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    Although He Never Meets Them, Bowyer Still Puts Patients First

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    A simple blood test can be life changing for patients. That’s why laboratory tech Mike Bowyer gives his complete attention to each sample put in front of him. “I never get to meet the patients but here at the lab, we are the first to know a person’s diagnosis based on their results,” Mike said. … Continued

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    Veteran Chooses Mon Health In Fight Against Cancer

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    As a Marine Corps veteran, Dan Updegraff is used to having to fight. So when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, he didn’t hesitate to fight back. During a regular medical check-up in March, Dan was referred to a urologist at the VA hospital in Clarksburg after his PSA readings came back … Continued

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    Mon Health Heart Physicians Implant World’s Smallest, Wireless Pacemaker

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    Physicians with the Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center became the first in North Central West Virginia to implant the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, the world’s smallest pacemaker. About the size of a vitamin capsule, the pacemaker is a tenth of the size of a traditional pacemaker and doesn’t involve multiple lead wires to deliver … Continued

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    Latisha Horton Goes Above and Beyond for Patients

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    When a patient came into the step down unit after a heart procedure, Latisha Horton, RN, quickly discovered this man didn’t have anyone with him. No family, no friends and no one on the way to see him. Latisha took it upon herself to comfort the worried patient – not only as a nurse but … Continued

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    When packing for your labor and delivery, don’t forget these 12 items [Infographic]

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    With months of preparing for a new baby, soon-to-be parents should add packing a hospital bag to their list. That’s because around 32 weeks you could go into labor at any moment leading up to your due date. Here’s a checklist of items you should pack in a small, rolling suitcase: Important documents such as … Continued

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    Former geologist now Mon Health RN

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    Before Andrew Starsick, RN, began scrubbing in at Mon Health Medical Center 7 years ago, he was scrubbing away the dirt from under his fingernails. The Mannington native graduated from North Marion High School to pursue a geology degree from West Virginia University while also being part of the Mountaineers football team. But after working … Continued

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    EMT goes from delivering mail to delivering care

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    Dan Lloyd may have traded in his mail carrier’s bag for an EMT badge, but the motivation to work hard remained the same. After a 32-year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Morgantown, Dan focused the next chapter of his life toward becoming a certified EMT. Dan retired as a mail carrier in February … Continued

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    Bill Wilson is a real champion for patients

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    For 22 years, co-workers of Bill Wilson have described him as a hard worker with an upbeat attitude and a smile on his face. As a clinical assistant in the OR at Mon Health Medical Center, Bill goes the extra mile for his patients every day with respect and professionalism. Because of those reasons,and more, Bill … Continued

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    Looking for a mental boost? Take your workout outdoors for both mental and physical gains

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    While exercise itself helps reduce depression and anxiety and improve your overall mood and memory, studies show that exercising in the great outdoors can add even more mental health benefits. Here are 6 ways exercising outdoors can improve your mental health. 1. Increasing exposure to Vitamin D About 1 in 10 Americans are Vitamin D … Continued

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    Good medicine: Getting to know Dr. Paul Saconn

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    It’s not often that you meet a physician who didn’t begin medical school until the age of 35. But then, Mon Health’s new radiation oncologist isn’t your typical doctor. Dr. Paul Saconn had a career as a social worker before deciding to become a physician. The North Carolina native attended Wake Forest University School of … Continued