MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Barnesville Hospital in Belmont County, Ohio, has entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with WVU Hospitals and the West Virginia University Health System effective June 1.
“Barnesville Hospital’s proximity to our member hospitals, including Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, made it a perfect fit for our System and the work we’re doing in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and its neighboring counties in Ohio,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “With the management agreement and clinical affiliation, we will be able to share human, professional, clinical, and physical resources, which will result in more efficient care for the Belmont County community. We are looking forward to welcoming Barnesville Hospital into the WVU Medicine family.”
Barnesville Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that employs approximately 250 people. It offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, including cardiopulmonary care and rehabilitation, emergency medicine, general surgery, laboratory, physical and occupational therapy, radiology, sleep medicine, and speech/language pathology.
“We were looking for a partner to help us retain and strengthen our legacy of providing high quality services to our community, and we found that in WVU Medicine, which has already been providing care to hundreds of patients from Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia, and the surrounding areas,” David Phillips, president and CEO of Barnesville Hospital, said. “Additionally, our patients will now have access to WVU Medicine’s specialists and subspecialists right here in the Ohio Valley. Having that level of care right here at home is very important to us and our patients.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Phillips has become an employee of WVU Hospitals and will remain as president of Barnesville Hospital.
The West Virginia University Health System, the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, is comprised of nine hospitals – its flagship academic medical center, West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. It also provides management services to Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville, Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville, Jackson General Hospital in Ripley, and Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland. The WVU Health System also includes five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.