POINT PLEASANT — The Auxiliary of West Virginia Hospital Association has recognized the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary with three awards at the annual state auxiliary conference recently held at the Greenbrier.
Beverly Ridenour, president of the PVH Auxiliary, accepted awards for the auxiliary’s service projects completed during 2015. The PVH Auxiliary initiated and recruited volunteers for the Cuddler Program and raised funds to purchase equipment for the Bright Beginnings Unit.
“We are blessed to receive these awards as they bring awareness of those who are the most vulnerable members of our community, babies born of addiction,” Ridenour said. “We enjoy working alongside Denise Queen, manager of the obstetrics and pediatric department. Together, we created the cuddler program. Currenly, we have 35 cuddlers who are specially trained volunteers, who provide therapeutic support to babies in the Bright Beginnings Unit. Through our fundraising efforts we also purchased special bassinets, rocking chairs, monitors, technology and equipment needed to provide medical care for the babies.”
Bright Beginnings is a special unit that cares for babies born with drug addiction. The unit is based upon a similar one at Cabell Huntington Hospital established with protocols developed by Dr. Sean Loudin.
Glen Washington, chief executive officer of PVH, was a part of the development of CHH’s program and has said Loudin realized the specialized care these infants required. Known as the facility for women and children’s services, CHH has a 35-bed neonatal intensive care unit and 10-bed pediatric intensive care unit, and as such, many infants born with a chemical dependency were shifted to the facility for treatment, though it was discovered these infants don’t necessarily thrive in a traditional intensive care unit.
Washington said Loudin developed a protocol for these special babies and saw “astounding results” and an accelerated recovery time. This model is what PVH’s Bright Beginnings is based upon. At PVH, Loudin’s protocol is administered by Doctors Agnes Enrico-Simon and Harold Ayers.
For more information about the Bright Beginnings Unit, the Cuddler Program and available positions with the PVH Auxiliary, please call 304-675-4340 extension 1100.