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    Former veterinary tech now registered nurse with Mon Health

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    Allison Fraser’s nursing career didn’t begin by caring for 2-legged patients. Allison, now a registered nurse, worked as a veterinary technician in southern Maryland while she earned her nursing degree. Her love for animals began as an 11-year-old when she became the proud owner of a pony named Ziggy.  The duo competed in different events … Continued

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    West Virginia Teacher Refuses To Let Cancer Consume Her

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    In early 2015, newlywed Lana Phillips was teaching 5th graders in Morgan County, WV, coaching basketball and training for her first half marathon. For the 31 year old from Cumberland, MD, life was exactly what she’d envisioned. But she was feeling tired. More tired than usual. Lana blamed it on the basketball games, early mornings in … Continued

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    It’s Personal: Cardiologist Takes Patient Care to Heart

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    From the mountains of Lebanon to the Mountain State, interventional cardiologist Wissam Gharib never lost sight of his dream to one day help save lives. Dr. Gharib moved to Charleston, WV,  with his family as a child, and now he’s fulfilling his life-long ambition as director of structural heart disease at Mon Health Heart and … Continued

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    Meet West Virginia Native, Cardiologist Samantha Crites

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    Cardiologist Samantha Crites fell in love with the heart in middle school. She grew up in the small town of Cowen, WV, where she watched a heart documentary. The small-town West Virginia girl, who believes that you can do anything you set your mind to, now specializes in cardiac imaging at the Mon Health Heart … Continued

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    Chuck Hill Takes Pride in Working in Hospital’s Lab

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    Mon Health Medical Center Laboratory Services Point of Care Coordinator Chuck Hill beams with pride when he hears about a positive patient experience. Even if the patient’s story doesn’t directly involve the lab, he knows lab employees’ work played a role. “Most people who stay in the hospital will have blood work done, and that’s … Continued

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    Oncology Nurse Helps Patients Through Their Journey

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    Graduation day signifies one of life’s most momentous and exhilarating accomplishments. And for oncology nurse Kimberly Roderick, it’s one of the greatest rewards of her job. That’s because graduation day at Mon Health Cancer Center marks the end of a patient’s cancer treatment and the beginning of a cancer-free life. “With each treatment under their … Continued

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    Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

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    Stress takes a toll on all aspects of your health – especially your heart. Dr. Bradford Warden, an interventional cardiologist and director of the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center, said your body’s response to stress is meant to protect you, but consistent stress can cause harm. “Our bodies can’t determine the difference between an … Continued

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    Beat the Heat: Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses [Infographic]

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    As temperatures and humidity spike, so does your risk for a heat-related illness. A heat-related illness can be heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn or a heat rash. For children, adults over 65, athletes and those with chronic health conditions, the risk increases. Dr. Vincent Kolanko, a pediatrician at Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care, … Continued

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    Subaru Shares the Love With Mon Health Cancer Patients

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    A few hours into her cancer treatment at the Mon Health Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center, Karen Ohler felt the warmth of a blue-checked blanket being handed to her by Ashley Willard, a representative from John Howard Subaru. The blanket was one of 80 donated to Mon Health cancer patients as part of the Subaru … Continued

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    Hospital’s Chaplain Meets Visitors at Spiritual Level

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    Whatever your spiritual belief, Mon Health Medical Center chaplain Ed Horvat will be there to hold your hand. His goal every time he gets a request to visit a patient room is to meet that patient and/or family on their spiritual level. Even if they just want emotional support, Ed will answer the call. “When … Continued