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CEO named for W.Va. hospital group

June 02, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A health-care executive with experience in Virginia and Hawaii will oversee the combined health-care group created when City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., merged with West Virginia University Hospitals, officials announced Wednesday.

Roger M. Eitelman has been named president and chief executive officer of West Virginia University Hospitals-East.

Eitelman starts work July 18, the board of directors said Wednesday.

For the past two years, Eitelman has been administrator of St. Francis Medical Center-West in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and senior vice president of the St. Francis Health System.

In 1988, as CEO of Hampton (Va.) General Hospital, he helped oversee an affiliation with Sentara Healthcare and later served as administrator at two other Sentara hospitals.

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Hospital officials announced the merger last year as a way to bring more doctors, more medical services and better treatment options to the Eastern Panhandle.

With more primary-care physicians and specialists in place, fewer patients should be referred or choose to go to an out-of-state hospital for treatment, officials have said. In the past, more than 100 residents of the Eastern Panhandle have been treated each day at out-of-state hospitals for illnesses and injuries.

Hospital officials said last year that Jon Applebaum, chief executive officer of City Hospital, and John Sherwood, chief executive officer of Jefferson Memorial Hospital, would continue to serve on an interim basis as the CEOs of their respective hospitals with the full responsibility for the day-to-day operations.

Sherwood said Wednesday that his title probably will be changed to chief operating officer or chief administrative officer of Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Applebaum's title probably will change in a similar way, although that decision will be up to Eitelman, City Hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe said.

Hospital officials said last year that Jefferson Memorial Hospital and City Hospital would continue to operate without any immediate changes in policies, and Sherwood and McCabe reaffirmed Wednesday that no job reductions are expected at the local hospitals.

"As we've said all along, it's a growth strategy," McCabe said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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