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PostHeaderIcon Boone Memorial receives a nearly $32 million loan to build a new hospital

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 A nearly 79,000-square-foot hospital will replace the outdated facility.

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PostHeaderIcon Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison Excels in Public Relations


Boone Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1964 with the philosophy of "People Serving People.” Its mission continues strongBlood Drive 2012 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.

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PostHeaderIcon Learn to "Love your Heart" at a free Lunch and Learn at BMH this Thursday


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 304-369-1230, x 431.



PostHeaderIcon SimMan brings new life to BMH Educational Annex


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.



PostHeaderIcon BMH goes RED for Heart Health


On Friday, February 01, 2013 employees at Boone Memorial Hospital wore red in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Wear Red Day.

According to the AHA the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful, one reason why the organization chose the color red to signify their fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Wear Red Day. The AHA is proud to report they have really made tremendous strides along the way, including:

• 21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease

• 23 percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat

• Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment

• Legislation to help end gender disparities

The AHA admits that despite their progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. The AHA reminds us that now is not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join in the fight. To learn more about heart health, Boone Memorial Hospital is organizing a Lunch and Learn this month. The date is yet to be determined. However, to be added to the mailing list and receive an invitation, please contact the Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 304-369-1230 x431. Please leave your name, address and phone number on the voicemail or email.

For more information about heart health visit http://www.goredforwomen.org/

For more information about Boone Memorial Hospital visit www.bmh.org



PostHeaderIcon Participants learn to ‘Think Smart, Eat Smart and Live Smart’ at the January Lunch and Learn

On Thursday, January 31st Boone Memorial Hospital held a Lunch and Learn ‘Healthy You’ session. The session entitled, ‘Think Smart, Eat Smart, Live Smart’ focused on offering simple health tips to live a happier healthier life.

“We wanted to help people make better food choices,” said presenter and Dietary Director at BMH, Richard Holliday. “We taught participants how to read food labels, which foods to avoid and foods that help boost metabolism and whittle the middle,” he added.

The session lasted an hour in length and lunch was provided free of charge. Holliday, along with Becky Spears (co-presenter) and other members of the dietary department at Boone Memorial Hospital served a healthy salad packed with fruit, nuts and veggies with a low-fat strawberry dressing and a low-fat pudding cup for dessert. The event was co-sponsored by Premier Bank in the amount of $250.00.

“Richard and Becky are excellent presenters. They really hold the audiences’ attention and make learning about your health fun, which is so important if we want participants to retain what they learn,” said Karlie Belle Price, Marketing and Public Relations Director at BMH. “People walked away with great resources and information to help them lose weight and to simply eat healthier,” she added.

Boone Memorial Hospital will hold Lunch and Learn ‘Healthy You’ sessions each month until sponsorship subsides. “We luckily have secured sponsorship for most of the upcoming luncheons, which help cover part of the cost. BMH covers the rest of the cost,” said Price.

If you would like to sponsor a session at $250.00 or be added to the mailing list, please leave your name and address on the voicemail at 304-369-1230 x431 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View full album: http://www.bmh.org/index.php/photos/category/75-january-healthy-you-lunch-and-learn



PostHeaderIcon BMH Rural Health Clinic holds open house

The Boone Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic held its Open House this past Saturday, December 1st to advertise its new location. The RHC recently moved from the Boone Memorial Hospital campus to 173 State Street in Madison, which is located across the street from the Madison Animal Hospital.

The move was done due to the hospitals plans to build a new facility. The building in which the RHC was housed will be one of the first to be torn down when new hospital construction begins.

The Open House event was held in coordination with the REV UP Madison Down Home Christmas Celebration. REV UP had many activities such as sleigh rides, breakfast with Santa, crafts, pictures with Santa and more. The Rural Health Clinic gave each guest a scarf, 8x10 picture frame that many used for their pictures with Santa, cake and hot chocolate.

“We had over 100 adults, at least 20 children and a few patients stop by so we had around 125-150 (give or take), which we were really pleased with,” said Karlie Belle Price, the Public Relations and Marketing Director at Boone Memorial. “We enjoyed being part of the REV UP activities as well. The RHC staff has done a great job at making the clinic look warm and inviting. We feel this is a very convenient location for our patients,” added Price.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the BMH Rural Health Clinic, please call the RHC at 304-369-8810. The clinic offers comprehensive services in a dedicated Pediatric Clinic & Women’s Health Clinic and is also now offering Comp Patient Care. Sports Physicals are only $10.00. Walk-ins are welcome.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8:00am—8:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am—5:00pm

View Pictures: http://www.bmh.org/index.php/photos/category/56-rhc-open-house



PostHeaderIcon Girl Scout Troop 4755 tours BMH

On November 20th, 2012 Girl Scout Troup 4755 was given a tour of Boone Memorial Hospital.

"BMH Departments went above and beyond their regular call of duty to teach the girls about healthcare and future career opportunities," explained Karlie Belle Price, Director of Public Relations and Marketing.

The girls visited Nuclear Medicine/Cardiac Rehab and were able to view what blood looks like under the microscope in the Laboratory Department. The Radiology Department showed them various x-rays and the CT machine; the Dietary Department prepared goody bags and gave all the kids chef's hats; Rose Isenberg, RN gave them an in-depth tour of the BMH Medical Clinic and made all the kids and parents brownies. Jason Huffman in Physical Therapy showed the girls a few therapy techniques and Pharmacy spent a lot of time with the girls teaching them about the ins and outs of becoming a Pharmacist.

