Dr. Amy Parker Sayre and Kathy Gillenwater Hill, NP will be joining Dr. Chad Adkins in the new BMH Family Medical Center (former BMH Admin/ER), with an anticipated opening of January 2018. Their clinic will be located on the 2nd floor (former BMH Administration Suite) and the Rapid Care Clinic will move from State Street to the 1st floor (former BMH ER). Dr. Adkins, Dr. Sayre and Kathy Hill, NP are now accepting new patients. 



CVS Health Corp Agreed To Buy Health Insurer Aetna Inc For $69 Billion

Pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion blockbuster acquisition that could rein in health-care costs and transform its 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into community medical hubs for primary care and basic procedures, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.

The pharmacy chain agreed to buy Aetna for about $207 per share, broken down into $145 in cash and the rest in stock. The deal — the biggest health-care merger announced in more than a year — is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to approval by shareholders and regulators.

If approved, the megamerger would create a giant consumer health-care company with a familiar presence in thousands of communities. Aetna chief executive Mark T. Bertolini described the vision in an interview as “creating a new front door for health care in America.”

In Boone County, Celebrating “The Power of Rural” On National Rural Health Day

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National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America.

It also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations like the West Virginia Rural Health Association, and others to address those challenges.

On Thursday, November 16, Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison will host National Rural Health Day events, including “Healthy You” sessions on diabetes education, drug awareness, tips for a healthy you, and “Walk With A Doc.”

All guests will receive a notebook and a bag.

You must RSVP for the Healthy You sessions by emailing, or calling 304-369-1230 Ext. 5506.

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Herald-Dispatch: What the Needle Exchange Program Really Means for Cabell County

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By Bishop Nash/Huntington Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – While finding discarded syringes in public places is an unnerving problem, two of West Virginia’s largest health departments are urging that the issue be viewed as a byproduct of the overall opioid epidemic rather than assigning blame to local needle exchange programs.

Those needle-exchange programs distribute hundreds of thousands of sterile syringes annually through the departments’ harm reduction programs.

A joint statement was issued Monday by Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, and Dr. Michael Brumage, executive director and health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Putnam County Health Department.

“Harm reduction programs, like those at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, are an integral part of the solution to the opioid epidemic,” the statement reads.

“Syringe exchange programs, which are part of harm reduction, provide sterile syringes and collect used syringes to reduce the transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis and other blood borne infections associated with the reuse by drug users of contaminated injection equipment…”

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Have you visited My Quality Insights lately? If not, you’re missing out on our latest tool to help you combat cardiac disease in your patient population.

The Million Hearts® 2022 Cardiac Kit is the first in a series of electronic packages that includes a recorded educational message, the slide deck shown in the recorded message, a transcript of the recording and any relevant patient and staff educational resources.

This first Cardiac Kit features Million Hearts® Executive Director Dr. Janet Wright discussing how preventing a million heart attacks and strokes is possible. The 19-minute recording is accompanied by links to sample blood pressure protocols and the printable 7 Simple Tips to Get an Accurate BP Reading flyer.

Visit the Cardiac Health Community of My Quality Insights today to check out our first Cardiac Kit. Don’t have a My Quality Insights login? See the list of state-based team members below – your local contact can help you get access.