PVH receives grants to fight diabetes

Staff Report

February 13, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — Pleasant Valley Hospital recently received grants from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation, and the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, made possible through support from Ausenheimer Memorial Trust.

The grant award money totaling $5,150 was used to purchase much-needed educational material for patient education centered around the issue of diabetes. There are 18.2 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes. Thirteen million have been diagnosed, while 5.2 million are unaware they have it.

West Virginia ranks the highest in the nation by percentage of population with diabetes (2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index). The ultimate goal is to educate those with diabetes and prevent diabetes in others.

The grant money was used to purchase a number of educational modules and CDs from healthcare education companies. Three laptop computers were also purchased for patient education during counseling sessions. Group education sessions will also utilize the laptops and audiovisuals.

Established in 1959, Pleasant Valley Hospital is a partner of Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and is a not-for-profit healthcare system that provides community-oriented healthcare for Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia and the counties of Gallia and Meigs in Ohio. The 201-bed facility includes a 101-bed acute care facility, a 100-bed nursing & rehabilitation center, three medical equipment sites and a full-range of rehabilitation services. PVH also operates 15 medical clinics. Both Pleasant Valley Hospital and Cabell Huntington Hospital were recently recognized as two of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals by The Joint Commission.