Highland-Clarksburg Hospital strives to provide the highest quality mental and behavioral health care services to children, adolescents and adults through positive, supportive and caring programs within a safe environment.

We demonstrate our “Promise of Excellence” through:

Leadership: We excel with individual and business integrity with the spirit that nothing is impossible.

Learning: We are a caring hospital helping one another grow.

Responsibility: We serve as a catalyst for positive change at HCHI and beyond.

Safety: We endorse and practice safety first for the patients we serve, our colleagues and ourselves.

Innovation: We challenge ourselves to look for new and better ways to deliver our expertise through creative thinking.

Respect: We embrace each other’s differences so that we may enrich the well-being of everyone.

We consistently strive to identify and work with an individual’s needs, resulting in the improvement of their behavioral and mental health in order to enhance their overall well-being. We will continue to grow and nurture our programs to become a local, state, regional, and national leader in the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services of excellence. At Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, we put our hearts into healing minds.

Our mission is to provide quality behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults in a caring environment.

Highland will be the premier provider of quality behavioral health care services and improve the total well-being of individuals and families through investment in our employees, patients and communities.

Quality Care, Patient-Centered Environment, Ethical Treatment of All, Innovation, Fiscal Responsibility, Total Well-Being, Investment in Our People, Visibility.

To improve the health of the people we serve.

Welcome to Highland-Clarksburg Hospital | Mental Health Hospital

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital (HCHI) is a private, non-profit hospital that is dedicated to providing the best care for persons with mental disorders. It has established an integrated system of high quality behavioral health services, including mental health treatment services for children, adolescents,’ adults and forensic patients. HCHI is relatively new as a psychiatric facility that began taking patients in August 2013. It was formerly the site of United Hospital Center, primarily a medical hospital, whose location is within the heart of the mountain state of West Virginia. HCHI continues to grow and expand clinical programs and community initiatives every year.

Utilizing a new and modern mental health care facility, with unique psychiatric hospital construction upgrades and installation of new, cutting edge, security measures, Highland-Clarksburg Hospital has developed a state-of-the-art mental health facility as its clinical core for treatment, education and service activities. Please visit the various links on the website and learn about the valuable role Highland-Clarksburg Hospital plays in supporting the needs of it’s patients and the community. HCHI‘s goal is to provide quality comprehensive psychiatric services that encourage maximum patient independence, and movement towards community reintegration within an environment that is safe and caring.

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital is poised to move forward and continue to be a leader in psychiatry both in North Central West Virginia and regionally — having already treated patients from surrounding states. It is through the efforts of the clinical staff that HCHI continues to grow and flourish, despite the difficult environment in which the practice of psychiatry exists.

HCHI Leadership

Victoria Jones, Chief Operating Officer​

Victoria Jones, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Vickie Jones retired from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources in 2017 after 28 years of service. She held progressively responsible leadership positions, including former Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities and the CEO of Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital. Most recently, and prior to joining Highland- Clarksburg Hospital in July, she served as the Director of Program Operations for the WV Medical Professionals Health Program. She has earned an associate degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in health care administration from the WV College of Graduate Studies at Marshall University. Vickie and her husband “JJ” reside in Morgantown and have two daughters, Nicole and Courtney, and a son John Michael.

Dr. Toni Goodykoontz, Chief Medical Officer

Whitney Patterson, Chief Financial Officer

Whitney R. Patterson, CPA, CHFP, joined the HCHI team as Controller in August 2017. Prior to coming to HCHI, Whitney was the Chief Financial Officer at Fairmont Regional Medical Center where she guided the hospital through their 2013 bankruptcy filing and subsequent sale to Alecto Healthcare Services. She had a public accounting background prior to her employment with FRMC, where she performed audits and due diligence consulting procedures of various healthcare companies. Whitney graduated from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a graduate certificate in forensic accounting and fraud investigation. She holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation. Whitney is actively involved in numerous professional and charitable organizations, such as the WV Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Roosevelt-Wilson, Washington Irving, Kelly Miller, Robert C. Byrd Alumni Foundation. Whitney and her husband, David, have two children, Audrey and Beau (with one more on the way!), and reside in Bridgeport, WV.

