Written by: Bethany Knowles, Communications Specialist, WVMI
Boone Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) are partnering to offer free diabetes education classes for the community. Diabetes is considered an epidemic in West Virginia with as many as 1 in 6 people diagnosed with the disease, and limited educational opportunities in certain parts of the state.
The free diabetes classes will be held in the upstairs conference room of Boone Memorial Hospital on April 5, April 12 and April 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided by Boone Memorial Hospital for program attendees at no cost. BMH will also award participants who attend all three sessions a free shirt (while supplies last). These educational sessions are part of a program called Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), which is funded by Medicare and coordinated by WVMI. Classes are open to people who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers, especially those with Medicare. To register for the classes, call Traci Gillispie at 304-346-9864 x3221 or 304-590-6129.
Various hospitals from across the State of West Virginia attended Hospital Day at the Legislature at the State Capitol Complex on March 13 to serve as exhibitors and meet with Legislative Representatives regarding various laws, regulations, etc that affect hospitals and healthcare State-wide. The WVHA (West Virginia Hospital Association) organized the event. Boone Memorial Hospital has attended Hospital Day the past three years.
BMH Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price and Terri Dolin, RN/Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Boone Memorial attended on the hospital’s behalf. Dolin offered pulse oximeter readings and blood pressures, while Price gave away marketing materials and handled public relations.
The day began with breakfast and legislative remarks by Doug Bentz, CEO of Roane General Hospital and Chair of the WV Hospital Association Board of Trustees, Joe Letnaunchyn, WVHA President and CEO, Tony Gregory, VP of Legislative Affairs, Delegate Don Perdue, Chair of the House Health & Human Resources Committee and Senator Ron Stollings, Chair of the Senate Health & Human Resources.
On Thursday, February 28th over twenty representatives from Boone Memorial Hospital including CEO Tommy Mullins, members of the medical staff; Dr. James Stollings and Dr. James Walker, Board of Director member Bill Stone and various Department Directors traveled to Corry, PA to tour the new facility.
“Our main purpose for the trip was for us to learn from others’ mistakes as well as what works and what does not work, what looks good but does not function well and what is durable and what is not,” explained Mullins.
Boone Memorial Hospital chose Corry Memorial mainly because it is the most recently completed hospital completed by Yanik, Inc., the company BMH selected to build its new hospital. Yanik, Inc. has been involved exclusively in healthcare planning, development, design and construction since 1991 and have worked in nine states including Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Hawaii.
The BMH Medical Clinic receives top ranking on the maintenance of immunizations and other vaccines.
Medical Clinic Director, Carolyn Halstead said it was quite a jump from last year’s scores.
“We went from an 85% last year to a 95% out of 100 this year. This is a big achievement within one year and it’s due primarily to the hard work and dedication of Sharelle Adkins, LPN. Sharelle is new in this role and has been diligent in making sure the immunization records are kept up to date since she began. She is a very competent nurse and excellent with the patients.”
In the past, nurses, mid-levels (Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners) and doctors at Boone Memorial Hospital would travel off-site to receive certifications in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). However, now BMH offers in-house education for its medical personnel.
BMH employees Beth Blosser, RN, Joe Thompson, RN, Stuard Haugen, RN and Kevin Hill, PA attended classes to become Instructors. Jerry Quisenberry, PA, who worked at BMH before going to WV Family Wellness in Madison, along with Blosser and Hill were the first to become Instructors.
A packed house filled the Boone Memorial Hospital conference room on Valentine’s Day at the February Lunch and Learn ‘Healthy You’ session. Over forty individuals including BMH employees and local community members were in attendance.
The session entitled, “Love your Heart” focused on tips to keep your heart healthy.
Presenter, Kathy Hill, MSN, FNP-BC said she wanted participants to leave with strategies and tips they can use to keep their heart healthy by the daily decisions they make. Participants were encouraged to dress in red in honor of National Heart Health Month and Valentine's Day.
A plan to break ground for a new hospital at Boone Memorial in Madison goes from vision to reality.
In July 2011 the BMH Board of Trustees (now known as the Board of Directors) unanimously agreed to hire a design-build company to allow BMH to move forward with building a brand new hospital. BMH Administrator, Tommy Mullins said they hope to have blue prints and break ground by late summer. The project is estimated to take 24 months from the time of groundbreaking. The hospital will build the new, $34.3 million hospital and clinic space with help from a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan.
“The Board had many discussions as to whether we should remodel the existing hospital versus build a brand new facility, but they all agreed that the community deserves a fresh, new hospital,” said Mullins. In addition, according to a news release, Boone Memorial’s existing hospital would be “extremely costly to renovate or remodel due to the method of construction.”
