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Douglass Harrison to Head WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital, Reynolds


WVU Medicine recently announced changes to the healthcare system’s leadership, changes that will put one person at the head of both WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital and WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial.

Current Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison will assume that role for both that hospital and Reynolds Memorial, WVU Medicine CEO and President Albert Wright announced in a memo to staff. Dr. David Hess, who had been CEO of both Reynolds and WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital, will now focus solely on Uniontown.

“For those of you who know Dr. Hess, he is a remarkably talented leader and kind person,” Wright said, “and I am grateful that he is willing to focus his talent, energy, and enthusiasm full-time, beginning in January, at Uniontown Hospital, where he has already started to make the same sizeable impact he did at Reynolds Memorial.”

Hess became president and CEO of Reynolds Memorial in 2016 and added his duties in Uniontown at the start of 2021.

Harrison has been CEO at Wheeling Hospital since 2019. Wright said his leading both hospitals will benefit both hospitals.

“This dual appointment gives us the opportunity to align those two hospitals more closely under one leadership structure and coordinate their day-to-day operations in a more deliberate manner,” Wright said.

Wright added that Tony Martinelli will continue to serve as Reynolds Memorial’s chief operating officer and the senior on-site executive.

Among other leadership announcements, Louis Roe will serve as president and CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital and Summersville Regional Medical Center after serving as interim CEO since July. Michael Grace, who now serves as the West Virginia University Health System’s chief administrative officer, will also serve as the president of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown beginning in January.

Jessica Alsop, who serves as the health system’s vice president and general counsel, will become its chief legal officer, which Wright said is a more contemporary title that more accurately reflects her scope of duties, responsibilities, and authority.


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