Elkins, W.Va. -- For the fourth consecutive year, Davis Medical Center (DMC) has earned the highest distinction from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines program. The Gold Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award recognizes that DMC has demonstrated at least 85 percent compliance in the cardio-pulmonary arrest resuscitation quality measures for a period of 12 months.
Philippi, WV – The Broaddus Hospital (BH) Board of Directors has announced Dana Gould, MHA, RHIA, CHC, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Broaddus Hospital.
Davis Medical Center (DMC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah L. Chadwick, MD, a board certified general surgeon.
PHILIPPI, WV – Community members are invited to join the Senior Life Solutions Program at Broaddus Hospital for an open house on November 9th from Noon until 5 p.m.
Elkins, W.Va. -- Emily Starks, BSN, RN, a clinical supervisor in the Broaddus Hospital Emergency Department, was among 40 nurses honored with the Emerging Nurse Leader award by the West Virginia Future of Nursing Action Coalition. The organization’s inaugural 40 under 40 leadership campaign recognized the innovative nurses who are empowering their communities, advancing nursing and leading change.
Elkins, WV – Dr. Nitesh Ratnakar, M.D., FACG has been re-elected to serve as the West Virginia Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national organization representing more than 14,500 gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. In this position, Dr. Ratnakar will play an essential role in communicating the ACG’s messages to and from ACG members in West Virginia, physicians, and policymakers. ACG Governors also play an integral role in the College’s membership outreach activities.
Webster Springs, WV – The Webster County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Directors has hired Jim Parker, FACHE, as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parker is an operational healthcare leader with more than 20 years of experience. He assumed his new duties on October 9th.
Elkins – A new partnership between Davis & Elkins College and Davis Medical Center (DMC) will serve the community by preparing current and future nurses to give the best care to their patients in various settings. The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, a simulation lab and facility for inter-professional education located on the DMC campus, provides an opportunity for D&E nursing students and the hospital’s nurses to learn and practice in a realistic and risk-free environment.
Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) Cardiovascular Lab earned validation as a leader in vascular testing with accreditation for outstanding quality in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing, and Peripheral Arterial Testing. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) granted them a three-year term of accreditation.
Davis Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Catherine M. Chua, DO, received the Outstanding Physician Leadership Award for 2017 during the Caravan Health Accountability Care Symposium in Phoenix earlier this month.
Float to reflect gift of time and generosity of organ, tissue and cornea donors ELKINS, WV – DEC. 19, 2017 – Vance Jackson, CEO, Davis Health System, and Dana Gould, CEO Broaddus Hospital joined the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) for a rose vial signing ceremony.
Parents of newborns want only the best for their child and more couples are making the choice to breastfeed their babies. The growing numbers in breastfeeding mothers is what helped Natasha D. Benavides, pediatric PA-C at Davis Medical Center; decide to become certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
February is American Heart Month, a time when many efforts are focused on spreading awareness about the nation’s number one killer, cardiovascular disease. The Community Blood and Health Screening sponsored by Davis Medical Center (DMC) and The Rotary Club of Elkins is a good opportunity to learn more about your personal health. The event is Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, from 7 – 10 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins, WV.
Davis Health System officials have implemented visitation restrictions at Davis Medical Center (DMC) and Broaddus Hospital due to the influenza activity in the region.
Elkins, WV – February is American Heart Month – how much do you really know about cardiac health? Davis Medical Center (DMC) wants to help you take charge of your health by offering a free Healthy Heart educational forum on Thursday, February 22, from 6-8 PM in the ground floor cafeteria overflow.
Philippi -- Broaddus Family Care is getting a new home. On March 5th, patients will be welcomed to a new location in Broaddus Hospital at #2 Healthcare Drive, Philippi.
The Davis Medical Center Lifeskills program has been recognized for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education by the American Diabetes Association for the period of Feb. 1, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2022. The Lifeskills program is intended for qualified patients with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and is a flexible learning experience aimed at helping patients deal with the “real-world” environment and life circumstances that exist for each person. The program is led by qualified professionals including a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitians, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists and Registered Nurses.
Breast cancer screening can save lives. That’s why Davis Health System is introducing a new program to make screening mammograms free to women who qualify.
Elkins, WV--Davis Medical Center (DMC) has been identified as one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the nation.
