Orthopedic Center Team

Helena Griffith, RN, BSN, ONC
Orthopedic Care Coordinator

Hello – I’m Helena Griffith and it is my pleasure to be the Orthopedic Care Coordinator for Princeton Community Hospital.

I have served patients on the orthopedic wing at PCH since 1998, first as a nurse extern, then as an RN after earning my degree from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia. In 2015, I was awarded the National Orthopedic Nurse Certification that acknowledged my superior knowledge and skill level in orthopedics including degenerative disorders, orthopedic trauma, sports injuries, inflammatory disorders, metabolic bone disorders, pediatric/congenital, musculoskeletal tumors, and neuromuscular.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is when a patient says thank you for the care they received. I have found great fulfillment on the orthopedic wing over the past two decades, especially with the knowledge that my efforts have helped improve the lives of area residents.

I have an affinity for the orthopedic department, not only for the excellent care provided, but also because it is the site of my engagement. My high school sweetheart and boyfriend Robert disguised himself as a patient in a hospital gown and asked for my hand in marriage when I came into the room to meet my “new admission.”

We have one daughter, Madison. My family and our menagerie of pets reside in Bluewell, West Virginia. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and reading.


Orthopedic Surgeon – 30 years
Board Certified – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellow – AAOS
Member – ISAKOS
Member – AANA
Associate Clinical Professor – Orthopaedics, Wake Forest University
President – Luma Corporation

Northwestern University – BS
Northwestern University Medical School – Honors Program in Medical Education
Northwestern University – Residency

Medical interests/philosophy
I am privileged to work with highly trained staff and cutting-edge technology in a community that considers me a doctor rather than a “provider.” Pictures of patients on horses or Harleys, dancing or just standing on their walker go with kind words of appreciation, cakes, cards and other personal reminders that I work in a small community that appreciates my work.

I have been married to my wife Cynthia for 34 years. We have three children: Sara (28), Jarrod (26) and Nicholas (24). My interests include medical technology development, dogs, travel, fitness and gardening.


Orthopedic Surgeon – 20 years
Member of AOA, AOAO, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
WVSOM Faculty

BS Concord University, 1987
DO West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1991
Residency Ohio University, 1991-1996
Fellowship Total Joint Replacement – The Cleveland Clinic, 1996-1997

Medical interests/philosophy
I love my job because it’s both challenging and rewarding. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and treat local people and families.

I have been married to my wife Pam for 26 years. We have three children: Karly (22), Madison (18) and Ben (13). I love golf, travel with family and radio-controlled planes.


Dr. Higinbotham completed undergraduate work at Fairmont State University where he graduated Cum Laude in 2012. He earned a medical degree from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pikeville.

His orthopedic surgery residency was completed at Garden City Hospital, Garden City, Michigan. 

Dr. Higinbotham is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He resides in Princeton and looks forward to meeting the orthopedic surgical needs of area residents.

OR Staff

Your Surgery RNs and Technicians and Post Anesthesia Care (recovery) RNs have over 180 years of combined experience in the operating room.

Three of the team members have each been with the hospital over 40 years and one has served patients here for over 35 years. All of the technicians and RNs bring a level of skill, compassion, and professionalism unsurpassed in the industry.

These Surgery RNs and Technicians and PACU RNs will help prepare you for surgery on the morning of your procedure and they will be there to greet you in recovery.

Rest assured that your comfort, safety, and a successful outcome are the primary concerns of your care team.


Your team of orthopedic nurses bring over 190 years of combined health care experience to you.

These highly skilled and compassionate professionals will accompany you along every step of your journey – from pre-operative planning, through surgery, to discharge. Your nurses will assist with your medication requirements, your mobility goals, your breathing exercises, and much more.

As you climb the mountain to full recovery, your nurses will serve as your caregivers, cheerleaders, friends, and advocates.

Physical Therapy

With over 174 years of combined professional experience, the skilled Physical Therapy staff at Princeton Community Hospital will come directly to your room to administer acute care after your surgery.

Your therapist will instruct you to move about, walk, and exercise the first day after surgery. He or she will utilize hands-on manual therapy and emphasize therapeutic exercise as the primary treatment approach. They will also assist you in group therapy sessions with other orthopedic surgery patients in the customized exercise room on the orthopedic wing.

Patients are encouraged to have a family member/significant other present for the majority of physical therapy sessions before discharge. At discharge, you will receive instructions on walking, transferring from bed or chair, and exercises that will be helpful in your recovery.

Case Management

The Case Management Department at Princeton Community Hospital is made up of highly experienced, bachelor-prepared registered nurses and social workers. Together we have a combined experience of greater than 100 years of hospital case management experience.

Our goal is to work closely with you and your family in order to ease your transition to home. We will act as your liaison by coordinating care between yourself, your insurance company, your physician, and any outside resources.

Your case manager will greet you early in your stay to start the preparations for your post discharge care. Family participation is highly recommended during these meetings. The case manager will ensure that any equipment, therapy, medications, or other services needed after discharge will be arranged.