Brandi Robinson, Director of Therapy & Social Services

Brandi Robinson, Director of Therapy & Social Services

Brandi has held multiple leadership positions in areas of social service for the last 14 years. She has concentrated on creating high quality behavioral health programs for youth and families in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her priority has been to ensure these services are client-centered and conducted through collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. She most recently provided outpatient behavioral health services to clients in her local community. She received her BA in Psychology in 2004 and her MSW in 2007 from West Virginia University. Brandi had dedicated her career to helping underserved families in rural communities and acts as a strong advocate to support those in need as they transition through phases of life.

Bobby Corley, Director of Facility Services, Safety and Security

Bobby Corley, Director of Facility Services, Safety and Security

Bobby Corley has worked at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital since 2010, where he started as a Maintenance Supervisor. Prior to working at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, Corley worked at Maplewood Retirement Community as a Maintenance Technician. In addition to working as a technician, Bobby was the Director of Facilities for five of the 10 years he was employed with Maplewood. As part of his credentials, Corley is a certified electrician. Bobby and his wife currently resides in Salem, WV. He enjoys spending his free time with his two sons, Tyler and Justyce. His favorite activities include ATV riding, hunting and target practicing.

Kathryn Burr, Executive Assistant

Kathryn Burr, Executive Assistant

Kathy Burr is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Medical Staff Coordinator and Reception Manager. Prior to joining the Highland-Clarksburg Hospital family in 2013, she worked as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal for almost 25 years. Kathy lives in Dola, WV with her husband, Tim. She has one son, David, a daughter-n-law, Wendy and one grandson, Christopher. Her activities include teaching Sunday School, ATV riding, camping and spending time with her grandson.

Deborah Childers Director of Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement, Risk Management Compliance Officer

Melissa Hitt, Director of Nursing

Melissa Hitt, Director of Nursing

Melissa Hitt is the Director of Nursing at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Alderson Broaddus College and has completed her MBA in Health Care Management through Salem International University in March of 2018. She has worked in the industry for 31 years. She is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has work in Intensive Care Units and Home Health and Hospice prior to coming to Highland-Clarksburg Hospital in March of 2014. She started as a staff nurse on our Children’s Services, became the Nurse Manager in February of 2015 and the Director of Nursing in January 2017. She has lived in the local area except for her time in the Air Force. She lives with her husband, two children and multiple pets. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Julie Bozarth, Director of Therapy

Julie Bozarth, Director of Clinical Services

Julie Bozarth, a Clarksburg native, received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling, with a specialization in Addictions Counseling from Waynesburg University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fairmont State University. Julie completed her BSN internship at the Harrison County School Nurse Department. During this time, she completed the hours necessary to become a certified school nurse in West Virginia. Her MA internship was completed at The WV Industrial Home for Youth in Salem, WV. Upon graduation, Julie continued her work at WV Industrial Home for Youth as a Clinical Therapist serving at risk youth. She went on to serve as the Psychiatric Registered Nurse for PSIMED Corrections, coordinating psychiatric care for the residents of the WV Division of Juvenile Services. Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse, and trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her areas of particular interest are working with at risk youth, trauma therapy, mindfulness, and addiction.

Shannon Putnam, Director of Marketing

Shannon Putnam, Director of Marketing

Shannon M. Putnam has been the Director of Marketing for Highland-Clarksburg Hospital since August of 2013. She received her Master’s in Community Health Education and Promotion from West Virginia University in 2000 and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Fairmont State University. Shannon is a licensed Social Worker and has received a certificate of completion from the Dale Carnegie Course. Shannon currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Harrison County FRN Board. Shannon worked as the Director of Development for Mountain Hospice Inc., and as a Social worker for FMC Dialysis Unit.