ELKINS, WV - Two members of the Davis Health System team were recognized for completing the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement through Intermountain Healthcare. Carl Nichols, MBA, FACHE, Vice President of Professional Services for Davis Health System and Catherine M. Chua, DO, FAAFP, FMNM, Davis Health System physician and Chief Medical Officer completed the Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program which is designed to give participants the understanding and tools necessary to conduct state-of-the-art clinical practice improvement projects, use quality improvement methods to manage and integrate non-clinical processes, implement quality improvement programs and conduct internal quality improvement training. Chua said there were many factors prompting her to complete this training.
Elkins, WV – March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to bring greater awareness to the country’s third most common cancer.
Philippi, WV – National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week is March 11-17 and Broaddus Hospital is inviting the community to learn more about pulmonary health. On Thursday, March 15 from 9 am until 4 pm representatives from Broaddus Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Department will host an event offering education and free pulmonary assessments for the public.
Elkins, WV—The Davis Health System (DHS) Foundation is accepting applications through March 23, 2018 for five scholarships which will be awarded to 2018 graduating high school seniors.
Elkins, WV -- Physicians, planners, architects, engineers and others recently gathered to finalize plans for the construction of a vault at the Cancer Care Center in Elkins, which will hold a new, state-of-the-art TrueBeam® linear accelerator.
PHILIPPI, WV – Those looking to take advantage of free and discounted health screenings should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 14 when the Barbour County Community Health Fair will be held at Broaddus Hospital from 7 to Noon.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 88 are one step closer to Summer Camp with the completion of their student physicals at the Davis Medical Center Cancer Care Center last week. Each year, local physicians donate their time to provide free health evaluations necessary for camp participation.
ELKINS, W.VA. – Davis Medical Center is offering no-cost physician office visits from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the DMC outpatient family practice clinic. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling 304.637.3894.
PHILIPPI, WV – Barbour County’s annual Community Health Fair hosted by Broaddus Hospital (BH) is set for this Saturday, April 14 from 7 am until noon. The free event will be held at the hospital in Philippi and features a host of free health screenings, discounted lab profiles and other tests, and health and wellness information.
ELKINS, W.VA. – The work of volunteers is invaluable and Davis Medical Center is taking time to recognize and thank its volunteers for their many hours of work throughout the year. April is designated as National Volunteer Appreciation Month and Davis Medical Center has planned many activities to thank those who selflessly volunteer their time.
ELKINS, W.VA. – Women’s HealthCare of Davis Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Margaret G. ‘Peggy’ Thorne-Church as its newest Family Nurse Practitioner. Thorne-Church, who earned her MSN/FPN from West Virginia Wesleyan College in December, said she is happy to be a part of the DMC Women’s HealthCare team and is thrilled to be back providing direct patient care.
ELKINS, W.VA. – The birth of a child is one of the happiest times for parents, and during 2017 more than 300 babies were delivered at Davis Medical Center Family Birthing Center. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia recently recognized Davis Medical Center Family Birthing Center with a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. The Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals showing expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
ELKINS, WV--On Wednesday, June 6, Davis Medical Center will host a Senior Health event at the Family Practice area of DMC in Elkins. This free event will provide valuable health screenings, and a better understanding of key issues specific to senior health.
ELKINS, WV--On June 6, Davis Medical Center professionals will be asking patients “What Matters to You”? “What Matters to You Day” aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between those who provide health care and the people and families who receive it.
PHILIPPI – When officials at Broaddus Hospital found they needed a few new pieces of equipment for the Emergency Department, it did not take long for their needs to be fulfilled. The Davis Health System Foundation donated $10,000 to Broaddus Hospital for the purchase of the needed equipment.
DMC Men’s Health Night offers opportunity to tune up your health
A Philip Barbour High School Senior is receiving some help with pursuing her career goal in radiation oncology. Sarah D. Reed, daughter of Anthony and Stephanie Reed of Moatsville, was awarded the Broaddus Hospital Scholarship for $1,200 through the Barbour County Community Foundation.
Three students in the region received scholarship awards presented by the Davis Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, the Davis Medical Center Medical Staff and the West Virginia Hospital Association Auxiliary. The awards were distributed during each students’ high school awards ceremony.
