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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, 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”


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.


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


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


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. 


Due to a greater than 100% increase in the number of COVID-19 positive patients in Mercer County between June 15 and June 25, PCH has made the very difficult decision to reimplement a NO VISITOR policy for the safety of our patients and workforce, effective June 26, 2020. 

No one will be permitted to be with a patient except for the following:

• One essential caregiver will be permitted for pediatric patients.
• One essential caregiver will be permitted for labor and delivery patients.
• One essential caregiver will be permitted for emergency department patients if the patient is not able to participate in their care.

If an essential caregiver is needed for assistance in patient care (determined by the healthcare team), only one person will be permitted to accompany the patient.

End of life care will be authorized on a case-by-case basis.

Authorized persons will be identified with an armband provided to them at the entrance screening or by the healthcare team.

Additional visitors will not be permitted in the lobby or waiting areas. Restricted points of entry are in place with screening protocol.

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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Has an employee in our healthcare organization had a positive impact on your day? Please acknowledge that caregiver or staff member through our employee recognition program. Click here and fill out the form to express appreciation for a job well done. Thank you!