WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital notes progress in past 90 days
Clinical affiliation and management agreement have strengthened local healthcare
BARNESVILLE, OHIO – The first 90 days of the new affiliation with WVU Medicine, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in West Virginia, have proven to be a successful period of networking and evaluating ways in which WVU Medicine can partner with Barnesville Hospital to retain and strengthen services provided to the community.
Barnesville Hospital leadership entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with WVU Hospitals and the West Virginia University Health System on June 1. Under the terms of the agreement, WVU Medicine did not assume ownership of the hospital, and it remains operated under the guidance of the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees. Additionally, David Phillips, CEO, became an employee of WVU Hospitals and will remain as president of Barnesville Hospital.
“WVU Medicine has already begun to help us in areas of physician recruitment, process improvement, and resource utilization,” Phillips said. “With the new clinical affiliation, the Barnesville community continues to see additional access to new healthcare services, such as orthopaedic surgery with Dr. John Michalski and general surgery coverage through Dr. Matthew Metz. An additional physician, Dr. Frank Schiebel, will be brought on board later this year to offer additional general surgery options.”
Currently, Barnesville Hospital offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, including cardiopulmonary care and rehabilitation, emergency medicine, general surgery, laboratory, physical and occupational therapy, radiology, sleep medicine, skilled bed services, and speech/language pathology.
“We definitely made the right decision to partner with WVU Medicine,” Phillips said. “If the first 90 days are any indication of future success, which I am sure they will be, WVU Medicine will help position Barnesville to be in the best possible place to serve the community for years to come.”
Located in rural Southeastern Ohio, WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital is a 25-bed fully accredited critical access hospital, employing approximately 250 people. Established in 1941, the hospital and its role as a rural healthcare organization have gone through a multitude of transformations in response to the changing healthcare needs of the community.
For more information about WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital or the services provided, visit www.barnesvillehospital.com.
Leila Miller, Director of Community Relations, 740-425-5112, firstname.lastname@example.org