Minnie Hamilton News
Steve Whited Named CEO
Mr. Steve Whited, MBA has been named new Chief Executive Officer at Minnie Hamilton Health System by its board of directors effective May 1st, 2012.
He attended West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and later received a Master of Business Administration – International Business at Salem International University.
Steve began at Minnie Hamilton in 1996 and has held the positions of Assistant to the CEO, COO/MIS Director and more recently as COO/ CFO. He was recognized recently by the State Journal as being one of the “forty under 40” business leaders in West Virginia.
Steve lives near Grantsville with his wife Jan Gherke Whited, daughters Brandi and Karlie and son Tyler. He also currently serves as President of the Board of Education, "I am pleased and grateful that the Board of Directors has entrusted me with the position of CEO and I Look Forward to the responsibilities and challenges that are ahead. I feel that my education and experience has prepared me for this position", said Steve.
Minnie Hamilton Health System has operations in Grantsville and Glenville with affiliation agreements in Wirt County.
Calhoun Banks Makes Committment to Save Lives
Each year, more than 950,000 adult Americans die from cardiovascular disease, making it the No.1 cause of death in the United States. At least 250,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) before they reach a hospital. SCA strikes people of all ages and all degrees of fitness. It usually strikes without warning. Many of these lives can be saved if bystanders quickly phone 911 and begin CPR, and if trained responders provide defibrillation within minutes.
By choosing to implement an AED (automated external defibrillator) program at your facility or site, you have made the commitment to saving lives and to improving the “Chain of Survival” in your workplace community.
Most often, SCA is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF) that prevents the heart from pumping blood. The treatment for VF is defibrillation. Defibrillation is the delivery of an electric shock to the heart that stops VF and allows a normal heart rhythm to resume.
Defibrillation is the only effective therapy for ventricular fibrillation. For each minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases 7% to 10%.
Minnie Hamilton Health System COO, Steve Whited (right) presents Calhoun Banks Vice President, Rick Fitzwater with an AED device.
This AED is located at the Main Street Branch in Grantsville with the goal to have an AED at the Arnoldsburg Branch in the near Future.
Providing defibrillation on-site with an AED increases survival rates for VF cardiac arrest. In places where AED programs provide immediate CPR and deliver the first shock within 3 minutes after collapse, reported survival rated from VF cardiac arrest are as high as 74%. Currently only about 5% of all sudden cardiac arrest victims survive in places where no AED programs have been established to provide prompt CPR and defibrillation.
Training on AED Equipment were: Zeb Ritchie, Sandy Marshall, Brenda Wolfe, Rick Fitzwater, Sharon Laughlin, Pam Godfrey and Andrew Smith.
State Journal Profiles Steve Whited, CFO
Minnie Hamilton Health System
In a recent article in The State Journal, Minnie Hamilton's CFO Stephen Whited was both profiled and praised.
The article provides insight into on how theCalhoun County native got his start and how the praise he received for a job-well-done as a young teen spurred him on to pursue bigger and better endeavors.
Steve has been a vital piece in the renovation of two hospitals in his area and is a driving force in the success of Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.
To read the State Journal's article, please click Here.
Minnie Hamilton Welcomes New Glenville Staff Members
Minnie Hamilton Health System is proud to welcome Heather O’Dell FNP-BC and Autumn Feazell, FNP to the Medical Staff at their Glenville Office.
Heather graduated from Mountain State College in Beckley where she earned a Master’s degree. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the WVU/GSC joint nursing program and is a graduate of Nicholas County High School.
“I am pleased how nice the staff has been in my first days here at Minnie Hamilton.” “I am happy to be here, she said.”
Ms. O’Dell will be working at the School Based Health Center located at Gilmer County High School, the Glenville State College Health Center and at the upstairs clinic at the Glenville Office.
Mrs. Feazell graduated from Mountain State College in Beckley where she earned a Master’s degree in nursing; specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is a graduate of Lewis County High School.
In addition to her education, Autumn has over 9 years of experience working as a registered nurse.
