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WVC 26- CHAPTER 26. STATE BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS.
WVC 26 - 11 - ARTICLE 11. STATE EXTENDED CARE AND EMERGENCY FACILITIES.

WVC 26 - 11 - 1 §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.

WVC 26 - 11 - 2 §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.

WVC 26 - 11 - 3 §26-11-3. Guidelines for admissions; fees for the maintenance of persons.
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.

WVC 26 - 11 - 4 §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 its successor.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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