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BeWell Blog — "Try This Tuesday: Movement for Mood"

The BeWell team is offering a series of helpful tips for mental health and wellbeing called "Try This Tuesday." This week, Layne Hitchcock discusses how movement can improve our mood. It doesn't have to be rigorous exercise — it can be creative and fun. 

Burbridge to retire after 33 years of service

Toni Burbridge began her career at West Virginia University by working as an entry-level secretary fresh out of high school in 1975. During the next two and a half years, she worked for the Office of Research and Development and West Virginia Network and Telecommuting. Toni then took a break for the next several years to raise her twins while attending WVU as a part-time college student.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute surgeon is lead author in recommendations on treatment of COVID-19 patients

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s recommendations for the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in COVID-19 patients were recently published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. The Institute has seen the highest survival rate of ECMO patients with COVID-19 in the nation and has had great success with the survival of pregnant patients. “We have been rigorous in trying to identify how to keep patients alive,” J.W. Awori Hayanga, MD, MPH, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute thoracic surgeon and ECMO program director, said. “We challenged some of the old criteria of waiting seven days with the patient on mechanical ventilation and other adjunct strategies before deciding to initiate ECMO. We quickly realized by what we saw in Italy and New York that waiting seven days was too long. We cut that down to three days, dropped the age criteria, and saw significantly better outcomes.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the official journal of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, is considered the most prestigious journal for thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons. Members must be elected and pride themselves as being the final arbiters in matters of surgical thoracic practice. Dr. Hayanga was the lead author of the article, with five others representing top institutions in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Yale, and the University of Michigan, providing input.