PRINCETON — A mental health faculty is one of the possibilities being considered for the vacated St. Luke’s Hospital facility in Bluefield.

St. Luke’s Hospital closed in late April this year after more than 100 years of service. Since the closing, administrators at Princeton Community Hospital have seen studying possible uses for the hospital.

One possibility being discussed is a mental health facility for adults and adolescents, Deborah Griffith, vice president of marketing for PCH said Wednesday.

Griffith said that no formal plans have been made for establishing such a medical center.

“We have not filed [with the state] for a certificate of need,” Griffith said. “Our administrators are still in the exploratory stage of making that decision.”

The West Virginia Health Care Authority requires hospitals to file for certificates of need whenever they plan to expand facilities, add services or develop new health care facilities.

Griffith said she was not aware of any deadline being set for making a decision about St. Luke’s future.

PCH administrators have been studying other uses for St. Luke’s as well as a mental health center. The possibilities for a long-term acute care facility or a veterans medical center have also been discussed.

When St. Luke’s closed, PCH administrators said displaced employees would receive help in finding new positions. Griffith said that “quite a few” former St. Luke’s people have joined PCH, but she did not have an exact figure available.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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