West Virginia University Health System announces northern market leadership changes

Posted on 2/12/2021

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Health System today (Feb. 12) announced changes to its northern market leadership structure.

Tony Martinelli, senior administrator and assistant vice president of Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, Ohio, will become the first chief operating officer at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale. Martinelli takes on this role as David Hess, M.D., CEO of Reynolds Memorial and now WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, splits his time between those two hospitals. 

In turn, Dave Phillips, CEO of Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio, will take on the added responsibility of serving as CEO of Harrison Community Hospital. Doug Harrison, president and CEO of Wheeling Hospital, will continue to serve in that capacity.

“Our senior leaders of our northern market are uniquely positioned to align their respective hospitals and ensure we are delivering the best possible healthcare to the people of the Northern Panhandle and eastern Ohio,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “I have the utmost faith that they will strengthen the already great work of their hospitals.”

These changes are contingent upon the appropriate board and regulatory approvals, and will occur after the Health System closes on the transactions that bring the three hospitals into the Health System.

About the West Virginia University Health System 

The West Virginia University Health System, West Virginia’s largest health system and largest private employer, is comprised of 13 hospitals – its flagship hospital, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and Fairmont Medical Center in Fairmont; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jackson General Hospital in Ripley; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville; Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; United Hospital Center in Bridgeport; and Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville. It also provides management services to Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio; Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland; Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, Ohio; Highland-Clarksburg Hospital in Clarksburg; Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton; and Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling. The WVU Health System also includes five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.

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