Mountain Health System and Charleston Area Medical Center Announce Agreement

Mountain Health System and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) have entered into an affiliation agreement to explore opportunities and collaborate in order to enhance quality medicine, expand academic medical care and improve health care delivery for residents of West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. Mountain Health, which includes Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, and CAMC will remain two distinct entities that will continue to run operations separately and will remain competitors in many aspects.

“Our two respected teaching organizations have a long history of educating physicians,” stated Kevin Yingling, RPh, MD, chair, Mountain Health Board of Directors. “A cornerstone of the agreement focuses on training and retaining higher quality physicians and health care providers in all areas of medicine. By working together, we can enrich medical care through education, research and clinical trials while benefiting the patients we serve.”

“We share similar missions and values and working together in some areas not only makes sense, but can be advantageous to the communities we serve,” stated Gary White, Interim CEO, Mountain Health. “Both organizations are regional referral centers known for providing highly-specialized care in the region. We look forward to working together to expand access for patients to advanced quality and academic medical care, close to home.”

“Health care providers across the nation are creating affiliations, partnerships and collaborations in an effort to deliver high quality care in more efficient and effective ways than ever before,” stated John Hoblitzell, chair, CAMC Board of Directors. “This agreement is an example of how strong, healthy not-for-profit institutions that share a goal of improving the health of the populations we serve build collaborations, and we believe the future of health care innovation will be based on relationships like this one.”

“No one is merging or being acquired,” stated David Ramsey, President and CEO, CAMC. “This relationship is a collaborative working agreement. Our organizations have a solid history of working together to tackle health care issues for southern WV and this agreement is a natural evolution of that work. While much is changing in health care delivery around the country and in our region, many things will remain the same.”

As CAMC and Mountain Health embark on the affiliation agreement, the two will work together to explore in initiatives that enhance the quality of health care and promote community health.