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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

2021 Annual Report

2022 Community Health Needs Assessment

Princeton Community Hospital would like to invite you to help us develop our Community Health Needs Assessment.
This assessment will help determine the most important health, social,
and economic factors that are currently impacting our community.
To participate, please click the link below. All surveys are anonymous.
Thank you for participating.

UPDATED VISITATION GUIDELINES - April 2022

Masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status.

We understand that family and friends provide crucial support and comfort to patients. We welcome visitors to our hospital. For the comfort and well-being of all our patients, we ask that you observe these guidelines.

If you have COVID-19/flu-like symptoms, please postpone your visit.

Effective April 18, 2022

Two patient-approved adult caretakers/visitors are allowed at a time on the following floors, and intensive care units:

Critical Care Unit (CCU)

Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

2-West

3-West

3-East

3-South

4-East

Inpatient visitation

Adult inpatient visitation

  • General inpatient visitation hours begin at 11 am daily. Visitors may enter the building until 6pm and visiting hours will end at 7:00 pm daily.
  • All visitors must remain in the room unless requested to step out for patient care/treatment.
  • All visitors must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Two patient-approved adult primary caretaker/visitor at a time during designated visitation times.
  • Visitors must be masked at ALL times.
  • Two approved visitors are permitted for 60 minutes at time of admission and discharge if not within designated visiting hours.
  • No overnight visitation allowed.
  • COVID-19 positive infectious patients and COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUI): Visitation is allowed during designated visiting hours.
  • Visitors to COVID-19 positive infectious patients and COVID-19 rooms must adhere to the following PPE:
    • KN95 facemask or simple mask
    • Face shield/eye covering
    • Gown
    • Gloves

Pediatric Inpatient Units

  • Two approved caretaker/visitors allowed at a time in patient’s room for pediatric inpatients. Two approved visitors are permitted overnight for pediatric inpatients.

Women’s Center

  • Visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm
  • Patient will designate up to three (3) visitors who can be with the patient. Visitors are allowed to exit building and return in the same day; however, the designated visitors cannot be changed or substituted with other visitors.
  • Siblings may visit during visiting hours
  • One visitor will be allowed to stay overnight as approved by the Charge Nurse

Other types of visits

Outpatient oncology unit

  • One approved caretaker/visitor allowed to accompany patient.

Pre-op visits, procedure, or a diagnostic test?

  • One (1) caregiver/visitor may accompany the patient and remain in the patient’s room while the patient is in surgery.
  • Visitor cannot leave the patient room (when patient has an assigned room).
  • One caregiver/visitor may accompany the patient who is having a diagnostic test/procedure. The visitor is not allowed to stay with the patient during the procedure and/or patient preparation for procedure.
  • Two visitors/parents are allowed (as needed) for pediatric outpatient diagnostic visits.

Ambulatory (outpatient) clinic appointments

  • Patients are encouraged to attend their appointments alone.
  • One visitor may accompany an adult patient to the appointment and remain in the room during the visit.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed two visitors/parents as needed.

Emergency Department (ED) visits

  • One visitor (age 18+) is allowed with each adult ED patient.
  • Two visitors (age 18+) are allowed with each pediatric ED patient.
  • Two visitors (over age of 18) with each obstetric patient.
  • Approved visitors will be allowed to stay with the patient in the waiting area as long as social distancing requirements allow.
  • Visitor may accompany patient to and remain in room during ED stay. Visitor must stay in the room. Switching visitors is allowed while adhering to the one visitor for adult ED patients.

Locations & Services

  • Please note: Exceptions to visitation will be made based on patient condition and on a case-by-case basis by the department leader and/or House Supervisor. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, deaf/blind patients, low mental capacity, significant mobility limitations, critical conversations (goals of care), and patients who are imminently dying (as outlined in WV House Bill 2368) and for care giver to participate in education/discharge planning.
  • Overnight visitation may be allowed under certain circumstances and approved by unit management or the nursing supervisor.

American Heart Month

with Dr. Stephen Ward

Princeton Community Hospital to join the West Virginia University Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) Association Board of Directors, the City of Princeton, and the West Virginia University Health System have signed a letter of intent for the WVU Health System to become the sole member of PCH and fully integrate the hospital into the System. 

“West Virginia’s terrain is one of the things that makes it a beautiful state. Unfortunately, it also makes it difficult for people in the more mountainous regions of the state to access the healthcare they need. That’s why it’s important for us to bring Princeton Community Hospital into the WVU Medicine family, so that the folks in the southernmost regions of West Virginia don’t have to cross state lines to find high quality care,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “As the academic medical center of the state’s land-grant university, we are responsible for caring for all West Virginians, and this will help us better serve the people in southern West Virginia.”

PCH entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with WVU Hospitals in December 2020. In July, Karen Bowling, executive vice president of government affairs for the WVU Health System and president and CEO of WVU Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Centerwas named president and CEO of PCH.

“Throughout my time at Summersville Regional Medical Center, I have seen firsthand the benefits that come from being a member of the WVU Health System – it’s a win for community, it’s a win for our employees, and, most importantly, it’s a win for our patients,” Bowling said. “I know that the same will hold true for Mercer County, the employees of PCH, and our patients, who will have greater access to the specialty and subspecialty care that WVU Medicine provides.”

PCH, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, is a fully accredited 203-bed acute care multispecialty medical facility serving a 10-county region in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. It offers advanced medical technologies and procedures, from state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to minimally invasive surgery. In addition, PCH provides behavioral health services at The Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias, a 64-bed psychiatric hospital in Bluefield, and also operates PCH Bluefield, a full-service emergency department in Bluefield (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center).

