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PostHeaderIcon Boone Memorial Hospital Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic and Veteran’s Day Tribute 2011

Boone Memorial Hospital has offered its Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic for the past few years, however, this year Dr. James Walker, a physician at the hospital envisioned an event to recognize military personnel on Veteran’s Day. Therefore, BMH decided to combine the events.

Veteran's Day/Flu Shots 2011-Giving Shots

“We started the Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic a few years ago and it was so successful that we decided to make it an annual event. One year we did it on Halloween and have also offered it during our Christmas events, however, this year when Dr. Walker threw out the idea to host a Veteran’s Day event I jumped on the opportunity and decided to combine the two events,” said Marketing & Public Relations Director, Karlie Belle Price. “Tarah Hager, a Physician Assistant at BMH who serves in the Military gave me a lot of ideas to make the event a success,” Price added.

The hospital offered free flu shots that day to all Veterans and military personnel – those active, retired or honorably discharged. The fee for all Non-Military was only $15.00. BMH also offered free desserts, punch and hot chocolate. An eight foot ‘Wall of Salute’ allowed guests and BMH employees to recognize Military personnel and Veteran’s by placing pictures, stories, names, etc on the wall. All guests received an American Flag Ribbon/Pin and Veteran’s received a red or blue bag and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Nurses Melissa Price and Angie Hall administered the flu shots that day.

“We gave 31 shots, which is a great number considering how many places have been giving flu shots over the past couple of months. We try to make it easy on people. They just have to drive up, roll down their window and get their shot. They don’t even have to get out of the car,” said Melissa Price, RN.

Volunteers from the BMH Pharmacy Department, Kelly Singleton and Angela Marra (4th year Pharmacy Student at WVU) helped with registration.

“It was wonderful meeting so many Veteran’s and Military. They were so sweet and appreciative and I was so happy to be part of the event,” said Singleton.

Boone Memorial Hospital is considering hosting both events again next year.

“We will more than likely do both events, however, we may do the Drive Thru Flu Shot clinic a little earlier next year. In regards to the Veteran’s Day event we would like to offer more health screenings/tests to the Veteran’s in addition to Flu Shots. We are still in the planning stages but plan to make the Veteran’s Day Tribute even bigger and better next year,” said Price.

For more information about future events or services at BMH please call the Boone Memorial Hospital Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price at 304-369-1230 x431 or 304-437-1572. You can also visit us on-line at www.bmh.org.

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Veteran's Day/Flu Shots 2011-Tarah HagerVeteran's Day/Flu Shots 2011-Veteran's



PostHeaderIcon Employee of the Month November 2011: Melinda Stover

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the November 2011 Employee of the Month, Melinda Stover, RN. Melinda, who currently resides in Foster, has been on staff at BMH for approximately 6 years.

Melinda initially began her career at BMH as an LPN on the floor while attending college at Mountain State University. As a floor nurse she offered direct patient care and meds. Melinda obtained a BA in Nursing and now works mainly in the Emergency Room at BMH. Her job duties include primary nursing care, triage, patient education and she serves as a patient advocate.

Melinda has earned great respect from her colleagues and patients.Melinda Stover-EOM November 2011

“She is a very hard worker; she’s always willing to help when needed. When we are really busy she is a blessing to have around. Melinda is always a good friend to talk to,” said Tarah Hager, PA-C at BMH.

Co-workers agree that she makes the work day more enjoyable.

“I think she is a good, steady worker. She makes your day easier. She is always smiling,” said Loretta Cornett, OR Tech (Operating Room Technician)/ER Clerk.

“She is very dedicated, fun to work with and a really good friend,” said Missy Mathis, RN.

Melinda says the favorite part of her job is helping people.

“Just making someone feel better, whether physically or mentally is what I enjoy most,” she said. “I also love working at BMH because of the family atmosphere. We all work together for the patients’ well-being,” she added.

Beth Blosser, RN, BSN, CEN, who serves as the ER Nurse and Trauma Program Manager raved about Melinda’s work ethic and character.

“She is very conscientious about her job and gives good patient care. She is very kind and attentive to her patients and is an all around good person.”

When Melinda isn’t busy working at BMH she enjoys reading. She has been married to Warren Stover for 32 years and has one daughter, Lacie, who is 22 years old. Lacie currently attends college at West Virginia State University.

Melinda served on a wound committee on behalf of Boone Memorial Hospital and is ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and TNCC (Trauma Nurses Core Course) Certified. She also received an HRSA grant from the federal government in 2009 for working two years in a critical access hospital. She received an additional year in 2011.

