Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about Davis Health System.

Davis Health System is a multi-entity health network in the Potomac Highlands and North-Central regions of West Virginia. Davis Health System is the corporate structure for four individual entities, three of which are not-for-profit. Davis Health System was formed in the mid-1990's as a result of uncertainty caused by managed care reform efforts. Struggling regional healthcare service providers were acquired with the intent of creating a larger network with better management and greater financial resources to keep healthcare available locally. Davis Health System continually identifies and updates service lines to meet community needs.

How many beds does Davis Medical Center have?

Davis Medical Center is a 90-bed regional hospital with 58 med/surg beds, 9 ICU beds, 8 LDRP beds and 15 ER beds. DMH is part of Davis Health System, which also operates Broaddus Hospital, a 12-bed critical access hospital in Philippi, WV. Other DHS entities include Mansfield Place, a 60-bed skilled nursing unit, is housed within Broaddus Hospital; outpatient clinics for cancer treatment, women’s health, specialty care and family medicine; home health/home  respiratory / DME; and three pharmacies.

How many active medical staff members does Davis Medical Center have?

There are more than 50 active medical staff members. 

What specialties are represented at Davis Medical Center?

Anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, oncology/hematology, ophthalmology, optometry, oral surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pain management, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychology, pulmonary / critical care medicine, radiation oncology, radiology and urology.

Both Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital have solid Hospitalist programs in place.

What is your service area?

Davis Health System’s primary service area is 5 counties with a population of about 85,000. These counties include Randolph, Tucker, Barbour, Upshur and Pocahontas.  For specialty and subspecialty services, DHS  provides care to nearly 100,000 people.

Are you offering hospital employment?

Yes.  Depending on the specialty and circumstances, employment is offered through Davis Medical Center.

What are the steps in the recruiting process?

Our goal is always to hire physicians who share our organizational values and who will thrive personally and professionally in our community.  

The first step is to submit a CV, and have an introductory conversation with a recruiter.  This provides the opportunity to cover the specifics of the opportunity and evaluate how well the candidate fits with the organization and vice versa. Another important factor to consider is the community, and how well it will meet the needs of the candidate and his or her family. If both parties are interested, the next step is to schedule a site visit which typically includes time with administration and medical staff colleagues, a hospital tour, and a community tour. The most productive site visits occur on a weekday, when candidates can see how the hospital normally operates.  We strongly encourage all candidates to include spouses or significant others in the site visit. 

Do you have any academic affiliations?

Davis Medical Center is a member of the West Virginia School of Osteopthic Medicine’s Statewide Campus program.  Through this affiliation, a number of third- and fourth-year medical students fulfill their core clinical rotations at Davis Medical Center. DMC also has formal affiliations with other college and universities, including the state’s flagship university, West Virginia University.

What types of benefits are offered?

DHS offers a comprehensive benefit package to its employed physicians.

How long does it take to get a WV medical license?

It typically takes 6-8 weeks.

How do I know that Davis Memorial is committed to providing quality care?

The following Davis Health System facilities are accredited by The Joint Commission: Davis Medical Center, Davis Medical Center Laboratory, Cancer Care Center, Women’s HealthCare, DirectCare of Parsons.

The Cancer Care Center is accredited by the National Commission on Cancer with 8 commendations granted during our first survey and is the 12th Cancer Center in WV to receive this prestigious recognition. The Cancer Care Center was additionally granted the Outstanding Achievement Award during its first survey, based on the number of commendations.

The DMC Endoscopy Unit received a Certificate of Recognition from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy. DMC is one of only 46 hospitals in the country to receive this recognition and the only hospital in West Virginia.

Click here to learn more about Davis Health Systems accreditations and awards.

What type of office setting should I expect?

A new medical office building is currently under construction on the campus of Davis Medical Center; the projected completion date is Fall 2013. The 45,000 sq. ft. building is designed to offer modern physician offices and exam rooms, as well as patient-friendly common waiting areas. All employed physicians will have offices in the new MOB, creating an integrated physician network that encourages teamwork and collegiality. The MOB will connect to the hospital, where patients will have convenient access to ancillary services. 

Does DMC have a Hospitalist program?

Yes, we have a solid Hospitalist group that provides 24/7 coverage.  Our program consists of teams of three physicians; two physicians work from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and one works from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.  They work on a 7 on / 7 off schedule.

How does DMC handle transfers?

Patients sometimes need to be transferred from Davis Medical Center to a larger tertiary hospital after receiving stabilizing care for an emergency or if their condition worsens after admission.  DMC’s referral center is typically West Virginia University Hospitals, in Morgantown, WV.  Morgantown is about 20 minutes by air.

What is the typical volume for Davis Medical Center?

In an average year, we see about 28,000 patients in the emergency department, perform about 3,500 surgeries and deliver between 300 and 400 babies.

Is DMC technologically up to date?

Physician candidates who visit Davis Medical Center consistently comment on two things: the cleanliness of the hospital and the advanced technology that is being used here. They are impressed with our 64-slice CT, in-house MRI, digital mammography, and mobile PET-CT availability. In addition to having cutting edge clinical and diagnostic equipment, DMC is committed to integrating current information technology, including electronic medical records and CPOE. Medical staff members are receiving iPads to streamline work flow.