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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

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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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    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

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    Birth Center Nurse and Mother of 6 Treats Her Patients Like Family

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    Mon Health Family Birth Center nurse Jennifer Bender believes every birth is a unique and awe-inspiring experience for a family. Having raised 6 children of her own and being a host for dozens of foreign exchange students over the years, Jennifer can’t imagine herself working with anyone else but soon-to-be parents. “I’ve worked in delivery … Continued

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    Adriana Prickett Finds Nursing Rewarding

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    When Adriana Prickett witnessed a surgery in-person for the first time, she was the only student wanting to see more. “I’m fascinated by bones,” she said. “I was the one trying to get a closer look at a surgery while others were trying to look away.” Adriana, now a nurse on Mon Health Medical Center’s … Continued

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    Manal Amin Helps Hospital Visitors Through Nutrition Services

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    Manal Amin’s life story starts in Jerusalem, Israel. Her journey through the years has led her to Morgantown – and specifically, a job at Mon Health Medical Center. She grew up in Jerusalem with a mother who taught her valuable characteristics like being strong in times of adversity and always helping others. Manal’s mother also … Continued

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    Heart Attack Patient Thankful for First Responders

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    Firefighter John Kovalcheck has been providing help to his community for many years but never imagined that he would have to rely on others to help him. In early April, John was sitting in his favorite living room chair in Granville, WV, when he went into full cardiac arrest.  With no prior heart issues other … Continued