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Media Kit, Contacts, Guidelines, and Approval
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center Public Affairs Office serves as the contact for reporters, producers and other media representatives seeking information about the medical center or wishing to interview any medical center emplyee or resident patients. This office functions as the medical center's news bureau, serving as the primary source of information about the institution, patient care, employees and employee collaboration, awards, reviews, accreditations, medical and research advances, environmental safety and technological advances. As this is a federal facility, all media access, interviews, photos or video must be coordinated and approved in advance. All media will be escorted by a public affairs member during any visit on campus.

Media Kit

Public Affairs Office

Martinsburg VA Medical Center Public Affairs Office
510 Butler Avenue, Building 405A
Martinsburg, WV 25405

Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Affairs Office Staff

Sarah M. Tolstyka, Public Affairs Officer
Tel: 304-263-0811, ext. 4013, 3812

Lauren V. Winebrenner, Public Affairs Specialist (Community Outreach Program Coordinator)
Tel: 304-263-0811, ext. 4013, 4482

Matthew R. Bell, Public Affairs Specialist
Tel: 304-263-0811, ext, 4013, 2122

Tony F. Barnett, Audio-Visual Production Specialist
Tel: 304-263-0811, ext. 4013, 4349

Media Guidelines
The following guidelines can assist you in arranging interviews, video sessions or photo opportunities:

Call the Public Affairs Office to arrange all interviews with any employee. Use any of the above contact information or email us at We will respond as quickly as we can. Veterans seeking medical advice should contact their health care provider or dial 911 for medical emergencies.

Advance notice of on-site interviews is necessary so employees can arrange locations for media interviews or photo shoots and line up appropriate sources for your story.

A public affairs specialist must accompany all media representatives, film crews and photographers while on campus. Our main priority is patient privacy and adherence to HIPAA regulations. We also want to make sure you get the information you are looking for and to coordinate shoot locations and ensure interviews go smoothly.

If you are a student working on a research paper and looking to interview a Veteran about their military experience, we encourage you to contact a Veterans Service Organization for assistance. You can find a comprehensive list at The public affairs office is not staffed to support research for students.


Public Affairs Office
510 Butler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405
304-263-0811 Ext. 4013

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