GRAFTON—Grafton City Hospital (GCH) is proud to announce that they have expanded their team once again, this time welcoming a doctor with over 30 years of experience.
Doctor James Holehouse, MD, who specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), began seeing patients at Grafton City Hospital earlier this week, but he shared that he is no stranger to the hospital or the community it serves.
“I’m a pretty known commodity around here,” he jested. “I have been in Morgantown, Fairmont and the Preston County area for about 32 years. When I was at Preston, I did get to spend some time here in Grafton, and it worked well.”
While he enjoyed helping patients at GCH, he noted that there was always a little bit of a conflict of interest due to him being employed by another health entity.
“Now that Grafton has partnered with Mon Health System, that conflict has resolved itself and being able to once again see patients here, locally, works well with what my original plan was,” Holehouse voiced.
Holehouse began his career with a focus on women’s health, attending the University of Florida, where he obtained his medical degree. He then completed his residency at St. Pete Medical Center.
“When I finished my residency in OB/GYN, I wanted to go to rural area. I got recruited to Buckhannon and spent just a couple of years there, and then Doctor Rollins and I established a practice at Mon General for about 25 years,” he explained.
He then transitioned to practicing with West Virginia University Hospitals before making his return to Mon Health.
“I, then, interestingly came back to rural setting at Preston Memorial, and that’s why Grafton just kind of fits in well with what I enjoy doing,” Holehouse said.
For decades, he has worked alongside women to ensure that their health issues are addressed in friendly, straight forward and knowledgeable approach. And after helping bring new lives into the world, Holehouse has shifted his focus.
“As I’m getting older, I’m finding that I’m taking a lot more interest in age management medicine,” he disclosed. “I still do a lot of surgeries, including tubals, endometrial ablations and vaginal laparoscopic hysterectomies.”
“I did pick up some interest on the cosmetic side of things, so we have a fairly active program in weight loss, and we do a lot of abdominoplasties and panniculectomies,” he added.
Holehouse is also available to assist women with hormone replacement therapy. He shared that his focus will be on the specialties, and he will allow the primary care to be handled by the physicians and nurse practitioners at GCH.
“I really enjoy helping women navigate through menopause and afterwards, and weight loss is a big deal and complex situation,” he revealed. “We currently have a program that works well, focusing on both the medical side as well as on the behavioral side.”
He said that no matter what service patients are coming to see him for, he will always have their best interest at heart.
“I’m not here to try to make my mark, I just like to see patients who need to be cared for with a genuine interest and compassion and make sure that we get the results that we want, whether it’s in the area of age management, the area of pelvic pain or patients coming in with complaints that need surgical intervention,” Holehouse expressed. “So, we will be offering a whole range of services for of gynecology.”
While he is still seeing patients at Preston Memorial, Dr. Holehouse will be available to individuals at GCH one day a month, for the time being. As of right now, he will be seeing patients on the third Tuesday of each month.
Individuals can schedule an appointment to see Dr. Holehouse by calling GCH Patient Registration at 304-265-0400.