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Hey Jane Launches in Virginia, Expanding Abortion Care to the South

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Hey Jane, the leading provider of telemedicine abortion care, announced the launch of its services in Virginia. This state launch represents one of the most important moves for the provider to date, not only because it expands access to the 93% of Virginia counties that have no in-person abortion clinic , but also because it comes at a time when the state is becoming a haven for care for people in many surrounding states — including West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, which have some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

“At this time, we’re focused on critical expansion,” said Kiki Freedman, Co-Founder and CEO at Hey Jane. “This strategic state launch is moving Hey Jane further south to provide care to those in the state and surrounding regions experiencing limited or restricted access to abortion. Increasing access is an ongoing fight, but the launch is a huge win.”

Despite the limited access to in-person abortion clinics in the state and attempts from local political entities to restrict access, 71% of state residents believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Hey Jane provides an option for those who prefer not to travel to or find an appointment at in-person clinics, which are already overwhelmed with demand, allowing individuals to receive the care they need quickly and wherever they’re most comfortable.

“By expanding to Virginia, we’re helping more people get the safe, effective, and compassionate care they deserve,” said Alyssa Wagner, DNP, RN, APRN, WHNP-BC, Medical Director at Hey Jane. “Our expert team has already helped nearly 30,000 patients receive treatment through our Complete Care approach and is now increasing fast and discreet access for anyone who can get to Virginia.”

While expanding to Virginia is a huge step for the company, it is just one of many initiatives taken since Roe v Wade was overturned to expand access to as many people as possible. The launch comes on the heels of Hey Jane becoming the first telemedicine abortion care provider to accept insurance, further increasing financial accessibility, and marks the 10th state where Hey Jane patients can now receive care, with several more state launches planned in 2023.

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Leadership WV takes a closer look at state’s health care system

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Lewisburg, – With a goal of increasing awareness and understanding of the facilities, opportunities and medical philosophy at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Leadership West Virginia brought its 2023 class to the school’s campus Oct. 26 for tours and presentations.

WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., spoke to the Leadership class prior to members touring the teaching facilities.

“We are a leader in educating physicians for primary care medicine, especially in rural areas,” Nemitz said, noting that WVSOM is the state’s largest medical school, with an annual enrollment of more than 800 students.

Attracting West Virginia’s best pre-med students is a goal for WVSOM, Nemitz said, encouraging the Leadership West Virginia class members to recommend students to the school. The presentation included two videos: one on the values of osteopathic medicine and the other on why and how students should apply to WVSOM.

To a 2023 class that comprised 58 leaders from across the state, Nemitz spoke about WVSOM’s impact on West Virginia.

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According to the school’s 2023 annual report, 850 WVSOM graduates were practicing in the state in 2022.

While noted for producing primary care physicians, the school also has graduates practicing in many specialties, Nemitz said.

He said that in addition to the school’s medical value, WVSOM represents a significant economic impact on the state and nation.

“We’re delivering more than $133 million to the state in direct contributions. When you add the contributions of our alumni who practice in the state, the health care delivery hours they’re generating and our students are generating, we hit more than $1.5 billion in West Virginia. And nationwide, it’s $9 billion,” he said.

The campus tour started with HealthNet Aeromedical Services landing a helicopter on the campus parade field for a presentation on HealthNet’s services and operation.

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Earlier in the day, Nemitz joined Sherri Ferrell of the West Virginia Primary Care Association; Steve Seftchick of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV and Melanie Dempsey of the West Virginia Hospital Association for a panel discussion on the challenges of health care. Tony Gregory of the West Virginia Hospital Association moderated the question-and-answer session.

Health care is one of the areas of focus for Leadership West Virginia. Others include education, tourism, energy, the judicial system and the overall economy.

Full story here from The Register Herald

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Gov. Justice breaks ground, announces new Charles Calvin Rogers Veterans Nursing Facility in Beckley

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BECKLEY, WV — Last week, Gov. Jim Justice led a groundbreaking event for a much-anticipated new veterans nursing facility in Beckley. Gov. Justice joined veterans, state and elected officials, project managers, and directors from the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance for the ceremony.

Gov. Justice also announced that the facility will be named in honor of a Southern West Virginia Vietnam Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient: Fayette County native Charles Calvin Rogers. U.S Army Major General Rogers, a native of Claremont who died in 1990, earned the Medal of Honor following acts of heroism that took place near the Cambodian border on November 1, 1968.

“This is a truly special day for West Virginia and for our veterans, especially our veterans in Southern West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “This facility is going to be one of the best in the country, and it should be, because that’s what our veterans deserve. It’s especially meaningful because we get to honor General Charles Calvin Rogers, who is a true American military hero and one of our own.”

Read the entire story here: Gov. Justice breaks ground, announces naming of Charles Calvin Rogers Veterans Nursing Facility (wv.gov)

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Dr. PS Martin Named Director of WV Office of Emergency Medical Services

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Dr. Matt Christiansen, State Health Officer and Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health, today announces Dr. PS Martin as medical director for DHHR’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), effective June 23, 2023. He replaces Dr. Beth Toppins, who served as interim OEMS medical director since April 2023.

“Dr. Martin brings a wealth of knowledge to this critical position with hands-on experience as a physician in emergency departments and as the medical director for multiple EMS agencies,” said Dr. Matthew Christiansen. “His unique and specialized background in the field of emergency medical services will be an asset to West Virginia, and will continue the work of Dr. Toppins. We are grateful for her service during a period of transition.”

Dr. Martin is an associate professor of emergency medicine at WVU’s School of Medicine and an emergency room physician at WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital, and is certified by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine Specializing in Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Martin earned his doctor of medicine degree and bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University. 

“I am honored to lead this office, which does incredible work to support West Virginia’s EMS systems and residents,” said Dr. Martin. “I look forward to working with OEMS staff and partners to  optimize the quality of emergency care across the state and improve the job satisfaction of our dedicated EMS providers.”

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