Davis Health System celebrates affiliation with WVU Hospitals
ELKINS — On Tuesday. Davis Health System and WVU Hospitals celebrated a clinical affiliation that began in May.
The partnership is aimed increasing area residents’ access to certain highly-specialized services and innovative care.
“This is a pretty exciting day for Davis Health System because it took us a couple of years to get to this point. We started with the cancer center, which was a big success, as well as our successful ambassador center,” Davis Health System President and CEO Vance Jackson said. “We were just talking about how busy our ambassador institute is and how we could make it grow. I think that this is the next step to evolve our medicine and resources that we offer. So, we are very happy to now be affiliated with WVU Hospitals. We are very happy to build a relationship with one of the best health systems in the world and because we know it is going to help our faces so we thank them very much.”
In the partnership, WVU Hospitals will work with DHS clinical teams to advance the breadth and depth of needed specialty care, including neurology, pulmonology and urology. The clinical affiliation will also strengthen DHS’s telemedicine network, providing immediate access to WVU Medicine specialists through cutting-edge video technology.
Dr. Catherine “Mindy” Chua, DHS chief medical officer, said she is excited about the collaboration with WVU Hospitals that officially began on May 1.
“We have already begun to start the wheels turning to increase services to the patients in this region. Davis Health System providers are by far some of the best I have ever had the honor of working with,” she said. “However, we realized as a system we need to offer more services to our community.”
Chua said with the partnership she has already been able to reach out to WVU Hospitals when she had a patient with a rare medical condition that was unable to travel to Morgantown.
“Together, with the help of WVU Hospitals, we were able to diagnose and get the patient proper treatment, and now they are doing much better all without having to leave Randolph County,” she said. “As research progresses, so does the need for specialty care.”
Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for WVU School of Medicine Ronald Pellegrino said the partnership will help deliver care to everybody who needs it.
“We have tried historically to serve our communities and our state, and we have done a good job at our core mission,” he said. “Now, we realized that over the last several years that our mission goes beyond that. It is not just to deliver care to anybody who needs it, it is to start preventive care before hospitalization.”
The two health systems have been working closely together since 2016 when a WVU Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute was established within Davis Medical Center’s outpatient center. Additionally, the groups entered a joint venture for improved cancer services at Davis Medical Center Cancer Care Center. Construction to house a new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator was recently completed at the site, enhancing radiation oncology care for Randolph and neighboring counties.