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West Virginia University Medicine
Leadership Update January 9, 2014

Leaders Look Back at 2013 and ahead to 2014

WVU Healthcare, WVU Health Sciences Center and West Virginia United Health System leaders provide a summary of 2013. They discuss the Journey to Excellence, operating performance, the 25th anniversary of Ruby Memorial Hospital, statewide and national recognitions, facility expansion and leadership transitions. They also offer some perspective on 2014. View the memo.

Union Negotiations Update

The following union negotiations update was posted on CONNECT earlier today:

This week, WVUH officials resumed bargaining with representatives of Local 814 in an effort to reach an agreement that our Union employees will approve. Our highest priorities continue to be the care and safety of our patients. In addition, we will continue to offer our employees competitive salaries and benefits.
We are disappointed that the representatives of Local 814 have walked away from the bargaining table and have suspended further negotiations.
We believe the Union’s actions constitute bad faith bargaining in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. We are hopeful that the Union representatives will return to negotiations this Friday, Jan. 10, as originally agreed to by the parties.

WVUH Entering Into Contract for Inpatient Hospice Beds

WVUH is entering into a contract with a local hospice provider to offer inpatient hospice care. The hospice service will be available on a very limited basis, only to patients who require active symptom management.
The inpatient hospice provider will decide if a patient is eligible for inpatient care. If the patient does not qualify, the hospice care will occur at his or her home. The inpatient hospice service will involve care from the hospice provider's staff, including a nurse, social worker and chaplain.
WVUH will attempt to centralize the hospice inpatient care to 7 Northeast, but there will not be a designated unit for hospice patients.

New Family House, Child Development Center Near Completion

The new Rosenbaum Family House and Child Development Center (CDC) will be operational by early March. Construction crews are finishing up the project this month.
The four-story building is located next to the Ronald McDonald House. Family House will occupy the top two floors, and the CDC will use the bottom two floors. Each will have its own entrance and be about one-third larger than its current facility.
The current CDC and Family House facilities will be razed after the moves are complete to make room for Ruby Memorial’s new 10-story Southeast Tower, which will include 114 inpatient beds. The tower construction will commence in the next several months and be completed in spring 2016.

UHA Drops Its Appeal of Court's Decision

UHA withdrew its appeal of a court’s opinion that UHA, a private physician group, is accountable as a public entity under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Mon General Hospital, in the course of fighting the relocation and expansion of WVU Urgent Care, had requested many documents and items that UHA considered privileged, not pertinent, and/or already a matter of public record. When UHA declined to issue the documentation, Mon General filed the suit.

WVU Healthcare CMO Judie Charlton, MD, said the decision was made by the UHA Board of Directors. “UHA has withdrawn the appeal for a number of reasons, including the desire to avoid the high cost of prosecuting the appeal, and the fact that both the WVU School of Medicine and WVUH have been subject to FOIA without interference of their operations."


  • Dr. Emery Elected Board President – Sanford Emery, MD, MBA, chair of the WVU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, was elected the next president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He will begin his one-year term in September. The ABOS is the governing body for certifying orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. View press release.

  • Employee Town Hall Meetings Set for January – WVU Healthcare’s next set of employee town hall meetings will take place Jan. 21-24. View the schedule. The meetings are held on a regular basis to keep employees updated on organizational efforts. They’re conducted by WVUH President and CEO Bruce McClymonds and CMO Judie Charlton, MD. The deadline for employees to propose a topic for the meetings is Friday, Jan. 10. Employees who can’t make a meeting but want to listen in have that option for three of the five meetings. Learn more.

  • "Go Red" Photo Shoot Scheduled for Wednesday – The WVU Heart Institute and the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health are hosting a "Go Red for Women" billboard photo shoot on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Okey Patteson Auditorium, located in the WVU Health Sciences Center. The photo will be displayed on a billboard in the Morgantown area during the month of February to help raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. All faculty and staff are invited to participate. Please wear red. And please arrive early, as all participants must register and sign a waiver. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the photo will be taken promptly at noon.

  • WVU Children’s Hospital Gears Up for Two Events – Two fundraisers for WVU Children’s Hospital are coming up soon. The West Virginia Grand Bash will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18. It’s being held from 1-7 p.m. at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. Ticket holders can win cars, motorcycles, jewelry, cash and more. Tickets are $100 each. Learn more. The 11th annual WVU Children’s Hospital Gala is set for Saturday, Feb.  8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Morgantown Event Center. The event will feature gourmet dining, entertainment, dancing, and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $175 per person. Learn more.

Faculty, Staff Offered Discounted WVU Basketball Tickets

The WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is offering WVU Healthcare faculty and staff discounted tickets to several WVU Men's Basketball games this season.

Employees can take advantage of $10 tickets to the following games:

  • Oklahoma State – Saturday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.

  • Texas – Monday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

  • Texas Tech – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

  • Kansas State – Saturday, Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m.

  • Oklahoma – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

  • Iowa State – Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

  • Baylor – Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m.

  • TCU – Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m.

  • Kansas – Saturday, March 8, noon

Click here to purchase tickets. Use the promo code THANKS to take advantage of this offer.

The ELG – Executive Leadership Group – includes Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO, WVU Hospitals; Judie Charlton, MD, CMO, WVU Healthcare; and Arthur Ross, MD, MBA, dean, WVU School of Medicine.

The ELG Update is being produced by this group to keep WVU School of Medicine faculty and residents, and WVU Healthcare leaders better informed about what’s happening on our campus and beyond. This electronic publication is being sent to you about twice a month. We welcome your feedback.

For more information about what’s happening at WVU Healthcare, visit these links :

CONNECT  Inside View  |  News Releases  |  wvuhealthcare.com  |  ELG Update Archive

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