Melinda has gained a lot of respect from her co-workers explains Terri Dolin, RN-Director of Emergency Services.

“She's very conscientious about her nursing care and is well respected by her peers. She has earned several advanced certifications in addition to a BSN degree and is always willing to participate in additional courses when available.”

Melinda was honored with a designated parking space and free lunch for the entire month of November and a recognition plaque that is displayed in the front lobby at BMH.

“I was very surprised and pleased to receive this award. It’s nice to hear people say you do a good job. It means a lot to me,” concluded Melinda.

Congratulations Melinda! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Trustees






PostHeaderIcon October 2011 Employee of the Month: Joe Kinder

Hard-working and dedicated are a couple of the many words used to describe the October 2011 Employee of the Month at Boone Memorial Hospital. Joe Kinder who currently resides in Madison has worked in the Environmental Services Department at Boone Memorial Hospital nearly 5 years.

 Some of Joe’s job duties include floor care, sanitation, linen prep and extermination. Joe also cleans both the Dietary Department and Business offices. He is a great asset to Boone Memorial Hospital and always gives 100%.Joe Kinder - Employee of the Month, Oct 2011

 “Joe is a very dedicated employee; he loves his job and Boone Memorial Hospital and works very well with all of his co-workers. He takes pride in doing an excellent job,” said Rosetta Thurmond, Director of Environmental Services.

 Co-workers agree that Joe is always willing to lend a helping hand.

 “Joe is a pleasure to work with; he is always willing to help out,” said fellow co-worker Billie Nida.

 Joe says the favorite part of his job is floor care and working with staff.

 “I like all of my fellow employees; they are really great to me.”

Joe’s boss Rosetta concurs that Joe is equally as caring to others.

“Joe is very courteous to visitors and staff. He is always willing to help in any way he can if someone is in need,” she said.

“He is a very friendly and hard working employee. I enjoy working with him,” said friend and co-worker, Linda Hager.

Joe has been married for 3 years and he and is wife, Daina, have one son; Jayden Scott Kinder who is 8 months old.

“His wife and son are both so beautiful,” added co-worker, Linda Hager.

“Daina and I met at Special Olympics in Parkersburg, WV. She’s a great wife and mother and manages our finances well,” proudly said Joe.

“She also takes great care of Jayden,” he added.

“Joe is an excellent husband and father,” said Rosetta. “We truly enjoy having him on our team.”

Joe is very close to his family: Parents, Joseph and Penny Kinder of Foster; Brother: Matthew; Sister: Rose Dolin of Foster, the late Sadie Williams of Julian and Uncle: Charles Kinder of Foster.

When Joe isn’t busy working at BMH he enjoys fishing, spending time with his wife and son, traveling and visiting museums and aquariums.

Joe is active in his community. He has been a member of the Special Olympics for 13 years, Building Bridges at Scott High School for 4 years and attends various churches in the community.

“I love to travel,” said Joe. “I have been to 5 States so far.”

Joe was very surprised to learn he had won Employee of the Month.

“I was shocked and excited. I think it is so nice to have this program at BMH. It’s great to get free meals for 30 days and a parking space. Not to mention a picture in the hospital lobby and in the newspaper. All of this, including the certificate and picture with Administrator Tommy Mullins, really makes me feel appreciated,” concluded Joe.

Congratulations Joe! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Trustees









PostHeaderIcon Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October Boone Memorial Hospital offers 1/2 price mammograms. Please contact the Radiology Department at 304-369-8805 for details. We have also provided helpful tips to take control of your breast health:

Breast Self-Awareness

Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:


1. Know your risk

Talk to your family to learn about your family health history

Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer


2. Get screened

Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk

Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk

Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40


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PostHeaderIcon Dr. ROBERT CHREST - New to the BMH Emergency Room

Written by: Karlie Belle Price

Boone Memorial Hospital is pleased to have a new doctor on staff. Robert Chrest, originally from Big Chimney, now serves as an ER Doctor in the BMH Emergency Room.

Chrest graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1997 and attended Marshall University for his undergrad where he completed 6 years in Biology. Chrest then attended Medical School in Lewisburg and completed his ER Residency in Wheeling.

Prior to coming to Boone Memorial, Chrest worked at Ohio Valley Medical Center, East Ohio Regional Hospital and Weirton Medical Center during his Residency. Chrest’s training and specialization is strictly in ER.

