Webster County Memorial Hospital signs affiliation with Davis Health System

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Webster County Memorial Hospital officials have announced that they have signed a clinical affiliation with Davis Health System.

The two parties signed a management agreement in 2016 and the new accord takes that relationship a step forward, officials said.

“By enhancing and expanding our affiliation, we broaden access to specialty care not currently available to our local residents. We have a strong history of collaboration with Davis Health System, and feel this will allow each organization to strengthen patient services and share best practices and expertise,” said Mary Anne Carpenter, Board Chair for WCMH.

Under the new agreement, each organization will still operate independently with separate boards, assets and budgets, officials said. 

 “From realigning the hospital to serve its community more efficiently and effectively to improving finances and maintaining quality providers, the board and administration are confident that this relationship with DHS will continue to position us for years to come,” said WCMH CEO Jim Parker.

“With access to specialty physicians at Davis Medical Center and the availability of advanced telemedicine we have the ability to develop beneficial, new programs or services,” said DHS President and CEO Vance Jackson.

Officials list diabetes education and counseling,   the American Diabetes Association LifeSkills™ class, telemedicine opportunities and prenatal primary care as some of the new services that will be offered at WCMH as a part of the affiliation.

Early this year, some employees and patients voiced concerns about the future of the hospital, both outside the building in April and at a Webster County Commission meeting in May

An announcement was also made this week that neighboring Braxton County Memorial Hospital is looking to join the West Virginia University Health System.

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