Damico
PMH Spring Fling Only a Month Away

PMH Spring Fling Only a Month Away

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s 8 th Annual Spring Fling is quickly approaching and will be held Saturday, April 6th at the Marlinton Opera House. Tickets are available now and will NOT be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $40 for an individual or $75 for a couple.

The Spring Fling is a stand-alone event and is completely separate from the day to day operations of the hospital. All profits after expenses are paid for will be contributed directly to PMH’s campaign to renovate patient rooms at the hospital.

The Spring Fling is a fun opportunity to get dressed up, enjoy some delicious food and great music, spend time with old friends and make new ones. In addition, it’s a wonderful way to support PMH’s room renovations and help usher in a new era of healthcare. To buy a ticket, please call 304-799-7400 and speak with Cheryl Cain at ext. 1051 or Edwina Garber at ext. 1081.

PMH Now Providing Physical Therapy in Green Bank

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is very proud to now offer Physical Therapy services in Green Bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. After months of planning and work, the first patient walked through the doors of the BFD VFD Green Bank Station to the new outlying home of PMH’s Physical Therapy team.

Two rooms have been outfitted for the team, with one serving as a Registration Office and the other a patient room with equipment. Green Bank resident Tom Melko, Physical Therapist, who worked for many years at PMH, will be returning to see patients in the new location, as well as Physical Therapist Bevin Saul, of Greenbrier County, and Director of Rehab/Physical Therapy Assistant Jason Riffe, of Marlinton.

PMH is extremely proud of its rapidly growing rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation services are available for anyone in need of treatment in the recovery of a surgery, injury (including sports injuries), illness, or other medical condition such as acute or chronic pain, vertigo, frequent loss of balance or falls, difficulty rising from a low seat, and/or difficulty with mobility in general. Physical therapy services have long been the hallmark of the hospital’s rehabilitation services, but occupational and speech therapies are also available, at PMH.

Services are available both on an inpatient and outpatient level. If your health care provider recommends that you seek one of these types of therapies, you can schedule an appointment with PMH’s program just like any other therapy office. You may decide to schedule your physical therapy appointments either at the hospital or at the Green Bank location.

If you have any questions about the Rehabilitation services at PMH or would like information on scheduling an appointment, please contact the department at 304-799-1015.

PMH Now Providing Physical Therapy in Green Bank
RHC Offers Full Sunday Hours

RHC Offers Full Sunday Hours


Since June, the Rural Health Clinic at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has been offering patients full Sunday hours. We are now open Sunday – Friday, 8:30am – 6:30pm. This makes it incrediblyconvenient for patients who may work out of town during the week, or just for minor medical concerns that may occur on the weekend. The Rural Health Clinic is a family medical practice, offering care for patients of all ages and conditions.

The Rural Health Clinic asks that you call ahead to make an appointment. Limited same day appointments are available. If you do not have a regular Primary Care Provider (or PCP), Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Rural Health Clinic (RHC) is accepting new patients and encourages you to schedule an appointment today with one of its providers. A Primary Care Provider is a health care practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Scheduling our children well child checks are a routine part of life, but teens and adults often neglect seeing a provider until they are sick. However, even healthy active people with no health conditions need to routinely see a health care provider.

The RHC encourages people of ALL ages to establish a relationship with a primary care provider. We often feel we are “wasting” a provider’s time by scheduling an appointment when we are not sick, but that is simply not true. Whether you suffer from something as simple as a cold or just have general questions about health issues, PCPs want to see you.

Having a PCP ensures that someone is regularly watching your health and looking for patterns that might indicate problems. Simple routine testing during a regular visit can uncover potential problems that might go unnoticed for years, leading to more serious issues later on.

For people with chronic diseases, the importance of having a PCP cannot be stressed enough. Patients who have a PCP experience better management of their chronic diseases, lower overall health care costs, and a higher level of satisfaction with their care. PCPs help coordinate a patient’s care all in one place – if you need further testing or an appointment with a specialist, the PCP will schedule that.

The RHC’s goal is to be your partner in health care and is committed to making available a personal provider who takes care of all your health care needs. This includes coordinating your care across all settings – the medical office, hospital, specialty clinics, testing facilities, or other places you would receive health care.

Please call the clinic today at 304-799-6200 to get started!

When Should I go to the Emergency Department?


Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you should go to the Emergency Department or your Primary Care Provider. Many trips to the Emergency Department end up being unnecessary and could easily have been handled by a primary care provider. Knowing the difference between primary care and emergency care will help you know where to go when the unexpected happens.

There are also huge differences in medical charges for primary care and emergency care. A trip to the Emergency Department is going to be a lot more expensive than a trip to your primary care provider. One reason is in the name – “emergency.” Emergency care requires a fully staffed department with topline medical equipment to treat true emergencies like stroke and trauma patients. The very nature of emergency care means a higher bill will reach your mailbox.

Primary care providers, like the Rural Health Clinic, should be your first contact in getting health care for you and your family. Your PCP knows your history and can typically coordinate your in-depth health care services with specialists if or when you need one. PCPs often leave time in their schedule for sick visits and may be able to see you the same day for minor illnesses or injuries. In addition to routine physical exams, vaccinations, and health screenings, go to your primary care provider for:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Colds, cough, fever, flu
  • Cuts with contained bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Ear infection
  • Minor burns
  • Minor cuts/lacerations
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain or strain
  • Urinary tract infection

Emergency care is for serious medical conditions that threaten a person’s life or limb. Urgent care is not emergency care – Know the difference. In case of an emergency, or if you are unsure if you can drive to the nearest emergency room, you should call 9-1-1. Examples of conditions to go to the Emergency Department for include:

  • Bone breaks
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting/unconsciousness
  • Ingestion of objects or poisons
  • Major/significant trauma or injury
  • Seizures
  • Severe burns
  • Severe chest pain/heart palpitations
  • Snake or animal bites
  • Uncontrollable bleeding/vomiting blood

A trip to PMH’s Emergency Department will reveal a professional, caring staff whose goal is to get you treated and on your way again as soon as possible. The Emergency Department is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and was designated a Level IV Trauma Center in 2014.

When Should I go to the Emergency Department?