"I even took them to see how BMH weighs and cleans the laundry and we visited the Emergency Room. It was a great day and the kids had a blast," concluded Price.

Click here to view pictures: http://www.bmh.org/index.php/photos/category/36-girl-scout-visit



PostHeaderIcon Co-author of ‘Sad, Mad, Glad,’ Jim Strawn speaks at BMH Lunch & Learn

An in-depth look at improving ones’ emotional and mental state of well-being

12/5/2012, MADISON, WV

On Wednesday, November 28th Boone Memorial Hospital held a Lunch and Learn ‘Healthy You’ session. Over thirty individuals including BMH employees and local community members were in attendance.

The session entitled, “Attitudinal Muscles of Your Heart & Soul,” focused on an in depth look at a person’s emotional and mental state of well-being.

“In this presentation I share ways to get people prepared daily to face the pitfalls of life. I teach them how to work on their optimism, patience, humility, forgiveness, humor, respect, empathy, love, faith and more. I truly feel your life’s success is determined by your outlook and attitude toward it,” said presenter, Jim Strawn.

Strawn is a native West Virginian and has been the Director of Marketing and Community Education at Highland Hospital since 1996. He is the co-author of the ‘Sad, Mad, Glad’ books with friend and colleague, Chuck Stump. Jim is very active in his community, firmly believing that community service and volunteerism is the cornerstone of all mankind.

“I cannot do anything about the length of my life, but I can do something about the width and the depth my life runs,” he said.



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PostHeaderIcon Legislators help Boone Memorial Hospital make the transfer of operations from a county owned hospital to a non-profit community hospital a reality


As of July 1, 2012 Boone Memorial Hospital became a community operated 501-c-3 entity. The hospital administration and board had to jump through a few hoops to make the transfer possible – the biggest hurdle being that specific legislation had to be passed before the County Commission could transfer titles. House Bill 2696 would authorize the County Commission of Boone County to transfer its title and interest in Boone Memorial Hospital.Delegate Larry Barker

“We can’t thank Delegate Larry Barker and Senator Ron Stollings enough for their help. Without their dedication and hours of service the transfer would not have been possible,” said Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator.

Barker explained that a reversion clause was added to the bill.

“The bill was passed to help BMH get a new hospital but if it fails or goes bankrupt then it would go back to the people/taxpayers.”

The County Commission, along with Mullins, Barker and Stollings met late in 2010 and had the bill drafted before session even began in January 2011.

“I got an attorney to review the bill and look at it in length before going into session. I wanted to have it ready as soon as possible. My fear was that other counties may have wanted to do the same thing so I suggested it was introduced as a local bill – one that would not affect any other counties, except Boone. It was something our County Commission wanted and I felt was vital to the future of healthcare in Boone County,” explained Barker.

On January 21st the bill was ready and Barker filed it for introduction. At the same time, Senator Stollings was passing a similar bill on the Senate side.

“All bills must pass through both the House and Senate. It also goes through two different committees before going to the floor. The Speaker of the House places all bills in committees,” explained Barker. “Stollings was instrumental in the process and the Speaker of the House placed the bill in Political Subdivisions. I personally begged Tim Manchin, Chairman of Political Subdivisions to put it on the first agenda and he did. We were very pleased,” added Barker.

Senator StollingsBarker attended the meeting, along with support from County Commission Attorney, Sam Hall and Boone Memorial Hospital Attorney, Robert L. Coffield of Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso. The Attorneys made the transfer legal and helped support the legislative process.

“It passed and was sent to the Finance Committee,” said Barker. “I went directly to the Finance Chair and explained that there was no cost to the community and no money was involved. We got it to the floor and it was passed on the 2nd day of February and passed on the Senate side on February 15th, 2011. Dr. Stollings helped it go through on the Senate side without any amendments and Governor Tomblin signed it shortly thereafter. I, and all parties involved, was very happy.”

“Barker was the sole sponsor of the bill and he got it passed in record time,” said Mullins.

He made it his top priority and BMH and the people of Boone County will really benefit from his actions. We can now move one step closer to getting a new hospital – one that will provide the same quality healthcare but in a new, modernized facility,” concluded Mullins.



PostHeaderIcon After 48 years Boone Memorial Hospital transfers operations from a county owned hospital to a non-profit community hospital

Since 1964, the year the hospital opened its doors, Boone Memorial Hospital has been a county-owned hospital. However, on July 1, 2012 BMH Inc. as it is now called became a community operated entity.Transfer to Nonprofit-Tommy

“Rather than being a county owned hospital we now have a community operated non-profit. We have obtained the 501-c-3 designation from the IRS,” said Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator. However, although we have made the change we operate exactly the same way,” he explains.

The Hospital will be run by a community Board of Directors, which at this time remains the same group of Board of Trustees who ran the hospital before the transfer.

The BMH Community Board of Directors consists of Douglas R. Bell, HH “Kip” Howell, James A. “Tony” Hensley (Vice-President), James “Jim” Gore, Robert “Bob” Brown (President), Janet Yeager (Secretary), Thomas Bias, William R. “Bill” Stone, Virgil Underwood and Emeritus member, R.B. Foster.

“Basically nothing changed in the process,” explains Mullins. The Board, Administration, Medical Staff and staffing are the same as before. We operate the same way. Also, if for some reason years later the hospital closes, all of the assets will revert back to the County Commission,” he adds.


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