“I couldn’t be more excited for the future of healthcare in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia. Becoming part of WVU Medicine will ensure expanded services, greater access to healthcare, and the highest quality of healthcare in our region,” James “Rusty” Sarver III, president of the PCH Board, said. “With this agreement, I have no doubt we have secured healthcare for our service area for the next 50 years.”

Mayor David E. Graham said he believes the move will not only benefit healthcare in the region but will benefit the local economy as well.

“The City of Princeton is very pleased to be a part of the expansion of high quality healthcare for the entire region. This expansion will not only have a positive impact on healthcare, but will offer many additional opportunities for the growth of businesses and employment,” Graham said. “We look forward to WVU Health System membership and all the benefits of expanded services for the long term.”

The parties anticipate closing to occur in late 2022 upon receipt of all necessary governmental approvals.

About the West Virginia University Health System 
The West Virginia University Health System, West Virginia’s largest health system with more than 1,800 beds and largest private employer, is comprised of 16 member hospitals, including a children’s hospital; three managed hospitals; and five institutes, all anchored by a 700-bed academic medical center in Morgantown, West Virginia. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.

For media inquiries:
Angela Jones-Knopf, WVU Health System Corporate Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, 304-285-7259, knopfa@wvumedicine.org 
Richard Hypes, Princeton Community Hospital Director of Marketing, 304-487-7339, richard.hypes@pchonline.org

It’s a great time to start your Princeton Community Hospital nursing career.

Newly-hired nurses receive a generous sign-on bonus, competitive pay, and an attractive benefits package!

Here's the deal.

RN Sign-on bonuses vary. The longer you stay, the more you earn!

$15,000 Sign-on Bonus

  • Three-year commitment
  • $5,000 paid upon hiring + $5,000 after years one and two

$10,000 Sign-on Bonus

  • Two-year commitment
  • 5,000 paid upon hiring + $5,000 after year one

$5,000 Sign-on Bonus

  • One-year commitment
  • Paid upon hiring

LPN Sign-on bonuses for 2 year committment

$7,500 Sign-on Bonus

  • Two-year commitment
  • $3,750 paid after 30 days of employment and $3,750 paid after one year of service

Who's Eligible?

  • Direct care, hospital-based RN & LPN positions

  • Newly-hired, benefit-eligible direct care, hospital-based RN & LPN positions with no current affiliation to WVU Medicine or Princeton Community Hospital within the last two years

don't wait!

Sign-on bonuses will be offered to candidates who accept job offers in qualifying positions through June 1, 2022.

The Fine Print...

  • RNs & LPNs accepting part-time (0.5 to 0.8 FTE) positions are eligible for 50 percent of the bonus.

  • Employee will be contractually obligated to stay with organization for a defined period of time at the same FTE level. If the employee leaves or transfers to a non-bedside nurse position prior to completing the time period, the employee must pay the bonus back in full.

  • Individuals promoted to leadership role will be reviewed on case-by-case basis for payback purposes.

don't wait!

Sign-on bonuses will be offered to candidates who accept job offers in qualifying positions through June 1, 2022.

That’s not all…

STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

The Student Loan Repayment Program will assist eligible full-time employees with repayment of their student loans.

Details:

  • Princeton Community Hospital will pay up to $100/month or $1,200 annually to cover the minimum required loan payment for up to five years. 

  • The loan must be the original student loan and not one refinanced. 

  • Full time employee will be contractually obligated to stay with the organization for a defined period of time. If the employee leaves or reduces hours prior to required time period, the employee must pay back any loan payments going back two years.

  • Employee cannot participate in the Student Loan Repayment Program if already taking part in the Educational Aide or Tuition Forgiveness Programs. 

Know someone looking for a job?

Princeton Community Hospital has openings, and is launching a new program to help hire team members who serve in critical roles throughout the hospital.

New referral Bonus Program

Current PCH employees who help recruit a new employee by making a referral are eligible for either a $1,000 or $2,500 bonus.


We have 140 open positions – that’s a lot of opportunities for the people of this state and region. We’d like you to help us spread the word!

Who's Eligible?

  • You must be a current employee to receive the bonus.
  • The referred applicant must be a new applicant who has not submitted an application in the past five years.
  • The referred applicant cannot have previously worked for PCH or any WVU Medicine hospital in the last five years.
  • Human Resources team members and leaders (starting at the manager level) are not eligible.
  • The referred applicant must fill an open full time or part time position.

How It Works

  • Employees who make a successful referral will receive a one-time lump sum payment after referred new hire has successfully completed six months of employment.
  • Employees who help recruit a nursing position – defined as any clinical role that requires an RN licensure (only) as a minimum requirement for the position – will receive $2,500.
  • Employees who help recruit a part time or full time employee (other than an RN) will receive a $1,000 bonus.

Make a Referral!

When the applicant applies for an open position, the applicant must answer the question, “How did you find out about this position?” with the answer “employee referral.” The applicant must then list the employee’s name.
Get the word out to your family and friends – at the neighborhood barbecue, at your child’s sporting event, on social media. Let them know that PCH is hiring and that we’re the best!

Don't Wait!

The Employee Referral Bonus Program only runs for a limited time.

Referred candidates must accept job offers in qualifying positions between now and June 1, 2022.

Princeton Community Hospital’s Orthopedic Center has been recognized by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement for offering the highest quality of care.

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.

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.
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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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