Health System Names CEO


MARTINSBURG/RANSON, W.Va. – The Board of Directors of West Virginia University Hospitals – East announces the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer.  Roger M. Eitelman will assume the post on July 18, this according to Board Chairman J. Wayne Lancaster.

Eitelman joins WVUH-East with over 30 years of experience in hospital administration, primarily holding healthcare management positions in the Norfolk-Newport News area of Virginia.  For the past two years, he has served as administrator at 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 General Hospital, Eitelman guided the community hospital in Hampton, Virginia, through an affiliation with Sentara Healthcare.  He later served as administrator at two other Sentara hospitals and provided leadership to integrated support and ancillary service operations that spanned three hospitals. 

“We feel very fortunate to have been able to recruit Mr. Eitelman, given his background in merger and health system development,” Lancaster said, adding,  “The Board feels confident that he is the right person to lead our new health system, and we look forward to his arrival in July.”

Eitelman is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) from the Medical College of Virginia.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been active in numerous community organizations throughout his career.

“Mr. Eitelman has the personal and professional skills needed to move WVUH-East forward,” said Bruce McClymonds, president of WVU Hospitals. “We have made a strong start in the first few months. He will be able to build upon the successes of our hospitals and the accomplishments the new system has made during the first several months of its existence.”

Since the merger on Jan. 1, the new WVUH-East Board of Directors has been meeting monthly to focus on merger implementation and the development of a strategic plan for the new health system.  In February, WVU Hospitals refinanced the existing debt of City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital at substantially lower interest rates, saving $3.9 million in interest costs and making funds available for improvements at the two hospitals.

According to Lancaster, these funds will be used for capital improvements such as patient equipment, information technology applications and facility improvements.  “The refinancing was the first major benefit for our patients from the creation of WVUH-East,” he stated, adding that future plans include new and/or enhanced service development, increased physician recruitment activity and the development of a long-term facility strategy.    

WVUH-East is a regional, not-for-profit, healthcare system serving the Eastern Panhandle.  The system includes City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital and all related entities of both hospitals.  The parent company of WVUH-East, West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, is a member of the Fairmont-based West Virginia United Health System, the state’s largest healthcare network. 

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Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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