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PostHeaderIcon Bath Salts: Dangerous and Illegal in West Virginia

Information provided by Boone Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Department

(Robert Foster & Janelle Durany-2011)

www.bmh.org ♦ 304-369-1230

Over the past few years bath salts have gained national attention due to abuse of this substance. This has become such a dangerous problem that West Virginia has recently made it illegal for any person to sell, buy, or possess synthetic drugs such as bath salts. Any person engaging in any of these activities can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sentenced to up to six months of jail time as well as fined up to $1,000.  West Virginia state police also report that the new bill not only covers bath salts, but also any analogs or derivates of the drug. Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said that “if someone changes the compound slightly and tries to market it, if we test it and it’s the same thing, it’s still illegal.”

This legal action is very important because of the extreme dangers associated with the abuse of bath salts, not only to the abuser but also for others as well as to the entire community. Bath salts often contain a compound called mephedrone and methylenedioxyprovalerone, known as MDPV. These compounds are classified as stimulants and are considered a synthetic cocaine. As with any stimulant “bath salts” can cause rapid heart rate, chest pains, myocardial infarction (heart attack), anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, sweating, agitation and violence, seizures, suicidal thoughts, and death.

“Bath salts” go by names such as Cloud 9, Blizzard, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Ivory Wave, Ivory Snow, Vanilla Sky, and Red Dove. These substances can be abused many different ways such as swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected. Even a small amount may cause coma or death.  There is currently no antidote for bath salt overdose and patients can experience symptoms for two to three days and some patients have reported symptoms for as long as ten days.

“Bath salts” are synthetic drugs which are highly addictive as well as very dangerous. They are considered neurotoxins and can affect many different brain functions.  Patient’s behaviors after abusing bath salts are very unpredictable but can be very aggressive and violent. These unpredictable behaviors make this drug very dangerous to not only the patient but also to the entire community. Many people have reported terrifying hallucinations so extreme that they do not know what they are doing nor do they understand why they are engaging in the activity. One such story reports a Mississippi man who had tried every drug from heroin to crack but was so shaken by hallucinations caused by bath salts that he wrote to one newspaper urging people to stay away from bath salts. After getting high from bath salts he slashed his face and stomach. He did survive and still cannot say why he did it.  Another story reports a man that snorted bath salts and endured three days of intermittent delirium.  During his high he just missed major arteries when he cut his throat and as his visions continued his physician and father tried to calm him. Unfortunately, when his father was sleeping he went in another room and shot himself.

If someone you know has overdosed on bath salts call 911 immediately. While waiting for medical help get the patient to a safe area (keeping them away from any weapons, such as knives or guns) and try to keep them calm.





PostHeaderIcon Employee of the Month September 2011: Melanie Harper-Allen

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the September 2011 Employee of the Month, Melanie Harper-Allen, FNP. An FNP is a "Family Nurse Practitioner," or a nurse practitioner who is trained and board-certified in Family and Community Medicine. Melanie, who currently resides in Madison, has been on staff at BMH for nearly 5 years. She sees patients in the Rural Health Clinic and also assists doctors in the Emergency Room.

Melanie is originally from the Van area, but moved to Huntington to attend college and work. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Nursing as well as a Master’s Degree in Nursing and eventually returned home to Boone County. Melanie has earned great respect from her colleagues and patients alike. Melanie Harper-Allen - Sept 2011 Employee of the Month

"She is very motivated. She sometimes sees up to 50 patients in one day. She is a real go-getter. On a personal level, she is so funny and is truly a great person and a wonderful mother,” said Carol Smith, Referral Clerk at the Rural Health Clinic at BMH.

Co-workers agree that she has a great sense of humor.

“She is an absolute hoot to work with. She always keeps us laughing,” said Debbie Watters, fellow Co-worker.

Melanie says the favorite part of her job is working with patients and staff.

“I love interacting with the public and my co-workers and enjoy helping the public in general. I also like working at BMH because of the tight knit family feeling among my co-workers,” she said.

Fellow colleague Dr. Jennifer Hensley says, “She has one of the best work ethics that I have ever seen in anyone. She has a wonderful personality and is great to work with. She is such a nice person. I am impressed that she comes to work even when other people would call in sick. If she says she will be there then you can count on it.”

When Melanie isn’t busy working at BMH she enjoys traveling, reading and watching TV. Her parents, Lee and Ernestine Harper are retired school teachers from Van. Harper has been married to husband Jason for 13 years and they have one beautiful 6-year-old daughter, Madison.

