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Wetzel County Hospital Joins WVU Health System

Wetzel County Hospital has officially joined the West Virginia University Health System.

In January, the hospital in New Martinsville signed a letter of intent to join the WVU Health System and a Certificate of Need application was filed with the West Virginia Health Care Authority.

The certificate was approved in April. At that time, the WVU Health System signed a 50-year lease to assume operation of the hospital, which was expected to begin this month.

Dr. David Hess will continue to serve as the CEO of the hospital as he has since 2018. Hess also serves as president and CEO of WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale.

“We are excited to officially welcome Wetzel County Hospital into the WVU Medicine family and to continue our work serving the people of New Martinsville and the surrounding region,” said Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System. “During this unprecedented time, it is critically important to ensure that people have access to high quality health care in their communities, and we are honored to provide that service in Wetzel County.”

“We are happy to welcome the WVU Health System into our community. Our area residents look forward to a new era of healthcare that will benefit generations to come,” said Lawrence Lemon, Wetzel County Commission president. “We thank WVU for the investment, and we are better for it.”

Wetzel County Hospital originally entered into a management agreement with WVU Hospitals on Oct. 1, 2018. Prior to that, it had been a clinical affiliate of the WVU Health System since 2016.

Wetzel County Hospital is a 58-bed facility that employs 235 people. The West Virginia University Health System is comprised of 12 hospitals across the state.

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