“Minnie Hamilton has been a home away from home. I am looking forward to having a new practice at Minnie Hamilton Health System,” she said.
Autumn will be seeing patients in the upstairs clinic at the Minnie Hamilton Health System Glenville Office, the School Based Health Center located at Gilmer County High School, and in the Glenville State College Health Center.
To make an appointment to see Heather or Autumn or for more information contact 304-462-7322.
Home Sleep Apnea Testing
Minnie Hamilton Health System, in conjunction with NovaSom Inc., is proud to announce the introduction of home Obstructive Sleep Apnea Testing.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that affects 18 million Americans. OSA is characterized by abnormal pauses or low breathing during sleep. If you or a loved one is showing sleep apnea symptoms, such as loud snoring or daytime sleepiness, it may be comforting to know you're not alone. Undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, and has been associated with depression, diabetes, and sexual dysfunction. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for depression, impaired work productivity, and higher risk of motor vehicle accidents. Please call Rebecca Ewing at (304)354-9722 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The radiology department at Minnie Hamilton Health System is proud to announce the addition of digital mammography to the services being offered at our Grantsville location. Digital mammography is advanced mammography technology. It enables us to offer a service that women previously had to drive over an hour to receive. Cheryl Balisciano, Supervisor of Radiology at MHHS, states, “This is what Minnie Hamilton is all about, offering our patients the best possible care, close to home. We are excited that we have been able to up-grade to this technologically advanced imaging system. Since opening our mammography department in April of 2009, we have been building up our mammography client base. Digital mammography is really the best there is.”
Call the radiology department at 304-354-9244 ext 1171 to schedule a mammogram. Don’t delay, call today! It could save your life! For underinsured and uninsured women over 50, we participate with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. You may qualify for a free mammogram.
Vascular Surgeon Visits MH
Dr. Daniel J. McGraw, MD, visited Minnie Hamilton Health System May 11, 2011 to provide information to our Physicians and staff. Dr. McGraw is on staff at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and is board certified in vascular surgery.
He pioneered the use of minimally invasive technology for the treatment of vascular disease in the Mid-Ohio Valley, performing the first endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair over a decade ago. Since then, other first have included: the endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms, stenting of carotid artery and great vessel stenosis, atherectomy, cryoplasty and stenting for lower extremity arterial disease, and endovenous therapy for lower extremity venous disease, ulcers, and most recently DVT. As Well, at CCMH, they have built the area’s only dedicated vascular suite, putting cath lab imaging in an operating room environment, and have staffed in with a dedicated team of nurses. Today, while employing traditional vascular surgery techniques and new technology, his practice is one of the largest single surgeon practices in the United States.
While at Minnie Hamilton, Dr. McGraw and his Office Manager, Wanda Lowers, CPC met with representatives from the clinic along with Dr. Suresh Balasubramony, Chief of Medical Staff, to explain services and reference procedures. “This affiliation can do nothing but help us better serve or patients in the future”, said Dr. Balasubramony.
Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and Minnie Hamilton Health System are members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance. The fourteen member group collaborates to develop patient centered initiatives focusing on community health improvement, disease prevention, improving access to healthcare and developing an electronic health information system to create a seamless system of care.
Representatives from Minnie Hamilton Health System traveled to the Capital Complex in Charleston on Thursday, February 9, 2012 to attend Hospital Day at the Legislature sponsored by the West Virginia Hospital Association. Minnie Hamilton offered a display highlighting their innovative services including the new sleep apnea home testing and digital mammography. Free glucose screenings were provided. While at the Capital, the representatives had the opportunity to meet with their local representatives including Delegates David Walker and Brent Boggs; and Senators Jeff Kessler and Larry Edgell. Issues that were highlighted include Medicaid funding and provider payments, shortage of healthcare workforce and protecting and preserving medical liability reform.
Attending Hospital Day from Minnie Hamilton were CEO Randy Lindauer, Outreach Coordinators Barb McKown, Sarah Harper, Public Relations Coordinator Jim Sullivan and Lab Technicians Sherry Gunn and Matt Kirby.