WVU Medicine - A New Day in Wheeling

A brief history of Wheeling Hospital

Wheeling Hospital, founded in 1850, has served patients longer than any other hospital in West Virginia. Today, it is a 223-bed acute care facility with a medical staff of nearly 300 primary care and specialty physicians.

The hospital provides a wide array of primary and tertiary care services. Services include: emergency/trauma Care; cardiac care, including interventional cardiology, TAVR, open heart surgery, electrophysiological studies and treatments, and cardiac rehab; accredited comprehensive cancer care featuring the internationally recognized Schiffler Cancer Center; surgical services; comprehensive breast care; The Center for Pediatrics; OB/GYN, including high-risk pregnancy services; Women’s Center with advanced, 3D mammography units; physical therapy and rehab, including occupational, physical, speech and hand therapy; sports medicine; corporate health and wellness programs; center for audiology; and Medical Park Pharmacy, offering services to the public.

In addition to the hospital, the complex includes the Continuous Care Center, the Wheeling Renal Care dialysis facility and the Howard Long Wellness Center. Connected to the hospital are four medical office buildings. In addition, Tower 5 features a state-of-the-art emergency/trauma center, center for pediatrics, intensive care units, physician offices and private patient rooms.

In downtown Wheeling, the Wheeling Clinic, a division of the hospital, houses additional physician offices and Visiting Nurses Services.

Another affiliate is Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz. HCH offers a wide range of health care services including: 24-hour Emergency Department; surgical service, including laser and robotic surgery; laboratory services; advanced imaging services, including MRI and PET; vascular studies; cardiac rehab; physical, speech and occupational therapy; skilled nursing services; chemotherapy; women’s health, including 3D mammography; pain management; corporate health, and more.

Along with a wide range of services, Wheeling Hospital also boasts a diverse medical staff which includes the specialties of: audiology, podiatry, urology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, cardiology, hematology, oncology, gynecology, pain management, nephrology, family medicine, and general primary care services.

Health centers affiliated with Wheeling Hospital and HCH include: Bellaire, Bridgeport, Colerain, Powhatan, Scio, Shadyside and St. Clairsville. Physicians also see patients at Wellsburg Clinic, 100 National Road in Wheeling, St. Clairsville Plaza and at East Cove Avenue in Elm Grove.

The hospital’s newest addition is the Ambulatory Surgery Center in Bridgeport, opened in February 2020. The ASC offers a more convenient experience for patients receiving outpatient procedures such as gastroenterology, plastic surgery, cataract surgery, podiatry, gynecologic surgery, orthopedic surgery and other general surgeries.

Wheeling Hospital is a faith-based medical provider owned by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In June 2019, the Boards of Directors of Wheeling Hospital and the West Virginia University Health System (WVU Medicine) announced that they had entered into a management services agreement and named Douglass E. Harrison as Wheeling Hospital’s new chief executive officer. Under the agreement, WVU Medicine will provide management services to the hospital, while Harrison will oversee all hospital operations. Wheeling’s Board of Directors will continue to govern the hospital, with final responsibility for quality of care and financial oversight. Kareen Simon, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the hospital, had been serving as interim CEO and returned to her former position.