Representative from Congresswoman Carol Miller’s office; Rob Jay, CEO of ScionHealth; U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito; Dr. Kevin Yingling, CEO of Mountain Health Network; Buffy Hammers, CEO of Marshall Health; David Brash, CEO of Logan Regional Medical Center, and Robert Wampler, President, Community Hospitals at ScionHealth (PHOTO | Submitted)
LOGAN A new year means new partners and a collaboration for Logan Regional Medical Center to bolster health opportunities in Southern West Virginia.
Marshall Health, Mountain Health Network, Logan Regional Medical Center and Logan Regional’s parent network Scion Health announced new collaboration to bring more opportunities for specialty care.
A memorandum of understanding with the organizations will establish a process to identify and implement enhance health care for the Logan area and southern coalfields.
“Mountain Health and Logan Regional Medical Center have held a longstanding mutual respect and common purpose of providing high-quality medical care for patients, close to home,” stated Kevin Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., F.A.C.P, president and CEO of Mountain Health Network. “We are honored the Logan and ScionHealth teams have chosen Mountain Health and our academic medical center partners, Marshall Health, to provide access to highly-specialized heart, pediatric, and cancer services so patients and families do not need to travel long distances for advanced medical care.”
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health, its faculty practice plan, previously partnered with Logan Regional to launch the nation’s first separately accredited rural general surgery residency program. The five-year program expects the first trainees this summer.
Marshall Health CEO Beth Hammers said collaborations not only build the medical workforce but enhance rural medicine. those are the kinds of projects they are looking to create out of this MOU.
“Partnerships like this one are how we continue to build the skilled physician workforce West Virginia needs while meeting the health care needs of our communities today,” according to a statement from Hammers. “Rural training programs are one way we know that we can help meet physician shortages happening in so many rural areas. Marshall Health looks forward to working alongside Mountain Health, LRMC and local physicians to bring more specialty care options to patients in southern West Virginia.”
“Logan Regional has a long history of providing high-quality, compassionate medical care to our friends, families and neighbors in the Logan area,” said David Brash, CEO of LRMC. “We have an exceptional team of physicians and caregivers and a wide scope of quality service lines we’ve established at our hospital. This collaboration makes us part of a network that will improve patients’ access to advanced specialty and sub-specialty care both here in Logan, as well as Mountain Health Network and Marshall Health facilities. It also connects us with an academic partner critical to developing graduate medical education and teaching programs.”
US Senator Shelley Moore Capito delivers remarks at the Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan, W.Va. on Friday, January 6th
US Senator Shelly Moore Capito was on hand for the announcement on the main campus of Logan Regional in Logan on Friday, January sixth. The Senator commended the new collaboration between the health organizations to bring more opportunities for specialty care to southern West Virginia.
“Regardless of where West Virginians live, they deserve to be able to reach the lifesaving medical services they need and rely on. That’s why I have worked hard to support rural health care services across our state, and today’s announcement is another step in the right direction,” Mrs. Capito said. “It is encouraging to see West Virginia take advantage of the Rural Residency Program – something I have long-supported – to address both the workforce and service availability challenge our communities sometimes face. Today’s announcement means more West Virginians receiving care, more West Virginians providing care, and more teamwork between our medical organizations.”
Many of the areas of enhancement include cardiology, pediatrics, and oncology based in Logan.