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§26-8-1. Continuation; management; superintendent; qualifications of superintendent; division of fiscal, administrative and clinical duties; certain persons exempted from qualification requirements.

(a) The hospitals heretofore established and known, respectively, as Welch emergency hospital and Fairmont emergency hospital shall be continued and shall be managed, directed and controlled as prescribed in article eleven, chapter twenty-six of this code: Provided, That the hospital established as Fairmont emergency hospital and later renamed the Marion health care hospital shall henceforth be known as the John Manchin, Sr., health care center and any reference in this code to the Fairmont emergency hospital or the Marion health care hospital shall mean the John Manchin, Sr., health care center.

(b) The chief executive officer of each of said hospitals shall be the superintendent, who 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, purchasing and personnel practices as related to the rendition of health and health-related services.

(c) For purposes of this section, "superintendent" means the person having the fiscal responsibility of the hospital and the authority to manage and administer the financial, business and personnel affairs of the hospital. "Clinical director" means the person having the responsibility for decisions involving clinical and medical treatment of patients and who shall be a duly qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of West Virginia.

(d) The provisions of this section relating to the qualification of persons eligible to serve as superintendent shall not apply to any person serving in the capacity of business manager on the effective date hereof and who has served in such capacity for at least six consecutive months next preceding such effective date.

§26-8-2. Patients; expenses; disposition of receipts.

The Department of Health and Human Resources shall admit to the hospitals, under its rules, persons requiring hospital care and shall treat free of charge persons accidentally injured in this state while engaged in their usual employment, but preference at all times shall be given to persons accidentally injured: Provided, That the executive director of the workers' compensation commission shall pay to the hospitals for the treatment of anyone entitled to benefits or aid out of the workers' compensation fund the same fee or expenses that would be paid to a private hospital for similar treatment. All moneys collected under this section shall be paid into the State Treasury through the state commissioner of public institutions as required in section thirteen, article one, chapter twenty-five of this code.

§26-8-3. Admission of deformed, crippled or defective children.

The state commissioner of public institutions shall prescribe rules and regulations for the admission of deformed, crippled or otherwise defective children to said hospitals for surgical or orthopedic treatment and care. The rules and regulations shall provide for the treatment and care of such children at said hospitals free of charge, when it is shown that the parents or guardians of such children are citizens of this state and are financially unable to procure or provide surgical or orthopedic treatment and hospital care for them.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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