KEYSER, W.Va. — Potomac Valley Hospital is the first hospital in the state to be re-branded as a WVU Medicine facility.

The move was detailed at an event Thursday in Keyser some 17 months after WVU Hospitals purchased PVH for $22 million.

Besides a facelift with new signage featuring the flying WV logo, the hospital is now a nonprofit facility. The agreement will bring new specialists to the hospital serving residents of Mineral County, PVH CEO Linda Shroyer said.

“All of the standards of care will be the same and it’s real exciting to be able to do that,” she said.

Between 2010-2014 there was a 61 percent increase in the number of patients from Mineral County seeking treatment at WVU Hospitals in Morgantown, according to WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright.

“A lot of folks are already making their way to Morgantown so the need is obviously there,” Wright said.

The goal is keep more people as close to home as possible. Wright said they are building out some physician timeshare space so doctors that patients have been seeing in Morgantown will be able to come to Keyser.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee gave the keynote address during the re-branding ceremony, citing WVU’s mission as the state’s leading land grant institution.

“We are all one West Virginia and one West Virginia University and that has always been our goal. To make certain that we tell the people of this state that we are all together and working very closely together,” Gee said.

There can’t be a WVU hospital in all 55 counties, Wright said, but there is an acceptable option.

“We are essentially creating what I call ‘care points’ around the state that allow people to stay closer to home in their region,” Wright said.

Potomac State College will be offering nursing degrees in Keyser to help keep medical professionals in the region. PVH will also soon be opening a second operating room, Shroyer said. PVH already has a partnership with HealthNet medical helicopters.

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