For more than 90 years, the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon has tended to the medical needs of Upshur County and the surrounding region.
The hospital is one of three Catholic hospitals remaining in West Virginia, and the administration is making plans for the Buckhannon facility to be around for many more years to come. Several doctors will be added to the staff during the summer, and there will be changes and an expansion to the hospital's Hospice program.
"Part of our commitment to the community is to keep this hospital here," Chief Executive Officer Sue Johnson-Phillipe said. "We are trying not to lose sight of why we are truly here. Carrying on Christ's mission is why we are all here."
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St. Joseph’s Hospital has been dedicated to helping the people of Upshur County for more than 90 years.
Christ's mission is at the forefront of the hospital's value. In fact, the 95-bed hospital's core values - "Compassion, Hospitality, Reverence, Interdependence, Stewardship and Trust" - are arranged to spell out Christ.
From its humble beginnings, the hospital has grown to include not just general and surgical departments, but also urology, cardiology, emergency care and oncology. Also on the hospital's campus are the St. Joseph's Medical Office Building, the Physicians Office Center and the Home Medical Equipment and Supply Store.
The Medical Office Building houses the Associates for Women's Health, a team of midwives and physicians assistants who team with a doctor to provide health care in obstetrics and gynecology.
St. Joseph's Prompt Care is a walk-in service clinic, which is staffed with emergency-trained physicians and physicians assistants from West Virginia University's Department of Emergency Medicine.
The nursing home facility has received several accolades, including being named as the best long-term care facility in West Virginia consecutive years by U.S News and World Report.
"It speaks to the long-term commitment of the staff and their tenacity of doing it right day in and day out," Johnson-Phillippe said.
The hospital has grown almost continually since its founding 90 years ago by a group of Pallotine nuns, who farmed the land surrounding the hospital while also providing the nursing services at an eight-bed facility. The hospital was built on its current site in 1966.