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Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) and Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) have entered into a Joint Management Services Agreement, which was approved by the PVH Board of Directors Nov. 18, and the CHH Board of Directors Dec. 3. The agreement became effective Dec. 4, 2013.
An open house celebration took place at PVH, where leadership from both hospitals and staff from PVH gathered with local officials. Brent A. Marsteller, Cabell Huntington Hospital President and CEO stated, “I know this is going to be a winning partnership. We share common goals, dedicated staffs and a passion for quality patient care. This combination, along with a strong commitment to this relationship, is the foundation for a successful and lasting partnership.”
Larry Unroe, interim CEO of PVH, said the partnership with Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Health is an exciting development for everyone involved.
“The partnership will allow us to increase the depth of our core services such as primary care, orthopedics and surgical services, while developing specialty care such as pulmonology and endocrinology on site at Pleasant Valley Hospital,” Unroe said. “We believe that Cabell Huntington Hospital’s strength in medical education and its vision for the future make this partnership a perfect fit for Pleasant Valley Hospital and the community we serve.”
Among the highlights of the management services agreement will be naming a full-time CEO for PVH. The CEO will be dedicated to the PVH campus and will also serve as a member of the CHH executive team. Mario Liberatore, PVH Chairman of the Board, is leading a search team to recommend a candidate for this position.
“The search for our new CEO has begun, and interviews will start immediately. A new CEO will be named during the first quarter of 2014,” stated Liberatore.
Pleasant Valley Hospital will retain its name and will continue as full-service, separate hospital in Point Pleasant with its own medical staff and employees. CHH will provide assistance with physician recruiting and management. PVH will work with CHH, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health to offer many new benefits and improved access to highly specialized medical care. It is important to all entities that patients continued to be cared for at PVH whenever possible, but also have the assurance of a smooth transition when the resources of a tertiary care hospital and academic medical center are needed.
While the two campuses are almost 50 miles apart, they will work together to achieve leading information technology tools and pursue overall savings in shared opportunities such group purchasing and service contracts. One shared computer system will allow physicians to seamlessly access patient records at either location. Both campuses will work together to identify, define and implement best practices for clinical and business operations.
This partnership is indicative of how hundreds of hospitals across the nation are preparing for the future of health care, anticipating new roles and responsibilities and being innovative in adapting to them.
Cabell Huntington Hospital is a not-for-profit 303-bed academic medical center located in Huntington, West Virginia. Cabell Huntington is home to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Opened in 1956, it is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Established in 1959, Pleasant Valley Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare system that provides community-oriented health care for Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia and the counties of Gallia and Meigs in Ohio. The 201-bed facility includes a 101-bed acute care facility, a 100-bed nursing & rehabilitation center, three medical equipment sites and a full-range of rehabilitation services. PVH also operates 15 medical clinics.