To Your Health
In Princeton, your health is a top priority. The 267-bed Princeton Community Hospital is one of the primary employers in the town and also one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Virginia. The state-of-the-art da Vinci robotics system assists surgeons with utmost accuracy, and the hospital's Cancer Center was the first in the state to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. In addition to the departments you would expect at a large facility, Princeton Community Hospital also houses a diagnostic sleep center, a psychiatric department, and a dietary and nutrition therapy office among others.
Much of what informs Princeton's sense of community identity is its history as the mining and railroad hub of West Virginia. Bituminous coal mined in the fields outside the town was sent all around the East Coast of the U.S., particularly to the Great Lakes area, after railroads were constructed for hauling the loads following the Civil War. Mining was the primary industry into the 20th century, and this shared employment fostered a sense of community for the residents that they maintain to this day. A visit to the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center will satisfy your curiosity about Princeton's former mining activities.