ELKINS, W.VA. – Women’s HealthCare of Davis Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Margaret G. ‘Peggy’ Thorne-Church as its newest Family Nurse Practitioner. Thorne-Church, who earned her MSN/FPN from West Virginia Wesleyan College in December, said she is happy to be a part of the DMC Women’s HealthCare team and is thrilled to be back providing direct patient care.
“I have worked in Elkins at Davis Medical Center since 1995,” she said. “I am fortunate that Women’s HealthCare had an opening for a Family Nurse Practitioner and that I was able to join them and continue caring for the women in this area.”
Thorne-Church began her nursing career at Davis Medical Center Women’s HealthCare as a staff nurse, caring for mothers and their babies. She received her BS degree in Nursing from Alderson Broaddus and in August 1996, she was named the Clinical Manager of the Family Birthing Center.
“I was in management for 21 years,” she said. “I worked with amazing staff and had an incredible experience in working in a management role. I have always enjoyed direct patient care and decided the time was right to get back to the bedside.” Thorne-Church said her Family Nurse Practitioner position will allow more autonomy and decision making in patient care.
“I wanted the opportunity to work with patients one-on-one and provide education and care. I want to have an impact on women’s health care in our area. Family Nurse Practitioners have a holistic approach to health care and that is one reason I chose to continue my education,” she said.
“We are extremely happy to have Peggy back at Women’s HealthCare to serve patients in this new capacity,” said Anne Banfield, MD, FACOG, and Director of Women’s HealthCare. “She will provide a walk-in clinic at our Philippi location every Wednesday from 9 to 11:45 am, and from 1 to 3:45 pm. She will also provide a walk-in clinic in Elkins from 7 to 9 am every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This is a great service for women who have immediate gynecologic needs.”
Providing direct patient care is where Thorne-Church says she wants to work.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting to know patients and care for them. I hope I can impart health and wellness to my patients,” Thorne-Church said.
More information about Thorne-Church, and Women’s HealthCare is available by calling 304-637-3948.