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CCMC’s Smith named president of Wetzel County Hospital

MORGANTOWN — St. Marys native Sean Smith was named president of Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville, effective on Jan. 1, 2021, in a statement released Tuesday.

Smith is currently the chief operating officer at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg and will replace David Hess, M.D., who will serve as the president and CEO of Uniontown Hospital.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead Wetzel County Hospital here in a community with which I’m familiar,” Smith said. “This hospital has a long history of serving this area, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help grow the healthcare services we provide and to serve the patients and families who come here. Dr. Hess leaves big shoes to fill and has done an excellent job. I look forward to working with the Wetzel County Hospital team and the community.”

Smith is a two-time graduate of Marshall University. He joined Camden Clark in 2011 and during his tenure in Wood County he has held various management positions, including COO, vice president of physician enterprises and clinical integration, vice president of operations, executive director of Camden Clark Physician Corporation, and director of physician recruitment. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was selected to the inaugural 2018-2019 West Virginia Hospital Association State Leadership Class. He will continue to serve as COO at Camden Clark.

“Sean is an experienced leader who has been very successful at Camden Clark and is more than ready to step into this new role. I know he will do a great job working with the Wetzel team and medical staff to help lead the continued development of services and access,” said Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System. “As we work to establish our presence more firmly in the Uniontown area, we needed someone who understood the WVU Medicine family and who has worked through a hospital’s transition into full System membership. That’s why Dr. Hess is a perfect fit to take the reins at Uniontown Hospital.”

Hess, a Clarksburg native and graduate of the WVU School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He has led Reynolds Memorial Hospital since 2016 and became president and CEO of Wetzel County in 2018. In October, he was announced as the incoming president and CEO of Uniontown Hospital, which will become a full member of the WVU Health System on Jan. 1.

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