POINT PLEASANT — Earlier this month, Cabell Huntington Hospital personnel confirmed the organization was in talks to possibly acquire St. Mary’s Medical Center, which left many wondering what this would mean for Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH).
PVH entered into an affiliation agreement with Cabell Huntington Hospital late last year.
This week, Glen Washington, CEO of PVH, told the Point Pleasant Register, if this acquisition is approved, this would make PVH’s affiliation with Cabell Huntington that much more important.
Washington said if an agreement is reached, and that could be at least a year from now, this would mean PVH would remain a critical piece in terms of maintaining a strong, secondary tertiary care regional health market.
Tertiary care is specialized consultative care, usually on referral from primary or secondary medical care personnel. Basically, this has meant those patients at PVH who require specialized care have been referred to those specialized health care providers based out of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Some of these providers have been making the drive to PVH to make their specialty care even more accessible and close to home.
For large tertiary care providers like Cabell Huntington Hospital, there must be a strong relationship in the regional market of secondary tertiary care providers, like PVH, Washington said.
Basically, if Cabell Huntington Hospital’s acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center is approved, Washington said Cabell Huntington Hospital’s affiliation with PVH will be “even stronger.”