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PMH Celebrates 20 Years in Current Facility

PMH Celebrates 20 Years in Current Facility

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital staff, board, and friends celebrated a very special birthday on Thursday, October 22nd. Barbara Lay, CEO of PMH, welcomed employees, board members, and guests to the celebration before introducing Al Lawson. Mr. Lawson was the CEO at the time of the construction and opening of the current facility. Mr. Lawson shared his memories and commended the PMH family for the work they continue to do. Cake and punch was then served and enjoyed by all.

Marlinton Hospital and Infirmary was first established by the County Court in 1906. Some twenty years later, it was renamed Pocahontas Memorial Hospital as a tribute to the men and women who served in the military from Pocahontas County.

After the devastating ’85 flood, serious discussion began of relocating the hospital from its downtown location. With hospital board, staff, and community support, work began to build a hospital on the hill above Marlinton. PMH employees forfeited money from their own paychecks to help build the new facility. And in October 1995, the hospital opened its doors at its present location in Buckeye.

PMH staff and board celebrate at the entrance of the hospitalThe difficulties of the last one hundred years have certainly been great and the future promises to only bring more challenges, but the one constant throughout has been the unwavering support of the community. Now, as we mark twenty years in this location, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital wants to remember the vision and fortitude of all those who struggled and worked so hard to build the new facility. It is hard to imagine what life might be like in this rural place without our county hospital.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day Declared

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital employees – men and women alike – wore pink on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to raise awareness of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at 10am on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Barbara Lay read a proclamation declaring it Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the hospital. A pink-bedecked wreath was hung on the front door and Barbara Campbell (a 25 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 two breast cancer survivors in attendance for the ceremony.Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

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!

Breast Cancer Awareness Day Declared
PMH Holding Coat Drive

PMH Holding Coat Drive

Last year, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital health care providers purchased brand new coats to be donated to each of the county schools.  This year, PMH wants to expand their efforts and is holding a county-wide coat drive to help community members who might not have a warm fall or winter coat. We encourage anyone who would like to help to donate new or clean, gently used coats for the coat drive. Coats of all sizes are needed.

Coats will be accepted through September 25 when all items will be delivered to the Pocahontas County Family Resource Network, who will then distribute coats countywide. The FRN provides information, resources, and referral services for children and families. Services are voluntary and available to all families who might be interested. Parenting classes, child development, recreation, emergency assistance, and monthly food pantry programs are all part of the FRN’s current offerings.

If you would like to donate a coat, please bring it to the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Radiology Department. If you have any questions, you may contact 304-799-7400 ext 1305.

PMH Health Fair a Fun Time for All

The Annual Health Fair at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is an event that hospital employees and community members alike look forward to each spring. Held on Friday, May 8th, over 250 people attended this year’s Health Fair.Ashley Pritt welcomes visitors to the PMH Health Fair

The Health Fair at PMH is a true celebration of our community, offering not only discounted lab work, but food, door prizes, community organization and health related exhibits, free heel bone density and facial scans, eye screenings sponsored by the Lions Club, and hearing screenings. This year, PMH was fortunate enough to have not one, but two, helicopter landings with both HealthNet Aeromedical and Air-Evac flying in to offer “tours” of their in-air emergency rooms. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital wants to thank all of the participants, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff for helping make the day such a success.

While the Annual PMH Health Fair happens just once a year, community health fairs will continue to be held throughout the county until June. Please see our separate ad in this week’s paper for times and locations near you!

PMH Health Fair a Fun Time for All
“Cooking Matters” Tour Held at Pocahontas IGA

“Cooking Matters” Tour Held at Pocahontas IGA

The newly formed Pocahontas County Diabetes Coalition held its first public program with a “Cooking Matters” Grocery Store Tour on Tuesday, March 3rd. Led by trained volunteer Cherri Hankins, twenty folks turned out at Pocahontas IGA to learn more about stretching a food budget, reading food labels, picking foods with whole grains, and the nutritional differences between canned, fresh, and frozen produce.

The goal of the hands-on tour was to help people make the most of their food budget, so that their families get the best nutrition they can. By the end of the evening, the group had gained four additional participants who wanted to join in on the discussion! All participants received free reusable shopping totes, as well as informational booklets with shopping tips and recipes. After a $10 grocery shopping challenge, two lucky teams were each awarded $25.00 IGA gift certificates provided by the Diabetes Coalition and IGA. The winning teams were Maxine Ratliff/Tink Gum and Vicki Trotta/Ernie Cain.

The Pocahontas County Diabetes Coalition was officially formed in July 2014 with key partners Pocahontas Memorial Hospital and the WVU Pocahontas Extension Service, as well as the Family Resource Network. The Coalition was formed as part of a grant funded through the West Virginia Diabetes Coalition Support Project, whose goal is to prevent and control diabetes in 13 economically distressed counties. Communities in all counties offer various diabetes and health education programs such as the “Cooking Matters” tours, diabetes self-management classes, and walking programs. More than 800 individuals in the combined counties are expected to participate in various programs this year.

Much appreciation goes to the management and staff of Pocahontas IGA who so willingly hosted the tour. If you are interested in working with the Diabetes Coalition or would like additional information, please contact Terry Wagner or Susan Wilkins at 304-799-7400.

PMH “Goes Red” for Heart Awareness

On “National Wear Red Day” Friday, February 6, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital joined in the nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart health during American Heart IMG_1075Month and wore red to work. If you have a heart, you could have heart disease. Heart and blood vessel disease is our nation’s Number 1 killer. About half of the deaths from heart and blood vessel disease are from coronary heart disease, which includes heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, about 325,000 people a year die of coronary attack before they get to a hospital or emergency room. West Virginia ranks 4th among all states in the nation for heart disease death rates.

