MADISON, WV (WOWK) – For years, considered one of West Virginia’s best challenges has been getting folks in rural components of the state to have enough medical care.
On Monday, a well being group took a giant step to vary that.
For a few years, West Virginia was one of many unhealthiest states within the nation, however what occurred right this moment is poised for change.
Boone Memorial Hospital opened in 1964 and presently employs greater than 450 folks.
A crowd gathered outdoors Boone Memorial Hospital Monday because it modified its identify to Boone Memorial Well being.
Boone Memorial was already recognized for his pioneering efforts in treating black lung illness and substance abuse. Now it would arrange extra satellite tv for pc clinics and have interaction the general public extra for well being therapy, schooling and prevention.
“We’re engaged on broadband and these options, however they don’t seem to be there but. Whereas telemedicine has a vibrant future, we nonetheless must deal with seeing folks right this moment,” mentioned Virgil Underwood, CEO of Boone Memorial Well being.
Boone Memorial Well being additionally established the BMH Basis for Neighborhood Well being and right this moment awarded greater than $200,000 in awards to group well being initiatives.
“Rural well being care is what my district is about. And it is so necessary to supply each alternative for everybody who lives in Southwest Virginia,” mentioned Rep. Carol. Miller, (R) West Virginia.