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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.

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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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WellBe Senior Medical Expands into West Virginia

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 WellBe Senior Medical, offering CompleteCare™ for the frailest seniors, is proud to announce the expansion of its services into West Virginia, Utah, and Pennsylvania. WellBe now operated in a total of six states. With more than 75,000 patients already managed around the country, this growth marks a significant step for the company in providing high-quality care for older adults living with multiple chronic health conditions.

WellBe provides the benefits of similar expensive concierge medicine practices, but is available at no added cost as services are covered by patients’ payers. This enables patients with multiple chronic conditions, often overlooked by the healthcare system, to receive the care they deserve.

We have the unique privilege of caring for Medicare Advantage members in the comfort of their own homes, and caring for patients who have some of the most complicated health situations,” said Mike Stuart, Chief Growth Officer for WellBe Senior Medical. “With this model, we’re delivering more than medical care; we’re providing comprehensive, empathetic, human-centered, VIP care that results in exceptional member satisfaction and improved outcomes. We’re proud to expand our health plan partnerships to provide even greater access to this model for our nation’s seniors.”

Since its launch in 2019, WellBe Senior Medical has worked tirelessly to deliver specialized, patient-driven care to seniors in the comfort of their homes; the company’s goal is to strengthen healthcare access to those most in need. WellBe helps patients manage their health proactively, feel better when illness occurs, and help educate and navigate chronic condition management – all while preparing for what’s ahead in life. Through collaborations with health plans, health systems, and provider groups, WellBe brings comprehensive in-home medical care to members, including clinical assessments, acute care visits, referral coordination, private paramedic and urgent care visits, telehealth, medication management, and social work care that results in better access for seniors and higher quality outcomes. WellBe supports members every step of the way, available 24/7 with licensed medical providers who are specially trained in complex medical situations and patient-centered geriatric care.

Whether helping seniors manage their complex health conditions, navigating the healthcare system, advocating for them, or simply offering support during times of uncertainty, WellBe meets all patients’ needs with respect and dignity.

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With the expansion of services into six states across the country, WellBe Senior Medical is making it easier than ever for seniors with chronic health conditions to get high-quality care in the comfort of their own homes.

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