Susan has been a long-time patient at Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic (SDH) in West Milford and has had multiple visits. She let the kind staff know in July that her 50th high school reunion was coming up in August and she sure would like to have her teeth looking good. The volunteers at SDH were able to change around their schedule and get her in for several quick visits to finish her lower partial. She was thrilled and very proud to have a nice smile for her reunion.
Another patient at SDH, Brenda, works in a professional office setting and needed a number of fillings and two partials to restore her smile. When she came for her appointments several weeks in a row, she blessed the clinic and the student dentists each visit with a pan of good food - chicken in basil cream sauce with crusty bread was one dish. She brought several meals and made sure they would miss her when her treatment was completed. She walked away with a great smile at very little cost, and the clinic was very appreciative of her kindness.
Northern Panhandle man breathes easier because of Wheeling Health Right.
Patient “Ralph” came to Wheeling Health Right (WHR) with a very large tumor on his nose. He had suffered with this tumor which caused him to appear deformed. People were constantly staring at him or ignoring him because he wasn’t “normal”.
WHR's Physician Assistant (PA) referred him to Plastic Surgery for removal of the tumor. The referral was denied because they felt it was being done strictly for cosmetic reasons.
Wheeling Health Right's PA, fully understanding the issues “Ralph” was facing, referred him to Dr. Tiu to determine if there was significant clinical issues warranting the surgery. Dr. Tiu assessed him, personally called Plastics and asked for immediate surgery as the tumor was occluding his airway and rapidly approaching his brain.
Plastics did the surgery and the patient has a new “lease on life”. In his words, “not only can I breathe but I look normal now. I can have a life instead of avoiding people.”
Susan no longer fears living with cancer.
“Susan” a young patient of Wheeling Health Right (WHR), came to the clinic after losing her insurance at her place of employment. At 33, the clinic discovered she had a family history of breast cancer. A routine examination revealed a lump in her breast. She has already undergone chemotherapy and completed radiation therapy. Now she must undergo a bilateral mastectomy, hysterectomy, and oophorectomy since she tested positive for the genetic mutation.
Although she has experienced some major hurdles at the age of 33, she is very grateful she will live a productive life and not fear further cancer. “Susan” is so grateful for Wheeling Health Right and Amanda Cummins, PA, who is her primary care provider.
WV Health Right assists woman access preventive care.
L.B., a 64 year-old uninsured woman, came in to WV Health Right (WVHR) in Charleston in early July 2014 as a walk-in complaining of generally “feeling bad”. She was immediately triaged and treated for high blood pressure (210/120). L.B. was not on any medications when she presented at the clinic but reported she had been experiencing jaw and chest pain for several months. The Nurse Practitioner (NP) also found a heart murmur while performing an exam on L.B. and ordered an echogram. L.B. was referred to one of the clinic’s volunteer cardiologists who ordered a stress test and CT of coronary arteries. It is anticipated L.B. will be scheduled for a cardiac catheterization and/or angioplasty to open her clogged arteries. Her blood pressure has also been stabilized through medication therapy. In addition to the medical treatment L.B. has received in the four to six weeks since she became a WVHR patient, the clinic also enrolled her in Medicaid thus allowing her insurance coverage for the first time. L.B. is a classic example of so many West Virginian women who have been unable to access preventive health care and who frequently dismiss their symptoms as “stress related”.
Twenty-six year old man receives much needed dental treatment, lands a job, and quits smoking.
T.S., a 26 year-old male, was referred to WV Health Right’s dental clinic by Beckley Health Right. He had multiple abscessed teeth and caries. On his first visit, he was given antibiotics for the abscesses and scheduled for a dental screening. During multiple follow-up visits, T.S. has had six extractions, nine fillings, and cleanings. While undergoing dental treatment for six to nine months, he finished phlebotomy school. He was anxious to get his dental work done not only to address the treatment of the abscesses but also to ensure his oral health did not pose a drawback as he was seeking employment. T.S. has, indeed, obtained a fulltime job and has also quit smoking as a result of his free dental clinic treatments.