WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


COPD Rehabilitation Center Opens In Cabin Creek

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 2, 2013 9:50 PM EDT
Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 11:33 PM EST

EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

COPD Rehabilitation Center
Eyewitness News Photo

Cabin Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease begins in West Virginia with the opening of a new rehabilitation center.

Dozens gathered in Cabin Creek Saturday for the grand opening of the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehabilation Center at Cabin Creek Health Systems.

It's a new program that will help people in West Virginia who suffer from COPD.

“It's more important to the state of West Virginia than any other state in the country,”

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said. “We have 64,000 people that have this, and 45 percent of those who may have it don't report it. It's the third largest killer of people in America."

COPD makes it hard for the person to breathe properly, many times not allowing them to exercise or even live a normal life.

And behind heart disease and cancer, COPD is America's third largest killer.

West Virginia is 58 percent higher than the national average when it comes to deaths caused by COPD, and many of those with the disease are coal miners, a reason why United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts is thankful for the new program.

“I was a coal miner before I was the president of the union,” Roberts said. “I could have just as easily been a coal miner right now, and here hoping somebody was doing something like this for me."

The Dorney rehab center is not only in Cabin Creek, but also at the New River Health Association in Fayette county and at Boone Memorial Hospital in Boone County.

The goal is to improve the quality of life.

"Making people better, taking people out of pain and keeping people from pain,” Rockefeller said. “We're really good at that, because we're really good people."

The program is expected to help at least 60 patients in its first year, and, hopefully, double that number the following year.

The project would not have been possible without the help of journalist and former "Nightline" host Ted Koppel and his wife, Grace Anne Dorney.

Dorney was diagnosed with COPD in 2001. She was given just a few years to live after being diagnosed.

After Koppel's wife enrolled into a pulmonary rehabilitation program, she has passed that time frame and is now a 13-year COPD survivor.

And to help others in the same situation, Koppel and Dorney created a foundation which pays for rehabilitation centers across the country, much like the one now open in Cabin Creek.

"Perhaps as many as 25 million Americans who have COPD and half of them don't know it,” Koppel said. “There's a great need for education. There's a great need for research. There's a great need to help these people out."

For more information on the center, visit the Cabin Creek Health Systems website

Eyewitness News will have more on Sunday about Koppel and his wife Grace's role in helping West Virginians fight COPD.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Class Action Suit Filed Against Dirty Girl Mud Run Owners, After Refunds Refused
News
Jul. 23, 2014 6:04 PM EDT
A Charleston law firm is filing a class action suit ...
Full News Story and Video

Federal Government Agrees To Test Chemical For Long-Term Effects
News
Jul. 23, 2014 6:05 PM EDT
Federal health officials have agreed to conduct animal ...
Full News Story and Video

Fire Marshals Say Arson Believed Cause Of Church Fire
News
Jul. 23, 2014 5:42 PM EDT
After finding a gas can and a crow bar at the scene, ...
Full News Story and Video


News Man Charged With Firing Shots Near School Pleads Guilty
Jul. 23, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
News Bond Reduction Denied For Shoot-Out Suspect
Jul. 23, 2014 5:33 PM EDT
News Renovated Kroger Hosts Grand Opening
Jul. 23, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
News NPS Assesses Impact Of WV Attractions
Jul. 23, 2014 5:36 PM EDT
News Carper Calls On Tax Commissioner To Clarify Code On Misconduct Of Officers
Jul. 23, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
News Dispatchers Say Men Arrested After Break-In Into Apparent Condemned Meth House
Jul. 23, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
News Chemical Extraction At Westmoreland Park Could Take Longer Than Expected
Jul. 23, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
News Two Charged In Clay County Robbery, Beating
Jul. 23, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Persons Of Interests Named In East End Shooting Investigation
Jul. 23, 2014 3:44 PM EDT
News Mobile Home Fire Reported On Victoria Road In Cross Lanes Area
Jul. 23, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
News Push America Rolls Through The River City
Jul. 23, 2014 2:14 PM EDT
News WVU Announces Football Series With NC State
Jul. 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
News Federal Agencies Promise Additional Studies, Analysis On Jan. 9 Chemical Spill
Jul. 23, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Changes Being Made To Dangerous Wild Animals Act
Jul. 23, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News Man Faces Kidnapping, Other Charges In Putnam County
Jul. 23, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
News Man Dies After Vehicle Plummets Over Mountain Side
Jul. 23, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
News Hurricane Studies Ways To Deal With Crowding At Water Playground
Jul. 23, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
News Loyal Dog Herman Stands Guard Over Wounded Companion
Jul. 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
News Metro 911 First Emergency Center In State To Allow Texting For Help
Jul. 23, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
News WV Man Faces Federal Charges For Selling Turtles Out Of State
Jul. 23, 2014 8:48 AM EDT
News WV Solid Waste Programs Get Large Sum In Grants
Jul. 23, 2014 8:50 AM EDT
News Charges Dismissed Against WV Lawyer In Standoff
Jul. 23, 2014 8:53 AM EDT
News Meth Battled At Point Of Sale
Jul. 23, 2014 9:08 AM EDT
News Huntington Man Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting a Minor Online
Jul. 23, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
News Mason County Case Serves As Important Reminder On Child Nutrition Needs
Jul. 23, 2014 1:33 PM EDT
News Community Responds To Child Neglect Case
Jul. 23, 2014 8:43 AM EDT
News Bus Company Decision Nails The Coffin Shut On Saturday Event
Jul. 22, 2014 7:36 PM EDT
News Freedom Bankruptcy Deal On Hold
Jul. 22, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
News Milton Seeing Economic Boom
Jul. 23, 2014 11:18 AM EDT
News Dirty Girl Mud Run For Charleston Officially Canceled
Jul. 22, 2014 5:42 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
W.Va. airport may claim sovereign immunity in suit

Charleston's airport could claim sovereign immunity in a lawsuit saying the airport was partly to blame for a tap-water contaminating chemical spill.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Pa. racetrack employee pleads guilty in horse case

A Pennsylvania racetrack employee has acknowledged reporting false workout times for horses in exchange for cash.
Full Story

Ohio News
Man found dead may have fallen down garbage chute

A Cleveland police official says a man found dead at a Lorain County landfill may have fallen down a five- or six-story garbage chute at Progressive Field in Cleveland and landed in a large waste container.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.