KEYSER, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital had the opportunity to connect with children from Keyser Primary School as part of the community helper event. According to the first grade team at KPS, “Every year, first grade organizes the community helper event to bring awareness of different job and professionals in our community. The goal is to teach students about different opportunities they may have and where they may see people with these jobs within our community.”
Staff from Potomac Valley Hospital talked with kids about what to expect during visits with doctors and hospitals. Advanced Practice Provider Marie Del Signore spent time with each child, conducting mock exams to show that a visit to the doctor does not have to be something to fear. Additional staff answered questions and demonstrated the vein finder, a handheld device designed to help health care professionals locate veins using vein visualization technology. The device is used in multiple departments within the hospital to help ease placement of IVs and do blood draws.
Over the last year, Potomac Valley has empowered employees to create a shared governance model, where employees discuss and identify issues at the organizational and community level. The model has led to employee engagement meetings to come up with more ideas regarding how to help the community. “Our staff are constantly striving to get involved in community endeavors and activities and this seemed like the perfect fit,” said Senior Director of Human Resources Dianne Smith. “We would like to take advantage of every opportunity with community schools in an effort to acquaint children with our facility and help ensure they understand the importance of taking care of their health.”