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Volunteers sought: Hospice of the Panhandle is looking for those who are willing to give of their time and make a difference in the lives of others. New volunteer training is scheduled for June 22, 29 and July 6. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities or are interested in attending volunteer training please contact Tricia Lawrence, volunteer coordinator at 304-267-1870, ext. 211.

Anxiety seminar: Brook Lane Health Services in partnership with The Martinsburg VA Medical Center will be hosting “Anxiety Issues in the Veteran Population” on June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Martinsburg, 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg. Seminar fee is $79 and includes continental breakfast and six continuing education hours for physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors and social workers. For questions or to register, contact Debbie Staley at 301-733-0331, ext. 189 or visit

Free physicals performed: Staff and physicians from WVU Hospitals-East and University Health Associates recently performed over 400 free physicals for athletes in the three Berkeley County high schools. According to Brenda Allen, director of rehab services at WVUH-East City Hospital, this is an annual event hosted by the hospital and local physicians as a community service. The physicals were performed on three consecutive nights at the McCormack Center on the City Hospital campus.

Help with lung disease: Individuals with advanced lung disease can receive support that will help manage disease symptoms, maximize comfort and improve quality of life. Hospice of the Panhandle makes a difference in the lives of people with advanced lung disease by working with patients’ physicians to coordinate care and assure that the patient has all the medications, supplies and equipment that he or she needs to manage the disease. If you or a loved one are experiencing disabling shortness of breath, episodes of anxiety, have continual use of oxygen, are becoming more and more homebound, or make frequent trips to the emergency room then Hospice may be able to help. Call the Hospice Access Center today at 304-264-0406 or 800-345-6538 for a free informational visit and benchmark assessment.

Free skin cancer screening: Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. West Virginia University Hospitals-East and local dermatologist Erik Hurst, MD, will be offering free skin cancer screenings on June 23 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Dorothy McCormack Center on the City Hospital campus. Pre-registration for this program is required and the screening is limited to the first 75 callers. To register or for questions, contact Jesi Graham at 304-264-1232.

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