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With the increase of COVID cases in the area, Princeton Community Hospital’s COVID-positive patients now make up 15% of total patient occupancy. As a result, PCH in partnership with the West Virginia DHHR, will provide free COVID-19 drive-thru testing for anyone in the area regardless of state residency on Thursday, May 13 in Bluefield, and Tuesday, May 18 in Princeton. Please see details below:

Free COVID-19 drive-thru tests will be available at PCH Bluefield (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center) located at 500 Cherry Street, Bluefield, WV, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Follow the “Free COVID TEST” traffic signs.

Free COVID-19 drive-thru tests will be available at Princeton Community Hospital (Parkview Center entrance) located at 122 Twelfth Street, Princeton, WV, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Follow the “Free COVID TEST” traffic signs. 

The safety of our patients, employees, and visitors is our top priority. With limited visitation now permitted, outpatients and visitors may experience a brief delay at the main and Parkview Center entrances as everyone entering the building is screened for COVID-19. The screening involves a temperature check, questionnaire, and a wrist band for all visitors and outpatients. We ask that you be patient with us as we carry out this necessary precaution for the health and safety of all involved.

We value our patients’ families and understand the role they play in the patient’s healing and overall well-being. For that reason, the decision was made to resume visitation on a limited basis when our in-house positivity rate for COVID-19 patients falls below 20%.  

The decision will be determined each Monday morning, based on the current COVID positivity rate, and may change from week to week.  

The following restricted visitation policy is currently in effect.  

 

Visitor Guidelines:

 

  • Visiting hours for areas other than critical care will be 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • NO VISITATION for COVID-positive patients or patients being tested for COVID.
  • Visitor will be screened at the time of entry. The screeners will log each visitor’s name, phone number, screening information, and room visited. All visitors must be age 18 or above.
  • Visitor must wear a mask at all times, even in the patient’s room. They should bring their own mask. If a visitor chooses not to wear a mask or not to comply with all visitation guidelines, they will be asked to leave immediately. 
  • Visitor must stay in the patient’s room. They should use the call bell if assistance is needed. No visitors will be allowed to stand at the nurses’ desk or in the hallways, or travel in and out of the room (out to smoke, to the cafeteria, etc.). 
  • End-of-life care visitation allowance is determined by the physician and nursing staff caring for the patient. 
  • All visitors should enter through the main entrance except for OB/Women’s Center and ER.  

 

Department Rules:  

 

  • NO VISITORS for Surgery/Day Surgery, unless necessary (child, lacking capacity, etc.). Exceptions must be approved by the department.
  • NO VISITORS for Outpatient Oncology. 
  • In-patients Med/Surg Units – 1 visitor will be allowed per day, during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Once the visitor leaves the room, they may not return until the next day. There is no switching off on the 1 visitor per day. 
  • ICU/CCU units – 1 visitor will be allowed for 2-hour increments: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The visitors may be a different person for the second 2-hour increment on the same day, but only 1 person is allowed in at a time. If the visitor leaves during a 2-hour increment, they may not return until next 2-hour increment. 
  • OB/Women’s Center – 1 support person allowed. 
  • ER – 1 visitor per patient except for COVID-positive patients or patients being tested for COVID. 
  • Exceptions may be made for patients requiring an essential caregiver.  

We respectfully request that for the health and safety of patients, employees, and the public, all visitors comply with visitation guidelines.  

All visitation guidelines will be reevaluated each Monday morning.

 

We respectfully request that for the health and safety of patients, employees, and the public, all visitors comply with visitation guidelines.   

 

All visitation guidelines will be reevaluated each Monday morning.  

Princeton Community Hospital Women’s Center has been recognized by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care for offering higher quality care to mothers. Learn more about the outstanding OB/GYN services at PCH by clicking the following link and watching our video: https://pchonline.org/our-services/ob-gyn-services/

It is important that you discuss all your vaccination status with your health care provider, especially now the COVID-19 vaccination. Please let your doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner know whether you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccination (either the first or second dosage). If you have not been vaccinated and are in an at-risk category, your provider can give you information on pre-registering for the vaccine.
West Virginia residents may pre-register by visiting vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734-0965.

