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August 08, 2005

Graduates join residency program

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Four new medical school graduates have joined the West Virginia University Rural Family Medicine Residency Program at Harpers Ferry.

Beginning their training in the three-year residency program are: West Virginia School of Medicine graduates, Johanna Biola of Charles Town, W.Va.; and Tim DeVine of Kearneysville, W.Va.; Dianna Bearse, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.; and Suganthi Rajah of Hagerstown, a graduate of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Madras, India.

In order to be eligible to gain certification from the American Board of Family Practice, the residents must complete a three-year postgraduate residency training program. Each doctor will provide care to patients from various life stages. Their training experience will include pregnancy, managing labor and delivering the baby, as well as infant care, and care of children, adolescents, adults and elder adults.


They will work at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine Center, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Women's Health and Maternity Center, Shenandoah Health Village Center, City Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Their teachers include primary-care doctors and sub-specialist physicians.

The mission of the WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, now in its ninth year of operation, is to graduate highly trained physicians who are prepared to begin family practices in a rural area of West Virginia or other undeserved areas.

Hospital receives quality-care award

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition presented by the American Association for Respiratory Care. The QRCR designation allows consumers to identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care.

Waynesboro Hospital qualified for this recognition by meeting the following conditions: all respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver beside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential; respiratory therapists are available 25 hours; other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing; and a doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory-care services. About 10 percent of the hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award.

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