Princeton Hospital Joining Wvu Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Princeton Community Hospital is joining the West Virginia University Health System.

The hospital's board of directors, the WVU Health System and the city of Princeton have signed a letter of intent for the hospital to be integrated into the WVU system, the university said in a news release Wednesday.

The Princeton hospital is a fully accredited 203-bed facility serving a 10-county region in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020.

Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said "it’s important for us to bring Princeton Community Hospital into the WVU Medicine family, so that the folks in the southernmost regions of West Virginia don’t have to cross state lines to find high quality care.”

Princeton Community Hospital entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with WVU Hospitals in December. Karen Bowling, executive vice president of government affairs for the WVU Health System and president and CEO of WVU Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Center, was named president and CEO of the Princeton hospital in July.

Closing is expected late next year.