WHEELING - wheeling Hospital has received more recognition and awards for its commitment to patient care - including several in The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register's latest Readers' Choice poll.
The hospital continues to grow, by adding physicians and new technologies, to meet the region's heath care needs.
In October, Wheeling Hospital earned its fifth national recognition for cardiac care. Its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has received national certification, recognized for meeting essential requirements for patient care. The certification comes after the hospital was named over the past year as an accredited Mission Lifeline: Heart Attack Receiving Center, Certified Chest Pain Center, Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award and Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The hospital recently won for the fifth straight year the National Consumer Research Corp.'s Consumer Choice Award for having the best doctors, nurses, reputation and overall hospital care. CareChex, a national health care rating service, ranked Wheeling Hospital among the best in the nation in several categories and the best in its market in nearly 20.
Wheeling Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ron Violi recently was named a Health Care Hero of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times in October. He was one of three finalists in the Health Care Executive category for the Pittsburgh region. Violi learned he won the top distinction. During the banquet, Violi accomplishments which led to the award included:
In the past 18 months, nearly 20 physicians and specialists have joined the staff of Wheeling Hospital. Their specialties include pain management, neurology, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious diseases, breast surgery, trauma and general surgery, primary care, medical oncology and pulmonology.
Among the hospital's most recent hires are Dr. Shawn Stern, Dr. James Comerci, Dr. Emily Morris, Dr. Matthew Morris, Dr. Yuriko Fukuta, Dr. Srini Govindan, Dr. John G. Tellers, Dr. George Cholak, Dr. Christopher Mascarenhas, Dr. Rosemarie Hardin and Dr. Jeffry Pilney.
In addition, the staff of associates in ophthalmology at Wheeling Hospital has a full-time ophthalmologist, Dr. Anne Jacobs.
Wheeling Hospital remains on the forefront in its goal to treat its patients with the newest and best innovations.
The latest technology for the prevention, early diagnosis and aftercare of skin cancer, or malignant melanoma, is helping patients at the hospital's Melanoma Screening Center. The hospital is the only one in the Wheeling-Steubenville-Pittsburgh area, as well as the entire State of West Virginia, to obtain the FotoFinder Bodystudio. The system in 10 minutes can document the whole skin surface from head to toe using photography for total body mapping of pigmented skin lesions.
The most advanced electronic system that enhances how women and their unborn babies are monitored during delivery is in use at the hospital's Obstetrical Department. Wheeling Hospital is the first health care facility in the region using the new PeriCALM Plus software, designed to increase patient safety and decrease risks during the birthing process.
Wheeling Hospital is among a handful of U.S. hospitals to use a new technology that significantly improves the ability to detect bladder cancer. The Cysview blue light cystoscopy is now available to urologists through Wheeling Hospital's Center for Urology. Cystoscopy is a test that enables doctors to look at the inside of the bladder and urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope.
The blue light technology allows urologists to detect lesions that may not be visible with the white light.
The hospital's Center for Audiology is now using the latest advancement to better evaluate patients' balance. The Center for Audiology is the first facility in West Virginia, Ohio and pennsylvania to use the new technology for head impulse testing, the ICS Impulse from Otometrics. The equipment evaluates all anatomy of the vestibular - or balance - system.
The newest innovation for the prevention, early diagnosis and aftercare of skin cancer, or malignant melanoma, is FotoFinder Bodystudio. Wheeling Hospital is the only one in the Wheeling-Steubenville-Pittsburgh area, as well as the entire State of West Virginia, to obtain the technology. The system in 10 minutes can document the whole skin surface from head to toe using photography for total body mapping of pigmented skin lesions.