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Emily Starks, FNP Joins Broaddus Medical Staff

October 30, 2018

PHILIPPI, WEST VIRGINIA – A Philippi native is traveling down a new career path and has arrived home to share this journey with the friends and neighbors where she grew up. Emily Starks is the newest Nurse Practitioner at Broaddus Hospital where she brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion. In the last 15 years, she has cared for patients as a critical care nurse, an ER trauma nurse and as a pediatric trauma nurse.

“I was born and raised in Philippi and graduated from Philip Barbour High School,” Starks said. “In May of this year I graduated from West Virginia University and passed my Boards in July through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. I decided to come home to be close to my family.”

Starks said along with being near her family, she wanted to return to Philippi to help those in the area.

“These are my people and I wanted to come home and fight for them and their healthcare,” she said. “If people are healthy they tend to lead better lives and I want to help bring that care to them.”

While at Broaddus Hospital, Starks will be assisting in the acute care/swing bed unit. She will care for patients who need short term admissions for acute problems and will also offer support in the Emergency Department as needed.

 “I have had the privilege of working in a lot of different big facilities and I feel I can contribute some innovative ideas and different ways of doing things, while at the same time respecting that Broaddus is a community hospital. I have the ability to see issues from different angles and can help find a way to bring those things together,” she said.

Starks said she is passionate about people not just being healthy but being well.

“Wellness is my passion,” Starks said. “Health is not just the absence of disease. Being well is learning to have a quality of life regardless of your health status. Nursing is the marriage of art and science together to promote wellness. I want people to be well and to live well.”

Broaddus Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dana L. Gould, MHA, RHIA, CHC, said she is glad to have Starks join their team.

“I am very pleased and proud that Emily has chosen to begin her career as a Nurse Practitioner at Broaddus Hospital,” Gould said.

Starks is the daughter of the late Tim Wilson, who worked at Davis Medical Center in maintenance for 30 years, and Joyce Wilson, who is a Nurse Practitioner at Belington Medical Clinic. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the West Virginia Nurses Association and is chairperson of the Philippi Democratic Executive Committee. She and her husband Adam have three children.