Officials announced Aug. 20 that United Hospital Center and its parent company West Virginia United Health System have reached a preliminary agreement to take over St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon. The agreement still needs to pass several levels of administrative and regulatory review before it is finalized, officials said. A timetable for those reviews has not yet been released. St. Joseph's patients will continue to receive services without interruption and the leadership and staff will stay the same, according to a news release.
“We are very pleased to welcome the talented and compassionate medical, nursing, and administrative staff at St. Joseph's Hospital to the UHC family,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of United Hospital Center.
“The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have worked for more than 93 years to make St. Joseph's Hospital what it is today, and this transfer will allow that legacy to continue,” said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital. “There are fewer Sisters here to oversee their healthcare ministries and this move is part of their strategic planning to secure the future of St. Joseph's Hospital for its community,” Johnson-Phillippe said.
In addition to UHC, West Virginia United Health System controls six other hospitals around the state.