MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute has officially launched its Memory Health Clinic, a multidisciplinary initiative offering clinical, research, and educational services for memory and cognitive impairment disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Clinic will focus on serving early-stage patients, in addition to their families and caregivers.
“Alzheimer’s and other dementias can impact an entire family and support system,” Ali Rezai, M.D., executive chair of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, said. “Through an integrative approach, the Memory Health Clinic will deliver world-class care and resources for patients and their caregivers and open opportunities to access world-leading clinical trials exploring the use of focused ultrasound, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and virtual reality to help curb this life-altering disease.”
The integrative Clinic brings together a team of neurologists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and nurse practitioners to offer the following services and opportunities:
- Multidisciplinary Care: Multidisciplinary care to evaluate and diagnose patients with memory and cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Emotional and Resource Support: Formal assessments to better understand a caregiver’s emotional support needs, as well as their access to resources. The Clinic will also provide education and training for managing cognitive disorders and host caregiver support groups.
- Clinical Trials and Research: Opportunities to enroll in groundbreaking clinical research trials exploring the use of Focused Ultrasound (FUS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Virtual Reality (VR), and wearable technologies to better treat Alzheimer's and memory disorders.
This integrative approach was recently evidenced in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal, which published findings from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s research using FUS to treat Alzheimer’s. The clinical trial, which included several patients treated at the Institute, reported the reduction of beta-Amyloid plaque – a contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – after using the novel treatment to open the blood brain barrier.
Danny Joe Hinkle, 69, from Buckhannon, West Virginia, and his wife, Debbie, are treated by Marc Haut, Ph.D., vice chair and director of clinical research and education, at the Memory Health Clinic. Danny Joe Hinkle was diagnosed with major neurocognitive disorder/dementia.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the care my husband received at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Memory Health Clinic. Dr. Haut follows up with us all the time. It really makes us feel like he cares and that we are not alone,” Debbie Hinkle said. “We really like that this Clinic not only focuses on my husband’s disease, but he is treating the entire family and addressing issues related to the family. When we talk to Dr. Haut, I feel like I’m talking to a friend. He answers all of our questions, and we never feel rushed. We are so thankful we have this resource in West Virginia.”
The Memory Health Clinic at WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute has also partnered with West Virginia Project ECHO, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Alzheimer’s Association to train rural primary providers and extend care to families across the state. The new ECHO Memory Health will utilize video-based Extended Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) for memory disorders to consult with and train providers in addressing diagnosis and treatment options. There will also be educational events to enhance learning opportunities.
For physician-to-physician consultations or to refer a patient, please call the Medical Access Referral Systems (MARS) at 800-982-6277.
About the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
We are improving lives by pioneering advances in brain health. With the latest technologies, an ecosystem of partners, and an integrated approach, we are making tangible progress. Our goal is to combat public health challenges ranging from COVID-19 to addiction to Alzheimer’s, benefiting people in West Virginia and beyond. Learn more about the RNI’s innovative clinical trials and the top caliber experts joining us in our mission. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org/RNI.
Chapman and Associates Health Care to join WVU Medicine United Health Associates as LaVale Medical Center
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chapman and Associates Health Care in LaVale, Md., will join WVU Medicine University Health Associates (UHA) on February 22. The practice will be operated by UHA as LaVale Medical Center. Chapman and Associates Health Care was started in December 2012 by Cathy Chapman, C.R.N.P. The integrated practice has grown to include primary care, behavioral health medication management, and therapy services. “We are excited to join WVU Medicine and are looking forward to the services and resources this affiliation will provide to our patients,” Chapman said. “WVU Medicine is committed to continuing our team based integrated care approach in providing high quality care to our patients.” The practice includes Cathy Chapman, family practice nurse practitioner and psych mental health nurse practitioner, April Cross, C.R.N.P., family nurse practitioner, certified diabetes educator, and health coach, Carrie McDonald, L.C.S.W.-C., certified cognitive behavioral therapist; Geri Fox L.C.S.W.-C., certified diabetic behavioral therapist; Andrea Opel, L.C.S.W.-C., certified mind-body medicine therapist. The practice currently sees patients age seven and older for primary care and behavioral health services. Office hours are Monday through Friday with early morning and evening appointments available. For more information call 240-362-7294. We are excited for the opportunity to welcome LaVale Medical Center to the WVU Medicine family,” Michael Edmond, M.D., WVU Health System chief medical officer, said. “As we continue to partner with facilities across the border in neighboring states, we further our mission to offer the best possible care to our patients close to where they call home.” The West Virginia University Health System, which operates under the brand “WVU Medicine,” is both West Virginia’s largest health system and largest private employer. Comprised of 13 owned hospitals, including its 700-bed flagship academic medical center in Morgantown, WVU Health System also provides management services to several community-based hospitals and clinics across a four-state region that includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. The academic health system also includes a children’s hospital – WVU Medicine Children’s – and five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.
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