The Ohio County Public Library Archives and Special Collections contains documents and historical items from the former Ohio Valley General Hospital/Ohio Valley Medical Center complex and School of Nursing. The library has continued to work with City of Wheeling officials to preserve the history facility for the future.
Recently, former hospital nursing administrators Mary McKinley and Betty Jo Sproull helped to identify employees, locations, and other important details in historical photos that are being digitized. McKinley attended the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing and in 1972, she became a registered nurse and worked at the hospital, focusing on critical care in the intensive care unit. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wheeling College and master’s degree from WVU’s School of Nursing. McKinley served the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as a part of the Board of Directors and eventually became president from 1998-1999. Additionally, McKinley was the clinical nurse specialist and director of education at Ohio Valley Medical Center. Sproull is a retired staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist and administrator who has worked at OVMC/OVGH, Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services, Peterson Hospital. Sproull and McKinley began working together in 1969.
The efforts of McKinley and Sproull to help identify historical photographs are extremely valuable in preserving the legacy of Ohio Valley General Hospital/Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVGH/OVMC) for the future.