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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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PostHeaderIcon BMH Employee, Mark Linville, Helps Local Youth

Boy Scouting - What lies behind the merit badge


Most of us have seen a Boy Scout proudly displaying badges on his uniform. However, seldom do people truly understand the depths of what it means to be a Boy Scout. After interviewing Mark Linville, who recently spent a week of his time serving as an adult leader at Boy Scout Camp Shenandoah in Swoop Virginia, I quickly became aware that Boy Scouting encompasses so much more than just merit badges and community service.

Although both are extremely important and vital components in becoming a Boy Scout, there is much more to the process and behind each merit badge lies new skills, experiences, lessons and great achievement. Mark Linville - Boy Scouts - cooking

“One of the most important things I think the boys learn as a Scout is teamwork. I’ve seen the Scouting program take a “difficult” child and mold them into a different person. I’ve seen WONDERFUL things come from youth and Scouting,” said Linville.

Linville who is the Executive Director of General Services at Boone Memorial Hospital serves as Scout Master of Troop 289 in Madison in his free time. The Troop is comprised of approximately 22 boys, ten of whom attended camp. Nearly 300 total campers attended the one-week camp.

“If a child wants to go and doesn’t have the means we will make sure they can go. No one is left behind,” said Linville. “I have served as an adult leader the past 9 years, and the purpose of camp is to train the boys and further advance their skills of Boy Scouting. The Summer Camp introduces first year Scouts to the Scouting program and the others strive to get as many merit badges as possible,” he added.

A typical day at camp starts with the raising of the flag. They share a “thought of the day”, typically providing words of wisdom and encouragement. The boys recite the Pledge of Allegiance, eat breakfast and then participate in a number of programs throughout the day.

“Although we were in Virginia, we actually raised the United States Flag, Virginia Flag and the West Virginia flag because part of their council encompasses part of WV,” Linville said.

Some of the programs in which the boys participated gave them the opportunity to receive merit badges. They were allowed to complete up to 4 or more merit badge activities in one day. Some of the activities consisted of shot gun shooting, rifle shooting, archery, sail boating, swimming, life saving, reptile study and more. The Scouts also participated in service programs such as trail clean-up and trash removal.

“The boys learn so many valuable life lessons along the way, but the ultimate goal in the Boy Scout world is to become an Eagle Scout,” explained Linville.

“An Eagle Scout is someone who has gone through the various rankings or advancements of Scouting of which there are many. A lot of people think when you first join Scouts you come in as a Tenderfoot but actually you come in as a Youth. You just have to recite the Scout oath and law, go over a few Scout details, facts and history and you become a Scout. It takes time and dedication to become a Tenderfoot followed by a 2nd Class and a 1st Class Scout,” said Linville.

Linville explains that it usually takes up to a year to get a 1st Class ranking. It is more about advancements, skills and training than it is about merit badges. Scouts learn to tie knots, perform first aid, and cooking skills, among a number of other duties.

Once a Scout becomes 1st Class, he then moves to Star, Life and finally Eagle.

The Scouts have several advancements, skills and merit badges they must complete before obtaining Eagle status. National Statistics show that only 2% of all boys who register as Scouts actually become an Eagle Scout.

“Once you reach one rank, there is a time limit before you can get to the next rank. It takes time to do all of this. There are tons of merit badges, service hours, skills training, etc before you can get to those ranks,” said Linville.

Linville has a long line of Boy Scout history in his family. Both his parents were Scout Leaders; his dad a Cub Master and mom a Den Mother. Linville’s brother, Joe also became an Eagle Scout.

“I was a Scout when I was young. We had a change in leadership and I lost interest and didn’t make it very far into Boy Scouting so I got out of it for several years. However, my youngest son Nathaniel got involved and actually became an Eagle Scout. He went on to college and I enjoyed it so well that I just stayed with it even after he left.”

Linville’s job as Scout Master is to keep the kids motivated, focused and to ensure that they are cared for.

“The parents entrust their children to us. Therefore, our job is to be leaders, mentors and protectors of these youth,” said Linville.

Two adult leaders joined Linville to help at camp; his brother Joe Linville and Chris Lester. Both Joe and Chris assist Linville with Troop 289 in Madison along with Assistant Scout Masters Chip Shaffer, Joe Gero and Troop Committee Chair Person, Annette Felty.

“I can’t say enough good things about Annette. She is the Mother Hen of the Troop. She’ll do anything and everything to help out,” Linville said.

Mark Linville - Boy Scouts - boys climbing“These guys do so much, if not more than I do. I may technically be the leader but Joe L, Chris, Joe G, Chip and Annette do so much. Chip Shaffer has forgotten more about Scouting than I’ll ever even learn. Cooking is my favorite thing to do at camp but Chip is the one who taught me how to do it. He is like the Master Chef of the Wilderness and from the time we arrive to the time we leave - we eat…and we eat GOOD,” laughed Linville.

Linville has received some great honors - The OA (Order of the Arrow), being one, which is like the Fraternity of Boy Scouts. There are 3 parts: Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil. Linville joined the Order as a youth and explained that you can stay in as an adult. As an adult he completed his Brotherhood. He was then chosen to be a Vigil, which is the highest level in the Order of the Arrow.

Linville has also been awarded the Scout Master’s Key and several other knots that a Scout Master will wear on his uniform. However, the highest achievement he has received is the Silver Beaver.

“You have to be nominated by someone and they complete a biographical sketch of you. To qualify you must have been in Scouting for many years and have attended various Scouting functions, among other duties. You are also voted on by a selection committee,” said Linville.

Linville also conducts an adult leadership training called Wood Badge. He took the course in 2004 and has been on staff since 2005. In 2010 Linville became the Course Director.

Linville said, “It’s very in-depth and comprehensive. This same training in the corporate world would probably cost around $5000-$6000 and we do it for $225. An example of some of the things we do in Wood Badge is conducting teambuilding activities, learning the different styles and formations of leadership along with fun activities such as building soda bottle rockets.”

I am very humbled by the awards and appreciate them greatly but the best reward is when I see these boys leave camp or Scouting as a whole with a sense of leadership! We can teach them skills, how to cook, how to find their way in and out of the woods but if we can take these boys and make them into good leaders then that is the ultimate reward; They may be the followers of today but they are the leaders of tomorrow,” concluded Linville.




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