A Vital State of Minds

Vital. The word means many things: essential to life, extremely important and necessary, vibrant and full of energy. By any definition, West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is vital to the people and the future of our state.

This close-to-home yet far-reaching center of care, education, and research is dedicated to transforming lives and eliminating health disparities. We provide the vital health-professional education, healthcare delivery, public service, and leading-edge basic science and clinical research that will enhance the well-being and quality of life in West Virginia and beyond.

As an integral part of A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, your support for health sciences is about investing in the values, ambition, intellect, and mindset that define one of the most exciting academic health sciences centers in the country. With vision and commitment from alumni, friends, and partners, the Health Sciences Center will be a national leader in health education, care, and research as well as a powerful resource for 21st century health sciences in our state and our nation.

Vital. The word defines many things: your vision and generosity, the results they will bring, and the lives they will transform.

Transforming Lives
Eliminating Health Disparities

West Virginia is a place blessed with natural resources, defined by hard-working people who don’t walk away from a need or a challenge, and home to a rising national force in health: the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University.

Bringing together the skills and commitment of hundreds of physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, researchers and allied health professionals, the Health Sciences Center serves all of West Virginia. A dynamic mix of healing, teaching, and discovery is powered by Ruby Memorial Hospital, a wide array of clinics, clinical institutes, and centers; the WVU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy; an emerging School of Public Health; and more than a dozen cutting-edge research centers and institutes.

West Virginia is also a place of tremendous health disparities, and no academic health center in America is more needed by—more vital to—the citizens of its state than the WVU Health Sciences Center. We are by far the largest force for healthcare delivery, provider education, public service, and innovative research in West Virginia. The health challenges and care needs that face our state are always changing, and it is our deep commitment to stay ahead of that fast-moving curve. From the tens of thousands who seek help in our emergency department; to the young care provider whose training in rural West Virginia leads him or her to spend a career serving rural West Virginia; to the research discovery that moves from lab to life-saving—there are only a few who will not be touched by our efforts.

It is the unique cross-disciplinary collaboration of the academic health sciences center structure that enables us to fulfill that mission. But it is the power of your commitment that will make it possible to reach our vision. Working as a team, we will serve our community as we shape the future of healthcare by creating, disseminating, and applying new knowledge.

We can’t do it alone. Enhancing the well-being and quality of life for the people of West Virginia and beyond will require both the engine provided by the Health Sciences Center and the fuel provided by your forward-focused generosity. Together, anything is possible.

Priorities for Tomorrow

What does it take to change the future, to support healing, teaching, and discovery, to better serve the people of West Virginia and beyond? These are the priorities that define our vision.

  • HSC Center for Interdisciplinary Education
  • West Virginia Center for Health Disparities and Translational Science
  • WVU Center for Neuroscience
  • Dentistry Facilities
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
  • WVU Health Sciences Center’s Charleston
  • Graduate Education Scholarship Endowment

To learn more about these funding priorities download the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center campaign brochure or contact George Omiros at 304-293-1871. To learn more about the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center visit