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Mon EMS Announces New Executive Director

Posted Date: 7/10/2019

Monongalia Emergency Medical Services (Mon EMS) has announced the hiring of Forest Weyen as executive director.     

Earlier in July, Mon Health System and WVU Hospitals signed a formal agreement to combine the assets of Mon EMS and HealthTeam Critical Care Transport, establishing a single, countywide emergency medical system to serve the needs of Monongalia and Preston county residents. Mon EMS is jointly managed and operated by Mon Health System and WVU Hospitals.

Jimmy Smith, director of emergency management and Mecca 911 said, “We are thrilled Forest is returning to Greater Morgantown and be in this position to continue to coordinate county, community and Mon EMS emergency efforts.  We look forward to his arrival and collaboration to benefit our community.”

Weyen returns to Mon EMS from Bennington, Vermont, where he most recently served six years as executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad. Weyen earned his paramedicine certificate from Fairmont State University and worked as a paramedic and emergency medical technician for White Sulphur Springs Rescue Squad. He also worked with the Marion County Rescue Squad and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University. At Mon EMS, he served as a paramedic and operations chief from 2001-07.

“We are excited to have Forest return to the Mountain State to serve the community with his knowledge and experience,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., President & CEO of the West Virginia University Health System. “His leadership ability and dedication will be vital during this new operation in the county.”

He is hired to provide complete strategic leadership and oversight of the newly formed emergency medical service. He is a proven visionary and strategic leader with 24 years of emergency services experience.

“Our joint venture will be in great hands with Forest at the helm.  We are pleased that he has accepted the position to lead this important community-based partnership,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System. 

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About Mon Health System: Mon Health System is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals in North Central West Virginia that works together to make health care more accessible and affordable to the communities it serves. It includes three hospitals – its flagship medical center, Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown; Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood; Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston; Stonewall Home Oxygen Therapy; Mon EMS; Mon Health Equipment & Supplies; and The Village at Heritage Point. For more information, visit monhealth.com.

About West Virginia University Health System: West Virginia University Health System, the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, is comprised of 10 hospitals – its flagship academic medical center, West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; Summersville Regional Medical Center is Summersville; and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. It also provides management services to Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville; Jackson General Hospital in Ripley; Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling; Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland; and Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio. The WVU Health System also includes five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

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