St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital Center (UHC) and WVU Medicine recently completed the transfer of sponsorship of St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Buckhannon, from the Pallottine Missionary Sisters to UHC.

WVU Medicine is the parent corporation for UHC, Ruby Memorial Hospital and several other hospitals in West Virginia, and through this transaction, UHC will become the parent corporation for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The leadership and staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital will remain in place and current services at the hospital will continue without interruption.

The driving force behind the transaction is to continue to deliver the highest quality care in the Buckhannon region with easy and coordinated transfer of care when more specialized care is needed. By joining forces with UHC and WVU Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital can ensure its long-term sustainability for the community.

“The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have worked for more than 94 years to make St. Joseph’s Hospital what it is today, and this transfer will allow that legacy to continue,” said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, president and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome the staff and physicians of St Joseph’s Hospital to the UHC WVU Medicine family,” said Michael Tillman, president and CEO, WVU Medicine – UHC. “We see great opportunities for us to collaborate and build on St. Joseph’s legacy of excellent, compassionate care. We are already working to expand the Family Practice residency at UHC to prepare tomorrow’s doctors.”

“As the state’s largest healthcare system, our mission is to work to improve healthcare throughout West Virginia,” said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO, WVU Medicine. “St. Joseph’s continued success is crucial to maintaining access to needed healthcare services in Buckhannon and central West Virginia. By becoming a member of the WVU Medicine family of hospitals and clinics, patients who choose St. Joseph’s Hospital will also have easier access to all of the clinical resources available through WVU Medicine.”