Throughout the month of February, PMH will display posters and information about heart health. The highlight of awareness activities will be a “Love Your Heart” Potluck Luncheon to be held February 10th at the McClintic Library beginning at 12 noon. Learn more about heart disease and stroke and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

The luncheon will be co-hosted by the WVU Extension Service and Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. Men and women are invited to join us for an hour of fellowship, education, giveaways, door prizes, and good food. Special local guest speakers will share their personal stories in hopes of raising awareness. Please wear red to show your support and bring a healthy “red” dish to share. Invite your friends to join us! RSVP by 10am on February 10th to the Extension Office at 304-799-4852.

Please join us for this very important event!

PMH “Goes Red” for Heart Awareness
Christmas Spirit Abounds at PMH

Christmas Spirit Abounds at PMH

Christmas spirit is in abundance at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital this season. In recent years, hospital staff and aPMH Staff and Board with just a few of the gifts collected at the Annual Christmas Dinnerdministration have made a renewed effort to engage in and support the community that has sustained them for over one hundred years.

Upon hearing that local food pantries were experiencing shortages this fall, staff organized an employee bake-off to collect canned food items and money. Over one hundred dollars and seventy pounds of food were collected and donated to the Pocahontas County Cooperative Parish Food Pantry and the Harvest House just in time for Thanksgiving.

During the month of December, staff contributed toys to not one, but two, toy drives to benefit Pocahontas County children. In what has become a hospital tradition, everyone was encouraged to bring a toy for the Family Resource Network’s Project Christmas instead of exchanging gifts at the annual employee Christmas dinner. Throughout the month, PMH also served as a collection site for the Cass Toy Drive and a trip by the conference room revealed an overflowing collection box of toys.

While following a school bus home one cold day in November Valarie Monico, a PMH Rural Health Clinic provider, observed a child getting off the bus without a coat on. Not wanting any cMissy Doss, MMS Guidance Counselor and Valarie Monico, RHC Physician’s Assistant show off the coats donated to MMS.hild to have to go without a coat this winter, four health care providers in the Clinic pooled money to purchase two coats for each school in the county. Coats were distributed to schools in early December in hopes that they would all find homes before true winter weather arrives.

For such a small facility, the spirit shown by Pocahontas Memorial Hospital staff would rival that of a much larger facility. PMH does not just want to serve the members of the community; it wants to be a member of the community.

Growing Rehabilitation Program is Ready to Serve the Community

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is very proud of its growing Rehabilitation Services Program with the recent addition of Marianna Grudziak, a 2014 graduate of Temple University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Marianna completed clinicals in inpatient acute care, inpatient rehab, and outpatient services in facilities such as Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital in Lancaster. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Natural Science and Marketing.

Marianna is excited about working at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital and developing real relationships with her patients from their inpatient stay until after they are discharged and returning as an outpatient. Marianna is no stranger to Pocahontas County as she has visited Snowshoe Mountain many times in the past and considers herself a true outdoor enthusiast.

Marianna will be joining fellow newcomer, Jason Riffe, Rehabilitation Services Program Director, in providing a full range of physical therapy services for the community. Jason is a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated at the top of his class from Mountain State University in Beckley. He is already a familiar face in Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties, having worked for Amedysis Home Health for several years.

In addition to physical therapy, PMH’s Rehabilitation Services offers occupational therapy and speech therapy. The goal of the program is to restore patients’ abilities following surgery, medical events, or trauma. Services are available both on an inpatient and outpatient level. If your regular doctor 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.

If you are in need of physical, occupational, or speech therapy services, please contact the department at 304-799-1307.

Growing Rehabilitation Program is Ready to Serve the Community
PMH Capital Campaign Officially Launches

PMH Capital Campaign Officially Launches

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital received its first community contribution to its Capital Campaign on Wednesday, September 24th. At the official kick-off celebration of the campaign, Mike Holstine presented $5,000 on behalf of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. PMH’s Chief Executive Officer Barbara Lay sincerely thanked Holstine for the observatory’s commitment to the hospital.

NRAO’s contribution will go towards a new Activity Room for PMH patients, particularly skilled rehabilitation or “Swing Bed” patients. This skilled nursing program allows patients to receive rehabilitation therapies such as physical, occupational, respiratory, or speech while carrying out a comprehensive plan of care to get them back on their feet.

The Activity Room encourages Swing Bed patients to return to normal daily activities like eating at a table and socializing with other patients. In addition, younger patients will be able to play games and watch tv in a more community setting.

During a tour of the room to be remodeled, Holstine remarked “It’s exciting to know we’ll be a part of this. I wish we could do more!”

After receiving a large bequest from the Donald Pethtal Estate in 2013, which funded significant improvements both inside and out, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital decided to launch a Capital Campaign to keep the momentum going. The hospital hopes to renovate each patient room in the facility and NRAO’s contribution will help tremendously in providing health care to Pocahontas County’s community members and visitors.

If you are interested in making a contribution or would like more information on Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Capital Campaign, please contact the Administration Office 304-799-1020.

Successful Youth Health Fair Held

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Annual Youth Health Fair enjoyed another year of sunshine and fun on Friday, July 25th.  With free food, door prizes, health related exhibits, lawn twister, dinosaur digs, and other games; there was truly something for everyone.  Special guests included a clown troupe from Gesunheidt and Smokey Bear, who was presented a cupcake for his 70th birthday.  Extremely popular this year was a snake exhibit by the US Forest Service and a helicopter landing by Air Evac.  In addition, sports physicals were offered by the Rural Health Clinic at no cost to the student.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital wants to thank all of the participants, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff for making the day such a success.  Much appreciation goes to all the businesses and individuals in the community who donated door prizes and food.

Successful Youth Health Fair Held