“Jason and I met during an ATV accident and we have been together ever since. We have been married 8 years,” said Melanie. “He is currently employed at the Department of Highways,” she adds.

Melanie was honored with a designated parking space and free lunch for the entire month of September and a recognition plaque that is displayed in the front lobby at BMH.

“I was very shocked to receive this award but happy,” concluded Melanie.

Congratulations Melanie! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Trustees









PostHeaderIcon BMH Moves Forward with Plans to Build a NEW Hospital

By Karlie Belle Price. 8/01/2011
*References: Boone Examiner

Plans to break ground for a new hospital at Boone Memorial may happen sooner than some may think.

Just last month, BMH Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire a design-build company that will allow BMH to move forward with building a brand new hospital, with hopes of breaking ground in the Spring of 2012. Mullins said completion of the project is estimated to take 24 months from the time of groundbreaking. The hospital will build the new, separate hospital next door to its existing location. Once the new hospital is completed the original building will be demolished.

“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 Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator.

Boone Memorial Hospital first opened its doors in 1964 and has been providing health care to Boone County and the surrounding area ever since. With the philosophy of “People Serving People” - first initiated in the 1960s, BMH has continued to provide personal, quality healthcare on an individual basis and still stands by its current motto - “We Care for Life.”

“Boone Memorial Hospital has always prided itself in treating each patient on a very personal level. Our employees truly “DO” care. Even though we will build a new hospital, our reputation for treating patients like family will hold true in the newer structure. The building itself may change but the same top-notch, experienced staff and quality healthcare will remain,” said Mullins.

Various plans, designs, suggestions and at time even controversy has risen over the past few years. Some of which have placed plans on hold throughout the process. Questions such as...”Do we refurbish the existing structure or completely build a new facility?” “How will we pay for a new hospital?,” and “Where should it be built?”

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PostHeaderIcon NEW Infrared Device at Boone Memorial Hospital Aides Staff with Difficult Blood Specimen Collection and IVs

AccuVein AV 300 Vein Finder-1Funding provided by the Boone County Community Foundation

Dislike or have a fear of needles?


This anxiety often stems from past experiences where patients have had to endure multiple sticks for an IV or blood draw. BMH takes pride in lessening the trauma and unnecessary pain, especially in children, by offering this new device.

The AccuVein AV300 is a portable hand-held instrument that uses infrared technology to help qualified medical professionals locate certain peripheral veins. It uses the infrared light to detect the veins beneath the skin thus illuminating the position of the veins on the skin's surface directly above the veins. This new device was funded by a grant from the Boone County Community Foundation who funded the full cost of the AccuVein AV300 in the amount of $4,331.25.

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"Fitting in Fitness"

Did you know you benefit from even small amounts of moderate activity throughout the day? Regular physical activity is easier to fit in than you may realize and can significantly lower your lifetime risk for cancer - and heart disease and diabetes, too.

You'll find the American Cancer Society's physical activity guidelines for adults and children below. These recommendations are based on the latest scientific information to help reduce the risk of developing cancer. Read on for ways to fit in fitness that may surprise you, then learn how many calories are burned in common activities and exercises.

American Cancer Society Physical Activity Guidelines

Adults: Get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity, above usual activities, on 5 or more days of the week; 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity on 5 or more days per week is preferred.

Children and adolescents: Get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 5 days per week.

Moderate activity is anything that makes you breath as hard as you do during a brisk walk. During moderate activities, you'll notice a slight increase in heart rate and breathing, but you may not break a sweat.

Vigorous activities are performed at a higher intensity and generally engage large muscle groups. They cause a noticeable increase in heart rate, faster breathing, and sweating.


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PostHeaderIcon Breakfast Burritos

From the ACS (American Cancer Society) cookbook

Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion

Serves 8. Approximate per serving: 202 calories; 1 gram of fat.

The scrambled eggs in this recipe come out lighter, fluffier, and tastier with the addition of club soda, or by adding ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch per egg.

Egg substitutes offer an obvious health benefit because they are lower in calories than eggs and are cholesterol free. They can be substituted for regular eggs in most recipes (except for some specialty desserts and baked goods).

Ingredients for Beans:

  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, undrained
  • 2 4-ounce can chiles, chopped, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
  • Dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Ingredients for Eggs:

  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • Egg substitute equivalent to 6 eggs, or 4 large whole eggs and whites only of 4 large eggs
  • Dash of salt

Other Ingredients:

  • 8 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 teaspoon pickled jalapeños (optional)
  • Cooking spray

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