Category: Working Here

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    Former Flight Surgeon Caring for Mon Health Medical Center Patients

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    Mark Coomes, MD, wanted to start his physician career off the right way – serving his country in the United States Air Force. Dr. Coomes graduated Magna Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He pursued his medical degree, graduating from Brown Medical School in 2009. With a … Continued

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    Barbara Tabacsko’s Attention to Detail Benefits Patients

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    Barbara Tabacsko’s work for Mon Health Medical Center’s environmental services department shows how caring she is to Mon Health Medical Center patients. As a housekeeping assistant, Barbara’s main priorities are cleaning patient rooms, floors and public areas. But it’s her attentiveness beyond her duties that made her Mon Health’s October Champion Award winner. The award … Continued

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    Nurse Briana Bishop Treats Patients like Family

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    Ever since she became a nurse, Briana Bishop has had one goal – treat patients as if they’re family “It’s my personal goal to treat everybody like I, or my family, would want to be cared for in a healthcare setting,” Briana said. “I try to treat everybody that way because they are someone’s mother, … Continued

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    Mon Health nursing assistant goes above and beyond to help ER patient

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    Dottie Bryant doesn’t typically work in Mon Health Medical Center’s emergency room but was recently called to help during the night shift due to high-patient volume. Without hesitation, she headed to the ER. Dottie was assigned to care for a patient who had come to the ER because of a fall. The patient’s medical issues … Continued

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    Patient-Focused Care is a Priority for Nurse Tabitha Shay

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    A patient was weak and unable to walk or even lift himself out of bed, but Mon Health Medical Center nurse Tabitha Shay never gave up on him. She worked with the patient for weeks and encouraged him daily. Eventually, he recovered and walked out of the ICU on his own. “This patient was very … Continued

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    Knee Injury Leads Gina Thokar to Physical Therapy Career

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    Gina Thokar injured her knee during a soccer game her senior year in high school, ending her competitive playing years. But that unfortunate injury sparked Gina’s curiosity with physical therapy. Having to rehab her knee, Gina found the topic interesting and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy after high school. “It got me … Continued

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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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    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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    Country Roads Lead Urologist, Robotic Surgeon to Mon Health

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    Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Mon Health urologist and medical director of Robotic Surgery Jaschar Shakuri-Rad followed his older sister to the United States as a teenager. But it wasn’t until his senior year of high school – when he moved to Parkersburg, WV – that he found his home. Maybe it was meeting … 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