New Emergency-Trauma Center Director Named

Wetzel County Hospital has announced the appointment of Dr. Bill Apostolon as the new Medical Director of its Emergency-Trauma Center.  In addition, Pam Swartz, RN, BSN has assumed the role of Nurse Manager of the Center.


Dr. Apostolon is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV and served as Chief Resident during his final year of training.  He resides in Wheeling, WV and serves as team physician for the John Marshall High School Football Team.


Pam Swartz, RN, BSN, is a life long resident of Powhatan Point, OH.  She graduated from WVNCC with an Associates Degree in Nursing and from Wheeling Jesuit University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Pam has worked in Cardiac Care and Rehabilitation.  A large part of her career has been in Psychiatric Nursing.


“Our Emergency-Trauma Center treated over 14,000 patients in 2014 and it is important that area residents trust the care they receive from our specialty trained Emergency Department physicians, nurses, and support staff.”  “We are the only facility in the local region with general surgery coverage, certified as a Level IV Trauma Center by the WV  OEMS and the WV Department of Health and Human Services,” Brian Felici, Hospital CEO, said.  “Our physicians and nurses are required to have additional advanced training on a regular basis to assure their skills are current and advanced,” said Dr. Apostolon.  The staff operates in a new and expanded Department that offers 12 private treatment rooms, 2 of which are modern trauma rooms and a decontamination room.  “The comfortable and private environment, as well as the most up to date technology is something that was focused on when the new facility was designed and opened four years ago.


Emergency-Trauma Center Nurse Manager, Pam Swartz, noted that on average every 42 minutes a patient arrives needing emergency care.  Upon arrival a patient is triaged to determine the seriousness of their illness and/or injury.  Obviously, those with the greatest need are seen the quickest.  However, we do have systems in place to serve those with less serious conditions in a quick and efficient manner.  Our average treatment time is 2.4 hours compared to the national average of 2.6 hours.


“In many cases, emergency care begins with our local EMS personnel.  We receive on average 125 ambulance visits per month and as the patients are transported to us we are in constant communication with the squad.”  “As a result we receive vital information from the EMS personnel and in turn we are able to communicate back to them with patient care procedures,” Swartz said.


“Our area is blessed to have such dedicated EMS personnel.  In addition, we are fortunate to have the Air Evac helicopter based at the hospital.” " The onsite availability of the emergency helicopter enables us to transfer the most severe cases in only minutes to a Level One Trauma Center," Swartz said.