Greg Rock, Director of Pharmacy

Greg Rock, Director of Pharmacy

Kim Samuelson, Director of Information Management

Kim Samuelson, Director of Information Management

Kimberly Samuelson joined Highland-Clarksburg Hospital in July of 2014 as the Software Support Specialist and since then has entered into the role as Director of Information Management. She received her degree from Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement with Bachelors in Science in Professional Studies and a major in Computer Science (B.S.P.S.) Her professional interests include health care cyber security, innovation and change, along with business growth opportunities. She is a graduate of Harrison County Leadership and is also on the Leadership Harrison Planning Team.

Robert Boyles, Director of Human Resources

Robert Boyles, Director of Human Resources

Bob is a native of Clarksburg, WV. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Business Management and from West Virginia University with a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations. He has 32 years of experience in Human Resources Management in agribusiness, energy, manufacturing and healthcare. Bob and his wife Trish reside in Harrison County. They have a son, Andrew, and daughter, Katie.

Charlotte Fittro, Kitchen Manager

Charlotte ”Missy” Fittro, Kitchen Manager

Charlotte Fittro joined the Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Facility in 2015. Prior to her career at HCHI, she worked at Heartland Nursing Home in the dietary department. Starting at Heartland in 1994, she began as a dietary aide, moving herself up to a cook, where she remained until she resigned in 2001 to become a CNA. In 2005, Charlotte returned to Heartland as a cook and then became supervisor. The kitchen is where her heart is and she loves exploring new recipes.

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Board

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Board of Directors. Pictured: Front row, from left, Greg Gordon, James H. Dissen, Esq., and Martin Howe. Back row, from left, Joe Elliott, Margaret A. Bailey, Mike Casdorph, and Paul Howe III.
Pictured: Front row, from left, Greg Gordon, James H. Dissen, Esq., and Martin Howe. Back row, from left, Joe Elliott, Margaret A. Bailey, Mike Casdorph, and Paul Howe III.

James H. Dissen, Chairman of the Board at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Inc., also served as its first President  & CEO. Mr. Dissen served on the Board of Highland Hospital Association, Charleston, WV for almost 40 years holding positions of President & CEO, and retiring as Chairman of Board in 2017. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University; his MBA from Xavier University and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.

Prior to assuming his positions at the separate Highland Hospitals, he was a Founding Partner and Senior Vice President at Triana Energy, LLC, with over 40 years Human Resources and Labor Relations experience in all areas of the natural gas business. He was Chief Spokesman for the Columbia Gas System companies in its collective bargaining with various unions over a multi-state area. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Charleston where he has taught graduate and under graduate level courses in “Human Resources Management”; “Business Ethics”; “Operation and Management of a Small Business” and “Collective Bargaining and Arbitration”. He has also taught courses for Wheeling Jesuit University and has headed up corporate re-engineering efforts and the integration of companies after successful merger and acquisition activity. He serves as Chairman of the Board at STAR USA Federal Credit Union in Charleston and was the Chair of the HR Committee for West State Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years.
He is involved in numerous community organizations, including being appointed by Governor Caperton to serve on the WV Blue Ribbon Personnel Commission and by Governor Manchin and reappointed by Governor Tomlin, to serve on the Industrial Council, as one of five councilmen.

Mr. Dissen is an Army Veteran having served as a Special Agent in Counter Intelligence during the “Cold War”.
He is licensed to practice law in PA and WV. He is married to Shirley S. Dissen. They have three (3) children; Elizabeth, William and Anna and seven (6) grandchildren; Grace, Charlie , Jane , Henry, Kira, Noah and Cole.

Martin Howe was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and graduated from Fairmont State University in 1995 with a double major in Management and Marketing. He worked in Michigan for five years in the private sector as Marketing Manager for General Growth Properties, an S&P 500 Real Estate Company, at two different shopping centers. Martin moved back to West Virginia in 2000 and began working for the State of WV for the Tax and Revenue Department, specifically with the Alcohol and Beverage Control Administration. Martin became the City Manager of Clarksburg in September of 2005. He has lead the way in developing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in Clarksburg, worked on three different Brownfields sites which have been developed in excess of $18 million, and is currently leading the city’s restoration/renovation of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center. Martin is also in the process of completing a financing package of New Market Tax Credits and Historical Tax Credits to assist in funding the project.
In addition to Martin’s duties of City Manager he serves on many different City Boards/ Commissions as well as community organizations in different capacities, such as:

