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Bluefield Regional Medical Center's new CEO says that better patient care is the key to success.

The sale of the hospital to Community Health Systems became official on Friday.   The acquisition gives BRMC a much needed injection of capital to hire more doctors and make upgrades to their equipment.

With $12 billion in annual revenue and more than 120 hospitals under its umbrella, CHS has plenty of cash to go around.

New BRMC CEO Bill Hawley says the hospital will continue to be a vital contributor to the community-in both medical needs and in employment.

Bluefield Regional Medical Center will still provide charity care and participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

"One of the things that we are really going to start focusing on is incremental change to customer service. We are going to CHS as a customer service program and constantly look a quality control issues and try to make constant incremental changes for quality," says Bluefield Regional Medical Center CEO Bill Hawley.

BRMC is now a for-profit hospital. Which means it will generate additional tax revenue for Mercer County and the City of Bluefield.

"That will certainly help out the local economy. As we grow the business and we grow our volume, the incremental taxes that we pay will help out locally," says Hawley.

Besides a new CEO, BRMC also announced a new Chief Financial Officer and head of nursing. All other employees have been rehired into the same positions, at the same rate of pay and seniority.

"Physician recruitment is probably job number one in this Bluefield area. I will be non-stop with certain specialties, recruiting those back to the community. Things like general surgery, orthopedics, family medicine, internal medicine. It is certainly a high priority for us," says Hawley.

A large amount of resources will be devoted to long-term physician recruitment. The hospital also plans to buy new medical equipment and make upgrades to the existing facility.

The hospital will also get a new board of trustees.

The board will be comprised of community leaders and members of the medical staff.

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