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Hospital boss appointed to development authority

August 02, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals-East was appointed Thursday to the Berkeley County Development Authority.

Roger M. Eitelman was appointed to a three-year term by the Berkeley County Commission after a short interview.

Eitelman told the commission that the medical community still has a shortage of physicians, but said more than a dozen doctors are expected to come to practice in the Eastern Panhandle by February 2009.

"We are getting good at (recruiting)," Eitelman said.

Medical malpractice reforms adopted by state lawmakers just prior to Eitelman's arrival have helped lower insurance premiums for doctors by 25 percent and improved the climate for attracting physicians, he said.

"This little strip of land is absolute paradise," Eitelman said of the community's location in proximity to the Baltimore-Washington area.

Eitelman noted his past experience on a development authority in Virginia prior to coming to Martinsburg in 2005, and Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield said that Eitelman's appointment seemed appropriate given the hospital system was one of the largest employers in the county.

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