Chancellor's Message

By: Amy Newton, Photos: Autumn Hill, Amy Newton, and submissions from family

All in the Family

Growing up in a large family in Mannington, West Virginia, Jim Mills, MD, learned about the value of helping your neighbors and supporting your community from his beloved grandparents, Samuel N. “Doc” Elliott, Sr. and Florence Ryan “Mom” Elliott.

By: Ashley Thomas, Photos: Autumn Hill

Beneficial Partnership

Training the future healthcare leaders of Kuwait

For the past 15 years, students from Kuwait like Lamya Ismail have been coming to the WVU School of Dentistry to learn skills necessary to care for patients in their native country. Every year, up to five qualified Kuwaiti students are admitted to the dental school. Now, this program is expanding to include the WVU School of Medicine and the WVU School of Pharmacy.

By: April Henry, Photos: Autumn Hill

Breath of Fresh Air

Center aids West Virginia’s children with cystic fibrosis

Fifteen-year-old Gabby Dumire enjoys reading Harry Potter books, playing the flute in her high school’s band, and riding her bike when the weather is warm. A middle child sandwiched between two brothers, Dumire lists her favorite foods as tacos, asparagus, and egg whites.

By: Danielle Conaway, Photos: Autumn Hill

Healthy and Self-Sufficient

WVU nurse-led team helps West Virginians transitioning out of homelessness

Twice a month, visitors known as the MUSHROOM Team roam the halls of the Bartlett House Transitional Facility on West Run Road in Morgantown. The team of WVU health sciences students and professors offers preventive healthcare to residents who were once homeless. Knocking on doors, the team discovers a new story and a bonding experience in each apartment. WVU School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Pinto, MSN, BSN, and a team of WVU School of Medicine and School of Nursing students help Bartlett House Transitional Facility residents manage smaller health problems that could become more damaging if left untreated. Compassion and listening go a long way, too.

By: Tara Scatterday, Photos: Bob Beverly

A Legacy of Gratitude

Dr. Jim Stevenson: Longest serving psychiatry chair in the United States

If you could identify in one word how Jim Stevenson, MD, feels about his long-standing career in psychiatry, it would be gratitude. Gracious, soft-spoken, sincere, and grateful about his successes and advancements in treating mental illness, Dr. Stevenson concedes that he was in the right place at the right time. <br/>

By: Leigh Limerick, Photos: Bob Beverly

Walking Without Pain Again

Five patients receive free joint replacement surgery

Countless men and women like Janice Runner, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, endure severe arthritis pain and immobility because they can’t afford joint replacement surgery. Runner felt both her knees deteriorating gradually over the last decade. The 63-year-old grandmother of three spent much of her time at her part-time job driving and walking and experienced pain so excruciating she feared she would not be able to continue to work. <br/>

By: Kevin Hamric

Open Up: Say "AHHH"

Children’s preventive dental program keeps kids smiling

For thousands of children, Lisa D. Poland, DMD, and her staff have provided the opportunity to open up and say, “Ahhh.” A little relief has been administered in the form of dental care for low-income and high-risk children through WVU HSC Eastern Division’s school-based Children’s Preventive Dental Care program. Patients are seen in over 60 locations in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties. <br/>

Q&A with the New Dean of the WVU School of Nursing

Tara Hulsey, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, was selected by WVU HSC Chancellor Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, following a national search. She will begin her new role this summer.

By: April Henry; Photos: David Baltierra, MD

Web Extra: Teaching Safe Delivery Practices

Eastern Division faculty members train physicians, midwives, and nurses in Rwanda

Several WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division faculty members and Department of Family Medicine residents returned from a 17-day medical mission to Rwanda, where they taught 85 Rwandan nurses, midwives, and physicians about safe childbirth practices.