  • Clarksburg Sanitary Board (Chairman)
  • Member of the Clarksburg Urban and Renewal Authority
  • Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
  • Harrison County Economic Alliance (Board Member)
  • Harrison Clarksburg Health Department Board of Directors (Vice Chairman)
  • West Virginia City Managers Association (Past-President)
  • International City/County Managers Association (ICMA_

Martin is married to his wife, Valerie of 15 years. They have 3 children, Jackson, Martina and Mary Claire.

Joe Elliott is a Representative of the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters. Joe is a lifelong resident of WV and currently resides in Wood County with his wife of 24 years and their 2 children.

Joe started his career with the KMLRCC in 1990 when he was accepted into the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program. After completing the program in 1994, he continued to work as a carpenter in the commercial and industrial markets.

Joe has held several offices in his local Union from Trustee and Vice President to President which he currently holds, and has held since 1999. He became a Carpenter Representative in 2003 and continues to represent working carpenters at the present time.

Paul J Howe III was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and is a graduate of Fairmont State University. Paul and his wife Amy, live in uptown Clarksburg with their four children.

Paul has been involved in real estate since 1998. His company has owned and managed properties in North and South Carolina. In 2013 Paul founded NCWV Investments LLC, a West Virginia real estate investment group.

Paul enjoys public service. He had served four years as the President of the Harrison County Board of Education and currently serves as President of the Clarksburg Water Board.

Greg Gordon is Senior Vice President/Agency Executive of BB&T Carson Insurance in Charleston, WV. Duties include managing the agency plus maintaining an active risk management and consultative role for over 50 construction clients ranging from start up companies to firms constructing over $250 million worth of work annually.

Prior to joining BB&T Carson Insurance Services in 2000, Greg spent 12 years with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company and the subsequent merger with St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company. During this time, Greg held various positions with the last six years as their bond manager for Western, PA and then the entire state of West Virginia.

A graduate of Marshall University with a degree of Bachelor of Business Adminstration in finance, Greg holds the Charter Property Casualty Underwriter, CPCU and Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding, AFSB designations along with various other industry related designations.

Professional organizations: Served on the board of directors and various committees for the Contractors Association of WV and Association of Builders & Constructors. In addition, he has active involvement in various committees for Kanawha Valley Builders Association and Constructors Labor Council of West Virginia.

Other organizations he is affiliated with include: Board of Directors-Sleepy Hollow Golf Club; Board of Trustees-St. John United Methodist Church, Brickstreet Agency Advisory Board.

Greg lives in Hurricane, WV with his 3 kids. His activities include golf, skiing, and outdoor activities.

Margaret Ann Bailey was born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia and educated in Harrison County public schools. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, WV, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She is also a graduate of the West Virginia University Local Government Leadership Academy. During her years of nursing, she served as a staff nurse, college educator, supervisor, administrator, and retired as a Medical Service Head Nurse from the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV.

Margaret is a Mother of two sons: William (Kristina), Finance and Business Administrator, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, and David (Grace), Investigative Reporter, WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids Michigan. She also has two grandchildren, who also reside in Michigan.

She recently completed 16 years of public service as an elected member of the Clarksburg City Council. During this time, she served as Councilwoman, Vice-Mayor, and Mayor. She was named West Virginia Mayor of the Year by the WV Municipal League. Margaret has served on various local, state, and national Boards of Directors. She has also volunteered her services throughout her careers with the Harrison County Board of Education and the Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center.

Margaret Bailey has also been the recipient of many awards during her years of service including being named the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival “Honorary Italian Woman of the Year”, Who’s Who of American Women, WV Distinguished Mountaineer, Key to the City, and is also the longest serving Councilwoman in Clarksburg’s history.


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Highland-Clarksburg Hospital awarded Hospital
Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Joint Commission generally reviews a Hospital’s accreditation on a tri-annual basis. Highland-Clarksburg’s original accreditation was October 2013.

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