Davis Medical Center is offering no-cost physician office visits from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 10
Davis Medical Center’s Speech and Swallowing Department have created a social communication group for people with aphasia, dysarthria, or other communication deficits related to stroke or neurological disorders
Davis Medical Center is offering no-cost physician office visits from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the DMC outpatient family practice clinic.
Buckhannon Medical Care is offering no-cost physician office visits from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 7th at their location on Locust Avenue in Buckhannon.
Caring for a family member with dementia comes with a unique set of challenges - so Davis Medical Center is offering a training designed to help these caregivers be more effective in delivering care to their loved ones. The Savvy Caregiver Program is an evidence-based, 12-hour training provided over a six-week period for people providing care for a family member with dementia.
On August 23 Davis Medical Center will expand its current emergency department through the completion of $2 million renovation project.
“Several innovations will ensure the needs of everyone has been met – from the patient to the providers to the EMS.”
Officials, physicians and staff at Davis Medical Center are pleased to announce they are a recipient of the 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals
Representatives from ACP and the Davis Health System (DHS) Foundation gathered last week to celebrate the donation which specifically supports the Transforming Care TogethER Campaign and the purchase of medical head wall units for each new exam and treatment room.
“With access to specialty physicians at Davis Medical Center and the availability of advanced telemedicine we have the ability to develop beneficial, new programs or services,” said DHS President and CEO Vance Jackson, FACHE. “We are excited to bring Webster County residents a new level of specialized care.”
The Davis Medical Center Diabetes Prevention Program is one of only two programs in West Virginia to achieve preliminary recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We now have the ability to serve our community not only with a program that provides education and training after a diagnosis of diabetes, but one that can offer community members an educational program if they have been diagnosed with prediabetes,” Severino said. “It’s estimated there are 84 million American adults that have prediabetes.”
A Community Blood and Health Screening sponsored by Davis Medical Center (DMC) and The Rotary Club of Elkins will be held Thursday, September 13 from 7:30 – 10:30 A.M. at Davis Medical Center’s outpatient waiting area.
Dr. Catherine “Mindy” Chua, FAAFP, FMNM, has earned the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification through the American Association for Physician Leadership. The CPE designation indicates a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and management education while demonstrating effective health care knowledge and leadership skills.
With the new law, Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital officials wanted patients to be aware of the provisions of the Law and how it could affect prescriptions written at Davis Health System sites, emergency departments or physician’s offices.
DMC formed the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to incorporate what patients have to say about their healthcare, its delivery and the design. Currently, the group is seeking new members from the community and will be accepting applications through Oct. 19, 2018.
Webster providers can refer persons with diabetes for a live teleconference with a certified diabetes educator. Patients will connect to the DMC specialist from the Rural Health Clinic at WCMH.
"Parsons Mayor Dorothy Judy has a lot of people who depend on her: She is married with three children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she owns her own hair salon and she has been the Mayor of Parsons for nearly 10 years. She shares one important piece of advice to everyone."
Members of the public will be able to get free advice on estate planning for retirement at a number of “Aging Wisely Lunch & Learn” events sponsored by the Davis Health System Foundation.
Davis Medical Center is pleased to announce renewal of a continued three-year accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, and is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards.
Pastoral Care Week is celebrated October 21-27, and Davis Health System (DHS) is recognizing those who provide spiritual support to patients and all members of the community.
The visit includes a comprehensive adult physical including primary care, health education and counseling, and is free and confidential.
Women of all ages are encouraged to reserve their space during the Brunch & Learn. This free event is sponsored by Davis Medical Center and will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 on the first floor of the DMC outpatient center. Reservations can be made by calling 304-637-3152.
Davis Health System is warning residents about a phone scam that uses “caller ID spoofing.”
A Philippi native is traveling down a new career path and has arrived home to share this journey with the friends and neighbors where she grew up. Emily Starks is the newest Nurse Practitioner at Broaddus Hospital where she brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion.
The class will be held Wednesday, November 14, at 5 pm in the cafeteria at Webster County Memorial Hospital. It is free and open to the public.
November 15 is National Rural Health Day, and both Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital have been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Patient Perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.
