BUCKHANNON — A partnership with WVU Medicine and Community Care of West Virginia has allowed St. Joseph’s Hospital to expand its obstetrics and gynecology providers.
Following renovations to The Center for Women’s Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital, an official ribbon slicing was held Tuesday with the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce.
Skip Gjolberg, St. Joseph’s Hospital administrator, stated aside from the hospital’s emergency room program with WVU Medicine, this was a brand new sort of enterprise with WVU Medicine.
By bringing in suppliers from Community Care of West Virginia and dealing with WVU Medicine, it will increase the depth of St. Joseph’s Hospital suppliers, he added.
The Center for Women’s Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital is residence to 2 docs: Dr. Kimberly Farry and Dr. Peter Power; Keely Burnside, P.A.C; and three midwives.
Leo Brancazio, M.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
“This story started in the 1990s when I met Dr. [Kimberly] Farry,” he stated. “I was amazed at the work she was doing in West Virginia for women. Rural communities throughout the state are in danger of losing obstetrics and gynecology because they just don’t have the volume of patients.”
This partnership units a basis for sustaining the standard gynecology and obstetrics throughout the state, in line with Brancazio.