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(HUNTINGTON)— Joey Trader, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CNE, has been named St. Mary’s vice president of Schools of Nursing and Health Professions and the director of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing. 

A 1997 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Dr. Trader actually began his nursing career at St. Mary’s Medical Center in 1995 as a nurse extern. After graduation, he worked in the St. Mary’s emergency department as a registered nurse for 11 years before beginning his teaching career in 2008.

Dr. Trader received his doctor of education in teaching and learning from Liberty University. He received both his master of science in nursing and nursing education and his bachelor of science in nursing from Marshall University.


St. Mary’s congratulates Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS on receiving Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award

(HUNTINGTON)— St. Mary’s ER and St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute congratulate Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS on each receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

Each year, St. Mary’s ER treats thousands of patients with chest pain, providing advanced life-saving treatment options for those who are having a heart attack. The partnerships with Cabell County EMS and Lawrence County EMS is vital in providing that advanced care to patients.


St. Mary’s Medical Center brings GoNoodle to local schools to increase physical activity of elementary age kids

More than 26,000 students in 81 elementary schools in six counties are moving more with GoNoodle’s in-classroom physical activity movement and mindfulness videos

(HUNTINGTON)— St. Mary’s Medical Center is leading a new initiative to get elementary-age kids more physically active.

The initiative uses GoNoodle, a set of online movement and mindfulness videos that get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching and practicing moments of mindfulness right next to their desks. Research shows GoNoodle’s in-classroom physical activity improves childhood health, student behavior and academic performance.

St. Mary’s is underwriting the cost of GoNoodle’s videos for all public elementary schools in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam, and Mason counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio. HIMG and First Sentry Bank are also partnering with St. Mary’s for the project in Cabell and Putnam counties.

“GoNoodle is one of the most amazing products I’ve seen to get kids active in the schools as they learn in an academic setting,” said David Sheils, president, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation. “St. Mary’s is committed to improving the health of our young people and this is a way to make it part of their daily activity.”

The St. Mary’s-led initiative is the first such sponsorship of GoNoodle’s premium version, GoNoodle Plus, in West Virginia schools. GoNoodle Plus includes additional videos and games that bring movement and core subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and English Language Arts (ELA) topics. GoNoodle Plus also allows teachers to have the ability to customize GoNoodle content, which further supports their lesson plans and academic goals of the classroom.

“We are excited to join with St. Mary’s, teachers and parents to add much-needed minutes of physical activity for Tri-State-area kids,” said Scott McQuigg, CEO and co-founder of GoNoodle. “When kids move more, they do better in school and grow up to be healthier adults.”

According to the CDC, only one-quarter of today’s youth meet the current recommendation of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. The GoNoodle-St. Mary’s partnership will allow local students to earn those vital minutes of activity with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges.

To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen, such as a projector or interactive whiteboard. At home, kids can create and customize their accounts (with parent verification) and play GoNoodle online, on a mobile device, or on Apple TV. Elementary teachers, parents and kids in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam, Mason and Lawrence counties will have access to GoNoodle Plus by signing up at www.gonoodle.com.

GoNoodle is used in over 600,000 classrooms worldwide with more than 12 million kids playing GoNoodle each month, generating more than five billion minutes of movement in the past year.