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‘It is the silver lining’: Bluefield ER to remain open as operations cease at BRMC

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) -- Services at BRMC come to an end Thursday after 41 years - but Princeton Community Hospital finds a silver lining.

Hospital officials announced Wednesday that the ER on BRMC's campus will remain operational.

"Being able to provide an emergency service to the community really gives everyone some sense of security that there's someone there to reach out in f fast way," PCH Ceo Jeffrey Lilly said during a Thursday press briefing.

The newly-named 'Princeton Community Hospital Bluefield Emergency Department' will offer essential ER services - including the ability to transfer patients by ground or air.

"You would just be transported to Princeton for that level of care," Lilly explained. "But in most cases, folks that present into the emergency department are triaged, they're treated, and they're discharged. So that does not change, that will not change. It continues to [operate] just like it did before."

Click here for a full list of services the ER provides.

As one door closes, another opens - and although it feels like a loss, city leaders say this is a gain for health care in our region.

"Prior to this, you had two hospitals; both of which were struggling," explained Bluefield Mayor Ron Martin. "The thing about this area is we are resilient. We always are able to figure our way out of these situations, and this is another one of those things. This is what's best for the area, and it will allow us to keep quality healthcare in the area."

The ER will be open to all services beginning July 31.

Hospital administration is still evaluating the best way to move Cath lab services to the PCH facility. WVVA will continue to monitor that situation for further developments.

Jade Burks

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