How to Connect With Your Passion So You Can Be At You Best

From: Psych Central  An uninspired and passionless life can start to feel exhausting. Without pursuing our passions, existence becomes lifeless and dull and we get stuck in a tedious rut of predictability. That is why we all need to have inspiration and passion in our day to day life. Think … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

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Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV Last week was the first in a series of profiles of our employees that I will be doing over the year. I will typically only profile an employee about once a month, but this week, I just have to share … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights The Education Alliance & USCAA National Soccer Tournament

Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way. The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink. The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the FCA Sports Memorabilia Auction


  Highland Hospital is proud to support the 14th Annual FCA Sports Auction on November 4, 2014 beginning at 5:30 with the Silent Auction. The Live Auction is set for 7:00. The event will take place at the St George Orthodox Church on Court and Lee Streets in Charleston, WV.  Some of the … [Read more...]

20 Ways You Might Be Punishing Yourself

From: Psych Central Many issues we face would make much more sense if we simply admitted up front that we feel we deserve to be punished. And our various problem behaviors and feelings serve that purpose. Seriously. At least we’d be starting from a practical and productive place. Instead, … [Read more...]

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

From: NPR By: Amy Standen  The important thing is that Meghan knew something was wrong. When I met her, she was 23, a smart, wry young woman living with her mother and stepdad in Simi Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Meghan had just started a training program to become a respiratory … [Read more...]

The Power of Kindness

  From: Psych Central The last few months have been hard for me. I’ve had some issues with depression and paranoia. Living with schizophrenia is a rollercoaster and even little blips can turn into crises. This depression, though, has had me feeling a deep sense of loneliness. The … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Behavioral Health Technician Receives ‘Child Care Worker of the Year’


Highland Hospital's own Danny Healy received the prestigious Child Care Worker of the Year at the West Virginia Child Care Association annual conference on October 22, 2014. Danny has been working at Highland since 1988. His responsibilities include: day to day supervision of our adolescent … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support American Lung Association

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Highland Hospital is proud to support the America Lung Association's Hall-O-Wheeze Respiratory Rally on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the CAMC Heart Fit Center from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The rally is at 3200 Chesterfield Avenue, Charleston, WV. This is a patient-centered, free event with health … [Read more...]

A Series of Sobriety Reflections

  From: Yale Medicine A series of sobriety stories.  Editor's Note: Sobriety, the state of freedom from addiction, means different things to different people. Patterns exist, but there is no clearly defined pathway from addiction to sobriety; rather the journey is lifelong and highly … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Hospital Stay

From: Psych Central By: Lisa Keith, Psy. D. Let’s be frank: to be 5150’d or to check yourself into a mental health hospital is one of the scariest things to do to save your life. But when done, it will make the difference between living and dying. Let’s also be honest, I’ve never been in … [Read more...]

21 Warning Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship


From: Psych Central  Is it possible that you are being abused and not even know it? Domestic violence is once again in the forefront of the news. This is in part due to abusive incidents with sports figures or celebrities that have become very public. Abuse is not always as obvious as being hit … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support our Charleston Ballet

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Highland Hospital is proud to be a long-standing supporter of the Charleston Ballet.  The Charleston Ballet kicks off their 58th Season on Friday October 24, 2014 at the Civic Center Little Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be a repeat performance at 7:30 the following evening. The season … [Read more...]

Grief Brings Infection Risk for Elderly

From: Psych Central Bereavement affects a person’s immune system, and the impact varies as we grow older, say researchers. “During the difficult weeks and months after loss we can suffer from reduced neutrophil function,” said Dr. Anna Phillips of Birmingham University, U.K. “Neutrophils … [Read more...]

For Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment, Buprenorphine Maintenance Trumps Detoxification

From: Psy Post For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published in the Oct. 20 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Prescription opioid … [Read more...]

Eight West Virginia Leaders Join the Future of Nursing West Virginia’s Strategic Advisory Council

Highland Hospital is proud to support the Future of Nursing West Virginia. The Future of Nursing West Virginia is pleased that eight prominent state leaders have joined its Strategic Advisory Council. This diverse group of thought leaders will advise the group’s work to transform health and … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Foundation Proud to Support Wills Week


The Highland Hospital Foundation is proud to be a member of Leave a Legacy of Central Appalachian. The mission of LEAVE A LEGACY® of Central Appalachia is to educate and inspire people from all walks of life to make gifts to their favorite charities through their wills. Wills Week 2014 will be … [Read more...]

What is a Good Life?


  From: Greater Good Why can we act with kindness and generosity in one situation, but be cruel in another? What makes one person empathic and another person psychopathic? Does society play a role in nudging us toward more moral behavior, or is it ingrained in us? These are some of the … [Read more...]

Want To Be Mentally Tough? Stop Doing These Five Things

From: Psych Central There are a lot of ways to get stronger. Adding more resistance, adversity, or stress is one way, learning how to adapt to the challenge is another, and adopting dialectical thinking is another. Yet for all of these ways to get stronger, without removing the obstacles in our own … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

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Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV “What’s so great about working at Highland?” was the question I posed to one of our long time employees the other day. Gerald Bragg LPN has been on staff at Highland Hospital for the last 14 … [Read more...]