2014-01-29 / News

Tri-State health center branch opens in Berkeley

by Jazz Clark


Doctor Travis Schildt Doctor Travis Schildt Doctors and medical officials announced the opening of the Berkeley Springs branch of Tri-State Community Health Center on January 27.

Tri-State’s local branch opened at Berkmore Place on the hill overlooking Widmyer Elementary, in the former offices of Doctor Richard Graves. The medical provider also has locations in Hancock, Cumberland, Md., and McConnellsburg, Pa.

“We’re trying to fit the idea of a truly tri-state medical system,” said Doctor Travis Schildt on opening day. “We had 2,000 Berkeley Springs residents coming to the Hancock office and we wanted to provide a service closer to home.”

In fact, the Berkeley Springs patients outnumbered the Hancock patients at Tri-State.

In the newer building and with full facilities, Schildt said there is nothing in the realm of patient care they cannot treat. Until the center becomes busier, he might be able to guarantee same-day appointments for potential patients, he said.


The staff of Tri-State Community Health Center in Berkeley Springs celebrated a grand opening on January 27. Left-to-right: Board President Tracey Salvagno, Patient Manager Jackie Smith, Office Manager Judy Price, Chief Operating Officer Sheila Deshong, Referral Specialist Myra Stotler and Chief Medical Officer James Helsley. The staff of Tri-State Community Health Center in Berkeley Springs celebrated a grand opening on January 27. Left-to-right: Board President Tracey Salvagno, Patient Manager Jackie Smith, Office Manager Judy Price, Chief Operating Officer Sheila Deshong, Referral Specialist Myra Stotler and Chief Medical Officer James Helsley. He said that as a federally qualified agency, Tri-State can take all major health insurance. This includes Medicaid, Medicare, and any plan in the Affordable Care Act market.

Several representatives of Tri-State are on staff to help people enroll with affordable care, according to Chief Operating Officer Sheila Deshong.

“We’re excited to finally have offices in three states,” said Deshong. “We can really live our dream of providing services to the tri-state area.”

James Helsley, Berkeley Springs native and Chief Medical Officer, remembers Dr. Schildt from when Helsley was a medical faculty member at West Virginia University.

Dr. Helsley left his own private medical practice in Berkeley Springs to teach for WVU.

Helsley said the staff and physicians will do their best to provide quality care to the community.

“We are truly a community health center, because the patients are our bosses,” said Dr. Helsley. “We are governed by the patients, because that’s who is important.”

Tri-State is also partnering with War Memorial Hospital and Shenandoah Valley Medical System will provide behavioral mental health services on site.

Tracey Salvagno, who heads up Tri-State’s Board of Directors, said that the most important thing is that Tri- State can serve the needs of patients at any income level, with fees on a sliding scale based on income.

“Our main goal is quality, affordable care for everyone,” said Salvagno.

The office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though hours are subject to change. Tri-State can be reached for questions or an appointment at 304-258- 5790.

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