In September 2012, the USDA Rural Development program approved a $31.8 million Community Facility Direct Loan to build, equip and furnish the new hospital. Community Facility Direct Loans help develop essential community facilities in rural areas with up to 20,000 in population, according to the USDA.
Boone Memorial Hospital first opened its doors in 1964 and has been providing health care to Boone County and the surrounding area ever since. A nearly 79,000-square-foot hospital will replace the outdated facility.
Boone Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1964 with the philosophy of "People Serving People.” Its mission continues strong nearly 50 years later as each patient continues to be treated on an individual, personal basis and community initiatives thrive.
“The comfort and care of our patients is and always has been our major goal and connecting to our community is extremely important to our success. Boone Memorial Hospital provides the community with the tools needed to educate and increase health awareness. About six years ago we implemented a Public Relations and Marketing Department to allow us to provide more unique community events to better serve and educate the public. It’s been a great success,” said Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator.
Boone Memorial Hospital will hold a Lunch and Learn this Thursday, February 14th, entitled "Love Your Heart". The Luncheon will focus on tips to keep your heart healthy by the decisions you make. Presenter, Kathy Hill, MSN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner, National Board Certified. She attended nursing school at Southern WV Community College and Marshall University (BSN & MSN, Nurse Practitioner). She has thirty years experience in the healthcare field; Family Medicine, Home Health, Emergency and her major interests are Health & wellness. The Luncheon will be held in the conference room at Boone Memorial Hospital (2nd floor) from 12pm-1pm. Lunch will be provided free of charge and BMH is asking everyone in attendance to wear red to the luncheon in support of Heart Health Month and Valentine's Day. However, only forty-two spaces are available.
"Unfortunately space is very limited, therefore, we can only take the first 42 people who register. We do ask that if you register and are unable to attend that you call us (even if it's the morning of the event) to cancel. We have a waiting list, which will allow someone to take your spot if you are unable to attend," explained Public Relations and Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price.
The Lunch and Learns are a part of a Healthy You series Boone Memorial Hospital started several years ago. "We offered these sessions a few years ago and just recently began doing them again due to increased interest from the community," said Price.
In order to register for this Lunch and Learn or to be added to the mailing list for future luncheons and/or dinners please email
or call 304-369-1230, x 431.
Boone Memorial Hospital welcomes its newest member, SimMan Essential. SimMan® is the world's most widely used advanced patient simulator and was designed by Laerdal Medical, which has been at the cutting edge of innovative healthcare training since the company launched its famous Resusci Anne in 1960. SimMan has played a significant role in the proliferation of simulation training as an approach to promote patient safety and help improve patient outcomes.
“It’s going to provide our doctors and medical staff more insight and improve quality of care,” said Beth Blosser, RN. “We are very excited to have SimMan at our facility,” she added.
SimMan Essential is a realistic, full body adult, wireless patient simulator with advanced clinical functionality to teach critical skills. With 'simplicity of use' being a fundamental principle of its design, both novice and experienced instructors can now take full advantage of the benefits of simulation. Built to be rugged, reliable, networkable and mobile, SimMan Essential makes simulation easier and more realistic than ever before. With a full complement of patient cases and courseware to ease instructor prep time, and the availability of comprehensive Technical and Educational Services - SimMan Essential is the solution set to define a new era in simulation training.
SimMan was funded by Chart Institute who provides the hospital with its malpractice insurance. Upon receipt of SimMan, Boone Memorial put plans in motion to create a team of individuals to learn how to operate the device. The “A” team as BMH calls it, consists of Kevin Hill, PA, Melissa Price, RN, Joe Thompson, RN, Beth Blosser, RN, Stuard Haugen, RN and Angie Hall, RN.
The team underwent a two day training on October 25th-26th. The hospital plans to use SimMan during in-services for Nursing staff.
This enables multi-disciplined healthcare professionals to come together in their work environment and rehearse both common clinical scenarios and critical incidents for improved real patient outcomes.
Commenting on Laerdal's advances into mobile simulation, Martin Hetland, Director of Strategic Marketing at Laerdal, said, "SimMan Essential can facilitate diverse and versatile patient scenarios in a range of operational environments. From an emergency in a remote location to definitive care in a hospital or from a war-torn battlefield to a busy hospital ward – we wanted to create a mobile simulation solution that injects a greater realism into scenario based training to further enhance and contextualize learning objectives in preparation for real patient encounters."
For more information about SimMan Essential or services and events offered at BMH please call Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price at 304-369-1230 x431.