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About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to Clay-Battelle Health Services Association – We provide quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care for individuals without regard to their ability to pay.

The Clay-Battelle Health Services Association is a not-for-profit organization serving Northern West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania through two locations in Blacksville and Burton, WV.

We first opened our doors on Washington Street in Blacksville in 1973. We expanded into the historic Burton School building in 1979. In 2004, having outgrown our original location in Blacksville, we moved to our larger, modern, current location. To continue to provide services to our community, we opened the Clay-Battelle Pharmacy in 2008.

We look forward to being your local provider of choice. We recognize that privacy is very important to our patients. We welcome communication through Facebook but ask that you do not send us private information.

Your Patient Centered Medical Home

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients. Recognition shows that Clay-Battelle Community Health Center and Community Health Center of NE Wetzel County have the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. Clay-Battelle Health Services Association has continuously achieved this recognition since 2013, with both sites having the highest recognition of Level 3.


A patient-centered medical home is a practice that strives to bring patients and providers together in a relationship to get the best possible health outcomes. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement.


When you walk into our health centers, you’re not just a number. You are at the center of what we do. You can expect us to use current technology and clear communication to help you make the best choices in your health.


Joe Tuttle

Beginning in 1972, he joined with a group of concerned citizens in the western end of Monongalia County to address the lack of health care services in the area. From their efforts, the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association was created: a private non-profit corporation that provides quality, comprehensive family medical and dental care without regard to an individual’s ability to pay. The Association’s newly created board of directors tapped him to be its first Executive Director, a position he held from the time the Clay-Battelle Community Health Center opened in 1973 in Blacksville to his retirement in 2012. He was also responsible for the creation of a second community health center site for the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association, the Community Health Center of NE Wetzel County in Burton, as well as the Clay-Battelle Pharmacy (Blacksville) in 2008.

His 40-year career was dedicated to ensuring that West Virginians have access to quality affordable health care, even in the most remote of communities. He helped found numerous community health care facilities around the state, and was sought after as a speaker and consultant.

Widely regarded as the “father of primary care” in West Virginia, he was awarded the Distinguished Mountaineer Award by Gov. Joe Manchin, the Distinguished Service Award by the WV Primary Care Association, and the Outstanding Rural Health Achievement – Governor’s Award.

He lived his entire life on the family farm, Fairview Fold, in western Monongalia County, and raised Scottish Highland cattle as a hobby. He took great pride in bringing visitors to the area to see his farm and the gentle long-haired cattle grazing in the fields surrounding his home.


Janice Morris

 1979 – present

Dr. Janice Reid Morris, a Virginia native, started her career at Clay-Battelle Health Services Association in July 1979 as a family dentist. Under the guidance of Chief Executive Officer Joe Tuttle, the “Father of Primary Care” in West Virginia, she learned the art and science of grant writing.  She assumed the role of Dental Director, then Clinical Director and Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately Chief Executive Officer in 2012, upon the retirement of Joe Tuttle. In 2019, Janice transitioned to the role of Administrative Assistant, where she still serves the organization today.

A firm believer in and advocate for Federally Qualified Health Centers, she stood by their mission to provide quality healthcare regardless of ability to pay. During her tenure, Janice and her team worked to improve rural healthcare by implementing the electronic medical and dental health record systems at Clay-Battelle Health Services Association. The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized Clay-Battelle Health Services Association as a Patient Centered Medical Home (Level 1 recognition October 18, 2013 and Level 2 recognition by add-on in June 2014, and ultimately, Level 3 recognition November 18, 2016).

She has assisted other health centers in WV by writing grants, sharing policies, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Mountaineer Community Health Center (FQHC Look-Alike) in 2018 to successfully guide them to federal compliance within 90 days.

Janice’s passion has been the implementation of behavioral health services, as well as helping to secure 24/7 ambulance service in Blacksville, West Virginia for quicker response times for rural western-Monongalia County.

Janice was recognized as the 2018 West Virginia Rural Health Association Excellence in Rural Health Individual.  Additional accomplishments during her tenure within the community include: National Health Service Corps 10 year recognition award; Clinical Professor, West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Practice and Rural Health; volunteering in local schools providing reading assistance; Lion’s Club; March of Dimes; Special Olympics; as well as mission trips to a Guatemalan orphanage; and providing dental care and oral hygiene instruction to poverty-stricken areas of Honduras.

Janice’s favorite workplace quote is “Hire the very best and stay out of their way.”  She feels that she acted on that quote, which has led to the success of the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association.  Janice’s sacrifice, dedication, and kindness has earned her recognition as an Honorary West Virginia Mountaineer among her peers.  She recently became a grandmother and enjoys her family and friends, photography, her Golden Retriever, and pickleball in her spare time.

Rebecca Thomas


Rebecca “Becky” Thomas

 2002 – present

Rebecca “Becky” Thomas is a native West Virginian, having been born and raised in Monongalia County. Upon graduation from Clay-Battelle High School, Becky attended West Virginia University and received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 2002.  She began her career as a dental hygienist at the Clay-Battelle Community Health Center.  It is interesting to note that Becky’s first association with the health center was as a patient when she was 5 years old. 

Over time, she assumed more administrative duties and was named Compliance Officer of the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association in 2015.  She was also part of the team that traveled to Paw Paw, WV, to assist Mountaineer Community Health Center in achieving eligibility for Federally Qualified Health Center status. 

As 2018 came to a close, the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association Board of Directors named Becky as the Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of former CEO, Janice Morris.  In the ensuing years, Becky is credited with keeping the doors open and maintaining operations and staffing during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as continuing both the Clay-Battelle Community Health Centers and the Community Health Center of NE Wetzel County’s recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as Patient-Centered Medical Homes. 

In 2023, Becky was able to realize a long-standing goal of opening a brand new facility to house the Community Health Center of NE Wetzel County. With the original facility in Burton being over 100 years old, it was increasingly difficult to maintain compliance with accessibility and privacy standards; the new facility boasts twice the number of exam rooms, is fully handicapped accessible, has separate laboratory and nursing stations, and has ample parking and a dedicated ambulance entrance.

Becky is active in her church and enjoys leading youth and women’s activities. Of particular interest to her are her church’s mission trips; she has been a part of mission trips to Alaska, El Salvador, India, inner-city Pittsburgh, and most recently, Romania. Her hobbies include photography, following sports (especially University of Tennessee women’s basketball), and playing with her beloved golden retriever, Indi.