St. Joseph's Hospital Emergency Department expands capacity due to increase in COVID infections

BUCKHANNON, WV -  WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Department is expanding its capacity for patients with COVID and other serious illnesses, reducing wait times.

This expansion will temporarily limit access to the PromptCare walk-in clinic for those with minor illnesses. 

“We apologize to those who have had longer wait times than normal,“ said Skip Gjolberg, President of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “This decision will help us better serve our patients and our community.”

We encourage patients needed care for minor illnesses or injuries to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider. In-person, phone, or virtual appointments are available.

Providers accepting new patients include

  • Matthan Jackson, DO, 304-460-7960
  • Robert P. Romano, DO, 304-460-7925
  • Victoria Strick, MD, 304-473-2305
  • Danielle Ware, DO 304-473-2202
  • Kara Black, PA-C, 304-472-6041 
  • Katheryn Marsh, FNP-C, 304-460-7925 
  • Jessica Mongold, FNP-C, 304-472-6041, seeing patients newborn to age 18

Additionally, Community Care of West Virginia has CareXpress, a walk-in clinic located in Buckhannon at 4 Northridge Drive. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 304-473-1440.

St. Joseph’s Hospital has also expanded COVID testing hours.Testing is now available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Two types of testing are available. The free state testing does not require a physician’s order and you will receive your results in approximately three to five business days. If you need results more quickly, a provider’s order is required. Patients should proceed directly to the trailer outside the hospital.

The St. Joseph Hospital Nurse Triage Line is available at 304-473-2161 for any questions you may have about COVID. It is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

We strongly urge that everyone receive the COVID vaccine in order to prevent severe disease or death. Vaccines are available through your primary care provider and at local pharmacies. 

Vaccinated people can spread the virus to others, so you should avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, wash your hands with soap and water, and wear a mask indoors.