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Open House on July 24

Open House on July 24

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital cordially invites the community to celebrate with them some exciting new facility improvements at an Open House and Room Dedication. The event will be held on Thursday, July 24 at 5:00 pm in the hospital.

Thanks to a generous bequest by a former county resident, all beds were replaced earlier this year with new ones featuring state of the art comfort and safety options. In July, the exterior of the hospital began getting a much-needed facelift with a new paint scheme. Meanwhile, inside, another more in-depth renovation has been unfolding since May. Patient Room 114 has been completely renovated with new flooring, paint, furniture, and fixtures.

These are indeed exciting times for a hospital that over the years has struggled to keep its doors open in one of the most rural and mountainous counties in the state. Just four years ago, the hospital was facing losses of over a million dollars a year and looking at the possibility of partnering with other hospitals or closing entirely. But, through the determination and dedication of staff, the Board of Directors, and new CEO Barbara Lay, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital now has a much brighter future and is excited about a new beginning in healthcare.

As the only hospital in a county with 8700 residents and over a million visitors each year, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is a vital part of the community. Hospital staff deeply values the support and friendship of its community and hope that you will join them for this very special occasion on July 24. Patient Room 114 will be dedicated and toured, light refreshments will be served, and a capital campaign to renovate the other patient rooms at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital will be launched.

Youth Health Fair – July 25

Sports Physicals at No Out-of-Pocket Cost

The Annual Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Youth Health Fair will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10am until 2pm in front of the hospital. The Rural Health Clinic will be offering sports physicals at no out-of-pocket cost. All applicable insurances will be billed; so please remember your insurance card! No appointment is necessary.

In addition to sports physicals, PMH staff promise a great day for everyone with games, prizes, face painting, free food, snakes, and a helicopter landing. Various county organizations will be on hand with information about their services such as the Family Resource Network, Family Refuge Center, Marlinton Rescue Squad, Mountain Health Trust, NRAO, Parks & Rec, and the Pocahontas Prevention Coalition.

Make plans now to join us for this fun filled, family friendly day of food, games, and health exhibits and displays. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Cain or Susan Wilkins at 304-799-7400.

Youth Health Fair – July 25
Health Fair Time is Here

Health Fair Time is Here

BUCKEYE, WV: The 2014 Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Health Fair will be held on Friday, May 2nd from 7am until 12pm. Take charge of your health and get a comprehensive screening that includes cardiac, liver, cholesterol, hematology, thyroid function, and electrolytes. Other local Health Fairs will be held on the following dates around the county:

  • May 6 – Cass Fire Hall 6:30-8:00am
  • May 7 – Marlinton Wellness Center 6:30-9:30am
  • May 8 – Marlinton Middle School 6:30-8:00am
  • May 13 – VanReenen Funeral Home 6:00-8:30am
  • May 15 – Pocahontas County Courthouse 8:00-9:30am
  • May 21 – Marlinton State Road Garage 6:30-8:00am
  • May 22 – Arbovale Community Center 6:30-9:00am
  • May 27 – Durbin Fire Hall 6:00-8:00am
  • May 28 – Marlinton Library 7:00-9:00am
  • May 29 – Marlinton Senior Center 7:30-9:00am

New Online “Patient Portal” Available for RHC Patients

BUCKEYE, WV: 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.

New Online “Patient Portal” Available for RHC Patients
No Snow Days at PMH

No Snow Days at PMH

BUCKEYE, WV: 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:  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.
Annual Christmas Dinner Held
PMH Wins Second Studer Award in Two Years

PMH Wins Second Studer Award in Two Years

BUCKEYE, WV:  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!

PMH Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Questions about the New Health Insurance Marketplace?

Questions about the New Health Insurance Marketplace?

BUCKEYE, WV:  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.