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Camden Clark Medical Center names chief medical officer

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has announced the appointment of a chief medical officer.

Dr. Walter Kerschl comes to the Mid-Ohio Valley with more than 20 years of leadership experience directing healthcare operations. Most recently, Kerschl was a senior director and a chief medical officer of the Cerner Corp. in Kansas City, Mo., a top innovation company focused on changing the way healthcare is delivered, using state of the art technologies in more than 35 countries.

“With our growth and expansion, adding this new position parallels the goals and strategies that we have set forth to better serve our community. Dr. Kerschl’s experience and expertise as an executive, and previously as a practicing internist, is perfectly suited for this role to lead our medical team,” said Steve Altmiller, president and CEO of WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

Kerschl’s education began as an undergrad at the University of Rochester where he earned a bachelor’s of arts in Biology, followed by a doctorate at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College at Hanover, N.H., and finally a master’s of medical management from Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh.

Throughout his extensive medical career, Kerschl has worked in his own practice, Patient Choice Inc., where he implemented the first electronic health record and e-prescribing program in the area; as a medical director and attending physician for Augusta Healthcare in Fishersville, Va.; as a medical director for Kendal at Lexington, continuing care retirement community; as an admitting physician at Carilon Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Lexington, Va.; as a practicing physician and owner of Rockbridge Internist Inc, Lexington, and is the founder of the Rockbridge Medical Arts Complex, encompassing three medical practices in Lexington.

Kerschl has received many recognitions and honors throughout his medical career, spanning over two decades. He was named Physician of the Year at the Cerner Corp. and Cerner’s Masters Distinction, a recognition of outstanding work. He was a Merton’s Scholar at Dartmouth College and he was a Bausch and Lomb Science Medalist.

“I’m delighted to serve in this role for the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the surrounding region,” said Kerschl. “I am committed to ensuring that every person that seeks care with us experiences exceptional patient care while having access to the latest technology and treatments.”

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