CHAPTER 26. STATE BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS.
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ARTICLE 11. STATE EXTENDED CARE AND EMERGENCY FACILITIES.
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§26-11-1. Management by director of health.
The director of health or his or her successor shall manage,
direct, control and govern the Andrew S. Rowan memorial home,
Denmar hospital, heretofore established and known as Denmar state
hospital, Hopemont hospital, heretofore known as Hopemont state
hospital, Pinecrest hospital, John Manchin, Sr., health care
center, established as the Fairmont emergency hospital and formerly
known as the Marion health care hospital and Welch emergency
hospital and such other state health care facilities as are or may
hereafter be created by law.
The director shall designate the functions of each facility
and prescribe guidelines for the admission of persons thereto,
pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the board of
health, and shall supervise the business, personnel and clinical
responsibilities of each facility: Provided, That in prescribing
admission guidelines, precedence shall be given to persons unable
to pay therefor.
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§26-11-2. Supervision of each facility by administrator;
qualifications of administrator; clinical director.
Each facility provided for in this article shall have a
chief executive officer denominated an "administrator." The
administrator shall be the person having the fiscal
responsibility of the facility and the authority to manage and
administer the financial, business and personnel affairs of the
facility under the direction of the director of health. The
administrator shall be a college graduate and have a minimum of
two years experience in either hospital administration, health
services administration or business administration with broad
knowledge of accounting and personnel practices as related to the
rendering of health and health-related services. Such
qualifications shall not apply to any person who has served in
the capacity of a superintendent for at least six consecutive
months on the effective date of this section.
Each facility provided for in this article, with the
exception of the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home, shall have a
clinical director who shall have the responsibility for decisions
involving clinical and medical treatment of patients and who
shall be a physician having a license to practice medicine in the
state of West Virginia.
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§26-11-3. Guidelines for admissions; fees for the maintenance of
Pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the board
of health, the director of health shall prescribe guidelines for
the admission of persons to the facilities provided for in this
article, with precedence given to those persons who are unable to
pay. The director may establish and charge reasonable fees for
the maintenance of persons residing in such facilities who are
able to pay.
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§26-11-4. Transfer of residents; rules and regulations for
maintenance of patients.
The director of health may transfer residents between the
facilities administered by the board of health or its successor,
except as otherwise provided by article five, chapter twenty-
seven of this code. The director may accept transfer of
residents from correctional institutions, subject to the
provisions of chapter twenty-eight of this code.
The director shall prescribe guidelines pursuant to rules
and regulations promulgated by the board of health as are
necessary and proper to regulate the proper maintenance of
patients in the facilities administered by the board of health or
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session