West Virginia First State to Launch Everbridge COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration System

1/24/2021

West Virginians will now have access to a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration tool available statewide. West Virginia is the first state to deploy this new system through Everbridge, a global provider of critical event management technologies. The tool enables West Virginians to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination and receive updates through text, phone and/or email. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will launch the new service at 8 a.m., Monday, January 25, 2021 on vaccinate.wv.gov.

Those who have already been placed on a waitlist through their local health department or other medical provider, as well as those who have already received their first vaccine dose, will be integrated into this new system and thus do not need to pre-register. The first week, the system will open for pre-registration. Moving forward, vaccination scheduling will also be available through the system. Scheduling will continue based on the state’s overlapping phased approach for administering the limited vaccine supply. 

“Gov. Justice tasked DHHR with figuring out a vaccination registration and scheduling tool for West Virginians to use,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “This new service allows West Virginians to directly enter their information into the computer, or with assistance from the Vaccine Info Line, and will keep folks from having to call multiple times to our local health departments whose phone lines are already overwhelmed.”

The system offers West Virginians the ability to pre-register, receive real-time updates on vaccine availability and schedule an appointment to get vaccinated when supplies allow. Individuals can opt to receive regular communication updates on West Virginia’s vaccination process. The system allows people to select their preferences for communication through texts, email or voicemails over regular phone lines.

“This is another example of how we continue to lead the nation with our COVID-19 vaccination program,” said Gov. Justice. “This is another tool in our toolbox that will help make the vaccination process as easy and efficient as possible, and I’m proud of everyone who worked hard to stand up this system so quickly.” 

Any West Virginian who does not have the ability to register online can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 to get help with pre-registration. The call center is active from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At this time, West Virginians 65 years of age and older and certain high-risk priority groups who are pre-registered will receive a text, phone call or email with an appointment once it is available to their group and in their geographical area. Those who are not in the current priority groups are able to pre-register online and will be offered an appointment when eligible based on limited supply. West Virginians are encouraged to pre-register and to continue to follow vaccinate.wv.gov for updated information. 

“The more people who choose to get vaccinated when it’s their turn, the better,” added Crouch. “This will help us build community immunity in West Virginia.”

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov

Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing for West Virginia Residents

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru tests will be available at PCH Bluefield (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center) located at 500 Cherry Street, Bluefield, West Virginia

Thursday, February 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This is a West Virginia DHHR-sponsored event for West Virginia residents, held in partnership with Princeton Community Hospital.

 
Although registration forms will be available at the site, you may expedite the process by downloading, printing, and filling out the forms below.
Using the page setup on your printer, please print each page at 8.5” x 11”
Free COVID-19 drive-thru tests will be available at PCH Bluefield (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center) located at 500 Cherry Street, Bluefield, WV
  • Tuesday, January 26
  • Thursday, January 28
  • Tuesday, February 2
  • Thursday, February 4
from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

This is a West Virginia DHHR-sponsored event for West Virginia residents, held in partnership with Princeton Community Hospital.

Although registration forms will be available at the site, you may expedite the process by downloading, printing, and filling out the forms below.
Using the page setup on your printer, please print each page at 8.5” x 11”

WELCOME TO PRINCETON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

We are a fully-accredited 203-bed acute care facility serving a 10-county region in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia. Our community-owned not-for-profit hospital was established in 1970 and now offers highly advanced medical technologies and procedures.

We are proudly located in the heart of Mercer County, West Virginia; an area rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. The City of Princeton provides a progressive business environment while preserving traditional hometown values.

Patient Advocate Representative – 304.487.7261
General Phone Number for PCH – 304.487.7000
Medical Records – 304.487.7257

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50th anniversary
commemorative brochure

On December 5, 1970, official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies were held for Princeton Community Hospital. On December 20, 1970, 41 patients were transported from the old Princeton Memorial Hospital to the new facility, and PCH opened its doors to the public. 

 
A Message from the Board President
 
On behalf of the PCH Board of Directors, I invite you to explore the 50-year history of the hospital through the pages of this commemorative brochure. 
 
Much has changed since PCH opened its doors to patients for the first time on December 20, 1970, but one thing has remained consistent – the commitment of our employees to provide the best possible health care to the community.
 
