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Dec. 10, 2012 @ 10:45 PM

Planned Parenthood film was a success

I am writing to you as a Huntington community member and an active participant in the VOX: Students for Choice group at Marshall University. I had the chance to attend its most recent event, a screening of Christy Turlington Burn's film "No Woman No Cry," co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood Health Systems. Vox partners with Planned Parenthood Health Systems to provide education and advocacy opportunities for students.

The film was selected because it passionately addresses the social health struggles women face in our country as well as around the world. It was also being shown in celebration of World Aids Day, which brings awareness to The Affordable Care Act, under which millions more people will be eligible for health insurance and HIV care. The film focuses on pregnancy and the terrible dangers four women face in getting the professional medical care they need to survive delivery with a healthy child.

Several professionals within the Huntington area who deal with similar issues were invited to discuss the film. It was wonderful to hear so many perspectives in a free and safe space and to learn and talk about the social health issues women face here in Huntington, Cabell County and West Virginia at large.

I can't wait to attend more events sponsored by Planned Parenthood Health Systems. The experience of seeing this film and participating in the discussion has certainly encouraged me to find more ways to get involved.

Annie Fletcher

Huntington

Mobile service will help state's elderly

As a physician in West Virginia for the past 17 years, I was pleased to read the article about OnSite Digital Radiology Services on Sept. 16. I have known Richard Pulcrano, president and CEO of OnSite, for over 30 years, and I was excited when he started the first mobile X-ray company back in 1986.

Richard was named "West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of the Year 1988" for his vision of providing mobile diagnostic medical services for the geriatric communities. This business brought a dramatic change in how geriatric residents received diagnostic care at bedside, and how it eliminated the financial hardship and emotional trauma of being transferred by ambulance to a local hospital or clinic.

Richard was a pioneer in 1986 with the introduction of the first mobile X-ray service in the state of West Virginia. Now in 2012, with the certificate of need approval for mobile digital radiography services, Richard has again pioneered the first mobile "DR" service in the state. This advancement in technology will provide a significant improvement in image quality, diagnostic reporting by the radiologist and overall efficiency of the service. The geriatric residents, geriatric providers, physicians and the state ultimately benefit now by having a choice of state mobile X-ray providers, with the introduction of OnSite Digital Radiology Services.

Dr. Michael E. Vega

Chesapeake, Ohio

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