MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Karen Bowling, executive vice president of government affairs for the West Virginia University Health System and president and CEO of WVU Medicine’s Braxton County Memorial Hospital and Summersville Regional Medical Center, will become president and CEO of Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) on July 6.
“You would be hard pressed to find someone as dedicated to the people of West Virginia, especially those in the southern part of the state, as Karen Bowling. Her passion is contagious and her efforts to improve patients’ access to healthcare are tireless,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “Karen has done a wonderful job leading Braxton County Memorial Hospital and Summersville Regional Medical Center, and I am fully confident that she will do the same at Princeton Community Hospital.”
PCH, which entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with WVU Hospitals in December, 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 offers behavior health services at The Behavioral Healthcare Pavilion of the Virginias, a 64-bed psychiatric hospital in Bluefield, and provides 24-hour emergency care at PCH Bluefield (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center).
“On behalf of the PCH Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Karen Bowling as chief executive officer of Princeton Community Hospital,” James “Rusty” Sarver, III, president of the PCH Board, said. “Karen has an extraordinary track record of successful leadership at multiple organizations. As a native of the area, she understands the unique challenges facing us, as well as the strengths our people bring to bear upon them. The partnership between PCH and WVU Hospitals has provided stability and enabled us to expand our services and to deliver stronger healthcare in the region. We look forward to building upon that under Karen’s direction and leadership.”
Prior to joining WVU Medicine in 2017, Bowling served as cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and shepherded an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under then-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Before that, she held a variety of direct care and leadership positions in healthcare and education.
Her career started as an emergency room nurse in a small rural hospital in Wyoming County and then led her to the Wyoming County Board of Education to develop its School Health Program. In 1990, she became the CEO of Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.
Bowling has served in various leadership roles, including as chair, of the West Virginia Hospital Association. She was also a board member of several organizations, including the Raleigh County Community Action Association, the YMCA of Beckley, and the Beckley Health Right Clinic and served as chair of the Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.
Bowling holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Bluefield State College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from WVU. She also completed a master’s degree in higher education from Capella University.
“As a native of Wyoming County, ensuring that the people of southern West Virginia have access to the care they need holds a special place in my heart,” Bowling said. “I am thrilled to work with the staff of PCH and to do whatever I can to ensure that the people of this region can get high quality healthcare right here at home.”
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.
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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.
ICU and CCU:
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
All other in-patient units: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Visitors who are screened at 6:00 p.m. may remain in the patients’ rooms until 7:30 p.m.
All visitors must pass the COVID-19 screening at the entrance in order to be a caretaker/visitor. Patients that are COVID-positive or PUI (persons under investigation) will be allow visitation at admission and then every five (5) days pursuant of WV House Bill 2368.
Additional accommodations will be coordinated to support family presence during end-of-life circumstances as warranted pursuant to WV House Bill 2368.
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-
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 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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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