West Virginia University Health System officials announced Tuesday that Braxton County Memorial Hospital officials have signed a letter of intent to join the WVU Health System.
The hospital, located in Gassaway, has 25 beds and along with Braxton County, it serves parts of Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas, and Webster counties. BCMH has nearly 200 employees, officials said.
Upon the announcement, officials from both entities issued statements.
Albert Wright, West Virginia University Health System president and CEO:
“Braxton County is uniquely positioned right in the center of West Virginia, and it’s important for the people who live in the heart of our state to have access to the high quality healthcare they need. We are proud to welcome Braxton County Memorial Hospital to our system, and we look forward to being a part of that community.”
Barbara Adams, chair of the BCMH Board of Directors:
“BCMH is a valuable entity in our community as well as the surrounding areas. We will be able to offer several added services by being a member of the West Virginia University Health System, which will greatly benefit the health needs of our community,” , said. “This is an exciting time for BCMH as we hope to continue meeting the healthcare needs of our patients and community for many years to come.”
Before the affiliation becomes official, a certificate of need will have to be filed with and approved by the West Virginia Health Care Authority. No word has been released on the timetable for that process.
The West Virginia University Health System, which is the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, now includes: J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; 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 has a management agreement with Summersville Regional Medical Center and is affiliated with Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville and Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland.
Also this week, neighboring Webster County Memorial Hospital announced that it had signed a clinical affiliation agreement with Elkins-based Davis Health System.