Our anniversary year, 2020, has been perhaps the most difficult one in our half-century of operation. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges – emotionally, logistically, and financially. I believe the strengths and characteristics that have been utilized by Princeton Community Hospital’s staff and employees this year are just an extension of how people behave in southern West Virginia. There is a belief that when times are difficult, our first instinct is to stick together, find common ground, begin to prioritize, and start fixing the problem. Fortitude, determination, and unselfishness describe the winning attributes of our employees in 2020, but they are also the characteristics that have fueled our success over the past 50 years.
 
It is an honor to include in this brochure the insightful recollections of the hospital’s first administrator, Mr. James Dalton. I wish to personally thank him for sharing his memories of the hospital’s founding and its early years. 
 
I am proud of this facility and its history. I am proud of our employees, the medical staff, and the great community we serve. In our quest to meet the challenges of the next 50 years, we remain dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive medical care with the highest level of compassion and respect for every patient. 
 
James “Rusty” Sarver, III
President, PCH Board of Directors
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Princeton Community Hospital’s
New Bluefield Emergency Department  

Princeton Community Hospital’s new off-campus provider based emergency department at 500 Cherry Street in Bluefield, West Virginia  

Starting on August 1, 2020, Princeton Community Hospital will be offering full-service emergency services at 500 Cherry Street in Bluefield, West Virginia. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department will be open 24/7 and staffed by experienced and highly qualified emergency physicians and nurses ready to provide care to you and your family. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department offers easy-to-access, quality care when an emergency occurs – no matter how big or small. PCH Bluefield Emergency Department is a part of Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, West Virginia and will strive to serve the emergency needs of the Bluefield, West Virginia community with the permanent closure of Bluefield Regional Medical Center. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department will administer treatment to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

services

Below is a summary of the emergency services and related health care services that will be available through the PCH Bluefield Emergency Department:

Emergency Services  

  • Emergency-trained and experienced physicians and nurses on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  
  • Emergent treatment/stabilization for all illnesses and injuries, including cardiac, stroke, and respiratory
  • Diagnostic testing, including 24/7 lab and imaging services (CT and x-ray)  
  • Decontamination room  
  • Helipad  
  • Medical specialties available  
  • Emergency Transfer/transport arrangements readily available as needed

Imaging Services

  • X-Ray
  • CT scans

Laboratory Services

  • Hematology testing, which includes CBC, differentials and platelet counts
  • Coagulation testing, which includes PT, PTT, and D-Dimer
  • Urinalysis
  • Chemistry testing, which includes complete metabolic profiles, lipid, thyroid panel, drug screens, select therapeutic drugs and spinal fluids
  • Rapid testing for influenza, RSV and strep

Other Services

  • Helicopter transport to other facilities
  • Ambulance transport

Hours

The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Directions

500 Cherry Street in Bluefield, West Virginia – located in the former Bluefield Regional Medical Center hospital facility emergency department.

PCH Bluefield Emergency Department:

(304) 327-1500

elective surgeries

Princeton Community Hospital is pleased to announce the resumption of urgent elective surgeries effective April 28, 2020. Because of the continuing threat of the COVID-19 virus, no visitors will be permitted to accompany the surgical patient inside the hospital. We request that a family member drop off the patient at the Parkview Center entrance and pick them up at the same location upon discharge. We will communicate with the family member via telephone. An exception to the “no visitor restriction” may be considered only if the patient requires direct assistance from a family member or lay caregiver. 

Effective Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Princeton Community Hospital will no longer offer
drive-thru testing for COVID-19
at our Parkview Center entrance.

COVID-19 testing is still available (just not drive-thru) daily at our main entrance from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., when ordered by your physician.

With your physician order in hand, please come directly to the main entrance for testing.

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The Orthopedic Center

If you have severe hip or knee pain, or if you are considering joint replacement surgery, you should know about the advanced program for joint replacement at the Orthopedic Center at Princeton Community Hospital. Click here to learn more.

Princeton Community Hospital’s Orthopedic Center is the first in West Virginia and one of only 22 hospitals nationwide to obtain Hip and Knee Replacement Center of Excellence Certification from DNV-GL. Thanks to everyone involved in making the Orthopedic Center’s comprehensive joint replacement program a great success. Your hard work and unwavering commitment to excellence made this certification possible. 

DNV-GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field – Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany).

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