Antibiotic Awareness is promoted during the month of November and Davis Medical Center is participating in Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and Activities to help improve antibiotic prescribing and use in their facilities and communities
The Davis Medical Center (DMC) LifeSkills program is credentialed by the American Diabetes Association and is intended for qualified patients with type 2 diabetes. It is a flexible learning experience designed to work with the ‘real-world’ environment and life circumstances that exist for each person.
Vance Jackson, FACHE, CEO of Davis Health System, today announced the opening of Laurel Place, a new 20-bed center for patients 55 and over with acute psychiatric or behavioral disorders.
Many folks enjoy watching the Tournament of Roses Parade each year – and this year, the Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital region will be represented with a rose vial signed by local representatives at both medical facilities
The Davis Health System (DHS) Foundation is making the holiday especially bright for Broaddus Hospital with a $10,000 gift to be used for patient care enhancements.
Davis Medical Center (DMC) is pleased to announce the re-certification of its Cardiac Rehab program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The program is recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Davis Medical Center is pleased to announce it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the Better Sleep Center on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch, AASM president. “Better Sleep Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”
Individuals representing city government, healthcare, the court systems, first responders, law enforcement, education, children and youth advocacy groups, housing, mental health, and substance use treatment sat in a packed meeting room raising concerns related to the county’s substance use problem, and formulating a plan for community response.
Webster County native Kimberly Groves, APRN, FNP-BC has joined the medical staff at Webster County Memorial Hospital (WCMH). She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is seeing patients in WCMH’s rural health clinic. In the clinic she provides a full-range of care services including primary care, DOT physicals, same-day appointments, and population health-based care among others.
Physician Terry S. Hummer, MD, has joined the medical care teams of Broaddus Family Care and the Better Sleep Center. Hummer, who retired from full-time medical practice in December, is looking forward to her new position which allows her to continue seeing patients, but does not mirror the busy practice schedule she had previously.
DMC is the first and only hospital in West Virginia to have achieved the Senior Friendly NICHE designation.
A Community Blood and Health Screening sponsored by Davis Medical Center (DMC) and The Rotary Club of Elkins will be held Thursday, February 7 from 7:00 – 10:00 A.M. at Davis Medical Center’s outpatient waiting area.
Broaddus Hospital is pleased to announce that the Broaddus Senior Life Solutions (SLS) program received notification of being honored as one of three finalists for the nationwide 2018 SLS Program of the Year award. With over 70 SLS programs considered, Broaddus Hospital received notification of the honor during a recent surprise visit by SLS management.
Davis Medical Center (DMC) wants to help you take charge of your health by offering a free Healthy heart educational forum on Tuesday, February 12, from 5-7 PM in the ground floor cafeteria overflow.
A new technology at Davis Medical Center (DMC) is designed to help those with diabetes detect diabetic retinopathy in its early stages and avoid possible complications, including blindness.
“No one should have to delay or avoid seeing a provider because of the cost,” said DMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine “Mindy” Chua. “This is an opportunity to have a complete physical including time to talk with a physician about health concerns, and personal health goals.”
Those who have a family history of diabetes or who have pre-diabetes have options – Davis Medical Center wants people to know it’s not too late to turn things around -and they are offering a year-long diabetes prevention program beginning March 21.
According to a quote in ‘An Overview of Dementia: The Growing Crisis in West Virginia,’ the Alzheimer’s Association said that dementia places a heavy burden on society and families, adding that more than 40 percent of caregivers rate the stress of caregiving as high or very high - approximately one-third of caregivers suffer from depression.
Brenda Dilly Mason, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined Davis Medical Center’s Laurel Place, as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner bringing with her over 26 years of nursing experience.
Broaddus Hospital improving competence with American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program
Broaddus Hospital implemented the American Heart Association’s (Association) Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI®) program on October 1, 2017. “RQI is a new and truly innovative program that has transformed the way hospitals view CPR competency for their staff,” said Alyson Poling, Development Manager for the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement program, Great Rivers Affiliate. “In the past, hospital staff were required to attend a CPR class once every two years. Our science has proved that CPR skills decay occurs in as little as three months.”
Patients who are uninsured or underinsured (high deductible) are encouraged to inquire about the No Cost Clinic offered at Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 1 p.m.
Buckhannon Medical Care is offering no-cost physician office visits from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at their location on Locust Avenue in Buckhannon.