BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY) – Princeton Community Hospital CEO Jeff Lilley and Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will bring student housing and science programs to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
“Bluefield State College has some needs, we have needs. We want to be able to work together with them, and a Memorandum of Understanding is really the first step in working through that process,” said Lilley.
This agreement will mean rooms once used for in-patient care will be converted to student housing and classrooms for health science students. The new facility will be able to house 150 students.
“This will allow us to expand those programs to meet more of those needs by creating more employment opportunities by training those individuals to fill the opportunities,” said Capehart.
Bluefield State College’s health science programs would be relocated to the new facility and new health science programs will be offered in high-need fields.
“We have our existing programs, we have program that the hospital identified that they need and we also have inspirational programs that they believe that can help serve the greater state,” said Capehart.
The emergency department at Bluefield Regional Medical Center remains under the umbrella of Princeton Community Hospital.